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Warrior's Brew from Native American Tea Company

Style: Flavored Black Tea – Region: Blend

67 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5
Nov. 24th, 2022

This is quite a tasty and well-conceived blend, novel yet nice in both aroma and flavor, holding its own in those departments with any herbal/black bagged combination out there. However, I wish it were stronger, more befitting its name.
The rectangular, stringless tea bags are small, about half the volume of Celest...

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Earl's Gold from Murchie's Tea & Coffee Ltd

Style: Earl Grey Tea – Region: Blend

92 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Nov. 18th, 2022

This is the second loose-leaf Earl Grey I've had from Murchie's, and an outstanding example of the type, especially for someone like me who likes a bold, assertive tea. It is made from Assam, Keemun and Yunnan, and you bet the Assam asserts itself boldly in all phases of taste and aroma. Upon opening the bag, the dry...

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Earl Grey Crème from Celestial Seasonings

Style: Earl Grey Cream – Region: Blend

72 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Nov. 16th, 2022

Here's another in Celestial's fairly recent run of new black-tea blends. For a mass-marketed brand commonly available in retail stores, this rendition holds its own, but better quality can be had.

The dry aroma (especially when opening the sack or pouch in which the bags are packaged) may be the best part. This is...

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Chai Masala from Vermont Artisan Coffee & Tea Co

Style: Chai / Spiced Tea – Region: Blend

37 / 100 Aroma: 3/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5
Oct. 9th, 2022

I first tried this tea on vacation, at a breakfast cafe in Stowe, VT, that was way overpriced for what's offered. That's a description fitting pretty much everything in the area except for the fabulous Piecasso Pizza and any of the Trapp Family's Austrian desserts. That I naively paid about three bucks for a small cu...

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Green Tea Tropical from Mighty Leaf Tea

Style: Flavored Green Tea – Region: Blend

68 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Sep. 21st, 2022

As customary for Mighty Leaf packaging, this blend comes in a sachet sewn on three sides with cotton threads, which then extend out to the string and the paper tag. Within the sachet, one easily can see the chopped green tea—mostly leaf pieces, but a few stems—and several assorted dried flower pieces that presumab...

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Energy Tea from Celestial Seasonings

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

74 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Sep. 10th, 2022

Celestial Seasonings—for decades a specialist in herbal teas—seems to be marketing more black teas of late. I got this from a sampler pack alongside English Breakfast (already reviewed), Peppermint Peak (already reviewed...very tasty) and Earl Grey Creme (soon!). This one confuses me a bit for two reasons:
1. N...

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Green Tea with Coconut & Ginger from Harney and Sons

Style: Flavored Green Tea – Region: Blend

73 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 2/5
Jul. 3rd, 2022

Substantively, this doesn't seem to be different from Harney's Bangkok tea (which I liked a lot and reviewed highly), but in even costlier sachets. Expensive stuff. Very expensive stuff. Did I mention it's pricey?

The value really drags on this product, because while it smells and tastes very good, paying ten b...

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Blackberry Sage from Republic of Tea

Style: Flavored Black Tea – Region: Blend

54 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5
May. 17th, 2022

Republic teas usually are on the costly side; however, I grabbed this one on sale at a Dallas Whole Foods. "Value" is based on the normal prices for other Republic teas (retailing upwards of 8-10 bucks for 50-pouch columnar steel tins), and how this tea doesn't pack the punch it should for reputably strong flavors of ...

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Vanilla Caramel Black Tea (Vanilla Caramel Truffle Tea) from Lipton Tea

Style: Flavored Black Tea – Region: Blend

49 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 1/5
Apr. 24th, 2022

Here's another case of a tea with multiple marketing personalities across target audiences. RateTea states this product is retired/discontinued, and perhaps it is in the U.S. However, it's still available on amazon.com with an "imported" label, as of this writing (for nearly $12 per 20-ct box!). I got the remainder...

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First Frost from Murchie's Tea & Coffee Ltd

Style: Flavored Black Tea – Region: Blend

92 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Dec. 14th, 2021

I'm a sucker for rich, strong, flavored black teas, and two of my very favorite flavors are peppermint and vanilla. This seasonal tea combines all three, into one of the best flavored loose-leaf blends I've ever had. The product releases a very creamy, minty aroma on opening the dry sack, which I could stand there an...

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Japanese Matcha + Blueberry + Lavender from Matcha Love

Style: Flavored Green Tea – Region: Blend

68 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5
Nov. 18th, 2021

Each box contains 10 individually plastic-wrapped pyramid sachets, with visible, chopped pieces of green tea leaves and lavender buds at about a 20/1 ratio, and an invisible natural flavoring in the form of powdered blueberry juice. A pinch of matcha powder accumulates in the bottom crease of the wrapper, and can be d...

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Christmas Tea from Murchie's Tea & Coffee Ltd

Style: Flavored Black Tea – Region: Blend

90 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Nov. 14th, 2021

Call me a complete sucker for quality teas of this ilk, I suppose. This is Murchie's version of Constant Comment, which I also rate very highly, but with a few differences. In addition to cloves, orange peel and cinnamon, which the Bigelow product uses, Murchie's adds vanilla. This makes it less sharp than Constant ...

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Roasted Chestnut from Murchie's Tea & Coffee Ltd

Style: Flavored Black Tea – Region: Blend

49 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 2/5
Nov. 7th, 2021

What Murchie's does well⁠, they utterly excel, and that's most of their teas. But on very uncommon occasions they spin out a head-scratching clunker that grossly defies their sterling reputation. This, friends, is the latter.

As an OU football fan, a great analogy is that one time just about every season when ...

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White Chocolate Peppermint from Celestial Seasonings

Style: Flavored White Tea – Region: ?????

81 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 6th, 2021

Celestial Seasonings has produced, then retired, at least three flavored white teas, based on RateTea's listings. Is the fourth time the charm?

This apparently new offering, as of October 2021, contains white tea (unspecified type and origin), white chocolate flavor with other natural flavors, cinnamon, peppermin...

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Plantation Mint® Black Tea from Bigelow Tea

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

61 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Sep. 22nd, 2021

RateTea has been good for my life, by motivating me to variegate my tea sampling, and opening up new flavor and olfactory worlds. How's that for advertorial testimony? :-) That, however, has included getting me to sample nasty to mediocre teas, as well as some very good ones I otherwise wouldn't have had. This clas...

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Mango Black Tea from Trader Joe's

Style: Fruit Black Tea – Region: Blend

69 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Aug. 10th, 2021

Tropical fruit flavors are always a favorite, so (long overdue) I got some of this tea to try. My favorite mango-flavored black tea still is Hawaiian Islands Tea Company's "Mango Maui", but this comes in at a close second, and for now, is more readily available*.

Dry-bag aroma was more tea than mango. It's hard t...

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Green Tea with Lemon from Bigelow Tea

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

58 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Jun. 7th, 2021

Back to traveling with motel stays again this year, and back to finding their teas I haven't rated yet! As always, I'll bring an extra bag home to try in my well water for consistency in rating, so that bad local water doesn't affect a tea's rating unduly.

The concept behind "Green Tea with Lemon" left me with a s...

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Organic Earl Grey from Trader Joe's

Style: Earl Grey Tea – Region: Blend

70 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
May. 5th, 2021

Several better Earl Greys exist in bags, but for the price (around $2.50/20 ct.), it's hard to beat. Dry-bag scent was firm and plain, but pleasant and strong, more so than most bagged Earl Greys. Closer inspection revealed likely why. Even though all the tea was settled at the bag's bottom, each bag itself so far h...

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Hot Cinnamon Spice (Sachets) (Formerly Hot Cinnamon Sunset) from Harney and Sons

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

72 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Feb. 13th, 2021

One of my co-workers has been quaffing this tea with devoted fervor for a few months since I introduced him to drinking any tea. In turn, he gave me some of this. Knowing how much Harney tea tins cost even at Target, I wouldn't have bought this on my own, but it's not bad to try for free. I based the value on the kn...

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Earl Grey Decaf Tea Bags from Murchie's Tea & Coffee Ltd

Style: Earl Grey Tea – Region: Blend

69 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jan. 8th, 2021

My wife is trying to cut back caffeine intake, and had me include this offering in the latest virtual "Murchie's run" that we do a time or two per year. And being a big fan of both happy marriages and the $CAD---->$USD exchange rates the last few years, I did not object.

Now that I've tried the tea, I'm glad that I...

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Earl Grey Decaffeinated Black Tea from Bigelow Tea

Style: Earl Grey Tea – Region: Blend

51 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Dec. 7th, 2020

Having not been either impressed nor repulsed by Bigelow's regular Earl Grey, and having not gotten any new teas to review for some months, and having to work down a stockpile of reviewed teas, I finally raided my wife's cache of the decaf version to try it for a report here. I've missed RateTea more than I've missed ...

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Coconut Cream from Murchie's Tea & Coffee Ltd

Style: Flavored Black Tea – Region: Blend

95 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Oct. 6th, 2020

Caveat: ignore my lofty rating if you don't like coconut, or coconut-flavored teas. Then again, those repulsed by coconut are unlikely to purchase this product anyway. :-)

Since I do enjoy coconut a great deal, on its own and as an attachment to many things from tea to shrimp to candy and cake...wow. Of all the ...

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Canadian Breakfast Tea Bags from Murchie's Tea & Coffee Ltd

Style: Flavored Black Tea – Region: Blend

68 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Aug. 10th, 2020

What is a Canadian Breakfast tea? A Ceylon-Keemun blend...flavored with maple, of course! In the dry bag, it smells nearly as "mapley" as their "Maple Tea"—a very strongly maple-infused blend I've consumed a lot, and reviewed already. Since I'm a big fan of that flavor, it was a positive review. :-)

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Bombay Chai from Murchie's Tea & Coffee Ltd

Style: Chai / Spiced Tea – Region: Blend

86 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Jul. 18th, 2020

I was a little uncertain what to expect here, since Murchie's teas generally are very good to excellent, but their bagged "Traditional Chai" offering was somewhat flat and disappointing. No worries..."Bombay Chai" lives up to the name, and is a worthy addition to the tea shelf on your pantry, especially if you like yo...

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Chai Green Tea from Stash Tea

Style: Chai / Spiced Tea – Region: Blend

53 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Mar. 9th, 2020

Since I like chais a lot in general, I thought I'd try this one on for fun and variety, after seeing it deeply discounted at a Sprouts. Maybe there's a good reason it was discounted a lot.

The dry-bag aroma is all cinnamon, and quite strongly so. The wet-bag aroma was almost all cinnamon, not quite as strong, but ...

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