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Green Tea from Lipton Tea

Style: Green Tea – Region: ?????

50 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Mar. 22nd, 2020

This is the last of a set of food-service Liptons I got from a cafeteria, an individually wrapped bag that I finally have gotten around to trying and rating a couple months later.

The dry bag had little aroma, which is nothing new for most mass-produced or food-service green teas I've tried. The wet bag has a bit o...

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Chai Green Tea from Stash Tea

Style: Chai / Spiced Tea – Region: Blend

53 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Mar. 9th, 2020

Since I like chais a lot in general, I thought I'd try this one on for fun and variety, after seeing it deeply discounted at a Sprouts. Maybe there's a good reason it was discounted a lot.

The dry-bag aroma is all cinnamon, and quite strongly so. The wet-bag aroma was almost all cinnamon, not quite as strong, but ...

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Enticing Chai (Spiced Chai Flavored Black Tea) from Lipton Tea

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

57 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Feb. 18th, 2020

In an apparent ode to Back to the Future, Lipton, or at least its corporate boss Unilever, is again referring to this simply as, "Spiced Chai", as of Feb. 2020. Whether this is a renaming of their chai just for food-service purposes, or for keeps across the brand, remains to be seen. I uploaded a photo of the latest ...

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Organic Darjeeling Green Tea from Trader Joe's

Style: Darjeeling Green Tea – Region: Darjeeling, India

43 / 100 Aroma: 3/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Feb. 17th, 2020

Similarly to my review of TJ's Darjeeling white tea, I hope this isn't very representative of Darjeeling greens; for it lacks aroma and flavor. The dry-bag aroma is basically nil, with the in-cup scent only very faint. Only the wet bag has something resembling a smell I would associate with green tea, and it's still ...

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Orange Herbal Tea from Lipton Tea

Style: Herbal Tea – Region: ?????

71 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Feb. 15th, 2020

Here's another Lipton brand that has been "unretired" as of Feb. 2020. It is available under different-looking packaging in several online stores, as well as via Unilever's food-service page (where I got the photo to be uploaded shortly). Now that I've tried a few of these Lipton herbal and flavored black teas from a...

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Organic Sencha Tea from Trader Joe's

Style: Sencha – Region: Japan

74 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Feb. 14th, 2020

Despite having a wide spectrum of experiences with TJ's teas (from excellent to revolting...but mostly good), I somehow thought this would be a cheap knockoff and not very high quality. Somewhat surprisingly, while not the best bagged green I've had (that would be an unbranded tea my daughter brought back from Japan)...

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English Breakfast from Lipton Tea

Style: English Breakfast – Region: Blend

54 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Feb. 11th, 2020

I bring news! Whether it's good news or not is up to the reader. This tea, as a brand with the same name, is not retired after all, as of Feb. 2020. Instead, it has found its way to the food-service division of Unilever, Lipton's corporate overlord. I'll upload a photo of its newest packaging separately. I was abl...

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Organic Spring Blossom White Tea from Trader Joe's

Style: White Tea – Region: Darjeeling, India

41 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 2/5
Feb. 10th, 2020

This was my first Darjeeling white tea, and it's about as impressive as sitting through an hour-long staff meeting with a well-advertised, nicely dressed, but ultimately monotonic guest speaker droning on about an uninteresting subject.

At first, I was intrigued. The best part of the experience was the dry-bag ar...

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Chamomile from Lipton Tea

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

65 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Feb. 7th, 2020

Let's play tea detective. This product was a bit perplexing—not because of anything having to do with its own properties, but because it took some digging to find exactly this stuff online. Lipton sells a "Relax" branded chamomile in retail—on its site and in some stores—but I don't know if this is the same stu...

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Organic Autumn Harvest Black Tea from Trader Joe's

Style: Black Tea – Region: Blend

69 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Feb. 6th, 2020

This is not to be confused with the apparently much-better-known Trader Joe's "Harvest Blend" herbal tea, which is a completely different product. Instead, this black tea came in a 10-bag sealed wrapper, tucked into one of four squares of a wooden gift box. The outside paper wrapper of the gift box describes all four...

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Bombay Chai from Mighty Leaf Tea

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

61 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5
Jan. 30th, 2020

I love chai overall, so they tend to skew high in my ratings unless they either simply suck, or as in this case, are "just" decent while being overpriced. [Though I was served a couple bags of this tea at a Corner Bakery outlet, I based "value" on the online pricing.] My version came in a rectangular sachet sewn on t...

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Tropical Green Tea from Revolution Tea

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

64 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Jan. 8th, 2020

Here was the last in a series of Revolution teas I've finished from a variety pack, and it was slightly above average, overall. The aromas and flavors are quite similar, across-the-board, from dry bag to cup to wet bag. The aroma is a good bit weaker than the taste, however.

The green teas used seem to be good qua...

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Jasmine Tea from Fujian Tea Import & Export Co, Ltd.

Style: Jasmine Tea – Region: Fujian, China

65 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jan. 4th, 2020

One of my kids gave me this for Christmas, having bought it at an Asian food store for an unknown price, so I'm basing the value rating off the mostly reasonable online costs for a 120g tin. The packaging of this tea confused me a bit at first, as it was branded just like one of the same title on RateTea, but in a tin...

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Pear White Tea (Formerly White Pear) from Revolution Tea

Style: Fruit White Tea – Region: ?????

58 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Jan. 3rd, 2020

This tea was "something else". It was my first nominally pear-flavored tea, but most of the experience was of something else. This was one of the few teas I've tried where the aromas were consistently the same from dry bag to cup to wet bag, but the taste was something else.

I found the aroma remarkably floral, ...

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Peppermint Chocolate from Republic of Tea

Style: Flavored Rooibos – Region: Blend

71 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5
Jan. 1st, 2020

Chocolate and peppermint are two of my favorite flavors in all this mighty land. As such, I'm a major sucker for trying such teas, even expensive ones like this or Harney & Sons. So I grabbed a tin* of the R of T version at a local World Market, as a minor Christmas present to myself.

The dry-bag and wet-bag ar...

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Mandarin Orange Spice® Herb Tea from Celestial Seasonings

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

76 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Dec. 30th, 2019

Celestial Seasonings has made a mint off selling assorted fruit flavors added to the same basic "Zinger" foundation (hibiscus, rose hips, hawthorn, blackberry leaves, orange peel). This tea has been around a couple of generations, probably preceding the Zingers, and doesn't bear that name, so maybe they're inspired by...

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Storm Watcher from Murchie's Tea & Coffee Ltd

Style: Black Tea – Region: Blend

81 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Dec. 17th, 2019

Being in Oklahoma, the name of this seasonal tea intrigued me a lot, even though the storms inspiring it are cold, wet wintertime blasts on the British Columbia coast, instead of southern Plains severe thunderstorms and tornadoes. Then again, that makes sense. What would tornado tea be, and would it even matter? The...

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Sweet Ginger Peach from Revolution Tea

Style: Flavored Black Tea – Region: Blend

58 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Dec. 14th, 2019

This blend has some potential, but is far from my favorite flavored black tea. The first and biggest turnoff was the dry-bag aroma, which reminded me of cheap incense—specifically, the sort employed to smoke-bomb a room fast, in order to mask pot usage. This is the second tea that has given off that cheap-incense v...

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Tea Book Volume II (Gold) from Basilur

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

64 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5
Dec. 5th, 2019

Basilur is creative in the packaging and marketing of their teas. This is part of an impressively elaborate gimmick: the second in a multi-volume series of well-decorated "books"—each a metal tin about the size and shape of a small hardback book—containing a plastic bag full of loose tea that gets folded and some...

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English Breakfast from Revolution Tea

Style: English Breakfast – Region: Blend

63 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Dec. 2nd, 2019

The next entry from a Revolution variety pack delivered one of the strangest experiences I've had with a tea. Sniffing the dry bag (pyramid sachet) rendered an unmistakably familiar aroma that took me many tries to recall its specific origin. "Sniff, sniff, sniff...I know this...sniff, sniff, sniff...where have I sme...

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Yorkshire Tea Traditional from Yorkshire Tea

Style: Black Tea – Region: Blend

64 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Dec. 1st, 2019

Yorkshire is a basic, moderately strong, reasonably tasty, unassuming black-tea blend—nothing special, but still just bold enough to sneak into the upper 40th percentile of bagged black teas I've had.

The dry-bag aroma and in-cup smell and taste can be described the same way: plain, short on standout notes or c...

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Earl Grey Lavender from Revolution Tea

Style: Miscellaneous Blend – Region: Blend

80 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Nov. 27th, 2019

Here's the first tea I've tried from a Revolution variety pack, and it was a pleasant surprise! The ingredients list looked promising, with a blend of Ceylon, Darjeeling and "Foromosa" (presumably Formosa, misspelled) oolong, French lavender flowers, and bergamot oil.

It was impossible not to compare this to anothe...

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Earl Grey Tea Bags from Murchie's Tea & Coffee Ltd

Style: Earl Grey Tea – Region: Blend

88 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Nov. 12th, 2019

Now this was an unexpected treat! Rarely (if ever) have I had the loose and bagged version of a tea from the same company, at the same time, from the same order. Not only that, they're rather different (how?), but both delicious. I specifically had ordered the EG loose mainly for my wife, and the EG bags came in a v...

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Constant Comment Decaffeinated from Bigelow Tea

Style: Flavored Black Tea – Region: Blend

76 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Nov. 11th, 2019

Caveat: Constant Comment is one of my very favorite teas, so even a noticeable dropoff from that still garners a favorable rating from me.

The Good: As bagged decaf teas go, this is one of the most tolerable, and dare I say pleasant. Most of the wonderfully clove/orange/cinnamon aroma and flavor of original Const...

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Jasmine Pure Tea Bags from Murchie's Tea & Coffee Ltd

Style: Jasmine Tea – Region: China

77 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Oct. 31st, 2019

This was a peculiar yet pleasant jasmine-tea experience, stem to stern. The jasmine scent in both the dry bag and steeped cup were stronger than the tea, and than it asserted in the flavor. Instead, the flavor overall is very well-balanced between jasmine and tea. That's good, because the green tea tastes like a ver...

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