573 Tasting Notes

91
drank China Green Tips by Tazo
573 tasting notes

This is fantastic! Tastes exactly like a loose leaf green tea. It’s toasty and brothy and healthy.

Flavors: Broth, Toasted, Vegetal

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80

Wasn’t sure if peach would work well with the classic Sleepytime herbs. Turns out that it does. It’s a perfectly pleasant, caffeine-free cuppa. The peach flavoring is nice and light, perfumey in a dreamy sort of way, and mingles with the spearmint wonderfully. I think they used yellow cling peaches. It tastes genuine and isn’t overpowering. I still smell the chamomile, lemongrass, and orange blossoms and taste them.

I drank two cups of it this afternoon at work with my Peanut Butter Cookie Larabar. Sleepytime tea doesn’t make me sleepy unless it’s Sleepytime Extra, but this did help settle my stomach and relax me (Thursdays tend to be stressful at my job).

Turns out that the trick to not overindulging at dinner is to drink fluids during the day and keep snacking on healthy stuff every few hours instead of eating three big, spaced-out meals. It’s a very different eating habit than my culture encourages, but I think I can make it work. Herbal teas will be my friend for this changeover.

At $2 for the box, this was a great find! Would buy again.

Flavors: Lemongrass, Orange Blossom, Peach, Perfume, Spearmint, Sweet

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90

Classic Tiesta blend. I’ve had this tin for ages though (like, to the tune of almost three years) and it’s still drinkable. It’s on the weak side, but still workable in a pinch.

This company’s packaging gets an A+++, as does their branding. I wonder why they don’t get more attention.

This is a nice fruit green blend. Smells a bit on the fake side when it brews, but once you sip, you can taste the candied pineapple and mango without being overpowered. I can tell that it’s base-heavy, but overall pretty well blended.

The leaves are whole and open up nicely as it steeps.

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78
drank Buttermint by Twinings
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This one caught my attention immediately in the grocery store last night. Vanilla-flavored mint? Sign me up!

It radiates a weird, rubbery smell while brewing, kind of like the way new Converse shoes smell, with a dash of minty toothpaste thrown in.

I tried not to let that initial smell turn me off, though, and I was glad for it— The experience of drinking this tea is amazing! The vanilla gives it a thick, creamy mouthfeel, like melted frozen yogurt. I get notes of custard, vanilla pudding, sweet mint, and it finishes with a slight cooling sensation on the palate, characteristic of peppermint.

You can’t really oversteep it, either, because it’s so mild. 7/10, would recommend to anyone who doesn’t let the initial smell of a tea deter them!

Flavors: Creamy, Custard, Mint, Peppermint, Sweet, Vanilla

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72

Quite like this one. I’ve never encountered a tisane that tasted so close to regular black tea. I’m a fan of foods that only have one ingredient, so that’s a plus too.

It does taste a little fruity (shocking), green, and woodsy. I read somewhere that this is what the American colonists drank while protesting the British Tea Tax. They called it “Liberty Tea.” I also found out that raspberries are only native to North America and Asia Minor, so I wound up feeling pretty patriotic while drinking this down.

I’m supposed to drink three cups of this a day to reap the health benefits. I’ve been averaging about two since I bought the box. I think it’s helping maybe slightly? Could just be a placebo effect.

If nothing else, it’s definitely a good stand-in for black tea when I’m craving it at 2:00 PM but really shouldn’t be consuming caffeine.

Flavors: Fruity, Green, Wood

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90
drank Red Chai Masala by Organic India
573 tasting notes

Tulsi is just good stuff. It tastes very mild, but medicinal. It’s like a health tonic. I don’t know what specifically it helps with, but I feel healthier after I drink it. I’m hoping it will join forces with CS Ginger & Turmeric to chase away the remaining dregs of this nasty head cold.

This is my favorite tulsi blend so far. I’m nearly through the box. Rooibos and tulsi were a match made in heaven.

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85

This stupid head cold won’t go away. I’ve been sick since Friday. The worst of it is definitely over but the congestion is lingering. I hate winter so much.

Down the hatch! The cinnamon is the key to this blend. Makes it sweet and balanced and enjoyable. Daresay I shall be partaking in several cups of this today.

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75
drank Black Currant by Harney & Sons
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Love me some H & S on a lousy winter weather morning… This one is pleasant enough, though I generally avoid berry-flavored black teas (I think berry flavoring goes better in herbal tisanes, or green tea sometimes). I used one of the silk sachets to make this cuppa.

It’s perfumey and a little metallic-smelling, and steeps an orangey-brown colored liquor.

As per usual with H & S blends, the black tea base is high-quality and rich. It tastes better than it smells— sweet, but in the organic, natural, non-cloying way that actual currants taste. Leaves a pleasant aftertaste.

Probably wouldn’t purchase a whole tin of this, but it’s not bad.

Flavors: Berries, Black Currant, Fruity, Metallic, Perfume

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90
drank Red Chai Masala by Organic India
573 tasting notes

Oh, yum! I really worried that the cinnamon would overpower everything else in this blend, because tulsi is a mild flavor, and my experience with chai rooibos thus far has been less than stellar. I’ve also had the plain tulsi, the sweet rose, and I think the lemon ginger tulsi blends from this company, and didn’t truly love any of them. The plain tulsi was medicinal-tasting and boring, the rose kind was sickly sweet, and the lemon ginger was a little bland.

But this works really well. It’s earthy and spicy and smooth. You can sense just from sipping how full of good things it is. It’s rare that you find a medicinal blend that legitimately tastes good, especially if it’s bagged, but this one manages it.

10/10, would recommend.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Cloves, Earth, Ginger, Rooibos, Spices, Tulsi

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100

This… This was the best black tea, bagged or otherwise, that I’ve ever had. Oh my lanta. Drank it with a splash of skim. It tasted… it tasted like brownies. I don’t know how else to describe it. Chocolatey and earthy and rich and creamy and comforting.

It. Was. So. Good.
I need to buy some ASAP.

Flavors: Chocolate, Creamy, Earth

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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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