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Orange Grapefruit Herb Blend from Trader Leaf

Style: Herbal Tea – Region: Blend

77 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
May. 10th, 2015

According to my notes (and my nose, since I just took a refresher sniff) this tea is a sweet citrus and eucalyptus explosion! Very sweet and refreshing notes of different citrus notes (lemon, orange, and grapefruit reign supreme) and a very cleansing note of eucalyptus. It opens the nose and lungs and allows for sneak...

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Jubilee from Tea Leaf Co

Style: Herbal Tea – Region: Blend

77 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Feb. 7th, 2015

The aroma of this blend is a mixture of flowers, fruit, and Green Rooibos, which smells and tastes very different from its red counterpart, it has a sweet honey and straw aroma, with just a tiny hint of grass. The rose aroma blends well with the mango and citrus, giving the tea a tropical feel.

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Golden Sun Kiss Organic Citrus Oolong Tea from Tea Leaf Co

Style: Flavored Oolong – Region: Blend

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
Feb. 7th, 2015

So, giving the leaves a sniff and whoa, hello Orange Julius! In case you live in part of the world where those don't exist (I am so sorry) it is a mix of ice cream and orange juice for a super creamy cup of yum...you can also say it smells like orange sherbet. It very much so mixes creamy notes and orange, under these ...

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Organic Crown Chakra from Buddha Teas

Style: Herbal Tea – Region: Blend

70 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Feb. 2nd, 2015

I am very much so not an expert on Chakras, having only dabbled in the past. I do know that the aroma of this tea is intense, I could smell the lavender from outside of the box it was shipped in, so that was a first! After I waft through what feels like a cloud of purple and give the teabag a sniff, I do notice a hint ...

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Minecraft Slime from Adagio Teas

Style: Flavored Green Tea – Region: Blend

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

The aroma is a quirky blend of lime jello, growing green things, and wet stone, name aside, this smells exactly like I imagine a Slime bouncing around in a cave would smell...wet and citrus with hints of green! The smell makes me giggle, it makes my nose tingle like sniffing a fizzy soda, it is a little weird but fun.
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Snowflake Gyokuro from 52 Teas

Style: Flavored Green Tea – Region: Blend

70 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Dec. 20th, 2014

So from the aroma, all I am getting is mint and marshmallow, it is very sweet and the mint clears my sinuses, wintry indeed! I can certainly see snow being represented by the cleanness of mint and the gentle sweetness of marshmallow, but I wonder where the aroma of the Gyokuro is?

This tea is hard to describe, and i...

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White Chai from The Persimmon Tree

Style: Chai / Spiced Tea – Region: Blend

67 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Dec. 2nd, 2014

The aroma starts out with a strong note of dried apples giving it a blend of sweet and just a hint of tart, this moved onto pepper, cloves, a but of cinnamon, and just a touch of cardamon and coconut at the finish. It certainly smells like a chai, but it has a tropical edge from the coconut and a much milder spice prof...

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Wellness Blend from The Persimmon Tree

Style: Herbal Tea – Region: Blend

77 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Nov. 25th, 2014

The aroma, well, with all these herbs in it is expectantly herbaceous, reminding me of a plethora of dried herbs hanging from an herb show. Of course there are floral notes, a touch of peppery warmth, and a tiny bit of celery. It reminds me a little of my mom's kitchen during winter, her drying kitchen herbs, a pot of ...

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French Vanilla Bean from The Persimmon Tree

Style: Vanilla Black Tea – Region: Blend

83 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Nov. 21st, 2014

So, how does this tea smell? Good, like really good, like a vanilla bean and almond infused biscotti dipped in chocolate with a touch of coconut sitting next to a steaming cup of rich, malty, black tea. Sniffing this tea makes me feel under-dressed and lacking elegance, clearly I should be wearing something pretty whil...

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Rooibos Roasted Corn from Tea Horse Road

Style: Flavored Rooibos – Region: Blend

87 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Nov. 4th, 2014

The aroma is a blend of sweet woody, caramel notes and roasted, nutty, popcorn notes. They blend together really well, vaguely reminding me of caramel corn, one of my favorite autumn snacks, not sure why but I crave it this time of year.

Time for tasting! I am actually drinking this right now too, even though the no...

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Masala Chai from FashionistaTea

Style: Chai / Spiced Tea – Region: Blend

70 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Oct. 30th, 2014

The aroma from my little pile of CTC leaves and spices is sweet, spicy, and malty! There is a strong ginger note, a moderately strong note of cardamon, and lastly a mellow note of malt and a finish of cinnamon.

This is a very mellow Chai, taken traditionally with milk (ok I use Half & Half since I love creaminess) ...

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Organic Fashionista Blend from FashionistaTea

Style: Flavored Black Tea – Region: Blend

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 2nd, 2014

The aroma is creamy sweet and floral, with notes of vanilla and cocoa, with roses, lavender, and a hint of oranges and malt. It is super rich and sweet, bordering on decadent.

It starts out with vanilla and roses, then moves to lavender and chocolate, with a finish of brisk oak wood and oranges. None of the notes c...

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S'mores! from Whispering Pines

Style: Flavored Black Tea – Region: Blend

97 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Sep. 23rd, 2014

The dry leaves smell like an autumn evening sitting next to a crackling fire while eating s'mores! There are notes of smoke, cinnamon, marshmallow sweetness, and a finish of rich cocoa. The leaves smell quite rich and not overwhelmingly sweet, just the way I like my desserts!

OMG guys, this tea is too good! It hits ...

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Red Queen Cupcake from Butiki Teas

Style: Flavored Black Tea – Region: Blend

87 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
Sep. 1st, 2014

The aroma reminds me of truffles (the chocolate, not the mushroom...I know, weird for me to not be talking about mushrooms) rich chocolate and strawberry truffles with a sprinkling of espresso, it pulls to mind a very specific truffle a friend of mine made, they were quite decadent. The aroma is intensely sweet, perfec...

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C of Tranquility from Good Life Tea

Style: Herbal Tea – Region: Blend

73 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Aug. 25th, 2014

The aroma is very berry filled, like dried cherries, elderberries, and blueberries. It has a sweet and tart quality with a nice citrus burst at the finish. The tartness is more of a fruity tartness rather than a hibiscus tartness.

The taste starts out with a punch of slightly metallic tartness (hibiscus always tas...

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Cocoa Power from SerendipiTea

Style: Miscellaneous Blend – Region: Blend

77 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Aug. 18th, 2014

The aroma is a great blend of earthy pu-erh, woody sweet rooibos, vanilla sweetness, and loads of chocolate. It is a blend of sweet chocolate candy and rich cocoa powder, mixing the sweet and bittersweet aspects of chocolate. I am glad that it is sweet, but not cloyingly so.

This tea is a cup of cocoa decadence, tha...

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Golden Orchid from Whispering Pines

Style: Vanilla Black Tea – Region: Blend

100 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Aug. 16th, 2014

The aroma is so intensely rich and so incredibly sweet, it is a blend of sweet vanilla (real vanilla, not vanilla extract smell) with a warm cocoa, a touch of honey, a pinch of cream, and a finish of sweet dried cherries. I admit when I first sniffed this teas I just kinda sat there in awe, I do not say this very often...

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Fellini's Folly from SerendipiTea

Style: Herbal Tea – Region: Blend

77 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Aug. 13th, 2014

The aroma is quite strong, a potent chill of mint, sweet woodiness, a touch of licorice, a touch of anise, and a finish of raisins. It manages to be cooling and warming at the same time, an interesting contradiction.

Tasting this tea is quite interesting! It starts off with a cooling sensation from the mint that coo...

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Coconut Creme from The Persimmon Tree

Style: Flavored White Tea – Region: Blend

83 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
Aug. 11th, 2014

Well, I can certainly say it smells good! The aroma is a blend of coconut, honey, and delicate floral with hints of lettuce and cream. It is very sweet and rich, especially strong in the coconut department.

There is the obvious taste of coconut, but there are also notes of honey, cream, tapioca, and a tiny touch of ...

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Lady Earl Grey Black from Simple Loose Leaf

Style: Blue Flower Earl Grey – Region: Blend

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

The aroma is very much so creamy sweet vanilla, bright bergamot, and malty black tea. Not very complex, but still very nice to sniff.

The taste is not bad! It starts out brisk and lemony, just a touch of bitter like lemon pith, this very quickly passes. Afterwards we get a nice, creamy vanilla and malt taste, it is...

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Really Goethe from SerendipiTea

Style: Flavored Green Tea – Region: Blend

77 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Aug. 5th, 2014

The aroma is very floral and refreshing, with notes of heady roses and jasmine and a strong citrus note from the lemon myrtle. There are hints of honey sweetness and fresh vegetation as well.

Tasting the tea, it is quite delicate and refreshing, it blends the taste of fresh herbs and vegetation, floral notes and a b...

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Rose Mojito from The Persimmon Tree

Style: Flavored White Tea – Region: Blend

100 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Aug. 2nd, 2014

The aroma of this very flowery pile of leaves is quite interesting, a blend of roses, mint, lavender, and a finish of green vegetation. The leaves smell like late spring time and nature, it reminds me of the smell of my mother's garden as I grew up, I love it!

Usually with a tea like this I would say something like...

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Detox Blend from The Persimmon Tree

Style: Wellness Tea / Medicinal Tea – Region: Blend

77 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Aug. 2nd, 2014

The aroma of this tea is seedy, not all shifty-eyed, but like actual seeds, especially fennel. There is a nice amount of coriander and an earthy root aroma as well. Sniffing it reminds me of the fennel mouth cleaners they have sitting out in Indian restaurants, I love those things!


The taste is earthy and root li...

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Fruit Fusion from The Persimmon Tree

Style: Fruit (Herbal) Tea – Region: Blend

67 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Aug. 2nd, 2014

he aroma is very sweet and super fruity, I love all the different fruits and can certainly detect the strawberries, cherries and apples. There is a tartness from the fruit (and hibiscus flowers) as well but it is not as strong as the sweet. The aroma vaguely reminds me of a fruity trail mix and is making me kinda hungr...

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Chocolate A-Peel from SerendipiTea

Style: Miscellaneous Blend – Region: Blend

83 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Aug. 1st, 2014

The aroma of this particular dessert tea is pretty rich, with strong notes of woody rooibos, creamy cocoa with almost a chocolate liqueur tinge to it, a bit of caramel, a bit of apple, and lastly a potent zing of oranges. It is very sweet and rich, but not too sweet, very much so the difference between a yummy slice of...

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