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Peaceful Slumber from Allegro

Style: Chamomile Blend – Region: Blend

73 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jan. 9th, 2019

Uncommonly in my admittedly limited tea-drinking experience, this was the second different bagged chamomile blend (as opposed to pure chamomile) from the same company—the first being "Relaxing Chamomile". This tea is decidedly chamomile-dominant in dry-bag, in-cup and wet-bag aromas, and despite not having the word...

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Relaxing Chamomile from Allegro

Style: Chamomile Blend – Region: ?????

81 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Dec. 25th, 2018

Until "Relaxing Chamomile", I hadn't chugged a chamomile tea with this many ingredients: at least seven. I say, "at least", because after chamomile, hawthorne berry, eleuthero, rose petals, natural blood orange flavor, and natural vanilla flavor, the final ingredient was, "other natural flavors", whatever that means....

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Pomegranate Pizzazz® Herbal Tea from Bigelow Tea

Style: Fruit (Herbal) Tea – Region: ?????

58 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Dec. 5th, 2018

In many ways, the behavior of this concoction from bag to cup to esophagus reminded me uncannily of the berry-flavored members of Celestial Seasonings' "Zinger" line:
* Fruity, hibiscus-heavy dry-bag and in-cup aromas,
* Initial cherry-red color turning a deep, opaque purple-gray with time,
* Strongly fruity,...

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Vanilla Honey Chamomile from Eating Right

Style: Chamomile Blend – Region: Blend

69 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Nov. 25th, 2018

Mostly, this seemed like a straight chamomile tea, from the dry-bag and in-cup scents to the golden-tan color of the poured liquid. Despite all the fruits and herbs blended into the mix, as seen in the "Commercial Description" here onsite, chamomile still dominated all the aromas, taste and aftertaste, to such an exte...

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Lemon Ginger Tulsi from Allegro

Style: Herbal Tea – Region: Blend

73 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Nov. 23rd, 2018

It seems like the few Tulsi teas I've tried so far have been paired in some way with ginger, regardless of other ingredients. This was no exception. The ingredients list explicitly states three kinds of Tulsi: Krishna, Rama, and Vana, two of which coincidentally were first names of sisters I knew in middle school who...

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8 Herbs from Teekanne

Style: Herbal Tea – Region: Blend

65 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Nov. 20th, 2018

As of this writing, Teekanne appears to be marketing this tea under three names, depending on the online or geographic venue: "8 Herbs" via English-language Amazon, and in person at the German-food store I visited in the DFW area, "Mixed Herbs" on their English-language, European-based website, and "8 Kräuter" (Germa...

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Well Rested Herbal Tea (Formerly Bed Time Tea) from Trader Joe's

Style: Herbal Tea – Region: Blend

78 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Nov. 14th, 2018

The title says that the herbal tea is well rested. Therefore I hope it conveys some of that placid nature to me as well. ;-)

In the meantime before bedtime, I did the usual dry-bag and in-cup sniffing prior to first chug, and generally was pleased at the result. While not intense, it was stronger and more balanc...

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Original Yogi Tea from Yogi Tea

Style: Herbal Tea – Region: Blend

72 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Nov. 7th, 2018

Perusing the ingredients label, I expected a cinnamon-heavy chai without actual tea, and that's pretty much what this delivered at every level. The list of components is astoundingly short for a Yogi blend at 6 (organic) ingredients: cinnamon bark, ginger root, cardamom pod, clove bud, black pepper, and cinnamon oil....

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Peppermint Herbal Tea from Chado High Tea

Style: Peppermint Tea – Region: ?????

56 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Nov. 5th, 2018

Finally, after three decidedly lame ones in a row, I try a new peppermint tea that rates (barely) above the speed Sammy Hagar can't drive. I hope this upward trend continues with future peppermint teas, as this is an herb I dearly love.

Opening the wrapper released a pleasant puff of peppermint aroma, more than eve...

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Peppermint from Vermont Artisan Coffee & Tea Co

Style: Peppermint Tea – Region: ?????

38 / 100 Aroma: 3/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5
Nov. 2nd, 2018

This is my third consecutive "no bueno" on trying a new peppermint tea. It's about time to return to some old standbys, in order to re-familiarize with what peppermint should be!

The dry-leaf photo from their website is a little misleading, in that the sachet contained considerably more stem pieces—some quite l...

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Mint Herbal from O Organics

Style: Peppermint Tea – Region: United States of America

28 / 100 Aroma: 2/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 3/5
Oct. 20th, 2018

This is the worst peppermint tea I've had, and that's soon after trying my next-lowest rated peppermint, from another store brand. Guess I'm on a roll...around the bowl and down the hole! That's where the rest of this cup is going.

Out of the wrapper, the dry bag had only about 1/4 of its volume, maybe less, occup...

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Rooibos Vibrations from Allegro

Style: Rooibos Chai / Spiced Rooibos – Region: Blend

74 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 14th, 2018

The dry-bag* and in-cup scents were robust and screamed "chai", which is great since I enjoy such tea. Cinnamon and cardamom stood obvious, cloves and black pepper being apparent with some concentration, the other ingredients a good deal less so. Even though ginger is the second ingredient (behind rooibos), I only co...

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Peppermint from Trader Joe's

Style: Peppermint Tea – Region: ?????

53 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Sep. 24th, 2018

Come on, Trader Joe's! What's the deal here? It's fantastically difficult to mess up peppermint and you came closer to doing so than any I've tried yet. The very low price (beaten in my experience only by Wal-Mart's store brand and Carrington, both noticeably higher-quality) is the only thing that saves this rating ...

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Vanilla Chai from Pukka

Style: Herbal Tea – Region: Blend

71 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Sep. 13th, 2018

Here's a herbal tea that doesn't smell or taste quite like one surmises based on ingredients, but is reasonably enjoyable. I wouldn't pay any more than sale price for it, though!

This came via a discount at Sprouts for a 20-bag box, with each bag sealed in a waxed paper pouch. This is the first steeped beverage ca...

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Golden Chamomile from Revolution Tea

Style: Chamomile Blend – Region: Blend

66 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Aug. 20th, 2018

I found this one hard to rate, and get the sense drinkers will fall into one of three main camps:
* Like it!
* Yuck, pour it out now! or...
* What did I just drink?

My reaction is a mix of the first and last bullets. The tea is a puzzle. It does different things to different senses at different times, which...

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Misty Mint from Farmer Brothers

Style: Mint Tea – Region: Blend

63 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Aug. 4th, 2018

The ingredients list only states peppermint, lemongrass and spearmint. So why do I smell and taste a dab of black pepper in this? Personally, I'm not complaining; spicy teas appeal to me. Yet I wonder if this sensation stems from a systematic characteristic of how one of the listed ingredients is grown or processed,...

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Chamomile Lavender from Paromi Tea

Style: Chamomile Blend – Region: Blend

82 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jul. 17th, 2018

Formula: broom straw + lavender + chamomile = sugar cookies!

My wife brought a jar of this home from an estate sale figuring I'd try almost anything. She's right, although admittedly I'm not a fan of floral teas that smell or taste overtly so. Such teas remind me of drinking an old girlfriend's perfume: no bueno...

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Pure Camomile (Chamomile) from Twinings

Style: Pure Chamomile Tea – Region: ?????

72 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jun. 27th, 2018

Twinings has disappointed me time and again with their true teas and tea blends, so admittedly I tried their pure chamomile bag expecting it to both smell and taste old and weak. Much to my surprise, it was neither on either sense.

The dry bag was remarkably well-stuffed with chopped blossoms, offering an aroma o...

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Peppermint from Great Value

Style: Peppermint Tea – Region: ?????

77 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Jun. 25th, 2018

As I've noted with other peppermint-tea reviews, this is one of my very favorite herbs, one that's generally consistent and hard to mess up (though it can happen!). As such, I'll generally give peppermint teas high marks unless they are stale, overly stem-laden, exorbitantly costly, somehow wrongly advertised, or the ...

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Chamomile from Farmer Brothers

Style: Pure Chamomile Tea – Region: ?????

43 / 100 Aroma: 3/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Mar. 6th, 2018

In my experience, chamomile shouldn't stand out much one way or another most of the time. A rich, deeply golden cup with delightfully robust, sweet, rich flavor is rare, as is the moribund, stale and/or flavorless kind. While not a turn-off, per se, the Farmer Brothers version leans weak and flat. The aromas, whethe...

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Orange Bliss from Farmer Brothers

Style: Flavored Rooibos – Region: Blend

46 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 3/5
Mar. 5th, 2018

My first impression of this tea's flavor was shockingly wretched: an overwhelming impression of stale coffee and mud, with some orangey/cinnamon hint buried beneath. I asked, "How can this tea possibly be so nasty with such a delicious-looking ingredients list?" It contains: rooibos, cinnamon, ginger root, orange pe...

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Coconut Macadamia Herbal from Hawaiian Islands Tea Company

Style: Flavored Rooibos – Region: Blend

55 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Jan. 10th, 2018

Being a big fan of that taste, this is the third coconut-flavored tea I've tried and reviewed, and the weakest of them all.

All I saw in the dry bag was rooibos, no evidence of real coconut or macadamia pieces. This steeps up like every other decent rooibos: a nice reddish color, with rooibos itself being the over...

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Peppermint Herbal Tea from Celestial Seasonings

Style: Peppermint Tea – Region: United States of America

87 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Nov. 20th, 2017

For peppermint, it's hard to top CS' version. As noted in some of my other peppermint tea reviews, this is an herb that is difficult to ruin anyway, and I love the flavor, whether stand-alone or mixed with other products (teas, candies, cookies, etc.). Some tea companies do use stems as cheap filler, or unadvertised ...

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Moroccan Mint (Formerly Simply Mint) from Numi Organic Tea

Style: Mint Tea – Region: ?????

59 / 100 Aroma: 3/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Nov. 9th, 2017

The final bag in the rolling saga that is my Numi variety-pack taste run has been completed. For background, spearmint doesn't turn me on or off, but I much prefer peppermint. The Moroccan mint used here, for what it is (much closer to spearmint), tastes fresh and sweet, in a cup that brews up surprisingly dark for a...

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Coconut Zinger from Celestial Seasonings

Style: Fruit (Herbal) Tea – Region: Blend

63 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 27th, 2017

Coconut being one of my favorite flavors, this looked promising on the store shelf. With a sale price of just $2 at Sprouts, I figured to try a box. It contains all the usual suspects for a CS Zinger offering: hibiscus, rose hips, orange peel, and blackberry leaves, but with natural coconut flavors swapped in. The d...

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