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Misty Mint from Farmer Brothers

Style: Mint Tea – Region: Blend

45 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5
Feb. 28th, 2019

This blend is really quite bland, especially so for mint. The menthol coolness is there, but it really tastes more herbal than minty. I also taste the "pepper" flavor that the previous reviewer noted, so it wasn't just a fluke or something.

I wouldn't think that there are enough ingredients in this blend to mess up,...

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Special Blend (Teabags) from Ahmad Tea

Style: Earl Grey Tea – Region: Blend

77 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Feb. 28th, 2019

A local Middle Eastern market had a gift pack of this tea along with a free Ahmad tea mug for $4, so I couldn't pass it up. I decided to try it alongside the loose leaf Special Blend. One thing that I'll note is that, though I assume they're intended to be the same tea, the packaging on the bagged tea doesn't include t...

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Lively Lemon from Farmer Brothers

Style: Herbal Tea – Region: Blend

55 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Feb. 26th, 2019

This is Farmer Brothers' version of Bigelow's I Love Lemon. The ingredient list is identical.

When dry, the tea smells mostly like peppermint. When steeping, the aroma of lemon oil comes out and is mainly what the tea smells like. The lemon herbs (lemon grass and lemon verbena) are the main flavors, giving the brew ...

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Chocolate Puerh - Black Tea Blend from Numi Organic Tea

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

50 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5
Feb. 20th, 2019

After tasting the Breakfast blend, this one's a bit of a letdown. The cocoa, vanilla and spices are smooth and quite delicious, but I don't taste much of the tea. Other than a hint of earthiness, it tastes just like chocolate cream pie to me.

It's good, but it's a bit too expensive for something that only tastes lik...

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Premium Full Leaf Tea from Alghazaleen Tea (Do Ghazal)

Style: Ceylon Black Tea – Region: Sri Lanka / Ceylon

83 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Feb. 20th, 2019

I picked this up in a Middle Eastern grocery near Detroit, MI. I bought a 250g pouch of tea that turned out to be double-bagged with an outer mylar pouch and a thin plastic bag inside. The tea is quite broken and in relatively small pieces, but quite aromatic even when dry. It smells of caramel and pastry, like slightl...

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Black Tea from Lipton Tea

Style: Black Tea – Region: ?????

48 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Feb. 19th, 2019

When I do drink regular Lipton tea, it's usually from a catering tray where it may have sat for a day or a month. On a whim, I got a small, sealed package (fifteen teas bags for a dollar) so I could try it fresh.

When dry, it smells oaky and leafy, but muted. After steeping, it develops a bit more character and ther...

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Oi Ocha Green Tea with Wakame Wakakuki from ITO EN

Style: Green Tea – Region: Japan

84 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Feb. 7th, 2019

I ended up overnight in the Detroit suburbs for work and found this tea in a Japanese grocery store.

The dry leaves are broken up into much smaller pieces than the Japanese senchas that I'm used to. It's very pungent, though, smelling of cut hay and alfalfa.

Adding the water releases just a ton of aroma. The colo...

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Enchanting Moments from Farmer Brothers

Style: Chamomile Blend – Region: Blend

70 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Feb. 5th, 2019

I'm stuck in a hotel for few days for a conference, but the bright side is finding a brand of food service teas that I've never tasted.

I decided to make a cup of Enchanting Moments before bed. It's a spot-on mimic of Bigelow's Sweet Dreams herbal tea. The main flavors are chamomile, peppermint and spearmint.

I l...

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Organic Black Tea from Prince of Peace

Style: Black Tea – Region: Yunnan, China

61 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Feb. 1st, 2019

I found this box of tea at a natural health store on my lunch hour. Most places that carry Prince of Peace tea don't carry black tea, so I grabbed them. The 100 tea bags are individually wrapped in paper, so I transferred them to an airtight container after removing the plastic seal from the box.

The unbleached pape...

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Green Nightly Calm from Twinings

Style: Flavored Green Tea – Region: Blend

38 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 2/5
Feb. 1st, 2019

I'm honestly not sure what the point of this tea is. This is obviously Nightly Calm herbal tea blended with decaf green tea and it's a nice idea, but Twinings' decaf green is nearly flavorless. The blend tastes just like the Nightly Calm, but still may contain some small amount of caffeine ("less than 0.2%") rather tha...

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English Tea No. 1 from Ahmad Tea

Style: Earl Grey Tea – Region: Blend

63 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Feb. 1st, 2019

The "subtle flavor of bergamot" is definitely subtle. I can't actually smell any bergamot in the dry tea. Instead, it smells entirely like a malty CTC Assam.

While the tea's brewing, I can just make out the citrus through the tea. I'm getting less malt than when dry, but much more dry, tannic, earthy leaf with a bac...

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Organic Spearmint from Traditional Medicinals

Style: Spearmint Tea – Region: ?????

76 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 2/5
Jan. 31st, 2019

One of the very few pure spearmint herbal teas available in tea bags.

The tea smells strongly and recognizably of spearmint even before adding water. After steeping, the tea has a pronounced spearmint flavor with just enough herbal notes to avoid tasting like candy.

A second steeping still carries a lot of flavor...

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Breakfast Blend (Morning Rise) from Numi Organic Tea

Style: Black Tea – Region: Blend

75 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
Jan. 19th, 2019

Smells earthy, like a pu-erh, or one of the less sweet Yunnan blacks.

Numi's website says that this tea contains Keemun and that's the first impression I get from the flavor; it's full of dark molasses and prunes or raisins with a bit of cocoa. The finish is dryer, and the earthiness I noticed in the aroma lingers. ...

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Steep Earl Grey Black Tea from Bigelow Tea

Style: Earl Grey Tea – Region: ?????

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Jan. 11th, 2019

The dry tea smells very strongly of bergamot and very much like Bigelow's regular Earl Grey.

The taste is much different than the regular Bigelow. Much more tea shines through the citrus. I suspect that the base tea is the Steep English Breakfast, which is a flavorful Sri Lankan/Ceylon tea with a mellow cocoa bitter...

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Cranberry Apple Herbal Tea from Bigelow Tea

Style: Herbal Tea – Region: Blend

62 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Jan. 10th, 2019

The smell of the dry tea bag is, per the name, cranberry and apple. The flavor of the tea is quite different, though, being predominantly hibiscus and rose hips. After the initial tart rush, the apple comes out. It tastes quite nice, like the apple peel flavor of freeze-dried apple chips. If I try, I can taste a little...

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Steep Chamomile Citrus Herbal Tea from Bigelow Tea

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

43 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5
Jan. 10th, 2019

The dry tea smells like lemons and the first ingredient is lemongrass, so I was expecting a much more lemony flavor than I'm getting. The flavor is mostly chamomile with a sort of far-off whiff of lemon peel. I'm curious about the lemongrass because the flavor's normally more pronounced when it's an ingredient. It's al...

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Darjeeling Black Tea from Bigelow Tea

Style: Darjeeling Black Tea – Region: Darjeeling, India

68 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jan. 10th, 2019

The dry tea has the same basic smell of other blended Darjeelings. It's smells of dry leaves in autumn, a bit oaky and of raw pecans.

I tend to find Darjeeling teas to be somewhat more delicate than I'd prefer. This one is no exception, but I also wouldn't call it weak. It's lightly astringent with a very mild bitte...

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Steep English Breakfast Fair Trade Certified Black Tea from Bigelow Tea

Style: English Breakfast – Region: Sri Lanka / Ceylon

90 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Jan. 10th, 2019

Without beating around the bush, this is a really good Sri Lankan/Ceylon tea. This seems to be one of the few brands of bagged tea that selected Sri Lankan tea for its flavors rather than for simply being "mild". This tea is remarkably similar in flavor to Ahmad and Alwazah branded Ceylon teas that are available from M...

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Steep Oolong & Jasmine Green Tea from Bigelow Tea

Style: Flavored Tea – Region: ?????

77 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jan. 10th, 2019

This is really interesting tea and not at all what I was expecting. The dry bag of chopped, dark tea smells like an oolong with a medium oxidation and roast. I couldn't smell any jasmine until after I added water, and even then it's faint.

I really like the way this tea smells. There's a heavy note of toasted flour,...

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Peppermint Herbal Tea from Bigelow Tea

Style: Peppermint Tea – Region: ?????

75 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Jan. 9th, 2019

A really clean-tasting peppermint with a nice menthol finish. Slightly herbal, but no straw or hay flavors that lesser peppermint teas sometimes have.

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Steep Pure Green Tea from Bigelow Tea

Style: Green Tea – Region: ?????

50 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Jan. 9th, 2019

The flavor of this tea is quite mild, but pleasant. There's a nice bitterness on the sides of the tongue and just enough astringency to feel a bit "fuzzy". There's a hint of cabbage or broccoli flavor with a hint of spiciness. This tea's a bit sweeter than other green teas.

I'm tasting this tea alongside several oth...

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Green Tea - Classic from Bigelow Tea

Style: Green Tea – Region: ?????

30 / 100 Aroma: 3/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 2/5
Jan. 9th, 2019

I occasionally drink the decaffeinated version of this tea because it still tastes a bit like green tea. It turns out that that's exactly how the caffeinated version tastes—a bit like green tea. There's some vegetal freshness and a little grassy bitterness on the back of the tongue, but that's pretty much it. If you ...

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Japanese Green Tea from Kirkland Signature / Costco

Style: Green Tea – Region: Japan

65 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Jan. 9th, 2019

As the other reviewers mentioned, ignore the directions. I prepared the tea using 8 ounces of 175°F water for four minutes (which is a bit longer than is generally suggested for green teas, but I find I like it that way).

The tea in the square, nylon bag is chopped, but not as finely as most bagged tea and is mixed...

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Earl Grey Green Tea from Bigelow Tea

Style: Earl Grey Green Tea – Region: ?????

30 / 100 Aroma: 3/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 2/5
Jan. 8th, 2019

After trying the green tea version of Constant Comment and liking it, I'm really disappointed in the green Earl Grey. The bergamot flavoring is much lighter than in Bigelow's black tea Earl Grey, presumably to let the flavor of the green tea through, such as it is. The very light flavor of the base tea coupled with les...

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Constant Comment Green Tea from Bigelow Tea

Style: Flavored Green Tea – Region: ?????

60 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Jan. 8th, 2019

As with the black tea version of Constant Comment, the dominant flavors are clove and orange peel. I'm tasting them both side-by-side at the moment and since Bigelow's green and black teas are both mild, the differences are subtle. The flavor of the green tea has a nice brightness and a faint hint of the grassy bittern...

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