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Style: Rooibos – Region: South Africa84 / 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.Read Full Review
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...
Style: Fruit (Herbal) Tea – Region: Blend67 / 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).Read Full Review
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...
Style: Fruit (Herbal) Tea – Region: Blend70 / 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!Read Full Review
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...
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.Read Full Review
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...
Style: Rooibos Chai / Spiced Rooibos – Region: Blend53 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Dec. 16th, 2016
The tea bag smells overwhelmingly like cinnamon and nothing else.Read Full Review
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...
Style: Flavored Rooibos – Region: Blend53 / 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.Read Full Review
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. ...
Style: Peppermint Tea – Region: Oregon, United States63 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 2/5
Dec. 20th, 2015
Served in the Barnes & Noble Cafe in Newark, DE.Read Full Review
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 ...
Style: Mint Tea – Region: Morocco80 / 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.Read Full Review
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 ...
Style: Herbal Tea – Region: China73 / 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.Read Full Review
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...
Style: Rooibos Chai / Spiced Rooibos – Region: Blend50 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 2/5
Nov. 13th, 2014
Thank you Brytta for the sample!Read Full Review
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...
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!Read Full Review
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...
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.Read Full Review
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...
Style: Herbal Tea – Region: Blend67 / 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.Read Full Review
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...
Style: Flavored Rooibos – Region: Blend70 / 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.Read Full Review
Brews up a rich red color. Relatively medium-bodied, flavorful but not overly strong. The pumpkin is evident in th...
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.)Read Full Review
Brews up a relatively clear cup. Aroma was fruity and fresh, cup was quite flavorful, and lacked the bitter aftertaste that most ch...
Style: Herbal Tea – Region: Blend47 / 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.Read Full Review
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...
Style: Herbal Tea – Region: Blend70 / 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...Read Full Review
Style: Herbal Tea – Region: Blend43 / 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.Read Full Review
Brews up a delightfully-smelling cup, more lemony than gingery but with a strong ginger aroma. But upon...
Style: Peppermint Tea – Region: Blend60 / 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.Read Full Review
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...
Style: Fruit (Herbal) Tea – Region: Blend73 / 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.Read Full Review
Just like I'd expect, produces a rich, deep red color, less purplish ...
Style: Rooibos Chai / Spiced Rooibos – Region: Blend73 / 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.Read Full Review
Dry leaf smells intensely of ...
Style: Herbal Tea – Region: Blend43 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 1/5 Value: 2/5
Apr. 1st, 2014
The original Tazo passion was far too sour for me. I tried this one out of curiosity, and because I wanted to review it. Like all of the new Tazo teas, it has a richer, more complex aroma, in which I'm able to detect the individual whole ingredients more easily.Read Full Review
The orange peel really comes out in the aroma. I al...
Style: Herbal Tea – Region: ?????67 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Mar. 7th, 2014
Very strong tasting, and completely dominated by the ginger. Brews up a hazy yellow color, with lots of dust sinking to the bottom.Read Full Review
Peppery, even fiery. The lemon has only a very subtle presence, most evident in the aftertaste. The tulsi is also backgrounded, but is more noticeable than the lemon, especially if I...
Style: Tulsi / Holy Basil Tea – Region: India93 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Feb. 27th, 2014
My all-time favorite example of Tulsi or holy basil is the purple-leafed variety sold by Upton Tea Imports. Since I had been highly impressed by the the green-leafed (Rama) and Vana varieties from Mountain Rose Herbs, liking each much better than their counterparts from Upton, I was excited to try this one.Read Full Review
It was ...
Style: Vana Tulsi – Region: India83 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Feb. 19th, 2014
Dry leaf smells complex, like dried ginger and anise, with a hint of straw or hay. Much more complex than the only other example of Vana tulsi that I've tried.Read Full Review
Brews up a very strong, dark cup relative to the amount of leaf used. The brewed cup has a spicy and very complex aroma, and a piquant (sharp but enjoyable...
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