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Bailz

(1 review)
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Wild Orange Blossom Herbal Tea from Teavana

Style: Fruit (Herbal) Tea – Region: Blend

77 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5 Overall: 8/10
Jan. 1st, 2017

Very nice tea. Fruit forward in the aroma and flavor but a floral note lingers. I added a spoon of rock sugar to bring out some of the nuance. Certainly not inexpensive as a teavana product but I'd recommend.

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Tchuggin' Okie

(58 reviews)
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Vanilla Chai Black Tea from Bigelow Tea

Style: Vanilla Chai – Region: ?????

73 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5 Overall: 7/10
Dec. 30th, 2016

One of the things I enjoy with either newly attempted teas, or favorite and familiar ones, is to breathe deeply from the freshly opened packaging and take in the scent of the dried tea. Since this concoction is labeled as vanilla with chai, I had a very well-defined, preconceived notion of how this would smell. Not e...

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eatonet

(1 review)
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Emperor's Clouds and Mist Green Tea from Teavana

Style: Green Tea – Region: China

90 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5 Overall: 9/10
Dec. 29th, 2016

This is a very nice tea. The trick is to rein in it's flavor, because it is VERY strong.

I typically brew half the amount of leaf I would normally. Cast iron, 1.5 - 2 minutes. Keep water cooler (75-80*C).

1st steep: Vegetal and grassy with a hint of sweetness and a touch of smokiness. An intense freshness.

2n...

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Nat Zorach

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Pineapple Kona Pop Herbal Tea from Teavana

Style: Herbal Tea – Region: Blend

93 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5 Overall: 10/10
Dec. 27th, 2016

I go through this stuff fairly quickly. It's sweet but not sugary, aromatic but benign enough to be useful in a number of different drinking contexts, and it's fruity-- fruitily tart, one might say, but neither sour nor aggressive. Well-balanced, one might say.

In the summer, I cold-brew it in 24 oz. mason jars like...

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Monk

(17 reviews)
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High Mountain Taiwan Alishan from Music City Tea

Style: High Mountain Oolong – Region: Taiwan / Formosa

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5 Overall: 8/10
Dec. 24th, 2016

One of the 3 or 4 high mountain Taiwan oolongs that Music City offers. The company pretty much uses the same description for each of them, so I think a little more detail would be nice.
I usually get my green oolongs from Upton, but am always on the lookout for light oolongs from other companies so gave this one a ...

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Big Red Robe from Music City Tea

Style: Da Hong Pao – Region: Wuyi, Fujian, China

87 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5 Overall: 9/10
Dec. 22nd, 2016

Yet another tea from this company that I've been ordering lately. Originally, I received a free sample of their Big Red Robe along with a few gaiwans I ordered from them. Since then I've been buying this tea regularly.

As I understand it, this is one of the "house teas" that comes from the owner's tea farming vil...

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Tchuggin' Okie

(58 reviews)
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Assam Pure from Murchie's Tea & Coffee Ltd

Style: Assam – Region: Assam, India

87 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5 Overall: 9/10
Dec. 22nd, 2016

Murchie's website touts this Assam as, "especially good where water conditions overpower more delicate teas". As someone who likes strong and unpretentious teas, that caught my attention, even though my well water is good. And it's cool of them to be considerate of folks with poor water and offer a tea supposedly int...

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Monk

(17 reviews)
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Gui Fei Oolong from Music City Tea

Style: Oolong Tea – Region: Taiwan / Formosa

97 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5 Overall: 9/10
Dec. 22nd, 2016

I am still fairly new to oolongs. Wow there is such variety, hard to pronounce names, entire worlds of flavor and aroma...I doubt I could explore them all in one lifetime :)

I had never heard of Gui Fei oolong. There doesn't seem to be a lot of information about this oolong, unless it's perhaps known by other name...

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Alex Zorach

(1251 reviews)
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African CTC from Murchie's Tea & Coffee Ltd

Style: Black Tea – Region: ?????

83 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5 Overall: 8/10
Dec. 21st, 2016

The dry leaf has a pleasant aroma that is much more complex than typical for CTC teas...there are notes of spice that remind me of Christmas as a child.

Produces a very rich and aromatic cup. Before sipping, the aroma suggests sweetness, being creamy and almost candy-like. But upon sipping, pleasantly bitter. Ful...

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Tchuggin' Okie

(58 reviews)
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Sweet Dreams Herbal Tea from Bigelow Tea

Style: Herbal Tea – Region: ?????

57 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 3/5 Overall: 5/10
Dec. 21st, 2016

Have you ever tried to mix paints and stopped before the colors blended, when you had a swirl of mostly separate colors instead of the full, distinct, evenly distributed hue for which you aimed? This is the herbal-tea equivalent.

Better aroma than taste...this tea can't establish its identity inside the mouth, so...

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Alex Zorach

(1251 reviews)
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Camomile from Basilur

Style: Chamomile Tea – Region: ?????

83 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5 Overall: 8/10
Dec. 20th, 2016

Wow, the tea bag was exceptionally fresh smelling, with a rich, complex aroma suggestive of high-quality chamomile. The smell is fruity and pleasant, I find it very comforting.

Upon brewing, the tea bag gets a bit mushy or slimy, but besides that, this smells and tastes on the level of a high-quality, loose-leaf ba...

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Monk

(17 reviews)
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Bai Lin Gong Fu Organic from Music City Tea

Style: Black Tea – Region: Wuyi, Fujian, China

87 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5 Overall: 8/10
Dec. 19th, 2016

So ever since a local shop stopped carrying my favorite teas I haven't really purchased much black tea lately.
I've been impressed with this company's teas so far, and went ahead and added this one to a recent order.

The aroma of the dry, thin, slightly curly leaves is very nice...caramel and maybe a little fresh ...

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Alex Zorach

(1251 reviews)
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Magnolia Oolong from Murchie's Tea & Coffee Ltd

Style: Flavored Oolong – Region: China

83 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5 Overall: 8/10
Dec. 19th, 2016

This was an interesting tea; I love scented oolongs, and I love trying floral-scented teas other than the usual jasmine, so I jumped on the opportunity to try this one when I saw my parents had ordered some.

The dry leaf is surprisingly dark, looking like a darker-roast oolong, but upon opening the tin there was a s...

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Tchuggin' Okie

(58 reviews)
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Cinnamon Apple Herbal Tea from Bigelow Tea

Style: Herbal Tea – Region: ?????

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5 Overall: 8/10
Dec. 17th, 2016

Not even realizing I had a bag of this, I discovered it while digging in my pantry's tea shelves for something else. Guess my wife won't miss just one bag, eh...especially if there was only one in there. ;-)

Overall, I liked this tea a lot. The real apple pieces are quite visible inside the bag, and impart the gr...

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Alex Zorach

(1251 reviews)
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Spice Dragon Red Chai Herbal Tea from Stash Tea

Style: Rooibos Chai / Spiced Rooibos – Region: Blend

53 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5 Overall: 5/10
Dec. 16th, 2016

The tea bag smells overwhelmingly like cinnamon and nothing else.

Upon brewing, the cinnamon is not quite as domineering, but it's still the principle aroma. I can smell the clove, but it's a struggle to notice the base rooibos. This herbal tea is initially smooth and easy to drink; there's little bitterness or as...

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Tchuggin' Okie

(58 reviews)
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Mandarin Orange Spice from China Mist

Style: Flavored Black Tea – Region: ?????

60 / 100 Aroma: 3/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5 Overall: 7/10
Dec. 15th, 2016

Here's another tea I got at a motel breakfast area, but that can be ordered online. If you're familiar with Bigelow's Constant Comment, the taste is a slightly lower-order approximation of that, but without cloves, about the same orange level, similar strength but slightly lower quantity of black tea. Much weaker aro...

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Organic Red Leaf Mint from Seattle's Finest Teas

Style: Miscellaneous Blend – Region: Blend

90 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5 Overall: 9/10
Dec. 13th, 2016

Whoa, where to start with this sublime face-slapper. Perhaps the best one-word characterization of both the smell and aroma, in a good way, is "explosive".

Because there are so many ingredients, all natural and organic, more discriminating palates than mine probably can conjure up all manner of nuances, notes, un...

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Earl Grey -- Kericho Highlands Estate from Numi Organic Tea

Style: Earl Grey Tea – Region: Kenya

70 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5 Overall: 7/10
Dec. 13th, 2016

Wow, if the name of this tea were any longer, it would need to be hauled in on a freight train. Fortunately the flavor still is there by the time one is finished reciting its name. :-)

This for now is a food-service tea, apparently different than Numi's "Aged Earl Grey" (which I have not tasted yet), and offered...

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Irish Breakfast from Murchie's Tea & Coffee Ltd

Style: Irish Breakfast – Region: Blend

80 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5 Overall: 8/10
Dec. 13th, 2016

I haven't tried many Irish style (Afternoon or Breakfast) teas, so my opinions thereon may not be worth the electrons wasted to paint these letters across your screen. Regardless, I haven't had a bad one yet. Murchie's various black-tea offerings have proven to be right up in the top echelon of any black teas I've ha...

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Bergkräuter from SPAR

Style: Herbal Tea – Region: Blend

43 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 1/5 Value: 3/5 Overall: 3/10
Dec. 12th, 2016

Since several folks reading this site may travel to Europe at some point and be tempted to buy some in the ubiquitous SPAR supermarkets, let this be a warning.

Upon seeing this on the tea shelves, I thought, "European, herbal, organic...must be good, right?" Since they won't permit customers to tear open a box an...

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Peneope

(1 review)
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Original Green Tea from Carrington Tea

Style: Green Tea – Region: ?????

83 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5 Overall: 8/10
Dec. 12th, 2016

Best green tea I've ever had. Even friends who don't normally care for green tea, love this.

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Tchuggin' Okie

(58 reviews)
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Simply Mint (Organic) from China Mist

Style: Mint Tea – Region: ?????

57 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5 Overall: 6/10
Dec. 12th, 2016

As I mentioned in a review for Badia's mint blend, spearmint is a flavor I tend to avoid, even in blends, as for me it dilutes or detracts from peppermint. That said, this seemed to strike a good balance such that the peppermint still dominates and is the featured ingredient. The spearmint sits in the background, mas...

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Irish Afternoon Tea from Connemara Kitchen

Style: Black Tea – Region: ?????

83 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5 Overall: 9/10
Dec. 12th, 2016

My daughter originally brought a tin of this tea back from her visit to Ireland, as a gift to my wife, and my wife was instantly hooked. She just craves this tea. After trying some I see why. It's her favorite Irish tea, and mine as well (with Murchie's being a close second). In fact, I'd drink more than the few ba...

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Nuwara Eliya from Tea Tang

Style: Ceylon Black Tea – Region: Sri Lanka / Ceylon

70 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5 Overall: 7/10
Dec. 12th, 2016

The regal, royal language on the packaging and website convey an image of heavenly bliss upon being graced with the blessing of having this tea's flavor touch one's tongue. Well, it ain't that spectacular, but this curiously named offering is fairly delicious.

As sometimes is the case, I got an unopened and seale...

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Estate Blend Tea from Bromley Tea

Style: Black Tea – Region: Blend

60 / 100 Aroma: 3/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5 Overall: 7/10
Dec. 12th, 2016

You could do worse. I got this as a default black tea served at a local breakfast joint in Tulsa (at least they don't use Lipton like seemingly 99.99999% of everyone else!). Yes, it's richer than Lipton (not hard to accomplish), and not bad overall on the flavor side, but with a rather feeble aroma, both in the bag a...

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