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Member since Feb. 10th, 2012. Reviewed 15 teas.

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Sweet & Spicy Caffeine Free from Good Earth Teas

Style: Flavored Rooibos – Region: Blend

83 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
Jul. 9th, 2014

Appearance: Brews a robust, reddish copper. Aroma: Cinnamon, orange, sugar, pepper, wood. Flavor: Immediate sweet arrival, with a tingly burn on the tongue; hints of liquorice with a thick and viscous mouthfeel. The peppery burn continues across mid-palate as the sweetness abates (a little) and it clears to a woody, ...

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Cinnamon Apple Spice Herbal Tea from Celestial Seasonings

Style: Herbal Tea – Region: ?????

77 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 6th, 2012

Aroma: Apple, cinnamon, and something else "woody." Label says it contains orange peel, carob and chicory; perhaps these give that effect. Smells of fall; a touch overbearing, but comforting.

Flavor: Weighty body, slightly slick; immediate sweetness and apple; followed by tart hibiscus and slight citrus, then woody...

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Madagascar Vanilla Red Tea from Celestial Seasonings

Style: Flavored Rooibos – Region: ?????

73 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 6th, 2012

Aroma: sweet, floral and earthy.

Flavor: a touch on the light side; no more than 10 oz H20 per bag. Begins with the woody/herbal character of the rooibos, followed by the vanilla sweetness.

Value: Solid- not expensive, and convenient.

Overall: I love rooibos, and this is a perennial favorite.

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Organic Chamomile with Lavender from Traditional Medicinals

Style: Chamomile Blend – Region: Blend

80 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Mar. 3rd, 2012

Aroma is lavender, lavender, lavender. A touch of chamomile and something faintly citric. The label says there is "lemon balm leaf" in here. This is where this infusion really shines.

Flavor: Thin, earthy, lavender. Hardly any chamomile is perceptible; but in all fairness, the directions say to use two bags for a...

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Peppermint Herbal Tea from Celestial Seasonings

Style: Peppermint Tea – Region: United States of America

63 / 100 Aroma: 2/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Mar. 3rd, 2012

Aroma: stale grass clippings.

Flavor: Earth, grass and mint. A little natural sweetness seeps in, but only a touch. Minty finish lingers.

Value: Inexpensive, and only needs one bag for a 16 ounce mug.

Overall: There are some timeless classics, and this is one. It's direct, simple, and a favorite to which I...

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Peach DeTox from Yogi Tea

Style: Wellness Tea / Medicinal Tea – Region: Blend

53 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 1/5
Mar. 3rd, 2012

The aroma is of strong ginger and spice with some vague fruitiness.

Taste begins dry and herbal; numbing on tongue; perhaps the black pepper? As it covers the tongue, you get a hit of dandelion; it tastes so "good for you" but not necessarily unpleasant. The ginger takes over, and leaves a ginger and black pepper t...

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Egyptian Licorice Mint from Yogi Tea

Style: Wellness Tea / Medicinal Tea – Region: Blend

70 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
Mar. 2nd, 2012

Soothing mint and woody liquorice bark on the nose. Something funky/earthy in the background.

Thin, minty and naturally sweet. Some earthiness; really satisfying. Sweetness lingers on the finish.

Value has to take a hit because Yogi tea is relatively expensive for bagged teas; it's been a while since I bought ...

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Orange & Spice Herbal Tea from Bigelow Tea

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

67 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Mar. 2nd, 2012

The aroma is really pleasant; cinnamon and vague wood spice notes, hibiscus and sweet citrus.

The flavor is tart but not overpoweringly so. Light enough to be satisfying even on a warm day. Decent body, not thin. I wonder how this would go over iced?

As for value, I didn't pay for it, so I can't really say. ...

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Cranberry Apple Herbal Tea from Bigelow Tea

Style: Herbal Tea – Region: Blend

70 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Mar. 2nd, 2012

Aroma: Sharp acidity from the cranberries, quickly followed by faint cinnamon; perhaps the apples playing a trick on my mind?

Flavor: Zing! Familiar hibiscus with some added cranberry zip. Very nice. Clean and astringent, but not bitter. Ever so slight sweetness.

Not terribly expensive, and widely available. ...

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Earl Grey from Bigelow Tea

Style: Earl Grey Tea – Region: Blend

50 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 3/5
Mar. 1st, 2012

Aroma is the familiar bergamot zing, and a little hint of the brightness that I tend to associate with better black teas.

Flavor: Surprisingly mild, given the bergamot on the nose; not really getting much "tea" flavor here, slight bitterness as the cup cools. Light palate.

Value: another work freebie to incentiv...

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Black Tea from Lipton Tea

Style: Black Tea – Region: ?????

53 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Feb. 28th, 2012

Aroma is simultaneously bold and vague, with faint assam-like notes; flattish with a little cardboard.

Flavor is strong (two bags for 12 oz.) and familiar; this was probably the first tea of any type I ever had, and it is my construct for what black tea should taste like. For me, this is the standard against which ...

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English Teatime from Bigelow Tea

Style: Black Tea – Region: ?????

40 / 100 Aroma: 2/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 4/5
Feb. 24th, 2012

Aroma is vague, flat, stale, cardboard.

Flavor is thin, even with two teabags; if steeped longer it's bolder, but then it comes along with this firm bitterness that Alex described. Not really pleasant, but a good pick-me-up.

Value: I've never bought this tea, another freebie from the office. I suppose that mea...

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Green Tea from Lipton Tea

Style: Green Tea – Region: ?????

67 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 5/5
Feb. 12th, 2012

This one starts with a familiar vegetal/grassy note, with a touch of mustiness. More of the same on the palate, a firm vegetal character, slightly dull. Decent body; midweight. Very mild but notable astringency, oversteeping brings this out more. As for value, this is my go-to green tea; at around $4 for a box of 40...

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Honey Vanilla Chamomile from Celestial Seasonings

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

80 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Feb. 10th, 2012

I love chamomile teas, and the herbs and flavors in this tea only enhance the strengths of the flower. The aroma is mild, but floral with a hint of honeyed sweetness. The color is a rich amber, and that's with one teabag for 16 ounces of water. The body is on the heavier side for a chamomile tea, which I love. Perhap...

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Green Tea - Classic from Bigelow Tea

Style: Green Tea – Region: ?????

40 / 100 Aroma: 2/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 4/5
Feb. 10th, 2012

This is the green tea in my office; perhaps that alone makes me dislike it more. Maybe I'm unsophisticated, but I take the aroma to be weak and bland, not delicate. It has a very light body, and fairly pale copper hue. The flavor is mild, and lacks both the grassiness and the roastiness that I associate with most de...

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