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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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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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Organic Ginger Tumeric Herbal Tea from Trader Joe's

Style: Herbal Tea – Region: ?????

90 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Nov. 6th, 2016

This is a very good tea. The teabag has fannings that infuse very quickly. The aroma and the lingering flavor have the ginger/turmeric spiciness -- which is wakening yet soothing. This makes a particularly good drink for a brisk fall day. Though the second steep takes longer, it's also very good --better than many tea ...

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Pumpkin Spice Rooibos from Trader Joe's

Style: Flavored Rooibos – Region: Blend

97 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Nov. 4th, 2016

Mmmmmm, now this is tea! If this was available loose leaf, it'd be perfect. The smell is delicious and the flavor is perfect -- a lovely balance between the spices and the rooibos. It's good on its own, but a cup of this is amazing with just a pinch or two of stevia added. It adds a smooth sweetness without overpowerin...

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Organic Mango & Chile Black Tea from Trader Joe's

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

90 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Sep. 9th, 2016

This tea is unique and delicious when you're in the mood for something robust and fruity with a spicy kick. The tea pieces are pretty small (but not dust), so it infuses quickly. I steeped this for several minutes and it didn't turn bitter at all, which is excellent.

I really like this tea.

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Organic Ginger Pear White Tea from Trader Joe's

Style: Fruit White Tea – Region: Blend

43 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 3/5
Jan. 21st, 2014

To be fair, it takes me awhile to get through tea and I've had these packets a long time. So perhaps the tea has gone stale. I think I liked it a bit more when I first bought it.

As of now, I'm not detecting any distinct ginger and very little pear. The flavor isn't bad, but is very meh. For my second cup I added ho...

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