578 Tasting Notes


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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Everyone has a health fear, I think. I worry about my heart health. Thus, I am choking down this hibiscus potion.

It’s not actually that bad. It smells more hibiscus-y than it tastes. I think the hawthorn is giving it an herbaceous, earthy quality to it. It tastes like health.


I had no idea it was even known for supporting heart health!

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As far as medicinal teas go, the Celestial Seasonings blends work pretty well and don’t taste like punishments.

This allergy season has been atrocious. I don’t even HAVE allergies normally, but this season I apparently do. I enjoy tulsi and can safely identify all of the other ingredients in this tea, so even if it doesn’t help with the sinus irritation I’ve been dealing with for weeks now, it at least tastes familiar and is soothing to drink right before bed.


That sucks about the allergies. :(

Terri HarpLady

This has been a rough year, allergy wise, for sure. I’ve been guzzling Nettles, spraying homeopathic stuff up my nose, & I have gotten relief, but there’s always some new pollen in the air…


It’s definitely been a sniffly spring. Still, I’ll take it over snow any day!

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Dry leaf smells like hay. Steeped for about two and a half minutes in boiling water.
Taste: bitter, slightly smoky, almost citrusy. Very high quality. Good, solid breakfast tea.

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This tea tastes like smoky pretzels to me until it cools, and then it tastes like honey and molasses. It’s weird. I finally decided that I don’t really like it. Lowering my rating on it.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Salty, Smoke


Weird! I’m sure there are some people out there who would love smoky pretzels though haha.

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drank Organic Peach Cobbler by Tazo
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Cold-steeped overnight in my glass teapot. It’s soooooo much better this way! I got lots of cobbler, dessert-y taste and fresh, juicy peach. It was fabulous. My mind was blown— it was like I was drinking a totally different tea. The astringent base is completely subdued. Never drinking this hot again.

Liquid Proust

That’s what I did :)


Yes! You inspired me. :)

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drank Black Mango by The Tao of Tea
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I got 8 oz of this for $7! Unbelievable.

It’s so beautiful and delicate. I over-leafed (a chronic problem of mine) but it’s still a gorgeous tea. Mangoes have a natural perfumey quality to them from the start, and it just translates so well into tea! The black tea base is strong and nutty, and yet perfectly balanced with the sweet fragrance of the mango and the floralness of the calendula.


Flavors: Flowers, Fruity, Mango, Nutty, Perfume

Christina / BooksandTea

You know, I really should try to find more mango-flavoured teas. I still miss the bit of Marquis de Gris (Mango EG) from RiverTea that I tried once…


Well, I can certainly recommend this one! Also, mango EG sounds amazing.

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A friend of mine made me a cup of this at work today (because it’s my birthday!). I love it! It reminds me of the Harney & Sons Green Tea Coconut Thai blend, but better. Mellow, slightly nutty, buttery, pleasant. Perfect for this rainy cloudy day. Yum yum yum. :D

Flavors: Butter, Coconut, Ginger, Lemongrass


Happy Birthday!


Thank you, guys :D


Happy birthday!



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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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