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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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Afternoon Lift from Allegro

Style: Flavored Yerba Maté – Region: Blend

61 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 15th, 2018

I've never been a big fan of the base flavor of yerba mate, which strikes me as metallic and overly bitter, despite trying to get used to it during my years living in South Florida, where everything from sodas to candy, tea, baked goods, and even alcoholic beverages are made with it. That caveat duly affixed herein, I...

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EveryDay Detox® from Traditional Medicinals

Style: Wellness Tea / Medicinal Tea – Region: Blend

32 / 100 Aroma: 3/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 2/5
Oct. 15th, 2018

Here's another sample accepted from my sister-in-law's clay jar full of different, mainly unusual organic teas. What a hodgepodge of strange ingredients is listed, including burdock, dandelion, something called "cleavers herb", and the one that gave me the most pause, stinging nettle.

Stuff that makes skin rashes...

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Green Tea Kombucha Decaf from Yogi Tea

Style: Wellness Tea / Medicinal Tea – Region: Blend

56 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 14th, 2018

I can bear this Yogi. However, it could be better. For a wellness tea, it was a pleasant, light, fruity drink (thanks to the lemongrass and added natural passionfruit and plum flavors), using decaf green tea and spearmint leaf as a vector to deliver the goods. The aromas (dry bag and in-cup) were quite faint, however...

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Earl Grey from Urban Teahouse

Style: Earl Grey Tea – Region: Blend

84 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 14th, 2018

Admittedly I haven't been up to the Urban Teahouse location in OKC as of this writing, but drinking this at a Norman breakfast restaurant, and getting a sample to take home and chug, makes me want to pay a dangerous visit next time I'm up in that part of "The Big Town". Why dangerous? Because of what that visit woul...

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Rooibos Vibrations from Allegro

Style: Rooibos Chai / Spiced Rooibos – Region: Blend

74 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 14th, 2018

The dry-bag* and in-cup scents were robust and screamed "chai", which is great since I enjoy such tea. Cinnamon and cardamom stood obvious, cloves and black pepper being apparent with some concentration, the other ingredients a good deal less so. Even though ginger is the second ingredient (behind rooibos), I only co...

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Mango Green from Murchie's Tea & Coffee Ltd

Style: Flavored Green Tea – Region: Blend

77 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Sep. 25th, 2018

If you like both mango and green tea, you can't go wrong here. From my time in South Florida, eating mangoes fresh off co-workers' trees, it has been one of my favorite fruits and flavors. Murchies consistently cranks out delicious tea varieties; the other flavored green of theirs I've tried, blueberry, is a househol...

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Peppermint from Trader Joe's

Style: Peppermint Tea – Region: ?????

53 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Sep. 24th, 2018

Come on, Trader Joe's! What's the deal here? It's fantastically difficult to mess up peppermint and you came closer to doing so than any I've tried yet. The very low price (beaten in my experience only by Wal-Mart's store brand and Carrington, both noticeably higher-quality) is the only thing that saves this rating ...

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Premium Hot Tea from House Recipe

Style: Black Tea – Region: Blend

69 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Sep. 23rd, 2018

This tea came from a chain motel in the Nebraska Panhandle. I rather enjoyed it on their breakfast area the morning I first chugged a cup, and the water is decent in the town; still, I took another bag home to review after brewing it up on my own well water. Before the pour, I did the usual dry-bag sniff. The aroma ...

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Vanilla Chai from Pukka

Style: Herbal Tea – Region: Blend

71 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Sep. 13th, 2018

Here's a herbal tea that doesn't smell or taste quite like one surmises based on ingredients, but is reasonably enjoyable. I wouldn't pay any more than sale price for it, though!

This came via a discount at Sprouts for a 20-bag box, with each bag sealed in a waxed paper pouch. This is the first steeped beverage ca...

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Coconut Chai Black from Zhena's Gypsy Tea

Style: Chai / Spiced Tea – Region: Blend

92 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Sep. 6th, 2018

This is an absolutely outstanding tea, and I don't wield such platitudes frivolously. Opening the jar unleashes a powerful, creamy blast of chai aroma, which was mouth-watering for me in anticipation of the taste. Sometimes I open it just to take a whiff; this stuff would make an excellent Christmastime potpourri if ...

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Purple Majesty from Murchie's Tea & Coffee Ltd

Style: Green Tea – Region: Nandi, Kenya

77 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Aug. 21st, 2018

While periodically ordering our regularly consumed teas from Murchie's, I'll sometimes go after a small sample of a new tea, just to try something different, since they do have a huge selection. The name intrigued me (purple tea?), as did the origin, in some of the highest-elevation tea-growing areas of Kenya.

Unl...

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Golden Chamomile from Revolution Tea

Style: Chamomile Blend – Region: Blend

66 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Aug. 20th, 2018

I found this one hard to rate, and get the sense drinkers will fall into one of three main camps:
* Like it!
* Yuck, pour it out now! or...
* What did I just drink?

My reaction is a mix of the first and last bullets. The tea is a puzzle. It does different things to different senses at different times, which...

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Green Tea from Great Value

Style: Green Tea – Region: ?????

50 / 100 Aroma: 3/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Aug. 13th, 2018

The good news is, it ain't that bad. The bad news is, it ain't that good. Hence I'll take a page from the singular member of the Gerry Rafferty greatest-hits collection and rate this "right down the line"—the 50% line, that is.

The dry-bag, wet-bag and in-cup aromas barely exist. Though the base flavor of the ...

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Misty Mint from Farmer Brothers

Style: Mint Tea – Region: Blend

63 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Aug. 4th, 2018

The ingredients list only states peppermint, lemongrass and spearmint. So why do I smell and taste a dab of black pepper in this? Personally, I'm not complaining; spicy teas appeal to me. Yet I wonder if this sensation stems from a systematic characteristic of how one of the listed ingredients is grown or processed,...

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Lemon Lift Black Tea from Bigelow Tea

Style: Lemon Black Tea – Region: ?????

62 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Jul. 30th, 2018

About 15 years ago, out by L.A., I saw a dude outside a smoothie shop dressed in yellow hat, yellow shoes and yellow tights, wearing a lemon costume. Had he asked me for a lift, I could have handed him a bag of this tea and satisfied the request.

Otherwise, the tea is not too useful. It reminded me a lot of flavor...

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Chamomile Lavender from Paromi Tea

Style: Chamomile Blend – Region: Blend

82 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jul. 17th, 2018

Formula: broom straw + lavender + chamomile = sugar cookies!

My wife brought a jar of this home from an estate sale figuring I'd try almost anything. She's right, although admittedly I'm not a fan of floral teas that smell or taste overtly so. Such teas remind me of drinking an old girlfriend's perfume: no bueno...

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Jade Citrus Mint from Teavana

Style: Flavored Green Tea – Region: Blend

64 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5
Jul. 2nd, 2018

Wow, am I ever ignorant. After rating a hundred-some-odd teas, I only just discovered by accidental click that I can rate teas on RateTea that have retired! Except...it ain't really retired anymore. This one and at least few others from Teavana have come back like that mythical phoenix. A set of 15-sachet plastic j...

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Green Tea from Farmer Brothers

Style: Green Tea – Region: ?????

73 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jun. 30th, 2018

This probably is the best food-service green tea I've had so far, overall. Travelers should like this if the lodging or conference offers it, as it is comparable to or better than some common name-brand greens. You just need to be patient with it while brewing, and/or use one of the smaller sippy-cups these places te...

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Pure Camomile (Chamomile) from Twinings

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

72 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jun. 27th, 2018

Twinings has disappointed me time and again with their true teas and tea blends, so admittedly I tried their pure chamomile bag expecting it to both smell and taste old and weak. Much to my surprise, it was neither on either sense.

The dry bag was remarkably well-stuffed with chopped blossoms, offering an aroma o...

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Peppermint from Great Value

Style: Peppermint Tea – Region: ?????

77 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Jun. 25th, 2018

As I've noted with other peppermint-tea reviews, this is one of my very favorite herbs, one that's generally consistent and hard to mess up (though it can happen!). As such, I'll generally give peppermint teas high marks unless they are stale, overly stem-laden, exorbitantly costly, somehow wrongly advertised, or the ...

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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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