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Rooibos (Formerly Red Mellow Bush) from Numi Organic Tea

Style: Rooibos – Region: South Africa

59 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Oct. 24th, 2017

Ever pull apart a fresh new broom (the natural kind), crumble the straw and steep it up? I haven't (yet), but that's what straight rooibos reminds me of—broom tea, except with a red color and woody veneer.

Perhaps I share enough taste genes with ruminants (moooooooooo!) that the grassiness doesn't bother me muc...

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Chamomile Lemon (Sweet Meadows) from Numi Organic Tea

Style: Chamomile Blend – Region: Blend

83 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 20th, 2017

Straight up: this is probably the best chamomile tea I've had. Chamomile is a difficult herb to either foul up or make amazing. Without some sort of enhancement, as Bill Parcells might say, "It is what it is." Numi helped by sprinkling lemon myrtle leaves into the mix.

This beverage brews up a rich golden color w...

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Toasted Rice Green - Gen Mai Cha from Numi Organic Tea

Style: Genmaicha – Region: ?????

34 / 100 Aroma: 1/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 3/5
Oct. 14th, 2017

Toasted rice is a substance I enjoy in some contexts (in a breakfast-cereal blend, a topping on ice cream, or embedded in fudge and soft-chocolate candy), but I had no idea what to make of the combination of it with tea. Now I do...not a big fan.

The poured scent was practically nonexistent, as the tea's color ch...

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English Breakfast from Twinings

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

47 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 3/5
Oct. 9th, 2017

The golden tag accompanying the bag says, "Over 300 years of experience." To adapt something an old professor of mine used to say: "Experience is only an advantage if you learn and improve. If you stay the same, you might as well have one year of experience repeated 300 times." Given the unimpressive character of t...

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Dry Desert Lime™ from Numi Organic Tea

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

77 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 9th, 2017

When I lived in South Florida, I got to know and love fresh key limes, and still wolf down key lime pie when it is made the right way. Lime is one of my favorite fruit flavors, and the best among citruses to me. In fact, I often add lime juice to plain black teas.

Given that background, in hauling this out of a N...

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Mate Lemon Green Tea - Rainforest Green™ from Numi Organic Tea

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

54 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Oct. 7th, 2017

This tea has multiple-personality disorder. At times, it tasted like a smooth, non-sour, lemony yerba mate/green tea blend in rather delicious synchronization, a whole noticeably better than the sum of parts. Neither mate nor lemon are favorites of mine, yet the balance of them somehow worked in those sips. I almost...

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Aged Earl Grey™ - Bergamot Black from Numi Organic Tea

Style: Earl Grey Tea – Region: Assam, India

75 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Oct. 5th, 2017

This was one of the atypical flavored teas I've had with a scent (both dry-bag and in-cup) noticeably bigger than the taste. I'm having trouble rating this tea because it depends on what you're seeking. Aroma? Strong, fruity, potent, almost mouth-watering. Looks and taste? The base tea is very rich and flavorful, ...

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Green Tea - Classic from Bigelow Tea

Style: Green Tea – Region: ?????

65 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 3rd, 2017

Several bags of this tea have been sitting around my pantry for up to a year after bringing them home from a professional conference, occasionally consumed either alone or teamed with a bag of peppermint. Finally I'm thinking to rate it!

Where I grew up, a troublesome percentage of fellow youth sniffed glue, paint ...

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Honeybush (Bushmen's Brew) from Numi Organic Tea

Style: Honeybush – Region: South Africa

84 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 2nd, 2017

Pulling this bag out at random from the continuing multi-chapter saga that is the Numi variety pack, I recognized the name right away from having consumed Trader Joe's rooibos+honeybush tea. The teas I've tried from the variety pack so far have been either disappointingly lame or very good. This falls into the latter...

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Earl Grey Decaffeinated from Twinings

Style: Earl Grey Tea – Region: ?????

37 / 100 Aroma: 2/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Sep. 30th, 2017

As of this writing, the Cracker Barrel restaurant chain has started offering this tea as their mainstay Earl Grey for service, without telling the customer up front that it is decaffeinated. My wife ordered hot tea, expecting the usual (if tolerable) Lipton rubbish, and got this rubbish instead.

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Gunpowder Green Tea - Temple of Heaven from Numi Organic Tea

Style: Gunpowder Green Tea – Region: ?????

66 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Sep. 28th, 2017

The "Temple of Heaven" needs a smoke alarm; it may be burning down.

This was my next new-tea attempt from a Numi variety pack, and mostly it's a good, clean, smooth, hearty cup. The tightly rolled nodules unfurl into the biggest leaves I've ever seen inside a tea bag, larger than those of many loose-leaf teas I've ...

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Sweet & Spicy Caffeine Free from Good Earth Teas

Style: Flavored Rooibos – Region: Blend

57 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Sep. 25th, 2017

A savory-looking roster of ingredients (rooibos, chicory, "natural flavor", rose hips, cinnamon, lemongrass, peppermint, chamomile, ginger root, anise seed, orange oil, orange peel) persuaded me to buy a box on sale at Wal Mart. Immediately upon extracting the bag from its wrapper, I wondered if someone had left open ...

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White Rose - Velvet Garden™ from Numi Organic Tea

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

26 / 100 Aroma: 3/10 Flavor: 1/5 Value: 2/5
Sep. 25th, 2017

This is a profoundly weird drink, not only because its effluent of rose petals and white tea color-morphs like a chameleon from steel gray to gray-green to brown while steeping.

Velvet Garden or Velvet Elvis? The brew smells faintly like burning incense that used to waft out of a hippie neighbor's 3-room backhous...

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Green Tea with Peach from Bigelow Tea

Style: Fruit Green Tea – Region: ?????

70 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Sep. 25th, 2017

Bigelow's peach-flavored green tea pleasantly surprised me. I had rated their "Perfect Peach" herbal blend slightly lower, primarily because of the artificial flavoring that partly tastes that way.

The quality of the green tea seems good, and brews up a rich, deep amber in-cup. Some finely powdered sediment even fe...

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Rooibos Chai (Formerly Ruby Chai) from Numi Organic Tea

Style: Rooibos Chai / Spiced Rooibos – Region: Blend

86 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Sep. 24th, 2017

For some reason, I've had a hard time assigning high values to teas lately, being on a remarkable run of sampling products hovering within +/- 20 percentage points of mediocrity. Not anymore! This one's a clear winner, folks.

While not the strongest chai I've had, it's more than potent enough to offset straight ...

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Jasmine Green (Formerly Monkey King) from Numi Organic Tea

Style: Jasmine Tea – Region: Hunan, China

54 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5
Sep. 24th, 2017

My bag of Numi's Jasmine Green came in an assortment box that was priced unusually high (almost 6 bucks at Wal Mart!). The box only contains 16 bags, which leaves the consumer feeling rather taken advantage of, especially at such a cost. Nevertheless, it's a fair and true counterargument if you holler at me, "Look, b...

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Organic Merry Mint Green Tea (Teabags) from Stash Tea

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

51 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Sep. 22nd, 2017

Mellow and smooth, but too weak for my taste, this tea will appeal much more to those who enjoy straight, unadulterated spearmint as a tea flavoring. If not for the caffeine, this would make a relaxing bedtime blend. Spearmint is the overwhelmingly dominant flavor and smell, with hardly a hint of the green tea whose ...

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English Breakfast from Trader Joe's

Style: Black Tea – Region: ?????

67 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Sep. 17th, 2017

With few exceptions (see my review of Ginger Turmeric herbal...blecch), TJs consistently offers a surprisingly high-quality selection of store-brand teas—better so far in my experience than any other grocery chain, and than a nontrivial number of name-brand bagged teas. This one fits the bill. Of course it's not to...

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Perfect Peach® Herbal Tea from Bigelow Tea

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

63 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Sep. 14th, 2017

I tried a peach tea that has some artificial flavoring. Here's what happened.

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For several years, my wife has used this, in combination with at least two other brands of peach tea and some black tea, to make a thoroughly delicious peachy iced tea...

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English Breakfast (Loose) from Twinings

Style: English Breakfast – Region: Blend

42 / 100 Aroma: 2/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Sep. 8th, 2017

Twinings teas in general consistently fail to impress me, though before this, I mostly had tried a few of their bagged offerings. A box of this was available at an estate sale, really cheap, so I figured to give it a run. While it's better than their bagged teas, and not a bad tea at all, I'm still no fan.

For a...

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All Natural Tea (Orange Pekoe & Pekoe Tea) from Red Diamond

Style: Black Tea – Region: ?????

55 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Aug. 29th, 2017

Maybe my tea-sniffing nose is busted. Perhaps the neural algorithm that processes tea odor has a few lines of code missing, or the broadband line from nose to brain is a tad noisy and leaky. See, most true teas (camellia) don't smell much like they taste to me, or even much like tea a lot of the time, or they have no...

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Orange Pekoe & Pekoe Cut Black Tea from Rituals

Style: Black Tea – Region: ?????

56 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Aug. 25th, 2017

One of the minor mysterious adventures of getting last-minute, dirt-cheap, cut-rate, online deals on resort hotels (as I did one stormy evening in Sedona, AZ) is to sample new teas otherwise not often consumed. Sedona has decent water, but I also brought a bag home to try (apples-to-apples comparison).

For a food...

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Black Tea from Farmer Brothers

Style: Black Tea – Region: ?????

62 / 100 Aroma: 3/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Aug. 24th, 2017

I found a bag of this food-service/wholesale product at a motel in southern Utah, and decided to take it home for this review given the poor water quality in that town. I'm glad, because my preconceived notion about the weakness and unoriginality of food-service teas—especially considering the plainness and dated st...

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Natural Green Tea from Western Family

Style: Green Tea – Region: ?????

53 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Aug. 23rd, 2017

Obtainable mainly in assorted supermarkets across the West, this store-brand green tea tasted about average for a bagged green tea—placing it somewhat above-average for generic/store-brand teas overall. The dry leaves in the bag were quite finely chopped, but still identifiable as leaves! Some stem pieces appeared ...

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Traditional Navajo Tea from Yanabah Navajo Tea

Style: Herbal Tea – Region: United States of America

73 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Aug. 18th, 2017

Boxes of Yanabah teas, named after a Navajo matriarch beloved by the makers, appeared in the gift shop at Monument Valley for about 6 bucks (a tad on the costly side, but that is a tourist shop). Naturally I had to try something new, and bought the basic flagship variety. Greenthread is a common native forb in the ast...

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