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Black Mango from The Tao of Tea

Style: Fruit Black Tea – Region: Blend

79 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jan. 11th, 2019

Wow. This was one of the best-executed, if not THE best, fruit black teas I've ever tried.

I'm not normally a fan of flavored teas, but I had the opportunity to smell this at my parent's house, and the leaf smelled really appealing. The fruitiness is strong but it doesn't completely cover the aroma of the tea itself...

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Wild Raspberry from Octavia Tea

Style: Fruit Black Tea – Region: Blend

40 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 2/5
Jan. 14th, 2015

I tend not to like these sorts of fruit-flavored blends, and this was no exception. Sampled at Velvet Sky in Jenkintown.

The dry leaf has a cloying raspberry aroma.

Upon brewing, produces a bright red cup that seems to smell more like raspberry jam (and a bit like strawberry) than anything else. Flavor is quite...

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Eastern Shore Blueberry-Lemon Tea Bags from Eastern Shore Tea

Style: Fruit Black Tea – Region: Blend

57 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Aug. 31st, 2014

A sealed tea bag, served at a Unitarian Church in North Philly. This is the first tea I've tried from Eastern Shore tea, and, for a humble tea bag of flavored tea, I was impressed.

The base tea is strong and has a distinct character of its own, and the fruit flavoring is very subtle. I don't notice much blueberry,...

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Apple Refresh from Ahmad Tea

Style: Fruit Black Tea – Region: Blend

40 / 100 Aroma: 3/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5
Feb. 28th, 2014

Of all four of Ahmad's fruit-flavored black teas, this is the one I liked the least. It has a fairly artificial apple flavoring...it does not smell at all like an actual apple, but rather, like the "green apple" candy flavor, familiar to me from my childhood.

I don't know if Ahmad uses a different base tea for thei...

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Strawberry Sensation Black Tea from Ahmad Tea

Style: Fruit Black Tea – Region: Blend

50 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Feb. 21st, 2014

Aroma is, well, very strawberry-ey. Smells initially like strawberry and little else, a little like strawberry jam or strawberry shortcake...not so much like fresh strawberries.

The base tea is not as evident, aroma-wise, but it shines through in the flavor: bold, with a bit of bite. Brews a rich brown color, but ...

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Cherry Black Tea from Impra Tea

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

57 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Feb. 19th, 2014

Another tea bag purchased from Bell's Market in NE Philly. I was expecting to like this flavored tea a lot less than the blackcurrant, because I tend to like blackcurrant as a flavoring with tea much more than cherry.

This has an artificial-smelling cherry scent. It smells more like cherry syrup or an artificially...

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Blackcurrant Black Tea from Impra Tea

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

47 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Feb. 18th, 2014

I'm a huge fan of Twinings blackcurrant-flavored black tea, and it's the only example of such a tea that I've ever tried, so I was curious to try this one. Unfortunately, I don't like it as much.

The fruit flavoring is much stronger in this tea...it's so strong that walking out of the room, and coming back, I can s...

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Lemon & Lime Twist from Ahmad Tea

Style: Fruit Black Tea – Region: Blend

53 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Feb. 15th, 2014

An interesting change of pace; not my favorite.

Much more lime than lemon in the aroma; this is no standard lemon black tea. The base tea is bold, strong, and malty. The overall effect is a very edgy cup, completely unlike how adding lemon usually takes the edge off a strong black tea.

Nice, and interesting, bu...

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Peach & Passion Fruit from Ahmad Tea

Style: Fruit Black Tea – Region: Blend

77 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Feb. 13th, 2014

It's a select group of fruit-flavored teas that I like, and it's even less frequent that there's an inexpensive one in a tea bag that is among my favorites--but this is one of these teas.

Aroma is fruity but pungent and deep; the fruitiness is not transient or fleeting, but rather is persistent, and accompanied by d...

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Pomegranate Black Tea from Bigelow Tea

Style: Fruit Black Tea – Region: Blend

53 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Feb. 12th, 2014

Thank you to my friend Liz for sharing this one with me. Take my review in the context that I tend not to like fruit-flavored tea bags, so although my rating number is not great, this is actually a pretty positive review: I'm comparing it against all my favorite loose-leaf artisan teas.

Tea bag smells intensely fru...

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Kenyan Black Tea with Lemon (Teabags) from Ajiri Tea

Style: Lemon Black Tea – Region: Blend

93 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Jan. 9th, 2014

I thought this to be a very original blend, top-notch.

Very intense lemon fragrance, holding its own against the base tea. Like most lemon myrtle, there's a deep woody or resinous undertone, making a very complex aroma, combined with the malty but fresh aroma of the Kenyan black tea. The lemon myrtle really holds ...

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Lemon Twist from Twinings

Style: Lemon Black Tea – Region: ?????

40 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 2/5
Jan. 2nd, 2014

Thanks to E. Alex Gerster for this sample. It was not my cup of tea but was interesting to try!

This tea smells lemony, but not intensely so. The lemon is a bit artificial smelling, more suggestive of lemon lifesavers or other lemon candy than natural lemon-scented herbs or actual lemon fruit. There is a hint of ...

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Cranberry Tea from Adagio Teas

Style: Fruit Black Tea – Region: Blend

57 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Oct. 11th, 2011

For the most part, I like this tea, but there is a caramel-like quality to the aroma that I find objectionable. It's not clear what ingredient imparts this quality. Besides that, I think the tea is pretty good.

The base is a standard, full-bodied Ceylon of good quality, and in this blend, the base tea is pretty so...

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Citron from Tazo Tea

Style: Fruit Black Tea – Region: Blend

43 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5
Aug. 16th, 2011

This blend, which has since been discontinued, is an odd one. I can see why it was discontinued, but I'm glad that I was able to try it when it was available.

Tazo adds citric acid, "natural flavors", and orange peel to black tea to create this blend. Unlike Tazo passion, another blend with added citric acid, whic...

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Golden Peach Tea from St. Dalfour

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

53 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 26th, 2010

Thanks to my friend Sparky for providing this one. I didn't know what to expect of this tea. Unlike many American fruit-flavored teas, this tea is very subtle; the fruitiness is not overdone and blends well with the base tea. The base tea is quite weak for a Ceylon, but is also smooth. The fruitiness has a little d...

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Pomegranate Delight Black Tea from Twinings

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

43 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 2/5
May. 6th, 2010

Unremarkable base black tea in this blend...not very aromatic. Fruity aroma is natural and pleasant, however...fairly strong but not overwhelming. Flavor is mostly sour...not so much that it's too sour but that there isn't really anything other than sourness in the flavor.

I found this tea to be disappointing. A ...

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Lichee Black Tea from Foojoy

Style: Lychee Black Tea – Region: China

60 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 5/5
Feb. 20th, 2010

Pleasantly fruity, yet with a black tea that has some presence. The aroma suggests sweetness but this tea can get quite bitter. Not the most complex tea but it is well-balanced and enjoyable.

As with Foojoy's other teas, this one is unparalleled among teabag teas of this price. I recommend a brief (1-2 min.) infu...

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Mango Ceylon from Republic of Tea

Style: Fruit Black Tea – Region: Blend

47 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Feb. 6th, 2010

I had this from a teabag in Panera bread. It could be that it wasn't terribly fresh (I wouldn't put that past Panera) but I was disappointed by the weak black tea presence in this tea. Some people might like that though as this tea is very smooth and has very little bitterness or astringency. I took it as having no ...

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Lady Grey from Twinings

Style: Fruit Black Tea – Region: Blend

53 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Nov. 13th, 2009

Interesting in that it is oddly earl-grey-like but much more fruity. The black tea used in this blend seems to be lighter than the black tea used in a typical Earl Grey, which combined with the fruitiness makes for a lighter tea. I actually strongly prefer this to Twinings' earl grey.

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Lemon Lift Black Tea from Bigelow Tea

Style: Lemon Black Tea – Region: ?????

50 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Oct. 18th, 2009

One thing I love about this tea is that it's lemony without being sour, which is something you cannot achieve by squeezing a lemon into your black tea.

I don't really notice the spice that much, but that's ok with me. The black tea is weak and nondescript. I would appreciate a richer and more complex aroma to the ...

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Ginger Peach Decaf from Republic of Tea

Style: Fruit Black Tea – Region: Blend

67 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 5th, 2009

I really like this tea. Very peachy with a hint of ginger and only a weak presence of black tea--but that's typical for a decaf tea. While I don't particularly like the black tea, the ginger is noticeable, which I like, and I tend to like the quality of the peach aroma...it's strong and fruity while seeming fairly na...

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Blackcurrant Breeze (formerly Blackcurrant) from Twinings

Style: Fruit Black Tea – Region: Blend

77 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Sep. 27th, 2009

I find the bold, almost pungent aroma of blackcurrants quite enjoyable in this tea...it's a deep, dark sort of fruitiness that blends very well with the black tea. The tea in this blend is nondescript and is dominated by the blackcurrant, but that's ok with me! This is a peculiar fruit blend but I enjoy it very much;...

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