398 Tasting Notes

14

This tea tastes like… Olives.

Ewwwwww. I hate olives to begin with- why is my fruity tea tasting like them? I blame the rooibos. And the hibiscus.

Once the olive taste wears off, I’m left with a slightly cranberry-like aftertaste. No pomegranate to speak of. It’s like a shadow of what this tea might have tasted like if it were blended better.

Ughhh. This is exactly why I despise both rooibos and fruity herbals.

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51
drank Sweet Dreams by Bigelow
398 tasting notes

This tea is pretty straightforward. Chamomile and mint with hibiscus. No surprises, not complex or difficult to make. It’s a perfectly agreeable blend. I drink it sometimes to cure occasional restlessness, or if I just want a nice after-dinner cuppa.

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74

Housemates have redeemed themselves a little in my view by presenting me with a large gift basket for Christmas, which contained three different kinds of tea, including this one.

How did I not know that this tisane existed? it has chamomile, spearmint, peppermint, tulsi, lemongrass, cinnamon, grapefruit, and guava. It was practically blended with me in mind!

It’s minty and fragrant and delicious. It smells almost like vanilla, and it has vanilla notes in flavor, too. I’m definitely getting the guava and chamomile, too.

Spectacular!

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100

Housemates are being idiots again. I can’t wait to go home for a month.

This tea is a new source of comfort for me, even though I really had no business buying ANOTHER box of tea. I’m glad I did it anyway.

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100

This is just delicious. Sweet and a little spicy, smooth and chocolatey. The smokiness of the yerba mate is virtually eliminated by the spices, but they’re not overpowering. It’s expertly blended. It feels like a dessert tea. Like, I feel like I just drank a warm, homemade, fair trade, organic, non-GMO, South American chocolate spice cookie.

Will be restocking this when my box runs out!

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91
drank Earl Grey by Gloria Jean's
398 tasting notes

Oversteeped it today. However, since I got this tin 50% off due to its “best before” date, which was Sept 15th, oversteeping it doesn’t really hurt it any. Maybe it’s a little bitter.

I also added a tsp of organic honey. My housemate insisted that I buy the organic kind, because “It comes from good bees.” It was only $1 more than the non-organic kind, so I was like, OK, fine. But it really is nice stuff. It complements the bergamot well, and it helps with the bit of oversteeping-bitterness I mentioned.

All in all, a very well-rounded and flavorfully balanced cup today.

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91
drank Original Tulsi by Organic India
398 tasting notes

I’m in an almost- blind panic about a group presentation on the Merchant of Venice that I’m supposed to help give tomorrow.

Tulsi, come hither.

I love just breathing in the vapors from this tea as it steeps. It’s just lovely and earthy and deep. It brews a light brown color, similar to that of white tea. Organic India cuts the leaves very finely, so the bags release a lot of flavor. The longer you let it steep, the better.

I have no illusions that it’s going to solve all my problems or anything, but man, it does help me calm down drinking it. I can feel it warming my chest and belly as it goes down, and after it settles in my belly, I always, always, ALWAYS feel better. I know that by the time I finish this mug, I will be ready to get back to work on my presentation notes.

Thank God for holy basil.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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91
drank Earl Grey by Gloria Jean's
398 tasting notes

I can’t emphasize enough how in love with this tea I am.

I hated EG’s when I first started drinking tea regularly, and then I tried a few organic blends and rethought them, but now.

Oh, my God.

This tea is sublime. Rich, full-bodied, thoroughly satisfying. Makes me feel like a classy English person. The bergamot sings. In other blends, it tastes soapy. In this one, it tastes like the orangey heaven that I know it’s supposed to.

Best. Decision. I. Ever. Made. when I bought the tin of this stuff.

keychange

I’m so glad you love this so much! I love that feeling!

teaqueen

It really is divine. I think it’s changed my life. I’m only drinking loose leaf EG’s from now on!

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70
drank White Asian Plum by Salada
398 tasting notes

Mmmmmmm! A beautiful tea. Light, just a hint of fruit. Brews a pale brown color and goes down smoothly.

The ingredients say that it contains blackberry, which is a plus. Blackberries are my very favorite berry. I know they can sometimes make teas really bitter, but they definitely don’t in this brew! They help the plum taste come out.

Delightful tea to wake up with!

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91

Another sachet pilfered from the hotel room by the other half for me.

This tea is unexpectedly sweet! It tastes very fresh, even though it’s only a teabag. Very full-bodied and packed with flavor. It brews a nice rich brown color, and its mouthfeel is surprisingly thick and savory.

I only wish I had more than two of these…

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Hello! I’m a recent college graduate, trying to find my way in the world. I love literature, politics, and tea. I work in the Information Technology field.

Favorites: black, oolong, rooibos, and white teas, pu- erh, mate, and chamomile. Blends that are vanilla, chocolate, nutty, or dessert-like are especially appealing to me.

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.

Dislikes: Plain 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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