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Whiskey

(44 reviews)

Everyday Houji-cha Roasted Green Tea from Maeda-en

Style: Hojicha – Region: Japan

88 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Aug. 27th, 2020

I was very impressed by this tea. The only other hoji-cha I've tried was from YamaMotoYama, and I enjoyed it. But, this had a more toasty, well-rounded scent to it. The leaves differed more in their shape and appearance, which made it look more natural. The tea also had a more nuanced flavor.

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JGS1122

(79 reviews)

St. James Estate Pekoe Ceylon from Upton Tea Imports

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

90 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Aug. 27th, 2020

For me this is a quintessential Ceylon. Wonderful mild earthy aroma. Liquor is a place amber. Clean taste, with a hint of fruit. Glad I have tried this. Will reorder in the future.

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Tchuggin' Okie

(273 reviews)
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Mint Magic® Herbal Tea from Celestial Seasonings

Style: Mint Tea – Region: ?????

59 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Aug. 23rd, 2020

This is the first tea review I can blame or credit directly to the ongoing coronavirus. We were having Sprouts groceries plucked from within and brought curbside⁠—an activity not undertaken before this pandemic⁠—and the Instacart shopper either mistakenly got "Mint Magic" instead of the peppermint tea I ordere...

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Rocky Mountain Blend from Murchie's Tea & Coffee Ltd

Style: Black Tea – Region: Blend

72 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Aug. 15th, 2020

Both the loose and bagged versions of this blend have gone down my gullet, and I honestly can't tell much (if any) difference, at least within a reasonably narrow batch-to-batch margin of error. That said, I'll base this review mainly on what I've got right now, which is bags from a sampler pack.

The dry-bag (and ...

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Brytta Sóþword

(321 reviews)
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Licorice Spice Herbal Tea from Stash Tea

Style: Wellness Tea / Medicinal Tea – Region: ?????

75 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Aug. 14th, 2020

I'm not a fan of licorice in general, but this wasn't actually bad. If I had to drink a licorice-based tea, this wouldn't a bad choice -- especially considering how inexpensive it is.

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Difflugia

(150 reviews)
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Aromatic Earl Grey from Ahmad Tea

Style: Earl Grey Tea – Region: Blend

87 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Aug. 14th, 2020

I'm not sure if this is actually different than plain "Earl Grey." According to the Ahmad US website, "Aromatic Earl Grey has a slightly lower dosage of bergamot when compared to Earl Grey," but the Aromatic Earl Grey is only sold in large containers (454g or 500g) and the largest Earl Grey package is 250g. The UK webs...

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Tchuggin' Okie

(273 reviews)
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Canadian Breakfast Tea Bags from Murchie's Tea & Coffee Ltd

Style: Flavored Black Tea – Region: Blend

68 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Aug. 10th, 2020

What is a Canadian Breakfast tea? A Ceylon-Keemun blend...flavored with maple, of course! In the dry bag, it smells nearly as "mapley" as their "Maple Tea"—a very strongly maple-infused blend I've consumed a lot, and reviewed already. Since I'm a big fan of that flavor, it was a positive review. :-)

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Whiskey

(44 reviews)

Everyday Kukicha Twig Tea from Maeda-en

Style: Kukicha – Region: Japan

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Aug. 9th, 2020

I liked this tea. I decided to get it because I wanted something that wasn't roasted or aged, that would still be more subdued in caffeine. I prefer naturally low-caffeine teas over ones that have had caffeine removed through some chemical (or other) process. Because kukicha is the twigs, with some leaf pieces (which y...

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Kokyu Sen-cha Green Tea (2020) from Maeda-en

Style: Sencha – Region: Japan

70 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Aug. 9th, 2020

Update:
I found a way to brew it better. 80ºC water, 110ml water per 2 tsp of tea, 20 seconds for the first cup, 20-25 seconds for the second cup... The tea is very, very grassy. It's more grassy than any other sencha I've ever had (or any green tea, for that matter). It's not buttery. It's more like brewing a nice, ...

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Tchuggin' Okie

(273 reviews)
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Linden Flower (Tila) from Carmencita

Style: Linden Tea – Region: ?????

66 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Aug. 9th, 2020

I first had some of this drink when living in Miami almost 30 years ago, at a Salvadoran restaurant, without having tried linden tea of any sort before. I recalled enjoying it with pupusas, so another time I was there, shortly before joining RateTea, I saw a packet of teabags at Publix and brought it back, and (though...

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Brytta Sóþword

(321 reviews)
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English Breakfast Black Tea from Bigelow Tea

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

73 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Aug. 8th, 2020

Not bad, considering this is a teabag. It tastes like a basic but not bitter black tea, and I do notice some raisin-like notes as well. It’d be a good at-work tea.

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Whiskey

(44 reviews)

Saemidori Sen-cha Fukamushi (2020) from Maeda-en

Style: Green Tea – Region: Kagoshima, Japan

85 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Aug. 7th, 2020

I was surprised at how good this was. I took a chance because Maeda-en really has terribly short descriptions of their teas on their site. I really didn't know what I'd get. The tea, in terms of the type of leaves, length of them, scent, and color, actually reminded me more of Shin-cha than other Fukamushi. The leaves ...

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Difflugia

(150 reviews)
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Duchess Grey from Williamson Tea

Style: Earl Grey Tea – Region: Kenya

76 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jul. 30th, 2020

Inside the box, the fifty round, tagless teabags are stacked in a sealed Mylar pouch. They're not individually wrapped.

Upon opening the pouch for the first time, the citrus aroma is wonderful and intense. The teabags themselves appear to be sprayed with citrus oil (presumably bergamot, but it smells a bit sweeter t...

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Mr Bamsen

(94 reviews)
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Blood Orange (No. 959) from TeaGschwendner

Style: Fruit Black Tea – Region: Blend

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jul. 24th, 2020

Half-litre pot at home, made from a mixture of organic black tea leaves, pieces of organic orange peel and safflower blossom and orange oil. Pours nearly clear dark amber (against white china) with no sediment. Clear aroma of black tea leaves and orange. Mildly bitter flavour of black tea, with pronounced citric and fr...

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Vietnam Ban Lien Red (No. 872) from TeaGschwendner

Style: Black Tea – Region: Vietnam

88 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
Jul. 24th, 2020

Half-litre pot at home, made from dark brown leaves of pure black (= red) Ban Lien tea. Pours nearly clear copper brown (against white china) with no sediment. Clear aroma of black tea, with leafy notes and mild nutty touches. Delicate, bitter, leafy flavour bordering on nutty and sweetish notes. Mildly astringent pala...

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Anna Banana (Nr. 932) from Carstensens Tehandel

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

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jul. 24th, 2020

Half-litre pot at home, made from an enchanting variety of dried (and, in part, caramelised) fruits: banana, pineapple, mango, peach, apricot, cranberry, and God knows what else (there is no description of the blend on the tea company's website yet). Pours clear light straw (against white china) with no sediment. Inten...

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Grøn Karamelte (Nr. 341) from Carstensens Tehandel

Style: Flavored Green Tea – Region: Blend

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jul. 24th, 2020

Half-litre pot at home, made from a mixture of Sencha leaves and pieces of fudge. Pours clear straw (against white china) with no sediment. Clear aroma of caramel, with notes of Sencha leaves and mild touches of vanilla. Bitterish and herbal flavour of Sencha, with sweetish notes of caramel and hints of vanilla. Mildly...

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Hvid Mulberry (Nr. 1018) from Carstensens Tehandel

Style: Flavored White Tea – Region: Blend

72 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Jul. 24th, 2020

Half-litre pot at home, made from a mixture of white tea leaves and what looks like pieces of dried mango, mulberries, cornflower and sunflower (the blend is new, and there is no description on the tea company's website yet). Pours clear straw (against white china) with no sediment. Clear aroma of mulberries and peach,...

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Carstensens Munkete (Nr. 147) from Carstensens Tehandel

Style: Flavored Black Tea – Region: Blend

70 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jul. 24th, 2020

Half-litre pot at home, made from a mixture of black tea leaves and pieces of orange peel, orange blossom and cloves. Pours nearly clear dark copper brown (against white china) with no sediment. Clear aroma of black tea, cloves and orange peel, with hints of vanilla. Bitter flavour of black tea, with spicy notes of clo...

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Tchuggin' Okie

(273 reviews)
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Bombay Chai from Murchie's Tea & Coffee Ltd

Style: Chai / Spiced Tea – Region: Blend

86 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Jul. 18th, 2020

I was a little uncertain what to expect here, since Murchie's teas generally are very good to excellent, but their bagged "Traditional Chai" offering was somewhat flat and disappointing. No worries..."Bombay Chai" lives up to the name, and is a worthy addition to the tea shelf on your pantry, especially if you like yo...

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Alex Zorach

(1412 reviews)
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Loose Leaf Breakfast Blend Black Tea from Benner Tea Co

Style: Black Tea – Region: ?????

72 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jul. 16th, 2020

I was really excited to see loose-leaf tea for sale in ALDI, and I eagerly bought this. I can't remember how much it cost but I think it was around $5. I had written some time back about how frustrated I was at how bad the tea bag teas from Benner Tea Co, the ALDI generic brand, were.

ALDI consistently has high-qual...

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JGS1122

(79 reviews)
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Typhoo Tea from Typhoo

Style: Black Tea – Region: Blend

65 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jul. 14th, 2020

I always buy tea bags for eating in restaurants. In the USA, Lipton is the tea offered. I have been trying different brands of bagged tea. This was my first taste of Typhoo. It has a strong taste that does not linger in your mouth. Very dark brew. Has a nice punch that will pair well with an omelette.

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Tchuggin' Okie

(273 reviews)
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Madagascar Vanilla Red Tea from Celestial Seasonings

Style: Flavored Rooibos – Region: ?????

63 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jul. 14th, 2020

It's hard to rate this product because it doesn't sit still, even though it has just three stated ingredients: rooibos, vanilla flavoring, and vanilla bean. The quality and flavor seemed to vary a lot over time, within a given cup. Overall, it's a decent representative of flavored rooibos, and at times presents itse...

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Argentin

(11 reviews)

Classic Chai from Mountain Rose Herbs

Style: Chai / Spiced Tea – Region: ?????

30 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 1/5 Value: 5/5
Jul. 4th, 2020

This was a pretty weak chai.

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Earl Grey from Mountain Rose Herbs

Style: Earl Grey Tea – Region: India

45 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 1/5 Value: 5/5
Jul. 4th, 2020

This earl grey had the strangest green unripe taste. I wasn’t a fan which is disappointing since I had high hopes after trying their Assam.

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