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Jasmine Dragon Phoenix Pearls Green Tea from Teavana

Style: Jasmine Pearls – Region: ?????

60 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5
Feb. 3rd, 2017

So expensive but fun and tasty. A novel-tea. (Pun intended). I am a big jasmine fan - but there are better ones out there. Still, I liked it.

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Green Tea with Lemon from Bigelow Tea

Style: Green Tea with Lemon – Region: ?????

53 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Jan. 18th, 2017

Meh. Not impressed. You are better off brewing your favorite green tea and squeezing fresh lemon into it. I do not care for lemon in my green tea - unless it is iced. That said, Bigelow is inexpensive (and in my office - provided for free - in bags and K-cups) and accessible. An average, inoffensive green tea.

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Organic Pure Green Tea from Bigelow Tea

Style: Green Tea – Region: ?????

67 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Sep. 30th, 2016

Nothing offensive about this reasonably prices and ORGANIC tea that you can pick up in a grocery store for under $5. Convenient bags. No issues.

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Ginger Peach Green Tea from Stash Tea

Style: Flavored Green Tea – Region: ?????

73 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Sep. 30th, 2016

Inexpensive - around $3 - $4 for a box of 25 tea bags. Frut and peachy fragrance that brews up quickly. Not nearly as good as Republic of Teas version - but very inexpensive and good when I can't get Republic's. My 11 year old loves fruuity teas (Peach and Pineapple especially). Some ginger notes - but not harsh. ...

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Japanese Green Tea from Kirkland Signature / Costco

Style: Green Tea – Region: Japan

40 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 1/5
Aug. 17th, 2016

Meh. I had this at a SPA no less - I guess they buy their green tea bags in bulk from Costco. While this was drinkable, it was by no means enjoyable. On a cold day I guess it beats a cut of hot water? But so weak and non-descript tasting.

Meh.

There are better options out there.
Sometimes, in an attempt to s...

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Organic Pinhead Gunpowder Green Tea from Stash Tea

Style: Gunpowder Green Tea – Region: Jiangxi, China

67 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Aug. 17th, 2016

I am a big fan of pinhead gunpowder (Green) tea - and it is fun to watch it steep/brew as all the little balls unfurl. This one by Stash is moderately priced. Pinhead is never (or not that I have seen) sold in bags/sachets as you need it loos to watch it work its magic.

I drink this neat - (Hot) or possibly with a...

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Silver Needle from ITO EN

Style: Silver Needle – Region: Fujian, China

63 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Aug. 12th, 2016

If you like white teas (so pale - must steep longer.) this is a safe choice and has not only a light grassy note but I got "flowers" - or maybe even honey if that's not reaching too far.

I let it steep forever - over 5 minutes and it was still so pale, but it is, after all, a white tea.

Rich in antioxidants. Lik...

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Citrus Mint from Tea Forte

Style: Herbal Tea – Region: Blend

57 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5
Aug. 12th, 2016

I am not a fan of mint teas - but the citrus/orange-y notes in Tea Forte's cute little sachet made this one palatable. I recommend steeping longer than 3-4 minutes and then chilling and service over ice. I did not care for it hot. As with all Tea Forte - you are paying for packaging and they make great gifts.

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White Ginger Pear from Tea Forte

Style: Fruit White Tea – Region: Blend

67 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5
Jul. 26th, 2016

As with many tea Forte - it's all about packaging and presentation. tea Forte is my go-to when I want a showy gift - but the teas themselves are not the best ever - but they are very good. This one - Ginger Pear (More like Fruit and Pear) is tasty and sweet - good hot or iced but you must steep it at least 4-5 minute...

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Green Tea from Wegmans

Style: Green Tea – Region: ?????

50 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Jul. 21st, 2016

Blah. This is another cheapie-green tea that will do in a pinch - or during times of desperation. There are way better teas on the market. Super cheap. Taste moderately vegetal and green - a good bit of astringency. Must be allowed to steep for 3-4 minutes.

Basic. Cheap. Fair.

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Organic Green Tea from Trader Joe's

Style: Green Tea – Region: ?????

37 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 1/5
Jul. 21st, 2016

This is a Mediocre, easy to find (at every TJ's) green tea with a slight "green grassy" taste. Not horrible, but not delicious. There are way better teas (some cheaper, some more expensive) that simply taste fresher and better.

Seemed a little stale tasting - even though I just bought it. Well, at least I did not...

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Republic Darjeeling from Republic of Tea

Style: Darjeeling Black Tea – Region: Darjeeling, India

70 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
Jul. 20th, 2016

I LOVE Darjeeling - and next to a jasmine green, a darjeeling is the PERFECT cup for me - especially in the AM. That said, Republic's loose version is a terrific value. Can't guarantee that it is first flush - but it is a very good value and I enjoy this one and have purchased it twice ($13 for a tin). Now comes in ...

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Pineapple Guava 100% White Tea from Republic of Tea

Style: Fruit White Tea – Region: ?????

73 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Jul. 20th, 2016

This is a delicious, light-bodied (super light, actually) and fruity fragrant tea. You smell it more than you taste it - at least for me. Terrific at brunch - as Ariel says. I do think it would be pleasant as an iced tea - but you'd have to hot-brew it and let it steep a long time before chilling. (Don;t over ice i...

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Estate Darjeeling from Tea Forte

Style: Darjeeling Black Tea – Region: Darjeeling, India

63 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5
Jul. 20th, 2016

With Tea Forte you are paying for cutesy packaging - and these are terrific for gift giving - hostess gifts, bridal showers etc. The tea itself is usually good but not mind blowing and their "estate" darjeeling is good. Very nice, actually, and I am a BIG darjeeling fan (The first flush from Republic of tea is terrif...

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English Breakfast Black Tea from Bigelow Tea

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

50 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 4/5
Jul. 20th, 2016

It's better than some of their flavored teas (like the dreaded "Constant Comment - that stuff is like potpourri), and OK in a pinch at the office (which is where I get this stuff). I would never spend money on Bigelow teas.

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French Vanilla Black Tea from Bigelow Tea

Style: Vanilla Black Tea – Region: ?????

50 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 3/5
Jul. 20th, 2016

Blargh! One of my office-mates LOVES this stuff - but what does he know? Anyhow - it's OK. Just OK. Smells better than it brews-up. Dark black tea with a hint of sweetness. Just OK. Very inexpensive - thus it is available at many offices - like mine. (Jenna T. Drinker sums it up perfectly.)

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Ceylon (Ceylon Orange Pekoe) from Ahmad Tea

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

77 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jun. 30th, 2016

I have no problem with Ahmad teas and the Ceylon is about as basic a full-bodied black tea as you can get. Better hot but OK iced as you can add juices, fruits or flavorings as you wish. Inexpensive.

Smooth, easy to drink and as Alex says - a "classic" cuppa tea.

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Mango Magic (Black Tea) from Ahmad Tea

Style: Fruit Black Tea – Region: Blend

77 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
May. 2nd, 2016

I love this fruity-scented mango black tea that smells and tastes great! (No milk - ever!) Not even sweetener is needed. The super-strong black teabag can do 2-3 infusions easily!

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Apricot Sunrise from Ahmad Tea

Style: Fruit Black Tea – Region: Blend

87 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
May. 2nd, 2016

I love this fruity-scented apricot black tea that smells and tastes great! (No milk - ever!) Not even sweetener is needed. The strong oolong teabag can do 2-3 infusions easily!

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Tea of Inquiry (Loose) from Republic of Tea

Style: Genmaicha – Region: Japan

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
Mar. 14th, 2016

For a genmaicha (which I enjoy in spring/summer) I really love this one - probably my favorite roasted-toasted brown-rice note-filled tea. Even good over ice - and unsweetened for a true grain-filled experience. I actually love this one - but if you are not a Genmaicha lover - you may not want to try this one. More ...

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Cherry Marzipan (Skin Smart) from Tea Forte

Style: Flavored Green Tea – Region: Blend

57 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5
Mar. 14th, 2016

Uber-sweet - and a bit cloying for me - but my kid loves it for whatever reason and the packaging (which makes it pricey) is cute and giftable. With Tea Forte - it's all about the packaging and sometimes the actual teas are "just OK". A few are good. You have to try and see which you prefer. Expensive, but giftable...

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Passion Tango (Formerly Passion Berry) from Teavana

Style: Herbal Tea – Region: Blend

73 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Mar. 14th, 2016

Ah, Starbucks - you and your mergers & acquisitions. This is the new Passion tea (super fruity and a pretty color)they use in their ice tea and tea/lemonade beverages now. I prefer the green - but this is kid friendly - my 11 year old like it - and a nod to the Teavana purchase. Overpriced if you buy it but the cup ...

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Jasmine Pearls from Numi Organic Tea

Style: Jasmine Pearls – Region: Fujian, China

70 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Mar. 14th, 2016

I love to brew up pearled teas - and jasmine pearls ROCK for me - so I liked this one. Fun to watch the pearls unfurl when you brew them. Delicious jasmine/green/floral notes. Fun to drink and requires no sweetener.

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Gunpowder Green from Harney and Sons

Style: Gunpowder Green Tea – Region: Zhejiang, China

57 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5
Mar. 14th, 2016

This is an easy-drinking green tea with grassy notes an a faint whiff of herbs (I dunno - but I get an herbaceous quality if you let it steep long enough.) Must steep at least 3 minutes as it brews up "pale". Good hot and OK on ice. I live this one better hot. Super-mild. As with all Harney & Sons - beautifully pac...

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Brown Rice Tea Genmai-cha (16 ct.) from Yamamotoyama

Style: Genmaicha – Region: Japan

60 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Mar. 14th, 2016

Super cheap and - if you can get it (try H-Mart or other Asian grocers) it's a good bagged Genmaicha option. Refreshing in summer with a roasty-toasty aroma. Grassy notes - and also a sweetness (I do not get a "Honey Smacks" note).

Can even be OK over ice.

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