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Tchuggin' Okie

(306 reviews)
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Organic Green Tea from Trader Joe's

Style: Green Tea – Region: Nilgiri, India

61 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Sep. 2nd, 2021

Landing at a Trader Joe's store in Tucson while on a photography road trip out thataway, I bought a box of this, as a presumably acceptable substitute for some of the truly terrible, off-brand and store-brand (here's looking at you, Great Value) bagged green teas offered at motels and campgrounds. It was, but still fa...

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Mango Black Tea from Trader Joe's

Style: Fruit Black Tea – Region: Blend

69 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Aug. 10th, 2021

Tropical fruit flavors are always a favorite, so (long overdue) I got some of this tea to try. My favorite mango-flavored black tea still is Hawaiian Islands Tea Company's "Mango Maui", but this comes in at a close second, and for now, is more readily available*.

Dry-bag aroma was more tea than mango. It's hard t...

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Organic Herbal Supplement: Detox Cleansing Blend from Trader Joe's

Style: Wellness Tea / Medicinal Tea – Region: Blend

87 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Jul. 18th, 2021

With similar coloration of the outer box, as well as ingredients, I suspect this is the Trader Joe's imitation of Yogi's "DeTox" product. However, I can't compare the two directly, since I haven't (yet) tried the Yogi version. Still, this is the best wellness/medicinal tea I've had to date, one of the best herbal te...

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Organic Blood Orange Rooibos Herbal Tea Blend from Trader Joe's

Style: Flavored Rooibos – Region: Blend

71 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Jun. 17th, 2021

With a name like this, I certainly didn't expect anything but orange flavor. However, this is the rare tea I've tried where the dry-bag, in-cup and wet-bag scents all were *much* stronger on the main flavoring than the actual taste. That's not necessarily a bad thing in this case, as all three modes of inhalation yi...

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Organic Earl Grey from Trader Joe's

Style: Earl Grey Tea – Region: Blend

70 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
May. 5th, 2021

Several better Earl Greys exist in bags, but for the price (around $2.50/20 ct.), it's hard to beat. Dry-bag scent was firm and plain, but pleasant and strong, more so than most bagged Earl Greys. Closer inspection revealed likely why. Even though all the tea was settled at the bag's bottom, each bag itself so far h...

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Organic Darjeeling Green Tea from Trader Joe's

Style: Darjeeling Green Tea – Region: Darjeeling, India

43 / 100 Aroma: 3/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Feb. 17th, 2020

Similarly to my review of TJ's Darjeeling white tea, I hope this isn't very representative of Darjeeling greens; for it lacks aroma and flavor. The dry-bag aroma is basically nil, with the in-cup scent only very faint. Only the wet bag has something resembling a smell I would associate with green tea, and it's still ...

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Organic Sencha Tea from Trader Joe's

Style: Sencha – Region: Japan

74 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Feb. 14th, 2020

Despite having a wide spectrum of experiences with TJ's teas (from excellent to revolting...but mostly good), I somehow thought this would be a cheap knockoff and not very high quality. Somewhat surprisingly, while not the best bagged green I've had (that would be an unbranded tea my daughter brought back from Japan)...

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Organic Spring Blossom White Tea from Trader Joe's

Style: White Tea – Region: Darjeeling, India

41 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 2/5
Feb. 10th, 2020

This was my first Darjeeling white tea, and it's about as impressive as sitting through an hour-long staff meeting with a well-advertised, nicely dressed, but ultimately monotonic guest speaker droning on about an uninteresting subject.

At first, I was intrigued. The best part of the experience was the dry-bag ar...

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Organic Autumn Harvest Black Tea from Trader Joe's

Style: Black Tea – Region: Blend

69 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Feb. 6th, 2020

This is not to be confused with the apparently much-better-known Trader Joe's "Harvest Blend" herbal tea, which is a completely different product. Instead, this black tea came in a 10-bag sealed wrapper, tucked into one of four squares of a wooden gift box. The outside paper wrapper of the gift box describes all four...

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Brytta Sóþword

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Matcha Green Tea Powder from Trader Joe's

Style: Matcha – Region: Japan

78 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Jun. 18th, 2019

This is pretty good matcha. Though I don’t normally like extra packing, the single serving sizes kept me from using excessive tea powder. The tea didn’t taste weak.

I am not particularly skilled at making matcha. I liked this one best with a little preheated milk and a little honey.

On the plus side, my two y...

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Spiced Chai from Trader Joe's

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

82 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jun. 12th, 2019

This tea is pleasant, especially with a little milk added. (Note: I recommend warming the milk in the microwave briefly and pouring the hot water into it when making tea.) There’s a distinct but not entirely unpleasant sharpness to this tea that is improved with the milk, though it can still be enjoyed plain. The spi...

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Organic Sencha Tea from Trader Joe's

Style: Sencha – Region: Japan

70 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Jun. 11th, 2019

This tea is not bad but it isn’t overwhelming. I generally prefer loose leaf anyway, as a cup of bagged tea often isn’t as strong as I like. It’s fairly easy to avoid bitterness in this tea, but it’s still good not to brew the tea too hot or too long — as is generally true for green teas. Not bad as a potenti...

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

Style: Flavored Green Tea – Region: Blend

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
May. 13th, 2019

The citrus and peppermint work surprisingly well to create a bright cup. The orange and lemon blend in a way that creates a broad citrus experience without either one dominating. The second cup I made was basically identical to the first, which is impressive. All in all, this is a decent tea!

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Pomegranate White Tea from Trader Joe's

Style: Fruit White Tea – Region: Blend

70 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
May. 12th, 2019

This tea is tart in a way I like but not actually strong enough. The hibiscus is a strong element in this one. I like it, but I’d like it more if the combination of flavors was more intense. This is not a bad tasting tea at all, in my opinion, but it’s weak considered to similar teas I’ve tried.

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Tchuggin' Okie

(306 reviews)
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Winter Wake Up Tea from Trader Joe's

Style: Flavored Black Tea – Region: Blend

88 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Dec. 28th, 2018

For a store-brand bagged tea, this seasonal offering was excellent! My immediate impression sniffing the dry bag was a striking resemblance to the flavor (not smell) of Good Earth's "Sweet and Spicy": very intense on cinnamon, with orange quite noticeable. However, unlike the Good Earth tea, this one has black tea (...

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Earl Grey de la Crème from Trader Joe's

Style: Earl Grey Cream – Region: Blend

75 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Dec. 10th, 2018

Given the ingredients list, here was a tea that caught both my eye and a few bucks of my credit-card balance, while stocking up at a Dallas Trader Joe's on some things I don't get in nearby Oklahoma markets.

Overall, it's not quite as high-quality as the other Earl Grey Creme tea I've tried (the bagged version from ...

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Well Rested Herbal Tea (Formerly Bed Time Tea) from Trader Joe's

Style: Herbal Tea – Region: Blend

78 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Nov. 14th, 2018

The title says that the herbal tea is well rested. Therefore I hope it conveys some of that placid nature to me as well. ;-)

In the meantime before bedtime, I did the usual dry-bag and in-cup sniffing prior to first chug, and generally was pleased at the result. While not intense, it was stronger and more balanc...

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Peppermint from Trader Joe's

Style: Peppermint Tea – Region: ?????

53 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Sep. 24th, 2018

Come on, Trader Joe's! What's the deal here? It's fantastically difficult to mess up peppermint and you came closer to doing so than any I've tried yet. The very low price (beaten in my experience only by Wal-Mart's store brand and Carrington, both noticeably higher-quality) is the only thing that saves this rating ...

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Brytta Sóþword

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Berries and Cherries from Trader Joe's

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

98 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
May. 16th, 2018

This is a really great fruit tea. It’s a great balance of tartness and sweetness, whether served hot or cold. The tea initially diffuses more slowly than I expected, but it does ultimately add plenty of flavor.

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Tchuggin' Okie

(306 reviews)
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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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dmsharma

(24 reviews)
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Spiced Chai from Trader Joe's

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

75 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Apr. 21st, 2018

Nice chai, although they could try it without the chicory.

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Tchuggin' Okie

(306 reviews)
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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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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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English Breakfast from Trader Joe's

Style: Black Tea – Region: ?????

67 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Sep. 17th, 2017

With few exceptions (see my review of Ginger Turmeric herbal...blecch), TJs consistently offers a surprisingly high-quality selection of store-brand teas—better so far in my experience than any other grocery chain, and than a nontrivial number of name-brand bagged teas. This one fits the bill. Of course it's not to...

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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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