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Steep Rooibos Hibiscus Herbal Tea from Bigelow Tea

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

66 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Oct. 16th, 2019

Upon opening the foil pouch, this smells strongly and plainly of rooibos. Adding the water brings a surprisingly strong aroma of orange oil.

The flavors play well together. The orange lends sweetness to the tart hibiscus and rose hips. The nuttiness of the rooibos adds a nice, nutty complexity that isn't often foun...

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Lemon Lift Black Tea from Bigelow Tea

Style: Lemon Black Tea – Region: ?????

63 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Aug. 8th, 2019

The dry teabag smells like a spiced cake, like carrot cake or gingerbread. The spice is predominantly cinnamon (mellow "Ceylon" cinnamon rather than the hotter cassia), but there's something else there, too, like nutmeg or ginger.

Interestingly, the instructions say to only steep for two minutes. I'm ignoring their ...

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Organic Chamomile Tea Bags from Taylors of Harrogate

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

95 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Aug. 2nd, 2019

This is good quality chamomile. After opening the heavy paper and foil pouch, the dry teabag has a much richer aroma than most chamomile that I've had. The contents of the teabag looks ground up and entirely flower parts with no stems or leaves.

It brews up a deep gold with a slight greenish hue. The aroma of the li...

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Chamomile from TEViVE

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

86 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Jul. 26th, 2019

This is really good chamomile. Rather than being bitter, it's floral and sweet. The box says that it was packed in Sri Lanka, but doesn't come right out and say where the chamomile is from.

The only problem is the same one that all TEViVE teas have, the teabags have half the contents of other brands. The box of 20 t...

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English Afternoon from Twinings

Style: Black Tea – Region: ?????

55 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Jul. 15th, 2019

The box says that it's a blend of Keemun and Ceylon teas. There are notes of cocoa and dark bread crust and the flavor's quite complex for grocery store tea, but it's too bitter and astringent.

The tea gets better and mellows a bit as it cools. The cocoa becomes more pronounced and I can taste the sweetness from the...

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Peppermint from TEViVE

Style: Peppermint Tea – Region: ?????

78 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Jun. 5th, 2019

The weird thing about TEViVE teas is that the teabags contain half of the tea or herb or whatever of other brands. The flavored black teas each contain one gram of tea instead of two. The peppermint teabags contain .6 gram while my box of Stash teabags have a full gram. Whenever I make this, I use twice as many teabags...

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Hibiscus Tea / Sorrel (Té de Flor de Jamaica) from Badia

Style: Hibiscus Tea – Region: ?????

75 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Jun. 4th, 2019

Good quality, straightforward hibiscus flower tea. Bulk hibiscus flowers are cheap, but quality can be hit or miss. Though many (or even most) blended herbal teas contain hibiscus, few brands offer unblended hibiscus teabags and the ones that do tend to be overpriced.

Hibiscus is tart and fruity, almost like unsweet...

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Black Tea from Farmer Brothers

Style: Black Tea – Region: ?????

71 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Mar. 27th, 2019

I was surprised off the bat by the unexpected aroma from the brewing tea. Instead of an Assam or Ceylon blend, it smells like inexpensive Yunnan teabags like Foojoy. It's smoky, earthy and woodsy.

The flavor reinforces my guess that this blend is predominantly Chinese. Astringent without bitterness, this tea tastes ...

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Roastaroma® Herbal Tea from Celestial Seasonings

Style: Coffee Alternative / Substitute – Region: ?????

38 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 3/5
Mar. 25th, 2019

I'm not a fan. It smells nice dry, kind of like a cinnamon roll. Brewed, the grain aroma from the barley takes over. I can see what they're going for and the chicory, carob and spices combine to give the passable impression of a mocha coffee, but there's too much dark bread crust for my taste.

I don't think this rea...

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Green Tea with Mint from Bigelow Tea

Style: Green Tea with Mint – Region: ?????

40 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 2/5
Mar. 19th, 2019

The green tea smells stronger than it tastes. There's nothing offensive about it, but neither is it satisfying. I rather suspect that Bigelow's green teas are blended for those that drink green tea for purported health benefits rather than the flavor. It's mild and not bitter, but it lacks any brightness or vegetal com...

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Sweet Dreams Herbal Tea from Bigelow Tea

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

53 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Mar. 14th, 2019

I've had a few knockoffs of this lately, so I figured I'd review the real thing. Sweet Dreams is basically chamomile tea for people that don't like chamomile. When dry, the dominant aroma is spearmint. After steeping, it's a subdued mintiness with a bit of cinnamon and citrus.

The flavor complements the aroma and se...

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Chamomile from Benner Tea Co

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

70 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 5/5
Mar. 11th, 2019

This is ALDI's recreation of Bigelow Sweet Dreams. The balance is a bit different, but the same flavors are there.

The profile is chamomile and mint. The dominant mint is spearmint rather than peppermint and there's a little bit of sourness from the hibiscus. The menthol coolness appears in the finish along with som...

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Chocolate Puerh - Black Tea Blend from Numi Organic Tea

Style: Flavored Pu-erh – Region: ?????

50 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5
Feb. 20th, 2019

After tasting the Breakfast blend, this one's a bit of a letdown. The cocoa, vanilla and spices are smooth and quite delicious, but I don't taste much of the tea. Other than a hint of earthiness, it tastes just like chocolate cream pie to me.

It's good, but it's a bit too expensive for something that only tastes lik...

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Black Tea from Lipton Tea

Style: Black Tea – Region: ?????

48 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Feb. 19th, 2019

When I do drink regular Lipton tea, it's usually from a catering tray where it may have sat for a day or a month. On a whim, I got a small, sealed package (fifteen teas bags for a dollar) so I could try it fresh.

When dry, it smells oaky and leafy, but muted. After steeping, it develops a bit more character and ther...

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Organic Spearmint from Traditional Medicinals

Style: Spearmint Tea – Region: ?????

76 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 2/5
Jan. 31st, 2019

One of the very few pure spearmint herbal teas available in tea bags.

The tea smells strongly and recognizably of spearmint even before adding water. After steeping, the tea has a pronounced spearmint flavor with just enough herbal notes to avoid tasting like candy.

A second steeping still carries a lot of flavor...

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Steep Earl Grey Black Tea from Bigelow Tea

Style: Earl Grey Tea – Region: ?????

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Jan. 11th, 2019

The dry tea smells very strongly of bergamot and very much like Bigelow's regular Earl Grey.

The taste is much different than the regular Bigelow. Much more tea shines through the citrus. I suspect that the base tea is the Steep English Breakfast, which is a flavorful Sri Lankan/Ceylon tea with a mellow cocoa bitter...

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Steep Oolong & Jasmine Green Tea from Bigelow Tea

Style: Flavored Tea – Region: ?????

77 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jan. 10th, 2019

This is really interesting tea and not at all what I was expecting. The dry bag of chopped, dark tea smells like an oolong with a medium oxidation and roast. I couldn't smell any jasmine until after I added water, and even then it's faint.

I really like the way this tea smells. There's a heavy note of toasted flour,...

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Peppermint Herbal Tea from Bigelow Tea

Style: Peppermint Tea – Region: ?????

75 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Jan. 9th, 2019

A really clean-tasting peppermint with a nice menthol finish. Slightly herbal, but no straw or hay flavors that lesser peppermint teas sometimes have.

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Steep Pure Green Tea from Bigelow Tea

Style: Green Tea – Region: ?????

50 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Jan. 9th, 2019

The flavor of this tea is quite mild, but pleasant. There's a nice bitterness on the sides of the tongue and just enough astringency to feel a bit "fuzzy". There's a hint of cabbage or broccoli flavor with a hint of spiciness. This tea's a bit sweeter than other green teas.

I'm tasting this tea alongside several oth...

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Green Tea - Classic from Bigelow Tea

Style: Green Tea – Region: ?????

30 / 100 Aroma: 3/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 2/5
Jan. 9th, 2019

I occasionally drink the decaffeinated version of this tea because it still tastes a bit like green tea. It turns out that that's exactly how the caffeinated version tastes—a bit like green tea. There's some vegetal freshness and a little grassy bitterness on the back of the tongue, but that's pretty much it. If you ...

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Earl Grey Green Tea from Bigelow Tea

Style: Earl Grey Green Tea – Region: ?????

30 / 100 Aroma: 3/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 2/5
Jan. 8th, 2019

After trying the green tea version of Constant Comment and liking it, I'm really disappointed in the green Earl Grey. The bergamot flavoring is much lighter than in Bigelow's black tea Earl Grey, presumably to let the flavor of the green tea through, such as it is. The very light flavor of the base tea coupled with les...

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Constant Comment Green Tea from Bigelow Tea

Style: Flavored Green Tea – Region: ?????

60 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Jan. 8th, 2019

As with the black tea version of Constant Comment, the dominant flavors are clove and orange peel. I'm tasting them both side-by-side at the moment and since Bigelow's green and black teas are both mild, the differences are subtle. The flavor of the green tea has a nice brightness and a faint hint of the grassy bittern...

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Steep Lemon Ginger Herbal Tea from Bigelow Tea

Style: Herbal Tea – Region: ?????

58 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Jan. 2nd, 2019

Even before steeping, the teabag smells pungently of ginger.

The flavor is intense. Spicy ginger and lemongrass are the initial punch and the finish is lime. Some of the spice might be from the cinnamon, but I don't otherwise taste any of the other ingredients.

Drinking this offers a similar flavor to licking fre...

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Peppermint Herbal Tea from Benner Tea Co

Style: Peppermint Tea – Region: ?????

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Dec. 26th, 2018

The peppermint is surprisingly good for the price and has plenty of flavor and menthol. There's just enough of an herbal, grassy flavor so it doesn't taste like a candy cane.

For drinkers of grocery store peppermint tea bags, Benner is as good as Bigelow or Celestial Seasonings, but significantly less expensive, $1....

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Mint Medley® Herbal Tea from Bigelow Tea

Style: Mint Tea – Region: ?????

55 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Dec. 12th, 2018

Both the dry and brewed tea smell almost like Wrigley's Doublemint gum with the balance a little more toward peppermint.

The taste is not what I was expecting. The tea is definitely minty, but as the ingredients include rose hips, lemon peel and hibiscus, I was expecting some fruitiness. Of the extra ingredients, I ...

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