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Dry Desert Lime™ from Numi Organic Tea

Style: Fruit (Herbal) Tea – Region: ?????

77 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 9th, 2017

When I lived in South Florida, I got to know and love fresh key limes, and still wolf down key lime pie when it is made the right way. Lime is one of my favorite fruit flavors, and the best among citruses to me. In fact, I often add lime juice to plain black teas.

Given that background, in hauling this out of a N...

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Honeybush (Bushmen's Brew) from Numi Organic Tea

Style: Honeybush – Region: South Africa

84 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 2nd, 2017

Pulling this bag out at random from the continuing multi-chapter saga that is the Numi variety pack, I recognized the name right away from having consumed Trader Joe's rooibos+honeybush tea. The teas I've tried from the variety pack so far have been either disappointingly lame or very good. This falls into the latter...

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Sweet & Spicy Caffeine Free from Good Earth Teas

Style: Flavored Rooibos – Region: Blend

57 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Sep. 25th, 2017

A savory-looking roster of ingredients (rooibos, chicory, "natural flavor", rose hips, cinnamon, lemongrass, peppermint, chamomile, ginger root, anise seed, orange oil, orange peel) persuaded me to buy a box on sale at Wal Mart. Immediately upon extracting the bag from its wrapper, I wondered if someone had left open ...

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Rooibos Chai (Formerly Ruby Chai) from Numi Organic Tea

Style: Rooibos Chai / Spiced Rooibos – Region: Blend

86 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Sep. 24th, 2017

For some reason, I've had a hard time assigning high values to teas lately, being on a remarkable run of sampling products hovering within +/- 20 percentage points of mediocrity. Not anymore! This one's a clear winner, folks.

While not the strongest chai I've had, it's more than potent enough to offset straight ...

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Perfect Peach® Herbal Tea from Bigelow Tea

Style: Fruit (Herbal) Tea – Region: ?????

63 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Sep. 14th, 2017

I tried a peach tea that has some artificial flavoring. Here's what happened.

[Sorry, clickbait haters...couldn't resist...first, a backstory...]

For several years, my wife has used this, in combination with at least two other brands of peach tea and some black tea, to make a thoroughly delicious peachy iced tea...

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Traditional Navajo Tea from Yanabah Navajo Tea

Style: Herbal Tea – Region: United States of America

73 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Aug. 18th, 2017

Boxes of Yanabah teas, named after a Navajo matriarch beloved by the makers, appeared in the gift shop at Monument Valley for about 6 bucks (a tad on the costly side, but that is a tourist shop). Naturally I had to try something new, and bought the basic flagship variety. Greenthread is a common native forb in the ast...

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Raspberry Zinger® Herbal Tea from Celestial Seasonings

Style: Fruit (Herbal) Tea – Region: ?????

59 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Jul. 20th, 2017

Raspberry Zinger and Black Cherry Berry have the same ingredients list, but for the flavoring (obviously), and an absence of hawthorn in this offering. Yet it doesn't taste much like a simple swap of modular components. I could pull raspberry more out of the aroma and aftertaste than the direct flavor itself. Cherry...

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Peppermint Herbal Tea from Carrington Tea

Style: Peppermint Tea – Region: ?????

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Jun. 21st, 2017

I love peppermint, and this brand doesn't seem to use a detectable level of stems, non-mint material, spearmint, or other needless filler. The aroma and taste accordingly are nearly maxed for the amount of leaves used (which I always wish were more!).

Although the flavor of this tea is standard peppermint -- no ...

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Peppermint Herbal Tea from Bigelow Tea

Style: Peppermint Tea – Region: ?????

75 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jun. 13th, 2017

It's no big secret that I love peppermint, given that it pops up in my review docket almost as profusely as it does as a weed in cooler parts of the nation. As noted in one of my other reviews of a peppermint tea (Stash), it's hard, but possible, to screw up this herb as a tea.

Bigelow didn't screw this up. Thei...

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Tulsi Turmeric Ginger from Organic India

Style: Herbal Tea – Region: India

67 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Jun. 11th, 2017

Well, I do live in Oklahomi, so I doggone should try a tea called Tulsi. :-) Since I had to add this tea to the list, I'll assume it was a fairly recent addition to Organic India's product line, thereby hitching the brand to the turmeric-tea faddy wagon.

I probably should have tried a basic Tulsi tea first to le...

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Hagebutte (Rosehips) from SPAR

Style: Fruit (Herbal) Tea – Region: ?????

52 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Apr. 26th, 2017

This was my first attempt at a tea made mostly from rose hips. It brews up a deep purple/maroon color that gets dark fast, and has a mild fruity (more than rosy) aroma, both dry in-bag and wet in-cup. Fair warning: watch for structurally weak bags. Of my first 4 bags, 3 split open somewhere while I was pouring the ...

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Organic Ginger Tumeric Herbal Tea from Trader Joe's

Style: Herbal Tea – Region: ?????

39 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 1/5 Value: 3/5
Apr. 3rd, 2017

Not being a huge ginger fan, but tolerant (I slugged down and enjoyed many a can of Vernor's soda in the days of drinking sugary fizz), I figured to give this inexpensive and compelling-looking flavor blend a try. Though the title touts ginger and turmeric, there's orange peel and orange oil in this too—enough that...

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Pomegranate Delight from Teekanne

Style: Fruit (Herbal) Tea – Region: ?????

71 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Apr. 1st, 2017

Not a big fan of the pomegranate fad, I decided to try this tea anyway, given its promising-looking roster of ingredients: hibiscus, rose hips, orange peel, lemon peel, natural pomegranate flavor, licorice, blackberry leaves, and ginseng. That should deliver a good load of fruitiness, and it did!

Though well-seal...

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Orange & Spice Herbal Tea from Bigelow Tea

Style: Fruit (Herbal) Tea – Region: ?????

70 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Mar. 28th, 2017

A hotel in northwest Dallas had bags of this tea on its breakfast area, so I tried a couple -- one there in (what is some of the consistently highest quality nationwide) city water and one at home in my own well water. In both instances, my impression of this tea is simple and straightforward: "Constant Comment" minu...

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Chamomile Egyptian Golden Sun Presented by Wolfgang Puck from Numi Organic Tea

Style: Pure Chamomile Tea – Region: Egypt

73 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jan. 1st, 2017

I obtained this product, with what may be the longest name I've seen for a tea, from a hotel room. For now it appears to be available just as a food-service product. As chamomile teas go, this is decidedly above average--smooth, sweet, rich in flavor, deep-golden in color, and a nice concoction to close the day. No ...

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Sweet Dreams Herbal Tea from Bigelow Tea

Style: Chamomile Blend – Region: ?????

57 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 3/5
Dec. 21st, 2016

Have you ever tried to mix paints and stopped before the colors blended, when you had a swirl of mostly separate colors instead of the full, distinct, evenly distributed hue for which you aimed? This is the herbal-tea equivalent.

Better aroma than taste...this tea can't establish its identity inside the mouth, so...

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Cinnamon Apple Herbal Tea from Bigelow Tea

Style: Herbal Tea – Region: ?????

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Dec. 17th, 2016

Not even realizing I had a bag of this, I discovered it while digging in my pantry's tea shelves for something else. Guess my wife won't miss just one bag, eh...especially if there was only one in there. ;-)

Overall, I liked this tea a lot. The real apple pieces are quite visible inside the bag, and impart the gr...

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Bergkräuter from SPAR

Style: Herbal Tea – Region: Blend

43 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 1/5 Value: 3/5
Dec. 12th, 2016

Since several folks reading this site may travel to Europe at some point and be tempted to buy some in the ubiquitous SPAR supermarkets, let this be a warning.

Upon seeing this on the tea shelves, I thought, "European, herbal, organic...must be good, right?" Since they won't permit customers to tear open a box an...

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Simply Mint (Organic) from China Mist

Style: Mint Tea – Region: ?????

57 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Dec. 12th, 2016

As I mentioned in a review for Badia's mint blend, spearmint is a flavor I tend to avoid, even in blends, as for me it dilutes or detracts from peppermint. That said, this seemed to strike a good balance such that the peppermint still dominates and is the featured ingredient. The spearmint sits in the background, mas...

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Chamomile from Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf

Style: Pure Chamomile Tea – Region: ?????

53 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Nov. 21st, 2016

Chamomile to me is much like peppermint.

[Wait, wait, wait!!! Hear me out before you threaten to have my account deleted, my Internet access suspended, and some guys in green gowns wrap me in a straitjacket and haul me away to the rubber room.]

No, I did not mean in terms of its taste. Instead, as with pepperm...

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Organic African Nectar from Mighty Leaf Tea

Style: Flavored Rooibos – Region: Blend

80 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Nov. 12th, 2016

This is quite close to Murchie's "Cozy Caramel Rooibos" for the tastiest African redbush tea I've had so far. I got this earlier today from a kiosk in the Portland airport, where the clerk dropped two decent-sized sachets of this in a large cup for me. Never even heard of it before...

The floral and vanilla levels...

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Cozy Caramel Rooibos from Murchie's Tea & Coffee Ltd

Style: Flavored Rooibos – Region: Blend

87 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Nov. 4th, 2016

As noted in my review of Trader Joe's rooibos, its earthy, haystraw-like flavor was something of a turn-off at first, but grew on me with time. This strongly flavored rooibos from Murchie's, which uses apple pieces and calendula petals as well as caramel flavoring, bypasses the "grow on you" stage and thrusts itself s...

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Mint Tea from Badia

Style: Mint Tea – Region: ?????

80 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Oct. 20th, 2016

Up front, I'm not a big fan of spearmint, as it too often is used to dominate and dilute the peppermint in such blends. The former makes great gum, but rather lame teas that too often remind of cough medicine. Had I paid closer attention when buying a small pack of this tea in a Miami Publix, I would have left it on ...

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Honey Vanilla Chamomile from Celestial Seasonings

Style: Chamomile Blend – Region: ?????

70 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Apr. 21st, 2016

Ever wonder what it would be like to drink one of those herbal scented candles from Pier One or Cracker Barrel? That's what the aroma and flavor of this tea reminded me of, right from the start. If you can work past that image, this actually isn't a bad tea: very smooth, naturally sweet and easy on the palate.

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Peppermint Herbal Tea from Stash Tea

Style: Peppermint Tea – Region: United States of America

63 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Apr. 9th, 2016

Peppermint teas, if done right, should look, smell and taste identical regardless of the brand name. This is because the ingredient is singular and straightforward: chopped, dried peppermint leaves: M. balsamea Willd. That's it.

Differences in strength, freshness and flavor, therefore, are related not to the c...

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