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Mint Chocolate Chip Rooibos from Mrs. Robinson's Tea Shop

Style: Flavored Rooibos – Region: Blend

63 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jun. 29th, 2017

Teabag sample thanks to my friend Kate! This was interesting. I didn't like the initial aroma when I started steeping it, but as I steeped it longer I liked it progressively more.

Mint is the dominant quality in the aroma, but it is not domineering the way mint usually can be. The aroma is smooth and creamy. I don't...

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Serenity from Heavenly Tea Leaves

Style: Herbal Tea – Region: Blend

83 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
May. 27th, 2017

I thought this was an expertly-executed blend, perhaps not aptly named, however. This was the last of four samples my roommate let me try from a sampler pack she got from Heavenly Tea Leaves. It was a nice note to end on!

The smell of the dry leaf is busy, and reminds me a lot of Bigelow's sweet dreams herbal tea,...

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Chamomile from Equal Exchange

Style: Chamomile Tea – Region: Egypt

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
May. 3rd, 2017

Served in Brewed Awakenings coffee shop in Newark, DE.

This chamomile in a humble, flat teabag impressed me with its clean, crisp flavor and bright, fresh aroma. More floral than most chamomile, also fruity, suggesting apple. There is a noticeable absence of the typical bitter aftertaste as well, although the finish...

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Organic African Nectar from Mighty Leaf Tea

Style: Flavored Rooibos – Region: Blend

79 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Apr. 30th, 2017

I drink a fair amount of this, it's probably the Mighty Leaf tea that I drink most often because I tend to visit a cafe that serves their teas in the evening, and it's by far my favorite of their caffeine-free herbal teas.

I sometimes compare it to the African Sunset which is sold by Two Leaves Tea, similarly a flav...

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Rooibos from Rooi Life

Style: Rooibos – Region: South Africa

84 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Feb. 24th, 2017

This was the best rooibos I've ever tried in a teabag and among the best rooibos I've ever tried.

I was excited when this new company, Rooi life, approached me with a sample offer. The company sells only a single product: pure rooibos, in tea bags, in a fairly big package too.

Quite aromatic, earthy and with fru...

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Wild Berry Hibiscus from Mighty Leaf Tea

Style: Fruit (Herbal) Tea – Region: Blend

67 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Feb. 22nd, 2017

Served at De La Coeur Cafe in Wilmington, DE (I love that place by the way, please do check it out if you're ever there).

I normally don't like hibiscus blends (think Celestial Seasonings' Red Zinger) because they are too sour for me, but I enjoyed this one. I brewed it in a big fat mug and only steeped it around 3...

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Beach Bellini from Teavana

Style: Fruit (Herbal) Tea – Region: Blend

70 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Jan. 27th, 2017

I really enjoyed this one! It was a gift from my roommate, so thank you!

The dried fruits in this blend were intensely aromatic, just opening the bag resulted in an explosion of aroma, mostly tropical fruit with hints of citrus, the smell strongly suggests sweetness, and there's a hint of spice in the aroma. The in...

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Camomile from Basilur

Style: Chamomile Tea – Region: ?????

83 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Dec. 20th, 2016

Wow, the tea bag was exceptionally fresh smelling, with a rich, complex aroma suggestive of high-quality chamomile. The smell is fruity and pleasant, I find it very comforting.

Upon brewing, the tea bag gets a bit mushy or slimy, but besides that, this smells and tastes on the level of a high-quality, loose-leaf ba...

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Spice Dragon Red Chai Herbal Tea from Stash Tea

Style: Rooibos Chai / Spiced Rooibos – Region: Blend

53 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Dec. 16th, 2016

The tea bag smells overwhelmingly like cinnamon and nothing else.

Upon brewing, the cinnamon is not quite as domineering, but it's still the principle aroma. I can smell the clove, but it's a struggle to notice the base rooibos. This herbal tea is initially smooth and easy to drink; there's little bitterness or as...

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Chocolate Rooibos from Numi Organic Tea

Style: Flavored Rooibos – Region: Blend

53 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5
Mar. 22nd, 2016

I get the sense that other people would enjoy this more than I did.

Brews up a mellow cup with a mild chocolate aroma, reminding me a lot of halloween candy as a kid, but less artificial. It's not the richest aroma, but it becomes a little more complex on drinking. I can notice the rooibos, but it's not dominant. ...

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Peppermint (Sachets) from Harney and Sons

Style: Peppermint Tea – Region: Oregon, United States

63 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 2/5
Dec. 20th, 2015

Served in the Barnes & Noble Cafe in Newark, DE.

I am more partial to spearmint than peppermint, but I do enjoy peppermint from time to time. I picked this one mainly because it was one of the only two caffeine-free herbal options in the cafe, and I had already tried the other one.

This is a very good peppermint ...

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Organic Mint Melange from Mighty Leaf Tea

Style: Mint Tea – Region: Morocco

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
Oct. 6th, 2015

A very smooth, yet somewhat complex mint that struck me as all or mostly spearmint, although Mighty Leaf doesn't specify exactly what mint is used.

I'm a tough customer when it comes to mint teas; I've grown dozens of different types of mint in my gardens, and spent years carefully blending them. Most commercially ...

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Ginseng Spice from Octavia Tea

Style: Herbal Tea – Region: China

73 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jan. 7th, 2015

A rich, earthy, naturally sweet herbal tea that can be steeped many times. Sampled at Velvet Sky Bakery.

Brews a light golden-yellow cup, with a little dust sinking to the bottom of the cup.

The aroma is complex, rich, and warming. I can notice the ginseng, which has a strong, fresh, earthy taste, and which act...

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Spiced Apple Cider Rooibos from Teavana

Style: Rooibos Chai / Spiced Rooibos – Region: Blend

50 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 2/5
Nov. 13th, 2014

Thank you Brytta for the sample!

The aroma of the dry leaf smells a lot like spiced apple cider.

Upon brewing, produces a cup that tastes a little bit like spiced apple cider, without the sugar--which is the kind of thing I'd normally like. The spice blend is very heavy on the cinnamon though, and clove is notic...

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Tropical Hibiscus Herbal Tea from Simply Balanced

Style: Hibiscus Tea – Region: ?????

53 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 3/5
Nov. 13th, 2014

This blend is mostly hibiscus and tastes a lot like straight hibiscus tea; it's a pretty high-quality example of this, for a tea bag. Thanks Brytta for sharing this sample!

Brews up an intense red color, very clear too (I drank this in a glass teacup, and it was nice to see).

A surprising amount of complexity in...

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Refreshing Peppermint Infusion from Pure Tea Selection

Style: Mint Tea – Region: ?????

70 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Oct. 26th, 2014

Served with the outstanding, high-quality breakfast at the Hotel Alt-Görlitz in Görlitz, Germany.

Although this is labelled just Peppermint (both in German and English), close reading of the ingredient list betrays that the it's a mint blend: the main ingredient is spearmint and peppermint is the second ingredient...

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6-Kräuter-Mischung from Meßmer (Messmer)

Style: Herbal Tea – Region: Blend

67 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 26th, 2014

Served with breakfast at City Herberge, Dresden. A pleasant herbal blend, very different from anything I've had in the US.

The ingredient list contains rose hip and hibiscus, which I often associate with tangy teas, too sour for my taste, but this one had a more subdued flavor, balanced, and only slightly tangy. I...

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Pumpkin Spice from Harney and Sons

Style: Flavored Rooibos – Region: Blend

70 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Sep. 30th, 2014

I really liked this one, and it's not the sort of blend I would normally expect myself to like. The aroma of the dried teabag was slightly cloying, a little bit like potpourri, but only a little bit.

Brews up a rich red color. Relatively medium-bodied, flavorful but not overly strong. The pumpkin is evident in th...

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Chamomile from Lindsay Gardens Tea

Style: Chamomile Tea – Region: ?????

70 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Jul. 16th, 2014

Served at my friend Fairleigh's house--thank you! This was surprisingly good, for a dollar store brand of tea bags. (You can buy this brand in dollar stores, typically for $1 a box.)

Brews up a relatively clear cup. Aroma was fruity and fresh, cup was quite flavorful, and lacked the bitter aftertaste that most ch...

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Camomile, Honey & Vanilla from Twinings

Style: Herbal Tea – Region: Blend

47 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Jul. 12th, 2014

I sampled this recently at the house of two of my friends; thank you to my friends Melanie and Irene for letting me try this one.

Aroma is mostly of camomile and vanilla, balanced between the two, with neither dominating. The honey is evident in the aroma, but is relatively subtle. Flavor is mild, muted. Low astr...

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Passion Tango (Formerly Passion Berry) from Teavana

Style: Herbal Tea – Region: Blend

70 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Jun. 5th, 2014

This tea is now being served in Starbucks, under the name "Passion Tango". I find it a little annoying (and a poor marketing decision) that the names don't line up completely--when I looked for Passion Tango on Teavana's site, I found nothing, but upon contacting Teavana, they told me that this is the same tea, and re...

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Jammin' Lemon Ginger from Celestial Seasonings

Style: Herbal Tea – Region: Blend

43 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 1/5 Value: 1/5
May. 30th, 2014

I tend to like lemon ginger teas, and I was excited to try this one, especially when I saw that it contains ginger as the main ingredient, and then lemongrass and lemon verbena, two herbs that I am a big fan of.

Brews up a delightfully-smelling cup, more lemony than gingery but with a strong ginger aroma. But upon...

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Pure Peppermint from Octavia Tea

Style: Peppermint Tea – Region: Blend

60 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
May. 15th, 2014

Served at Velvet Sky Bakery in Jenkintown, my favorite place to sample Octavia's teas.

I love mint, but I tend to strongly prefer herbal teas brewed from other varieties of mint, like spearmint or apple mint, rather than peppermint.

Brews a dark amber with a tinge of greenish.

Very potent aroma, but somehow wi...

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Fruit Medley (Fruit Sangria) from Adagio Teas

Style: Fruit (Herbal) Tea – Region: Blend

73 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
May. 15th, 2014

A fruity blend with strawberry as the dominant aroma. I normally don't like these blends, but I thought this one pretty exceptional. The dry leaf didn't impress me, but once it was brewed up, it was a pleasure to drink, and wonderfully aromatic.

Just like I'd expect, produces a rich, deep red color, less purplish ...

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Rock Creek Red Chai from Capital Teas

Style: Rooibos Chai / Spiced Rooibos – Region: Blend

73 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Apr. 9th, 2014

An intriguing blend, very different from the other two examples of Rooibos chai that I've tried, the ones from Culinary Teas and from Wegmans. The final of three Capital Teas samples that my parents were given as a gift, which they let me try. Excellent with milk, not so much without.

Dry leaf smells intensely of ...

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