424 Tasting Notes

drank Winter Spice by Numi Organic Tea
424 tasting notes


Would that the end of these teabags marked the end of winter! But alas. I must endure another month of depressing cold gloom.

I enjoyed this one quite a bit. One of the better bagged white teas I’ve had. It has a pleasant and fragrant aroma of warm spices and a nice surprising bite from the lime and made me think of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women.

Would definitely buy again if it weren’t a seasonal blend!

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drank Ginger Tea by Harney & Sons
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Super satisfying.

The large chunks of ginger inside the silk sachet are aesthetically pleasing, and then once it’s sat in the hot water for a good long time, it’s almost brothlike both in consistency and in how it made me feel after I drank it.

Ginger is a magical herb. It tastes good, but it also helps with sickness, both physical and spiritual. It’s helping me fight winter depression tremendously. This particular blend is extremely high-quality, with just the perfect twinge of lemon to neutralize the spicy edge. Warms the body and the soul.

Thank you for this wonderful experience, H & S!!

Flavors: Citrus, Ginger, Lemon, Spicy

Boiling 8 min or more

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drank Chocolate Mint by Harney & Sons
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This one smells heavenly! I’m drinking it instead of coffee this morning because I need less caffeine and more comfort.

I get earth, snappy peppermint, and chocolate from the dry leaf smell and the steeped liquor smell. I can tell already that this is a very well-balanced blend.
Sipping… I taste mostly mint, with the chocolate kind of winding up in the undertones. I bet if I added milk and a bit of sugar next time, it would punch the chocolate up a bit more.

Still a highly enjoyable cup!

Flavors: Chocolate, Mint

Boiling 4 min, 45 sec

Oohh, I’ve never tried this with milk and sugar. What a good idea!


I have a Chocolate Mint Oolong from Stash Tea that’s pretty darn tasty with milk and sugar, so I’m imagining that this one would be good with them, too. :D

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drank Green Ginger by Tazo
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For some reason, I really wanted ginger today… So I made a cup of this and had it with my steamed veggie dumplings. It was a match made in heaven! I get smooth green tea, a bite of ginger, lemongrass, pear, and steamed vegetables. Not bad at all!

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My manager gave me one of these teabags! Holy crap, is it delicious.

The tea base is a little astringent, but the white chocolate and candy notes smooth it out.

It’s a Valentine’s Day themed tea, and I think it suits the holiday. Felt like a treat.

Flavors: Candy, Sweet, White Chocolate

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drank Apple Cider by Bigelow
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It’s taking me forever to work my way through my fall seasonal teas. I’m aiming to get rid of my Adagio Spice Sampler pack next before it goes stale.

The thing about teas like this is that, after they disappear from the shelves, you forget about how tired of them you were, and then you see them again in the fall and inevitably buy them again.

This is an okay tea. It’s yummy enough for what it is, but it’s not about to win any medals. It definitely tastes like apples, but I wish I had shared it more with others because it was a long journey to finishing it myself.

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drank Darjeeling by Twinings
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I liked this one. I think I will order the loose leaf version someday soon (perhaps once I get my tax return).

It’s like a white tea pretending to be a black tea. I dig the wine/ grape notes and the floral finish. Delicate and soothing. A great introduction to darjeelings!

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Snowed in for the umpteenth time this winter! Thank goodness I have a job which permits me to work from home on days like this, because traveling is not an option.

This tea is easy to make and apt for the current environment. I taste the orange zest and vanilla most prominently today.

Some people think this one doesn’t taste like much, but hey, then again, plain sugar cookies don’t actually taste like much unless you add frosting to them anyway.

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drank Minty Igloo by Nourish Tea
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I finally got the amount for this one right. I normally detest pure peppermint, but I think that’s only because I hadn’t had it in loose form prior to this tea.

Now I can’t get enough of it! It’s ideal for winter, and the natural chemical properties of the mint is helping with the Seasonal Affect Disorder, big-time. Soothing, smooth, with a slightly sweet finish. Doesn’t get much better than this.

Flavors: Mint

Boiling 5 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Trying to adhere to some principles of the Paleo diet (I still eat Special K for breakfast and I will never, ever give up cheese or kefir). It’s hard enough, giving up bread and my favorite salty processed foods! I honestly don’t know how people do this full-time. Weight gain is ridiculously easy; weight loss is the hardest thing.

Anyway, this is still one of my very favorite bagged nighttime blends. It’s the ultimate comfort tea and it makes me feel full instead of snacking.

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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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