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African Solstice from Tea Forte

Style: Flavored Rooibos – Region: Blend

94 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Aug. 9th, 2021

I actually tried the loose version of this tea rather than the sachet, but the product page is the same as linked here.

I enjoyed this! I got two good steeps out of it. It has a nice, smooth feeling. It’s definitely a nice flavored rooibos.

Bonus: My son also loved the sunflower on the packaging.

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Black Cherry from Tea Forte

Style: Flavored Black Tea – Region: ?????

95 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Aug. 7th, 2021

I really like this tea. The cherry flavor and black tea flavor blend together well (although the ingredients list oddly doesn’t include cherry). I brewed it at 205° and it steeped well without creating bitterness. I used the packet of “single steep” tea twice. The second steep wasn’t quite as strong and partic...

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Ultra Spice Chai from Twinings

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

84 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
May. 4th, 2021

The aroma is nice and spicy. I like the flavor as well. It was definitely present but not as intense as "ultra" might imply. I didn't sweeten it, but I think it could do well both sweetened or unsweetened depending on one's mood. Overall, this is a solid bagged tea!

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Citrus Sunrise from Celestial Seasonings

Style: Fruit (Herbal) Tea – Region: Blend

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Mar. 3rd, 2021

This tea has been renamed Vitamin C Shine, but it is still the same product.

I'm not big on orange-flavored teas, but this one is pretty good. Its citrus flavor is more mixed and complex. I like it on its own or with honey, and it tastes good on a sore throat or the like.

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Cinnamon Express Black Tea from Celestial Seasonings

Style: Flavored Black Tea – Region: Blend

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Feb. 11th, 2021

This tea is pretty good for bagged tea -- more balanced than the herbal apple cinnamon tea. This is a solid tea when needing the convenience of a bag. I taste a bit of licorice, which I'm not a big fan of, but it isn't dominant. The cinnamon flavor is pretty nice.

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Cinnamon Apple Spice Herbal Tea from Celestial Seasonings

Style: Herbal Tea – Region: ?????

70 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Feb. 9th, 2021

This tea is pleasant so long as it is NOT overbrewed. The tea is very sweet even without sweetener, and the longer it's brewed the sweeter and more intense in flavor it generally gets. I normally prefer strong flavors in my tea, so it's remarkable to me that this is the first time I find a tea to be a bit *too* much. I...

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Green Tea with Jasmine Tea Bags from Taylors of Harrogate

Style: Jasmine Pearls – Region: China

95 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Jan. 9th, 2021

This is remarkable for a bagged tea. I tend to expect a mediocre tea in certain kinds of bagged tea. As a general rule, I think the delicacy flavors of jasmine green tea is a challenge to get right if it isn’t loose leaf or tea pearls, but this is an impressive cup. I managed to get two cups out of it. while the seco...

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Decaffeinated Breakfast Tea Bags from Taylors of Harrogate

Style: English Breakfast – Region: Blend

90 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jan. 6th, 2021

I find it a bit weird, but I often like the taste of a good decaf better than the taste of the same regularly caffeinated drink. They can have a nice savory mouthfeel without bitterness.

This decaf is solid, especially for a teabag. For those expressly wanting a non-caffeinated bag tea, this is a strong choice!

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English Breakfast Tea Bags from Taylors of Harrogate

Style: English Breakfast – Region: Blend

85 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Dec. 29th, 2020

This tea is pretty good for a bagged tea. The flavor is strong. Just don’t oversteep it, or it will become bitter. I brewed it for four minutes and that worked well.

Also, I usually prefer my tea plain, but this one was tastier and more satisfying with a bit of milk added. I could definitely see someone using a te...

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Pu Erh Spice from Adagio Teas

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

83 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Sep. 12th, 2020

I enjoy this tea. It has a nice level of spiciness to it. I am not big on anise, but I think it works here. Ginger is definitely the most dominant spice, but it isn't overwhelming.

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Licorice Spice Herbal Tea from Stash Tea

Style: Wellness Tea / Medicinal Tea – Region: ?????

75 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Aug. 14th, 2020

I'm not a fan of licorice in general, but this wasn't actually bad. If I had to drink a licorice-based tea, this wouldn't a bad choice -- especially considering how inexpensive it is.

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English Breakfast Black Tea from Bigelow Tea

Style: English Breakfast – Region: ?????

73 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Aug. 8th, 2020

Not bad, considering this is a teabag. It tastes like a basic but not bitter black tea, and I do notice some raisin-like notes as well. It’d be a good at-work tea.

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Caramel Shortbread from DAVIDsTEA

Style: Herbal Tea – Region: ?????

82 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
Dec. 31st, 2019

This “tea” is sweet and aromatic. I enjoyed it, even just using hot water dispensed from a Keurig. The second stepping was weaker than the first, though some flavor was still present.

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Green Apple White Tea from Bentley's Tea

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

53 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 3/5
Dec. 29th, 2019

I’m not crazy about this tea, but it may because the water I’m using is too hot — making it go bitter more easily. I am currently at my family’s for the holidays, and my method of brewing is to dispense hit water from a Keurig. The Apple is somewhat present but not strong or sweet enough to counteract the bitte...

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Cinnamon Stick® Black Tea from Bigelow Tea

Style: Chai / Spiced Tea – Region: Blend

82 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Dec. 16th, 2019

For a bagged tea, this isn't bad. It diffuses quickly and has a pleasantly strong aroma and flavor. The cinnamon is at a good intensity for me and it blends well with the black tea. This will be part of my collection of bagged teas at work from now on.

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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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Pure Green Matcha Green Tea Blend from Salada

Style: Green Tea – Region: ?????

64 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
May. 4th, 2019

This combination of matcha and green tea was fairly non-descript. It wasn’t offensive, but it didn’t do much for me. Overbrewing does turn it a bit bitter, so be sure not to leave the bag in excessively. I still have more of the box, so I may update this entry if my opinion changes after a few tries.

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Matcha Green Tea from Lipton Tea

Style: Green Tea – Region: ?????

71 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Apr. 13th, 2019

This is the second tea I’ve tried that mixes a green tea with matcha powder in a teabag. It wasn’t bad! I enjoyed my second test more than my first. Like the Celestial Seasonings offering that mixes green tea with matcha powder, this tea is better than the average bagged cheap green tea I’ve tried, as it increase...

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Green Tea Matcha from Celestial Seasonings

Style: Green Tea – Region: ?????

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Apr. 7th, 2019

I’ve decided to try a few blends of matcha with other green tea and started with this brand. Given that I’ve never been overwhelmingly impressed with Celestial Seasonings, it was better than expected!

Though it cannot take the place of an actual matcha craving, the addition of matcha added a bit of sweetness and...

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Green Tea Sushi Bar Style (Konacha) (20 ct.) from Yamamotoyama

Style: Green Tea – Region: Japan

59 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 4/5
Feb. 24th, 2019

I picked up this tea at a grocery store on a whim. The tea bags appear filled with dust. There is much better tea out there, but this is drinkable if nothing else is available. I may have to bring this to work to share with folks who might like it more. :-)

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Hot Cinnamon Spice from Harney and Sons

Style: Flavored Black Tea – Region: ?????

95 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Feb. 8th, 2019

I really like this tea! It’s a delightful sort of spicy with hints of sweetness, even without sweetener. I don’t always enjoy orange flavor in tea, but in this case it blends nicely with the spices, the main one of which is cinnamon with a bit of cardamom. Overall, I agree that it is reminiscent of red hots. It als...

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