263 Tasting Notes

drank Rooibos Goji Berry by Argo Tea
263 tasting notes

I had this iced at Argo while meeting a friend. I’ve tried a lot of things from Argo, and while I don’t usually love them, I still feel a fondness toward Argo, possibly due to the lack of other tea places to visit. Anyway, the flavor here is entirely just an average rooibos. No hint of berry. I’m a big rooibos fan, so I enjoyed it, but it wasn’t what it advertised itself to be.

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RoT sent a sample of this with an order my family made. I’m not into wellness teas, so I wasn’t expecting a lot, but this was actually all right. It’s a sort of savory chocolate flavor that tastes better with a little sugar added. Apparently this tea is made of mushrooms, but the main flavor comes from the cocoa powder. I wouldn’t buy this, but one cup was fine. I’ve only had one other tea that contained mushrooms, and I enjoyed both, not that the mushrooms seem to contribute much flavor. Not sure I would want them to though.

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I’m obsessed with carrot teas, so I had to try this one. Unfortunately, I’d say it’s my least favorite and least accurate of all the ones I’ve tried. It’s trying to be a muffin instead of a cake (which most of them aim for), so it is totally different from the ones I’ve had before. The green tea is the main flavor. It’s a smoky, savory one. The other flavor is from the cranberries, which are nice and tart. I put two large carrot slices in my cup and left them there the whole time I was drinking it, but the flavor didn’t come through. So this tea was an all right smoky cranberry green tea, but not carroty at all, and the carrots are why I’m here.

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Hmm this wasn’t quite what I expected, but it’s not bad. The flavor is mainly a light cinnamon with a woody honeybush and a bit of sweetness. There’s a little bit of icing flavor as well (if that’s not my imagination). The flavors are a lot subtler than I expected, and I’ve had versions of this tea from other companies that I preferred, but this is nice enough. I brewed the leaves a second time, and they were almost just as strong. So I’d say it’s a decent honeybush, but it doesn’t necessarily accomplish its flavor goal.

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Another from my exchange with AliceG! I was pretty dubious about this one since I find the current turmeric trend to be silly. Happily, the main flavor is a tasty, spicy ginger, and the turmeric is only a sweet background flavor. I think I still prefer plain ginger tea, but I enjoyed this. Actually, now that I think about it, I think I may have had this one before, or at least we had a box of it in my house years ago. Trader Joe’s has a pretty nice line of teas. I usually find something to grab when I’m there.

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This tasty tea is from my swap with AliceG. The fruit flavor is light and a little tangy. A tiny bit of sugar really brings the flavor out. I’d say the flavor is closest to guava, but I also drank the whole mug before looking at what it was supposed to be, so maybe my opinion will change on my next cup. I wish I could find this one at grocery stores around me because I would enjoy drinking more of this! One of the best bagged fruit teas I’ve tasted for sure. They’re usually so sour and nondescript, so this was a nice change.

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drank Tazo Organic Chai by Tazo®
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I pulled this tea bag from the tea box, so thanks to the person who added it! This was surprisingly strong. Since it’s a tea bag, I didn’t fill my large mug to the top, but this tea was so strong that I had to keep adding water, milk, and sugar to water it down. The primary flavor is cardamom and a brisk black base. Definitely keep steep times short for this one. And it got bitter as it cooled, so that’s something else to watch out for. So I was pleased with its strength, but it wasn’t good enough for me to seek out again.

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drank Choco*Latte by American Tea Room
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Bought this in the going out of business sale last March. I tried to like it, but I just can’t. There’s an underlying alcohol flavor that is too unpleasant. A few other reviewers seemed to notice that as well. The chocolate flavor isn’t enough to make up for it. It’s just strange. And it’s tasted like this the whole time I’ve had it, so I know it’s not age. I didn’t like any of the rooibos teas I got from them, which is a shame. I usually love rooibos.

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drank Green Ginger by Tazo
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I won’t rate this one since it appears to be quite old. I got it from either a swap or the tea box, so thanks to the person who included it! Hmm yeah this tastes like a very old green tea. The ginger comes in faintly at the end of the sip. Before that, it just tastes like strong, old tea. Honestly, I could probably drink this whole cup, but it’s not worth the caffeine. I’m sure when it was fresh, it was better (but it gets pretty terrible reviews, so maybe not too much better). I prefer a strong ginger, so it doesn’t sound like it would be my thing anyway. Oh well, I’ll make myself a cup of something else.

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drank Red Berry Burst by Lia Leaf
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I registered for Sips By over a year ago, and after one box, I wasn’t very pleased with the value of it, so I didn’t unsubscribe, but I did choose to “skip” all the future orders. Apparently I didn’t scroll enough months in advance because in December of 2018, I received an email telling me my Sips By box was on its way. Oh well. I’m finally sampling what came in the box, starting with this. It has huge, tempting freeze dried berries in it. I think I’d prefer if it had some added flavors because it is a pretty simple flavor. Mostly just rooibos. Maybe I can tell that there’s a berry flavor there too, but it’s faint, and the rooibos isn’t a super good rooibos either. Honestly, I’m just looking forward to munching on these rehydrated berries.


Oof. Subscription boxes get so many people like that, I expect. I order food boxes from time to time, and have accidentally ordered more than one because there is no option to pause, only to skip individual weeks. (Luckily for me, I have usually noticed the credit card charge quickly, and in a couple cases, they were kind enough to reverse it.) Too bad that this wasn’t tastier, to justify the accidental order!


Yeah, I’m glad it was only $15! I guess I should just officially unsubscribe, but I’m such a fan of subscription boxes in theory, that I feel like by staying a member I’m supporting them not monetarily…but like moral support? Maybe that’s silly.

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I have an office job, but when I’m not there, I like to spend most of my time with my family. Hobbies other than tea include board games, video games, cooking international dishes, science fiction, taking walks, jigsaw puzzles, tap dancing, reading, listening to podcasts, and playing with my cats.

Favorite flavors: Almond, strawberry, nutty, dessert flavors, melon, mint, green rooibos blends.

Don’t prefer: Smoky, rosemary, savory flavors, floral (other than lavender), plain tea.

I always drink flavored tea, and preferably caffeine-free. I’ll try just about anything though!

My ratings are kind of meaningless, but basically
90-100 pretty perfect
80-89 really good
70-79 good, but not the best
60-69 okay, but probably not for me
1-59 varying degrees of dislike



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