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Breakfast Blend (Morning Rise) from Numi Organic Tea

Style: Black Tea – Region: Blend

75 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
Jan. 19th, 2019

Smells earthy, like a pu-erh, or one of the less sweet Yunnan blacks.

Numi's website says that this tea contains Keemun and that's the first impression I get from the flavor; it's full of dark molasses and and prunes or raisins with a bit of cocoa. The finish is dryer, and the earthiness I noticed in the aroma linge...

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Steep Earl Grey Black Tea from Bigelow Tea

Style: Earl Grey Tea – Region: ?????

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Jan. 11th, 2019

The dry tea smells very strongly of bergamot and very much like Bigelow's regular Earl Grey.

The taste is much different than the regular Bigelow. Much more tea shines through the citrus. I suspect that the base tea is the Steep English Breakfast, which is a flavorful Sri Lankan/Ceylon tea with a mellow cocoa bitter...

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Cranberry Apple Herbal Tea from Bigelow Tea

Style: Herbal Tea – Region: Blend

62 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Jan. 10th, 2019

The smell of the dry tea bag is, per the name, cranberry and apple. The flavor of the tea is quite different, though, being predominantly hibiscus and rose hips. After the initial tart rush, the apple comes out. It tastes quite nice, like the apple peel flavor of freeze-dried apple chips. If I try, I can taste a little...

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Steep Chamomile Citrus Herbal Tea from Bigelow Tea

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

43 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5
Jan. 10th, 2019

The dry tea smells like lemons and the first ingredient is lemongrass, so I was expecting a much more lemony flavor than I'm getting. The flavor is mostly chamomile with a sort of far-off whiff of lemon peel. I'm curious about the lemongrass because the flavor's normally more pronounced when it's an ingredient. It's al...

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Darjeeling Black Tea from Bigelow Tea

Style: Darjeeling Black Tea – Region: Darjeeling, India

68 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jan. 10th, 2019

The dry tea has the same basic smell of other blended Darjeelings. It's smells of dry leaves in autumn, a bit oaky and of raw pecans.

I tend to find Darjeeling teas to be somewhat more delicate than I'd prefer. This one is no exception, but I also wouldn't call it weak. It's lightly astringent with a very mild bitte...

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Steep English Breakfast Fair Trade Certified Black Tea from Bigelow Tea

Style: English Breakfast – Region: Sri Lanka / Ceylon

90 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Jan. 10th, 2019

Without beating around the bush, this is a really good Sri Lankan/Ceylon tea. This seems to be one of the few brands of bagged tea that selected Sri Lankan tea for its flavors rather than for simply being "mild". This tea is remarkably similar in flavor to Ahmad and Alwazah branded Ceylon teas that are available from M...

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Steep Oolong & Jasmine Green Tea from Bigelow Tea

Style: Flavored Tea – Region: ?????

77 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jan. 10th, 2019

This is really interesting tea and not at all what I was expecting. The dry bag of chopped, dark tea smells like an oolong with a medium oxidation and roast. I couldn't smell any jasmine until after I added water, and even then it's faint.

I really like the way this tea smells. There's a heavy note of toasted flour,...

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Peppermint Herbal Tea from Bigelow Tea

Style: Peppermint Tea – Region: ?????

75 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Jan. 9th, 2019

A really clean-tasting peppermint with a nice menthol finish. Slightly herbal, but no straw or hay flavors that lesser peppermint teas sometimes have.

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Steep Pure Green Tea from Bigelow Tea

Style: Green Tea – Region: ?????

50 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Jan. 9th, 2019

The flavor of this tea is quite mild, but pleasant. There's a nice bitterness on the sides of the tongue and just enough astringency to feel a bit "fuzzy". There's a hint of cabbage or broccoli flavor with a hint of spiciness. This tea's a bit sweeter than other green teas.

I'm tasting this tea alongside several oth...

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Green Tea - Classic from Bigelow Tea

Style: Green Tea – Region: ?????

30 / 100 Aroma: 3/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 2/5
Jan. 9th, 2019

I occasionally drink the decaffeinated version of this tea because it still tastes a bit like green tea. It turns out that that's exactly how the caffeinated version tastes—a bit like green tea. There's some vegetal freshness and a little grassy bitterness on the back of the tongue, but that's pretty much it. If you ...

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Japanese Green Tea from Kirkland Signature / Costco

Style: Green Tea – Region: Japan

65 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Jan. 9th, 2019

As the other reviewers mentioned, ignore the directions. I prepared the tea using 8 ounces of 175°F water for four minutes (which is a bit longer than is generally suggested for green teas, but I find I like it that way).

The tea in the square, nylon bag is chopped, but not as finely as most bagged tea and is mixed...

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Earl Grey Green Tea from Bigelow Tea

Style: Earl Grey Green Tea – Region: ?????

30 / 100 Aroma: 3/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 2/5
Jan. 8th, 2019

After trying the green tea version of Constant Comment and liking it, I'm really disappointed in the green Earl Grey. The bergamot flavoring is much lighter than in Bigelow's black tea Earl Grey, presumably to let the flavor of the green tea through, such as it is. The very light flavor of the base tea coupled with les...

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Constant Comment Green Tea from Bigelow Tea

Style: Flavored Green Tea – Region: ?????

60 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Jan. 8th, 2019

As with the black tea version of Constant Comment, the dominant flavors are clove and orange peel. I'm tasting them both side-by-side at the moment and since Bigelow's green and black teas are both mild, the differences are subtle. The flavor of the green tea has a nice brightness and a faint hint of the grassy bittern...

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Steep Lemon Ginger Herbal Tea from Bigelow Tea

Style: Herbal Tea – Region: ?????

58 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Jan. 2nd, 2019

Even before steeping, the teabag smells pungently of ginger.

The flavor is intense. Spicy ginger and lemongrass are the initial punch and the finish is lime. Some of the spice might be from the cinnamon, but I don't otherwise taste any of the other ingredients.

Drinking this offers a similar flavor to licking fre...

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Peppermint Herbal Tea from Benner Tea Co

Style: Peppermint Tea – Region: ?????

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Dec. 26th, 2018

The peppermint is surprisingly good for the price and has plenty of flavor and menthol. There's just enough of an herbal, grassy flavor so it doesn't taste like a candy cane.

For drinkers of grocery store peppermint tea bags, Benner is as good as Bigelow or Celestial Seasonings, but significantly less expensive, $1....

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Mint Medley® Herbal Tea from Bigelow Tea

Style: Mint Tea – Region: ?????

55 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Dec. 12th, 2018

Both the dry and brewed tea smell almost like Wrigley's Doublemint gum with the balance a little more toward peppermint.

The taste is not what I was expecting. The tea is definitely minty, but as the ingredients include rose hips, lemon peel and hibiscus, I was expecting some fruitiness. Of the extra ingredients, I ...

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Plantation Mint® Black Tea from Bigelow Tea

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

45 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5
Dec. 12th, 2018

Both the dry tea bag and brewing tea smell like straight-up spearmint oil.

Bigelow's base tea is too mild to stand up to the spearmint and I can neither taste nor smell any tea at all. Aside from the color, this is indistinguishable from plain spearmint. The spearmint is good, but I expect to taste tea in my tea.

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Assam Tea from 24 Mantra Organic

Style: Assam – Region: Assam, India

70 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Dec. 9th, 2018

I bought this tea as a grey market item from a nearby Indian grocery store. Lately, I've tried and enjoyed a number of teas from Indian brands and this one is no exception.

As far as appearance, the dry CTC "crumbs" are larger and slightly lighter in color than those of most other CTC teas. The brewing tea reminds m...

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China Green Tips Filterbag from Tazo Tea

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

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

The dry tea in the bag is chopped quite fine, but smells really nice. Once the water's added, the aroma of the young tips comes through very clearly, smelling very similar to silver needle white teas.

The first taste is surprisingly sweet with a strong vegetal finish. The flavor is strong even while hot, but there's...

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Authentic Green Tea with White Tea from Celestial Seasonings

Style: Green and White Blend – Region: ?????

65 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Nov. 2nd, 2018

I drink quite a bit of the decaffeinated version of this tea, but had never tried the regular, caffeinated type and had the opportunity to.

Celestial Seasonings doesn't individually wrap its tea bags, but they are sealed together in a pouch made of waxed paper. The tea in the square, tagless bags is chopped fine.

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Nana Mint with Ginger and Lemon from Wissotzky

Style: Herbal Tea – Region: Blend

73 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Nov. 2nd, 2018

The tea's aroma is an almost equal balance of spearmint ("Nana Mint") and ginger. The mint is of good quality, with no stems apparent and no off flavors that are sometimes apparent in cheaper mint teas. Unfortunately, Wissotzky seems to have decided that all of their herbal teas, including this one, need to be sweetene...

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High Mountain Oolong Tea from Ten Fu's Tea

Style: High Mountain Oolong – Region: ?????

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

Unfortunately, neither the packaging nor website offers any information about the source of this tea. The tea is a lightly fermented, rolled oolong with a light to medium roast.

The tea is rolled very tightly and is rather dense. The dry aroma is of toasted bread and hazelnuts.

I brewed this tea western-style for...

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Japanese Green Tea from Wei-Chuan

Style: Green Tea – Region: Japan

35 / 100 Aroma: 3/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 3/5
Oct. 7th, 2018

Wei-Chuan has several different tiers of tea and this one is on the low end.

The tea bag smells very faintly of hay. Adding the water doesn't really bring out any extra aroma. The flavor's almost as weak as the tea smells. While hot, the flavor is practically nonexistent. When it cools down, a little flavor appears ...

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Classic Blend from Benner Tea Co

Style: Black Tea – Region: ?????

25 / 100 Aroma: 3/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 2/5
Sep. 13th, 2018

The standard tea bags are wrapped in paper, so if they're not put into an airtight container, they'll probably start to go stale before the box of 100 is finished. The dry tea looks like a blend of orthodox and CTC produced teas and smells smoky, malty and a bit like fresh straw.

The brewed tea is disappointing. The...

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Constant Comment® from Bigelow Tea

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

55 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Aug. 24th, 2018

I like decaf Constant Comment, but hadn't gotten around to trying the original version. It turns out, it's not much different. I can taste a little of the maltiness in the finish, but that's about it. I already know that decaf black teas have little tea flavor, but I was hoping there would be more in this one. A bit of...

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