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Magnolia Oolong from Murchie's Tea & Coffee Ltd

Style: Flavored Oolong – Region: China

83 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Dec. 19th, 2016

This was an interesting tea; I love scented oolongs, and I love trying floral-scented teas other than the usual jasmine, so I jumped on the opportunity to try this one when I saw my parents had ordered some.

The dry leaf is surprisingly dark, looking like a darker-roast oolong, but upon opening the tin there was a s...

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Ginger - Magic Fruits from Basilur

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

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

Another of the teabags I picked up at a wedding recently. Good quality, but not the sort of blend that I'm crazy about.

The tea bag itself smells like dried ginger, I can't smell much tea, and upon brewing, the cup smells similar. The flavor though has a good balance of tea and ginger, but even drinking the cup, g...

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Earl Grey - Specialty Classics from Basilur

Style: Earl Grey Tea – Region: ?????

47 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 1/5
Aug. 30th, 2016

I picked this tea up at a wedding, in a Hilton hotel. It's not widely available here in the US, but I was eager to try it.

This tea bag produced a delightful aroma as I poured water over the cup. After letting the cup steep for five minutes, I was surprised to find the cup had developed a peculiar aroma of artific...

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Ginger Pu-erh from Numi Organic Tea

Style: Flavored Pu-erh – Region: ?????

67 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Jan. 27th, 2016

I'm not a big fan of Shou Pu-erh, and I think Pu-erh tea bags usually tend to be terrible, but I thought this was a well-executed blend, and I think the ginger blends quite well with the base tea.

The aroma is distinctive. Because it's dried ginger, it reminds me a little more of gingerbread cookies than fresh ginge...

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Earl Grey Black Tea from Teavana

Style: Earl Grey Tea – Region: China

63 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5
Jan. 26th, 2016

This tea had a pleasant aroma, slightly fruity and slightly perfumey, with a good balance of the beas tea and flavoring. Piquant: bold and edgy, both in flavor and aroma, but pleasantly so. Quite bitter, and with a light astringency in the finish. Potent.

A typical Earl Grey of good (but not amazing) quality. Noth...

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Oprah Chai Herbal Blend from Teavana

Style: Chai / Spiced Tea – Region: Blend

2 / 100 Aroma: 1/10 Flavor: 1/5 Value: 1/5
Jan. 26th, 2016

This was the worst thing I've ever seen to come out of Starbucks and Teavana, and the worst thing I've seen associated with Oprah's name. It's an abomination, absolutely abhorrent.

The cup has an overwhelming aroma of fake cinnamon, like those fireball candies that I hated as a kid. If you like fireball candies (o...

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Rose Green Tea from Udyan Tea

Style: Rose Green Tea – Region: Nepal

97 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Jan. 20th, 2016

A beautiful blend. I love rose green tea and I thought this one was exceptional. It's one of the best blended or flavored green teas I've had.

The dry leaf of this smells wonderful and balanced...I can actually smell the tea, usually rose overpowers base teas, especially green teas. The tea smells light and vegeta...

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Green Chai from Wegmans

Style: Chai / Spiced Tea – Region: Blend

63 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Dec. 7th, 2015

Green chai is always a tricky one for me; I think of masala chai as being a blending tradition that is inextricably woven into the flavor profile of strong black teas. While traditional masala chai goes well with milk, I think of green tea as not going well with milk at all. I never know what to expect when I try a g...

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Jade Citrus Mint from Teavana

Style: Flavored Green Tea – Region: Blend

73 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5
Nov. 25th, 2015

A smooth, creamy tea where the mint aroma is more evident than the base tea. Resteeps very well.

Sampled at the Starbucks in Newark, Delaware.

This is the tea that replaced, or corresponds fairly closely with, the old Tazo Zen, the combination of green tea with spearmint and lemon-scented herbs. Neither tea is a...

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Vanilla Bean from Mighty Leaf Tea

Style: Vanilla Black Tea – Region: Blend

73 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Aug. 4th, 2015

This tea was surprisingly good and I think was one of the best flavored teas that I've tried yet from Mighty Leaf, definitely my favorite black tea of theirs too. Served in Central Perk Coffee Shop in Newark, DE.

The base tea has a strong warming quality and is rich and aromatic. On the website, I see they list te...

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Superfine Jasmine Downy Dragon Pearls Green Tea from TeaVivre

Style: Jasmine Pearls – Region: Fuding, Fujian, China

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
Aug. 1st, 2015

This is my favorite jasmine pearls tea that I've ever sampled.

I tried this tea months ago and began writing a review but I realized that I never finished and posted it! Apologies to TeaVivre for the oversight. I had one packet left, so I brewed it up and the tea was as I had remembered it. I was surprised at how...

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Green Jasmine Tea from Heine Brothers' Coffee

Style: Jasmine Tea – Region: China

60 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 4/5
Jul. 31st, 2015

A very bold, strong-flavored Jasmine that is easy to oversteep.

Thank you to RosaMoon for this one, picked up in a shop in Louisville, KY.

Dry leaf is quite aromatic, and unusually dark in color...looks almost as dark as black tea.

Aromatic but not overwhelming. The base tea's character comes through and it r...

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Jasmine Pearls from The Meaning of Tea

Style: Jasmine Pearls – Region: Fujian, China

67 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5
Apr. 29th, 2015

A decent Jasmine tea, which I think is on the expensive side.

Dry leaf has a very intense aroma, with a strongly floral jasmine scent, and also strongly fruity, with a minty note.

The Meaning of Tea recommended a heaping teaspoon, but I sensed that this tea would be strong for my tastes, so I went easy, using a t...

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India's Original Masala Chai from Golden Tips

Style: Chai / Spiced Tea – Region: India

83 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Mar. 18th, 2015

A traditional chai that is smooth in flavor but is potently spiced, and equally enjoyable with and without milk.

For having such a finely-broken (CTC) base, this tea is surprisingly mellow and smooth. The dry leaf smells very fresh and light, and the dominant aroma is cardamom, and I can also detect clove. This bo...

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Pomelo Delight Black Tea from Health & Tea

Style: Flavored Black Tea – Region: Taiwan / Formosa

83 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Mar. 12th, 2015

An intriguing tea that was unique, yet very easy to brew and drink!

The leaf looks more like a moderate-roast oolong than a black tea, both before and after steeping. It has an interesting aroma, very pleasant. Normally, citrus-flavored teas are blended with the fruit itself, zest from the peel, or extracts from t...

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Cafe Spice Chai from Octavia Tea

Style: Chai / Spiced Tea – Region: Blend

60 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5
Mar. 6th, 2015

A smooth, mild chai that was pleasant to drink but disappointing in its lack of strength and cinnamon-heavy spice blend. Sampled at Velvet Sky bakery.

This tea was surprisingly weak and unsatisfying, even when brewed using more leaf than I normally use. I'm also not crazy about the combination of spices. Cinnamon ...

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Earl Grey Black Tea from MajaTei

Style: Earl Grey Tea – Region: Blend

30 / 100 Aroma: 2/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 1/5
Feb. 17th, 2015

This tea is sold as an Earl Grey, but the leaf smells really, really different from what I expect. I do notice bergamot, but there are a lot of other aromas in there, and it smells cloying, more like potpourri than a flavored black tea.

Upon brewing, I find I like the aroma even less, because the bergamot is even m...

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BaiYuYa Jasmine Tea from Simply Good Tea

Style: Jasmine Tea – Region: Fujian, China

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

A classic jasmine of good quality, very balanced.

The dry leaf is very aromatic, with a strong floral fragrance that is not too perfumey. The leaf is also quite beautiful, with lots of silvery, downy tips and a few whole jasmine flowers thrown in.

Upon brewing, takes on a much rounder, warmer aroma, a lot like b...

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Wild Raspberry from Octavia Tea

Style: Fruit Black Tea – Region: Blend

40 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 2/5
Jan. 14th, 2015

I tend not to like these sorts of fruit-flavored blends, and this was no exception. Sampled at Velvet Sky in Jenkintown.

The dry leaf has a cloying raspberry aroma.

Upon brewing, produces a bright red cup that seems to smell more like raspberry jam (and a bit like strawberry) than anything else. Flavor is quite...

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Nr. 922, Earl Grey no. 69 from TeaGschwendner

Style: Earl Grey Tea – Region: Blend

63 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Jan. 10th, 2015

A relatively bold-flavored Earl Grey, strong on the bergamot, and a little perfumey. Another sample brought back from Germany.

The leaf is broken, but the pieces of leaf are relatively large. Leaf is very aromatic, and smells fresh, and mostly of bergamot.

Brewed as recommended, 2 minutes, produces a richly col...

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Earl Greyer Decaf from Republic of Tea

Style: Earl Grey Tea – Region: Blend

40 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 1/5
Jan. 3rd, 2015

Sampled in a Panera bread in suburban Delaware. Worth trying, but I wouldn't get it again; I tend not to like decaf teas, and I thought this was towards the lower end of decaf teas I've tried.

The tea bag sinks to the bottom of the cup and requires stirring to mix up the flavor. Pleasantly aromatic, and smell like...

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Miss Elizabeth from Bingley's Teas

Style: Flavored Black Tea – Region: Blend

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

I normally don't like flavored teas, but I thought this one was excellent in quality.

The dry leaf of this has an interesting appearance, with big, round pieces of CTC leaf, mixed with blue and red strands. The aroma of the dry leaf is a bit cloying, but fortunately, upon brewing it becomes more balanced.

The cu...

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Strawberry White Tea from Octavia Tea

Style: Fruit White Tea – Region: Blend

63 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Nov. 25th, 2014

A very good example of a type of flavored tea that I tend not to like. Sampled at Velvet Sky Bakery in Jenkintown.

The dry leaf of this tea was pretty finely broken, not like pictured in the beautiful picture.

This tea has an intense strawberry aroma, which I find cloying. It is, however, very natural, smelling...

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Jasmine Green from Octavia Tea

Style: Jasmine Tea – Region: ?????

93 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Nov. 22nd, 2014

Another sample from Velvet Sky Bakery in Jenkintown. Wow wow wow, I wasn't prepared to get blown away but I was.

Aroma of the dry leaf, which is quite beautifully formed, is intensely of jasmine, perfumey, and typical for jasmine tea. But it's not until I brew it that this tea shows its true colors.

Upon brewin...

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Dark Rose Hearts from Octavia Tea

Style: Flavored Tea – Region: Hunan, China

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Nov. 18th, 2014

Served in Velvet Sky Bakery in Jenkintown.

This tea was incredibly pleasant and very enjoyable. I love rose-scented tea, and this one smells intensely of rose.

Brews up a rich light-brown cup, relatively clear. Aroma very strong of rose, pleasant, and sharp. The base tea is very pleasant, but is somewhat backg...

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