601 Tasting Notes


Perfect wintertime tea. I love the tangy cranberry with the slightly sour hibby. Suits my current mood perfectly.
Is anyone else not really feeling the holidays this year? I haven’t even put my Christmas tree up and to be totally honest, I probably won’t bother at this point at all. Last-minute gift purchasing and general fatigue (both physical and mental) abound.

Flavors: Cranberry, Fruit Punch, Fruity, Hibiscus, Pleasantly Sour, Tangy

Lexie Aleah

I’m not feeling it so much either this year.

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drank Pumpkin Spice by Bigelow
601 tasting notes

This one is all right. It scratches the pumpkin spice itch, but isn’t anything I would drink year round.
Notes: Chai spices, astringent, savory
Appearance: Dark brown liquor, smells strongly of cinnamon
Characteristics: Bracing, energizing, caffeinated
Miscellaneous: Available at Walmart, which is convenient. It’s also extremely affordable at around $2.50- $3.00 USD a box.

Flavors: Astringent, Baked Bread, Cinnamon, Cloves, Custard, Ginger, Natural Pumpkin Spice Flavor, Pumpkin, Spices

Boiling 3 min, 45 sec

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drank Pumpkin Spice by Harney & Sons
601 tasting notes

Ooooo, I do so love this blend.
Notes: Warm mulling spices, sweet vanilla, woodsy rooibos, just a hint of savory pumpkin mouthfeel.
Appearance: Lovely reddish liquor and a soothing potpourri perfume.
Characteristics: Uplifting to the spirits, which is good, because it’s getting to be that time of year that good ol’ S.A.D. starts rearing its ugly head.
Miscellaneous: Available at Target, which is very convenient.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Cloves, Ginger, Nutmeg, Pumpkin, Rooibos, Vanilla, Wood

Boiling 8 min or more

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drank Youthberry by Teavana
601 tasting notes

I found these sachets last night and it made me so happy! I missed this blend so much when Teavana closed. Sachets aren’t as good as the loose leaf version; this version has a fake-y scent to it. It’s still good though. I get notes of mango, pineapple, candy, hibiscus, and orange.

Glad to see that Starbucks hasn’t completely pulled the plug on one of my absolute faves.

Flavors: Candy, Hibiscus, Mango, Orange Blossom, Pineapple, Pleasantly Sour, Sweet

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Very floral. Oversteeps easily, which I feel is true of most jasmine teas. Perfumey, sweet, and slightly medicinal. I think I’ll stick with the Red Chai Masala blend from this company when I feel like tulsi.

Flavors: Apple, Jasmine, Medicinal, Perfume, Sweet, Tulsi

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This one was just OK for me. Which is surprising, because I usually love these Organic India Tulsi blends, and vanilla is one of my favorite tea flavors. I’m not getting a whole lot of vanilla or creaminess.
I can definitely taste the rooibos, which when combined with the tulsi, unfortunately renders a medicinal, cough-syrup-esque note.
Would have really liked more vanilla sweetness to buffer/ round that out a bit more.

Flavors: Bitter, Herbaceous, Medicinal

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I’ll be in the minority on this one, I guess— I love it.
It has just the perfect amount of maple sugar in it to give it the woodsy, butterscotchy maple flavor without being sickeningly sweet.
The ginger is warming and gives it a nice spicy edge.
You can’t really oversteep it— it’s very low maintenance and suitable for busy work environments, like most CS teas.
I brewed this with hot water from the office coffee machine in my Tervis. I’m drinking this decidedly autumnal/ wintery brew in the middle of summer for the anti-inflammatory properties of the ginger. This honestly tastes loads better than a straight ginger or lemon ginger infusion, or the turmeric ginger tisane I’ve tried (although the turmeric ginger tea works the best medicinally).

Flavors: Ginger, Maple, Maple Syrup, Spicy, Sugar, Wood

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Cold-steeped this one for a few days in my glass teapot. It’s divine. Tastes exactly like perfectly ripe honeydew melon. Blended well. I get buttery and floral notes in the aftertaste as well. The sweetness of the melon and guava flavors are counterbalanced nicely with a pleasantly sour/ slightly bitter edge from the tea.
Thick, buttery, juicy mouthfeel, akin to the texture of melon.
Not sure which type of Japanese green tea they used for the base— I don’t think it’s sencha— but whatever it is, it makes for a delicious, delicate cuppa.
This company always manages to make very complex and delicious bagged blends.
Well done, Stash!

Flavors: Bitter, Butter, Floral, Green, Guava, Honeydew, Melon, Pleasantly Sour, Sweet

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drank Paris by Harney & Sons
601 tasting notes

Oh, I do so love this blend!
It’s like the finest Earl Grey imaginable.
Light black tea base.
Soothing, silky mouthfeel.
Delicate fruity notes of citrus, stonefruit, and berry.
Vanilla and caramel/ burnt sugar in the aftertaste.
This tea has ruined me for all other EGs.

Flavors: Bergamot, Berries, Black Currant, Burnt Sugar, Caramel, Citrus, Coconut, Dried Fruit, Lemon, Stonefruits, Tea, Vanilla

Boiling 5 min, 15 sec

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drank Blueberry Green by Harney & Sons
601 tasting notes

Upping my rating on this one after a few more tries with water at the right temp. When made correctly, this is a pretty good cuppa. The blueberry flavoring is actually quite a bit more subtle than the still-overpowering dry leaf’s perfume implies. The green tea base tones it down and give it a floral note, which is a nice surprise. I’m still not getting any vanilla though.

All in all, still not my favorite Harney blend… The finished-liquor payoff isn’t worth the preparation fussiness. The lemongrass makes it taste and smell like a cheap Good Earth teabag blend or something. I wish they’d ditch it and add vanilla bean instead.

Flavors: Berry, Blueberry, Flowers, Grass, Green, Lemongrass, Sweet

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Hello! I love literature, politics, and tea. I work in the Information Technology field. I have an MA in English. Life makes very little sense, but bills do need to be paid.

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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.)

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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