538 Tasting Notes

drank English Breakfast by Twinings
538 tasting notes

I keep a handful of these tea bags at work. I added the perfect amount of honey today. It was nutty and I got spice notes, like cinnamon.

Very tasty, very smooth, very good for work.

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I forgot how much I love this one… Perfect amount of sweet and tart, berry flavoring and lemongrass. I think I really only enjoy green tea if it’s blended with white.

Very tasty. I’m amazed at how well the canister preserves its freshness. I’ve had this tea for well over a year and it is still not stale.

Flavors: Goji, Lemongrass

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drank Herbal Detox Tea by Arbonne
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Got a free sample of this. My mechanic’s wife is a consultant, apparently.

This is tastier than the Yogi Detox but not worth the asking price. I taste dandelion and spearmint and licorice. I don’t like licorice, but overall it’s a pretty typical, otherwise inoffensive herbal tea.

Flavors: Dandelion, Licorice, Spearmint

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I loved this one so much, I had two cups of it. When I first open the package, I can smell the spearmint the most. But when I steep it, it suddenly becomes a wonderfully honeyed version of the original blend.

It’s balanced perfectly and tastes very genuine. I get notes of coconut mingled among the honey and chamomile. They should try to make a Sleepytime Coconut next, haha.

My favorite? It’s a toss-up for me between this one and the vanilla flavored Sleepytime.


Flavors: Apple, Coconut, Herbaceous, Honey, Orange, Spearmint, Sweet

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I made this one as an iced tea. I think it’s pretty clear that that is how CS intends for it to be prepared. It is amazing!! Clear, cool, refreshing, pleasantly tart and slightly sweet. Steeps a gorgeous crimson. Hibby isn’t obnoxious either, although I was afraid it would be.

Perfect summertime tea!

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I don’t taste the licorice, which is always a plus.

This tea smells really great. The orange flavoring is tart and hibby-esque. Ginger has the perfect amount of kick. Stash teas are generally very good for bagged blends.

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drank Green Ginger by Tazo
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Ughhhh. I woke up with a sore throat this morning. I felt it coming on last night and now it’s full-blown. Hoping it’s just a brush of allergies due to seasonal transition and not a cold.

Double-bagged this and added honey. It’s pretty tasty for a bagged tea, albeit wayyyy overpriced. The ginger is soothing to my throat and the honey brings out the pear notes more prominently.

Going in for a second double cuppa of this. Expect more ginger tea reviews from me today!

Flavors: Ginger, Honey, Pear

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drank Mint Rose by Zhena's Gypsy Tea
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I LOVE the packaging! The little glass jar with the little wooden scooper is adorable. And very convenient.

The tea itself is fairly unimpressive. Just a sweet, simple mint tea with a hint of rose. It’s blended and balanced well, sure enough. But I think the packaging is way cooler than the actual tea in this case. I’m just relieved that they didn’t put stevia in it.

Flavors: Mint, Rose, Sweet


That combination sounds like it would be really interesting. Bummer that it turned out to be less than stellar.


This is exactly my own opinion on this tea! Cool packaging, meh tea.


I want to like Zhena’s stuff, but it always falls short on taste.

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drank White Moon by Basilur
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Drinking this purely for the health benefits associated with green tea, not for the flavor. It’s a serviceable work green tea.

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Ventured into Teavana last night for the first time in over a year. I’ve heard wonderful things about both their Youthberry and Wild Orange Blossom blends, so naturally when I saw pre-scooped bags of both teas mixed together at the front of the store, I had to have one. The two teas I most wanted to try in one convenient bag, AND less time spent having to talk to the obnoxiously perky, aggressively knowledgeable, and pushy salespeople? Sign me up!!

I. Regret. Nothing. This is a perfect tea. It’s a mark of a quality blend when it encompasses pretty much everything I dislike in the tea world (fruity and hibby) and I’m still madly in love with it.

The dry leaf smells VERY strong. I can smell it across the room, and the bag is completely closed and clipped shut. Once opened and viewed, the dry leaf is beautiful. The Teavana signature generous chunks of orange peel, apple, mango, pineapple, whole currants, and whole leaves of white tea all look very graceful together. The mixture is also dusted with something called “fruit powder,” which I’m sure is a flavor preservative/ enhancer.

I’m not ignoring the fact that Teavana is a problematic company.

I steeped this at 175 degree Fahrenheit for two minutes, like the label told me to. The liquor is a bright, true pink. The perfume is heavenly… Sweet, tropical, exciting, energizing.

Upon sipping, I taste the orange and mango mostly, with a note of genuine fresh pineapple in the aftertaste. It’s like sipping a very healthy fruit smoothie. I get what other people are saying on here about the fruit punch factor— it is very punch-like in both mouthfeel and flavor. I didn’t get much in the way of berries this time around, but there’s so much going on in that dry leaf that I’m sure I’ll get different dominant notes each time I scoop some out.

10/10, would recommend! Love it.

Flavors: Apple, Candy, Citrusy, Fruit Punch, Fruity, Hibiscus, Mango, Orange, Orange Blossom, Orange Zest, Pineapple, Sweet

175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
The 13th Doctor

Try the winterberry!!! Its similar but different in such a good way (it’s the strawberry grapefruit/strawberry lemonade blend I keep raving about on my tastings that I need to get back at doing).


I had a free sample of that at the store! They served it hot. It was amazing. Too bad it’s limited edition! :(

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Hello! I love literature, politics, and tea. I work in the Information Technology field and am currently working toward an MA in English.

Favorites: Black, oolong, and rooibos. Blends that are vanilla, chocolate, nutty, or dessert-like are especially appealing to me. I also love ginger, citrus, and lemongrass.

I like green teas as long as they are blended with fruit and/ or spices, and I LOVE them when they’re floral.

I have a love-hate relationship with kombucha, and I’m very picky about my chai- It has to have a high-quality black tea base and be heavy on the cinnamon and light on the nutmeg. Also iffy about mate and herbal teas in general, although chamomile and I are usually on speaking terms.

Dislikes: White tea, unflavored green teas, honeybush, fruity herbals, hibiscus in high quantities, plain peppermint. (Although I am not opposed to trying blends that cross into these neighborhoods if they come from reputable companies.)

I’m not a swapper, but I hope we can still be friends :)

90-100: Perfection and heaven and magic, all in one cup.

70-89: Good.

50-69: Meh.

49 and below: Blerg.


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