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Maple Tea from Metropolitan Tea Company

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

77 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Oct. 27th, 2016

I first tried some of this tea back in 2006 after seeing it in some tourist shops in Victoria, BC. [This review is posted ten years later after getting some more, also in Victoria.] The stuff is expensive; after all, retail markups are pretty steep for anything marketed as characteristically Canadian in such places. ...

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Lemon and Lime Black Tea from Basilur

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

67 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jul. 10th, 2016

Do you like smooth, non-bitter, black tea? Do you like 7Up? Drop a tablespoon of 7Up (or Diet 7Up if you prefer your tea unsweetened), into a cup of smooth black tea, and you will do a reasonable approximation of this drink.

Basilur Lemon and Lime is not as strong as I'd like in flavor or aroma, but is an easygo...

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Chai (formerly Indian Spiced Chai) from Twinings

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

63 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Jun. 30th, 2016

I shall weave a story about my pathetic ignorance sure to amuse tea drinkers the world over. Twinings Chai was the tea that I sampled by taking a plastic coffeemaker-brewing container (not the K-cup, but the two-inch-wide flatter kind) that someone had left in the "FREE TAKE ONE!" area at work.

As I do with loos...

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Spiced Chai from Trader Joe's

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

87 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Apr. 14th, 2016

Caveat: I like intense, smashmouth flavors, and this tea qualifies. Everything about it is an explosion of chai spices, from the room-filling aroma of a freshly opened box of bags to the robust balance of ingredients.

The only mark against TJ's chai for me was that the flavor carried an unexpectedly noticeable b...

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Constant Comment® from Bigelow Tea

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

93 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Apr. 8th, 2016

One of my top few tea blends from any company, anywhere... every whiff and sip of this tea is a trip straight to Christmastime, all year 'round. I like strong, unambiguous teas, and the nearly perfect blend of orange, cinnamon and cloves ("sweet spice" that you can reverse engineer easily by emptying the used, dried b...

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Love Story from Basilur

Style: Flavored Green Tea – Region: Sri Lanka / Ceylon

67 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5
Apr. 8th, 2016

I'm a dude. This tea is marketed to the ladies in a blatant, pandering, almost cartoonishly patronizing way with its pinkish packaging, "book of tea" self-characterization, cursive script, and use of phrases like, "mystify your senses," "reminisce romantic, unforgettable memories", and "fantasize many more years of lo...

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Chocolate Mint from Harney and Sons

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

67 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 1/5
Apr. 8th, 2016

If chocolate can infuse beer, of all things, why not tea? Especially for those of us who sweeten tea, cocoa is a natural enhancement. Opening the tin, the rich aroma of chocolate and mint wafts skyward in delicious profusion. If only the flavor were as thick as the smell! Drinking it, I can detect the chocolate a l...

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Coconut Green Tea With Lemongrass and Ginger from Trader Joe's

Style: Flavored Green Tea – Region: Blend

83 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Feb. 15th, 2016

Even though I like the flavor of coconut -- a lot -- I admit a great deal of skepticism upon learning of the new existence of this tea. Coconut in tea? The idea struck me as one of these "Be different just to be different" deals, destined to go the way of others such as 7Up Gold or Crystal Pepsi in sodas. Maybe it is...

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Jasmine Green Tea from Twinings

Style: Jasmine Tea – Region: ?????

23 / 100 Aroma: 2/10 Flavor: 1/5 Value: 2/5
Feb. 11th, 2016

Wow, where to start...this "tea" is not, in any shape or form, worthy of a brand of such tradition and repute. A friend sold me a box he brought back from jolly ol' England, and after drinking just one bag's worth, I wanted to bust him in his jolly ol' mouth. Fortunately for him, I tried three more bags (in one cup, ...

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Jasmine Green Tea from Trader Joe's

Style: Jasmine Tea – Region: ?????

60 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Feb. 11th, 2016

Admittedly I've only tried two jasmine green teas so far--Twinings and Trader Joe's, and I thought Twinings was beyond lame. So I may be too jaded by a crappy experience with another brand. That said...

By comparison, TJ's is much more flavorful and "jasminy", but it could be far stronger still both for the base t...

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English Afternoon from Ahmad Tea

Style: Earl Grey Tea – Region: Blend

83 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 2/5
Feb. 11th, 2016

I didn't see a place on here for their loose-leaf version of this tea, but in general my impressions are the same (if more favorably numbered) than Alex Zorach's below. No tea on Earth is too strong for me, but I'll at least call this one worthy of the adjective "strong". The value ranking is the only thing holding i...

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Double Bergamot Earl Grey Tea from Stash Tea

Style: Earl Grey Tea – Region: ?????

90 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Feb. 11th, 2016

So far, this is my favorite EG, because it's less expensive than similarly robust English teas but comparable in body and richness. This tea hits you with a hearty dose of bergamot, exactly as advertised. No pretension, no fanciful attempts at backtaste or mystery...and I like it that way. It's a tea John Wayne migh...

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Earl Grey from Bigelow Tea

Style: Earl Grey Tea – Region: Blend

57 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 3/5
Feb. 11th, 2016

As Earl Greys go, this is about average. Decent, but somewhat flat. Bigelow seems to pride themselves on black-tea quality, and their other flavored teas seem to back up such sentiment.

This, however, is a tea that smells far stronger and better in its packaging than it brews out. The bergamot seems muted, unde...

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