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Alex Zorach

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Decaffeinated Green Tea from Trader Joe's

Style: Green Tea – Region: ?????

37 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 1/5
May. 21st, 2014

Yesterday I tried the Organic Green Tea from Trader Joe's and I thought it was terrible, and poured it out. I was expecting this tea to be even worse, as it's decaf, and was completely floored to find that I actually liked it better.

I noticed as soon as I took out the tea bag that it was more aromatic...I could ac...

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Organic Green Tea from Trader Joe's

Style: Green Tea – Region: Nilgiri, India

30 / 100 Aroma: 3/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 1/5
May. 20th, 2014

I thought this was pretty terrible. Steeped for 3 minutes with 180F degree water.

Cup is almost aroma-less...reminds me a little bit of Bigelow's Green Tea, but I thought less enjoyable. Tastes a lot like some decaf tea...flat. There's some herbaceous quality in the aroma, like celery, a faint honey-like finish, ...

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Cinnamon Tempest from Trader Joe's

Style: Flavored Black Tea – Region: Blend

77 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Feb. 21st, 2014

Thank you Jenna for sharing this one with me.

I thought this was impressive, a few steps up in quality from Trader Joe's other teas. The tea bag smells strongly of cinnamon, but it's a very natural, organic-smelling cinnamon, like real cinnamon sticks, not like most flavored teas. The orange and clove is only a hi...

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Pomegranate White Tea from Trader Joe's

Style: Fruit White Tea – Region: Blend

37 / 100 Aroma: 3/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 2/5
Oct. 10th, 2012

It's been a while since I tried this so my review is from a fuzzy memory, but I remember this tea blend as being fleetingly fruity and not having much of a strong presence of the base tea at all. Tasted pretty low quality, but then I've been consistently underwhelmed by Trader Joe's teas, so this was not surprising.
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White Tea from Trader Joe's

Style: White Tea – Region: China

50 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Mar. 8th, 2011

Brews an amber color. Trader Joe's recommends brewing 1-2 minutes and then discarding. I brewed 5 as I like a stronger cup. The tea was not too strong for me--still milder than many greens or blacks.

Not terribly aromatic, but flavorful. Aroma is like a bai mu dan, but much weaker: mostly of soft grain, with a h...

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

Style: Herbal Tea – Region: Blend

53 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Feb. 18th, 2011

This herbal tea is the first blend I've ever tried that tastes very similar (i.e. in the same style) as Celestial Seasoning's Sleepytime; it's so similar that I'm almost inclined to think of it as a knockoff or imitation.

The aroma is primarily spearmint, with a noticeable chamomile presence. Compared to Celestial ...

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Spiced Rooibos Ruby Red Chai from Trader Joe's

Style: Rooibos Chai / Spiced Rooibos – Region: Blend

50 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Jan. 21st, 2011

Classic spiced chai flavor, but the aroma is mostly of spice without much rooibos. Similar to a masala chai made out of a lighter black tea. Aroma is dominantly of clove, with some cinnamon too. I would appreciate more cardamom presence as well as a stronger presence of the rooibos used as the base. The spice absol...

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