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Difflugia

(69 reviews)
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Special Blend with Earl Grey from Ahmad Tea

Style: Earl Grey Tea – Region: Blend

85 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Jul. 15th, 2018

The dry tea is quite broken and smells almost like Froot Loops. Unlike most Earl Greys, though, the aroma of the tea is discernible beneath the bergamot.

The brewed tea smells mostly of malt and bergamot. The tea tastes more bitter and astringent than I expected. Based on Ahmad's other teas, I was expecting the blen...

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Earl Grey from Bigelow Tea

Style: Earl Grey Tea – Region: Blend

63 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Jul. 13th, 2018

The dry tea smells strongly of bergamot. There's no hint of other flavors, citrus or otherwise, that other brands sometimes add.

Adding water really doesn't change much. I smell bergamot and a weak hint of dry leaves. The flavor's more balanced than I would have expected, though. The underlying black tea is mellow, ...

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Oolong Tea from Wei-Chuan

Style: Oolong Tea – Region: China

40 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 3/5
Jul. 11th, 2018

The standard tea bags are filled with chopped up tea. The heavily-roasted aroma is quite strong.

Oddly, the brewed tea isn't as aromatic as the dry tea bags. It's nice, but there's no complexity. It smells like tea that has already been steeped once.

The tea definitely tastes roasted. It's smooth and easy to dri...

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HelenG

(1 review)

Edglets Loose Leaf Tea from Edglets Tea

Style: Black Tea – Region: ?????

90 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Jul. 10th, 2018

This tea is a full bodied tea with an excellent taste. Not as cheap as some and not as expensive as others especially when stocks of it got lower and lower.

I have drunk this tea since I was little and once it was no longer in the shops I was able to get it direct from Bell Tea, however it seems like they have run ...

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Difflugia

(69 reviews)
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Republic Darjeeling from Republic of Tea

Style: Darjeeling Black Tea – Region: Darjeeling, India

70 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5
Jul. 9th, 2018

The tea is made up of large, but broken pieces of leaf. The description says that the tea is graded TGFOP (Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe), though, which should be mostly whole leaves. There is a reasonable proportion of tips, so it is decent quality tea, but not as good as I expected from the description or the pri...

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Gray

(5 reviews)
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Organic Silken Pu-erh from DAVIDsTEA

Style: Pu-erh Tea – Region: Yunnan, China

90 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Jul. 8th, 2018

I was in the area, so I decided to check out a David's Tea shop. In all honesty, it looked more like a candy store than a tea shop. It had all these colorful spoons and containers and most of their "teas" looked more like trail mix or confetti than tea (some of them had the ingredients to trail mix in them). I'd writte...

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Teuvo

(59 reviews)
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Kokeicha (g) from De Theefabriek

Style: Kokeicha – Region: Japan

53 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 3/5
Jul. 3rd, 2018

I have no idea if I'm doing this right; I may update my review if there are any developments.

The loose tea is visually very interesting. Small dark green "sprinkles" that I believe I'm supposed to put directly into the cup and add hot water. They partly dissolve, making the liquid a lovely murky swamp green.
I am ...

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BillE

(4 reviews)
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Huo Shan Yellow Sprouting from Mark T. Wendell

Style: Yellow Tea – Region: Huoshan, Anhui, China

50 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
Jul. 3rd, 2018

Prep – 4.1 grams in 18 ounces 175° F. water for 4 minutes. Added 2 ounces ice. No sugar. No milk.
Aroma – Slight (2/5)
Flavor – A very flavorful yellow tea (5/5), with a vegetal taste, but not a grassy taste like green teas.
Value – $53 for a 6 ounce bag = $8.83 per ounce – low value, but a rare tea (3...

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Tchuggin' Okie

(143 reviews)
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Jade Citrus Mint from Teavana

Style: Flavored Green Tea – Region: Blend

64 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5
Jul. 2nd, 2018

Wow, am I ever ignorant. After rating a hundred-some-odd teas, I only just discovered by accidental click that I can rate teas on RateTea that have retired! Except...it ain't really retired anymore. This one and at least few others from Teavana have come back like that mythical phoenix. A set of 15-sachet plastic j...

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Green Tea from Farmer Brothers

Style: Green Tea – Region: ?????

73 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jun. 30th, 2018

This probably is the best food-service green tea I've had so far, overall. Travelers should like this if the lodging or conference offers it, as it is comparable to or better than some common name-brand greens. You just need to be patient with it while brewing, and/or use one of the smaller sippy-cups these places te...

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BillE

(4 reviews)
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Earl Grey - Jasmine from Twinings

Style: Flavored Black Tea – Region: Blend

75 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Jun. 29th, 2018

Prep – 2 tea bags (4 grams) in 18 ounces 200° F. water for 4 minutes. Added 2 ounces ice. No sugar. No milk.
Aroma – Moderate bergamot & jasmine (3/5)
Flavor – A very flavorful black tea (5/5), with a citrus and floral taste that gets stronger as the tea cools. This is a new version of Twinings Earl Grey. ...

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JGS1122

(60 reviews)
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Tonganagaon Broken from Harney and Sons

Style: Assam – Region: Tinsukia, Assam, India

85 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Jun. 28th, 2018

Nice deep amber liquor, very pleasant aroma and taste. This is a great every day tea. Good flavor makes it easy to sip all day. I will be buying more in the future.

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BillE

(4 reviews)
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Earl Grey - Lavender from Twinings

Style: Flavored Black Tea – Region: Blend

75 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Jun. 28th, 2018

Prep – 2 tea bags (4 grams) in 18 ounces 200° F. water for 4 minutes. Added 2 ounces ice. No sugar. No milk.
Aroma – Moderate bergamot & lavender (3/5)
Flavor – A very flavorful black tea (5/5), with a slight floral taste that gets stronger as the tea cools. This is a new version of Twinings Earl Grey. Als...

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Tchuggin' Okie

(143 reviews)
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Pure Camomile (Chamomile) from Twinings

Style: Pure Chamomile Tea – Region: ?????

72 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jun. 27th, 2018

Twinings has disappointed me time and again with their true teas and tea blends, so admittedly I tried their pure chamomile bag expecting it to both smell and taste old and weak. Much to my surprise, it was neither on either sense.

The dry bag was remarkably well-stuffed with chopped blossoms, offering an aroma o...

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BillE

(4 reviews)
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Earl Grey from Twinings

Style: Earl Grey Tea – Region: ?????

70 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Jun. 26th, 2018

Prep – 2 tea bags (4 grams) in 18 ounces 200° F. water for 4 minutes. Added 2 ounces ice. No sugar. No milk.
Aroma – moderate bergamot (3/5)
Flavor – very flavorful black tea (4/5). Good for breakfast.
Value – $3.19 for 40 gram box of 20 bags = $2.26 per ounce – high value

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Tchuggin' Okie

(143 reviews)
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Peppermint from Great Value

Style: Peppermint Tea – Region: ?????

77 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Jun. 25th, 2018

As I've noted with other peppermint-tea reviews, this is one of my very favorite herbs, one that's generally consistent and hard to mess up (though it can happen!). As such, I'll generally give peppermint teas high marks unless they are stale, overly stem-laden, exorbitantly costly, somehow wrongly advertised, or the ...

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Alex

(24 reviews)
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2017 Mini Jimbo from white2tea

Style: Ripened (Shou) Pu-erh – Region: Yunnan, China

74 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Jun. 25th, 2018

This was a surprise bonus in my order. Being new to pu-erh, I really appreciated being able to sample something that I wouldn't have picked out, giving me a little extra variety to figure out what I do and don't like. The first thing I noticed about this mini cake (and the other ripe pu-erh I got from White2Tea, Old Re...

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Difflugia

(69 reviews)
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Wild Raspberry Hibiscus Herbal Tea from Stash Tea

Style: Fruit (Herbal) Tea – Region: ?????

70 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jun. 17th, 2018

This tea's flavor is more complex than the other raspberry-flavored teas that I've been trying lately. No one ingredient overpowers the flavor. It's quite tart, but it doesn't have the astringency that other hibiscus and rosehip blends do. The raspberry is noticeable when smelling the cup, but fades into the background...

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Alex

(24 reviews)
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Organic White Peony (Bai MuDan) Tea from TeaVivre

Style: White Peony Tea – Region: Fuding, Fujian, China

90 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Jun. 15th, 2018

I've had this for a few weeks now, but I've put off this review because this is my first pure white tea. The leaves were picked in April of 2016, making the tea a little over two years old as of this review. It has a gentle yet complex aroma of autumn leaves, vanilla, cinnamon, old books, and hints of flowers and spice...

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Difflugia

(69 reviews)
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English Teatime from Bigelow Tea

Style: Black Tea – Region: ?????

40 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 2/5
Jun. 15th, 2018

The aroma is faint, but malty. The tea tastes thin and a bit cooked. Not offensive, just not much going on. If I take a big sip, there's a warm bitterness on the sides of the tongue that's nice.

As the tea cools down, it's more astringent and bitter than before. I'm trying to taste what might be in the blend and it ...

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Alex

(24 reviews)
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Gunpowder Green Tea (Loose) from Pure Leaf

Style: Gunpowder Green Tea – Region: Indonesia

50 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 4/5
Jun. 13th, 2018

This is one of the cheapest loose leaf teas I've ever seen, so I'm trying not to judge it to harshly, but it's just not very good. It's smoky, of course, but not too much if the temperature isn't too high. The overall flavor is vegetal, tasting like cooked carrots and green beans to me. It's pretty sour and astringent,...

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Ti Kuan Yin (Oolong Goddess) from Adagio Teas

Style: Tie Guan Yin – Region: Fujian, China

68 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Jun. 11th, 2018

I wrote a review of this before, but I accidentally deleted it while trying to edit it. Now that I've had a few better examples of Tieguanyin, I don't think this is as good as I initially thought. It's fairly mediocre, actually, with little to distinguish it from other oolongs on the lighter but not quite green end. Br...

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Bi Luo Chun Green Tea (Pi Lo Chun) from TeaVivre

Style: Bi Luo Chun – Region: Jiangsu, China

93 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Jun. 10th, 2018

This is the most complex green tea I've ever tasted. It has a very fresh nutty and floral aroma and bright, slightly tangy (but not sour like some cheap gunpowder and chun mee) taste with notes of nuts, fresh herbs, citrus fruit, and hints of vegetables.

It resteeps well, brewing at least three good cups as long as ...

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Difflugia

(69 reviews)
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Raspberry Royale® Black Tea from Bigelow Tea

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

65 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Jun. 9th, 2018

I like this tea. The flavor is quite complex and I'm not sure which flavors are the tea itself and which are "other natural flavors." The malt sweetness of the tea is foremost and the raspberry flavor is unmistakable, but subtle. The tea tastes alternately of Ceylon and Assam, coupling the malt with an almost roasted f...

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Raspberry Zinger® Herbal Tea from Celestial Seasonings

Style: Fruit (Herbal) Tea – Region: ?????

55 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Jun. 9th, 2018

The dry tea bag smells like dry raspberry Kool-Aid. Adding the water just intensifies the raspberry aroma.

The flavor is similar to Bigelow's Red Raspberry, but with a different balance. The raspberry flavor is much more pronounced, and the hibiscus is less tart. I feel it on the tongue more than taste it, but it se...

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