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Alex Zorach

(1284 reviews)
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Chai Spice Black Tea from Stash Tea

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

73 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Sep. 30th, 2009

I like this teabag chai...and it's quite different. Happily, it's not too heavy on the cinnamon...the ginger, clove, and allspice are noticeable! The aftertaste is very clean and cool...more similar to Earl Grey than other chais. The black tea is nondescript and moderately strong...overpowered by the aroma of the sp...

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Pouchong Tea from Ten Ren Tea

Style: Pouchong Tea – Region: ?????

57 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Sep. 30th, 2009

This is the only Pouchong I've ever found in teabags. Compared to loose Pouchong, it doesn't stack up. The aroma is flat and there is an unpleasant biting quality to the tea. Compared to other equally-inexpensive green teas, however, this is not bad.

The aroma is vegetal and a bit fishy. There's a bit of sharpne...

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PG Tips Pyramid bags from PG Tips

Style: Black Tea – Region: Blend

43 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5
Sep. 28th, 2009

These teabags seem to be meant for more than one cup. The tea brews very rapidly and is very strong. It wasn't terribly complex; it had a muted quality...very bitter aftertaste but initial taste was a bit smoother. Very tannic; do not let this steep too long; a very brief (1 min.) infusion I find is best. Even then...

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Anne

(34 reviews)
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PG Tips Pyramid bags from PG Tips

Style: Black Tea – Region: Blend

47 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5
Sep. 28th, 2009

You want a tea that makes you feel less like Miss Muffet at a tea party and more like a tire-changing, farm-implement-using, PBR-swilling bad boy? This is your brew. Fiercely straightforward, startlingly bitter if left to steep. Pricier than it should be in the states.

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Alex Zorach

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Chai Green Tea from Stash Tea

Style: Chai / Spiced Tea – Region: Blend

40 / 100 Aroma: 3/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5
Sep. 28th, 2009

This tea is too much like a regular spiced black tea with green tea substituted. But black and green teas have a very different character, so I think different proportions of spices are needed. The result in this case is a tea that does not blend well.

The cinnamon totally overpowers the tea and the other spices i...

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Premium Green Tea from Stash Tea

Style: Green Tea – Region: Brazil

60 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Sep. 28th, 2009

Aroma grassy, fresh, a bit fishy. There's a hint of sweetness...a lot of astringency though. More like a sencha than any other kind of green tea. Is this tea attempting to be a sencha?

This tea is very difficult to brew. It scalds easily if the water is too hot, leaving it bitter and sour; there are a generous a...

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Green Tea from Ten Ren Tea

Style: Green Tea – Region: ?????

67 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Sep. 27th, 2009

This is a very enjoyable green tea. Although this tea is steamed, it is much mellower than a typical sencha--less sharp. Less grassy than Ten Ren's dragon well. The tea brews a more golden color, less greenish. Less bitter and astringent than the majority of teabag teas on the market. Compared to Ten Ren's Dragonw...

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Earl Grey from Ten Ren Tea

Style: Earl Grey Tea – Region: Sri Lanka / Ceylon

47 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Sep. 27th, 2009

I was disappointed with this one, as I was with Ten Ren's black tea. There isn't much complexity to the black tea aroma, and the bergamot is a bit too weak for me. I prefer many other brands' attempts at teabag Earl Grey to this one.

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Jasmine Oolong from Ten Ren Tea

Style: Miscellaneous Blend – Region: ?????

77 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Sep. 27th, 2009

This was one of the first teas I tried from Ten Ren, and I enjoy it greatly. Richer and more full-bodied than most jasmine green teas, yet the Jasmine aroma is still strongly present. I think this blend works very well--it's hard to even recognize as a blend as the aromas blend so well. People who like jasmine tea b...

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PuErh Tea from Ten Ren Tea

Style: Pu-erh Tea – Region: ?????

53 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Sep. 27th, 2009

I bought this tea long ago, after being impressed with the quality of Ten Ren's tea bags, and wanting to try all their teas.

Aroma is dusty but clean. Flavor is smooth. Not quite as full-bodied as some pu-erh tea bags, and not as much complexity in the earthy aroma, but this is really not bad. Pu-erhs can be hard...

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Black Tea from Ten Ren Tea

Style: Black Tea – Region: ?????

33 / 100 Aroma: 3/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 2/5
Sep. 27th, 2009

I think this tea does not stack up to the quality of Ten Ren's other teabag teas; it makes me wonder if it's included only as an afterthought, as Ten Ren does not seem to specialize in black teas. Aroma is nondescript, generic, lacking complexity. If you want a darker tea from Ten Ren, I'd recommend a darker oolong.

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Plantation Mint® Black Tea from Bigelow Tea

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

53 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Sep. 27th, 2009

Aroma is candy-like and flavor is very smooth. While this pales in comparison to brewing quality black tea together with fresh spearmint, it's enjoyable.

The black tea isn't the best quality and has only a weak aroma, but the spearmint is quite aromatic. There's no bitterness or astringency, even if you let it bre...

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Earl Grey from Bigelow Tea

Style: Earl Grey Tea – Region: Blend

53 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Sep. 27th, 2009

A decent Earl Grey in teabags. Very fresh tasting, with a bold beragmot presence. The black tea is strong but a bit generic. Fairly bitter, with some astringency; it's possible to brew this too long.

I strongly prefer this to Twinings.

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Pear White Tea (Formerly White Pear) from Revolution Tea

Style: White Tea – Region: ?????

57 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 3/5
Sep. 27th, 2009

This was surprisingly strong for a white tea. I brewed it for 4 minutes using a little over a cup with the teabag, and it was too strong. I recommend either brewing for a shorter time or using the teabag to brew two or more cups at once. This tea is quite good for multiple infusions; the pear comes out more in later...

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Blackcurrant Breeze (formerly Blackcurrant) from Twinings

Style: Fruit Black Tea – Region: Blend

77 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Sep. 27th, 2009

I find the bold, almost pungent aroma of blackcurrants quite enjoyable in this tea...it's a deep, dark sort of fruitiness that blends very well with the black tea. The tea in this blend is nondescript and is dominated by the blackcurrant, but that's ok with me! This is a peculiar fruit blend but I enjoy it very much;...

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Red Zinger® Herbal Tea from Celestial Seasonings

Style: Herbal Tea – Region: ?????

37 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 1/5 Value: 2/5
Sep. 27th, 2009

This tea is much too sour for me; although I enjoy the aroma, I find it gets unpleasantly sour by the end of the cup. This tea becomes much more drinkable, in my opinion, if you use it as a 1-to-2 ingredient with other less sour teas to make a pitcher of iced tea.

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Chamomile Herbal Tea from Celestial Seasonings

Style: Chamomile Tea – Region: Blend

57 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Sep. 27th, 2009

Another typical chamomile tea; nothing to get excited about. I think this tea is a little more floral but less fruity than some. There's a little bit of the unpleasant muted sourness that plagues some chamomile teas. Enjoyable, but I've had better. Among celestial seanonings teas I much prefer the blends.

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Pure Camomile (Chamomile) from Twinings

Style: Chamomile Tea – Region: ?????

53 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Sep. 27th, 2009

A typical and decent chamomile tea. Nothing really stands out...there's a little bit of the muted unpleasant aftertaste, and a hint of fruitiness in the aroma, a little bit of a straw-like flavor. Soothing. Not the best chamomile I've tried but certainly not the worst. Reasonably priced.

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Dessert Tea - Almond Sunset® from Celestial Seasonings

Style: Herbal Tea – Region: ?????

77 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Sep. 27th, 2009

I absolutely loved this herbal tea. The aroma combined light and sweet marzipan-like tones with more robust earthy and nutty qualities. The cup was naturally sweet and very smooth. The ingredients were balanced just how I like; I can't suggest anything I would change about this blend.

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Mandarin Orange Spice® Herb Tea from Celestial Seasonings

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

47 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 4/5
Sep. 27th, 2009

This tea is on the margins of Celestial Seasoning teas that I enjoy...it has too much cinnamon for my taste; I think the clove blends much better with the orange than the cinnamon does. It's also a tad too sour for my tastes...although again it's just a bit out of my comfort zone. This is one of those teas that I wil...

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Sleepytime® Herbal Tea from Celestial Seasonings

Style: Herbal Tea – Region: ?????

57 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Sep. 27th, 2009

This is one of my favorite Celestial Seasonings teas; the spearmint and chamomile go so well together, and dominate the aroma, although the other ingredients have a presence too. I find this tea to be among the most soothing of the commercial teas that are marketed as "bedtime" herbal blends.

Nowadays though, I str...

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Tension Tamer® from Celestial Seasonings

Style: Herbal Tea – Region: ?????

73 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 5/5
Sep. 27th, 2009

I drink this tea a lot when I get sick because it makes me feel better. The flavor is a bit of an acquired taste but I have grown quite fond of it. The ginseng is dominant in the aroma and imparts a bitterness and an earthy quality which blends well with the ginger. The peppermint and lemon lightens this one somewha...

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Peach Mango White Tea (White Tea with Island Mango and Peach) from Lipton Tea

Style: Miscellaneous Blend – Region: ?????

40 / 100 Aroma: 3/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Sep. 27th, 2009

Very fruity aroma; something about the aroma seemed a bit overdone and somewhat unnatural. Overall though, it was not bad. The fruit dominates the aroma, however...I had little sense of what kind of white and green tea was used as a base--it was weak and not very present. The flavor is smooth but on the weak side. ...

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Ginger Peach Green Tea from Stash Tea

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

73 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Sep. 27th, 2009

Initial aroma is mostly of peach if you brew this tea briefly, but as you brew it longer the ginger comes out much more strongly; the ginger aroma stays in the cup. Smooth, fresh tasting...the ginger is very noticeable, especially if you brew it for a long time. I enjoyed this one very much; it has a very different c...

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Fusion Green & White Tea from Stash Tea

Style: Green and White Blend – Region: ?????

70 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Sep. 27th, 2009

Complex aroma; has a floral fragrance, suggestive of Jasmine. Crisp, clean, and light, but surprisingly flavorful. Remarkably easy to brew; better with slightly lower temperature water, but does not scald as easily as other green or white teas. Outstanding for a teabag tea!

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