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Rooted Raspberry Tea from Positiffitea

Style: Flavored Green Tea – Region: Blend

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
May. 23rd, 2014

This is the first time I've really enjoyed a flavored green tea. More often I prefer my green tea pure, but the raspberry in this works really, really well. It's the kind of tea I could see becoming an "everyday" type with me. The aroma was pleasantly fruity too.

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Bumble Bee White Tea from Positiffitea

Style: Flavored White Tea – Region: Blend

60 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
May. 23rd, 2014

With a name referencing bees, I mistakenly assumed the flavor would be of honey. It turned out the bee reference is due to the assortment of flowers included in the drink.

This tea is perfectly fine for a white tea. It didn't overwhelm me with awesomeness, but I think regular white tea drinkers may really enjoy it.

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Tazo Chai Full Leaf from Tazo Tea

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

80 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 2/5
May. 23rd, 2014

Complex, robust, and pleasant. Love this tea. Without even placing it near my face, there was a strongly peppery aroma. There are an assortment of spices in here, several of which I'm sure I can't identify. But they all went very well together.

The main thing is not to let it overbrew, as this makes it a bitter blac...

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Organic Green Tea Soothing Ginger from Simply Balanced

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

53 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Apr. 29th, 2014

With this tea I notice distinctly but subtly the flavors of both green tea and ginger. There has to be better ginger green teas out there, but this one isn't bad. I don't know what kind of green tea they used, but it doesn't seem like a messy blend the way that Tazo's version of this tea did. I bought my 20 bag pack fo...

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Green Ginger from Tazo Tea

Style: Flavored Green Tea – Region: China

37 / 100 Aroma: 3/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 3/5
Apr. 29th, 2014

I was really hoping for better. I think the fact that it's a green tea blend rather than a specifically chosen variety of green tea may have been part of the problem. It's a bit of a mess without any clear standout flavors, imo. I didn't notice any specific pear flavor, and even the ginger was fairly muted rather than ...

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Passion Full Leaf from Tazo Tea

Style: Herbal Tea – Region: Blend

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
Apr. 28th, 2014

This has long been my favorite of the Tazo teas, and with its full leaf form it has managed to improve. The taste is very full and juicy, almost like drinking a hot juice with no sugar added. (Sweetness would only spoil this tea.) The flavor is quite tart, but not acidic. It has a mouthfeel that sort of clings to your ...

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Blueberry Rooibos from Rishi Tea

Style: Fruit Rooibos – Region: Blend

87 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Apr. 20th, 2014

Slowly but surely, I'm realizing that rooibos may be my favorite base for flavored teas. The aroma of this one before being brewed is intensely of blueberry, which I love. The flavor of the drink is both more subtle and more balanced. For me, this makes it a solid anytime tea. I brewed it fairly long, six minutes, but ...

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Pu-erh Ginger from Rishi Tea

Style: Flavored Pu-erh – Region: Blend

70 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Apr. 18th, 2014

This is a very interesting tea. It's got the body of a black/breakfast tea, but a flavor I prefer over that kind. The ginger works well with the pu-erh, which has an almost raw fish-like aroma and flavor that is better than that description might make it sound. This tea works really well with food.

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Fiery Chai from Simply Balanced

Style: Rooibos Chai / Spiced Rooibos – Region: South Africa

60 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Apr. 9th, 2014

This isn't a bad tea, but it would be more impressive if the flavor felt fuller. A more robust rooibos taste might make it feel more substantial. Or, perhaps I need to try this using two tea bags instead of one. I may try that next time.

Still, with a bit of spice and no sweetness, when you're craving something that...

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Matcha Maker from Good Earth Teas

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

33 / 100 Aroma: 3/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 3/5
Mar. 31st, 2014

Wow. This tea has a little too much going on with it and, for me, it just doesn't come together. Green tea and citrus don't strike me as complementary, and the licorice and stevia create excessive sweetness. (I'm not generally a licorice fan, but got this not realizing how much influence it would have.)

I'm doing wh...

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Vanilla Rooibos Parfait Full Leaf from Tazo Tea

Style: Flavored Rooibos – Region: Blend

77 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 2/5
Mar. 24th, 2014

I really like this one. It's sweet, smells nice, and has a robust flavor mixture that complements rooibos very well without overpowering it. I only wish the flavor was even more robust or even creamy. I bet this would make a lovely dessert tea if it was more creamy.

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Calming Chamomile - Organic Herbal Tea from Simply Balanced

Style: Chamomile Blend – Region: Blend

57 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Mar. 21st, 2014

I'll need to update this later, but for now I'll say that it's a straightforward chamomile -- so if that's what you like, then this is an affordable way to get it. I'd be willing to bet that it'd be a solid base for accents you add yourself. I'm not big on chamomile, but it isn't too bad. Need to try it again before gi...

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Royal Tea from Newman's Own Organics

Style: Green Tea – Region: ?????

63 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 5/5
Mar. 21st, 2014

I love that this tea is organic and *extremely* affordable, so I wish I liked it more. It goes bitter far too easily, though. I also wish it listed the style of green tea. However, it's well worth giving a shot to see whether or not you like it. A little sugar helps, but I prefer teas where this isn't necessary.

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Black Tea from Lipton Tea

Style: Black Tea – Region: ?????

47 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 3/5
Mar. 21st, 2014

I'm turning out not to be a black tea person, and this is no exception. The flavor is bland with a bitter aftertaste. I think I need to stick to high quality, flavored black teas in the future.

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Green Tea Decaf from Salada

Style: Green Tea – Region: ?????

53 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Mar. 21st, 2014

This is another decaf bagged tea that is neither offensive nor pleasant. It is, in a word, generic.

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Decaffeinated Green Tea with White Tea from Celestial Seasonings

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

53 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Mar. 21st, 2014

I like the simplicity of this tea, but was ultimately underwhelmed. It lacks any distinct or robust flavors.

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Organic Sencha from Eden Organic

Style: Sencha – Region: Japan

60 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Mar. 9th, 2014

A nice, simple green tea. The flavor is weaker than I would like, though. The aroma is likewise nice but too weak. I'd love to try a more robust version of this style tea.

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Bancha Hojicha from Choice Organic Teas

Style: Hojicha – Region: Japan

53 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Mar. 9th, 2014

The toasted rice flavor is quite strong. Some sips it didn't do much for me, other sips the smoky flavor felt like something I could get used to. I'll be more sure once I've tried a couple more of the bags.

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Orange Blossom 100% White Tea from Republic of Tea

Style: Flavored White Tea – Region: ?????

50 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Mar. 9th, 2014

I'm glad I tried this one, though I wasn't crazy about it. It tasted, more or less, like a straight forward white tea without accent flavors or scents. Not bad, but not ... um ... my cup of tea. :-)

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Aged Earl Grey™ - Bergamot Black from Numi Organic Tea

Style: Earl Grey Tea – Region: Assam, India

67 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Mar. 2nd, 2014

Updated Review: I tried this tea again and, this time, i was able to make it so that it was more enjoyable. As long as i don't let it overbrew and I add milk, this is actually quite a delightful tea--invigorating without being bitter.

The bergamot tastes natural, but I'd like a more robust citrus flavor. Last time I...

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China Green Tips Full Leaf from Tazo Tea

Style: Green Tea – Region: Zhejiang, China

80 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Feb. 25th, 2014

THIS tea. This may be the beginning to solving a mystery.

You see, when I lived in Japan for a year, I would make and enjoy teas just like this. I really love this flavor of green tea. It tastes and especially smells great.

*However*, after almost a year, I realized that certain green teas caused what I'm guessin...

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Lady Grey from Twinings

Style: Fruit Black Tea – Region: Blend

53 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Feb. 23rd, 2014

Meh. Again, I was underwhelmed by this tea from Twinings. Like their Earl Grey tea, I certainly appreciated the use of citrus to balance out the black tea. However, I found the overall effect unimpressive. I really need to try a high quality Earl Grey or Lady Grey tea to give these styles a fair shot. I'm glad I have a...

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Earl Grey from Twinings

Style: Earl Grey Tea – Region: ?????

60 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Feb. 23rd, 2014

This was my first time tasting an Earl Grey tea. I definitely appreciated the bergamot orange balancing out the black tea flavor a bit, though it still wasn't enough for me to outright enjoy this tea. On its own, it was still too tanniny, or something (bitter isn't quite the right word). With food (I had fried eggs) it...

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Irish Breakfast from Twinings

Style: Irish Breakfast – Region: ?????

47 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 3/5
Feb. 23rd, 2014

Though they ended up with the same score, I actually liked the Irish Breakfast slightly better than the English Breakfast from Twinings. Unfortunately, to say I "enjoyed" it would still be too strong.

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English Breakfast from Twinings

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

47 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 3/5
Feb. 23rd, 2014

I'm not sure if I'll ever be crazy about black teas. I got a sampler pack of Twinings black teas so that I could try out my tastes, and this one was the most *meh* to me. Neither the aroma nor the taste were my style. I think I'll bring the remainder of these to work for others to use.

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