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Irish Breakfast from Trader Joe's

Style: Irish Breakfast – Region: Assam, India

60 / 100 Aroma: 3/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5 Overall: 7/10
Feb. 11th, 2016

This is a moderately tasty, smooth, full tea--especially for a store brand; but then again, Trader Joe's has surprised me in a pleasant way with most of their selections. It's one of the few black teas I've tried where the taste is a lot fuller than the aroma.

Not quite a match for a real Irish tea such as Connem...

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English Afternoon from Ahmad Tea

Style: Earl Grey Tea – Region: Blend

83 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 2/5 Overall: 9/10
Feb. 11th, 2016

I didn't see a place on here for their loose-leaf version of this tea, but in general my impressions are the same (if more favorably numbered) than Alex Zorach's below. No tea on Earth is too strong for me, but I'll at least call this one worthy of the adjective "strong". The value ranking is the only thing holding i...

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Tension TamerĀ® from Celestial Seasonings

Style: Herbal Tea – Region: ?????

93 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5 Overall: 10/10
Feb. 11th, 2016

Tension Tamer is top notch, my favorite CS tea alongside Candy Cane Lane (but for different reasons). The flavor is pleasantly strong and spicy, yet still mellow and relaxing, very befitting its advertised role as a comfort food of the tea world. This is best consumed in front of a fireplace or under a blanket on a c...

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Double Bergamot Earl Grey Tea from Stash Tea

Style: Earl Grey Tea – Region: ?????

90 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5 Overall: 9/10
Feb. 11th, 2016

So far, this is my favorite EG, because it's less expensive than similarly robust English teas but comparable in body and richness. This tea hits you with a hearty dose of bergamot, exactly as advertised. No pretension, no fanciful attempts at backtaste or mystery...and I like it that way. It's a tea John Wayne migh...

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Earl Grey from Bigelow Tea

Style: Earl Grey Tea – Region: Blend

57 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 3/5 Overall: 6/10
Feb. 11th, 2016

As Earl Greys go, this is about average. Decent, but somewhat flat. Bigelow seems to pride themselves on black-tea quality, and their other flavored teas seem to back up such sentiment.

This, however, is a tea that smells far stronger and better in its packaging than it brews out. The bergamot seems muted, unde...

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Darjeeling (Loose) from Hampstead Tea

Style: Darjeeling Black Tea – Region: Darjeeling, India

43 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 2/5 Overall: 4/10
Feb. 11th, 2016

My daughter brought this tea back from a trip to England, so my "value" rating may be biased by the excessive price she paid in a souvenir store.

In short: not the best nor the worst tea I've had...tolerable..slightly below average. The flavor isn't bad, but isn't strong enough, and it just doesn't have a lot of ...

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Wild Sweet Orange from Tazo Tea

Style: Herbal Tea – Region: ?????

73 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5 Overall: 6/10
Feb. 11th, 2016

I agree with the other reviewers here who state that the flavor doesn't pack the potency the aroma implies. I could sniff the packaging of this tea all day long; the scent is almost intoxicating. It smells like one of the old descriptions Tazo used to use on the side of the boxes, to the effect of, "biting into a fres...

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English Breakfast (Loose) from Ahmad Tea

Style: English Breakfast – Region: Blend

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

My daughter came back from London with this tea packaged in little cubic tins featuring buses and other London sights. As such, my "value" rating is lower than it could be because she paid a tourist premium at a souvenir shop. I'd buy this without hesitation for normal American store prices.

One of the better lo...

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