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Mythical Green from teakruthi

Style: Green Tea – Region: Uva, Sri Lanka

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5 Overall: 8/10
Feb. 22nd, 2017

I like this tea. :-) Its flavor reminds me of green teas I had while living in Japan. The tea doesn't go bitter too easily, and it does a great job infusing multiple times. I've gotten four decent cups out of a teaspoon worth of dry leaf. This is no doubt partly due to their being curled. The leaves expand quite a bit.

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Ceylon Ivory from teakruthi

Style: White Tea – Region: Matara, Sri Lanka

90 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5 Overall: 9/10
Feb. 12th, 2017

This is one of the best pure white teas I've tried. It's flavor is pleasant and smooth and it resteeps very well. However, to get the best flavor, make just enough for one cup at a time. I have a kettle that can keep tea warm up to an hour. As with so many white teas, it's best not to use this feature in this case. Reh...

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Lemon Kandy from teakruthi

Style: Lemon Black Tea – Region: Kandy, Sri Lanka

83 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5 Overall: 8/10
Feb. 8th, 2017

I really like the slightly lemon-citrus smell of the dry leaf. It got me quite excited about trying this one. The lemon flavor is fairly subtle in this, but it's well blended. It tastes like a quality version of what I've seen called Lady Gray tea before. Certainly I would prefer this over most Earl Gray's I've tried, ...

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Divine Highlands from teakruthi

Style: Ceylon Black Tea – Region: Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka

80 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5 Overall: 8/10
Feb. 4th, 2017

I agree with Alex that it has flavors reminiscent of a Darjeeling -- a smooth black tea with slightly raisin-like notes. It would make a very interesting basis for sweet tea (brewed strong with plenty of sugar, then chilled with ice) as made in the southeastern U.S. I found that brewing the tea a bit strong didn't hurt...

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Cinnamon Chai from teakruthi

Style: Chai / Spiced Tea – Region: Matara, Sri Lanka

90 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5 Overall: 9/10
Feb. 2nd, 2017

This is a lovely tea with a pleasing balance between the tea and the cinnamon flavors. I tend to prefer my spiced tea to have more than one spice for flavoring, but this is quite well done. Though it could be used to make a latte with sweetener and milk, I like it best straight. It'd be great at breakfast or anytime so...

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Rainforest Indulgence from teakruthi

Style: Ceylon Black Tea – Region: Matara, Sri Lanka

90 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5 Overall: 9/10
Jan. 29th, 2017

This tea is strong but smooth -- a nice choice for a breakfast cup. The caffeine gives a boost without a buzz. I tried this tea plain first. The flavor is robust and pleasant, with an accent similar to malt. The leaves have been cut very small and fairly round, enabling a quick infusion.

I also tried it with honey a...

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Silver Rain White Tea Full Leaf from Republic of Tea

Style: Silver Needle – Region: China

60 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5 Overall: 6/10
Jan. 29th, 2017

I think I let this steep a little too long, or perhaps the barista used too hot of water, because there was a light almost-bitterness to this tea for me. It's not bad, but I have a hard time finding white teas that I really like. Also, I think I felt a slight tickle or ache at the back of my throat in response to this ...

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Southern Malt from teakruthi

Style: Ceylon Black Tea – Region: Matara, Sri Lanka

87 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5 Overall: 8/10
Jan. 27th, 2017

I enjoyed this smooth, versatile tea. Malt is in both the aroma and the flavor and works well with the black tea flavor. There is no bitterness and it's pleasant for multiple cups. I tried it on its own, with honey, and with a warmed mixture of honey and milk. It works well to warm them in the microwave for 45 seconds ...

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Rooibos Lemon Cloud from Adagio Teas

Style: Flavored Rooibos – Region: South Africa

83 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5 Overall: 8/10
Jan. 24th, 2017

I like this herbal tea. The rooibos is solid and smooth. The lemon blends well with it, though fairly subtle. The stronger flavor, which I notice after each sip, is of marshmallow. Hence, it's more sweet than citrusy. It's able to get a couple of quite good cups.

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White Peony (Pai Mu Tan) from Adagio Teas

Style: White Peony Tea – Region: Fujian, China

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5 Overall: 8/10
Jan. 23rd, 2017

This tea exhibits a pure, delicate flavor -- essentially what every white tea is described as by the company that sells it. It has no bitterness and a smooth flavor. When in the mood for a straightforward, pure tea that isn't grassy, this is a nice choice.

To prepare this tea, I used the Chinese method I was shown a...

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Pomegranates White Tea from Music City Tea

Style: Flavored White Tea – Region: ?????

83 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5 Overall: 8/10
Jan. 20th, 2017

This is a lovely tea. The pomegranate flavor is delicate and blends well with the white tea. It holds up well to multiple steepings, each time making a cup of golden-colored tea. Though I generally prefer fruit teas where the fruit element is more robust, this is a very smooth, soothing drink. So far, this is the most ...

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Rooibos Kalahari from Music City Tea

Style: Flavored Rooibos – Region: Blend

83 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5 Overall: 8/10
Jan. 17th, 2017

This is a solid herbal tea. I like the mix of flavors with the rooibos, though orange isn't my favorite flavor to have in a hot tea. For this reason, other flavor mixes work better for me. This is fruity, floral, sweet, and refreshing.

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Osmanthus Green Oolong from Music City Tea

Style: Osmanthus Tea – Region: ?????

87 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5 Overall: 9/10
Jan. 11th, 2017

This is a very nice pure tea. The osmanthus flowers are a nice complement, but it's the oolong tea that shines. Heads up: the tea expands a *lot* in water, so use a smaller scoop than normal --- maybe a half size? Also, it resteeps very well.

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Joy Tea from Music City Tea

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

93 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5 Overall: 9/10
Jan. 8th, 2017

This is an excellent floral-flavored green tea. The flavors blend beautifully and smoothly. For my second cup, I added a bit of honey, which managed to enhance the flavor without dominating it. Wonderfully sweet!

If you like floral teas (such as jasmine green teas), this is definitely one to try. Lavender and rose a...

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Black Ginger Tea from Music City Tea

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

73 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5 Overall: 7/10
Jan. 7th, 2017

This is a solid black tea. People who enjoy lightly flavored, high quality black teas should like this one. The ginger is quite subtle -- the tea aroma and flavor dominate -- but the ginger came through more for the second cup. The tea makes multiple infusions quite nicely.

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White Peach Tea from Music City Tea

Style: Flavored White Tea – Region: ?????

97 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5 Overall: 10/10
Jan. 4th, 2017

I *really* love this tea. It's rare I find a flavored white tea that I enjoy, but this one is simply great. The tea is smooth and soothing, the peach flavor tastes natural and nuanced, and they blend together seamlessly. The leaves are high quality, too.

I tried this tea and several others in the store before I boug...

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Comfort and Joy from Republic of Tea

Style: Flavored Black Tea – Region: Blend

77 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5 Overall: 9/10
Nov. 26th, 2016

The flavor is robust for the first cup and it infuses quickly. It's quite pleasant in holiday fashion, though not my favorite flavor. There is both spiciness and sweetness to it.

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Tahitian Vanilla Hazelnut™ from Yogi Tea

Style: Herbal Tea – Region: Blend

90 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5 Overall: 9/10
Nov. 19th, 2016

This is a lovely, robust tea with a pleasant sweetness. It would make a solid substitute for coffee lovers with a moderate sweet tooth. I could see myself drinking this very regularly.

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Organic Ginger Tumeric Herbal Tea from Trader Joe's

Style: Herbal Tea – Region: ?????

90 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5 Overall: 9/10
Nov. 6th, 2016

This is a very good tea. The teabag has fannings that infuse very quickly. The aroma and the lingering flavor have the ginger/turmeric spiciness -- which is wakening yet soothing. This makes a particularly good drink for a brisk fall day. Though the second steep takes longer, it's also very good --better than many tea ...

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Pumpkin Spice Rooibos from Trader Joe's

Style: Flavored Rooibos – Region: Blend

97 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5 Overall: 10/10
Nov. 4th, 2016

Mmmmmm, now this is tea! If this was available loose leaf, it'd be perfect. The smell is delicious and the flavor is perfect -- a lovely balance between the spices and the rooibos. It's good on its own, but a cup of this is amazing with just a pinch or two of stevia added. It adds a smooth sweetness without overpowerin...

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Wild Berries from Twinings

Style: Fruit (Herbal) Tea – Region: Blend

73 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5 Overall: 8/10
Oct. 19th, 2016

This solidly fruity, moderately robust tea isn't bitter or overly tart and has a pleasant juiciness. It's very inexpensive, so if you like fruit teas at all it's worth a shot. Like other Twinings tea bags, it infuses quickly but is good for only one cup. Overall, I like it, but it'd be much better if done loose leaf --...

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Pure Peppermint from Twinings

Style: Peppermint Tea – Region: ?????

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5 Overall: 8/10
Oct. 10th, 2016

This isn't the strongest or brightest peppermint tea, but it is real smooth and it hits the spot. No bitterness is detectable. I like peppermint far more than spearmint, so I was happy to see this in my sister's cupboard when visiting her. I'm currently in the middle of gestational diabetes, so I'm just excited to be a...

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Organic Mango & Chile Black Tea from Trader Joe's

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

90 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5 Overall: 10/10
Sep. 9th, 2016

This tea is unique and delicious when you're in the mood for something robust and fruity with a spicy kick. The tea pieces are pretty small (but not dust), so it infuses quickly. I steeped this for several minutes and it didn't turn bitter at all, which is excellent.

I really like this tea.

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Wildberry Hibiscus from Zhena's Gypsy Tea

Style: Herbal Tea – Region: ?????

93 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5 Overall: 10/10
Jun. 23rd, 2016

Berries and hibiscus tea go together so well. The bold, tart flavor is delicious, and the fruit cuts what might otherwise be sour by adding more flavor and sweetness. This is a very well balanced herbal tea, in my opinion. I've only tried this tea hot so far, but it sounds perfect for chilled teas too. My only complain...

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Hoji-cha, Roasted Green Tea (Loose) from Yamamotoyama

Style: Hojicha – Region: Japan

90 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5 Overall: 9/10
Mar. 24th, 2016

This was surprisingly good. The flavor had a nice soothing aroma and taste in a "ah, this is the kind of food adults like" sort of way. It strikes me as a particularly good tea for certain brisk days.

The fact that I like it and that I got a decent size bag of loose leaf for about two and a half dollars makes it one...

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