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Orange & Cinnamon Spice from Twinings

Style: Herbal Tea – Region: Blend

30 / 100 Aroma: 2/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 1/5
Jun. 29th, 2013

This tea has a strong aroma of orange, but the aroma seems artificial...a little like orange-flavored popsickles, orange starburst, Sunny D, or any number of artificial orange-flavored things.

I found this tea also left a tingly sensation on my palate...similar to blends including clove. I didn't taste much clove i...

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Verbena from Ronnefeldt

Style: Lemon Verbena – Region: ?????

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

I love lemon verbena...this was pleasant, but pales in comparison to the whole-leaf herb or even broken-leaf variants.

Moderately lemony, light-bodied for lemon verbena. Flavor mild, pleasing. Dusty finish.

Not as smooth as the whole-leaf herb I've brewed, but not as astringent as some finely-broken herbs that ...

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Bulk Lemon Balm, Cut & Sifted, Organic from Frontier

Style: Lemon Balm – Region: United States of America

70 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
May. 25th, 2013

I'm used to drinking iced herbal tea brewed from fresh lemon balm, or from my own dried batches of the herb, which I dry in whole-leaf form. This herb was pretty finely broken, and had a pretty different flavor and aroma.

The aroma is only very mildly lemony, much less so than my own batches of the herb, but it's v...

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Calm Chamomile Full Leaf from Tazo Tea

Style: Chamomile Blend – Region: Blend

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
May. 22nd, 2013

Before Tazo switched to what they call whole leaf sachets, this was one of my favorite of their blends. It remains so, and I definitely think it is improved, although not as much as some of them.

Like the original tea bag, I find this has just the right amount of chamomile for me--enough that I notice it but not en...

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Pomegranate & Raspberry from Twinings

Style: Fruit (Herbal) Tea – Region: Blend

53 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Apr. 26th, 2013

I enjoyed this blend much more than I thought I would, and much more than typical for a fruity herbal blend in a tea bag. It's very light and pleasant.

Brews a cup with a pale pink color and a very fruity aroma that I find cloying.

In spite of the off-putting aroma, the flavor is much more subdued and pleasant, ...

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Nightly Calm (Bedtime Blend) from Twinings

Style: Herbal Tea – Region: Blend

47 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Apr. 19th, 2013

This tastes a lot like a knock-off of Celestial Seasonings Sleepytime. I love the combination of spearmint and chamomile. It's very good...but I don't like the fact that it's so unoriginal.

The dominant aroma is of spearmint and chamomile...I don't notice either of the lemony herbs very much.

I think Twinings g...

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Tangerine Ginger from Rishi Tea

Style: Herbal Tea – Region: Blend

53 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Apr. 15th, 2013

Very gingery, especially in the finish. Sour, and suggesting of sweetness but without actually being sweet. Oddly similar to fruit juice.

I found this blend interesting to try, but it was not the sort of thing I would like to drink on a regular basis because it was too sour for me. It is quite complex, however, b...

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Love from Pukka

Style: Herbal Tea – Region: Blend

73 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Mar. 15th, 2013

Although chamomile is the dominant and defining herb in this blend, I like it much more than straight chamomile tea.

Brews a rich golden color. Aroma is highly floral, but not in a fleeting or cloying way. Reminiscent more of flowers in a meadow on a dry summer day, and quite different from the intoxicating fragra...

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Zingiber Ginger Coconut Rooibos Tea from Teavana

Style: Flavored Rooibos – Region: Blend

53 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5
Mar. 12th, 2013

I'm normally not a fan of coconut-flavored teas, but the coconut in this blend is very subdued, and the dominant tones are rooibos and spice.

I notice that the ingredient list contains both sugar and artificial flavoring, both of which I'm not a huge fan of, but this blend is barely sweet, and it did not have much o...

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Rooibos Chai (Formerly Ruby Chai) from Numi Organic Tea

Style: Rooibos Chai / Spiced Rooibos – Region: Blend

57 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Mar. 2nd, 2013

A good caffeine-free 'chai' which is completely dominated by clove, for better or for worse.

This tea had a rich, cloudy red color, much lighter red than most rooibos, suggesting that this blend actually does not contain a majority of rooibos.

The aroma is dominated by clove, and nutmeg, allspice, and cinnamon ar...

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Sunset in Seattle from Market Spice

Style: Herbal Tea – Region: Blend

53 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Feb. 12th, 2013

This herbal blend had a strong aroma suggestive of a burned candle, like the smell of smoke that comes off a candle after blowing it out. The aroma is woody and bark-like, and the vanilla and anise are both strongly evident.

I am really not sure how I feel about this one. It was odd. Not bad, but certainly not wh...

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Berry Rooibos from Epi Tea

Style: Fruit Rooibos – Region: ?????

60 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5
Jan. 3rd, 2013

A pleasant, creamy and smooth berry-flavored herbal blend.

I thought this was a very balanced blend, but it was on the weak side. I think Epi Tea could get away with using about twice as much leaf.

Thankfully, this wasn't too sour. A lot of berry blends that go heavy on the hibiscus taste too sour to me. This ...

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Foxtrot from Adagio Teas

Style: Chamomile Blend – Region: Blend

67 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Dec. 21st, 2012

This was a rather novel herbal blend, different from anything else I've tried.

The aroma is predominately chamomile. I can't notice the rooibos at all in the aroma, although it seems to impart a reddish color to the brew. The peppermint is definitely noticeable, but seems more to impart a creamy quality than the t...

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Chopra Center Organic Ginger from Harney and Sons

Style: Herbal Tea – Region: Blend

67 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5
Dec. 20th, 2012

This is a lemon-ginger blend that is stronger on the ginger than the lemon, and with a dash of pepper. The ginger is almost fiery but somehow soothing; I like it very much. Flavor is somewhat tangy.

I thought this was a very high-quality blend, but according to the Harney and Sons website, it seems to only be avai...

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Peppermint from Adagio Teas

Style: Peppermint Tea – Region: ?????

63 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Nov. 25th, 2012

This was among the highest-quality of the commercial pure peppermint herbal teas that I've sampled, from a tea company. Quality-wise, it is about on par with Two Leaves and a Bud's, but the price point is markedly lower. It still pales in comparison with the stuff I've grown in my own garden.

Aroma is strongly pep...

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Blueberry Rooibos from Rishi Tea

Style: Fruit Rooibos – Region: Blend

60 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Nov. 19th, 2012

Dry leaf has an intensely fruity aroma; aroma of the brewed cup is a bit more subdued. Flavor is moderately sour and slightly sweet, a little suggestive of unsweetened cranberry juice, and faintly suggestive of spiced cider.

I tend not to like predominately fruity blends like this, and I found this quite drinkable ...

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Peppermint Rooibos from Rishi Tea

Style: Flavored Rooibos – Region: Blend

73 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Nov. 5th, 2012

This blend is called "peppermint rooibos", but it contains a significant amount of bergamot oil, which imparts a noticeable Earl-Greyish quality to it.

The peppermint is creamy, suggesting vanilla or peppermint chocolate.

Warming quality overall, which is unusual given how peppermint usually makes a blend very fr...

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Rooibos Vanilla (Vanilla Rooibos) from Adagio Teas

Style: Flavored Rooibos – Region: ?????

60 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 30th, 2012

I normally like straight rooibos and am less into flavored rooibos, but I think Rooibos and Vanilla blend very well.

This particular blend has a pleasing oatmeal-like quality. Rich and creamy. Full-bodied.

I drank it straight but I can imagine this would be good with milk or cream as well.

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Turmeric Lemon from Rishi Tea

Style: Herbal Tea – Region: Blend

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
Oct. 15th, 2012

Very pleasing!

This blend was a lot like a lemon-ginger blend with added depth from the turmeric. I liked it much better than any straight lemon-ginger herbal blend, though. I find this blend had just the right amount of each ingredient.

The flavor is tangy but without being overly sour. Mouthfeel is peppery, ...

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Blood Orange Rooibos from Epi Tea

Style: Fruit Rooibos – Region: Blend

60 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5
Aug. 2nd, 2012

Blood Oranges are one of my two favorite fruits, and I was looking forward to this rooibos. Unfortunately, I don't really notice the distinction between this and a regular orange-flavored rooibos; the blood orange may be more a reference to the deep, blood-like color of the rooibos than to the flavoring.

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Hibiscus Flowers, Cut & Sifted, Organic from Frontier

Style: Hibiscus Tea – Region: ?????

63 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Jul. 18th, 2012

I tend to not like hibiscus tea hot, but I do enjoy it as an iced drink on very hot days. To this end I like to brew it very weakly. It can be quite refreshing, if you want a fruit-like drink that does not contain any sugar or sweetness.

I thought this particular batch was quite good, and very reasonably priced fo...

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Peppermint Herbal Tea from Bigelow Tea

Style: Peppermint Tea – Region: ?????

50 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5
Jul. 16th, 2012

I find it interesting that Bigelow offers both this pure peppermint herbal tea, and the mint medley blend. The mint medley is more widely available and I prefer it, because I like spearmint more than peppermint in herbal teas. Both I think are quite good.

There are aspects of this pure peppermint tea that I like b...

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Green Rooibos (Rooibos, Green Tea) from Mountain Rose Herbs

Style: Green Rooibos – Region: South Africa

92 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Jun. 25th, 2012

Upon sampling the green rooibos from Mountain Rose Herbs, this became a new favorite for me, and my new preferred source of green rooibos.

Although the dry leaf is light green in color, I found that the flavor of this was more similar to red rooibos than other green rooibos samples. Brews a light orange color.

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Rooibos Tea from Frontier

Style: Rooibos – Region: South Africa

67 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Jun. 24th, 2012

A strong, Assam-like rooibos, if that's possible. Dry leaf is pleasingly aromatic.

Aroma is rather strong, earthy, and woody, and considerably more peppery and spicy than I am used to for rooibos, less fruity. Rather heavy and thick. Not exactly bitter, but seems to have more bite than a typical rooibos. This is...

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Rose Petals from Shanti Tea

Style: Herbal Tea – Region: India

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jun. 1st, 2012

I love rose petals, both for brewing as an herbal tea on their own, and for blending with both green and black teas. Brewed on their own they produce a surprisingly strong cup with a reddish color, pleasing rose aroma, and strong flavor. The aroma is very different from most of the light, airy floral aromas, and more...

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