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Lady Grey from Twinings

Style: Fruit Black Tea – Region: Blend

53 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5 Overall: 5/10
Feb. 23rd, 2014

Meh. Again, I was underwhelmed by this tea from Twinings. Like their Earl Grey tea, I certainly appreciated the use of citrus to balance out the black tea. However, I found the overall effect unimpressive. I really need to try a high quality Earl Grey or Lady Grey tea to give these styles a fair shot. I'm glad I have a...

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Earl Grey from Twinings

Style: Earl Grey Tea – Region: ?????

60 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5 Overall: 6/10
Feb. 23rd, 2014

This was my first time tasting an Earl Grey tea. I definitely appreciated the bergamot orange balancing out the black tea flavor a bit, though it still wasn't enough for me to outright enjoy this tea. On its own, it was still too tanniny, or something (bitter isn't quite the right word). With food (I had fried eggs) it...

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Irish Breakfast from Twinings

Style: Irish Breakfast – Region: ?????

47 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 3/5 Overall: 5/10
Feb. 23rd, 2014

Though they ended up with the same score, I actually liked the Irish Breakfast slightly better than the English Breakfast from Twinings. Unfortunately, to say I "enjoyed" it would still be too strong.

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English Breakfast from Twinings

Style: English Breakfast – Region: ?????

47 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 3/5 Overall: 5/10
Feb. 23rd, 2014

I'm not sure if I'll ever be crazy about black teas. I got a sampler pack of Twinings black teas so that I could try out my tastes, and this one was the most *meh* to me. Neither the aroma nor the taste were my style. I think I'll bring the remainder of these to work for others to use.

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Hawaii Cocktail from TeaFrog

Style: Herbal Tea – Region: Blend

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5 Overall: 8/10
Feb. 17th, 2014

I loved this fruity tea. It needed no sweetener and had a very sweet, pleasant, substantive aroma. It's an "herbal" tea (no actual tea in it), but is nevertheless excellent.

I tried this at a friend's house and do not know what she paid for it -- hence, I gave the value an average rating, but really I don't know the...

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Green Tea (Teabags) from Teatulia

Style: Green Tea – Region: Bangladesh

53 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 4/5 Overall: 4/10
Feb. 4th, 2014

I like the scent of this tea, both in the tea bag and from the tea itself. Without any sweetener added (my preferred method), the taste was a bit too tanniny, I think. The flavor wasn't exactly bitter, but it wasn't particularly pleasant.

When I added a small bit of sugar to the second steep, this notably improved t...

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Jasmine Green (Formerly Monkey King) from Numi Organic Tea

Style: Jasmine Tea – Region: Hunan, China

67 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5 Overall: 6/10
Feb. 1st, 2014

This tea had a strong jasmine scent that was very pleasant. The green tea wasn't as distinct of a scent for me, though once I began sipping it was definitely counter-balancing the jasmine. This one tasted a *lot* like flowering teas I've had in the past.

For the second steeping, I added a bit of honey, but found tha...

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Caramel Almond Amaretti from Teavana

Style: Herbal Tea – Region: Blend

77 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5 Overall: 8/10
Jan. 27th, 2014

I like the flavor, aroma, and color of this tea. (It's bright pink due to the beetroot in it.) It doesn't actually have any tea or herb leaves in it, but I still like it. Its sweetness is nice and subtle -- just enough, so that I don't feel the need to add any sweetener. The apple and beetroot give it a not-quite-fruit...

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Organic Ginger from Traditional Medicinals

Style: Wellness Tea / Medicinal Tea – Region: ?????

47 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 3/5 Overall: 4/10
Jan. 25th, 2014

This tea was disappointing. It didn't have the brightness or pungency that I was expecting, and that I have had in other simple, pure ginger "teas" (the only ingredient in this one was ginger -- no actual tea). Since the "gingery" quality was dull, the lack of any other flavor to compliment it was very notable. There i...

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Lemon Ginger from Yogi Tea

Style: Wellness Tea / Medicinal Tea – Region: Blend

73 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5 Overall: 8/10
Jan. 25th, 2014

As a fan of both lemon and ginger, I got plenty of those flavors in this tea and enjoyed both. Though I think "medicinal" teas generally oversell their usefulness for addressing specific ailments, I could certainly see how the citrus and spice in this would make you *feel* better if you had the sniffles. Also, when my ...

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Vanilla Bean from Mighty Leaf Tea

Style: Vanilla Black Tea – Region: Blend

47 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5 Overall: 4/10
Jan. 24th, 2014

This tea has, unsurprisingly, a distinctly 'black tea lightly sweetened with vanilla' aroma. (In fact, the only other ingredient listed is "natural flavors".) In general, I like the simplicity of its design. After tasting it, I'm a fan of the vanilla, but I think I may not be a black tea person. I prefer teas that don'...

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Chamomile, Vanilla & Manuka Honey from Pukka

Style: Chamomile Blend – Region: Blend

60 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5 Overall: 6/10
Jan. 23rd, 2014

This tea is quite nice and has a soothing aroma. It's hard to place whether the scent is vanilla or chamomile, but it's distinctly "one note". To be fair, I've had these tea bags for quite a long time, so perhaps it has gone stale or lost some of its oomf.

I tried the second steep with some sugar added, which gave i...

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Gunpowder Green Tea - Temple of Heaven from Numi Organic Tea

Style: Gunpowder Green Tea – Region: ?????

73 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5 Overall: 8/10
Jan. 22nd, 2014

A 3 minute or so steep was good for me with this tea, which brewed to an amber color. It reminds me of teas I drank and enjoyed while living in Japan (though this style is actually from China). The smell, pleasantly "grassy", is muted until your face is in the cup, but very nice. It feels, for me, like a tea of nostalg...

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Organic Ginger Pear White Tea from Trader Joe's

Style: Fruit White Tea – Region: Blend

43 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 3/5 Overall: 4/10
Jan. 21st, 2014

To be fair, it takes me awhile to get through tea and I've had these packets a long time. So perhaps the tea has gone stale. I think I liked it a bit more when I first bought it.

As of now, I'm not detecting any distinct ginger and very little pear. The flavor isn't bad, but is very meh. For my second cup I added ho...

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Samurai Chai Mate from Teavana

Style: Flavored Yerba Maté – Region: Blend

63 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5 Overall: 7/10
Jan. 20th, 2014

Though the instructions say to steep this tea 5-6 minutes, I've found steeping it for 4 produces a more delicate flavor that I prefer. The only distinct aroma I can smell is a light cinnamon scent. It's not an especially complex tea, but it's nice.

I remember getting this because I enjoyed their free sample at the s...

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Spiced Apple Cider from Teavana

Style: Rooibos Chai / Spiced Rooibos – Region: Blend

60 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5 Overall: 7/10
Jan. 17th, 2014

I'm still making up my mind about this tea. I think I may have over-brewed it slightly. Also, I added a little sugar, but think it may benefit from a little more. Also, I think it might be better cold, but this time I tried it hot.

Regardless, the apple smell isn't quite as strong as I was expecting/hoping, but it's...

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