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Tropical Hibiscus Herbal Tea from Simply Balanced

Style: Hibiscus Tea – Region: ?????

83 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5 Overall: /10
Jul. 12th, 2014

I tried this tea hoping it'd be a less expensive version of the full leaf Passion flavor by Tazo. It isn't as sophisticated or as sweet as that tea, but it's quite good--especially when you're in the mood for something tart!

A deep reddish purple quickly diffuses once the water is poured. The smell is quite nice and...

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Blueberry Green Tea from Republic of Tea

Style: Fruit Green Tea – Region: Blend

70 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5 Overall: /10
Jul. 11th, 2014

I made this three times and noticed that it varies quite a bit depending on how it is prepared. The best result came from using freshly boiled water (normally, green tea gets a lower temperature) and a steep time of only a few minutes. The flavor then is quite pleasant and smooth, but not especially strong.

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Honeybush Orange from Adagio Teas

Style: Flavored Honeybush – Region: ?????

67 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5 Overall: /10
Jul. 11th, 2014

Sweet, with an almost creamy orange flavor that tastes balanced, not fake. I enjoyed it except that it tasted watery compared to other adagio teas I've tried--though this might have been because it was a different barista at the tea shop this time. Maybe it was made weaker. Still, the flavor it did have was lovely, and...

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Keemun Concerto from Adagio Teas

Style: Keemun Mao Feng – Region: Anhui, China

57 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5 Overall: /10
Jul. 8th, 2014

Very interesting tea. It has a robust flavor that's hard to pin down in words. The dominant flavor is one that's savory and fruity at the same time. Perhaps akin to the flavor of sourdough bread? It tastes almost like a black tea, but without the bitterness that causes me to dislike most black teas. Of the tea I've tri...

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Milk Oolong from Republic of Tea

Style: Milky Oolong – Region: Fujian, China

70 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5 Overall: /10
Jul. 7th, 2014

I'm honestly not sure whether or not I'm tasting the "milky" quality intended, but silky and smooth are quite accurate. I would also say it has a soothing, muted, simple flavor. I've only tried a few straight oolongs and not been a big fan of them, but this one tastes quite comforting. It'd made a very nice everyday dr...

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Blueberry Black Tea from Spice and Tea Exchange

Style: Fruit Black Tea – Region: Yunnan, China

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

Definitely one of the best black teas I've tried. It isn't bitter (even though I accidentally brewed it for almost 9 minutes), and the blueberry flavor goes with it very well. The fruitiness is present, but not overwhelming and the flavor seems natural. As usual, I didn't add any sugar, milk, or lemon juice.

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Masala Chai from Adagio Teas

Style: Chai / Spiced Tea – Region: Sri Lanka / Ceylon

90 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5 Overall: /10
Jul. 1st, 2014

The aroma may be the best part of this tea, with the flavor being a solid second. The smell is just about perfect if you're in the mood for something at once spicy and comforting.

The flavor was full and satisfying, though I'd personally prefer a tiny bit of sweetness be added to the flavor. So I ended up adding a b...

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Calm Chamomile Full Leaf from Tazo Tea

Style: Chamomile Blend – Region: Blend

57 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5 Overall: /10
Jun. 27th, 2014

Still trying to give chamomile a chance, but it's not really working out. This doesn't have a bad taste and seems like a quality product, and the additional flavors (most notably, mint) aren't bad choices, but as a whole they don't fall together for me. I won't be getting this one again.

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Calypso Green from Adagio Teas

Style: Fruit Green Tea – Region: China

97 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5 Overall: /10
Jun. 26th, 2014

Now THIS is what a blended green tea should taste like! Love the fruitiness. I tried this twice, once hot and once iced, and both times it was excellent. It was prepared for me at a local coffee shop, so I can't give recommendations on steep time, but I'll be sure to ask them next time I get tea there.

Very smooth, ...

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Earl Grey Full Leaf from Tazo Tea

Style: Earl Grey Tea – Region: Blend

60 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5 Overall: /10
Jun. 23rd, 2014

I wanted to try another Earl Grey to make sure I properly gave that flavor a shot: I'm now more sure that black teas aren't my bag.

I think that someone who actually likes black tea (especially with a slight bitterness) would find this one pleasant. The bergamot and lavender work well together, both as a flavor and ...

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Special Gunpowder from Temple of Heaven

Style: Gunpowder Green Tea – Region: China

83 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5 Overall: /10
Jun. 18th, 2014

The scent is very muted, but once you take a sip the flavor is pleasant and of good strength. It's definitely got a vegetal, almost savory feel to it, yet it isn't bitter at all. I like the taste and think it would pair it well with meals. It's quite good on its own, too. I haven't tried too many Chinese teas, but gunp...

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Zen Full Leaf from Tazo Tea

Style: Flavored Green Tea – Region: Blend

63 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5 Overall: /10
Jun. 17th, 2014

If you're in three mood for a lightly minty green tea, this one isn't bad. The flavors are smoother, subtler, and more harmonious than their herbal mint tea.

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Gyokuro Imperial Green Tea from Teavana

Style: Gyokuro – Region: Japan

70 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5 Overall: /10
Jun. 17th, 2014

Very nice green tea. It has a flavor somewhere between nutty and also fruity, if green tea were a fruit. Naturally sweet enough, it needs no sweetener. You'll want to steep it briefly and drink it somewhat quickly, as the taste can go bitter even after it's done steeping.

I only wish the price was lower.

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Refresh Mint Full Leaf from Tazo Tea

Style: Mint Tea – Region: ?????

60 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5 Overall: /10
Jun. 1st, 2014

Not a bad drink. I'm not as into the flavor of spearmint as I am peppermint, but if what you're in the mood for is mint it's a pretty good balance. This won't be a favorite of mine, but I suspect that's largely because the flavor profile isn't really me. The quality of the tea seems pretty good. It doesn't have an arti...

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Rooted Raspberry Tea from Positiffitea

Style: Flavored Green Tea – Region: Blend

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5 Overall: /10
May. 23rd, 2014

This is the first time I've really enjoyed a flavored green tea. More often I prefer my green tea pure, but the raspberry in this works really, really well. It's the kind of tea I could see becoming an "everyday" type with me. The aroma was pleasantly fruity too.

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Bumble Bee White Tea from Positiffitea

Style: Flavored White Tea – Region: Blend

60 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5 Overall: /10
May. 23rd, 2014

With a name referencing bees, I mistakenly assumed the flavor would be of honey. It turned out the bee reference is due to the assortment of flowers included in the drink.

This tea is perfectly fine for a white tea. It didn't overwhelm me with awesomeness, but I think regular white tea drinkers may really enjoy it.

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Tazo Chai Full Leaf from Tazo Tea

Style: Chai / Spiced Tea – Region: ?????

80 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 2/5 Overall: /10
May. 23rd, 2014

Complex, robust, and pleasant. Love this tea. Without even placing it near my face, there was a strongly peppery aroma. There are an assortment of spices in here, several of which I'm sure I can't identify. But they all went very well together.

The main thing is not to let it overbrew, as this makes it a bitter blac...

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Organic Green Tea Soothing Ginger from Simply Balanced

Style: Flavored Green Tea – Region: ?????

53 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5 Overall: /10
Apr. 29th, 2014

With this tea I notice distinctly but subtly the flavors of both green tea and ginger. There has to be better ginger green teas out there, but this one isn't bad. I don't know what kind of green tea they used, but it doesn't seem like a messy blend the way that Tazo's version of this tea did. I bought my 20 bag pack fo...

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Green Ginger from Tazo Tea

Style: Flavored Green Tea – Region: China

37 / 100 Aroma: 3/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 3/5 Overall: /10
Apr. 29th, 2014

I was really hoping for better. I think the fact that it's a green tea blend rather than a specifically chosen variety of green tea may have been part of the problem. It's a bit of a mess without any clear standout flavors, imo. I didn't notice any specific pear flavor, and even the ginger was fairly muted rather than ...

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Passion Full Leaf from Tazo Tea

Style: Herbal Tea – Region: Blend

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5 Overall: /10
Apr. 28th, 2014

This has long been my favorite of the Tazo teas, and with its full leaf form it has managed to improve. The taste is very full and juicy, almost like drinking a hot juice with no sugar added. (Sweetness would only spoil this tea.) The flavor is quite tart, but not acidic. It has a mouthfeel that sort of clings to your ...

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Blueberry Rooibos from Rishi Tea

Style: Fruit Rooibos – Region: Blend

87 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5 Overall: /10
Apr. 20th, 2014

Slowly but surely, I'm realizing that rooibos may be my favorite base for flavored teas. The aroma of this one before being brewed is intensely of blueberry, which I love. The flavor of the drink is both more subtle and more balanced. For me, this makes it a solid anytime tea. I brewed it fairly long, six minutes, but ...

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Pu-erh Ginger from Rishi Tea

Style: Flavored Pu-erh – Region: Blend

70 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5 Overall: /10
Apr. 18th, 2014

This is a very interesting tea. It's got the body of a black/breakfast tea, but a flavor I prefer over that kind. The ginger works well with the pu-erh, which has an almost raw fish-like aroma and flavor that is better than that description might make it sound. This tea works really well with food.

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Fiery Chai from Simply Balanced

Style: Rooibos Chai / Spiced Rooibos – Region: South Africa

60 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5 Overall: /10
Apr. 9th, 2014

This isn't a bad tea, but it would be more impressive if the flavor felt fuller. A more robust rooibos taste might make it feel more substantial. Or, perhaps I need to try this using two tea bags instead of one. I may try that next time.

Still, with a bit of spice and no sweetness, when you're craving something that...

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Matcha Maker from Good Earth Teas

Style: Flavored Green Tea – Region: ?????

33 / 100 Aroma: 3/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 3/5 Overall: /10
Mar. 31st, 2014

Wow. This tea has a little too much going on with it and, for me, it just doesn't come together. Green tea and citrus don't strike me as complementary, and the licorice and stevia create excessive sweetness. (I'm not generally a licorice fan, but got this not realizing how much influence it would have.)

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Vanilla Rooibos Parfait Full Leaf from Tazo Tea

Style: Flavored Rooibos – Region: Blend

77 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 2/5 Overall: /10
Mar. 24th, 2014

I really like this one. It's sweet, smells nice, and has a robust flavor mixture that complements rooibos very well without overpowering it. I only wish the flavor was even more robust or even creamy. I bet this would make a lovely dessert tea if it was more creamy.

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