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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Genmaicha from Harney and Sons

Style: Genmaicha – Region: Japan

50 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5
Mar. 14th, 2016

Roasty-Toasty but not worth the price - there are better (and also worse - see my other Gen Mai Cha reviews) versions available. If you are a Gen mai lover (Roasted rice/grain notes) this is a decent choice but no holy grail. Very nice in summer.

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Gen Mai Cha from Two Leaves Tea

Style: Genmaicha – Region: China

53 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Mar. 14th, 2016

Just OK - and I did not get the "Honey Smacks" note - but there is an odd sweetness to this rice/grain tea. I generally love Gen Mai Cha - but 2 leaves version is just fair. Fortunately it is not too expensive - and I was able to try it at a local coffee/tea shop so now I know not to buy a whole box. Not bad - but t...

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Green Tea with Peach from Bigelow Tea

Style: Fruit Green Tea – Region: ?????

77 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jan. 17th, 2016

I enjoy Bigelow teas over, say, Lipton or Salada - cheap - about $3 for a box of 24 bags. The green ones (Classic or flavored) are good.

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Earl Grey from Tea Forte

Style: Earl Grey Tea – Region: Blend

60 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5
Aug. 19th, 2015

I loathe Earl Grey - but that cool little sachet makes it all worthwhile. (Not?). Smells of Bergamot (Duh! It's Earl Grey) and steeps up strong and you can easily get 2 infusions per sachet. Pricey but if you have an earl grey lover in the family Tea Forte products make a nice, classy gift. There are many other TF...

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Oprah Chai Herbal Blend from Teavana

Style: Chai / Spiced Tea – Region: Blend

37 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 1/5
Jul. 17th, 2015

I loathe Chai and this one (now at all Starbucks who bought out Teavana some time ago) is no different. Blargh!

That said, if you like Chai - and Cinnamon/Nutmeg-y flavors you might like this.

I can't stand it.

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Lady Grey from Twinings

Style: Fruit Black Tea – Region: Blend

63 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Mar. 4th, 2015

I HATE Earl Grey - and Twinings is no exception - but Lady Grey I can somehow tolerate. Maybe it's the lemon mixed with the bergamot? Anyhow this one smells way better than it tastes and you do NOT want to add milk to it. I had it both with and without Splenda to see what it would be like. Meh.

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White Christmas (Loose) from Harney and Sons

Style: Flavored White Tea – Region: Blend

77 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Nov. 21st, 2014

This tea is now available for Christmas (2014) through the Harney & Sons Catalog 9and website). Subtle almond/fruity with a lovely aroma, brews up dark and quickly (it's a black tea blend). Good for wintertime with or without sweetener (no milk).

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Lemon Lift® Decaffeinated Black Tea from Bigelow Tea

Style: Fruit Black Tea – Region: ?????

37 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 1/5
Sep. 15th, 2014

Free in my office circa 2014. This "decaf" black tea with a hefty dose of citric acid (lemon juice?? I think not.) is available and drinkable but I would not go out of my way for it. We also have Bigelow's "Classic" green tea in the office. It's a step above Lipton-kick-your-ass black, but that's about it. No big w...

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Ginger Peach Black Tea from Stash Tea

Style: Flavored Black Tea – Region: Blend

80 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Sep. 11th, 2014

Amazed how good this cheap ($2.99 for a box of 24 bags) bagged grocery-store tea is. Not quite as good as the Republic of Tea's version - but much less money and perfect for what I needed it for (A local PTA meeting). Stash teabags are perfect when you need to provide tea bags for a crowd and offer a decent quality b...

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Blackberry Mojito Green Tea from Teavana

Style: Flavored Green Tea – Region: Blend

73 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5
Jul. 9th, 2014

I love this tea - fruity (berry notes) and a hint of mint. Excellent iced - no need to sweeten - but I sometimes add a bit of splenda. A terrific summer treat. So popular now that Starbucks makes a "clone" using sugary syrups. I like to brew it myself at home from the Teavana store (pricey stuff). Even my kid will...

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Pomegranate Oolong from Harney and Sons

Style: Flavored Oolong – Region: ?????

70 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5
Mar. 23rd, 2014

I got this in a "Silky Sachet" in an upscale restaurant. It has a very strong red-berry/pomegranate aroma which fades upon steeping. I liked this one - surprisingly - and I did add 1 packet of Splenda to it.

Also would be good iced, I imagine.

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Mango Ceylon from Republic of Tea

Style: Fruit Black Tea – Region: Blend

60 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5
Feb. 26th, 2014

I like the convenience of RoT's round brown tea bags - and Mango Ceylon is a fruity, good-tasting choice - but I much prefer the ginger peach. Makes a good iced tea.

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Green Tea Tulsi Tea from Organic India

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

50 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Jan. 30th, 2014

Eh. Meh. Maybe I am just not a Tulsi (Holy Basil) girl. I love it in Curries. I love it on chicken - but maybe not as a morning cuppa. Meanwhile It tastes OK - not great and not awful, I think I will need to try a few more tulsi teas before I make a final determination - but at first sip - I'm not lovin' it.

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