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Christmas Tea from Twinings

Style: Chai / Spiced Tea – Region: Blend

49 / 100 Aroma: 2/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Nov. 3rd, 2018

If this were all Christmastime had to offer, I'd say, fast-forward to the new year. Fortunately, it's not. "Christmas Tea" is one of the better Twinings black teas I've tried, but...
1. That's not saying much, and
2. It's a very poor approximation of Bigelow's much richer, more-flavorful Constant Comment blend. ...

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Earl Grey from Allegro

Style: Earl Grey Tea – Region: Blend

54 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Nov. 2nd, 2018

When you have lemons, make lemonade? That seems to have happened here. While not overpowering, the distinct aroma of lemon wafted rather aggressively out of the pouch when I tore it open, and that scent stayed in the dry bag strongly until pouring the hot water through it. The in-cup smell was more balanced, but the...

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Tropical Pineapple Green Tea from Dazbog Coffee

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

70 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 31st, 2018

So there I was in the tea section of a grocery store in western Colorado, realizing I had forgotten to bring enough green tea along on vacation, looking for some. The bright red, cylindrical tin with the black lid and white star caught my attention, as did the unusual brand name and flavor: pineapple, one I enjoy. T...

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Chai Classic (Formerly Organic Tazo Chai) from Tazo Tea

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

74 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Oct. 30th, 2018

Bags of this tea came from a conference's coffee-break session, alongside a bunch of other Tazo and Bigelow teas that I mostly have tried already. Somehow, despite liking chai a lot, I hadn't had this one yet. It's a keeper—not the best chai I've chugged, but very satisfying, robust, and sharp. My wife likes to pa...

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Pomegranate Green from Allegro

Style: Fruit Green Tea – Region: Blend

69 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 28th, 2018

This is a very well-balanced rendition of berry-flavored green tea, an enjoyable sip or chug. As I've found with many bagged green teas, the dry-bag aroma was weak, but in-cup, the smell became more full and representative of the taste, while the deeply breathed wet-bag aroma was richest of all sensations (including ...

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Earl Grey from Urban Teahouse

Style: Earl Grey Tea – Region: Blend

84 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 14th, 2018

Admittedly I haven't been up to the Urban Teahouse location in OKC as of this writing, but drinking this at a Norman breakfast restaurant, and getting a sample to take home and chug, makes me want to pay a dangerous visit next time I'm up in that part of "The Big Town". Why dangerous? Because of what that visit woul...

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Mango Green from Murchie's Tea & Coffee Ltd

Style: Flavored Green Tea – Region: Blend

77 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Sep. 25th, 2018

If you like both mango and green tea, you can't go wrong here. From my time in South Florida, eating mangoes fresh off co-workers' trees, it has been one of my favorite fruits and flavors. Murchies consistently cranks out delicious tea varieties; the other flavored green of theirs I've tried, blueberry, is a househol...

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Coconut Chai Black from Zhena's Gypsy Tea

Style: Chai / Spiced Tea – Region: Blend

92 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Sep. 6th, 2018

This is an absolutely outstanding tea, and I don't wield such platitudes frivolously. Opening the jar unleashes a powerful, creamy blast of chai aroma, which was mouth-watering for me in anticipation of the taste. Sometimes I open it just to take a whiff; this stuff would make an excellent Christmastime potpourri if ...

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Lemon Lift Black Tea from Bigelow Tea

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

62 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Jul. 30th, 2018

About 15 years ago, out by L.A., I saw a dude outside a smoothie shop dressed in yellow hat, yellow shoes and yellow tights, wearing a lemon costume. Had he asked me for a lift, I could have handed him a bag of this tea and satisfied the request.

Otherwise, the tea is not too useful. It reminded me a lot of flavor...

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Jade Citrus Mint from Teavana

Style: Flavored Green Tea – Region: Blend

64 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5
Jul. 2nd, 2018

Wow, am I ever ignorant. After rating a hundred-some-odd teas, I only just discovered by accidental click that I can rate teas on RateTea that have retired! Except...it ain't really retired anymore. This one and at least few others from Teavana have come back like that mythical phoenix. A set of 15-sachet plastic j...

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Candy Cane Green Tea from Trader Joe's

Style: Flavored Green Tea – Region: Blend

88 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
May. 13th, 2018

Straight up, this is a blatant, unapologetic and remarkably close approximation of Celestial Seasonings' Candy Cane Lane (one of my very favorite teas), right down to the decaf green tea, the rest of the ingredients list, and the square stringless flat bags housed in a gummed wax-paper pouch, within a similarly sized b...

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Mango Maui Black Tea from Hawaiian Islands Tea Company

Style: Fruit Black Tea – Region: Blend

75 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
May. 5th, 2018

How appropriate it is that I opened this box, bought in Kailua and brought to Oklahoma, on the night after a the largest Big Island quake since the 1970s, while Kilauea's East Rift fissure belches steam, acrid fumes and fountains of lava through Leilani Estates. Would Mango Maui prove as smooth and relaxing as a seabr...

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Earl Grey from Farmer Brothers

Style: Earl Grey Tea – Region: Blend

61 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Apr. 8th, 2018

Farmer Brothers apparently uses the same relatively rich base tea as for their plain black offering, which similarly brews up dark and tastes stronger than most brand-name bagged teas. As such, you can pluck a bag or three off your hotel's or conference's tea table with confidence you'll get a passable, perhaps even r...

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When Life Gives You Lemons Add Mint & Ginger from Trader Joe's

Style: Flavored Green Tea – Region: Blend

72 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Mar. 28th, 2018

Teas with ridiculously long names seem attracted to me. Whether that's an attraction of the pleasant and fortuitous variety, or more akin to flies swirling around steaming dung heaps, is another story. This blend is one of the few loose-leaf offerings I've seen at TJ's, and contains several dried ingredients that var...

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Green Tea with Pomegranate from Bigelow Tea

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

62 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Mar. 1st, 2018

Mistakenly and distracted by engaging conversation, I grabbed a couple of bags at a conference, thinking this was straight green Bigelow tea as typically served, without looking carefully at the little red strip declaring, "with pomegranate". I still didn't notice upon ripping open the wrapper, dropping bag into cup a...

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Butterscotch Blondie from Tazo Tea

Style: Flavored Black Tea – Region: Blend

63 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 1/5
Feb. 23rd, 2018

Sweet dessert-flavor teas will snatch my attention every time. This has, for both wonderful and disgraceful reasons.

The Wonderful: Tazo has a small line of enticing new black teas flavored with herbal blends so as to resemble assorted cookies and cakes. Having loved butterscotch-chip cookies as a kid, I grabbed...

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Coconut Matcha from Zhena's Gypsy Tea

Style: Flavored Green Tea – Region: Blend

70 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
Feb. 4th, 2018

Setting aside the blatant commercial appeal to hipster New Age hocus-pocus in the labeling's verbiage and art, the composition of this tea showed promise on the shelf. I like coconut a lot, and have come to tolerate matcha-infused green tea, so this looked like it was worth a try when I saw it discounted at Sprouts. ...

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Green Ginger from Tazo Tea

Style: Flavored Green Tea – Region: China

64 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Jan. 28th, 2018

Investigating the dry bag (looks and aroma), then the wet bag in-cup, I expected the ginger to have a lot more kick. Not that I thought it would treat the epiglottis as a punching bag, like Vernors soda, or the strong "Ginger Beer" I often drank in college...but this presentation did set expectations that reality coul...

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Maple Chai from Murchie's Tea & Coffee Ltd

Style: Flavored Black Tea – Region: Blend

85 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Jan. 27th, 2018

Tea-flavor blends are like marriages: a wide spectrum of compatibilities and results, from the "opposites attracted" who somehow live happily-ever-after to the seemingly alike soulmates on the road to disastrous divorce, vice versa, and every outcome in between.

In that context, leave it to a Canadian tea company...

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Organic Moroccan Mint Green Tea from Trader Joe's

Style: Green Tea with Mint – Region: Blend

64 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jan. 14th, 2018

Reading the online description, I had a hearty belt-buckle chuckle realizing that the title contains "Moroccan"...in a blend from South India (green tea), U.S. Pacific Northwest (spearmint), and region not given, but not likely Morocco (lemongrass). The product itself was comped to me by the store manager after he ov...

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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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