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Oldie but a goodie. So perfectly blended and flavorful! This tea is what made me realize that I love green tea.

I know Lipton is considered low-end tea sometimes, but I like it because it’s familiar. Drinking a cup of Lipton is like visiting your best friend from college after not seeing him or her for six years, and picking up right where you left off. I feel like I’m ten again, taking my first faltering steps into the tea world.

I’m probably the only person around who can wax poetic over a cup of bagged commercial tea. I love being me :)

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There isn’t enough black tea in the world to slake my thirst for it! I must get more flavored black. Not that I don’t enjoy this one- it’s delightful, and much more mellow than regular Earl Grey in terms of its citrus intensity.

180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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Mmmmmm, this tea was nice! It’s usually very hard to please me in the “fruity herbal” department, although I am a big time sucker for anything berry-flavored. The sweetness of the pomegranate balances out the tartness of the raspberry beautifully, and it’s not like WOAH-Holy-Hibiscus-Get-This-Nasty-Bitter-Sludge-Outta-My-Mouth (Thank God). It steeps a nice red color, and it smells melodic. I added a teaspoon of honey, and it was just perfect.

Lovely afternoon tea to have with a friend. Which I did. :)

180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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drank Lipton Black Tea by Lipton
368 tasting notes

I just love black tea. I love it. I think it’s the greatest tea in the world.

This one is tried-and-true, low-cost, easy to prepare, and delicious with just a bit of honey.

Red Rose is a little tastier and cost effective, but Lipton’ll do for today.

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Well, this tastes A LOT better than Traditional Medicinals’s regular Throat Coat. I got the last box of this flavor at the store today, so I think the general public in my area concurs. I immediately replaced the nasty-tasting regular Throat Coat teabag I’d nicked from my housemate a few nights ago when I got home.

The box recommends 10-15 minute steep time, so I kept the teabag in the water the whole time. The longer it steeped, the sweeter it got. Just a precaution for those who dislike strong sweetness.

The licorice isn’t quite as pronounced, and they knocked it off with the cherry bark, which is what made the other Throat Coat taste like nasty licorice-y cough medicine. I think the lemon and echinacea are a wonderful idea, as they make this tea more mellow and also well-rounded in terms of function. (Now, not only does it soothe the throat and taste good while it does it, but it also helps your immune system fight whatever’s ailing you!)

I find this tea to be quite sweet on its own, but if you’re sick, adding honey is good for you. A teaspoon of it certainly didn’t hurt my enjoyment of this tea any.

I highly recommend this tea! Just don’t make the mistake of getting the regular Throat Coat instead.

180 °F / 82 °C 8 min or more

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Stole a bag of this from my housemate. Desperate times call for desperate measure.

It tastes GROSS. Wayyyyyy too much licorice and anise. But damned if it isn’t working! Not the most pleasant experience flavor wise, but if you can just power through it, your throat will no longer be tickly or sore. Temporarily.

Blahhhhh I just wanna get better…

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drank Zen by Tazo
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Tea with honey in it when you can’t stop coughing is the best. Especially when the tea also has spearmint and lemongrass in it.

Which this one does.

Not a huge Tazo fan, usually. Not a huge Starbucks fan in general, come to that. But this is one of two teas I’ve tried from them that they’ve got right! It’s smooth, aromatic, minty, and lemony, and the green base is perfect. I have no clue why it’s called “zen”- maybe this particular blend is harmonic and balanced?

Anyway, this is a solid, never-disappointing, steady choice for a bagged green. Excellent straight up, or with some sugar or honey, but only a touch of either is needed.

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drank Earl Grey by Choice Organic Teas
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I got this tea bag from my college’s cafeteria.

I simply adore it! It’s the perfect balance between black tea and bergamot. And it’s organic. It smells tangy and citrusy, but the tea itself isn’t astringent. It’s smooth and mellow and orangey. Sooo good.

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drank Chamomile by Carrington Tea
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The lymph nodes under my jaw are swollen to the size of marbles. I HATE being sick! arrrrghhhhhhh! >.<

Brewed a mug of this stuff last night and added a teaspoon of honey for good measure. I read somewhere that chamomile is a mild antihistamine, so I figured, what the hell.

It was the first thing I could even remotely taste in two days. So I was grateful for that. It was sweet, warm, good for my throat, and surprisingly, still fresh, even though its packaging is a little iffy. (Stringless pouchless sachets in a non-resealable plastic bag inside the box.) It also soothed my nerves and gave me something else to think about besides how crappy I feel.

Still not sorry I bought this tea. I will probably keep a box of it it in my tea stash always, for times like this. Peppermint, chamomile, and echinacea teas are my go-to medicinal teas.

What can I say? I have simple taste.


There is nothing wrong with simple tastes – it’s your tea cupboard, if a tea makes you happy then you should be drinking it.


Hahaha thanks!

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Unearthed this in my tea chest while I was on a mad hunt for something to help chase the last bit of this nasty head cold away. I realized that I haven’t had this tea in over a year, so I decided to give it a whirl.

I forgot how much I liked this tea! Now, bear with me. I know it’s Lipton, which means that in the more refined tea-drinking world, it’s like what carob is to the chocolate world.

But this one is really, really, really good. It really is. It’s perfectly blended, flavorful, smooth, and I always feel better after I drink it.

Honest. It never gets bitter, even though as a berry-flavored green, the odds are stacked against it. It also smells heavenly.

I’m so glad I rediscovered this today. I must get more of it soon!

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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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