502 Tasting Notes


I have this bad habit of letting my milk spoil… It’s a waste of food and money, so it needs to stop. I got this to motivate me to drink my milk.

It has the PERFECT amount of sweetness— I can still taste the black tea base, which is nice and mild. Lots of cinnamon and cloves, not much nutmeg, just a hint of ginger, bit of a perfumey quality in the aftertaste.

Yum yum yum! Problem solved.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Cloves, Ginger, Nutmeg, Perfume, Spices, Sweet

Chai (not Kai) Mera

I used to drink Oregon Chai inna box all the time when I was a student. Didn’t realize they still made this stuff.

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drank Tazo Chai by Tazo
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I made this one like an English person— brewed Western style, milk in first, no sweetener.

It was HEAVENLY. I have never drunk Earl Grey with milk before, but oh my God, I’m never drinking this one without it again! It gave it like this creamy, fruity, tannic, chocolatey, scrumptious dimension that has been previously untapped by me (I almost always take my tea black).

Bumping up the rating.

Flavors: Bergamot, Burnt, Citrusy, Cocoa, Creamy, Tannic


Dang, now I need to try this.


I am in firm agreement with you. Earl Grey is one of the very few teas to which I usually add milk. It is a known fact that Queen Elizabeth II takes her morning Earl Grey with a dash of milk. Earl Grey with milk is, quite literally, a tea fit for a queen! :)

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drank Earl Grey Decaf by Bigelow
502 tasting notes

I’ve been craving black tea at night lately, for some weird reason…

I’m pretty sensitive to caffeine, so I needed a decaf option. This bagged EG is pretty inoffensive. It has that depressingly flat taste that decaffeinated tea leaves take on, but the bergamot makes it tolerable.

Nothing else to really say about it.

Flavors: Bergamot

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Scooped this up at Shaw’s because I wanted an herbal dessert tea.

This’ll do! It’s packed with flavor. Cinnamon, butterscotch, vanilla, non-cloying sweetness, ginger, chicory… Ooooooo, this is tasty! The hazelnut turns up in the aftertaste as a creamy, nutty note.

Every so often, Yogi gets it right. I think that’s why I keep buying their stuff.

9/10, would recommend.

Flavors: Butterscotch, Cinnamon, Creamy, Ginger, Hazelnut, Nutty, Sweet, Vanilla

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I like this one… I actually really like dandelion teas in general. The cocoa shells make this one special. And the lack of weird herbs that I’ve never heard of.

It’s light, toasty, relaxing, and healthy. I get burnt bread, cardamom, cinnamon, cocoa, and dandelion when I sip it.

Flavors: Cardamon, Cinnamon, Cocoa, Dandelion, Toast

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drank Chocolate Chai by Bigelow
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drank Chocolate Chai by Bigelow
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This tea is meh. Watery cinnamon with a vague cocoa taste. Not terrible for a bagged tea, but not exactly setting the world on fire. At least it woke me up. It lends itself well to travel-mugs, so it makes a suitable companion on the drive to work, at least.

H & S whole-leaf silk sachets have spoiled me!

Flavors: Cinnamon, Cocoa, Tea

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drank Sweet Cinnamon Spice by Tazo
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Why do I even keep bothering with Tazo? I guess in this case, it was free at work, so I grabbed a teabag.

It reminds me of Yogi teas. That same mushy, herbaceous, vaguely medicinal experience, you know? I even taste dirt! Yuck. I blame the star anise and licorice. What a tragic waste of perfectly good cinnamon.

Work has been totally miserable today. I hate having to work Sundays in general, but today has been its own hellish kind of crazy. At least it’s nearly over!

Flavors: Anise, Cinnamon, Dirt, Herbaceous

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I was a bit wary of this one— double bergamot? Wouldn’t that increase the likelihood that the tea will taste like floral soap?

But no! It’s creamy, smooth, and delightful! This bagged EG is better than any loose EG I’ve had. Honestly. I can taste notes of vanilla, fresh cream, flowers, citrus, and a hint of spice. This is simply amazing.

I found my new go-to EG for sure.

Flavors: Bergamot, Citrus, Cream, Floral, Spices, Vanilla

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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 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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