551 Tasting Notes

drank Earl Grey Creme by Teavana
551 tasting notes

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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drank Earl Grey by Red Rose
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This reminds me a lot of Twinings’ Lady Grey. It tastes lemony and citrus-y, and I get hints of genuine cherry and burnt cocoa. But, like the other reviewers on here say, it’s not overly bergamot-y. It’s very drinkable and for $3 for a box of 40 bags, it’s basically an ideal work tea, but it’s not the best bagged EG I’ve ever tasted.

Flavors: Bergamot, Cherry, Cocoa, Lemon, Orange

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drank English Breakfast by Twinings
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I keep a handful of these tea bags at work. I added the perfect amount of honey today. It was nutty and I got spice notes, like cinnamon.

Very tasty, very smooth, very good for work.

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I forgot how much I love this one… Perfect amount of sweet and tart, berry flavoring and lemongrass. I think I really only enjoy green tea if it’s blended with white.

Very tasty. I’m amazed at how well the canister preserves its freshness. I’ve had this tea for well over a year and it is still not stale.

Flavors: Goji, Lemongrass

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drank Herbal Detox Tea by Arbonne
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Got a free sample of this. My mechanic’s wife is a consultant, apparently.

This is tastier than the Yogi Detox but not worth the asking price. I taste dandelion and spearmint and licorice. I don’t like licorice, but overall it’s a pretty typical, otherwise inoffensive herbal tea.

Flavors: Dandelion, Licorice, Spearmint

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I loved this one so much, I had two cups of it. When I first open the package, I can smell the spearmint the most. But when I steep it, it suddenly becomes a wonderfully honeyed version of the original blend.

It’s balanced perfectly and tastes very genuine. I get notes of coconut mingled among the honey and chamomile. They should try to make a Sleepytime Coconut next, haha.

My favorite? It’s a toss-up for me between this one and the vanilla flavored Sleepytime.


Flavors: Apple, Coconut, Herbaceous, Honey, Orange, Spearmint, Sweet

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I made this one as an iced tea. I think it’s pretty clear that that is how CS intends for it to be prepared. It is amazing!! Clear, cool, refreshing, pleasantly tart and slightly sweet. Steeps a gorgeous crimson. Hibby isn’t obnoxious either, although I was afraid it would be.

Perfect summertime tea!

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I don’t taste the licorice, which is always a plus.

This tea smells really great. The orange flavoring is tart and hibby-esque. Ginger has the perfect amount of kick. Stash teas are generally very good for bagged blends.

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drank Green Ginger by Tazo
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Ughhhh. I woke up with a sore throat this morning. I felt it coming on last night and now it’s full-blown. Hoping it’s just a brush of allergies due to seasonal transition and not a cold.

Double-bagged this and added honey. It’s pretty tasty for a bagged tea, albeit wayyyy overpriced. The ginger is soothing to my throat and the honey brings out the pear notes more prominently.

Going in for a second double cuppa of this. Expect more ginger tea reviews from me today!

Flavors: Ginger, Honey, Pear

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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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