585 Tasting Notes

drank Red Chai Masala by Organic India
585 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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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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drank Cinnamon Chalet by Tazo
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Changed my mind on this one. It’s weak. Comes out tasting like cinnamon flavored water. Typical Tazo— overpriced and overrated. This would be better if they had used more rooibos in the sachets.

Flavors: Apple, Cinnamon

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drank Cinnamon Chalet by Tazo
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Quite liked this one! It tastes like apple pie. Perfect for the fall. I would only ever drink it hot, on cold dark November nights. I get apple and cinnamon most prominently.

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Tried this one over the weekend. I think the water temp was too high, because it tasted cooked to me. But the peach flavoring tasted genuine and refreshing to me, and the bloom was orange and delicate and gorgeous. Blooming teas are such a delight for all the senses. This was my first white, non-jasmine flavored one, and I loved it. If the water were just a titch bit cooler, I’m sure the white tea base would have tasted more on-point.

Flavors: Peach, Sweet

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drank Ginger Kick by Higher Living
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Wuuuuh, it’s FREEZING outside! Parts of my state are actually already getting snow! Fall and spring don’t last nearly long enough anymore.

Having a cup of this to warm myself up and also to ward off any wind-sickness I might get from wearing an inadequately warm jacket and having the tops of my feet exposed. I love ginger; it’s such a magical herb. This particular tea is rather unexciting though, so once it’s sipped down I’ll be in the market for a better ginger base blend.

Flavors: Ginger, Spicy

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This tea is amazing. Huge chunks of strawberry and big tea leaves. The earthy quality of the pu erh works really really well with the sweet tartness of the strawberry. I get a lot of vanilla bean too. Just yummy. Beautiful and healthy way to start the day.

Flavors: Earth, Strawberry, Sweet, Vanilla

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drank Strawberry Cream by Teavana
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I really liked this one. Mooched it off a coworker yesterday. There are real chunks of strawberry in it and it smells like candy once it’s steeped. The liquor is a gorgeous bright pink color. We used a very cool water temp (appropriate, because it’s a white tea base) and it came out very mild and sweet.

Note-wise, it’s not very complex. Basically I get vanilla, strawberry, and a bite of tartness from the hibby. About what you’d expect. Good nonetheless! Felt like dessert, without being laden with calories and regret.

Flavors: Candy, Cream, Strawberry, Sweet, Tart, Vanilla

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drank Minty Igloo by Nourish Tea
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Slept badly last night and woke up a bit sick this morning… Had to call into work late. Fun times. Dug this out of my cabinet to settle my stomach. I threw a CS Honey & Ginseng Green teabag in it for a little caffeine and flavor variety. The pairing was okay. Nice and mild and healthy-tasting. Both teas are very old, so the flavor wasn’t super strong, which is fine with me because plain mint tea can be overwhelmingly strong sometimes. The honey notes in the green tea came out nicely, and I felt better after I finished the cup.

Flavors: Earth, Honey, Perfume, Sweet

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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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