553 Tasting Notes


So, my mother has some K-cups of this and she was complaining about it being too strong, so I decided to give it a little taste test. The verdict? It is a little strong. Way too strong for her without watering it down some because she likes her tea on the weaker side.

But it makes for an excellent hearty tea with some milk and sugar in it. I could see having this for tea emergencies or weeks when you are far too lazy to make tea. It happens sometimes.

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I have grown rather fond of this tea. I discovered that the best way I like drinking it is hot with one level teaspoon of sugar so that it is not too sweet, but the sugar brings out the chocolate quite nicely. The mint is still mostly in the aftertaste and there is lavender all the way through. Overall, a nice fairly balanced cup once you get used to the lavender.


I was drooling on the beautiful teaware in their catalog last night.

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drank Vanilla Caramel Chai by Tazo
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This week has been a very stressful week for me. This past weekend, I managed to pick up this tea when I was sick with a headcold and the mix of vanilla, caramel, and ginger has been a dream come true to my sore throat and my morale.

But that wasn’t the hard part of this week.

Tuesday, I received news that my Alma Mater Sweet Briar College will be closing its doors for the very last time in August. People may think that a women’s college is nothing more than a finishing school and isn’t worth getting worked up about, but to many women (and their families) it is more than just a school. It is the place where they first found out that they can do more than what they thought they could do.

When I first received a pink letter in the mail during my senior year of high school, I was intrigued. What type of school would send out their material in a pink envelope? Little did I know that this letter was akin to my Hogwarts letter into a school that would finally let this shy, sensitive girl develop into a strong, independent woman. But, even more than that. When I was young my family moved around a lot. We weren’t military, but we had to move because of my dad’s job. I never grew up in a place that I called home because I was constantly being uprooted and having to start all over in a new place. My four years at Sweet Briar ended up being a place that I felt comfortable enough to call home for the very first time and mean it.

The Alumnae are trying to save our school because we all believe in a woman’s education. It is hard to describe a place where all of your ideas are taken seriously by everybody there. Sometimes, it is hard to get that in a regular co-ed college or university, especially if you are in the sciences or engineering. It may seem strange, but when you don’t have to worry about what other people will think about how you look, it is easier to remember that you are all there to do the same thing: challenge yourself and strive to become the best that you can be.

So, without dragging this on for too long, if you know of somebody who would like to help save Sweet Briar College, please feel free to visit www.savingsweetbriar.com.

Sorry for sounding a little bit like an advertisement, but thank you for listening.


I’m so sorry about the school! That is terrible.


I love this note. Thank you for telling us about yourself and your experience at this school.

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I decided to try it with some honey and it tasted the exact same only I could taste the honey in it. So I decided to put some milk in it too since the box highly suggested both milk and sugar to make it into a delectable dessert drink.

It tastes the same as regular, just with milk and honey in it. Nice and warm and a mellow lavender and chocolate with the teasing aroma of peppermint. The only other way I would try this would be to blend it with some actual black tea, but it is nice as it is.

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I am finally starting to get into the holiday spirit this year with only three days left before Christmas. So, when I was picking up ingreedients for pizza rolls for supper, I saw this tea and I had to pick it up. It had me at chocolate and lavender with peppermint as a nice add to the flavors. Also, I haven’t had a nice herbal tea in a while and I’ve been wanting to drink cups and cups of it before bed.

I steeped it five minutes and after the first taste, I decided that it didn’t really need any sweetener to bring out the chocolate flavor. I feel like this tea is a tease because when you smell it you can smell the chocolate and peppermint. It is a really nice combination because the chocolate isn’t a powdery chocolate like the Harney & Sons Chocolate Mint, but when you drink it you only taste chocolate and lavender. There is a really light brisk mint aftertaste, but it is mostly chocolate and lavender.

Overall, I do want to try it with a bit of sweetener just to see if it will bring out the mint more, but the tea itself is nice and balanced. The chocolate is bold enough to stand up to the lavender and the lavender itself is not perfumy at all. Best of all, the box art is just lovely and I can pretend I’m in a snowy Paris all I want with this tea by my side.

Flavors: Chocolate, Lavender, Peppermint

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drank Chocolate Mint by Harney & Sons
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I got a new tumbler during my work’s winter holiday party and it is good for tea so far. Keeps it warm and holds a little bit more than my other tumblers. I love having this tea with just a bit of honey because all of the honey melts into the tea unlike the plain white sugar.

This is the last teabag I have of this, so I am enjoying the minty and powdery chocolate of the tea.

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drank Orange Pekoe by Trescerro
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I went to a lovely company holiday party yesterday and had a wonderful time there. I was pleasantly surprised to find a new type of bagged black tea available other than just Lipton and my fiance encouraged me to save the wrapper to review on here.

This tea isn’t a bad tea. I think I brewed it about five minutes in a water that was a little under boiling. The tea was fairly smooth and easy to drink, but it didn’t have much flavor so I ended up putting a creamer pack in to make it into a creamy dessert tea-flavored drink.

Would it be something that I would seek out to put with my comfort tea bags when I’m sick or just want something dead simple? No. I would stay with Lipton. But it was better than having no tea at all.

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drank Chocolate Mint by Harney & Sons
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I am super in love with having this tea for breakfast. I had a bad food day yesterday and overdosed on refried bean burritos, pringles, coke, and a big Hershey’s milk chocolate bar. I felt like total crap when I woke up.

So I did the only thing I knew that would make me feel better, brewed up this tea in my big TARDIS mug and had it with a little tangerine for breakfast since my tummy still isn’t feeling too hot. The chocolate isn’t too strong and the mint isn’t too overpowering. Just what I needed.

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My mom picked up the decaf version of the Chai concentrate and didn’t read the instructions on the box. Thank goodness I was there to tell her that she really needed to add milk or else it would have been way too strong for her. This is the lady that leaves her teabag in for half a minute or less. A full minute if she forgets about it.

I did try this both hot and iced. I liked this iced a lot better than hot. I can’t really taste any tea out of it. Mostly just weaker spices and milk. It isn’t anything special, but it is nice to have in the house when you are weaning yourself off of sodas and when you really want a latte but you are just feeling too lazy to do it yourself.

Flavors: Milk, Spices

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drank Chocolate Mint by Harney & Sons
553 tasting notes

I feel very proud of myself this morning. I got up relatively early to brave the nasty half-slush, half-ice on the roads to take my fiance to his finals and made myself a glass of this tea instead of indulging in hot cocoa like the rest of my family was because I am trying to lose some weight.

I am running out of this tea rather quickly this year, but that is alright because I have decided that I need to drink up all of my older teas so I can get some new ones after Christmas. That shall be a rather yummy challenge and it will help me stay away from soda.

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I like Steepster, but I find that I come and go as I please. I might spend months on here and then disappear for no apparent reason. It depends on how busy my life is.

I have been moving solidly into the loose leaf tea territory lately and loving it. I have a french press I like brewing my teas in and I have all of my teas straight with no additions the first time I try it.

I like to try everything and I am starting to like everything. I love black tea, green tea, white tea, oolong tea, yerba mate,and honeybush. I’m still not the biggest fan of roobios, but that is probably because I haven’t found the right brand yet.

If you are curious about more than just my tea selection, I am on multiple sites.

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