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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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Earl Grey from Murchie's Tea & Coffee Ltd

Style: Earl Grey Tea – Region: Blend

88 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Oct. 10th, 2019

We gleefully had sniffed demo leaves of Murchie's Earl Grey in their Victoria store before, but since had brought home and ordered only the tea bags of the cream version (Earl Grey Cream). My wife is a bigtime EG drinker—probably half her total tea consumption—and wanted some loose-leaf tea as part of our annual f...

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Peppermint Peak® Black Tea from Celestial Seasonings

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

90 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Aug. 11th, 2019

Are you a big fan of Candy Cane Lane? If so, you'll probably love this offering too. It's basically the same, but with one major and two minor changes to the ingredients list that don't modify the aroma or flavor much:
1. Caffeinated black tea (no type/origin specified) is subbed for CCL's decaf green,
2. A littl...

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Raspberry Royale® Black Tea from Bigelow Tea

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

81 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Aug. 3rd, 2019

This was among the better bagged, fruit-flavored black teas I've had. Raspberry teas are uncommon in my experience, so I figured to try some that I saw on a hotel tray in Gillette, Wyoming. Their water ain't the greatest, so I drank one there and also took a bag home. Upon ripping open the foil-lined pouch (s.o.p. f...

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Peach & Passion Fruit from TEViVE

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

79 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Jul. 2nd, 2019

Tropical fruits, peaches, and flavored black teas all tickle my fancy, so this offering from a Dollar Tree store promised to be worthwhile, as long as they used natural flavors (check), and didn't skimp on the flavoring itself (check). [TEViVE could use more tea, however...more on that below.]

As with their other...

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Earl Grey from Twinings

Style: Earl Grey Tea – Region: ?????

64 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jun. 6th, 2019

I got this from a restaurant hot-tea selection box and took home an extra bag to taste-test on good well water. The bergamot was somewhat feeble throughout the consumption experience. Still, it's among the better Twinings teas I've had (yes, I realize that's not saying much).

Sweetened, as I always do, this prod...

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Blueberry & Honey from TEViVE

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

74 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
May. 20th, 2019

Curiously, this line of tea isn't found on the TEAViVE website as of this writing, but I have no problem finding it in a local Dollar Tree, where I first saw it. On the bottom of the boxes, TEAViVE provides a batch number and "best before" date, as well as lists the blueberry and honey flavorings as being natural. Th...

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Earl Grey Crème Black Tea from Teavana

Style: Earl Grey Cream – Region: Blend

87 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
May. 11th, 2019

This is my favorite Earl Grey Cream tea yet, and that's not a knock on Murchie's excellent rendition, which is a better value but just a notch below Teavana in richness.

Teavana has undergone a remaking of its marketing and strategy under the Starbucks banner: no more stand-alone tea shops, just 15-sachet plastic t...

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French Vanilla Decaffeinated Black Tea from Bigelow Tea

Style: Vanilla Black Tea – Region: ?????

61 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Feb. 19th, 2019

I don't see a point in proactively obtaining this tea, especially for money. Here's another offering I got at no cost (the best way), thanks to its being available in a tea box at a meeting, at a Holiday Inn Express. I'll rate "value" based on the prices I usually see for Bigelow teas in-store.

The best part of ...

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Winter Wake Up Tea from Trader Joe's

Style: Flavored Black Tea – Region: Blend

88 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Dec. 28th, 2018

For a store-brand bagged tea, this seasonal offering was excellent! My immediate impression sniffing the dry bag was a striking resemblance to the flavor (not smell) of Good Earth's "Sweet and Spicy": very intense on cinnamon, with orange quite noticeable. However, unlike the Good Earth tea, this one has black tea (...

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Earl Grey de la Crème from Trader Joe's

Style: Earl Grey Cream – Region: Blend

75 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Dec. 10th, 2018

Given the ingredients list, here was a tea that caught both my eye and a few bucks of my credit-card balance, while stocking up at a Dallas Trader Joe's on some things I don't get in nearby Oklahoma markets.

Overall, it's not quite as high-quality as the other Earl Grey Creme tea I've tried (the bagged version from ...

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Orange Spice from Chado High Tea

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

59 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 3/5
Dec. 7th, 2018

Preparing this tea brought back a fond childhood memory from about age 8. We were poor, but my mom had bought a box of "orange pekoe" tea as a rare indulgence, and I was excited to try some, thinking it literally was orange-flavored of whatever "pekoe" tea was. Imagine my disappointment, then, when it had no flavor a...

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Earl Grey from Allegro

Style: Earl Grey Tea – Region: Blend

54 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Nov. 2nd, 2018

When you have lemons, make lemonade? That seems to have happened here. While not overpowering, the distinct aroma of lemon wafted rather aggressively out of the pouch when I tore it open, and that scent stayed in the dry bag strongly until pouring the hot water through it. The in-cup smell was more balanced, but the...

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Earl Grey from Urban Teahouse

Style: Earl Grey Tea – Region: Blend

84 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 14th, 2018

Admittedly I haven't been up to the Urban Teahouse location in OKC as of this writing, but drinking this at a Norman breakfast restaurant, and getting a sample to take home and chug, makes me want to pay a dangerous visit next time I'm up in that part of "The Big Town". Why dangerous? Because of what that visit woul...

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Lemon Lift Black Tea from Bigelow Tea

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

62 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Jul. 30th, 2018

About 15 years ago, out by L.A., I saw a dude outside a smoothie shop dressed in yellow hat, yellow shoes and yellow tights, wearing a lemon costume. Had he asked me for a lift, I could have handed him a bag of this tea and satisfied the request.

Otherwise, the tea is not too useful. It reminded me a lot of flavor...

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Mango Maui Black Tea from Hawaiian Islands Tea Company

Style: Fruit Black Tea – Region: Blend

75 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
May. 5th, 2018

How appropriate it is that I opened this box, bought in Kailua and brought to Oklahoma, on the night after a the largest Big Island quake since the 1970s, while Kilauea's East Rift fissure belches steam, acrid fumes and fountains of lava through Leilani Estates. Would Mango Maui prove as smooth and relaxing as a seabr...

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Earl Grey from Farmer Brothers

Style: Earl Grey Tea – Region: Blend

61 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Apr. 8th, 2018

Farmer Brothers apparently uses the same relatively rich base tea as for their plain black offering, which similarly brews up dark and tastes stronger than most brand-name bagged teas. As such, you can pluck a bag or three off your hotel's or conference's tea table with confidence you'll get a passable, perhaps even r...

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Butterscotch Blondie from Tazo Tea

Style: Flavored Black Tea – Region: Blend

63 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 1/5
Feb. 23rd, 2018

Sweet dessert-flavor teas will snatch my attention every time. This has, for both wonderful and disgraceful reasons.

The Wonderful: Tazo has a small line of enticing new black teas flavored with herbal blends so as to resemble assorted cookies and cakes. Having loved butterscotch-chip cookies as a kid, I grabbed...

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Maple Chai from Murchie's Tea & Coffee Ltd

Style: Flavored Black Tea – Region: Blend

85 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Jan. 27th, 2018

Tea-flavor blends are like marriages: a wide spectrum of compatibilities and results, from the "opposites attracted" who somehow live happily-ever-after to the seemingly alike soulmates on the road to disastrous divorce, vice versa, and every outcome in between.

In that context, leave it to a Canadian tea company...

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Pineapple Waikiki Black Tea from Hawaiian Islands Tea Company

Style: Fruit Black Tea – Region: Blend

64 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 3/5
Jan. 7th, 2018

Being a fan of pineapple as a taste, and seeing that this offering was reasonably inexpensive (for Hawaii anyway) at the Wal Mart in Kona, I figured to give it a try. While not bad, each step of the process disappointed me a bit more, leaving an impression less favorable than the potential.

Each tea bag in a standa...

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Black Currant from Murchie's Tea & Coffee Ltd

Style: Flavored Black Tea – Region: Blend

85 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Nov. 8th, 2017

Three times since 2003, I have marveled at the smell of the loose-leaf black currant tea samples in Murchie's Victoria store. Zero times I've come back with any. Don't ask; I don't know why. Guess it just fell out of the line behind other teas that ended up stuffing our luggage.

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Aged Earl Grey™ - Bergamot Black from Numi Organic Tea

Style: Earl Grey Tea – Region: Assam, India

75 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Oct. 5th, 2017

This was one of the atypical flavored teas I've had with a scent (both dry-bag and in-cup) noticeably bigger than the taste. I'm having trouble rating this tea because it depends on what you're seeking. Aroma? Strong, fruity, potent, almost mouth-watering. Looks and taste? The base tea is very rich and flavorful, ...

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