559 Tasting Notes
Best. Builder’s tea. Ever. Seriously, this with a splash of skim milk and I feel ready to take on the day . Ready for anything, really. It’s hearty, earthy, strong, sturdy as a rock. It’s the regular drip coffee of the tea world. I had two cuppas this morning. (I need it— we’re short-staffed this week and I am in no mood for peoples’ whining and complaining.)
Flavors: Earth, Grass
I’m sure my coworkers think I’m insane, drinking hot tea in 90° F weather, but I’mma do me.
First day back from a vacation is usually brutal, but today is okay so far.
I do love this dandelion tea. It’s roasty and bready and cocoa-y and comforting. Wish it came in a bigger box!
Flavors: Baked Bread, Cocoa, Dandelion, Roasted, Roasted nuts, Toast
Absolutely divine. Tasted just like those chocolate orange slices that you can get around Christmas time. Perfect with milk. It was good as a dessert tea. The chocolate was very strong and the orange was kind of like an afternote. It was very very nice.
Flavors: Chocolate, Citrus, Dark Chocolate, Milk, Orange
I really liked this one! The flavoring is the most genuine fruit flavoring I’ve ever tasted. I’m not sure which fruits are Brazilian, but this tasted like stone fruits and watermelon to me. Very sweet, but not cloyingly so. Very refreshing; must try it as an iced tea.
Flavors: Fruity, Melon, Stonefruits, Sweet
I’m craving more of my Mighty Leaf Pride of the Port with milk… but alas, I am at work, so this inexpensive bagged EG will have to hold me over for now. I have a cup of black tea, like, every two hours while I’m at work. My mug has become a security blanket of sorts.
The base of this one is very low-quality— not surprising. I like my EGs with a smooth, non-astringent, Chinese black base, and I’m 90% sure this one is just a run- of- the- mill Ceylon orange pekoe.
Bagged EG tastes very different than loose EG. I actually usually prefer the way that bagged EGs taste because I think they use stronger concentrations of bergamot oil in the bagged stuff, and I like the bergamot to be strong. Loose EG is much more delicate and has a more subtle, woody, sour-bitey flavor, at least in my experience.
Weirdly, this cheap bagged EG tastes very close to what Twinings [loose] EG tastes like— notes of sour cherry and lemon, and less bergamot-y and perfume— but it’s much weaker than Twinings. Like a faint echo of it.
Flavors: Cherry, Lemon
I just don’t think rooibos holds flavorings as well as camellia sinensis leaves. That said, I did actually enjoy this one, despite the flavorings not being super strong. The chocolate was definitely the most elusive; it kind of cameo’d as a sweet note in the aftertaste. The mint was weak, too, but it was definitely there. I wanted more “truffle.”
It was just something nice to sip on while the wind howled outside.
I kind of agree with everyone else’s assessment of it— inoffensive, but not cupboard staple status. I prefer H & S’s Chocolate Mint offering, even though that one has a black tea base (and therefore caffeine).
Flavors: Mint, Rooibos, Sweet
I absolutely adore this one. It’s VERY bready, which makes it perfect as a breakfast tea. It has the smoothness of Chinese black tea with the robust flavor of Indian black tea. Steeps a gorgeous ruddy brown color and mixes famously with skim milk. Floral notes in addition to bread/ toast notes.
Flavors: Baked Bread, Butter, Floral, Toasty
Needed a pick me up this afternoon. Had this with honey, made right at my desk by my trusty electric kettle. It’s a pretty standard bagged black English breakfast: floral, sharp, pleasantly sour, and a tad astringent. I usually prefer its malty, lemony, hearty Irish and Scottish counterparts. This afternoon, however, it’s hitting the spot.
Flavors: Astringent, Baked Bread, Floral, Pleasantly Sour