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Mariko

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Member since Sep. 24th, 2014. Reviewed 58 teas.

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Canadian Icewine Tea from Metropolitan Tea Company

Style: Flavored Black Tea – Region: Blend

80 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Nov. 3rd, 2014

This is an excellent twist on your standard black tea--light with a faint sweetness which adds a delicacy not typically seen in your average morning brew. It is a pleasure to drink cold-brewed or hot, although those who consider the perfume of a tea to be among the most important parts of the experience may come away d...

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Irish Breakfast from Twinings

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

53 / 100 Aroma: 3/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Nov. 1st, 2014

I should note off the bat that I actually brewed this from a K-cup. I'm not sure that would have any effect on the end product beyond decreasing the steeping time, though--and since I steep my teabags until I'm done with the tea, I assume this experience was closer to that of the average person than my own standard exp...

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Lemon and Ginger from Twinings

Style: Herbal Tea – Region: ?????

67 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 31st, 2014

I took one look at the name and assumed this would taste dreadful, but it turned out to be surprisingly good. Neither flavor overpowers, and while the lemon is an assertive agent the tea carries little hint of the associated acidity; the ginger lends the blend a pleasant sort of spice. I'm not overwhelmed by the scent,...

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Mint Medley® Herbal Tea from Bigelow Tea

Style: Mint Tea – Region: ?????

70 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 26th, 2014

Reading the other reviews, I'm beginning to wonder if I have an underabundance of sour taste receptors. This tea is so lacking in bitterness that it tastes almost sweet to me, though not in a way I find unpleasant. The flavor is full and contains just a hint of menthol. I agree with Alex that the taste is very similar ...

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Tontin Oolong Tea from Gold Kili

Style: Oolong Tea – Region: Taiwan / Formosa

53 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 25th, 2014

It should be noted right off the bat that I am not a connoisseur of oolong. I enjoy it, but there's not a lot of sophistication in my tea-drinking; I don't know a lot about different regional varieties, different methods of preparation, and so on.

Which perhaps makes this variety somewhat fitting for me. I bought it...

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Cold Season from Yogi Tea

Style: Wellness Tea / Medicinal Tea – Region: Blend

77 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 24th, 2014

This tea is one of my unambiguous favorites. I love its spice, and I love the way that the flavors of the different herbs layer upon and overlap one another. I'm happy to drink this blend at any time and any occasion, but particularly in winter. (In summer I tend to favor a cold brew, but I don't think herbal teas tend...

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Sleepytime® Herbal Tea from Celestial Seasonings

Style: Chamomile Blend – Region: Blend

70 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 21st, 2014

Although this isn't my favorite chamomile blend, this is absolutely my favorite among the teas I've tried from Celestial Seasonings thus far--perhaps primarily because it's not as overwhelmingly sweet and fruity as the others. The flavor is mild and easy on the palate, but not overly subtle.

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Black Cherry Berry Herb Tea from Celestial Seasonings

Style: Fruit (Herbal) Tea – Region: Blend

47 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 18th, 2014

They're not kidding when they say this tea's flavor is "reminiscent of the red fruit punch we drank as children"; this is a VERY sweet tea. The color of the brew, too, is a dark red magenta that drives home the sense that you're drinking hot fruit juice. This is once again the sort of tea that I might suggest to someon...

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Cinnamon Apple Spice Herbal Tea from Celestial Seasonings

Style: Herbal Tea – Region: ?????

73 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 18th, 2014

This is another one of those sweet, fruity teas that are great for people who don't happen to like tea. This and similar teas tend to make me think more of apple cider than tea, but that's not necessarily a bad thing.

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Country Peach Passion® Herbal Tea from Celestial Seasonings

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

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

Subtle and sweet to taste with a pleasant aroma that--unlike a lot of fruit teas I've tried--doesn't come off as a wholly artificial perfume, this is one of my favorites among the fruit teas I've tried from this brand thus far. This is also one of my go-to teas to suggest to people who don't like tea.

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Green Tea from Lipton Tea

Style: Green Tea – Region: ?????

37 / 100 Aroma: 3/10 Flavor: 1/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 18th, 2014

I have typically found there to be something unpleasant in the taste of this tea--whether it's astringency or the hint of something chemical introduced during the packaging process I don't know, but I don't care for it. Reducing the steeping time to a minute or less seems to help a bit, but then I'm left with a tea tha...

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Black Tea from Lipton Tea

Style: Black Tea – Region: ?????

43 / 100 Aroma: 3/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 17th, 2014

Ah, Lipton: the tea ubiquitous within the fine dining institutions of my college campus. I tend to drink this when I'm in need of something strongly caffeinated but I just can't tolerate the thought of choking down more instant coffee crystals dissolved in lukewarm tap water from the bathroom down the hall from my lab....

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Sencha Premium Grade from McNulty's Tea & Coffee

Style: Green Tea – Region: Japan

60 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Oct. 15th, 2014

I hope I'm reviewing the correct tea. The bag has no label, but it tastes like green tea and looks like sencha. This tea was given to me as a gift, so I'm giving the 3/5 score on the value purely as a placeholder.

This tea has a pleasant, smooth flavor, and even though I steeped it for something like 5 minutes it la...

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Bengal Spice Herbal Tea from Celestial Seasonings

Style: Herbal Tea – Region: ?????

60 / 100 Aroma: 3/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 11th, 2014

I didn't treat this as an interpretation of chai as some other reviewers did; I just went to a friend's house, found the name interesting, and asked if I could try a cup. I don't find the spice unpleasant or overwhelming; on the contrary, I found it quite good, and I appreciated that the spice lent the tea a caffeine-f...

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Pure Camomile (Chamomile) from Twinings

Style: Pure Chamomile Tea – Region: ?????

60 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 7th, 2014

This is not my favorite chamomile, but it does the job quite adequately. I don't detect a bad aftertaste in this tea, and the flavor itself is mild and soothing.

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

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

57 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 5th, 2014

The scent is very fruity in a way that I found pleasant, but the taste itself lacks assertiveness. There seemed to be quite a disconnect between the aroma and the flavor as well; I couldn't detect much other than white tea. Among the Lipton teas I've tasted I found this to be my favorite, but as of yet this has not bee...

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Oriental Treasure Green Tea from Bentley's Tea

Style: Green Tea – Region: Sri Lanka / Ceylon

47 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5
Oct. 4th, 2014

I have to admit to being a little biased against this tea based on the name alone. What is this, the East India Trading Company? Are we still living in the Age of Imperialism? Come, now.

That aside...

Nothing in this green tea tastes objectionable, but nor does it hold any complexity or nuance. The flavor is ligh...

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Minty Mint Green Tea from Bentley's Tea

Style: Green Tea with Mint – Region: Blend

50 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5
Oct. 4th, 2014

This tea does not seem to have a strong aroma, and what it has seems to be dominated primarily by mint--unsurprising, given that mint seems to possess a far more assertive aroma than green tea to begin with.

But where green tea fades into the background of the aroma, it dominates the flavor, leaving mint as a strong...

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Vanilla Chai Spice from Eastern Shore Tea

Style: Chai / Spiced Tea – Region: Blend

60 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 3rd, 2014

I adore a good chai tea, but I thought this one could have stood to possess more of a 'kick'. I also couldn't quite tell where I was supposed to detect the vanilla! I did not prepare this chai as a latte, and I have the feeling that had I done so I might not have been able to detect any actual spice at all. Nonetheless...

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Purely Peppermint from Yogi Tea

Style: Peppermint Tea – Region: ?????

67 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 1st, 2014

"It's good." That's pretty much all that I have to say about my experience with this tea. There's nothing that I can find wrong with it, but I don't especially prefer it to any other mint teas. This particular tea is mild in flavor, and I find it less complex than the same brand's 'Refreshing Mint'.

If you like mint...

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Gyokuro from Maeda-en

Style: Gyokuro – Region: Japan

80 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
Sep. 27th, 2014

I should state off the bat that this was my first gyokuro, and I haven't had the chance to try any other brands since. Furthermore, gyokuro needs to be brewed at a lower temperature than most teas; the first time I made it I didn't realize this, and the tea wound up tasting rather bitter. Properly brewed, however, ther...

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Houji-Cha from Takaokaya

Style: Hojicha – Region: Shizuoka, Japan

77 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Sep. 27th, 2014

The same things that I said about ITO-EN's hojicha apply to this brand--except for the fact that I enjoy this one just a bit better. I find there to be a bit more strength in this version, and I'm a person that seeks out strong tea.

This product listing is slightly inaccurate, however; this is not a loose tea. I do...

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Hojicha from ITO EN

Style: Hojicha – Region: ?????

70 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Sep. 27th, 2014

Hojicha is another one of those teas that's great to serve to people who don't care for bitterness and astringency in their tea. The roasting process removes both many of the astringents and much of the caffeine, leaving this a calming experience on the palate. This hojicha in particular is one that I would consider de...

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Genmai-cha Green Tea (10 ct.) from Yamamotoyama

Style: Genmaicha – Region: Japan

70 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Sep. 27th, 2014

This is not a tea of kings. Genmaicha originates from Japanese peasants using additives to make their sencha last longer--but this particular additive evidently caught on, since it's still consumed today. Though weaker than a typical green tea, this has a hearty, satisfying flavor that seems particularly palatable for ...

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Calm Chamomile Filterbags from Tazo Tea

Style: Chamomile Blend – Region: Blend

83 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
Sep. 27th, 2014

This is hands-down my favorite chamomile blend. I'm not typically over-fond of chamomile, but there's something fruity and delicate about this tea that leaves it feeling balanced and easy on the tongue. In addition, I've drunk this tea while sitting scrunched into corners in crowded airports waiting for delayed flights...

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