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Alex Zorach

(1310 reviews)
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Peppermint from Two Leaves Tea

Style: Peppermint Tea – Region: Europe

60 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5
Nov. 5th, 2009

Aroma very strong but more grassy and herbal, and more complex, than most straight peppermint teas. Balanced and not overpowering. Only a hint of sourness, less than most peppermint teas.

I still prefer the stuff I grow and dry myself, but this is a pretty good alternative. I give such a low rating for "value" be...

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Xue Ya Ballad from Adagio Teas

Style: Snow Buds – Region: ?????

73 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Nov. 5th, 2009

This is my favorite tea from Adagio so far. When brewed as recommended this tea is very light with a sweetness and some fruity tones. But I found it too thin this way.

I like brewing it much longer (8+ minutes) and with slightly warmer water (190-ish)...it comes out much stronger and more interesting...more grassy...

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MimiG

(46 reviews)
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Cinnamon Apple Spice Herbal Tea from Celestial Seasonings

Style: Herbal Tea – Region: ?????

73 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Nov. 4th, 2009

Perfect on a fall day! Tastes & smells of apples & cinnamon, but the cinnamon can be a little overpowering if you let it steep for too long.

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Alex Zorach

(1310 reviews)
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Moroccan Mint Tea from Stash Tea

Style: Green Tea with Mint – Region: ?????

43 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5
Nov. 4th, 2009

Aroma of spearmint and little else; disappointing after Stash's other flavored teas which have a bolder tea presence. The spearmint is very smooth and candy-like, but overall this tea is weak, especially in comparison to Stash's other offerings.

There is a little bitterness which was the only hint of green tea pres...

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emma

(12 reviews)
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Chai Spice Black Tea from Stash Tea

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

73 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Nov. 4th, 2009

I don't usually drink tea bag tea any more, but this one is always tempting to buy. This chai is more spicy then other ones I have tried. It is a lot less vanilla tasting then most chai teas. I like it's spice and its a great treat in the fall.

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Alex Zorach

(1310 reviews)
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China Breakfast from Rishi Tea

Style: Yunnan Red – Region: Yunnan, China

70 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Nov. 3rd, 2009

Wow. I love the aroma of this tea...it is much more vegetal than most black teas, clean and fresh, and yet warm too. Smooth and yet relatively full-bodied, but thin relative to some breakfast teas. No astringency.

I do notice the peppery tones characteristic of a dian hong. The aroma is pleasingly complex. Ther...

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BA28: South African Honeybush Superior Organic from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Honeybush – Region: South Africa

60 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Nov. 1st, 2009

The dry leaves have a fruitier aroma than the brewed tea, which is almost totally devoid of fruitiness, and is more earthy and slightly spicy. Tones of black pepper in the aroma.

Very full-bodied. Aftertaste is a bit flat. Not terribly complex in the aroma, but still enjoyable. I prefer Adagio's honeybush, which...

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Organic Wild Rooibos Pyramid Tea from Equal Exchange

Style: Rooibos – Region: South Africa

70 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
Nov. 1st, 2009

Aroma darker and more earthy, less fruity, than other rooibos I've tried. Flavor smooth but with some zing to it, without being bitter or too sour. Some astringency, but not too much.

I like this much, much better than other "non-wild" red rooiboses that I've tried. Although I still prefer green rooibos, this is ...

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Breathe Deep from Yogi Tea

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

67 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Nov. 1st, 2009

Smooth, naturally sweet, with licorice dominating the aroma, and a fair amount of mintiness present. Mellower than I expected for a tea with mint and eucalyptus. Soothing.

I imagine this one would also be good for a sore throat, as it seems to sooth irritation in addition to clearing your head. It also tastes pre...

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Rooibos from Adagio Teas

Style: Rooibos – Region: South Africa

47 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5
Oct. 31st, 2009

The dry leaf is strongly aromatic but the brewed tea is only moderately so. Smooth, a bit grassier and much less fruity than most rooibos. Very thin, however. A bit dry tasting, a little bit sour, and leaves a funny aftertaste that builds as you drink the cup.

Of the teas I've tried from Adagio, this was my least...

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Organic Darjeeling Black Pyramid Tea from Equal Exchange

Style: Darjeeling Black Tea – Region: Darjeeling, India

80 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 31st, 2009

Aroma spicy, unusually vegetal for a tea this dark, and unusually malty for a Darjeeling. Very interesting and complex! Dark liquor and tastes more like other black teas than most Darjeelings; I would not describe it as "golden" or "light". Remarkably bold and full-bodied and yet with little bitterness or astringenc...

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Honeybush from Adagio Teas

Style: Honeybush – Region: South Africa

63 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 30th, 2009

Very sweet and fruity; this is without a doubt the sweetest and fruitiest honeybush I've ever tried. Almost candy-like, with an aroma like dried fruit. Less of the earthy or straw-like tones that I was expected.

A bit light and thin-bodied, however. Less rich than other honeybush I've tried.

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Oolong #18 / Jade Oolong from Adagio Teas

Style: Jade Oolong – Region: Taiwan / Formosa

57 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5
Oct. 29th, 2009

Beautifully fragrant leaves and beautifully fragrant brewed tea. Sweet, light, orchid-like floral aroma. Weak flavor, with a very clean taste...sweet with a hint of tanginess and no bitterness. Upon drinking, what seemed like a pleasantly strong aroma becomes too weak.

Adagio recommends brewing 5 minutes with 180...

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Bedtime Story® Herbal Tea from Lipton Tea

Style: Herbal Tea – Region: ?????

47 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Oct. 29th, 2009

A gentle and mild herbal tea. Brews an orange color. A hint of sourness but not too much, and not much bitterness either. None of the aromas dominate. In spite of the main ingredient being mint, I don't notice the mint all that much...pretty mellow.

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Calm Chamomile Filterbags from Tazo Tea

Style: Chamomile Blend – Region: Blend

73 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 28th, 2009

This is without a doubt one of my favorite Tazo teas and also one of my favorite herbal teas. It balances just the right amount of chamomile with other ingredients so that there's a lot of chamomile in the aroma but there's also a lot of other stuff going on too. Unlike some of Tazo's other teas, this one is not too...

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Pouchong from Adagio Teas

Style: Pouchong Tea – Region: Taiwan / Formosa

43 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 2/5
Oct. 28th, 2009

Aroma light, vegetal, honey-like, and floral, but unfortunately, also a bit soapy. My main complaint is that this tea is so bland!

Flavor is extremely mild; a hint of sweetness, no bitterness, and absolutely no astringency whatsoever. Very clean aftertaste. More aromatic than flavorful. Although all pouchongs te...

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Lauren

(2 reviews)
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Green Tea with Peach from Bigelow Tea

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

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
Oct. 28th, 2009

This tea has a great peachy smell and its flavor is really smooth. It's even better iced.

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French Vanilla Black Tea from Bigelow Tea

Style: Vanilla Black Tea – Region: ?????

80 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Oct. 28th, 2009

The smell of this tea is just what you'd expect from the flavor name - strong and sweet. Its taste is more tea-like than the smell would lead you to believe, which to me, is welcome. It could be a bit stronger, though.

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Alex Zorach

(1310 reviews)
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Dancong Aria from Adagio Teas

Style: Dancong Oolong – Region: China

67 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Oct. 27th, 2009

Aroma very complex with a lot of things going on. The dark leaves surprisingly brew a light amber liquor that is very clear. Initially a strong fruity aroma like dried apricot, some vegetal tones. Upon drinking, a bit peppery. Very smooth and clean. No bitterness, rather sweet, but with some astringency. A bit th...

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Vanilla Chai Black Tea from Bigelow Tea

Style: Vanilla Chai – Region: ?????

40 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5
Oct. 25th, 2009

The spices actually blend pretty well and in spite of the artificial flavoring, this tea is much more natural tasting than I had expected. No noticeable tea aroma, just vanilla and some spice. Creamy and smooth.

I would appreciate a stronger tea presence and perhaps more spice.

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Passion Filterbag from Tazo Tea

Style: Herbal Tea – Region: Blend

30 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 1/5 Value: 1/5
Oct. 22nd, 2009

While I love the aroma of this tea, it is so sour as to be completely undrinkable. I have found a way to remedy this by running cold water over the teabag for about 15 seconds before brewing it. This leaves most of the aroma intact but removes most of the sourness. The resulting tea is very enjoyable.

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ZH20: China Pu-Erh Leaf from Upton Tea Imports

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

53 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 20th, 2009

This is not my favorite loose-leaf ripened pu-erh. It's palatable and noticeably better than random ones I've sampled. The aroma is dusty, not terribly rich or complex. Pretty smooth flavor. Enjoyable. I prefer ZH26.

And of course, I really strongly prefer Sheng Pu-erh. I do not think Pu-erh is Upton's strong ...

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ZH65: Pu-erh Loose Jia Ji from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Pu-erh Tea – Region: China

47 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5
Oct. 20th, 2009

Perhas I'm not a "discerning pu-erh enthusiast" but I failed to appreciate this one any more than Upton's basic loose pu-erh, and it's about twice the price. The aroma is somehow lighter and less rich and earthy. It does have a clean aftertaste as described, but it's less intensely aromatic. I prefer ZH26 and althou...

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ZH26: Organic Pu-Erh from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Pu-erh Tea – Region: China

57 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Oct. 20th, 2009

I find this pu-erh to have a richer and warmer earthy aroma as compared to both ZH20 and ZH65. Very smooth but with some nice complexity. While you can make multiple infusions with this tea, later infusions lose some of the complexity...I usually make only one very long infusion.

In the end though? I don't really...

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MimiG

(46 reviews)
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Wild Berry Zinger® Herbal Tea from Celestial Seasonings

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

67 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 19th, 2009

Smells very fruity, almost like juice. Pretty yummy, but the taste is not very unique among Celestial Seasoning's other fruit teas, I think.

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