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Ginger Peach Black Tea from Stash Tea

Style: Flavored Black Tea – Region: Blend

80 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Sep. 11th, 2014

Amazed how good this cheap ($2.99 for a box of 24 bags) bagged grocery-store tea is. Not quite as good as the Republic of Tea's version - but much less money and perfect for what I needed it for (A local PTA meeting). Stash teabags are perfect when you need to provide tea bags for a crowd and offer a decent quality b...

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Blackberry Mojito Green Tea from Teavana

Style: Flavored Green Tea – Region: Blend

73 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5
Jul. 9th, 2014

I love this tea - fruity (berry notes) and a hint of mint. Excellent iced - no need to sweeten - but I sometimes add a bit of splenda. A terrific summer treat. So popular now that Starbucks makes a "clone" using sugary syrups. I like to brew it myself at home from the Teavana store (pricey stuff). Even my kid will...

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Pomegranate Oolong from Harney and Sons

Style: Flavored Oolong – Region: ?????

70 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5
Mar. 23rd, 2014

I got this in a "Silky Sachet" in an upscale restaurant. It has a very strong red-berry/pomegranate aroma which fades upon steeping. I liked this one - surprisingly - and I did add 1 packet of Splenda to it.

Also would be good iced, I imagine.

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Mango Ceylon from Republic of Tea

Style: Fruit Black Tea – Region: Blend

60 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5
Feb. 26th, 2014

I like the convenience of RoT's round brown tea bags - and Mango Ceylon is a fruity, good-tasting choice - but I much prefer the ginger peach. Makes a good iced tea.

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Green Tea Tulsi Tea from Organic India

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

50 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Jan. 30th, 2014

Eh. Meh. Maybe I am just not a Tulsi (Holy Basil) girl. I love it in Curries. I love it on chicken - but maybe not as a morning cuppa. Meanwhile It tastes OK - not great and not awful, I think I will need to try a few more tulsi teas before I make a final determination - but at first sip - I'm not lovin' it.

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Mango Maui Black Tea from Hawaiian Islands Tea Company

Style: Fruit Black Tea – Region: Blend

53 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 3/5
Jan. 28th, 2014

Smells great - a strong fruity Mango/Tropical scent but doesn't taste nearly as good as it sounds/smells. In fact - if yuou sweeten it it is cloying and "fakey-mango".

I got this for free from my mother-in-law who visited Hawaii. I don;t think I'd go out of my way to seek this brand out, nor purchase it.

Too bad...

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English Afternoon from Ahmad Tea

Style: Earl Grey Tea – Region: Blend

57 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Jan. 28th, 2014

I am not a fan or Earl Grey - and I could not tell by the tea-bag packet (sachet) that this would have an orangey-citursy-bergamotlike twang to it. As a result, I like the other Ahmads I have tried better (English Breakfast).

Decent - but not a fave.

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Orange Dulce from Mighty Leaf Tea

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

33 / 100 Aroma: 3/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 2/5
Jan. 13th, 2014

I loathe Orange & Spice-type teas. The aversion goes back to Celestial Seasonings that I was forced to drink as a child. So, when a local restaurant, gave me a bag of this when I had asked for Jasmine (He said they had "Orange Jasmine" - and Mighty Leaf does make an Orange Jasmine but this is not it.), I drank it - aga...

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Plantation Mint® Black Tea from Bigelow Tea

Style: Black Tea with Mint – Region: ?????

40 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 3/5
Dec. 3rd, 2013

I loathe mint tea and this one is no exception. Reminds me of a mild mouth rinse in tea form. Grossness.

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Pineapple Waikiki Black Tea from Hawaiian Islands Tea Company

Style: Fruit Black Tea – Region: Blend

57 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 3/5
Dec. 3rd, 2013

Smells great - but had an unpleasant bitter aftertaste - even moreso than other mid-grade bagged black teas that i have tried. Meanwhile, the pineapple scent was delightful - too bad ot does not taste as good as it smells. Steeps quickly and brews-up dark!

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Blackcurrant Breeze (formerly Blackcurrant) from Twinings

Style: Fruit Black Tea – Region: Blend

80 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Aug. 28th, 2013

Very inexpensive for the convenient bag format - and smells fruity and crisp. Wonderful - no milk!!! Not alot of sweeterner either - I can drink this one hot or iced. Easy!

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Decaf Vanilla Nut Creme Black Tea from Stash Tea

Style: Flavored Black Tea – Region: Blend

53 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 3/5
Jul. 23rd, 2013

Not a fave - the sweet vanilla and almost-coffee like nutty notes just don;t seem like "real tea" to me. This one you have to drink hot - it's not a good flavor for iced - not refreshing but it is comforting in a sweet-artificial-vallinin sort of a way. Tea trying to be a coffee? Doesn't work for me.

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Pomegranate Green Tea from Republic of Tea

Style: Fruit Green Tea – Region: Blend

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jul. 18th, 2013

I really enjoyed this over ice at a local coffee place. It was a very hot July day and I needed some iced tea. Not alot of sweetening required as there is a natural fruity-sweetness to the pomegranate. Lovely.

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Passionfruit from Adagio Teas

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

70 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Jul. 3rd, 2013

Now I am thoroughly confused, as I thought this was a Shanti tea - but was informed that the Shanti Pasionfruit Black has been d/c'ed. Meanwhile...

I usually don't care for passionfruit - but I had a Delicious Iced Passionfruit Black tea - and man, was it good. Granted, it was the middle or summer - so this was a ...

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Passionfruit Black from Shanti Tea

Style: Fruit Black Tea – Region: India

70 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Jul. 3rd, 2013

I usually don't care for passionfruit - but I had a Shanti Iced Passionfruit Black tea - and man, was it good. Granted, it was the middle or summer - so this was a fruity, refreshing sip.
I don't think this tea is discontinued - as I just had it.

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Green Tea with Citrus from Lipton Tea

Style: Green Tea with Lemon – Region: Blend

53 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Jun. 7th, 2013

There are many, many bagged green teas that are far better than this one - but for Lipton - this is not bad. A bit lemon-pledgey in it's scent - tastes ok. Not bad and not great. Just OK.

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Honey Green Tea from Lipton Tea

Style: Flavored Green Tea – Region: Blend

23 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 1/5 Value: 1/5
May. 29th, 2013

Sorry, Lipton - but this fakey-honeyish pseudo green bagged tea is not good. Yikes. I had this (free) at a hospitality station where there were a few kinds of teas to choose from (all Lipton) and this seemed OK at the time. Bad call.

I tried it hot and doctored it up with a touch of splenda - but I would never ...

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Jasmine Pearl from ITO EN

Style: Jasmine Pearls – Region: Fujian, China

73 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
May. 29th, 2013

If you can find this (loose only - pearled by hand - and gorgeous to watch steep) try it! I used to get this from the NYC Ito En flagship store years back. I miss it. Subtle floral jamine notes and a pale yello/green steep after several minutes (be patient). Great hot and OK iced. (I prefer this one hot with a lit...

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Vanilla Creme Black Tea from Stash Tea

Style: Vanilla Black Tea – Region: Blend

67 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
May. 29th, 2013

This was a strange combination of vanilla, bitter black tea (bitter in a good way, I think.) and almost a nutty or almondish taste. I got a sample bag of this from a friend and it does take only 2-3 minutes to steep and comes out rather dark. I did not add sweetener. Not bad. Maybe as a dessert tea - or on Christm...

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Zen Filterbags from Tazo Tea

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

73 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
May. 24th, 2013

Tazo is carried in Starbucks and is very available and moderately priced. Zen has a green tea base with notes of mint and cintrus. Very good over ice. A solid pick for every-day green tea. I actually prefer this to the China Green Tips (the plain green Tazo that Starbucks carries). Both are good in a pinc (airport,...

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Earl Grey from Twinings

Style: Earl Grey Tea – Region: ?????

53 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 3/5
May. 22nd, 2013

I can't stand Earl Grey - and yet I have tried many of them. Sometimes I try when I am at a convention or hotel or in an office or deli that carries Twinings. In this case they were all out of the other kids of teas and it was this or coffee - so I gave it a go (hot with a bit of splenda). Not as good as some I've t...

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Earl Grey Black Tea from Stash Tea

Style: Earl Grey Tea – Region: ?????

53 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 3/5
May. 22nd, 2013

I hate Earl Grey - and this one, in particular, is loaded with a bitter bergamot flavor. It's just not my bag, baby!

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Smoked Maple from Shanti Tea

Style: Flavored Oolong – Region: China

90 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
May. 22nd, 2013

This is a preliminary rating based on the smell alone - I just got a sample of this loose-leaf tea and can't wait to brew some up. I bet it'd be great in the winter as you can smell a sweet maple scent and as Sylvia mentioned a faint whisper of smoky wood. It looks appealing visually as well. I will update this revi...

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Blackberry Sage Decaf from Republic of Tea

Style: Flavored Black Tea – Region: Blend

70 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
May. 21st, 2013

For a decaf version this is great! Very sagey - a bit moreso than the standard version with fruity berry notes. A great tea hot or over ice.

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Dragon Pearl Jasmine from Harney and Sons

Style: Jasmine Pearls – Region: Fujian, China

87 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
May. 16th, 2013

Delicious but expensive. Smells so great in the tin. Floral notes (Duh - it's a jasmine!) and a a pale-greenish brew brew upon a short steep. Do not over-steep this one.
I enjoy watching the little balls unfurl as the water hits them. I have never tried this on ice - but I imagine it'd be good. Oh, I love Jasmin...

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