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Apricot Green from Adagio Teas

Style: Fruit Green Tea – Region: China

70 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5 Overall: 7/10
Apr. 25th, 2015

I taste the apricot much more strongly than the green tea, though the green tea does give it body. It could use a little something (like coconut) to add sweetness and complexity, but it's very good. The aroma of apricot is strong and delicious.

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Chamomile Medley from Rishi Tea

Style: Chamomile Blend – Region: ?????

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5 Overall: 8/10
Apr. 24th, 2015

Very good! Sweet, soothing, and rich without bitterness. One of the better blends I've found with peppermint. I actually tried this one in sachet form, but it's the same as their loose leaf. Definitely impressive for chamomile. I easily got two good cups out of it.

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Turmeric Lemon from Rishi Tea

Style: Herbal Tea – Region: Blend

83 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5 Overall: 8/10
Apr. 18th, 2015

Very good! The tumeric is the most notable, followed by ginger, then lemon. The flavors are balanced very well. Perfect when you want something invigoratingly spicy at the perfect level of intensity.

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Pure Green Tea (Original) from Ahmad Tea

Style: Green Tea – Region: China

47 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 3/5 Overall: 5/10
Apr. 9th, 2015

Meh. Generic fanning green tea. Not too bad if you include honey, but it can still go bitter. If you have nothing else it's not the worst, but I wouldn't buy it again.

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Jasmine Romance (Jasmine Green Tea) from Ahmad Tea

Style: Jasmine Tea – Region: China

50 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 3/5 Overall: 5/10
Apr. 8th, 2015

The scent and flavor of jasmine is strong, and if you add honey that definitely improves this tea. However, as it cools it goes bitter (even with the bag taken out), and without the honey it's very meh. Not an impressive tea, but probably not the worst jasmine green tea in a bag. Worth trying if jasmine is something yo...

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Mint Mystique (Mint Green Tea) from Ahmad Tea

Style: Green Tea with Mint – Region: Blend

70 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5 Overall: 7/10
Apr. 6th, 2015

This is probably my favorite tea by Ahmad so far -- great for when you're in a sweet mood. This one smells exactly like those after dinner peppermints you can get free at many restaurants. If you don't add any sweetener, it can go a bit bitter. But if you add honey, then it also *tastes* exactly like those mints. Defin...

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Masala Chai from Rishi Tea

Style: Chai / Spiced Tea – Region: Blend

90 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5 Overall: 8/10
Mar. 31st, 2015

An excellent, high quality chai. The leaf smells so refreshing! I love the spice mixture.

I've tried this one a few different ways and have reached a few conclusions:

1) It's very nice even without milk and sugar.

2) If you want to make a latte, make sure the milk is heated at the same time as the water before...

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Organic Pure Green Tea from Bigelow Tea

Style: Green Tea – Region: ?????

57 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5 Overall: 6/10
Mar. 27th, 2015

Surprisingly, I found this one acceptably enjoyable. The tea was nothing dazzling, but it wasn't bitter (after steeping briefly) and I got two cups out of it. The second cup was weaker, but still decent. The fannings infuse quickly, so you don't need to keep the bag in for long. I found this in the cupboard of a friend...

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Organic Lemon Echinacea Throat Coat® from Traditional Medicinals

Style: Wellness Tea / Medicinal Tea – Region: Blend

67 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5 Overall: 6/10
Mar. 25th, 2015

I found an old container of this tea at a house I visited. Considering that it was probably quite old, it was surprisingly good.

The lemon flavor is present, smooth, and somewhat muted. There is a grassy undertone that I assume is the echinacea. And there is just a hint of licorice, which adds sweetness without bei...

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Bao Zhong Oolong Tea from Rishi Tea

Style: Pouchong Tea – Region: Taiwan / Formosa

87 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5 Overall: 9/10
Mar. 18th, 2015

Very soothing tea. This reminds me a lot of a tea I've tried before, but I honestly can't figure out which one. It tastes, perhaps, similar to a good milky oolong, even though that's a different kind?

Silky and slightly floral, no bitterness--a great tea for sipping while relaxing. I'll update the value rating afte...

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Vanilla Almond Decaf from Republic of Tea

Style: Flavored Black Tea – Region: Blend

90 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5 Overall: 9/10
Mar. 17th, 2015

Impressive tea. I'm finding that well-flavored decaf teas are something I really enjoy.

The vanilla is strong and high quality. The tea has undertones of raisin/muscatel that blend very well. Together, the sweetness is just right. I could detect no bitterness, yet the drink had plenty of body. Very enjoyable!

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Hibiscus Berry from Rishi Tea

Style: Herbal Tea – Region: Blend

90 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5 Overall: 9/10
Mar. 14th, 2015

Very nice tea! Even the dry leaf is robustly fruity. Love the balance of fruitiness, tartness, and floral flavoring. The first cup had a nicer, redder color than the second, but the flavor was still good. There is no actual tea (or chamomile, rooibos, etc.) in this one; good for when you want flavor, but not caffeine. ...

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Peach Tranquility Herbal Tea from Teavana

Style: Fruit (Herbal) Tea – Region: Blend

57 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5 Overall: 6/10
Mar. 13th, 2015

Not bad, but not the best peach-flavored tea I've had. The chamomile isn't bitter and adds body, and the aroma is strongly of a sweet peach. There's also a creaminess of an unknown source, and it's not quite right. After I started drinking it, I had an odd feeling--like my nose and the top of my throat had become sligh...

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Lemon Vitality (Lemon Green Tea) from Ahmad Tea

Style: Green Tea with Lemon – Region: Blend

43 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 3/5 Overall: 4/10
Mar. 13th, 2015

Quite meh. This tea goes bitter too easily and the lemon isn't nearly bright enough for me. Makes multiple cups easily, so that's good if you like it. Unfortunately, though it isn't the worst, it's far from the best tea, imho.

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Chillin' Chai from Positiffitea

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

57 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5 Overall: 5/10
Mar. 8th, 2015

Not bad, but a bit too dominated by licorice (aroma and flavor) for my taste. Spicy, sweet, and best as a latte in my opinion. It doesn't go bitter easily, thankfully.

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Oolong Tea (16 ct.) from Yamamotoyama

Style: Oolong Tea – Region: ?????

47 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 3/5 Overall: 4/10
Mar. 8th, 2015

I remember drinking tea like this in Japan. It was never my favorite, unfortunately, but this didn't seem to be a bad sample of it. It has a sort of baked-like flavor that can be very hit or miss with me. Adding honey helped.

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Organic Dragon Well (Long Jing) from Bare Tea

Style: Dragon Well Tea – Region: China

87 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5 Overall: 8/10
Mar. 7th, 2015

After trying it again, I'm redoing my original review of this tea.

This is a very nice Dragon Well. Excellent price for the quality and, so long as you don't let it oversteep, it makes several excellent cups.

This tea infuses quite slowly and tends to look pale. The taste is there, though. Waiting for some steam ...

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Fantasy Masala Chai from Parivar

Style: Chai / Spiced Tea – Region: Blend

80 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5 Overall: 8/10
Mar. 3rd, 2015

It's not my all-time favorite chai, but this tea is very solid. The cardamom flavor is the most notable and it provides a certain briskness to it. You should, in my opinion, definitely add a bit of sugar and milk (creamer works too if that's all you have at your job). This really makes it an enjoyable, fairly invigorat...

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Decaf Chai Spice Tea from Stash Tea

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

70 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5 Overall: 6/10
Mar. 2nd, 2015

Quite solid tea. I only tried it straight, without milk or sugar. I suspect it'd be even better with milk and perhaps sweetener, but it's pretty good on its own. Cinnamon is definitely the strongest spice I smell. Decently substantial flavor without bitterness. If you're needing a cheap decaffeinated chai, this one isn...

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Wild Blueberry from Republic of Tea

Style: Fruit Black Tea – Region: Blend

57 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5 Overall: 5/10
Mar. 2nd, 2015

And now, I get to the final tea of my pack of 24 (plus 2)!

Unfortunately, while this tea wasn't bad, I wasn't impressed with it either. It's a pretty straight forward blueberry and black tea flavor, though the tea isn't complex enough to make this really interesting. Maybe it'd be better with a little sugar? It's ju...

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Bengal Spice Herbal Tea from Celestial Seasonings

Style: Herbal Tea – Region: ?????

87 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5 Overall: 9/10
Feb. 28th, 2015

Oooh, tasty! A non-caffeinated chai that's a lovely balance of spicy and sweet, with enough complexity to be interesting. It tastes like a red hot candy without the heat. It should be a dessert tea, I think. Easily the most impressed I've been with Celestial Seasonings so far.

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Red Velvet Cuppa Chocolate from Republic of Tea

Style: Flavored Rooibos – Region: Blend

70 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5 Overall: 7/10
Feb. 27th, 2015

Quite good! It doesn't quite reach perfection for me, but it's among the best chocolate teas I've found. It also is *strongly* reminiscent of red velvet cake, with a vanilla accent. Naturally, this is a sweet/dessert tea.

It's hard for me to put my finger on how it could be improved, though I have a feeling it could...

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Raw Green Rooibos (Raw Green Bush Tea) from Republic of Tea

Style: Green Rooibos – Region: South Africa

70 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5 Overall: 7/10
Feb. 26th, 2015

Interesting tea--herbaceous in a way that reminds me of some tulsi teas, though this has no tulsi in it. I haven't had green rooibos before--this one being pretty good means I should probably try other varieties of it.

Grassy, but not in the same way as green teas, is how I'd describe this tea's aroma, flavor, and m...

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Pomegranate Vanilla Red Tea from Republic of Tea

Style: Flavored Rooibos – Region: South Africa

77 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5 Overall: 7/10
Feb. 26th, 2015

Really good! An excellent balance of lightly tart and lightly sweet flavors. The first cup was an enticing, and therefore quite quick, drink. I had it at work at the beginning of the day. The second cup isn't as strong as the first, but is still pleasant.

No loose leaf version of this one is available, unfortunately...

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Peppermint Bark Cool Winter Herb Tea from Republic of Tea

Style: Herbal Tea – Region: Blend

53 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5 Overall: 5/10
Feb. 25th, 2015

Not bad. I've had a hard time finding a chocolate-based tea that I'm really crazy about, and this one is no exception. It isn't dazzling and the mint isn't my favorite, but it isn't offensive either. On the plus side, it's pretty easy to get a second cup out of this one.

I appear to have gotten a sample at the end o...

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