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English Breakfast from Trader Joe's

Style: Black Tea – Region: ?????

67 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Sep. 17th, 2017

With few exceptions (see my review of Ginger Turmeric herbal...blecch), TJs consistently offers a surprisingly high-quality selection of store-brand teas—better so far in my experience than any other grocery chain, and than a nontrivial number of name-brand bagged teas. This one fits the bill. Of course it's not to...

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Perfect Peach® Herbal Tea from Bigelow Tea

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

63 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Sep. 14th, 2017

I tried a peach tea that has some artificial flavoring. Here's what happened.

[Sorry, clickbait haters...couldn't resist...first, a backstory...]

For several years, my wife has used this, in combination with at least two other brands of peach tea and some black tea, to make a thoroughly delicious peachy iced tea...

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English Breakfast (Loose) from Twinings

Style: English Breakfast – Region: Blend

42 / 100 Aroma: 2/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Sep. 8th, 2017

Twinings teas in general consistently fail to impress me, though before this, I mostly had tried a few of their bagged offerings. A box of this was available at an estate sale, really cheap, so I figured to give it a run. While it's better than their bagged teas, and not a bad tea at all, I'm still no fan.

For a...

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All Natural Tea (Orange Pekoe & Pekoe Tea) from Red Diamond

Style: Black Tea – Region: ?????

55 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Aug. 29th, 2017

Maybe my tea-sniffing nose is busted. Perhaps the neural algorithm that processes tea odor has a few lines of code missing, or the broadband line from nose to brain is a tad noisy and leaky. See, most true teas (camellia) don't smell much like they taste to me, or even much like tea a lot of the time, or they have no...

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Orange Pekoe & Pekoe Cut Black Tea from Rituals

Style: Black Tea – Region: ?????

56 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Aug. 25th, 2017

One of the minor mysterious adventures of getting last-minute, dirt-cheap, cut-rate, online deals on resort hotels (as I did one stormy evening in Sedona, AZ) is to sample new teas otherwise not often consumed. Sedona has decent water, but I also brought a bag home to try (apples-to-apples comparison).

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Black Tea from Farmer Brothers

Style: Black Tea – Region: ?????

62 / 100 Aroma: 3/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Aug. 24th, 2017

I found a bag of this food-service/wholesale product at a motel in southern Utah, and decided to take it home for this review given the poor water quality in that town. I'm glad, because my preconceived notion about the weakness and unoriginality of food-service teas—especially considering the plainness and dated st...

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Natural Green Tea from Western Family

Style: Green Tea – Region: ?????

53 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Aug. 23rd, 2017

Obtainable mainly in assorted supermarkets across the West, this store-brand green tea tasted about average for a bagged green tea—placing it somewhat above-average for generic/store-brand teas overall. The dry leaves in the bag were quite finely chopped, but still identifiable as leaves! Some stem pieces appeared ...

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Traditional Navajo Tea from Yanabah Navajo Tea

Style: Herbal Tea – Region: United States of America

73 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Aug. 18th, 2017

Boxes of Yanabah teas, named after a Navajo matriarch beloved by the makers, appeared in the gift shop at Monument Valley for about 6 bucks (a tad on the costly side, but that is a tourist shop). Naturally I had to try something new, and bought the basic flagship variety. Greenthread is a common native forb in the ast...

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Raspberry Zinger® Herbal Tea from Celestial Seasonings

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

59 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Jul. 20th, 2017

Raspberry Zinger and Black Cherry Berry have the same ingredients list, but for the flavoring (obviously), and an absence of hawthorn in this offering. Yet it doesn't taste much like a simple swap of modular components. I could pull raspberry more out of the aroma and aftertaste than the direct flavor itself. Cherry...

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Special Blend from S&D Coffee & Tea

Style: Black Tea – Region: ?????

34 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 3/5
Jul. 20th, 2017

Here's another hotel/motel-offered tea that one may be tempted to try for breakfast when staying at lodging, and/or buy online through S&D's rather limited retail section. I've found that the quality of hybrid food-service/limited-retail teas, in general, varies wildly from very good to certifiably wretched. Okay, it...

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Zen Filterbags from Tazo Tea

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

40 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5
Jul. 9th, 2017

A couple of bags of this product wandered into my fingers, then into my suitcase (of their own free will—don't you believe me?) from a conference hotel's catered-breakfast table. It would have taken at least two more to yield a robustly flavored cup. The taste was best described as pleasant but distant, akin to the...

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Organic Tulsi with Ginger from Traditional Medicinals

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

65 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Jun. 28th, 2017

Flip this tea's title around and call it "Ginger with Tulsi", and we have an accurate portrayal. I've consumed and reviewed one other Tulsi tea (also containing ginger), and still can't determine what Tulsi is supposed to taste like. Maybe it slathers a mellow veneer over the ginger, because this concoction is fairly...

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English Tea No. 1 from Ahmad Tea

Style: Earl Grey Tea – Region: Blend

74 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jun. 24th, 2017

This bagged tea didn't earn quite as high of a rating as Ahmad's loose-leaf version of English Afternoon, but it was very good. Oodles of bags of this turned up in my pantry in an unmarked tin (my wife likes it, apparently), so I figured to give it a try.

I could taste the bergamot a bit -- not as much as with th...

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100% Natural Tea Bags from Clover Valley

Style: Black Tea – Region: ?????

60 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jun. 23rd, 2017

Perhaps this surprisingly high rating (for a very, very cheap tea) arises from the psychology of low expectations. I had seen a 100-count box of Clover Valley for sale at Dollar General for less than $2.50 (including tax)—slightly more than two cents per bag. Not wanting to buy a hundred bags, in case this tea suck...

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Peppermint Herbal Tea from Carrington Tea

Style: Peppermint Tea – Region: ?????

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Jun. 21st, 2017

I love peppermint, and this brand doesn't seem to use a detectable level of stems, non-mint material, spearmint, or other needless filler. The aroma and taste accordingly are nearly maxed for the amount of leaves used (which I always wish were more!).

Although the flavor of this tea is standard peppermint -- no ...

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Ogranic Green Tea Dandelion from Traditional Medicinals

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

55 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Jun. 14th, 2017

My sister-in-law offered me a bag of this, and immediately I had to ask: "Organic? Who on Earth is purposefully growing inorganic dandelions?" Most folks don't have to walk far to find organic dandelions (at least what would qualify by no-pesticide, no-herbicide, no-artificial-fertilizer standards). Some sprout from...

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Chocolate Puerh - Black Tea Blend from Numi Organic Tea

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

70 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jun. 14th, 2017

My first pu-erh just had to be this, didn't it? As of now, I still haven't tried any other, and being an ignoramus of massive proportions about this type of tea, have no clue how it should taste. So what do I do? Drink a chocolate/nutmeg pu-erh with rooibos whose non-tea flavors (that I happen to like a lot) mask an...

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Peppermint Herbal Tea from Bigelow Tea

Style: Peppermint Tea – Region: ?????

75 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jun. 13th, 2017

It's no big secret that I love peppermint, given that it pops up in my review docket almost as profusely as it does as a weed in cooler parts of the nation. As noted in one of my other reviews of a peppermint tea (Stash), it's hard, but possible, to screw up this herb as a tea.

Bigelow didn't screw this up. Thei...

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Cinnamon Berry Probiotic Balance from Yogi Tea

Style: Wellness Tea / Medicinal Tea – Region: Blend

48 / 100 Aroma: 2/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Jun. 12th, 2017

Overall, this wasn't a favorite, but is tolerable if one can either overcome a bothersome aroma, ignore it, or fail to notice in the first place.

Upon reading the side of the unopened bag wrapper, so many thoughts began swirling across my cranium's vast and mostly empty void, including, in about this order,
1. W...

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Tulsi Turmeric Ginger from Organic India

Style: Herbal Tea – Region: India

67 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Jun. 11th, 2017

Well, I do live in Oklahomi, so I doggone should try a tea called Tulsi. :-) Since I had to add this tea to the list, I'll assume it was a fairly recent addition to Organic India's product line, thereby hitching the brand to the turmeric-tea faddy wagon.

I probably should have tried a basic Tulsi tea first to le...

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Peppermint White Tea from Imperial Organic

Style: Flavored White Tea – Region: ?????

59 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5
May. 27th, 2017

First of all, please note that you get only 18 bags per box instead of the customary 20. In other words, you will be shortchanged two bags per box from the start, for a price comparable to (if not higher than) other name-brand organic teas on the store shelf.
This practice detracts decidedly from my "value" rating....

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Hagebutte (Rosehips) from SPAR

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

52 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Apr. 26th, 2017

This was my first attempt at a tea made mostly from rose hips. It brews up a deep purple/maroon color that gets dark fast, and has a mild fruity (more than rosy) aroma, both dry in-bag and wet in-cup. Fair warning: watch for structurally weak bags. Of my first 4 bags, 3 split open somewhere while I was pouring the ...

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Organic Licorice Root from Traditional Medicinals

Style: Wellness Tea / Medicinal Tea – Region: Blend

64 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Apr. 20th, 2017

A co-worker who is into the natural, herbal-wellness scene offered me a bag of this tea to try, which of course is irresistible when it's something I haven't reviewed in this medium before. Looking up licorice root online, it's advertised as beneficial to gastrointenstinal difficulties. My response: "I ain't got di...

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Black Tea from Lipton Tea

Style: Black Tea – Region: ?????

50 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 3/5
Apr. 19th, 2017

One of the very first teas I ever had as a kid (my mom liked it as an iced tea, for reasons I can't reckon aside from inexpensive price), somehow Lipton's flagship black has managed to avoid my first 67 ratings. How can a tea I've swallowed off and on for decades be so forgettable?

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Multi-vitamin Fruit Tea from Teekanne

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

55 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Apr. 19th, 2017

Teekanne seems to revel in fruity herbals, based on their variety of offerings in this arena; however, as of this writing, I can't find this specific blend on their company site. Instead you'll see it in German food stores (where I got it) and online (Amazon, GermanDeli, etc.).

As with the other Teekanne fruit te...

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