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Wild Raspberry Hibiscus Herbal Tea from Stash Tea

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

70 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jun. 17th, 2018

This tea's flavor is more complex than the other raspberry-flavored teas that I've been trying lately. No one ingredient overpowers the flavor. It's quite tart, but it doesn't have the astringency that other hibiscus and rosehip blends do. The raspberry is noticeable when smelling the cup, but fades into the background...

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English Teatime from Bigelow Tea

Style: Black Tea – Region: ?????

40 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 2/5
Jun. 15th, 2018

The aroma is faint, but malty. The tea tastes thin and a bit cooked. Not offensive, just not much going on. If I take a big sip, there's a warm bitterness on the sides of the tongue that's nice.

As the tea cools down, it's more astringent and bitter than before. I'm trying to taste what might be in the blend and it ...

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Raspberry Royale® Black Tea from Bigelow Tea

Style: Fruit Black Tea – Region: ?????

65 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Jun. 9th, 2018

I like this tea. The flavor is quite complex and I'm not sure which flavors are the tea itself and which are "other natural flavors." The malt sweetness of the tea is foremost and the raspberry flavor is unmistakable, but subtle. The tea tastes alternately of Ceylon and Assam, coupling the malt with an almost roasted f...

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Raspberry Zinger® Herbal Tea from Celestial Seasonings

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

55 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Jun. 9th, 2018

The dry tea bag smells like dry raspberry Kool-Aid. Adding the water just intensifies the raspberry aroma.

The flavor is similar to Bigelow's Red Raspberry, but with a different balance. The raspberry flavor is much more pronounced, and the hibiscus is less tart. I feel it on the tongue more than taste it, but it se...

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Red Raspberry Herbal Tea from Bigelow Tea

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

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

The dry, standard tea bag smells like "blue raspberry" candy. Nice, but no complexity. Adding the water brings out the aroma of the hibiscus. The brewing tea is even deeper red than hibiscus, so the elderberries must be for color.

The flavor is hibiscus and rose hips with a little raspberry in the finish. The tartne...

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Iced Black Tea with Raspberry from Pure Leaf

Style: Fruit Black Tea – Region: Kenya

68 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Jun. 8th, 2018

The dry tea in the sachets is broken, but in decent-sized pieces. Pieces of hibiscus flower are apparent. The sachets smell like dried raspberries with an additional herbal, leafy scent.

Adding the water intensifies the raspberry. It doesn't quite smell like fresh raspberries, but it doesn't smell artificial, either...

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Iced Black Tea with Peach from Pure Leaf

Style: Fruit Black Tea – Region: Kenya

35 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 2/5
Jun. 2nd, 2018

The plastic sachets of tea are transparent enough to see the tea leaves and some of the flavorings. The leaves are obviously broken, but the pieces are the same size as in the Pure Leaf loose leaf offerings. Looking closely, I can identify pieces of hibiscus and orange peel.

The dry tea smells overwhelmingly of fres...

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English Teatime Decaffeinated from Bigelow Tea

Style: Black Tea – Region: ?????

35 / 100 Aroma: 3/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 3/5
May. 25th, 2018

I tried this in another attempt to find a decaffeinated black tea that tastes like tea.

The dry tea bag out of the foil wrapper smells vaguely spicy if I hold it to my nose, but there's not much there. Adding water brings out a small bit of aroma, but nothing that really smells like tea. It smells lightly earthy and...

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Ceylon (Ceylon Orange Pekoe) from Ahmad Tea

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

75 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
May. 19th, 2018

A local Middle Eastern grocery store stocks several varieties of Ahmad tea, including this one.

The dry leaves are quite broken, with medium-small pieces. The aroma of the leaves is malty, but not particularly strong. Once the tea starts brewing, though, the aroma greatly intensifies. It's not as complex as some oth...

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Decaffeinated Green Tea with White Tea from Celestial Seasonings

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

60 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
May. 15th, 2018

This is one of my favorite decaf teas.

Like all Celestial Seasonings teas, the stringless, tagless, square tea bags are connected in pairs and are not wrapped. The box has an inner package of waxed paper to keep the tea fresh until the package is opened, but I always move the tea bags to an airtight container after ...

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Iced Classic Black Tea (Loose) from Pure Leaf

Style: Black Tea – Region: Kenya

72 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Jan. 11th, 2018

I'd never tasted Kenyan tea that wasn't part of a blend from multiple sources, so I bought a jar of the Pure Leaf. Even though this tea is labelled for use as iced tea, I'm drinking it hot (four minutes in boiling water). This is still the only tea solely from Kenya that I've tried, so I don't know how much of the flav...

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Organic Black Tea from Equal Exchange

Style: Black Tea – Region: Blend

70 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jan. 1st, 2018

The dry tea in the bags is finely chopped and smells strong and malty, like most grocery store Assam blends.

I steeped it for four minutes in boiling water and the brewed tea is more complex than I expected. The strong malt flavor has chocolate and molasses notes that set it apart from other Assam blends. It's moder...

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Taiwan High Mountain Green Tea from Starway (Tea King of China)

Style: Jade Oolong – Region: Taiwan / Formosa

65 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Dec. 31st, 2017

The can calls this "green tea", but it's clearly a jade oolong. It's much better quality than Starway's other oolong teas. It's mediocre compared to other Taiwanese high mountain oolongs, but they're usually much more expensive than this.

The dry tea smells fresh, mellow and pleasant. There's no hint of a roast. The...

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Sweet Orange Tea from Tradition

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

65 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Nov. 21st, 2017

The oversized sachet contains 3g of black tea that is broken, but large pieces. The orange scent is strong and there's a kind of vanilla sweetness that is almost cloying. Even so, the aroma of the tea comes through, smelling perhaps like either a Darjeeling or Chinese tea. Unfortunately, the packaging doesn't indicate ...

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Classic Black (Formerly Black Tea) from Choice Organic Teas

Style: Black Tea – Region: Tamil Nadu, India

65 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Nov. 13th, 2017

The bags are individually wrapped, but in paper envelopes. The dry tea smells nice, but like a generic grocery store Assam.

The tea picks up a little personality when the water is added, though. It's not as bitter as I expected and it's quite a bit sweeter than I expected. The tea is mild, yet flavorful. It almost t...

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Oi Ocha Green Tea from ITO EN

Style: Green Tea – Region: Japan

85 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 11th, 2017

The standard tea bags are packaged in plastic. When opened, the tea is quite pungent, smelling fresh, sweet and of seaweed.

I used 175° water for three minutes. This tea is really aromatic while brewing. The tea smells like seaweed, but not fishy.

The flavor is definitely of high-quality Japanese green tea, but ...

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Dragon Well Tea from Ten Ren Tea

Style: Dragon Well (Long Jing) – Region: China

73 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Oct. 2nd, 2017

I got this box free with an order of loose Ten Ren tea. The normal price is $4 for a box of 20 tea bags.

The individual bags are sealed in plastic for freshness and the aroma is quite strong when opened. It doesn't smell like dragon well to me, though, but like cheap gunpowder or pearl green. The dry tea is chopped ...

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Watermelon Lime Zinger from Celestial Seasonings

Style: Fruit (Herbal) Tea – Region: Blend

75 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Sep. 30th, 2017

This herbal tea has a nice flavor blend. Hibiscus and rose hips together already tastes nice, but adding a little watermelon and lime flavor makes for a fruity and refreshing blend. It's pleasantly tart and fruity with a nice sweetness from the watermelon. I find the flavor well balanced, but I like tart beverages, so ...

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Decaf Black Tea from Lipton Tea

Style: Black Tea – Region: ?????

45 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 3/5
Sep. 8th, 2017

The dry teabags have some tea aroma, which is a step up from many decaffeinated black teas. It's earthy, but not strong and reminds me of stale cocoa.

The brewing tea smells almost roasted and smoky and again reminds me of weak cocoa. There's also a hint of cooking noodles. The aroma is OK, but it still isn't quite ...

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Taj Mahal (Loose) from Brooke Bond

Style: Black Tea – Region: Assam, India

65 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 5/5
Sep. 4th, 2017

I bought this box of tea in an Indian convenience store, but the box says that it's marketed by Unilever Canada.

The dry tea smells just like powdered barley malt. It's very sweet with a hint of bittersweet molasses.

The aroma of the brewing tea is rich, but mild. It lacks much of the tannic sharpness of other As...

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Organic Breakfast from Mighty Leaf Tea

Style: English Breakfast – Region: Blend

55 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5
Sep. 2nd, 2017

I've recently started looking for Fair Trade Certified teas, so I decided to try a box of Mighty Leaf tea.

My first impression is that the tea is lower quality than the packaging and price would indicate. The box says that the sachets contain "whole leaf tea," but the tea in the sachets is in quite small pieces, not...

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Yorkshire Gold from Yorkshire Tea

Style: Black Tea – Region: Blend

50 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Sep. 1st, 2017

The dry tea is CTC tea that has been ground up further, almost to dust. It smells earthy and vegetal.

The scent of the brewing tea is oaky, but mild. The flavor is stronger than the aroma would indicate, but is still quite mellow. The tea has nice body, but the flavors are muted. It's not particularly bitter or astr...

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Milk Oolong Full-Leaf from Republic of Tea

Style: Milky Oolong – Region: Fujian, China

0 / 100 Aroma: 1/10 Flavor: 1/5 Value: 1/5
Aug. 29th, 2017

This tea is a lie. It's mediocre oolong that's been sprayed with caramel apple flavoring. Republic of Tea isn't always the highest quality, but I at least expected them to be honest. The can gives no indication that it's flavored and the website positively claims that it isn't. At first I doubted my own senses, but I w...

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Lemon Lift® Decaffeinated Black Tea from Bigelow Tea

Style: Fruit Black Tea – Region: ?????

60 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Aug. 28th, 2017

The dry teabag smells mostly of cinnamon. There's a hint of citrus, but not near what I was expecting from the name.

Adding the hot water releases a distinct and pleasant lemon scent, but cinnamon is still the dominant aroma.

The taste is yet different. It definitely tastes of lemon oil or peel and is much strong...

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Assam Tea from Frontier

Style: Assam – Region: Assam, India

72 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Aug. 28th, 2017

The dry tea is very aromatic and smells of raisins and cherries, being much fruitier than other Assams that I've tried. The brewing tea smells of malt and oak leaves, but has a lighter aroma than I was expecting from the dry tea

Four minutes in boiling water resulted in a very strong, rich cup of tea with balanced b...

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