544 Tasting Notes


I know I’m like, way more than fashionably late with this one since this is a Christmas tea, but I felt like it tonight. Maybe it’s because I also decided to use my Vanilla Bean Noel body lotion after my shower. I’m in a sugary vanilla Christmas mood I guess.

This is a perfect embodiment of a sugar cookie inna cup. Sweet, vanilla, slight hint of citrus.

Flavors: Lemon Zest, Orange Zest, Sugar, Vanilla


Mmm, sounds like a fine vanilla-filled evening.

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drank Chinese Oolong by Bigelow
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I really love this one… It’s definitely a more roasted, black tea-leaning oolong, and it smells and tastes like chocolate to me. Very easy to steep and tasty at various temps. Smooth and amazing! Convenient and excellent quality for the price.

Flavors: Chocolate

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drank White Moon by Basilur
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The shiny box is way better than the actual tea inside. Bummer. It smells good when it steeps, and in the first part of the sip, I get notes of milk and white chocolate and a twist of floral. In the aftertaste though, I get something akin to latex, like the taste of dentist’s gloves.


Flavors: Artificial, White Chocolate


Ouch. Sorry it didn’t work out. I was tempted to buy one of their teas because of the pretty box too.


i’ve seen them sold at dollar stores here in toronto so i haven’t yet bit the bullet and picked any up.


Fjellrev— Yeah, don’t be fooled by the shininess! If you decide to pick one up, just don’t set your expectations too high :)

Sil—They’re all right for a bagged tea… I haven’t tried a legit loose milk oolong though so I don’t have much frame of reference. Haha.

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Pretty solid and reliable green tea. Drank it before and after my workout this morning. Burn them cals!

It’s hard to mess this one up, it really is. My stash of it is rather old, so I overleafed and it still tasted like its usual fruity, woodsy, fragrant self.

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drank English Teatime by Bigelow
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Bitter when super hot, as it cools it tastes fruity and floral. I get a peach note, weirdly. It’ll do for a work tea.

Flavors: Astringent, Bitter, Floral, Peach

Boiling 4 min, 30 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Grabbed a box of this because it came with a free organic lip balm inside. I’m a total sucker, what can I say?
I threw a bag of CS’s Decaf Green into the mug with the Peppermint to kind of round this out a bit, Moroccan mint tea- style. Plain peppermint can be a bit too intense for me sometimes. I didn’t add any sugar though, so it’s not a true Moroccan mint blend, but whatever.
It’s nice though. The American peppermint that they use has a warming, energizing quality to it, which I desperately need today. The decaf green tea gives it an earthy base and gives it that soulful, rich quality that only camellia sinensis leaves can provide.
Glad I made this purchase. Now my lips will stay unchapped (ha, yeah right) AND I have a go-to weekend cuppa to keep me company as I slog through my accounting homework.

Flavors: Biting, Earth, Peppermint

175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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Now that I have a kettle at work, I can bring better teas to drink during the day. Man, did I ever need a hot cuppa when I walked in this morning, too! The winter wind is enough to take your breath away. This is the first of probably many mugs of tea that I will consume today.

And what a delicious one it is, too! The base is definitely Ceylon, which mingles with the very high quality bergamot oil and gives the liquor the scents of cherry, cranberry, and citrus. I concur with the other reviews— this is a totally different animal than its bagged counterpart by the same company.

Upon sipping… The bergamot is there and is genuine, but does not overpower the cup. I get notes of orange, milk chocolate, and something metallic— iron? That might be due to my use of a metal tea ball infuser. It’s a finely blended and delicate tea, nonetheless. Excellent value for the price.

Flavors: Bergamot, Cherry, Chocolate, Cranberry

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Purchased a cheap electric kettle for my desk at work because my hot water options up until this point were a dirty microwave or a Keurig, God help me.

This one tastes better when made with fresh, properly boiled water and steeped for a longer period of time. Imagine that! Bumping up the rating.

The Froot Loops taste went away and it actually resembles an EG now. Still not a fantastic one, but an acceptable work cuppa. Double-bagged it to increase flavor.

Must remember to bring my tea ball infuser for my loose-leaf Twinings EG tomorrow.

Flavors: Bergamot, Orange

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Haven’t had this one in ages… I have this weird on-again, off-again relationship with coffee, but in the end, I always return to tea.

This is a green tea that I can get behind. It’s just so tasty! The coconut and vanilla flavoring smooths out any astringency that might occur from oversteeping and the ginger adds some depth to the overall flavor profile.

Love it. 10/10 stars!

Flavors: Coconut, Flowers, Ginger, Vanilla

175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 12 OZ / 354 ML

I have wondered about this one. Not a big green tea fan but the coconut, vanilla and ginger are appealing.

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I don’t know why I’m giving this one a second chance.

This tea… tastes like Froot Loops. I taste a fake orange flavor, but it certainly isn’t bergamot orange. And why on earth would they put marigold buds in an EG?

It’s fine if Lipton wants to make a black orangey-marigold blend. They just really shouldn’t bait and switch people by labeling it as something that it clearly is not.

Flavors: Artificial, Orange

Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 12 OZ / 354 ML

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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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