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Well Rested Herbal Tea (Formerly Bed Time Tea) from Trader Joe's

Style: Herbal Tea – Region: Blend

78 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Nov. 14th, 2018

The title says that the herbal tea is well rested. Therefore I hope it conveys some of that placid nature to me as well. ;-)

In the meantime before bedtime, I did the usual dry-bag and in-cup sniffing prior to first chug, and generally was pleased at the result. While not intense, it was stronger and more balanc...

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English Breakfast from Chado High Tea

Style: English Breakfast – Region: Blend

52 / 100 Aroma: 3/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Nov. 9th, 2018

For a food-service tea, this seemed slightly above average...I've had worse, but wouldn't seek it out for home consumption. This is one that, if you spot it in a motel or (as I did) receive it as "hot tea" in a breakfast cafe off I-70 in Kansas, can be consumed safely and without obvious problems. I realize that's no...

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Indian Chai from Allegro

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

66 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Nov. 9th, 2018

A vacation motel/lodge at which I was staying in southern Colorado had a large assortment of Allegro teas, all of which I have tried or will. [I'm basing "value" off their stated online prices, compared to what one gets.] Here's the next in line.

By itself, this was a reasonably good tea, albeit different than e...

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Original Yogi Tea from Yogi Tea

Style: Herbal Tea – Region: Blend

72 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Nov. 7th, 2018

Perusing the ingredients label, I expected a cinnamon-heavy chai without actual tea, and that's pretty much what this delivered at every level. The list of components is astoundingly short for a Yogi blend at 6 (organic) ingredients: cinnamon bark, ginger root, cardamom pod, clove bud, black pepper, and cinnamon oil....

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Peppermint Herbal Tea from Chado High Tea

Style: Peppermint Tea – Region: ?????

56 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Nov. 5th, 2018

Finally, after three decidedly lame ones in a row, I try a new peppermint tea that rates (barely) above the speed Sammy Hagar can't drive. I hope this upward trend continues with future peppermint teas, as this is an herb I dearly love.

Opening the wrapper released a pleasant puff of peppermint aroma, more than eve...

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Tropical White from Allegro

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

53 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Nov. 4th, 2018

Realizing white tea isn't supposed to be particularly intense, from what I've read here regarding its "delicate" flavor, and that any attempt to flavor it must be careful so as to avoid overwhelming the base tea, I went in to the consumption undertaking not expecting to be blasted through the roof by an explosion of po...

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Organic Green Tea from 365 Everyday Value

Style: Green Tea – Region: ?????

72 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Nov. 3rd, 2018

This is a Whole Foods tea given to me by my sister-in-law in Colorado, who gets lots of organic and medicinal teas at the plethora of health-food shops in her area. She likes it when I try her favorite teas. So every time I return from there, I have a few more to review here. :-)

365 Organic Green pleasantly surpr...

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Christmas Tea from Twinings

Style: Chai / Spiced Tea – Region: Blend

49 / 100 Aroma: 2/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Nov. 3rd, 2018

If this were all Christmastime had to offer, I'd say, fast-forward to the new year. Fortunately, it's not. "Christmas Tea" is one of the better Twinings black teas I've tried, but...
1. That's not saying much, and
2. It's a very poor approximation of Bigelow's much richer, more-flavorful Constant Comment blend. ...

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Peppermint from Vermont Artisan Coffee & Tea Co

Style: Peppermint Tea – Region: ?????

38 / 100 Aroma: 3/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5
Nov. 2nd, 2018

This is my third consecutive "no bueno" on trying a new peppermint tea. It's about time to return to some old standbys, in order to re-familiarize with what peppermint should be!

The dry-leaf photo from their website is a little misleading, in that the sachet contained considerably more stem pieces—some quite l...

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Earl Grey from Allegro

Style: Earl Grey Tea – Region: Blend

54 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Nov. 2nd, 2018

When you have lemons, make lemonade? That seems to have happened here. While not overpowering, the distinct aroma of lemon wafted rather aggressively out of the pouch when I tore it open, and that scent stayed in the dry bag strongly until pouring the hot water through it. The in-cup smell was more balanced, but the...

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Tropical Pineapple Green Tea from Dazbog Coffee

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

70 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 31st, 2018

So there I was in the tea section of a grocery store in western Colorado, realizing I had forgotten to bring enough green tea along on vacation, looking for some. The bright red, cylindrical tin with the black lid and white star caught my attention, as did the unusual brand name and flavor: pineapple, one I enjoy. T...

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Chai Classic (Formerly Organic Tazo Chai) from Tazo Tea

Style: Chai / Spiced Tea – Region: Assam, India

74 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Oct. 30th, 2018

Bags of this tea came from a conference's coffee-break session, alongside a bunch of other Tazo and Bigelow teas that I mostly have tried already. Somehow, despite liking chai a lot, I hadn't had this one yet. It's a keeper—not the best chai I've chugged, but very satisfying, robust, and sharp. My wife likes to pa...

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Pomegranate Green from Allegro

Style: Fruit Green Tea – Region: Blend

69 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 28th, 2018

This is a very well-balanced rendition of berry-flavored green tea, an enjoyable sip or chug. As I've found with many bagged green teas, the dry-bag aroma was weak, but in-cup, the smell became more full and representative of the taste, while the deeply breathed wet-bag aroma was richest of all sensations (including ...

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Ginkgo Clarity (formerly Ginko IQ) from Yogi Tea

Style: Wellness Tea / Medicinal Tea – Region: Blend

71 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 21st, 2018

Just drank a fresh hot cup of...what's it called? Ahh yes, Ginkgo Clarity, right there on that picture to the right. Oh, but I forgot what to say.

Just kidding. Since I'd have to consume the product regularly to evaluate its contribution to enhanced mental acuity, and that's a notoriously tenuous concept for me a...

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Mint Herbal from O Organics

Style: Peppermint Tea – Region: United States of America

28 / 100 Aroma: 2/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 3/5
Oct. 20th, 2018

This is the worst peppermint tea I've had, and that's soon after trying my next-lowest rated peppermint, from another store brand. Guess I'm on a roll...around the bowl and down the hole! That's where the rest of this cup is going.

Out of the wrapper, the dry bag had only about 1/4 of its volume, maybe less, occup...

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Bedtime from Yogi Tea

Style: Wellness Tea / Medicinal Tea – Region: Blend

79 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 17th, 2018

Whoo-wee. This tea's ingredients list might fill a Houston phone book. [I only slightly exaggerate.] I'm tired from reading all that. Perhaps that's one of its secrets to sleep promotion.

How could any of the cavalcade of components have much effect when packed into only about 1/4 of a dry bag with all the oth...

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Afternoon Lift from Allegro

Style: Flavored Yerba Maté – Region: Blend

61 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 15th, 2018

I've never been a big fan of the base flavor of yerba mate, which strikes me as metallic and overly bitter, despite trying to get used to it during my years living in South Florida, where everything from sodas to candy, tea, baked goods, and even alcoholic beverages are made with it. That caveat duly affixed herein, I...

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EveryDay Detox® from Traditional Medicinals

Style: Wellness Tea / Medicinal Tea – Region: Blend

32 / 100 Aroma: 3/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 2/5
Oct. 15th, 2018

Here's another sample accepted from my sister-in-law's clay jar full of different, mainly unusual organic teas. What a hodgepodge of strange ingredients is listed, including burdock, dandelion, something called "cleavers herb", and the one that gave me the most pause, stinging nettle.

Stuff that makes skin rashes...

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Green Tea Kombucha Decaf from Yogi Tea

Style: Wellness Tea / Medicinal Tea – Region: Blend

56 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 14th, 2018

I can bear this Yogi. However, it could be better. For a wellness tea, it was a pleasant, light, fruity drink (thanks to the lemongrass and added natural passionfruit and plum flavors), using decaf green tea and spearmint leaf as a vector to deliver the goods. The aromas (dry bag and in-cup) were quite faint, however...

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Earl Grey from Urban Teahouse

Style: Earl Grey Tea – Region: Blend

84 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 14th, 2018

Admittedly I haven't been up to the Urban Teahouse location in OKC as of this writing, but drinking this at a Norman breakfast restaurant, and getting a sample to take home and chug, makes me want to pay a dangerous visit next time I'm up in that part of "The Big Town". Why dangerous? Because of what that visit woul...

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Rooibos Vibrations from Allegro

Style: Rooibos Chai / Spiced Rooibos – Region: Blend

74 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 14th, 2018

The dry-bag* and in-cup scents were robust and screamed "chai", which is great since I enjoy such tea. Cinnamon and cardamom stood obvious, cloves and black pepper being apparent with some concentration, the other ingredients a good deal less so. Even though ginger is the second ingredient (behind rooibos), I only co...

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Mango Green from Murchie's Tea & Coffee Ltd

Style: Flavored Green Tea – Region: Blend

77 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Sep. 25th, 2018

If you like both mango and green tea, you can't go wrong here. From my time in South Florida, eating mangoes fresh off co-workers' trees, it has been one of my favorite fruits and flavors. Murchies consistently cranks out delicious tea varieties; the other flavored green of theirs I've tried, blueberry, is a househol...

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Peppermint from Trader Joe's

Style: Peppermint Tea – Region: ?????

53 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Sep. 24th, 2018

Come on, Trader Joe's! What's the deal here? It's fantastically difficult to mess up peppermint and you came closer to doing so than any I've tried yet. The very low price (beaten in my experience only by Wal-Mart's store brand and Carrington, both noticeably higher-quality) is the only thing that saves this rating ...

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Premium Hot Tea from House Recipe

Style: Black Tea – Region: Blend

69 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Sep. 23rd, 2018

This tea came from a chain motel in the Nebraska Panhandle. I rather enjoyed it on their breakfast area the morning I first chugged a cup, and the water is decent in the town; still, I took another bag home to review after brewing it up on my own well water. Before the pour, I did the usual dry-bag sniff. The aroma ...

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Vanilla Chai from Pukka

Style: Herbal Tea – Region: Blend

71 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Sep. 13th, 2018

Here's a herbal tea that doesn't smell or taste quite like one surmises based on ingredients, but is reasonably enjoyable. I wouldn't pay any more than sale price for it, though!

This came via a discount at Sprouts for a 20-bag box, with each bag sealed in a waxed paper pouch. This is the first steeped beverage ca...

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