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Calm Chamomile Filterbags from Tazo Tea

Style: Chamomile Blend – Region: Blend

69 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Feb. 23rd, 2019

This tea gave me some peculiar impressions before ever pouring a drop down my throat. The dry-bag smell brought back vague yet unwelcome childhood memories of illness, and it took me a minute to figure out why. The dry aroma reminded me much of the 1970s formulation of Kaopectate diarrhea medicine—then a dense, sli...

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French Vanilla Decaffeinated Black Tea from Bigelow Tea

Style: Vanilla Black Tea – Region: ?????

61 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Feb. 19th, 2019

I don't see a point in proactively obtaining this tea, especially for money. Here's another offering I got at no cost (the best way), thanks to its being available in a tea box at a meeting, at a Holiday Inn Express. I'll rate "value" based on the prices I usually see for Bigelow teas in-store.

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Citrus Sunrise from Celestial Seasonings

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

85 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Feb. 18th, 2019

Citrus Sunrise easily can be called Orange Tangerine Zinger, if it weren't for a similarly named blend they already have. That's because it starts out with the same common-denominator ingredients as the CS Zinger line (rose hips, orange peel, hibiscus, hawthorn, blackberry leaves), and just boosts the orange part with...

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Chamomile Herbal Tea from Chado High Tea

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

69 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Feb. 11th, 2019

Here's another food-service tea obtained somewhere (can't recall which) in a string of hotels and diners up and down the High Plains.

Mostly I expect chamomile to be the same basic flavor; differences in my evaluations of it on this site mostly relate to intensity of that. Yet for any chamomile tea, but especiall...

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Awake English Breakfast Filterbag from Tazo Tea

Style: English Breakfast – Region: Blend

68 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Feb. 10th, 2019

After bringing this breakfast tea home from a conference, I tried it at dinnertime while eating a tub of cottage cheese. The tea brewed up very dark, quickly, such that a spoon disappeared from view below about the top two inches of liquid. This wasn't too surprising, considering how finely chopped the dry-bag leaves...

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True Blueberry® Herbal Tea from Celestial Seasonings

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

69 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Feb. 6th, 2019

After running out of my favorite blueberry-flavored tea faster than expected, I got this in a moment of desperation, made easier to rationalize by a temporarily low sale price at Sprouts.

True Blueberry is one of the few herbal teas I've tried whose primary advertised flavor smells substantially stronger in the dry ...

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Premium Green Tea from Bigelow Tea

Style: Green Tea – Region: ?????

61 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Feb. 1st, 2019

This tea somewhat flummoxed me from before I poured the first drop down my esophagus, to the last aftertaste. For starters, what is it? There's no "Premium Green Tea" available on Bigelow's main website, just something called "Green Tea (Certified Organic)". Then on RateTea, there already was an "Organic Pure Green ...

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Japanese Sencha (Sachets) from Harney and Sons

Style: Sencha – Region: Shizuoka, Japan

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jan. 28th, 2019

A colleague left this on the "freebie" table at work, so naturally I indulged some. One of the best green teas I've had so far, this offering competes well with a couple of bagged generic (unbranded) green-tea specimens containing a little matcha powder that my daughter brought back from her honeymoon in Japan.

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Mint Medley® Herbal Tea from Bigelow Tea

Style: Mint Tea – Region: ?????

59 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Jan. 24th, 2019

I've been more impressed with most other mint teas I've chugged so far, including a couple of store brands. Still, Mint Medley is mediocre, not bad. Like most live-performance musical medleys, the sum is worse in quality than the individual parts.

The dry-bag and in-cup aromas were hardly there, while the wet bag...

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Devonshire English Breakfast Black Tea from Celestial Seasonings

Style: English Breakfast – Region: Blend

76 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jan. 20th, 2019

"Devonshire" has one of the most full-bodied dry-bag aromas I've gotten from a breakfast tea, and unusually, it nearly matches the flavor for intensity. I detected virtually no difference between dry-bag scent, in-cup scent, and taste, the latter likewise being straightforwardly well-constructed within a nice, dark br...

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English Breakfast from Vermont Artisan Coffee & Tea Co

Style: English Breakfast – Region: Nilgiri, India

64 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jan. 15th, 2019

For a simple tea, this has to have the most convoluted backstory for any I've tried. First, the tea itself: it had remarkably weak dry-bag and wet-bag aromas for what seemed to be a high-quality, single-estate tea, though in-cup, the smell was richer and fairly basic. The flavor wasn't particularly strong or bold, bu...

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Peaceful Slumber from Allegro

Style: Chamomile Blend – Region: Blend

73 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jan. 9th, 2019

Uncommonly in my admittedly limited tea-drinking experience, this was the second different bagged chamomile blend (as opposed to pure chamomile) from the same company—the first being "Relaxing Chamomile". This tea is decidedly chamomile-dominant in dry-bag, in-cup and wet-bag aromas, and despite not having the word...

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Blood Pressure from Triple Leaf Tea

Style: Wellness Tea / Medicinal Tea – Region: China

37 / 100 Aroma: 2/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5
Jan. 1st, 2019

Seeing the questionable claims made by some wellness-tea makers, including this one on its site, raises my blood pressure. That rather opposes the stated intent of this tea! Fortunately that effect is temporary. It's wise to heed the last part of RateTea's description of Triple Leaf: "Some of this company's product...

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Winter Wake Up Tea from Trader Joe's

Style: Flavored Black Tea – Region: Blend

88 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Dec. 28th, 2018

For a store-brand bagged tea, this seasonal offering was excellent! My immediate impression sniffing the dry bag was a striking resemblance to the flavor (not smell) of Good Earth's "Sweet and Spicy": very intense on cinnamon, with orange quite noticeable. However, unlike the Good Earth tea, this one has black tea (...

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Relaxing Chamomile from Allegro

Style: Chamomile Blend – Region: ?????

81 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Dec. 25th, 2018

Until "Relaxing Chamomile", I hadn't chugged a chamomile tea with this many ingredients: at least seven. I say, "at least", because after chamomile, hawthorne berry, eleuthero, rose petals, natural blood orange flavor, and natural vanilla flavor, the final ingredient was, "other natural flavors", whatever that means....

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Green Tea Triple Echinacea from Yogi Tea

Style: Wellness Tea / Medicinal Tea – Region: Blend

71 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Dec. 20th, 2018

Yet another culled from my sister-in-law's large and diverse organic/natural-tea collection, which has included a lot of Yogi teas, this is one of the better-tasting ones from either her clay jar or the Yogi teas I've tried.

The dry bag and in-cup aromas reminded me of a generic store-brand green tea with mild spea...

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China Green Tips Filterbag from Tazo Tea

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

79 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Dec. 16th, 2018

Even though this isn't a Stash tea, it was well stashed—just a couple packets jammed discreetly in the middle of a bunch of bags of Bigelow Green at a conference, and only the first morning. Fortunately I noticed and grabbed them: one for there, one to bring home.

I'm not much for detecting subtleties, and pro...

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Earl Grey de la Crème from Trader Joe's

Style: Earl Grey Cream – Region: Blend

75 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Dec. 10th, 2018

Given the ingredients list, here was a tea that caught both my eye and a few bucks of my credit-card balance, while stocking up at a Dallas Trader Joe's on some things I don't get in nearby Oklahoma markets.

Overall, it's not quite as high-quality as the other Earl Grey Creme tea I've tried (the bagged version from ...

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Orange Spice from Chado High Tea

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

59 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 3/5
Dec. 7th, 2018

Preparing this tea brought back a fond childhood memory from about age 8. We were poor, but my mom had bought a box of "orange pekoe" tea as a rare indulgence, and I was excited to try some, thinking it literally was orange-flavored of whatever "pekoe" tea was. Imagine my disappointment, then, when it had no flavor a...

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Pomegranate Pizzazz® Herbal Tea from Bigelow Tea

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

58 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Dec. 5th, 2018

In many ways, the behavior of this concoction from bag to cup to esophagus reminded me uncannily of the berry-flavored members of Celestial Seasonings' "Zinger" line:
* Fruity, hibiscus-heavy dry-bag and in-cup aromas,
* Initial cherry-red color turning a deep, opaque purple-gray with time,
* Strongly fruity,...

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Northwest Minty Green from Allegro

Style: Green Tea with Mint – Region: Blend

66 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Nov. 26th, 2018

Here's the next entry in the dossier of Allegro teas obtained at one of our Colorado vacation stops. This is one of the few that I would consider ordering on its own merit...that is, if I weren't already dropping bags of inexpensive peppermint tea in with good green tea on occasion, to accomplish much the same result....

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Vanilla Honey Chamomile from Eating Right

Style: Chamomile Blend – Region: Blend

69 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Nov. 25th, 2018

Mostly, this seemed like a straight chamomile tea, from the dry-bag and in-cup scents to the golden-tan color of the poured liquid. Despite all the fruits and herbs blended into the mix, as seen in the "Commercial Description" here onsite, chamomile still dominated all the aromas, taste and aftertaste, to such an exte...

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Lemon Ginger Tulsi from Allegro

Style: Herbal Tea – Region: Blend

73 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Nov. 23rd, 2018

It seems like the few Tulsi teas I've tried so far have been paired in some way with ginger, regardless of other ingredients. This was no exception. The ingredients list explicitly states three kinds of Tulsi: Krishna, Rama, and Vana, two of which coincidentally were first names of sisters I knew in middle school who...

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8 Herbs from Teekanne

Style: Herbal Tea – Region: Blend

65 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Nov. 20th, 2018

As of this writing, Teekanne appears to be marketing this tea under three names, depending on the online or geographic venue: "8 Herbs" via English-language Amazon, and in person at the German-food store I visited in the DFW area, "Mixed Herbs" on their English-language, European-based website, and "8 Kräuter" (Germa...

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Chai Spice from O Organics

Style: Chai / Spiced Tea – Region: Blend

74 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Nov. 20th, 2018

Since we're careening headfirst into the holidays, and folks are warming up their days with spicy and chai teas, I hope this and my other reviews of them will prove helpful. This is a Safeway store brand—relatively inexpensive as organic bagged teas go. After being resoundingly disappointed by their peppermint offe...

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