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Chocolate Puerh - Black Tea Blend from Numi Organic Tea

Style: Flavored Pu-erh – Region: ?????

70 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jun. 14th, 2017

My first pu-erh just had to be this, didn't it? As of now, I still haven't tried any other, and being an ignoramus of massive proportions about this type of tea, have no clue how it should taste. So what do I do? Drink a chocolate/nutmeg pu-erh with rooibos whose non-tea flavors (that I happen to like a lot) mask an...

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Peppermint Herbal Tea from Bigelow Tea

Style: Peppermint Tea – Region: ?????

75 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jun. 13th, 2017

It's no big secret that I love peppermint, given that it pops up in my review docket almost as profusely as it does as a weed in cooler parts of the nation. As noted in one of my other reviews of a peppermint tea (Stash), it's hard, but possible, to screw up this herb as a tea.

Bigelow didn't screw this up. Thei...

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Cinnamon Berry Probiotic Balance from Yogi Tea

Style: Wellness Tea / Medicinal Tea – Region: Blend

48 / 100 Aroma: 2/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Jun. 12th, 2017

Overall, this wasn't a favorite, but is tolerable if one can either overcome a bothersome aroma, ignore it, or fail to notice in the first place.

Upon reading the side of the unopened bag wrapper, so many thoughts began swirling across my cranium's vast and mostly empty void, including, in about this order,
1. W...

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Tulsi Turmeric Ginger from Organic India

Style: Herbal Tea – Region: India

67 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Jun. 11th, 2017

Well, I do live in Oklahomi, so I doggone should try a tea called Tulsi. :-) Since I had to add this tea to the list, I'll assume it was a fairly recent addition to Organic India's product line, thereby hitching the brand to the turmeric-tea faddy wagon.

I probably should have tried a basic Tulsi tea first to le...

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Peppermint White Tea from Imperial Organic

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

59 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5
May. 27th, 2017

First of all, please note that you get only 18 bags per box instead of the customary 20. In other words, you will be shortchanged two bags per box from the start, for a price comparable to (if not higher than) other name-brand organic teas on the store shelf.
This practice detracts decidedly from my "value" rating....

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Hagebutte (Rosehips) from SPAR

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

52 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Apr. 26th, 2017

This was my first attempt at a tea made mostly from rose hips. It brews up a deep purple/maroon color that gets dark fast, and has a mild fruity (more than rosy) aroma, both dry in-bag and wet in-cup. Fair warning: watch for structurally weak bags. Of my first 4 bags, 3 split open somewhere while I was pouring the ...

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Organic Licorice Root from Traditional Medicinals

Style: Wellness Tea / Medicinal Tea – Region: Blend

64 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Apr. 20th, 2017

A co-worker who is into the natural, herbal-wellness scene offered me a bag of this tea to try, which of course is irresistible when it's something I haven't reviewed in this medium before. Looking up licorice root online, it's advertised as beneficial to gastrointenstinal difficulties. My response: "I ain't got di...

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Black Tea from Lipton Tea

Style: Black Tea – Region: ?????

50 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 3/5
Apr. 19th, 2017

One of the very first teas I ever had as a kid (my mom liked it as an iced tea, for reasons I can't reckon aside from inexpensive price), somehow Lipton's flagship black has managed to avoid my first 67 ratings. How can a tea I've swallowed off and on for decades be so forgettable?

This tea is alarmingly ubiquitous...

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Multi-vitamin Fruit Tea from Teekanne

Style: Wellness Tea / Medicinal Tea – Region: ?????

55 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Apr. 19th, 2017

Teekanne seems to revel in fruity herbals, based on their variety of offerings in this arena; however, as of this writing, I can't find this specific blend on their company site. Instead you'll see it in German food stores (where I got it) and online (Amazon, GermanDeli, etc.).

As with the other Teekanne fruit te...

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Organic Ginger Tumeric Herbal Tea from Trader Joe's

Style: Herbal Tea – Region: ?????

39 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 1/5 Value: 3/5
Apr. 3rd, 2017

Not being a huge ginger fan, but tolerant (I slugged down and enjoyed many a can of Vernor's soda in the days of drinking sugary fizz), I figured to give this inexpensive and compelling-looking flavor blend a try. Though the title touts ginger and turmeric, there's orange peel and orange oil in this too--enough that ...

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Pomegranate Delight from Teekanne

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

71 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Apr. 1st, 2017

Not a big fan of the pomegranate fad, I decided to try this tea anyway, given its promising-looking roster of ingredients: hibiscus, rose hips, orange peel, lemon peel, natural pomegranate flavor, licorice, blackberry leaves, and ginseng. That should deliver a good load of fruitiness, and it did!

Though well-seal...

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Orange & Spice Herbal Tea from Bigelow Tea

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

70 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Mar. 28th, 2017

A hotel in northwest Dallas had bags of this tea on its breakfast area, so I tried a couple -- one there in (what is some of the consistently highest quality nationwide) city water and one at home in my own well water. In both instances, my impression of this tea is simple and straightforward: "Constant Comment" minu...

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Chocolate Mint Black Tea from Trader Joe's

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

75 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Mar. 27th, 2017

The aroma of this tea, both dried in-bag and poured, is heavenly for those of us who love chocolate and mint. The main ingredient actually isn't black tea leaves or chocolate; it's peppermint leaves. Then instead of just using chocolate powder or soaking tea leaves in chocolate, the unnamed Canadian contractor who pr...

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Black Tea from Great Value

Style: Black Tea – Region: ?????

40 / 100 Aroma: 3/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 4/5
Mar. 17th, 2017

For a couple years, at least, I've seen this offered in WalMart, but haven't dared buy a whole box for fear I'd hate a tea this dirt-cheap in price. Finally I found single, plain-paper-wrapped bags available at a wildlife sanctuary in Nebraska. It was offered in the museum's tea-and-coffee table for folks either stop...

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Royal Cup from Royal Cup

Style: Black Tea – Region: ?????

62 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Mar. 17th, 2017

The signature tea of the company brand, I found paper-wrapped bags on the breakfast area of a Comfort Inn in central Nebraska. Though I never had heard of the brand before, given its "1896" labeling, I figured any seller/producer that had been around that long without being bankrupted or vanishing from the market shou...

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Natur Pur Bio-Grüner Sencha Tee from SPAR

Style: Sencha – Region: Japan

60 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Mar. 16th, 2017

Not being experienced specifically with Sencha varieties of green tea, I didn't know what to expect when grabbing a box of this to bring home from Austria. [This tea is sold in SPAR supermarkets, fairly ubiquitous over a lot of Europe and available online.]

I just figured, "organic green tea, should be good". An...

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Pure Assam Tea Bags from Taylors of Harrogate

Style: Assam – Region: Assam, India

73 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Feb. 19th, 2017

This will work. My wife ordered this brand on sale when her usual Assam ran out, and likes it--bearing a more delicate palate than I, she coerces 3 cups from a bag. As with most bagged teas, I drop one in a bigger cup, and steep for more than 5 minutes while occasionally stirring and swishing the bag around with a sp...

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Spring Jasmine Green Tea (Organic) from China Mist

Style: Jasmine Tea – Region: ?????

57 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Jan. 5th, 2017

This is a reasonably good green tea, but the jasmine is about the weakest I've smelled or tasted in anything advertised as a "Jasmine" tea. Jasmine seems to be an afterthought or distant background in both the smell and the taste. I won't recommend against this product if you do prefer just a *hint* of jasmine in an ...

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Chamomile Egyptian Golden Sun Presented by Wolfgang Puck from Numi Organic Tea

Style: Pure Chamomile Tea – Region: Egypt

73 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jan. 1st, 2017

I obtained this product, with what may be the longest name I've seen for a tea, from a hotel room. For now it appears to be available just as a food-service product. As chamomile teas go, this is decidedly above average--smooth, sweet, rich in flavor, deep-golden in color, and a nice concoction to close the day. No ...

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Vanilla Chai Black Tea from Bigelow Tea

Style: Vanilla Chai – Region: ?????

73 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Dec. 30th, 2016

One of the things I enjoy with either newly attempted teas, or favorite and familiar ones, is to breathe deeply from the freshly opened packaging and take in the scent of the dried tea. Since this concoction is labeled as vanilla with chai, I had a very well-defined, preconceived notion of how this would smell. Not e...

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Assam Pure from Murchie's Tea & Coffee Ltd

Style: Assam – Region: Assam, India

87 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Dec. 22nd, 2016

Murchie's website touts this Assam as, "especially good where water conditions overpower more delicate teas". As someone who likes strong and unpretentious teas, that caught my attention, even though my well water is good. And it's cool of them to be considerate of folks with poor water and offer a tea supposedly int...

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Sweet Dreams Herbal Tea from Bigelow Tea

Style: Herbal Tea – Region: ?????

57 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 3/5
Dec. 21st, 2016

Have you ever tried to mix paints and stopped before the colors blended, when you had a swirl of mostly separate colors instead of the full, distinct, evenly distributed hue for which you aimed? This is the herbal-tea equivalent.

Better aroma than taste...this tea can't establish its identity inside the mouth, so...

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Cinnamon Apple Herbal Tea from Bigelow Tea

Style: Herbal Tea – Region: ?????

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Dec. 17th, 2016

Not even realizing I had a bag of this, I discovered it while digging in my pantry's tea shelves for something else. Guess my wife won't miss just one bag, eh...especially if there was only one in there. ;-)

Overall, I liked this tea a lot. The real apple pieces are quite visible inside the bag, and impart the gr...

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Mandarin Orange Spice from China Mist

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

60 / 100 Aroma: 3/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Dec. 15th, 2016

Here's another tea I got at a motel breakfast area, but that can be ordered online. If you're familiar with Bigelow's Constant Comment, the taste is a slightly lower-order approximation of that, but without cloves, about the same orange level, similar strength but slightly lower quantity of black tea. Much weaker aro...

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Organic Red Leaf Mint from Seattle's Finest Teas

Style: Miscellaneous Blend – Region: Blend

90 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
Dec. 13th, 2016

Whoa, where to start with this sublime face-slapper. Perhaps the best one-word characterization of both the smell and aroma, in a good way, is "explosive".

Because there are so many ingredients, all natural and organic, more discriminating palates than mine probably can conjure up all manner of nuances, notes, un...

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