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Blueberry Kona Pop from Teavana

Style: Herbal Tea – Region: Blend

70 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5
Jun. 24th, 2013

Smelled awesome and tasted good over ice - and I hate Roiboos - but this is blended like an herbal tisane. Fruity and herby.

This is a blend of Pineapple Pop and Blueberry Bliss so there is a WHOLE lot going on here.

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Green Tea with Citrus from Lipton Tea

Style: Green Tea with Lemon – Region: Blend

53 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Jun. 7th, 2013

There are many, many bagged green teas that are far better than this one - but for Lipton - this is not bad. A bit lemon-pledgey in it's scent - tastes ok. Not bad and not great. Just OK.

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Luzianne Tea from Luzianne

Style: Black Tea – Region: Blend

47 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 3/5
Jun. 1st, 2013

Yes, they still make Luzianne - the classic black tea used in countless pitchers of Southern Style sweet tea. I can even find it (bottom shelf) of my local supermarket in the Philadelphia area.

Very black - neutral scent and a flat, single note taste. Not complex - totally drinkable but bby no means a favorite.

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Korakundah Estate Nilgiri FOP Black Tea from Arbor Teas

Style: Black Tea – Region: Nilgiri, India

67 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
May. 31st, 2013

I received a sample of this - and as I don't often have time for loose tea I made a whole bunch and had 1 cup hot and the rest iced. It is a good smelling and OK tasting black tea. Not bitter - and easy to drink.

Leaves are broken finely.

Brewed it again for my 9 year old who likes it "British" with milk. Sh...

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Honey Green Tea from Lipton Tea

Style: Flavored Green Tea – Region: Blend

23 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 1/5 Value: 1/5
May. 29th, 2013

Sorry, Lipton - but this fakey-honeyish pseudo green bagged tea is not good. Yikes. I had this (free) at a hospitality station where there were a few kinds of teas to choose from (all Lipton) and this seemed OK at the time. Bad call.

I tried it hot and doctored it up with a touch of splenda - but I would never ...

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Decaf Black Tea from Salada

Style: Black Tea – Region: ?????

33 / 100 Aroma: 3/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 2/5
May. 29th, 2013

Not a fan. Brews up black and very quickly. Not good hot but palatable over ice. - Salada is cheap and easy to come by.

Decent over ice especially for a decaf tea - as decaf teas can taste "flat" and this one is indeed, a bit flat. Don;t oversteep, add some lemon and sweetener and you've got a passable iced tea.

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Naturally Decaffeinated Tea from Red Rose Tea

Style: Black Tea – Region: Blend

47 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 3/5
May. 29th, 2013

Not a big fan of Red Rose - and only tried the decaf kind once - years back. The regular black tea by Red Rose makes a passable Southern-Style sweet tea - and it's very inexpensive.

I would proabably use this for decaf sweet-tea when you want a black, generic tasting grocery store tea. It's drinkable but not a fa...

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Om from Tazo Tea

Style: Green and Black Tea Blend – Region: Himalayas

60 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
May. 29th, 2013

This was the old-style Tazo "Om" that you could get in Starbucks before Tazo revamped it's brand into 2 lines with different package designs. Om is supposed to be a green and black blend and thus it seems to be neither when you steep it. Tasted very good though - so what the heck! Not sure if you can get this formul...

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Jasmine Pearl from ITO EN

Style: Jasmine Pearls – Region: Fujian, China

73 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
May. 29th, 2013

If you can find this (loose only - pearled by hand - and gorgeous to watch steep) try it! I used to get this from the NYC Ito En flagship store years back. I miss it. Subtle floral jamine notes and a pale yello/green steep after several minutes (be patient). Great hot and OK iced. (I prefer this one hot with a lit...

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Vanilla Creme Black Tea from Stash Tea

Style: Vanilla Black Tea – Region: Blend

67 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
May. 29th, 2013

This was a strange combination of vanilla, bitter black tea (bitter in a good way, I think.) and almost a nutty or almondish taste. I got a sample bag of this from a friend and it does take only 2-3 minutes to steep and comes out rather dark. I did not add sweetener. Not bad. Maybe as a dessert tea - or on Christm...

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China Green Tips Filterbag from Tazo Tea

Style: Mao Feng Green Tea – Region: Zhejiang, China

57 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
May. 24th, 2013

A decent bagged tea available everywhere (and I mean EVERYWHERE) that Starbucks is served - offices, Barnes & Noble, airports, even the local library - I can get a quick cup of this in a pinch. Vegetal and green - a bit "dry" tasting - so I add sweetener sometimes. (For shame, I know!) I love green teas but this is j...

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Zen Filterbags from Tazo Tea

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

73 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
May. 24th, 2013

Tazo is carried in Starbucks and is very available and moderately priced. Zen has a green tea base with notes of mint and cintrus. Very good over ice. A solid pick for every-day green tea. I actually prefer this to the China Green Tips (the plain green Tazo that Starbucks carries). Both are good in a pinc (airport,...

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Earl Grey from Twinings

Style: Earl Grey Tea – Region: ?????

53 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 3/5
May. 22nd, 2013

I can't stand Earl Grey - and yet I have tried many of them. Sometimes I try when I am at a convention or hotel or in an office or deli that carries Twinings. In this case they were all out of the other kids of teas and it was this or coffee - so I gave it a go (hot with a bit of splenda). Not as good as some I've t...

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Earl Grey Black Tea from Stash Tea

Style: Earl Grey Tea – Region: ?????

53 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 3/5
May. 22nd, 2013

I hate Earl Grey - and this one, in particular, is loaded with a bitter bergamot flavor. It's just not my bag, baby!

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Smoked Maple from Shanti Tea

Style: Flavored Oolong – Region: China

90 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
May. 22nd, 2013

This is a preliminary rating based on the smell alone - I just got a sample of this loose-leaf tea and can't wait to brew some up. I bet it'd be great in the winter as you can smell a sweet maple scent and as Sylvia mentioned a faint whisper of smoky wood. It looks appealing visually as well. I will update this revi...

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The People's Green Decaf from Republic of Tea

Style: Green Tea – Region: China

67 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
May. 21st, 2013

For a bagged tea this was fine - just as good as Tazo's China Green Tips and many others. Slightly vegetal/green qualities and very good hot.

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The People's Green Tea from Republic of Tea

Style: Green Tea – Region: ?????

63 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
May. 21st, 2013

For a bagged tea this was fine - just as good as Tazo's China Green Tips and many others. Comes in a decent decaf also.

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Blackberry Sage Decaf from Republic of Tea

Style: Flavored Black Tea – Region: Blend

70 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
May. 21st, 2013

For a decaf version this is great! Very sagey - a bit moreso than the standard version with fruity berry notes. A great tea hot or over ice.

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Roastaroma® Herbal Tea from Celestial Seasonings

Style: Coffee Alternative / Substitute – Region: ?????

47 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 3/5
May. 21st, 2013

Blech!!!!! Just drink some coffee already. This one smelled OK in the bag but was not quite barley, not quite chicory, brown/herbal smelling and not at all like coffee. Sorry. FAIL.

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Wild Sweet Orange from Tazo Tea

Style: Herbal Tea – Region: ?????

60 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
May. 20th, 2013

First of all, the package design and possibly the name of this tea may have changed, but I was at a conference in a Sheraton Hotel that offered a few tea selections and since there were no green teas left I chose this. (It was that or a straight black tea so I picked this). I am not a fan of orange teas - but this on...

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Calm Chamomile Full Leaf from Tazo Tea

Style: Chamomile Blend – Region: Blend

50 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 3/5
May. 19th, 2013

I loather Chamomile tea and this was not even worth trying. BLECH!!!! To make it even worse it has mint or some other herb in there. Not my bag, baby!

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Awake English Breakfast Filterbag from Tazo Tea

Style: English Breakfast – Region: Blend

70 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
May. 19th, 2013

Wow does this have caffeine in it or what? Dark and Black - brews up quickly and easy to find everywhere that carries Starbbucks. I usually opt for Zen or another Tazo blend to this - but if it was this or Lipton? I'd take Awake for sure. Very strong black tea.

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China Green Tips Full Leaf from Tazo Tea

Style: Green Tea – Region: Zhejiang, China

58 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
May. 19th, 2013

A decent bagged tea available everywhere (and I mean EVERYWHERE) that Starbucks is served - offices, Barnes & Noble, airports, even the local library - I can get a quick cup of this in a pinch. Vegetal and green - a bit "dry" tasting - so I add sweetener sometimes. (For shame, I know!) I love green teas but this is j...

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Chrysanthemum from ITO EN

Style: Chrysanthemum Tea – Region: ?????

63 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
May. 16th, 2013

I am not a huge fan of Chrysanthemum tea - unless it's iced and sweetened and then i get kinda-sorta get into it, but when I lived in NY I would go to the Ito-En flagship store and get a bunch of different kids.

Their Chrysanthemum tea is fun to brew and watch the blossoms in the water. Smells a bit floral but al...

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Green Tea from Ten Ren Tea

Style: Green Tea – Region: ?????

70 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
May. 16th, 2013

For the price - you can't beat ten ren teabags for a quick earthy-green on the go. Grassy and green pepper notes (to my nose/palate) and a light to medium body after a generous 3-4 minute steep. Mild and easy to drink - and I drink this one hot (not iced) with a little sweetener like honey or stevia. (Gasp!)

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