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Floral Jasmine Green from T (Tealeaves.com)

Style: Jasmine Tea – Region: ?????

70 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
Jun. 29th, 2010

Exceptionally good. This is without a doubt the best Jasmine tea that I have ever tried from a tea bag, and in quality it exceeds many loose Jasmines I've tried.

Aroma is intensely floral, but purely pleasing...none of the overwhelming or harsh perfumey quality that some Jasmine can take on. The green tea also has...

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Himalayan Black | Intensity™ from Ineeka

Style: Black Tea – Region: ?????

73 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
Jun. 8th, 2010

Very malty aroma, but smooth flavor, almost sweet, like a smooth Assam. Aroma and dark color of the cup suggests a strong tannic character, but I found this tea to be far from overly tannic. Aroma has a hint of raisins, and some herbaceous tones too. Some bitterness and astringency, but overall, much less than I'd e...

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Organic Premium Green Tea from Stash Tea

Style: Green Tea – Region: ?????

53 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Jun. 7th, 2010

As with most of Stash's teas, I am quite impressed with the level of quality that is available in these inexpensive tea bags which are available in most supermarkets.

Aroma is slightly toasty, slighty grassy...almost like they've blended a Chinese pan-fired tea with a Japanese steamed green tea. Not terribly comple...

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Premium Oolong Tea from Royal King

Style: Oolong Tea – Region: ?????

37 / 100 Aroma: 3/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 2/5
Jun. 7th, 2010

Very flat, cardboard-like aroma. There's some bitterness...a slight suggestion of roast in the aroma. Full-bodied. Astringent. Seems fairly highly caffeinated, especially relative to the lack of flavor.

I think I would prefer most of the mainstream supermarket teas to this tea. It was pretty uninteresting and b...

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Darjeeling | Elevation from Ineeka

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

60 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Jun. 5th, 2010

This is an interesting blend as the addition of calendula (pot marigold) flowers is subtle and, at least as I perceive it, only slightly tweaks, rather than characterizes, this blend. The flower is well-chosen: it blends seamlessly with the base tea, and it's really impossible for me to say where the tea ends and cale...

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Earl Grey Decaffeinated from Twinings

Style: Earl Grey Tea – Region: ?????

33 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 1/5
May. 20th, 2010

Exceptionally lemony and citrusy for an Earl Grey...there's only a weak suggestion of the usual bergamot aroma. The aroma is more like candied lemon than Earl Grey tea, and it has an artificial quality to it. The black tea presence is entirely unremarkable...although this tea brews a dark color, there is little other...

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Pure Peppermint from Twinings

Style: Peppermint Tea – Region: ?????

53 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5
May. 17th, 2010

Less of the strong peppermint aroma than most peppermint teas...very dark in color, unusually so...more of the general leafy/herbaceous aroma. Not at all sour and very little bitterness or sweetness...this is primarily an aromatic tea.

Noticeably more complexity than Lipton's peppermint. Among bagged peppermint te...

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African Honeybush, Mandarin and Orange from Twinings

Style: Flavored Honeybush – Region: ?????

43 / 100 Aroma: 3/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5
May. 12th, 2010

Aroma mostly of orange...no noticeable honeybush characteristics in the aroma, although the honeybush imparts a reddish brown color and a pleasant full-bodied character to this tea. The orange aroma has very little complexity. Nondescript flavor...not really sweet, sour, or bitter...this is a rather neutral tea that ...

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Star Anise Tea (Chinese) from Badia

Style: Herbal Tea – Region: ?????

67 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
May. 10th, 2010

Aroma spicey, astonishingly complex for only having one ingredient...the aroma reminds me of many Chinese stores as this spice is commonly used in Chinese food and has a way of permeating things (in a pleasant way). Like western anise (licorice-like) but with a woody quality absent from that spice, and more of a fres...

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Pomegranate Delight Black Tea from Twinings

Style: Fruit Black Tea – Region: ?????

43 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 2/5
May. 6th, 2010

Unremarkable base black tea in this blend...not very aromatic. Fruity aroma is natural and pleasant, however...fairly strong but not overwhelming. Flavor is mostly sour...not so much that it's too sour but that there isn't really anything other than sourness in the flavor.

I found this tea to be disappointing. A ...

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English Breakfast Black Tea from Bigelow Tea

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

57 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
May. 2nd, 2010

In my opinion, this is the best straight black tea from Bigelow and it really stands out among the rest of their offerings. It's a fairly powerful black tea, but it also has some complexity in the aroma...some of the tones suggest that there's a bit of Darjeeling mixed in with whatever else is this blend.

Fairly bi...

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Organic Pure Green Tea (Premium Green Tea Organic) from Bigelow Tea

Style: Green Tea – Region: ?????

37 / 100 Aroma: 2/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5
Apr. 29th, 2010

Brewed for 4 minutes with water that had cooled well below boiling, it brews an opaque golden color.

Aroma is mostly flat. There's a hint of a very pleasant floral quality, but it's overshadowed by a cardboard-like quality that basically ruins it for me. Ignoring the aroma, the flavor is good. Slightly tangy, wit...

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Orange Ginger Mint from Republic of Tea

Style: Herbal Tea – Region: ?????

77 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Apr. 28th, 2010

This is by far my favorite tea from Republic of Tea yet. Strong and complex aroma, mostly herbaceous with a bit of spice: thyme is dominant, but with a lot of other things going on...the ginger and anise are also particularly noticeable. Very full-bodied--among the richest herbal teas I've tried. Close to my ideal a...

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Chai (formerly Indian Spiced Chai) from Twinings

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

43 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5
Apr. 28th, 2010

The package recommends to brew for 4-6 minutes...I brewed for four. The black tea in this teabag was exceptionally weak--the cup was a clear reddish color, and I brewed with only about 6oz. of water. However, the lack of a bold black tea presence was made up for by a strong aroma of spice.

There are different spic...

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Constant Comment® from Bigelow Tea

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

57 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Apr. 25th, 2010

In my opinion this is the best among Bigelow's flavored teas, although my favorite from Bigelow is one of their herbals--sweet dreams.

It's funny, I tend not to like orange spice teas, but I like this one. It's balanced: none of the aromas overpower the others. There's a nice amount of strength and bitterness, but...

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Sweet Lemon Tulsi from Organic India

Style: Herbal Tea – Region: ?????

60 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Apr. 18th, 2010

I was not expecting to like this one, as I tend to avoid sweetening my tea, and I also don't really like the taste of Stevia. However, I was pleasantly surprised.

The lemon quality of this tea is muted--which is important because lemon myrtle in particular has a tendency to overpower other aromas. The aroma is ver...

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Zen Filterbags from Tazo Tea

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

43 / 100 Aroma: 3/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Apr. 12th, 2010

Flat, dry aroma, mostly of straw and leaf...little fruity lemon aroma and more of the muted straw-like quality of the lemongrass. Very bitter. Crisp but without being fresh or cooling as I had hoped from this tea. I also found the tea to be weak in aroma.

This was disappointing, both on its own and relative to wh...

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Passionfruit Tulsi Tea from Organic India

Style: Herbal Tea – Region: ?????

63 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Apr. 10th, 2010

Aroma blends the familiar clove and basil characteristics of Tulsi with a rich tropical fruitiness from the passionfruit (not overdone, thankfully)...but there's also a surprising herbal quality, suggestive of Thyme or Oregano. Pretty good for something in a teabag; reasonably priced relative to quality.

Still, con...

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Orange Mint Tulsi Tea from Organic India

Style: Herbal Tea – Region: ?????

67 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Mar. 26th, 2010

This tea is interesting in that it tastes very similar to "orange spice" teas, but it doesn't contain any spices; I suspect the tulsi is contributing the tones of cinnamon and clove. The spearmint adds a slightly different twist.

Full-bodied and with a smooth flavor.

I'm not sure how I feel about the presence of...

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Decaf Lotus Blossom Green (Lotus) from Tazo Tea

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

50 / 100 Aroma: 3/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
Mar. 25th, 2010

Brews a dark golden-orange, dark for a green tea. Aroma is flat and subdued; there's not even a hint of floral quality. Surprisingly full-bodied, however, for a decaffeinated tea. More flavorful than aromatic.

Not what I expected; I was expecting something light and floral, but this is a heavier tea, disappointin...

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Bombay Chai from Mighty Leaf Tea

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

47 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5
Feb. 12th, 2010

This tea brews a light amber color, much lighter than I had expected. Spice dominates the aroma...mostly fennel and cinnamon, with some clove and other spices. There is a much weaker black tea presence. The aftertaste suggests tarragon; this tea leaves a clean and tingly sensation in the mouth.

People who like sp...

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Linden Leaves Tea from Badia

Style: Herbal Tea – Region: ?????

63 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 5/5
Jan. 5th, 2010

In certain ways, this tea is similar in aroma to linden blossom tea, although is is richer and has more of a savory, spicy quality. Still somewhat floral, however. A suggestion of honey in the aroma, and a bit of a sort of light, bready quality. The aroma reminds me somewhat of walking under a Linden tree when the t...

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Premium Russian Tea from Czar Nikolas II Russian Tea

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

40 / 100 Aroma: 2/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
Dec. 26th, 2009

I recall drinking a rose black tea from Czar Nicholas II a long time ago and really enjoying it, but I was disappointed with this tea. I don't know which blend I tried before;it may have been something different from this one.

While the black tea used actually seems to be fairly high-quality, it's overpowered by an ...

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Lemon Verbena from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Lemon Verbena – Region: ?????

70 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Dec. 18th, 2009

Less similar to lemongrass or lemon balm than you would expect from the smell of the dry leaf, which smells almost identical to lemongrass. The brewed tea is mellower, and yet richer, warmer...less fresh tasting, and has an almost bread-like quality in the aroma, sort of yeasty. Sweet and a tiny bit tangy.

The ove...

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Peppermint Herbal Tea from Lipton Tea

Style: Peppermint Tea – Region: ?????

57 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Dec. 10th, 2009

Very pepperminty without being overwhelmingly so. Rich, full-bodied, but with less of the leafy aroma that some dried peppermint teas have. Smooth flavor, no sourness. I think this is among the better of Lipton's herbal offerings. The only thing lacking is the complexity of the aroma...I like mint teas that have a ...

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