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Jasmine Silver Needle from ITO EN

Style: Jasmine Silver Needle – Region: Fujian, China

70 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
May. 13th, 2013

I love Jasmine-style teas and Ito En's is no exception. Brewed loose-leaf in a diffuser or tea ball is best served hot - not sweetener or lemon required. Grassy, floral and light bodies. Easy to drink. Harder to find outside of NYC and LA.(and of course, Japan).

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Jasmine Petal from Two Leaves and a Bud

Style: Jasmine Tea – Region: China

77 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5
May. 13th, 2013

Love 2 Leaves & A Bud - and the cute bags/packaging. Even better? The tea itself is pretty darned good - especially the Jasmine Petal (green based). Grassy and floral and not bitter. Easy to drink - and great hot or on ice - with or without a bit of honey or lemon. Good sippin'!

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Blackberry Sage from Republic of Tea

Style: Flavored Black Tea – Region: Blend

87 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
May. 13th, 2013

I love this tea - second only to Ginger Peach fom the same company - and it comes loose or in bags. Fruity, herbaceous and black/caffeinated - although the decaf version is nice also. Great iced or hot.

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Irish Breakfast from Fortnum & Mason

Style: Irish Breakfast – Region: Blend

67 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5
May. 13th, 2013

Fortnum and Mason teas - especially the Black,strong Irish breakfast, brings back memories of England for me. This will wake you up for sure - and I need sugar or honey in it - and is better hot than iced in my opinion. (true Brits would put milk it this.)

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Original (Black Tea) from Red Rose Tea

Style: Black Tea – Region: Blend

43 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 3/5
May. 13th, 2013

Inexpensive, black caffeinated and readily available. Not a fan - but some offices still stock this for free (though Lipton is very popular as well). CHEAP! Slightly bitter - and very, very black.

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Gypsy Cold Care® from Traditional Medicinals

Style: Wellness Tea / Medicinal Tea – Region: Blend

63 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
May. 13th, 2013

Gypsy Cold Care is another choice from Traditional Medicinals (I prefer Throat Coat) to take when you are feeling sick. This is not a "recreational" tea - but if you have nasal congestion or a cough - this is helpful. Full of menthol - so beware of that. Add some honey if you wish.

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Throat Coat® from Traditional Medicinals

Style: Wellness Tea / Medicinal Tea – Region: Blend

77 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
May. 13th, 2013

When you are sick - especially if you have a Sore throat - you MUST try Throat Coat from Traditional Medicinals - available in most health food stores. It is loaded with Slippery Elm bark and literally helps coat and soother a sore throat. While, I don't drink this "recreationally" I love it when I am sick.

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Lemon Lift Black Tea from Bigelow Tea

Style: Lemon Black Tea – Region: ?????

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

Not a fan of Bieglow Teas - but my old company had them and Lemon Lift was better (to me) than the dreaded "Constant Comment" - an orange/spice. Just OK. Not a fan. I actually like the I love Lemon herbal tea (which is a tisane and contains no tea at all) a bit better when I have a cold. This is a step about Lipton...

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Constant Comment® from Bigelow Tea

Style: Flavored Black Tea – Region: ?????

40 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 1/5 Value: 3/5
May. 5th, 2013

Smells good but I hate the taste of this stuff. Ick.. I have never liked "orange spice" and this is no exception. Yick.

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Darjeeling #1 (Darjeeling Sungma Spring) from Adagio Teas

Style: Darjeeling First Flush – Region: Darjeeling, India

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 2/5
May. 5th, 2013

I love Darjeeling - and the "first flush" is expensive as heck. Adagio s a reliable source - but Republic of Tea also has a good one. (Loose only).Caffeinated and great in the morning.

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Ginger Peach Green Tea from Republic of Tea

Style: Flavored Green Tea – Region: Blend

83 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
May. 5th, 2013

I love this bagged tea - yes, I know there are even better out there - but I keep comingback to ROT and their ginger peach green and black varieties. Great iced or hot. Subtly ginger-y and sweet without adding sugar.

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Organic White Peony from Premium Steap

Style: White Peony Tea – Region: Fujian, China

73 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5
May. 5th, 2013

Delicious but pricey this light tea is great both hot or over ice. If you are ever in Philly visit STEAP. It's a great tea shop and the lady who owns it is really knowledgeable.

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Jasmine Green (Formerly Monkey King) from Numi Organic Tea

Style: Jasmine Tea – Region: Hunan, China

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

Surprisingly great for a bagged tea. Loved it - scent and taste.

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#146 - Organic Gunpowder from Tealuxe

Style: Gunpowder Green Tea – Region: China

60 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5
May. 4th, 2013

Overpriced - plus their NYC shop quickly opened and closed in a flash about 9 years ago - but this was fun to try. Grassy but not bitter. Smooth and easy to drink hot. Never tried it iced.

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Jasmine Green from Tea Forte

Style: Jasmine Tea – Region: China

73 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5
May. 4th, 2013

Super over-priced but the cute packaging is fun. This is one of my favorite from Tea Forte - but I am a huge Jasmine/Green fan in general. Richly scented with jasmine so it is floral and sweet smelling. Very good hot.

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Red Zinger® Herbal Tea from Celestial Seasonings

Style: Herbal Tea – Region: ?????

47 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 3/5
May. 4th, 2013

Not a big fan but it is better over ice than hot (in my opinion) naturally decaf and full of fruity and hibiscus notes. Super easy to find. Sweet and sour. (Sweet aroma, sour taste). Not a fave.

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Lemon Zinger® Herbal Tea from Celestial Seasonings

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

50 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
May. 4th, 2013

Very lemon-y and naturally caffeine free. EEasy to find in grocery and health food stores. Good when you are feeling stuffy.

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Black Tea from Salada

Style: Black Tea – Region: ?????

40 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 3/5
May. 4th, 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.

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Yellow Label Tea from Lipton Tea

Style: Black Tea – Region: Blend

14 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 1/5 Value: 1/5
May. 4th, 2013

Swill! Brews up black and bitter. Not good by any means - but it is cheap and easy to come by and provided free by my company. Blech!

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Black Tea from Lipton Tea

Style: Black Tea – Region: ?????

30 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 1/5
May. 4th, 2013

Swill! Brews up black and bitter. Not good by any means - but it is cheap and easy to come by and provided free by my company. Blech!

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Darjeeling Black Tea from Bigelow Tea

Style: Darjeeling Black Tea – Region: Darjeeling, India

43 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
May. 4th, 2013

I love Darjeeling - and the good stuff (first flush) is pricey - so I tried a box of this (cheap!) but you get what you pay for. Very ordinary - but the bags make it portble and it's better than the Lipton swill my office provides.

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Ginger Peach from Republic of Tea

Style: Flavored Black Tea – Region: ?????

97 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
May. 3rd, 2013

Love this and the decaf one. Lightly scented of Ginger - but a wonderful peachy top-note without that "artificial" peachy taste. Love this one - and I don't usually do black teas.

This might be my favorite tea ever!

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Ginger Peach Decaf from Republic of Tea

Style: Fruit Black Tea – Region: Blend

94 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
May. 3rd, 2013

I love this tea - sweet, peachy (without tasting of artificial peach) and a whisper of ginger (slightly lemony when served hot). Great hot or over iced. A winner for me.

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Green Ginger from Tazo Tea

Style: Flavored Green Tea – Region: China

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

It's OK but not a holy grail. Zippy with Ginger but the green underneath is Tazo's ubiquitous grassy/mild green-generic. OK. Not great.

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Zen Full Leaf from Tazo Tea

Style: Flavored Green Tea – Region: Blend

73 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
May. 3rd, 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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