455 Tasting Notes


The wind was sooooo strong today! Traveling across campus was a real struggle.

This was the perfect antidote. Chai is the best tea for winter afternoons. Plus, the coconut made me think of summertime/ tropical islands/ not being here.

For once, I managed not to oversteep it, too. The coconut had an almost-oily presence, very similar to the texture of actual coconut milk, and the spices underpinned it nicely.

I didn’t add any milk or sweetener of any kind to it. It doesn’t need it! It’s perfectly delicious on its own.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Cloves, Coconut, Nutmeg

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Having a nice cup of this with a spoonful of agave (I know, I know… agave is bad for my kidneys. But why does it have to taste so good?)

Good for the throat, good for the taste buds, good for the soul.

it’s the simple things in life, right?

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I don’t think anyone drinks this tea “for fun.” It wouldn’t help against something severe, like strep throat, but for a common cold or an annoying tickly throat feeling (such as the one I have currently), this tea is at your service. It relieves the irritation for a little while. I’d rather drink tea than take pills, though, so I may be biased.

This one tastes MUCH better than TM’s regular Throat Coat (I much prefer lemon over cherry bark… the cherry reminds me too much of cough syrup. Trying to gulp down a steaming mug of Robitussin? No thanks) and adding echinacea is always a good idea, in my opinion.

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A lovely, simple, no- nonsense peppermint bagged tea. I drank it last night in the vain hope that it would magically alleviate the nasty tickly feeling in my throat. It helped, but it’s not magic, after all.

It was sweet, which is nice, because many times, peppermint can develop a rather nasty bite to it (hence, “pepper” mint).

No complaints here, friends! I would recommend this one as a soothing bedtime tea because it’s so mild.

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Always delicious. I just wish there was more fruit in it. I like that I can get multiple steepings from it without any trouble.

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This was quite good! It tasted mostly like fresh juicy peaches, with just a hint of ginger in the aftertaste. I let the bag steep for way longer than it should have, but the black tea base proved to be quite nonaggressive and agreeable.

Overall, not the most balanced of blends, but good in a pinch when I want a flavored tea but don’t have time to prepare one of my loose-leaf blends.

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This weekend has freaking sucked.

Made a cup of this before my giant meeting, and added a spoonful of lemon juice and honey. Here’s to hoping like hell that it helps me kick this cold.

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My friend gave me a beautiful tea chest full of eight different types of tea from this company.

This is lovely! The lemon flavoring is the most prominent, and the honey doesn’t make an appearance until after the lemon flavoring dissipates. The chamomile base is pretty standard- nice and floral and lightly sweet.

Delightful! And after the lousy morning I had, this is exactly what I needed!

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455 tasting notes

Followed a recipe online for a little something to get me through the cold and flu season: hot water, honey, lemon juice, and cayenne pepper! Adjust to taste.

It works. There is no school like the old school.

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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, and rooibos. 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. Also iffy about 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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