559 Tasting Notes


Very fragrant and pretty rooibos blend. Fruity in a non-cloying way. Gorgeous ruddy orange-red color. I don’t know what’s so African about the fruits that Mighty Leaf chose for this blend, but it’s certainly refreshing and tasty. Minimal metallic taste from the hibiscus.

Flavors: Fruity, Mango, Metallic, Passion Fruits, Peach, Perfume, Pleasantly Sour, Rose, Stonefruits, Wet Wood

Boiling 5 min, 45 sec

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drank Earl Grey by Red Rose
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Very boring. Better than Lipton’s appalling attempt on an EG, but nothing to write home about. I like my EG to have a mild, smooth black base, and this one is astringent, which I find takes away from the bergamot oil. EG should be confectionlike and delightful, and this blend tastes like an English breakfast with a twist of something faintly citrus-y. A similar affect could be produced using a plain black Tetley teabag and a lemon wedge.

I’m officially a snob, I suppose.

Flavors: Artificial, Astringent, Citrus

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Let this one steep too long and it wound up being rather bitter. When steeped properly, this is an aromatic and very satisfyingly gourmand blend. Cinnamon and vanilla are the strongest notes, with a whisper of hazelnut lingering in the aftertaste.

Having a very boring day at work (end of semester for undergrad = no customers = dragfest for teaqueen). Been watching some professional development videos on YouTube, but there’s only so much lecturing about networking I can take before my eyes start glazing over.

I daresay this won’t be my last brew of the day considering how little else there is to do!

Flavors: Cinnamon, Dirt, Hazelnut, Vanilla

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drank Jasmine Green Tea by Twinings
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I do love a good cup of jasmine green every once and a while. I’m really not a big green tea fan at all, but occasionally I just have to have it. Today, I’m experiencing afterglow from an absolutely amazing lunch of nigiri sushi made with the freshest salmon and tuna I’ve ever had. Green tea seemed to be the appropriate complement to it.

This is a very reliable and lovely cuppa. A very heady floral scent permeates the liquor before you sip. The green base and the jasmine are equally matched, and I get notes of sweet melon and perfume in the aftertaste.

A classic springtime tea, made by a classic company.

Flavors: Jasmine, Melon, Perfume

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This tea is very smoky but also delicate and floral. It’s like a less in-your-face lapsang souchong. Not what I would expect from an orange pekoe, but a nice surprise nonetheless.

I like Chinese black teas because in my experience, they tend to be mild and smooth, not astringent or sour. This particular blend is a nice intro to yunnan.

Flavors: Floral, Perfume, Smoke, Smooth

Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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My wonderful boyfriend picked some of this up on our adventure to Teavana this past weekend. He was looking for a low maintenance, high caffeine, loose black tea to have at work, and this fit the bill.

We made some to try. The dry pearls smell fishy and earthy. Once sipped, it’s very malty, smooth, and hearty. Reminds me of a Scottish Breakfast tea, although not at all astringent. He’s very happy with his purchase.

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Sipdown! Finally. Astringent base. Flavoring reminded me of Froot Loops, which weirded me out. Ah well, you buy cheap, you’re going to get cheap. Lesson learned!

Flavors: Artificial, Astringent, Orange, Wheat

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drank Vanilla Bean by Mighty Leaf Tea
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Been drinking this one at work a lot. I love how the whole leaves open inside the silk sachet. The flavor is outstanding, too— genuine vanilla bean. Pleasantly bitter with an edge of natural sweetness. I saw that someone put “beany” in the flavor note section— I think that’s very accurate. The black base is mild and delicate, which is the perfect complement for the vanilla flavoring.

Flavors: Beany, Earth, Vanilla

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drank Earl Grey Creme by Teavana
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I’ve been wanting to try an EGC for a long time. Vanilla and EG are my two favorite tea flavors, so it’s totally natural.

The dry leaf on this one smells like vanilla cream, fig, and VERY strongly of bergamot. When the Teavana lady showed it to me and fanned the scent toward me, I was instantly smitten. I was lucky enough to get a 40% Peel n Reveal coupon that day, so I got 3 oz of it for under $5.

I steeped it Western style with skim milk. The liquor tasted very strongly of vanilla and not very strongly of bergamot, which was surprising given how strong the bergamot note is in the dry leaf. I got a note of genuine milk chocolate and undertones of wet earth.

This is absolutely a delight of an EG. I found my new go-to loose leaf EG for sure.

Flavors: Bergamot, Chocolate, Citrus, Cream, Vanilla, Wet Earth


Oh that does sound lovely!


One of Teavana’s best efforts, for sure. :)

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drank Wild Blueberry Acai by Bigelow
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This is a very strong smelling tea. My coworker (who isn’t the nicest person in the world) said loudly, “What smells like horrible, fake blueberry pie filling?” When I opened the teabag packet.

I personally don’t think it smells like horrible fake anything. I enjoyed this tea thoroughly. It’s sweet and slightly tart and not overwhelmingly hibby-licious. The blueberry flavoring tastes real to me. It has that fairly acidic, creamy mouthfeel that I associate with fresh blueberries.

So screw you, rude coworker whose opinion matters not. I shall continue drinking the teas that I love whenever and wherever I want.

Flavors: Berries, Blueberry, Hibiscus, Sweet, Tart

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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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