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Energy Red from Teatulia

Style: Wellness Tea / Medicinal Tea – Region: Blend

60 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
May. 21st, 2018

Energy Red is a weird tea, truly an odd bird among herbals I've tried, that comes across flavor-wise as both sweet and mellow, and also reminiscent of the underside of a lawn mower. Yet corporately, it claims to be an energy booster despite no caffeine or sugar, and caters to the hurried and impatient drinker as somet...

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English Tradition from Farmer Brothers

Style: Black Tea – Region: ?????

77 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
May. 20th, 2018

I couldn't tell if English Tradition was an English Breakfast an English Afternoon, so against such traditions, I drank it in the evening in America.

Of the three black teas from Farmer Brothers (FB) that I have reviewed, all of which were surprisingly tolerable, this product has been the best across the board. A...

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Candy Cane Green Tea from Trader Joe's

Style: Flavored Green Tea – Region: Blend

88 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
May. 13th, 2018

Straight up, this is a blatant, unapologetic and remarkably close approximation of Celestial Seasonings' Candy Cane Lane (one of my very favorite teas), right down to the decaf green tea, the rest of the ingredients list, and the square stringless flat bags housed in a gummed wax-paper pouch, within a similarly sized b...

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English Breakfast from Harney and Sons

Style: English Breakfast – Region: China

61 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
May. 6th, 2018

Sniffing the dry bag resurrected memories of high-school wood shop. At first I didn't understand why, then I realized the modest aroma has a component much like freshly sanded walnut, or basswood. That's not an unpleasant odor, just not what I expect in a tea. Perhaps a carpenter can appreciate this product better t...

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Mango Maui Black Tea from Hawaiian Islands Tea Company

Style: Fruit Black Tea – Region: Blend

75 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
May. 5th, 2018

How appropriate it is that I opened this box, bought in Kailua and brought to Oklahoma, on the night after a the largest Big Island quake since the 1970s, while Kilauea's East Rift fissure belches steam, acrid fumes and fountains of lava through Leilani Estates. Would Mango Maui prove as smooth and relaxing as a seabr...

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Organic Green Tea from Revolution Tea

Style: Green Tea – Region: Blend

82 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
May. 1st, 2018

Sometimes the best teas are accidental discoveries. Aiming to gulp down some omelets at an IHOP, I saw green tea on the drink menu (uncommon for a chain!) and ordered some. To my surprise, it wasn't one of the mass-produced bagged big brands or food-service teas, but this, in a pyramid sachet, with reasonably large l...

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Earl Grey from Farmer Brothers

Style: Earl Grey Tea – Region: Blend

61 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Apr. 8th, 2018

Farmer Brothers apparently uses the same relatively rich base tea as for their plain black offering, which similarly brews up dark and tastes stronger than most brand-name bagged teas. As such, you can pluck a bag or three off your hotel's or conference's tea table with confidence you'll get a passable, perhaps even r...

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When Life Gives You Lemons Add Mint & Ginger from Trader Joe's

Style: Flavored Green Tea – Region: Blend

72 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Mar. 28th, 2018

Teas with ridiculously long names seem attracted to me. Whether that's an attraction of the pleasant and fortuitous variety, or more akin to flies swirling around steaming dung heaps, is another story. This blend is one of the few loose-leaf offerings I've seen at TJ's, and contains several dried ingredients that var...

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English Teatime from Bigelow Tea

Style: Black Tea – Region: ?????

61 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Mar. 24th, 2018

Trying this tea 24 hours after "English Breakfast" and under nearly identical circumstances, I had a hard time telling the difference between the two. This one left less of an aftertaste (strength, and for sure duration) but was a little more bitter. Since the aftertaste of the other tea wasn't bad, the "more bitter"...

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English Breakfast Black Tea from Bigelow Tea

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

66 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Mar. 23rd, 2018

Pulled from a hotel breakfast stash (lower-case, not the tea brand), I brought a bag home to chug in my usual well water. Dry-bag and in-cup aroma were feeble, as has been my experience with most Bigelow teas (except Constant Comment, a major favorite). The brew got dark fairly quickly, tasting pleasant enough, rather...

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Chamomile from Farmer Brothers

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

43 / 100 Aroma: 3/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Mar. 6th, 2018

In my experience, chamomile shouldn't stand out much one way or another most of the time. A rich, deeply golden cup with delightfully robust, sweet, rich flavor is rare, as is the moribund, stale and/or flavorless kind. While not a turn-off, per se, the Farmer Brothers version leans weak and flat. The aromas, whethe...

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Orange Bliss from Farmer Brothers

Style: Flavored Rooibos – Region: Blend

46 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 3/5
Mar. 5th, 2018

My first impression of this tea's flavor was shockingly wretched: an overwhelming impression of stale coffee and mud, with some orangey/cinnamon hint buried beneath. I asked, "How can this tea possibly be so nasty with such a delicious-looking ingredients list?" It contains: rooibos, cinnamon, ginger root, orange pe...

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Green Tea with Pomegranate from Bigelow Tea

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

62 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Mar. 1st, 2018

Mistakenly and distracted by engaging conversation, I grabbed a couple of bags at a conference, thinking this was straight green Bigelow tea as typically served, without looking carefully at the little red strip declaring, "with pomegranate". I still didn't notice upon ripping open the bag, dropping into the cup and d...

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Butterscotch Blondie from Tazo Tea

Style: Flavored Black Tea – Region: Blend

63 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 1/5
Feb. 23rd, 2018

Sweet dessert-flavor teas will snatch my attention every time. This has, for both wonderful and disgraceful reasons.

The Wonderful: Tazo has a small line of enticing new black teas flavored with herbal blends so as to resemble assorted cookies and cakes. Having loved butterscotch-chip cookies as a kid, I grabbed...

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Sweetheart from Murchie's Tea & Coffee Ltd

Style: Miscellaneous Blend – Region: Blend

84 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Feb. 9th, 2018

Fans of unabashedly fruity teas, this one's for you. Get some today. "Sweetheart" is well worth giving love, though in a somewhat unexpected way.

While on their website replenishing stocks of other Murchie's teas, I saw this new loose blend, checked the ingredients (including the pieces of coconut visible in the ph...

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Coconut Matcha from Zhena's Gypsy Tea

Style: Flavored Green Tea – Region: Blend

70 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
Feb. 4th, 2018

Setting aside the blatant commercial appeal to hipster New Age hocus-pocus in the labeling's verbiage and art, the composition of this tea showed promise on the shelf. I like coconut a lot, and have come to tolerate matcha-infused green tea, so this looked like it was worth a try when I saw it discounted at Sprouts. ...

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Green Ginger from Tazo Tea

Style: Flavored Green Tea – Region: China

64 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Jan. 28th, 2018

Investigating the dry bag (looks and aroma), then the wet bag in-cup, I expected the ginger to have a lot more kick. Not that I thought it would treat the epiglottis as a punching bag, like Vernors soda, or the strong "Ginger Beer" I often drank in college...but this presentation did set expectations that reality coul...

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Maple Chai from Murchie's Tea & Coffee Ltd

Style: Flavored Black Tea – Region: Blend

85 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Jan. 27th, 2018

Tea-flavor blends are like marriages: a wide spectrum of compatibilities and results, from the "opposites attracted" who somehow live happily-ever-after to the seemingly alike soulmates on the road to disastrous divorce, vice versa, and every outcome in between.

In that context, leave it to a Canadian tea company...

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Organic Moroccan Mint Green Tea from Trader Joe's

Style: Green Tea with Mint – Region: Blend

64 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jan. 14th, 2018

Reading the online description, I had a hearty belt-buckle chuckle realizing that the title contains "Moroccan"...in a blend from South India (green tea), U.S. Pacific Northwest (spearmint), and region not given, but not likely Morocco (lemongrass). The product itself was comped to me by the store manager after he ov...

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Coconut Macadamia Herbal from Hawaiian Islands Tea Company

Style: Flavored Rooibos – Region: Blend

55 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Jan. 10th, 2018

Being a big fan of that taste, this is the third coconut-flavored tea I've tried and reviewed, and the weakest of them all.

All I saw in the dry bag was rooibos, no evidence of real coconut or macadamia pieces. This steeps up like every other decent rooibos: a nice reddish color, with rooibos itself being the over...

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Japanese Green Tea from Kirkland Signature / Costco

Style: Green Tea – Region: Japan

72 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jan. 8th, 2018

Surprisingly, this is one of the better bagged green teas I've had. A store brand for Costco, it's not expensive; so I assigned a good "value" rating despite receiving it at no extra cost in a package of teas provided by lodging.

Bags are individually plastic-wrapped. Upon ripping one open, an unmistakable matcha...

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Jasmine Tea (16 ct.) from Yamamotoyama

Style: Jasmine Tea – Region: China

56 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Jan. 7th, 2018

I've only tried and reviewed a few jasmine greens so far, but Yamamotoyama's is the first whose jasmine aroma (dry bag and wet cup) clearly stood as vastly stronger than the flavor. The jasmine taste was detectable, no mistaking it, but couldn't deliver on the promise made by the smell. The aroma took me back to warm...

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Pineapple Waikiki Black Tea from Hawaiian Islands Tea Company

Style: Fruit Black Tea – Region: Blend

64 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 3/5
Jan. 7th, 2018

Being a fan of pineapple as a taste, and seeing that this offering was reasonably inexpensive (for Hawaii anyway) at the Wal Mart in Kona, I figured to give it a try. While not bad, each step of the process disappointed me a bit more, leaving an impression less favorable than the potential.

Each tea bag in a standa...

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Herbal Green from Murchie's Tea & Coffee Ltd

Style: Flavored Green Tea – Region: Blend

68 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Dec. 3rd, 2017

I haven't had a bad offering from Murchie's yet, and this one isn't either. Of the herbs used to flavor the Chinese green tea (lemongrass, ginger, peppermint, fennel, and lemon peel), I can taste the fennel and lemongrass best, and the peppermint least. Since peppermint tends to be a potent, dominating kind of herb, ...

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Peppermint Herbal Tea from Celestial Seasonings

Style: Peppermint Tea – Region: United States of America

87 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Nov. 20th, 2017

For peppermint, it's hard to top CS' version. As noted in some of my other peppermint tea reviews, this is an herb that is difficult to ruin anyway, and I love the flavor, whether stand-alone or mixed with other products (teas, candies, cookies, etc.). Some tea companies do use stems as cheap filler, or unadvertised ...

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