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Green Tea with Lemon from Bigelow Tea

Style: Green Tea with Lemon – Region: ?????

53 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Aug. 11th, 2014

This tea is a bit meh to me. It's not bad, exactly, but it's very ordinary and not really what it should be. I like teas with lemon to have a brighter, bolder flavor. In this tea the lemon is very muted. If you want a dominant green tea flavor with just a hint of lemon, you'll probably be more impressed with this than ...

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Jin Xuan Oolong Tea from Eco-Cha

Style: Milky Oolong – Region: Nantou, Taiwan

80 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Aug. 10th, 2014

Wow, this is quite a different tea from any others I've tried. Its flavor is at once vegetal, silky, savory, and a little salty. It's almost broth-like in its flavor and texture, but far more smooth. It tastes like a tea that would be good in the winter when you're craving something substantial and comforting, but not ...

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Arya Ruby, Darjeeling First Flush 2014 from Happy Earth Tea

Style: Darjeeling First Flush – Region: Darjeeling, India

73 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Aug. 10th, 2014

Very interesting tea! It's only my second Darjeeling and, so far, I think this will be my preferred style of black tea. It doesn't have the bitterness of most black teas, and this one has a light raisin-like flavor that works quite well with the delicately savory body of the tea. The aroma smells lightly of a licorice-...

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Japanese Sencha from Bare Tea

Style: Sencha – Region: Japan

87 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
Aug. 9th, 2014

Excellent sencha! This tastes exactly like the tea I had while living in Japan. Pleasantly grassy, smoothly savory with a light sweetness. Goes great with food too. Simply great tea. Highly recommended!

Each bag has quite a lot of tea in it, so I definitely recommend both a relatively short steep time and repeated i...

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Golden Monkey from Adagio Teas

Style: Golden Monkey – Region: Fujian, China

53 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Aug. 8th, 2014

Okay, so here's the thing with this tea: I bet it's a great example of the kind of tea that it is. It has the bitterness of black tea, but in a way that feels more blended/smooth than most and gives it body. The primary other flavor I seem to identify in this robust tea is a raisin-like aroma and taste, and it has a ra...

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Ten Wu Fine Oolong from Ten Ren Tea

Style: Oolong Tea – Region: Taiwan / Formosa

43 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 3/5
Aug. 8th, 2014

Started off as a fairly nice cup of tea, but ended up a little bland for my taste. It didn't really feel distinctive to me. To be fair, though, pure oolongs aren't my favorite of the pure teas. The tea appeared to diffuse slowly and to, therefore, brew up weak for my taste. It didn't have any bad flavors, per se, but t...

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Darjeeling Makaibari from The Tea Lab

Style: Darjeeling Black Tea – Region: Darjeeling, India

73 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Aug. 7th, 2014

My first Darjeeling, and quite good! I can't detect much (if any) of the bitterness I associate with black teas. It tastes like a *good quality* version of the tea used for sweet iced tea (and unsweetened tea) in the southern U.S. If I wanted to serve tea at a summer social gathering, I could imagine brewing up a stron...

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Dragon Well Tea from Ten Ren Tea

Style: Dragon Well Tea – Region: China

57 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Aug. 7th, 2014

Not a bad tea, but not as tasty or interesting as the other dragonwell tea I've tried (by Foojoy). After a short time sitting, it brews up to a similar dark yellow/ginger color. There is a light smokiness and sometimes seems to be a hint of bitterness, but said bitterness isn't off putting. You can make a second cup, b...

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Peppermint Herbal Tea from Bigelow Tea

Style: Peppermint Tea – Region: ?????

73 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Aug. 6th, 2014

This is my first minty tea. I generally prefer peppermint over spearmint, so I was curious about this one. Definitely a clean, fresh taste. Delightful! I'm not always craving peppermint, but when I am this simple cup would satisfy that craving quite nicely without involving actual sugar (which I like to avoid, particul...

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White Tea from Ten Ren Tea

Style: White Tea – Region: Fujian, China

63 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Aug. 6th, 2014

Not a bad white tea. It tastes a bit like a hot version of unsweetened iced tea, or like a black tea without the bitterness. I haven't found a pure white tea that's a favorite yet and suspect I'll prefer flavored versions, but if this was all that was around I wouldn't be disappointed. I steeped the bag three times and...

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Earl White from Bentley's Tea

Style: Flavored White Tea – Region: Blend

63 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Aug. 5th, 2014

Quite a nice tea. The base tea and the bergamot blended well, with neither one overwhelming or dominating the other. I wasn't quite dazzled by the flavor, but this is easily the best of the "Earls" I've tried so far. The white tea isn't bitter the way that black often is, so I suspect this is how I'll like my bergamot ...

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Blueberry Green Tea from Ahmad Tea

Style: Fruit Green Tea – Region: ?????

47 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 3/5
Aug. 4th, 2014

This tea needs a really short steep time for me--say, 30 seconds--in order to be pleasing. Otherwise, it quickly becomes bitter. In fact, by the flavor, I would have guessed this was a black tea.

Not too bad if the steeping is kept brief, but there are a lot of teas I've enjoyed more.

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Gyokuro Green Tea from Arbor Teas

Style: Gyokuro – Region: Japan

87 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Aug. 3rd, 2014

This is only the second gyokuro tea I've tried. Its flavor is exactly the way I remember Teavana's, making both of these excellent--but Arbor's far less expensive. So glad I was able to try this one!

The flavor is complex, balanced, and delicious. It naturally tastes a bit sweet so that adding any sweetener would be...

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Apple Meadow (Formerly Green Apple) from Bare Tea

Style: Fruit Green Tea – Region: China

67 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5
Aug. 2nd, 2014

This is a lovely tea. The green apple flavoring was pleasant and natural, not artificial or excessively tart. It went very nicely with the green tea. Great for when you want a lightly sweet fruit tea.

I do wish the flavor was a bit stronger--the more the tea cooled down, the more muted its flavor became. So once you...

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Genmaicha Green Tea Whole Leaf from Ten Ren Tea

Style: Genmaicha – Region: ?????

67 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Aug. 1st, 2014

Not bad at all! I was pleasantly surprised by this tea. I'd had tea flavored with rice before and not cared for it, but the flavor of this one was distinctly different. Specifically, it tasted like lightly sweetened puffed rice cereal balanced with the more savory flavor of tea itself. The puffed rice was dominant for ...

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Earl Grey Green Tea from Bentley's Tea

Style: Earl Grey Green Tea – Region: Blend

60 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Jul. 31st, 2014

I like the idea of this tea a bit better than the execution, in this case. I'm not generally a fan of black teas, but bergamot is a nice flavor, so with the right green tea and done well, I bet that it would be lovely. Here, it was a bit too easy to overbrew the tea. The directions advise 2-4 minutes, but that's far to...

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Three Ginger from Pukka

Style: Herbal Tea – Region: ?????

63 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Jul. 30th, 2014

When I first smelled the tea bag I got a whiff of spicy dust that inclined me to think this would be a pretty pungent cup. In truth, it was one of the more muted ginger teas I've had. I felt that the mixture of different roots was a good choice, but would have preferred a tea with a "brighter" or more intense flavor. T...

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Todays Special Organic Ooo-long Tea With Plum (Oolong) from Blue Q

Style: Flavored Oolong – Region: ?????

63 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Jul. 29th, 2014

Oooh, now this is an interesting tea. I wouldn't be in the right mood for it all the time, but when you need just a hint of fruitness or sweetness it's just about right. The scent is quite pleasant--it reminds me of a plum wine or even sake. It seems that oolong was a pretty good choice to blend with plum. There must b...

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Lung Ching (Lungching) Green Tea from Foojoy

Style: Dragon Well Tea – Region: China

70 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Jul. 28th, 2014

This is the first dragon well tea I've tried and, based on my experience, I really must try more. There is an undertone of baked flavor, but I like it and think it compliments the tea well. It adds complexity without becoming dominant.

I brewed this at 175 °F for 3 minutes. Interestingly, the appearance changed not...

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Lemon & Lime Twist from Ahmad Tea

Style: Fruit Black Tea – Region: Blend

50 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 3/5
Jul. 28th, 2014

With the first brewing I could detect a lime scent, but it was fairly subdued. The citrus flavors are even more muted when drinking. They did seem to smooth out the black tea for me, but not enough. I would have appreciated a brighter tasting cup.

There's a hint of bitterness at the end, though it wasn't intense. Th...

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Dong Ding Oolong Tea from Eco-Cha

Style: Oolong Tea – Region: Nantou, Taiwan

53 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5
Jul. 27th, 2014

I definitely noticed a nutty/roasted flavor and aroma in this tea. That isn't my favorite flavor to find in tea, but it tastes of good quality and would likely be very enjoyable to someone who *does* have that preference.

I brewed it at 195 °F and steeped it for 3 minutes. This gave it plenty of flavor without turn...

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Premium Green Tea from Stash Tea

Style: Green Tea – Region: Brazil

53 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Jul. 26th, 2014

I would agree with others that it's a little grassy and bitter. It's drinkable, but not a favorite. It has a slightly baked aroma that isn't for me. It reminds me a little of teas make with rice. Inside the bag the pieces are very small, like dust.

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Strawberry Sensation Black Tea from Ahmad Tea

Style: Fruit Black Tea – Region: Blend

50 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 3/5
Jul. 25th, 2014

Not my tea, unfortunately--too strong with the black tea flavor for me. The little bit of strawberry flavor made the bitterness a little more palatable, so I certainly enjoyed this more than I would a simple black tea. The aroma was better, with the same two elements but with the fruit coming through a bit more strongl...

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Oprah Chai Herbal Blend from Teavana

Style: Chai / Spiced Tea – Region: Blend

77 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
Jul. 21st, 2014

Heads Up: I need to redo this rating, as I'm sure I was not rating the herbal version.

I was worried about this tea due to it seeming gimmicky, but I was pleasantly surprised how very tasty it was. Full flavor balanced between spiciness and sweetness. I would happily drink this many, many times. I should note that t...

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Lu Lu Lemony White from Positiffitea

Style: Flavored White Tea – Region: ?????

73 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jul. 19th, 2014

The lemon flavor is very, very muted compared to what I expected. I tried it first without anything added and wasn't crazy about it. However, once I added sugar the flavor was amazing! I don't normally add sugar or anything else, but this is one time when it worked out splendidly.

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