577 Tasting Notes

94

Oh yummmmmm. So light and flowery! Low-maintenance brew, too. Drank it black, although some rock sugar and a splash of milk would have made this just about heaven in a cup.

Flavors: Earth, Floral, Nutty

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 15 sec

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95
drank Earl Grey Lavender by Twinings
577 tasting notes

Quite liked this one! Drank it black. The lavender and bergamot play well together and give it a flowery/ perfumey flavor, although not cloyingly so. A little bit of vanilla would have made this just about perfect. The base is a typical Twinings smooth, non-astringent, non-aggressive Chinese black tea. They make such good stuff.

I miss being able to find Stash’s Breakfast in Paris at the grocery store, but this is a perfectly acceptable substitute. Simultaneously relaxing and bracing.

Flavors: Citrus, Flowers, Fruity, Lavender, Perfume

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Shae

You sold me on this one!

teaqueen

Oh good! It’s quickly becoming one of my favorite bagged EGs :)

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87
drank Decaf Sencha by Harney & Sons
577 tasting notes

This company makes the best decaf options… Using decaf green tea as an appetite suppressant to help lose some weight for bathing suit season. This one is my favorite so far. It’s light and nutty and easy to deal with at work.

Flavors: Green, Nutty

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Cinnamon & Blackberry by Bigelow
577 tasting notes

Drinking this for my health. It’s very tasty though. The cinnamon is divine. It’s fruity and sweet but not cloying and obnoxious. Blackberry is my favorite fruit.

Not in a great place mentally/ emotionally today. Cinnamon always cheers me up though.

Flavors: Apple, Blackberry, Cinnamon, Fruity, Spicy, Sweet

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91
drank China Green Tips by Tazo
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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
577 tasting notes

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
577 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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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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