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China Green Tips Filterbag from Tazo Tea

Style: Mao Feng Green Tea – Region: Zhejiang, China

79 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Dec. 16th, 2018

Even though this isn't a Stash tea, it was well stashed—just a couple packets jammed discreetly in the middle of a bunch of bags of Bigelow Green at a conference, and only the first morning. Fortunately I noticed and grabbed them: one for there, one to bring home.

I'm not much for detecting subtleties, and pro...

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Earl Grey de la Crème from Trader Joe's

Style: Earl Grey Cream – Region: Blend

75 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Dec. 10th, 2018

Given the ingredients list, here was a tea that caught both my eye and a few bucks of my credit-card balance, while stocking up at a Dallas Trader Joe's on some things I don't get in nearby Oklahoma markets.

Overall, it's not quite as high-quality as the other Earl Grey Creme tea I've tried (the bagged version from ...

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Orange Spice from Chado High Tea

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

59 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 3/5
Dec. 7th, 2018

Preparing this tea brought back a fond childhood memory from about age 8. We were poor, but my mom had bought a box of "orange pekoe" tea as a rare indulgence, and I was excited to try some, thinking it literally was orange-flavored of whatever "pekoe" tea was. Imagine my disappointment, then, when it had no flavor a...

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Pomegranate Pizzazz® Herbal Tea from Bigelow Tea

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

58 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Dec. 5th, 2018

In many ways, the behavior of this concoction from bag to cup to esophagus reminded me uncannily of the berry-flavored members of Celestial Seasonings' "Zinger" line:
* Fruity, hibiscus-heavy dry-bag and in-cup aromas,
* Initial cherry-red color turning a deep, opaque purple-gray with time,
* Strongly fruity,...

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Northwest Minty Green from Allegro

Style: Green Tea with Mint – Region: Blend

66 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Nov. 26th, 2018

Here's the next entry in the dossier of Allegro teas obtained at one of our Colorado vacation stops. This is one of the few that I would consider ordering on its own merit...that is, if I weren't already dropping bags of inexpensive peppermint tea in with good green tea on occasion, to accomplish much the same result....

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Vanilla Honey Chamomile from Eating Right

Style: Chamomile Blend – Region: Blend

69 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Nov. 25th, 2018

Mostly, this seemed like a straight chamomile tea, from the dry-bag and in-cup scents to the golden-tan color of the poured liquid. Despite all the fruits and herbs blended into the mix, as seen in the "Commercial Description" here onsite, chamomile still dominated all the aromas, taste and aftertaste, to such an exte...

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Lemon Ginger Tulsi from Allegro

Style: Herbal Tea – Region: Blend

73 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Nov. 23rd, 2018

It seems like the few Tulsi teas I've tried so far have been paired in some way with ginger, regardless of other ingredients. This was no exception. The ingredients list explicitly states three kinds of Tulsi: Krishna, Rama, and Vana, two of which coincidentally were first names of sisters I knew in middle school who...

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8 Herbs from Teekanne

Style: Herbal Tea – Region: Blend

65 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Nov. 20th, 2018

As of this writing, Teekanne appears to be marketing this tea under three names, depending on the online or geographic venue: "8 Herbs" via English-language Amazon, and in person at the German-food store I visited in the DFW area, "Mixed Herbs" on their English-language, European-based website, and "8 Kräuter" (Germa...

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Chai Spice from O Organics

Style: Chai / Spiced Tea – Region: Blend

74 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Nov. 20th, 2018

Since we're careening headfirst into the holidays, and folks are warming up their days with spicy and chai teas, I hope this and my other reviews of them will prove helpful. This is a Safeway store brand—relatively inexpensive as organic bagged teas go. After being resoundingly disappointed by their peppermint offe...

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Well Rested Herbal Tea (Formerly Bed Time Tea) from Trader Joe's

Style: Herbal Tea – Region: Blend

78 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Nov. 14th, 2018

The title says that the herbal tea is well rested. Therefore I hope it conveys some of that placid nature to me as well. ;-)

In the meantime before bedtime, I did the usual dry-bag and in-cup sniffing prior to first chug, and generally was pleased at the result. While not intense, it was stronger and more balanc...

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English Breakfast from Chado High Tea

Style: English Breakfast – Region: Blend

52 / 100 Aroma: 3/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Nov. 9th, 2018

For a food-service tea, this seemed slightly above average...I've had worse, but wouldn't seek it out for home consumption. This is one that, if you spot it in a motel or (as I did) receive it as "hot tea" in a breakfast cafe off I-70 in Kansas, can be consumed safely and without obvious problems. I realize that's no...

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Indian Chai from Allegro

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

66 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Nov. 9th, 2018

A vacation motel/lodge at which I was staying in southern Colorado had a large assortment of Allegro teas, all of which I have tried or will. [I'm basing "value" off their stated online prices, compared to what one gets.] Here's the next in line.

By itself, this was a reasonably good tea, albeit different than e...

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Original Yogi Tea from Yogi Tea

Style: Herbal Tea – Region: Blend

72 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Nov. 7th, 2018

Perusing the ingredients label, I expected a cinnamon-heavy chai without actual tea, and that's pretty much what this delivered at every level. The list of components is astoundingly short for a Yogi blend at 6 (organic) ingredients: cinnamon bark, ginger root, cardamom pod, clove bud, black pepper, and cinnamon oil....

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Peppermint Herbal Tea from Chado High Tea

Style: Peppermint Tea – Region: ?????

56 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Nov. 5th, 2018

Finally, after three decidedly lame ones in a row, I try a new peppermint tea that rates (barely) above the speed Sammy Hagar can't drive. I hope this upward trend continues with future peppermint teas, as this is an herb I dearly love.

Opening the wrapper released a pleasant puff of peppermint aroma, more than eve...

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Tropical White from Allegro

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

53 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Nov. 4th, 2018

Realizing white tea isn't supposed to be particularly intense, from what I've read here regarding its "delicate" flavor, and that any attempt to flavor it must be careful so as to avoid overwhelming the base tea, I went in to the consumption undertaking not expecting to be blasted through the roof by an explosion of po...

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Organic Green Tea from 365 Everyday Value

Style: Green Tea – Region: ?????

72 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Nov. 3rd, 2018

This is a Whole Foods tea given to me by my sister-in-law in Colorado, who gets lots of organic and medicinal teas at the plethora of health-food shops in her area. She likes it when I try her favorite teas. So every time I return from there, I have a few more to review here. :-)

365 Organic Green pleasantly surpr...

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Christmas Tea from Twinings

Style: Chai / Spiced Tea – Region: Blend

49 / 100 Aroma: 2/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Nov. 3rd, 2018

If this were all Christmastime had to offer, I'd say, fast-forward to the new year. Fortunately, it's not. "Christmas Tea" is one of the better Twinings black teas I've tried, but...
1. That's not saying much, and
2. It's a very poor approximation of Bigelow's much richer, more-flavorful Constant Comment blend. ...

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Peppermint from Vermont Artisan Coffee & Tea Co

Style: Peppermint Tea – Region: ?????

38 / 100 Aroma: 3/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5
Nov. 2nd, 2018

This is my third consecutive "no bueno" on trying a new peppermint tea. It's about time to return to some old standbys, in order to re-familiarize with what peppermint should be!

The dry-leaf photo from their website is a little misleading, in that the sachet contained considerably more stem pieces—some quite l...

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Earl Grey from Allegro

Style: Earl Grey Tea – Region: Blend

54 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Nov. 2nd, 2018

When you have lemons, make lemonade? That seems to have happened here. While not overpowering, the distinct aroma of lemon wafted rather aggressively out of the pouch when I tore it open, and that scent stayed in the dry bag strongly until pouring the hot water through it. The in-cup smell was more balanced, but the...

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Tropical Pineapple Green Tea from Dazbog Coffee

Style: Fruit Green Tea – Region: ?????

70 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 31st, 2018

So there I was in the tea section of a grocery store in western Colorado, realizing I had forgotten to bring enough green tea along on vacation, looking for some. The bright red, cylindrical tin with the black lid and white star caught my attention, as did the unusual brand name and flavor: pineapple, one I enjoy. T...

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Chai Classic (Formerly Organic Tazo Chai) from Tazo Tea

Style: Chai / Spiced Tea – Region: Assam, India

74 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Oct. 30th, 2018

Bags of this tea came from a conference's coffee-break session, alongside a bunch of other Tazo and Bigelow teas that I mostly have tried already. Somehow, despite liking chai a lot, I hadn't had this one yet. It's a keeper—not the best chai I've chugged, but very satisfying, robust, and sharp. My wife likes to pa...

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Pomegranate Green from Allegro

Style: Fruit Green Tea – Region: Blend

69 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 28th, 2018

This is a very well-balanced rendition of berry-flavored green tea, an enjoyable sip or chug. As I've found with many bagged green teas, the dry-bag aroma was weak, but in-cup, the smell became more full and representative of the taste, while the deeply breathed wet-bag aroma was richest of all sensations (including ...

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Ginkgo Clarity (formerly Ginko IQ) from Yogi Tea

Style: Wellness Tea / Medicinal Tea – Region: Blend

71 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 21st, 2018

Just drank a fresh hot cup of...what's it called? Ahh yes, Ginkgo Clarity, right there on that picture to the right. Oh, but I forgot what to say.

Just kidding. Since I'd have to consume the product regularly to evaluate its contribution to enhanced mental acuity, and that's a notoriously tenuous concept for me a...

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Mint Herbal from O Organics

Style: Peppermint Tea – Region: United States of America

28 / 100 Aroma: 2/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 3/5
Oct. 20th, 2018

This is the worst peppermint tea I've had, and that's soon after trying my next-lowest rated peppermint, from another store brand. Guess I'm on a roll...around the bowl and down the hole! That's where the rest of this cup is going.

Out of the wrapper, the dry bag had only about 1/4 of its volume, maybe less, occup...

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Bedtime from Yogi Tea

Style: Wellness Tea / Medicinal Tea – Region: Blend

79 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 17th, 2018

Whoo-wee. This tea's ingredients list might fill a Houston phone book. [I only slightly exaggerate.] I'm tired from reading all that. Perhaps that's one of its secrets to sleep promotion.

How could any of the cavalcade of components have much effect when packed into only about 1/4 of a dry bag with all the oth...

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