450 Tasting Notes

87

Just a really great, easy, sweet treat of a cup. Mild, minty, perfect brushstroke of chocolate.

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drank Chocolate Mint by Harney & Sons
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Ayup, just as I suspected… A splash of milk and a spoonful of sugar and I’m in sweet, chocolatey, minty heaven.

No reason for me to ever take this tea any other way. Divine.

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drank Organic Bramblewine by Tazo
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The green rooibos was the appealing part for me. I’ve never tried it before.

I sniffed the dry bag and had a mini panic attack— surely they wouldn’t DARE put stevia in this tea! I reread the ingredients and breathed a sigh of relief. It’s just naturally sweet from all the fruit.

The hibiscus somehow doesn’t make my lips pucker with disgust! It’s a miracle. I taste lots of cherries and jam, and even a echo of wine in the aftertaste. Not bad! I’m starting to reconsider Tazo.

masked185

Geen rooibos is on my list to try. I love the regular rooibos, how would you say green differs?

teaqueen

It’s much more subtle! Not as woodsy, very mild and plays nice with fruit flavors. I like red rooibos with more dessert-y flavors like chocolate and vanilla, personally.

masked185

Hmm that makes sense :)

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85

This’ll do. Woke me up gently and gracefully, as any self-respecting EG should. I love the lavender addition.

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drank Salted Caramel by Bigelow
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Hoping to sip this one down within the week… It’s a fall tea, and it’s technically springtime, so I really need to get my act together here! Lol

I taste butter, salt, caramel, and even some bitter cocoa. Not terrible for a bagged tea (I really need to start buying more loose leaf stuff) but nothing to write home about either. Base is a bit astringent and can be easily oversteeped.

Flavors: Astringent, Bitter, Butter, Caramel, Cocoa, Salt

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drank Ginger Tea by Harney & Sons
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Upset tummy… dizzy… Not a great way to start my work week. I have nothing to be anxious about, so I don’t know why I am.

Ginger to the rescue! I used too much water this time, but nonetheless, I’m hoping that if I sip it, I will feel better.

Ginger is my favorite tisane because it takes on a brothlike mouthfeel, and it warms my throat, chest, and stomach as it works its way down. The black pepper and lemon peel are nice additions, too.

Fjellrev

Oh no, I hope you’ll feel better soon.

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drank Organic R & R by HELPS
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Well, this is definitely not a tea I would drink for the flavor.
Yuck. It tastes of slightly floral, overcooked vegetables.

But it certainly gets the job done as far as calming me down. I’m convinced that lemon balm is magical. But this definitely feels like taking medicine.

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70

Double-bagged this one and added some honey.

Too much honey, as it turns out. It ended up making the lavender taste VERY bitter and herb-y, and then the rest of the cup was like drinking lukewarm, ubersweet syrup.

What a crappy week this has been. I can’t even get a simple bagged chamomile to taste right so that I can sleep because stress is keeping me awake, lol.

Sooooooo happy that I have the next few days off.

Anlina

I’m sorry to hear about your crappy week. I hope your time off is recharging.

teaqueen

Thank you :)

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76

I like this one. The steeped liquor gives off a very strong aroma of cranberry and currant. It steeps a very pleasing deep purply-red color. When I sip, it tastes tart and sweet at the same time, very very fruity— mostly like cranberry. I should make this iced sometime, maybe in the summer.

It’s a perfect loose tea to have at work because it fits nicely inside a tea ball infuser and you don’t need to watch it obsessively while it steeps. It’s also caffeine-free, so no jitters.

Yum!

Flavors: Black Currant, Cranberry, Sweet, Tart

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drank Salted Caramel by Bigelow
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I looked into my cabinet with all of my teas in it this morning and felt completely overwhelmed.

I’m going to be bringing several boxes of my bagged stuff into work to share with coworkers and also force myself to sip them down.

This was the first one I brought today. It’s a seasonal blend. Not as good as it sounds. The base is very bitter and overpowering, and the saltiness of the flavoring only exacerbates that. I can taste caramel fleetingly, and then maybe the merest suggestion of milk chocolate. It tastes… flat. Like most bagged teas.

Maybe I’m weird. I like my flavored black teas to have a mild base. I just feel like it allows the flavors to come out more.

I will not restock next fall, but I am glad I gave it a try nonetheless.

masked185

Yeah Bigelow teas tend to be underwhelming and flat from what I’ve noticed. At least when compared to loose leaf.

teaqueen

100% agree! Loose leaf ftw

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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 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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