585 Tasting Notes

drank Chocolate Chai by Bigelow
585 tasting notes

This tea is meh. Watery cinnamon with a vague cocoa taste. Not terrible for a bagged tea, but not exactly setting the world on fire. At least it woke me up. It lends itself well to travel-mugs, so it makes a suitable companion on the drive to work, at least.

H & S whole-leaf silk sachets have spoiled me!

Flavors: Cinnamon, Cocoa, Tea

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drank Sweet Cinnamon Spice by Tazo
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Why do I even keep bothering with Tazo? I guess in this case, it was free at work, so I grabbed a teabag.

It reminds me of Yogi teas. That same mushy, herbaceous, vaguely medicinal experience, you know? I even taste dirt! Yuck. I blame the star anise and licorice. What a tragic waste of perfectly good cinnamon.

Work has been totally miserable today. I hate having to work Sundays in general, but today has been its own hellish kind of crazy. At least it’s nearly over!

Flavors: Anise, Cinnamon, Dirt, Herbaceous

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I was a bit wary of this one— double bergamot? Wouldn’t that increase the likelihood that the tea will taste like floral soap?

But no! It’s creamy, smooth, and delightful! This bagged EG is better than any loose EG I’ve had. Honestly. I can taste notes of vanilla, fresh cream, flowers, citrus, and a hint of spice. This is simply amazing.

I found my new go-to EG for sure.

Flavors: Bergamot, Citrus, Cream, Floral, Spices, Vanilla

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Picked this up because I realized that I have almost no caffeinated bagged delights to drink at work! How did that happen?

I wasn’t expecting it to be this good. But it is abundant in everything about chai that I love (cinnamon and cloves!), and lacks everything about chai that I hate (looking at YOU, nutmeg!). It’s smooth, full of delicious cinnamon, and the orange peel adds a nice bite of citrus. Num num num.

Only complaint is that the cuppa didn’t last long enough! Time for another.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Cloves, Orange Zest

Christina / BooksandTea

If you like that flavour profile, have you tried Just Organic Tea’s Just Outstanding Orange Spice blend? It might be perfect for you.


I haven’t! But I will now. Thank you for the recommendation :)

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drank Almond by Adagio Teas
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Sipdown. Cold-steeped for two days. I’m sorry I didn’t think to try this sooner. It toned down the dominating base and allowed the nutty, natural almondy goodness to come out.

I won’t restock because it’s still not a favorite.

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My very favorite H & S blend that I’ve tried thus far. Tastes like coconut and gingery, lemony lightness. The leaves are so big that they threaten to burst out of the sachet. It’s the very embodiment of springtime!

Flavors: Coconut, Ginger, Lemon Zest, Lemongrass, Pleasantly Sour, Vanilla

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Dessert-y and excellent as always.

Flavors: Custard, Rooibos, Tart, Vanilla, Wet Wood

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Dug this one out of the deep recesses of my tea cabinet (yes, I actually have dedicated an entire kitchen cupboard to my absurd tea collection). Brought it to work because I want to get rid of it.

It’s unique, and it sticks with you, certainly. But it’s not a great summer tea. The smokiness lingers in my mouth for a long time. Much better for winter.

Flavors: Bitter, Char, Smoke, Wood

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drank Black Mango by The Tao of Tea
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The more I drink this one, the more I love it! I don’t even like mango usually— I like the initial taste of the fruit, but the aftertaste ruins it for me. I think the bitterness of the tea and the flowery calendula petals balance out that tangy, grassy aftertaste that I dislike in mangos, and just leaves the sweet, floral flavor that I DO enjoy. Masterfully made. Will be sad when this is gone, although I’m not remotely worried about that yet because I have an 8 oz bag of it to play with.

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drank Vanilla Bean by Mighty Leaf Tea
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Got the last box of this at Shaw’s. It was half off— I think they’re not planning to stock it anymore. They had six or seven different varieties of Mighty Leaf there, so I’m not surprised that they’re making cuts with the company. For $9 a box regular price, Mighty Leaf teas have to be expensive to keep on the shelves, and I doubt they’re a big seller among the average American grocery shoppers. I know I don’t buy their stuff often due to the price.

$4.50 is a much more reasonable amount to pay for tea bags, even classy, sewn “silken satchet long-leaf” ones, in my opinion, so I went for it. I’m glad I did. The vanilla is very real and quality— it’s like I popped a whole vanilla bean in my mouth! Creamy, sweet without needing sugar or being cloying, pleasantly fragrant, and the base black tea is evenly matched against the power of the vanilla. You almost can’t tell that it came from a tea bag. Nice as a dessert (or anytime) tea.

Much better than Adagio’s Vanilla blend! I will enjoy these while they last. They’ll go well with my milk chocolate Hobnobs.

Flavors: Beany, Creamy, Nutty, Sweet, Vanilla

Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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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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