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Jasmine Green Tea from Bigelow Tea

Style: Jasmine Tea – Region: ?????

60 / 100 Aroma: 3/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Nov. 17th, 2016

Remarkably for its rather weak aroma, the flavor of the tea is reasonably robust after several minutes of steeping. I found this tea offered in the daily coffee-break session of a professional conference, and liked it. Not many others did, so there were plenty of leftover bags to grab and bring home. :-) I agree wi...

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Premium Blend Tea from Bigelow Tea

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

53 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Nov. 12th, 2016

This offering has been rebranded simply, "Premium Tea".

It offers a rich, dark color and flavor after steeping for 5 minutes instead of the recommended 2, but that does come at the expense of quite noticeably more bitterness than usual for most black teas I've immersed that long. I'm not big on bitterness, nor c...

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Organic African Nectar from Mighty Leaf Tea

Style: Flavored Rooibos – Region: South Africa

80 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Nov. 12th, 2016

This is quite close to Murchie's "Cozy Caramel Rooibos" for the tastiest African redbush tea I've had so far. I got this earlier today from a kiosk in the Portland airport, where the clerk dropped two decent-sized sachets of this in a large cup for me. Never even heard of it before...

The floral and vanilla levels...

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Cozy Caramel Rooibos from Murchie's Tea & Coffee Ltd

Style: Flavored Rooibos – Region: South Africa

87 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Nov. 4th, 2016

As noted in my review of Trader Joe's rooibos, its earthy, haystraw-like flavor was something of a turn-off at first, but grew on me with time. This strongly flavored rooibos from Murchie's, which uses apple pieces and calendula petals as well as caramel flavoring, bypasses the "grow on you" stage and thrusts itself s...

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Golden Jubilee from Murchie's Tea & Coffee Ltd

Style: Black Tea – Region: Blend

73 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 29th, 2016

The tea tastes much like Murchie's Afternoon Tea (formerly Empress Afternoon), and also is a blend of black teas from various regions, but has a slightly weaker aroma--hence the slightly lower rating. Regardless, the flavor is similarly rich and full, the body robust, the color dense and dark after a 5-minute bath (wi...

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Blueberry Green from Murchie's Tea & Coffee Ltd

Style: Flavored Green Tea – Region: Japan

77 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 27th, 2016

Upon seeing this new tea for sale in the Victoria Murchie's store, there was no question I would get it and like it. Murchie's consistently delivers good to great tea, and blueberry is one of my favorite flavors; therefore, I bought a 50-bag box straight up.

The risk was rewarded. The green tea shines through an...

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Maple Tea from Metropolitan Tea Company

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

77 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Oct. 27th, 2016

I first tried some of this tea back in 2006 after seeing it in some tourist shops in Victoria, BC. [This review is posted ten years later after getting some more, also in Victoria.] The stuff is expensive; after all, retail markups are pretty steep for anything marketed as characteristically Canadian in such places. ...

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Mint Tea from Badia

Style: Mint Tea – Region: ?????

80 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Oct. 20th, 2016

Up front, I'm not a big fan of spearmint, as it too often is used to dominate and dilute the peppermint in such blends. The former makes great gum, but rather lame teas that too often remind of cough medicine. Had I paid closer attention when buying a small pack of this tea in a Miami Publix, I would have left it on ...

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White Tea (White Peony Tea) from Triple Leaf Tea

Style: White Peony Tea – Region: Fujian, China

60 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 20th, 2016

This tea came from an estate sale (good places to find teas you haven't tried before, really cheap!), in its originally wrapped box.

You know, it's pathetic what some of these highly paid marketing consultants can concoct. I reviewed a loose-leaf Basilur floral tea whose packaging blatantly pandered to romantical...

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Green Tea Blueberry Slim Life from Yogi Tea

Style: Wellness Tea / Medicinal Tea – Region: Blend

70 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Oct. 11th, 2016

This blend seemingly has thousands of herbal ingredients (in reality, 16 listed), which makes it no wonder the label admonishes drinkers to, "Consult your healthcare provide prior to use if you are taking any medication or have a medical condition." Upon first sip, I wondered if some combination of all those ingredien...

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Lemon and Lime Black Tea from Basilur

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

67 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jul. 10th, 2016

Do you like smooth, non-bitter, black tea? Do you like 7Up? Drop a tablespoon of 7Up (or Diet 7Up if you prefer your tea unsweetened), into a cup of smooth black tea, and you will do a reasonable approximation of this drink.

Basilur Lemon and Lime is not as strong as I'd like in flavor or aroma, but is an easygo...

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Morning Thunder® from Celestial Seasonings

Style: Yerba Maté Black Tea – Region: ?????

20 / 100 Aroma: 1/10 Flavor: 1/5 Value: 2/5
Jun. 30th, 2016

Personal preferences and tastes drive all these ratings, but none more than here. Man, was this tea ever a revolting turn-off. The smell raised red flags, and the taste screamed, "never again!"

See, I like teas with strong flavors--as long as I like the flavor itself. This tea uses a decidedly, intensely smoky ve...

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Murchie's Afternoon from Murchie's Tea & Coffee Ltd

Style: Black Tea – Region: Blend

87 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Jun. 30th, 2016

This is also known as "Empress Afternoon" after the Empress Hotel in Victoria BC, down the street from Murchie's main tea store, and where this brand is served with ritual formality every afternoon. I see why. No English "afternoon" tea I've tried clearly beats this blend for darkness, richness and fullness of flavo...

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Chai (formerly Indian Spiced Chai) from Twinings

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

63 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Jun. 30th, 2016

I shall weave a story about my pathetic ignorance sure to amuse tea drinkers the world over. Twinings Chai was the tea that I sampled by taking a plastic coffeemaker-brewing container (not the K-cup, but the two-inch-wide flatter kind) that someone had left in the "FREE TAKE ONE!" area at work.

As I do with loos...

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Honey Vanilla Chamomile from Celestial Seasonings

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

70 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Apr. 21st, 2016

Ever wonder what it would be like to drink one of those herbal scented candles from Pier One or Cracker Barrel? That's what the aroma and flavor of this tea reminded me of, right from the start. If you can work past that image, this actually isn't a bad tea: very smooth, naturally sweet and easy on the palate.

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Spiced Chai from Trader Joe's

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

87 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Apr. 14th, 2016

Caveat: I like intense, smashmouth flavors, and this tea qualifies. Everything about it is an explosion of chai spices, from the room-filling aroma of a freshly opened box of bags to the robust balance of ingredients.

The only mark against TJ's chai for me was that the flavor carried an unexpectedly noticeable b...

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Peppermint Herbal Tea from Stash Tea

Style: Peppermint Tea – Region: United States of America

63 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Apr. 9th, 2016

Peppermint teas, if done right, should look, smell and taste identical regardless of the brand name. This is because the ingredient is singular and straightforward: chopped, dried peppermint leaves: M. balsamea Willd. That's it.

Differences in strength, freshness and flavor, therefore, are related not to the c...

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Black Cherry Berry Herb Tea from Celestial Seasonings

Style: Fruit (Herbal) Tea – Region: ?????

67 / 100 Aroma: 3/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Apr. 9th, 2016

"How would you like a nice Hawaiian punch?"
or
"How did you like the taste of Shasta Black Cherry Soda as a kid?"

This is the closest thing I've tasted to that in an herbal tea. If you have children and want to introduce them to caffeine-free herbal teas harmlessly, or get them off high-calorie sugared fruit drin...

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Sleepytime® Herbal Tea from Celestial Seasonings

Style: Herbal Tea – Region: ?????

70 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Apr. 8th, 2016

Similarly to Brytta (below) I much prefer peppermint to spearmint; yet the balance with lemongrass and chamomile seems to work here. This isn't the Ambien of tea and won't knock you out, but instead, is a smooth, easy, comfortable tea to slow-pour down one's gullet a couple hours before bedtime. A friend with similar...

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Constant Comment® from Bigelow Tea

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

93 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Apr. 8th, 2016

One of my top few tea blends from any company, anywhere... every whiff and sip of this tea is a trip straight to Christmastime, all year 'round. I like strong, unambiguous teas, and the nearly perfect blend of orange, cinnamon and cloves ("sweet spice" that you can reverse engineer easily by emptying the used, dried b...

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Love Story from Basilur

Style: Flavored Green Tea – Region: Sri Lanka / Ceylon

67 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5
Apr. 8th, 2016

I'm a dude. This tea is marketed to the ladies in a blatant, pandering, almost cartoonishly patronizing way with its pinkish packaging, "book of tea" self-characterization, cursive script, and use of phrases like, "mystify your senses," "reminisce romantic, unforgettable memories", and "fantasize many more years of lo...

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Chocolate Mint from Harney and Sons

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

67 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 1/5
Apr. 8th, 2016

If chocolate can infuse beer, of all things, why not tea? Especially for those of us who sweeten tea, cocoa is a natural enhancement. Opening the tin, the rich aroma of chocolate and mint wafts skyward in delicious profusion. If only the flavor were as thick as the smell! Drinking it, I can detect the chocolate a l...

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Coconut Green Tea from Trader Joe's

Style: Flavored Green Tea – Region: Japan

83 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Feb. 15th, 2016

Even though I like the flavor of coconut -- a lot -- I admit a great deal of skepticism upon learning of the new existence of this tea. Coconut in tea? The idea struck me as one of these "Be different just to be different" deals, destined to go the way of others such as 7Up Gold or Crystal Pepsi in sodas. Maybe it is...

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Fenchel from Teekanne

Style: Herbal Tea – Region: ?????

67 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Feb. 15th, 2016

Fennel is an herb that tastes loosely similar to star anise, but not as strong; it reminds me of a blend of star anise and linden flowers. Therefore, folks who like the licorice flavor but not as intense (and with a slight floral veneer) will enjoy this product. While I'm not madly over heels in love with the flavor,...

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Organic Fairtrade Rooibos & Honeybush Tea from Trader Joe's

Style: Herbal Tea – Region: South Africa

60 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Feb. 11th, 2016

I've tried only a couple of Rooibos teas--one whilst traveling through Austria last year (can't recall the brand but it was a little muddy-tasting), and this one that appears fairly new.

Rooibos is an earthy, woody, somewhat grassy flavor that either grows on you or not. It has on me after initially not being ver...

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