585 Tasting Notes

drank Lotus by Tazo
585 tasting notes

I love love love this tea. It’s so soothing and light. Not a huge fan of Tazo or of green tea usually, but this one is pretty awesome as a mid-morning cuppa. Lotus has a very nice, soft, floral vibe to it that makes me feel like everything is going to be okay.

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You would think this tea would be edgy, spicy, and maybe even bitter, but it’s really not. They added cinnamon, which balanced everything out. It steeps a nice orange color and tastes mostly of ginger and cinnamon. It’s very soothing and homely and just a well-made tea in general.

I bought it for my knee, which has been bothering me lately. Ginger and turmeric have anti inflammatory properties so I figured it was worth a shot. Down the hatch it goes!

Flavors: Cinnamon, Ginger, Spices, Sweet

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Dealt with one very annoying customer and one very rude one yesterday. Went home and cooked the stress away— made cold soba noodle salad for the week. I had some leftover fresh ginger when I was done, so I grated it into boiling water and drank that last night. It was very strong and spicy, but warming and healthfully energizing and revitalizing. It was also a cheerful yellow color, which didn’t hurt.

Now, I also somehow managed to sprain my ankle and hurt my knee sometime around Thursday or Friday last week, so I’ve also been dealing with that pain. I swear to God, though, drinking the ginger broth helped. I woke up this morning with no pain at all!

Sometimes the best cures have to be stumbled upon by random happenstance, I guess.

Flavors: Ginger, Spicy

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Cold-steeped 10-12 bags of this in a gallon of water overnight. The result is a VERY potent but tasty iced tea. The cold-steeping brings forth the honey note most prevalently, although the lemon lingers in the aftertaste quite pleasantly. I like to cold-steep green teas because it eliminates the chances of bitterness— you can’t “cook” the leaves if the water is cold.

Had a glass of it with SEVERAL ice cubes and a bowl of ginger scallion soba noodle salad that I made, and I have to say, the pairing made a perfect summer meal.

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drank Jasmine Green Tea by Twinings
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Got my medical issue sorted out and I’m feeling a lot better… Although the fire alarm testing in my work building this morning wasn’t helpful.

Green tea is so soothing and revitalizing. I really wish I had better means to make it loose at work, but alas, this bagged one will do. Twinings is a good company, at least.

I taste flowers and perfume. Broth-y mouthfeel.


Glad you’re feeling better!

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My panic disorder has been flaring up these past few weeks… I don’t for one second believe that this bagged tea is curing anything, but it does seem to help me sleep, which is a plus. And it tastes so good. Lavender is the most perfect herb on the planet.

I appreciate this blend especially because I recognize all of the ingredients. Yogi likes to put weird stuff in their teas (what the hell is a schizandra berry?) which makes me a little apprehensive. But this one is just what you need when you’re anxious: soothing, mild, naturally sweet, no funky random herbs and berries. Reliable.

Flavors: Flowers, Honey, Lavender, Milk, Sweet


Ditto. I love lavender! It’s the only herb that actually helps me with sleeping. I’m adding this to my wishlist.


One of my favorites by this company, definitely :)

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drank PG Tips by PG Tips
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Best. Builder’s tea. Ever. Seriously, this with a splash of skim milk and I feel ready to take on the day . Ready for anything, really. It’s hearty, earthy, strong, sturdy as a rock. It’s the regular drip coffee of the tea world. I had two cuppas this morning. (I need it— we’re short-staffed this week and I am in no mood for peoples’ whining and complaining.)


Flavors: Earth, Grass

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I’m sure my coworkers think I’m insane, drinking hot tea in 90° F weather, but I’mma do me.
First day back from a vacation is usually brutal, but today is okay so far.
I do love this dandelion tea. It’s roasty and bready and cocoa-y and comforting. Wish it came in a bigger box!

Flavors: Baked Bread, Cocoa, Dandelion, Roasted, Roasted nuts, Toast

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drank White Moon by Basilur
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The cooler the water temp, the better. The yucky latex taste is diminished somewhat and it tastes more like a normal green tea. A milky-sweet scent permeates the liquor. It’s a cheap tea, no doubt about it. But it is serviceable enough in a pinch.

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Absolutely divine. Tasted just like those chocolate orange slices that you can get around Christmas time. Perfect with milk. It was good as a dessert tea. The chocolate was very strong and the orange was kind of like an afternote. It was very very nice.

Flavors: Chocolate, Citrus, Dark Chocolate, Milk, Orange

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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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