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Talk of the Town from Capital Teas

Style: Flavored Black Tea – Region: Blend

60 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Jan. 9th, 2014

I'm not a huge fan of orange spice teas, but this is my favorite example of one yet.

This was a classic orange spice tea blend, a lot like Market Spice's Cinnamon Orange, or a more refined variant of Bigelow's Constant Comment. If you like either of those teas, I'd recommend this one.

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O Christmas Tea from Capital Teas

Style: Flavored Green Tea – Region: Blend

47 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 2/5
Jan. 9th, 2014

Tasted a pre-brewed sample at the Philadelphia Coffee and Tea Festival; I have been rather late at posting my review, but I wrote up the review some time ago.

Aroma is intensely of sweet almonds, like marzipan candy, but flavor is sour, and there is considerable astringency.

I tasted the almond most of all, and d...

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Green Tea Chai from Salada

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

60 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jan. 4th, 2014

A sample from the Philadelphia Coffee and Tea Festival. Thank you, Salada, for providing me with many samples. This one surprised me; I don't think of Salada as a brand that I normally like, but I always approach teas with an open mind, and I'm glad I did because I really liked this tea.

Brews a cup, dark in color...

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Lemon Twist from Twinings

Style: Lemon Black Tea – Region: ?????

40 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 2/5
Jan. 2nd, 2014

Thanks to E. Alex Gerster for this sample. It was not my cup of tea but was interesting to try!

This tea smells lemony, but not intensely so. The lemon is a bit artificial smelling, more suggestive of lemon lifesavers or other lemon candy than natural lemon-scented herbs or actual lemon fruit. There is a hint of ...

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Earl Grey Black Tea from Stash Tea

Style: Earl Grey Tea – Region: ?????

63 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jan. 1st, 2014

A mild Earl Grey that was sweet in flavor, perfumey in aroma, but overly astringent.

Tea bag smells more lemony / citrusy than most Earl grey, with a hint of spice.

Brews up a surprisingly aromatic cup for a tea bag, with a perfumey smell that suggests sweetness. Rich and full-bodied, somewhat astringent, but no...

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Brown Rice Tea from Dynasty

Style: Genmaicha – Region: ?????

73 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Dec. 18th, 2013

I used to drink this brand a long time ago, and I liked it quite a lot. I recently had the opportunity to sample a tea bag of this particular tea again. It's just how I remember it--and very enjoyable.

Teabag has a strong aroma of toasted rice, suggestive of popcorn. Brews a light greenish-brown cup that is very ...

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Peach Oolong from Infuze

Style: Flavored Oolong – Region: Blend

63 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Dec. 16th, 2013

I was curious to try this one; I have been impressed with Infuze's other teas. I tend not to like flavored teas, but I think that oolongs, especially darker ones, often have a natural fruity aroma that blends well with flavorings of stone fruit like peach or apricot.

The dry leaf has an intense peachy aroma, almost...

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Masala Chai from Bare Tea

Style: Chai / Spiced Tea – Region: India

67 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Dec. 9th, 2013

A sample from the Philadelphia Coffee and Tea Festival. After being impressid with this company's English Breakfast, I was eager to try this one. It's enjoyable, but nothing like what I expected. I've tried this several times and can't shake the impression that it tastes and smells strongly of apples, particularly, ...

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Green Moroccan Mint Tea from Choice Organic Teas

Style: Green Tea with Mint – Region: Blend

43 / 100 Aroma: 3/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5
Nov. 22nd, 2013

I sampled this from a friend's house, a very fresh box that we newly opened, and I disliked it, so I know the issue was the quality of the tea rather than freshness.

This is a rather innocuous, although boring tea. The flavor is pleasant but the aroma is weak and muddled. Brews a clear light yellow color.

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Almond Chai from Twinings

Style: Flavored Black Tea – Region: Blend

37 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 1/5
Nov. 18th, 2013

I strongly disliked this one, which is perhaps to be expected, as I dislike Twinings regular chai, although I thought this one was much worse. The nut aroma seemed artificial, the base tea was weak and uninteresting, and I didn't like the choice or blend of spices.

The aroma seems very artificial, and somewhat unpl...

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Chai Classic (Formerly Organic Tazo Chai) from Tazo Tea

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

60 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Oct. 18th, 2013

A pleasant and drinkable, but somewhat uninteresting spiced tea or masala chai in a tea bag.

Brews a rich reddish brown color. Bold but clean flavor...moderately bitter and not very astringent.

I definitely notice clove as the dominant aroma. There's not much cinnamon, and I like that, as many commercial chai b...

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Decaffeinated Chai from Twinings

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

53 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 3/5
Oct. 11th, 2013

This one sort-of works--as the spices make it matter a lot less that the base tea is as bland as it is.

I tried this out of curiosity, open to the possibility that I might pour it out without drinking (as I have with some decaf teas). I was pleasantly surprised, which in retrospect, makes considerable sense, since ...

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Orange Spiced Chai (Harvest Orange Spice) from Octavia Tea

Style: Flavored Black Tea – Region: Blend

73 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 3rd, 2013

I thought this was a very balanced, complex rendition of an orange spice tea. The orange flavor is subdued, always noticeable but never overwhelming; there are a lot of spices and overall, the character of this blend is more like a masala chai or spiced tea than a typical "orange spice" tea.

None of the spices are ...

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Blueberry Brilliance (Blueberry Green Tea) from Ahmad Tea

Style: Fruit Green Tea – Region: Blend

53 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Sep. 27th, 2013

This is not the sort of tea I would normally enjoy, but given how much I love Ahmad tea, I was really curious and had to try it, and was surprised that I like it a lot more than similar berry-flavored green teas.

It really does smell like blueberries, which I actually didn't like. I love blueberries but I don't par...

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Organic Ryokucha Green Tea from Samovar Tea Lounge

Style: Genmaicha – Region: Japan

73 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5
Sep. 26th, 2013

Dry leaf has a potent, cereal-like aroma.

First infusion brews a hazy, pale golden cup...it almost looks like there's a tiny bit of iridescent dust on top of the tea's surface.

Flavor is mild but delightful...sweet, crisp, and with a hint of a fruitiness that I can only describe as reminiscent of cola. It sort o...

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Ceylon Green Tea with Real Ginger from Dilmah

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

53 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Sep. 6th, 2013

Brews a hazy yellow-green color. A lot of fine, granular particles sink to the bottom of the cup.

This tastes mostly like a low-grade green tea...the ginger is weak. Nearly all tea-herb blends and herbal teas containing ginger in their name, which I've tried, have been stronger than this. The ginger is noticeable...

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Genmai Cha from Adagio Teas

Style: Genmaicha – Region: Japan

67 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5
Aug. 30th, 2013

This was a very good genmaicha; the base is a dark, wiry green tea, seems like a sencha. Interestingly, I tried it fairly soon after Octavia's genmaicha, which is my current favorite; the two teas are like night and day. This one brews up a very clear, golden-colored cup. Octavia's is much pricier and I think has a ...

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Blueberry Green from Octavia Tea

Style: Fruit Green Tea – Region: Blend

47 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 2/5
Aug. 21st, 2013

Warning: this flavored tea is noticeably sweetened with Stevia.

Served in Velvet Sky Bakery in Jenkintown. This tea was completely unlike what I was expecting it to be like! In some ways I liked it better than I expected but in other ways I disliked it.

It brews up a deep purple color with a slight grayish ting...

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Chocolate Peppermint from Tea Horse

Style: Flavored Black Tea – Region: Blend

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Aug. 9th, 2013

A subdued blend that I found very pleasing.

The cup has a light aroma which strongly reminds me of the inside of the old Wilbur chocolate factory in Lititz PA, with the smell of chocolate and peppermint. The peppermint has a slightly creamy quality to it.

Upon sipping, the flavor is pleasant...there's a slight m...

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Guangxi Osmanthus from Tea Horse

Style: Osmanthus Tea – Region: Guangxi, China

63 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Aug. 8th, 2013

Dry leaf has a strange aroma, a little perfumey. Upon brewing though, I like the aroma much more. I also find that it tastes even better once it has cooled to room temperature.

This is my first osmanthus-scented green tea; I've had osmanthus-scented oolong tea before, and it's among my favorite teas. I find that ...

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Chocolate Chai from Octavia Tea

Style: Flavored Black Tea – Region: Blend

63 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5
Jul. 24th, 2013

Served in Velvet Sky, Jenkintown.

This blend smells very chocolatey, but upon sipping it the dominant aroma is cinnamon. I wasn't crazy about the Spiced Chai Mate from Octavia for the same reason: too much cinnamon, and I feel the same way about this blend: it would otherwise be very good, but has too much cinnamon...

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French Breakfast from Octavia Tea

Style: Flavored Black Tea – Region: Blend

57 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5
Jul. 3rd, 2013

Served at Velvet Sky Bakery in Jenkintown.

This is called French Breakfast but it conjures up more of a Russian image to me, especially the combination of rose with other flavorings, against the background of a strong black tea.

I was expecting this to be stronger than some of Octavia's other teas, which tend to ...

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Emperor's Genmaicha from Octavia Tea

Style: Genmaicha – Region: Japan

80 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 2/5
Jun. 26th, 2013

Most genmaicha is more or less similar and I often find it hard to judge them. This was not true of this tea--it was completely different, and quickly became my favorite example of this style of tea.

Without a doubt the most aromatic genmaicha that I've ever tried. The base tea has a stronger presence, and more di...

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Organic Jasmine Pearls Green Tea from Wegmans

Style: Jasmine Pearls – Region: China

40 / 100 Aroma: 3/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5
Jun. 24th, 2013

Like the other Wegmans jasmine teas, I found the dry leaf to have a cloying, bubble gum like sweetness.

Unfortunately, I found this aroma persisted into the brewed cup more than I'd like. Something about it screams artificial. I don't know if this tea is naturally scented but it's one of the less natural Jasmine v...

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Spiced Pear from Davidsons Tea

Style: Flavored Black Tea – Region: Blend

63 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Jun. 14th, 2013

I sampled this tea courtesy of the Church of the Holy City in Wilmington, Delaware.

It was interesting, and very different from anything else of the sort. Just a basic paper tea bag, but it was fresh, full-bodied, flavorful, and aromatic.

The clove is enough to impart a richness, but not enough to give that shar...

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