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Nightly Calm (Bedtime Blend) from Twinings

Style: Herbal Tea – Region: Blend

65 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Aug. 8th, 2019

The flavor of Nightly Calm is mostly spearmint with a hint of chamomile. The spearmint is nice and doesn't taste grassy or woody. The chamomile is mostly detectable as a faint richness and I don't taste any of the other ingredients.

Pure spearmint is hard to find as a bagged herbal tea and the brands that sell it ar...

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Lemon Lift Black Tea from Bigelow Tea

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

63 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Aug. 8th, 2019

The dry teabag smells like a spiced cake, like carrot cake or gingerbread. The spice is predominantly cinnamon (mellow "Ceylon" cinnamon rather than the hotter cassia), but there's something else there, too, like nutmeg or ginger.

Interestingly, the instructions say to only steep for two minutes. I'm ignoring their ...

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

Style: Jasmine Tea – Region: Fujian, China

59 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Aug. 7th, 2019

I'm not entirely sure how to understand Chinese branding, but "Fujian Tea Import & Export Co., Ltd.," itself a subsidiary of "China Tea Co., Ltd." seems to be a state-run company that handles international trade for a number of smaller Chinese tea companies in the Fujian province. This jasmine tea is further branded wi...

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Organic Chamomile Tea Bags from Taylors of Harrogate

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

95 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Aug. 2nd, 2019

This is good quality chamomile. After opening the heavy paper and foil pouch, the dry teabag has a much richer aroma than most chamomile that I've had. The contents of the teabag looks ground up and entirely flower parts with no stems or leaves.

It brews up a deep gold with a slight greenish hue. The aroma of the li...

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Chamomile from TEViVE

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

86 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Jul. 26th, 2019

This is really good chamomile. Rather than being bitter, it's floral and sweet. The box says that it was packed in Sri Lanka, but doesn't come right out and say where the chamomile is from.

The only problem is the same one that all TEViVE teas have, the teabags have half the contents of other brands. The box of 20 t...

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English Afternoon from Twinings

Style: Black Tea – Region: ?????

55 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Jul. 15th, 2019

The box says that it's a blend of Keemun and Ceylon teas. There are notes of cocoa and dark bread crust and the flavor's quite complex for grocery store tea, but it's too bitter and astringent.

The tea gets better and mellows a bit as it cools. The cocoa becomes more pronounced and I can taste the sweetness from the...

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Xiaguan Te Ji Raw Pu-Erh Tuo from Xiaguan Tea Factory

Style: Raw (Sheng) Pu-erh – Region: Yunnan, China

75 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jul. 14th, 2019

SECOND UPDATE: I'm pretty sure now that this tuo is counterfeit and not really from the Xiaguan factory. I'd been drinking leaves from the surface, which were good, but just broke through to a second layer of chopped up leaves and twigs. I'm rather surprised at the amount of effort that went into counterfeiting a tea t...

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Peppermint from TEViVE

Style: Peppermint Tea – Region: ?????

78 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Jun. 5th, 2019

The weird thing about TEViVE teas is that the teabags contain half of the tea or herb or whatever of other brands. The flavored black teas each contain one gram of tea instead of two. The peppermint teabags contain .6 gram while my box of Stash teabags have a full gram. Whenever I make this, I use twice as many teabags...

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Hibiscus Tea / Sorrel (Té de Flor de Jamaica) from Badia

Style: Hibiscus Tea – Region: ?????

75 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Jun. 4th, 2019

Good quality, straightforward hibiscus flower tea. Bulk hibiscus flowers are cheap, but quality can be hit or miss. Though many (or even most) blended herbal teas contain hibiscus, few brands offer unblended hibiscus teabags and the ones that do tend to be overpriced.

Hibiscus is tart and fruity, almost like unsweet...

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Bold Breakfast from Dunkin Donuts

Style: Black Tea – Region: Blend

63 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5
May. 31st, 2019

I bought a cup of this from a Dunkin Donuts and liked it, so I bought a box to brew at home. The sachets are large and each contains 3g of finely-chopped tea. The box doesn't say which teas are in the blend (other than "from around the World"), but the tea looks orthodox rather than CTC.

The brewing tea has a strong...

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Darjeeling (Loose) from Twinings

Style: Darjeeling Black Tea – Region: Darjeeling, India

57 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5
Apr. 4th, 2019

At first glance, the tea looks odd for Twinings. Twinings's loose teas are usually broken leaf, but the pieces are much larger and appear to be better quality than what goes into the teabags. The Darjeeling is different. The loose tea pieces are tiny and uniform and look exactly like what goes into the teabags. Like mo...

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Camomile, Honey & Vanilla from Twinings

Style: Herbal Tea – Region: Blend

19 / 100 Aroma: 3/10 Flavor: 1/5 Value: 3/5
Apr. 2nd, 2019

Dry, the aroma of vanilla is strong and it smells kind of like eggnog. The camomile lends a woody smell so that the overall impression is a bit like perfumed potpourri.

The brewing tea smells of honey surrounded by sweet pastry and the impression is of honeyed biscuits. The flavor is strongly vanilla, so much so tha...

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Black Tea from Farmer Brothers

Style: Black Tea – Region: ?????

71 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Mar. 27th, 2019

I was surprised off the bat by the unexpected aroma from the brewing tea. Instead of an Assam or Ceylon blend, it smells like inexpensive Yunnan teabags like Foojoy. It's smoky, earthy and woodsy.

The flavor reinforces my guess that this blend is predominantly Chinese. Astringent without bitterness, this tea tastes ...

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Roastaroma® Herbal Tea from Celestial Seasonings

Style: Coffee Alternative / Substitute – Region: ?????

38 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 3/5
Mar. 25th, 2019

I'm not a fan. It smells nice dry, kind of like a cinnamon roll. Brewed, the grain aroma from the barley takes over. I can see what they're going for and the chicory, carob and spices combine to give the passable impression of a mocha coffee, but there's too much dark bread crust for my taste.

I don't think this rea...

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Oi Ocha Koiaji Dark Green Tea from ITO EN

Style: Green Tea – Region: Japan

76 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Mar. 21st, 2019

The dry tea is tiny, broken pieces, almost like fannings. I assume it's a lower grade, "everyday" tea. I use a metal tea ball with a tight mesh to brew loose tea and there's a ton of sediment at the bottom of my cup, which is distracting and a bit off-putting.

Brewing, the tea smells like seaweed with underripe appl...

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Green Tea with Mint from Bigelow Tea

Style: Green Tea with Mint – Region: ?????

40 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 2/5
Mar. 19th, 2019

The green tea smells stronger than it tastes. There's nothing offensive about it, but neither is it satisfying. I rather suspect that Bigelow's green teas are blended for those that drink green tea for purported health benefits rather than the flavor. It's mild and not bitter, but it lacks any brightness or vegetal com...

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Sweet Dreams Herbal Tea from Bigelow Tea

Style: Chamomile Blend – Region: ?????

53 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Mar. 14th, 2019

I've had a few knockoffs of this lately, so I figured I'd review the real thing. Sweet Dreams is basically chamomile tea for people that don't like chamomile. When dry, the dominant aroma is spearmint. After steeping, it's a subdued mintiness with a bit of cinnamon and citrus.

The flavor complements the aroma and se...

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Rosehip, Hibiscus & Cherry from Ahmad Tea

Style: Herbal Tea – Region: Blend

60 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Mar. 13th, 2019

Rosehip and hibiscus is my favorite herbal combination, so when I decided to try Ahmad's herbal teas, this was a natural for me.

The dry tea smells like cherry juice and sawdust. Brewed, the cherry is still prominent, but the rosehips and hibiscus add to the aroma. The cherry flavor adds too much sweetness to the fl...

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Darjeeling Tea from Tradition

Style: Darjeeling Black Tea – Region: Darjeeling, India

88 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Mar. 12th, 2019

The oversized bags contain nearly 3g of medium-sized (for loose leaf tea) broken leaf pieces. It's definitely not a typical Darjeeling, though. Most Darjeelings are less oxidized than other black teas and tend to have more vegetal or floral aroma notes. This one's different. There's no green apparent on the leaves and ...

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Chamomile from Benner Tea Co

Style: Chamomile Blend – Region: ?????

70 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 5/5
Mar. 11th, 2019

This is ALDI's recreation of Bigelow Sweet Dreams. The balance is a bit different, but the same flavors are there.

The profile is chamomile and mint. The dominant mint is spearmint rather than peppermint and there's a little bit of sourness from the hibiscus. The menthol coolness appears in the finish along with som...

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Aged Earl Grey™ - Bergamot Black from Numi Organic Tea

Style: Earl Grey Tea – Region: Assam, India

67 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5
Mar. 9th, 2019

This is one of the best Earl Greys I've had. The base tea is wonderful and the bergamot is subtle. Note that I'm saying that "subtle" is a positive thing, so if you like Earl Grey with a powerful citrus flavor, then this one might not be what you're looking for.

That said, the tea is extremely mellow for an Assam in...

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Peppermint & Lemon from Ahmad Tea

Style: Herbal Tea – Region: Blend

80 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Mar. 7th, 2019

I found a Middle Eastern store that carries a large number of Ahmad's teas and decided to try some of their herbal teas as well. As a brand, Ahmad has shown itself to produce high quality and flavorful products and this tea is no exception. Other than whatever "natural flavor" is included (I'm guessing primarily lemon ...

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Kalami Assam Indian Tea from Ahmad Tea

Style: Assam – Region: Assam, India

85 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Mar. 7th, 2019

Based on the previous reviews, I bought a pound box of this tea. Most of what I could say was already said by Alex in their spot-on review. I find that I get the best cup of tea by allowing it to steep for ten minutes or so.

Even with such a long steep, the bitterness is understated for an Assam. Though the tea gets...

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Peach & Passion Fruit from Ahmad Tea

Style: Fruit Black Tea – Region: Blend

62 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Mar. 5th, 2019

Both the dry tea and steeped liquor have a perfumy peach aroma that smells to me like peach Jolly Rancher candy (a discontinued flavor, sadly). There's just enough passion fruit to be detectable, but I bought this particular flavor for the passion fruit and am a bit disappointed that it isn't stronger.

The fruit fla...

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Misty Mint from Farmer Brothers

Style: Mint Tea – Region: Blend

45 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5
Feb. 28th, 2019

This blend is really quite bland, especially so for mint. The menthol coolness is there, but it really tastes more herbal than minty. I also taste the "pepper" flavor that the previous reviewer noted, so it wasn't just a fluke or something.

I wouldn't think that there are enough ingredients in this blend to mess up,...

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