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Jasmine Tea (16 ct.) from Yamamotoyama

Style: Jasmine Tea – Region: China

56 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Jan. 7th, 2018

I've only tried and reviewed a few jasmine greens so far, but Yamamotoyama's is the first whose jasmine aroma (dry bag and wet cup) clearly stood as vastly stronger than the flavor. The jasmine taste was detectable, no mistaking it, but couldn't deliver on the promise made by the smell. The aroma took me back to warm...

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Pineapple Waikiki Black Tea from Hawaiian Islands Tea Company

Style: Fruit Black Tea – Region: Blend

64 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 3/5
Jan. 7th, 2018

Being a fan of pineapple as a taste, and seeing that this offering was reasonably inexpensive (for Hawaii anyway) at the Wal Mart in Kona, I figured to give it a try. While not bad, each step of the process disappointed me a bit more, leaving an impression less favorable than the potential.

Each tea bag in a standa...

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Herbal Green from Murchie's Tea & Coffee Ltd

Style: Flavored Green Tea – Region: Blend

68 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Dec. 3rd, 2017

I haven't had a bad offering from Murchie's yet, and this one isn't either. Of the herbs used to flavor the Chinese green tea (lemongrass, ginger, peppermint, fennel, and lemon peel), I can taste the fennel and lemongrass best, and the peppermint least. Since peppermint tends to be a potent, dominating kind of herb, ...

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Black Currant from Murchie's Tea & Coffee Ltd

Style: Flavored Black Tea – Region: Blend

85 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Nov. 8th, 2017

Three times since 2003, I have marveled at the smell of the loose-leaf black currant tea samples in Murchie's Victoria store. Zero times I've come back with any. Don't ask; I don't know why. Guess it just fell out of the line behind other teas that ended up stuffing our luggage.

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Golden Chai™ - Spiced Assam Black Tea from Numi Organic Tea

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

49 / 100 Aroma: 3/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Nov. 3rd, 2017

This was among the least-appealing chai teas I've had so far—decent-tasting with some effort, but also, having an important turn-off and separate weakness that preclude a better rating.

The dry-bag and poured cup smelled dutifully spicy, but also somewhat urinary. That caught me off guard, and probably isn't the ...

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Toasted Rice Green - Gen Mai Cha from Numi Organic Tea

Style: Genmaicha – Region: ?????

34 / 100 Aroma: 1/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 3/5
Oct. 14th, 2017

Toasted rice is a substance I enjoy in some contexts (in a breakfast-cereal blend, a topping on ice cream, or embedded in fudge and soft-chocolate candy), but I had no idea what to make of the combination of it with tea. Now I do...not a big fan.

The poured scent was practically nonexistent, as the tea's color ch...

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Aged Earl Grey™ - Bergamot Black from Numi Organic Tea

Style: Earl Grey Tea – Region: Assam, India

75 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Oct. 5th, 2017

This was one of the atypical flavored teas I've had with a scent (both dry-bag and in-cup) noticeably bigger than the taste. I'm having trouble rating this tea because it depends on what you're seeking. Aroma? Strong, fruity, potent, almost mouth-watering. Looks and taste? The base tea is very rich and flavorful, ...

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Earl Grey Decaffeinated from Twinings

Style: Earl Grey Tea – Region: ?????

37 / 100 Aroma: 2/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Sep. 30th, 2017

As of this writing, the Cracker Barrel restaurant chain has started offering this tea as their mainstay Earl Grey for service, without telling the customer up front that it is decaffeinated. My wife ordered hot tea, expecting the usual (if tolerable) Lipton rubbish, and got this rubbish instead.

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White Rose - Velvet Garden™ from Numi Organic Tea

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

26 / 100 Aroma: 3/10 Flavor: 1/5 Value: 2/5
Sep. 25th, 2017

This is a profoundly weird drink, not only because its effluent of rose petals and white tea color-morphs like a chameleon from steel gray to gray-green to brown while steeping.

Velvet Garden or Velvet Elvis? The brew smells faintly like burning incense that used to waft out of a hippie neighbor's 3-room backhous...

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Green Tea with Peach from Bigelow Tea

Style: Fruit Green Tea – Region: ?????

70 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Sep. 25th, 2017

Bigelow's peach-flavored green tea pleasantly surprised me. I had rated their "Perfect Peach" herbal blend slightly lower, primarily because of the artificial flavoring that partly tastes that way.

The quality of the green tea seems good, and brews up a rich, deep amber in-cup. Some finely powdered sediment even fe...

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Jasmine Green (Formerly Monkey King) from Numi Organic Tea

Style: Jasmine Tea – Region: Hunan, China

54 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5
Sep. 24th, 2017

My bag of Numi's Jasmine Green came in an assortment box that was priced unusually high (almost 6 bucks at Wal Mart!). The box only contains 16 bags, which leaves the consumer feeling rather taken advantage of, especially at such a cost. Nevertheless, it's a fair and true counterargument if you holler at me, "Look, b...

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Organic Merry Mint Green Tea (Teabags) from Stash Tea

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

51 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Sep. 22nd, 2017

Mellow and smooth, but too weak for my taste, this tea will appeal much more to those who enjoy straight, unadulterated spearmint as a tea flavoring. If not for the caffeine, this would make a relaxing bedtime blend. Spearmint is the overwhelmingly dominant flavor and smell, with hardly a hint of the green tea whose ...

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Zen Filterbags from Tazo Tea

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

40 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5
Jul. 9th, 2017

A couple of bags of this product wandered into my fingers, then into my suitcase (of their own free will—don't you believe me?) from a conference hotel's catered-breakfast table. It would have taken at least two more to yield a robustly flavored cup. The taste was best described as pleasant but distant, akin to the...

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English Tea No. 1 from Ahmad Tea

Style: Earl Grey Tea – Region: Blend

74 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jun. 24th, 2017

This bagged tea didn't earn quite as high of a rating as Ahmad's loose-leaf version of English Afternoon, but it was very good. Oodles of bags of this turned up in my pantry in an unmarked tin (my wife likes it, apparently), so I figured to give it a try.

I could taste the bergamot a bit -- not as much as with th...

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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 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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Chocolate Mint Black Tea from Trader Joe's

Style: Flavored Black Tea – Region: Blend

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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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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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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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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Earl Grey -- Kericho Highlands Estate from Numi Organic Tea

Style: Earl Grey Tea – Region: Kenya

70 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Dec. 13th, 2016

Wow, if the name of this tea were any longer, it would need to be hauled in on a freight train. Fortunately the flavor still is there by the time one is finished reciting its name. :-)

This for now is a food-service tea, apparently different than Numi's "Aged Earl Grey" (which I have not tasted yet), and offered...

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Earl Grey Cream Tea Bags from Murchie's Tea & Coffee Ltd

Style: Earl Grey Cream – Region: Blend

80 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Dec. 8th, 2016

Looking at the teabag boxes in-store, I wasn't sure if this would be a worthy purchase or not. I never had tried vanilla-flavored EG black tea before. With a combination of:
1) The really sweet, pleasant smell of the loose-leaf sampler as I crushed some between fingers and
2) The favorable Canadian/U.S. dollar e...

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Peach Black Tea from Stash Tea

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

63 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Nov. 28th, 2016

I finally tried a couple bags of this preparation after having had some great iced tea made partially therewith (more below). The black tea is rich and smooth, as has been my experience with other Stash bags.

My main complaint about this tea is that the peach part of the flavor is not really good or bad, just "th...

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Jasmine Green Tea from Bigelow Tea

Style: Jasmine Tea – Region: ?????

60 / 100 Aroma: 3/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Nov. 17th, 2016

Remarkably for its rather weak aroma, the flavor of the tea is reasonably robust after several minutes of steeping. I found this tea offered in the daily coffee-break session of a professional conference, and liked it. Not many others did, so there were plenty of leftover bags to grab and bring home. :-) I agree wi...

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Blueberry Green from Murchie's Tea & Coffee Ltd

Style: Flavored Green Tea – Region: Japan

77 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 27th, 2016

Upon seeing this new tea for sale in the Victoria Murchie's store, there was no question I would get it and like it. Murchie's consistently delivers good to great tea, and blueberry is one of my favorite flavors; therefore, I bought a 50-bag box straight up.

The risk was rewarded. The green tea shines through an...

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