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Mariko

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Member since Sep. 24th, 2014. Reviewed 58 teas.

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Jade Citrus Mint from Teavana

Style: Flavored Green Tea – Region: Blend

73 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 2/5
Feb. 28th, 2015

This is a blended tea, but the menthol-esque mint flavor is by far the dominant taste; I didn't even realize that this was a green tea blend until I looked up the product page.

Nonetheless, as far as minty teas go, I like the flavor of this one quite a lot. I'd even buy it in place of a lot of pure mint teas--if it ...

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Licorice Spice Herbal Tea from Stash Tea

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

53 / 100 Aroma: 3/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jan. 5th, 2015

Sweet with little spice, the description is apt in calling this a 'dessert-like tea.' But I find little to recommend this tea over Yogi's Egyptian Licorice; the licorice flavor is more full in the latter, while the purported spice in this blend seems scarce to exist. I wouldn't recommend it.

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Sweet Thai Delight™ from Yogi Tea

Style: Wellness Tea / Medicinal Tea – Region: Blend

67 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jan. 2nd, 2015

Sweet but not overly so, this tea has a compelling but mild flavor to which I'm willing to return but less willing to purchase. If you like sweet herbal blends but don't care for the candy-like taste that tends to come with lower-end fruit blends, this might be an excellent choice.

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Evening In Missoula from TeaSource

Style: Herbal Tea – Region: Blend

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
Dec. 31st, 2014

One of my newest favorites--this one smells and tastes great, and is unique in both scent and flavor. Don't think of it as a chamomile blend, though--I wouldn't have known it was one without the description. The taste is smoky and flowery, with a hint of menthol from the mints.

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Sweet Dreams Herbal Tea from Bigelow Tea

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

63 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Dec. 25th, 2014

Mint and chamomile blend surprisingly well together, creating a flavor that's distinct in and of itself rather than a blend in which one flavor dominates or both alternately assert themselves. I think this is one of Bigelow's better offerings, but I wouldn't really bother to buy it for myself.

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Red Raspberry Herbal Tea from Bigelow Tea

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

50 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Dec. 22nd, 2014

Hella sweet. Hella, hella, hella sweet. An excellent tea to give someone who would really prefer to be drinking juice, but not my favorite.

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Organic Lemon Echinacea Throat Coat® from Traditional Medicinals

Style: Wellness Tea / Medicinal Tea – Region: Blend

47 / 100 Aroma: 3/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Dec. 20th, 2014

Licorice is the dominant flavor in this tea, but it's not particularly strong. I like the flavors of both lemon and echinacea, but I can't taste the lemon at all and I can hardly detect any echinacea. If you thought the regular Throat Coat was too strong a tea, perhaps you'll enjoy this one; if you prefer your tea stro...

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Earl Grey Green Tea from Bigelow Tea

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

60 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Dec. 17th, 2014

I am so confused.

I don't quite understand how Earl Grey is supposed to work with green tea, but if you put your prejudices and confusion aside, this actual tastes pretty decent. The bergamot is by far the dominating flavor of the blend. I'm not sure why I would pick this over one of the regular blends, though.

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Paris (Sachets) from Harney and Sons

Style: Miscellaneous Blend – Region: Blend

70 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Dec. 14th, 2014

I like this tea quite a lot. I found it quite sweet, particularly for a non-herbal blend, with a hint of something fruit-like. I don't detect vanilla over-much in the flavor, though it comes through quite a bit in the scent. I find this to be a good all-around tea for just about any occasion.

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Honey Vanilla Chamomile from Celestial Seasonings

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

70 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Dec. 11th, 2014

Sweet to the taste and easy on the throat. I appreciate the strength of the vanilla. I tried it this evening and I'd definitely be willing to acquire a box of my own.

Goes on my personal list of teas that can be served to people who don't like tea. (Primary criterion for inclusion on this list is sweetness, building...

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Earl Grey from Bigelow Tea

Style: Earl Grey Tea – Region: Blend

67 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Dec. 10th, 2014

This might be my favorite among the Bigelow teas I've tried for its combination of caffeine and taste. But having tried Ahmad Tea's Earl Grey loose leaf first, I have trouble calling this one a particularly good version of the blend. It delivers a kick with a smooth, interesting taste, but it's not going to be my go-to...

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Earl Grey (Loose) from Ahmad Tea

Style: Earl Grey Tea – Region: Blend

77 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Dec. 9th, 2014

One of my favorite blends--particularly with respect to the price. The flavor is smooth, the citrus noticeable but neither fake nor overwrought; and no matter how long I let this steep, I don't detect any bitterness. I bought 100 grams to start out with, but I expect this to be a staple of my tea cabinet from now on.

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English Breakfast from Trader Joe's

Style: Black Tea – Region: ?????

67 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 5/5
Nov. 30th, 2014

This might be my favorite of all the lower-priced black teas I've tried thus far. Not bitter, doesn't seem to develop that soapy taste found in a number of other black teas, and delivers a good kick.

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I Love Lemon® & C Herbal Tea from Bigelow Tea

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

77 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Nov. 25th, 2014

I was not expecting this tea to be good, but it's excellent. The flavor is balanced excellently between the lemon and something fruity; it's full and citrusy and refreshing. It's free on my campus, but I might actually buy it.

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Green Tea - Classic from Bigelow Tea

Style: Green Tea – Region: ?????

30 / 100 Aroma: 2/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 3/5
Nov. 22nd, 2014

I feel a little bad rating this so low because it's not that bad a tea--but there are so many better options out there that I feel like I can't find any justification for rating it higher. This tea has little scent and barely any flavor, and it doesn't even have enough of a kick to justify drinking it purely for the ca...

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Ginger from Yogi Tea

Style: Wellness Tea / Medicinal Tea – Region: Blend

70 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Nov. 21st, 2014

Is it fair, strictly speaking, to compare a bagged ginger tea to the tea you produce using fresh ginger?

(Probably.)

This is a good ginger tea that carries itself well among its bagged compatriots. I think it could do with a little more spice, but overall it's very good. It does what it's supposed to do. I like t...

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Cozy Chamomile® Herbal Tea from Bigelow Tea

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

47 / 100 Aroma: 3/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Nov. 19th, 2014

Drinkable, but by a wide margin not my favorite of the lower-end chamomile blends. Not an especially full or rich flavor, with no notes present besides the chamomile, and even the baseline taste is rather weak. I'll drink it when it's free or when I don't have other options, but I'd pick the Twinings chamomile or, bett...

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Chai from Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf

Style: Chai / Spiced Tea – Region: Blend

67 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
Nov. 18th, 2014

The flavor of this chai is excellent, if somewhat less spicy than is my preference; however, be warned that you'll need to limit the size of the cup if you want to be able to taste much of anything. No tall cups or full thermoses for you! For those of you who like to make chai lattes, I would avoid adding milk and suga...

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St. John's Wort from Alvita

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

33 / 100 Aroma: 3/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 2/5
Nov. 17th, 2014

St. John's Wort is the only ingredient in this tea, and I like its taste, but if this is something you enjoy I think you'd be better off buying Yogi Blues Away. There's very little leaf in the teabags, which themselves are fragile and prone to tearing. I tried this brand because I hoped it might be better value than th...

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Cinnamon Apple Herbal Tea from Bigelow Tea

Style: Herbal Tea – Region: ?????

63 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Nov. 16th, 2014

Unlike a lot of teas that purport to contain apple, this one actually tastes like it might. The cinnamon isn't overpowering or even especially assertive, which means that the tea is quite sweet and not particularly spicy. Probably a good tea to serve people who don't like tea.

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English Teatime from Bigelow Tea

Style: Black Tea – Region: ?????

60 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Nov. 14th, 2014

Better than other black teas of the same price bracket, with a richer and more complex flavor. I haven't experienced the same issue with bitterness at the bottom of the cup that others have reported.

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Peppermint Herbal Tea from Bigelow Tea

Style: Peppermint Tea – Region: ?????

63 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Nov. 12th, 2014

I thought this one was all right. It's got that almost-sweet flavor about it, but not as much so as some other varieties. This seemed to contain more menthol than some of the other varieties of peppermint I've tasted, as well.

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Sen-Cha from Takaokaya

Style: Sencha – Region: Shizuoka, Japan

60 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 5/5
Nov. 11th, 2014

Not a bad sencha. Not a great one either. This is the sort of tea you drink on a daily basis without any sort of sentimental attachment, until the brand implements changes years on and you find yourself nostalgic for the old packaging of your youth.

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Chamomile Mint Herbal Tea from Bigelow Tea

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

63 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Nov. 6th, 2014

Flavor-wise, this tea tastes like exactly what it is--a chamomile blend with added mint. I couldn't detect much of a scent to it beyond the standard mint.

I'm not really sure where to put this tea, categorization-wise. The added mint doesn't seem to do anything for the relaxing propensity of chamomile, but the mint ...

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Gypsy Cold Care® from Traditional Medicinals

Style: Wellness Tea / Medicinal Tea – Region: Blend

80 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Nov. 6th, 2014

Okay, maybe I just have strange taste in tea.

I think this tastes awesome, and--as per my standard--I'm happy to drink it 'just because'. I tend to drink it a lot when I'm nervous about getting sick--I've developed an almost Pavlovian sort of response at this point--but I don't tend to drink anything bad-tasting for...

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