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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: ?????

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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Enticing Chai (Spiced Chai Flavored Black Tea) from Lipton Tea

Style: Chai / Spiced Tea – Region: ?????

57 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Feb. 18th, 2020

In an apparent ode to Back to the Future, Lipton, or at least its corporate boss Unilever, is again referring to this simply as, "Spiced Chai", as of Feb. 2020. Whether this is a renaming of their chai just for food-service purposes, or for keeps across the brand, remains to be seen. I uploaded a photo of the latest ...

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Bombay Chai from Mighty Leaf Tea

Style: Chai / Spiced Tea – Region: ?????

61 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5
Jan. 30th, 2020

I love chai overall, so they tend to skew high in my ratings unless they either simply suck, or as in this case, are "just" decent while being overpriced. [Though I was served a couple bags of this tea at a Corner Bakery outlet, I based "value" on the online pricing.] My version came in a rectangular sachet sewn on t...

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Tropical Green Tea from Revolution Tea

Style: Fruit Green Tea – Region: ?????

64 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Jan. 8th, 2020

Here was the last in a series of Revolution teas I've finished from a variety pack, and it was slightly above average, overall. The aromas and flavors are quite similar, across-the-board, from dry bag to cup to wet bag. The aroma is a good bit weaker than the taste, however.

The green teas used seem to be good qua...

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

Style: Jasmine Tea – Region: Fujian, China

65 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jan. 4th, 2020

One of my kids gave me this for Christmas, having bought it at an Asian food store for an unknown price, so I'm basing the value rating off the mostly reasonable online costs for a 120g tin. The packaging of this tea confused me a bit at first, as it was branded just like one of the same title on RateTea, but in a tin...

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Pear White Tea (Formerly White Pear) from Revolution Tea

Style: Fruit White Tea – Region: ?????

58 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Jan. 3rd, 2020

This tea was "something else". It was my first nominally pear-flavored tea, but most of the experience was of something else. This was one of the few teas I've tried where the aromas were consistently the same from dry bag to cup to wet bag, but the taste was something else.

I found the aroma remarkably floral, ...

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Sweet Ginger Peach from Revolution Tea

Style: Flavored Black Tea – Region: Blend

58 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Dec. 14th, 2019

This blend has some potential, but is far from my favorite flavored black tea. The first and biggest turnoff was the dry-bag aroma, which reminded me of cheap incense—specifically, the sort employed to smoke-bomb a room fast, in order to mask pot usage. This is the second tea that has given off that cheap-incense v...

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Tea Book Volume II (Gold) from Basilur

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

64 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5
Dec. 5th, 2019

Basilur is creative in the packaging and marketing of their teas. This is part of an impressively elaborate gimmick: the second in a multi-volume series of well-decorated "books"—each a metal tin about the size and shape of a small hardback book—containing a plastic bag full of loose tea that gets folded and some...

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

Style: Earl Grey Tea – Region: Blend

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

Now this was an unexpected treat! Rarely (if ever) have I had the loose and bagged version of a tea from the same company, at the same time, from the same order. Not only that, they're rather different (how?), but both delicious. I specifically had ordered the EG loose mainly for my wife, and the EG bags came in a v...

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Constant Comment Decaffeinated from Bigelow Tea

Style: Flavored Black Tea – Region: Blend

76 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Nov. 11th, 2019

Caveat: Constant Comment is one of my very favorite teas, so even a noticeable dropoff from that still garners a favorable rating from me.

The Good: As bagged decaf teas go, this is one of the most tolerable, and dare I say pleasant. Most of the wonderfully clove/orange/cinnamon aroma and flavor of original Const...

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Jasmine Pure Tea Bags from Murchie's Tea & Coffee Ltd

Style: Jasmine Tea – Region: China

77 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Oct. 31st, 2019

This was a peculiar yet pleasant jasmine-tea experience, stem to stern. The jasmine scent in both the dry bag and steeped cup were stronger than the tea, and than it asserted in the flavor. Instead, the flavor overall is very well-balanced between jasmine and tea. That's good, because the green tea tastes like a ver...

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