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Manzanilla (Chamomile) from Tadin Herb and Tea Co.

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

73 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Apr. 14th, 2022

Value-wise, I've found that cheaper chamomile really is best much of the time, since the quality doesn't seem to vary greatly from one brand to another. So when I run low or out, I just grab something inexpensive when I see it. Such was the case here, and I rate "value" highly for two reasons:
1) The tea was on sal...

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Rosehip & Hibiscus from Teekanne

Style: Herbal Tea – Region: ?????

69 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Jan. 21st, 2022

Rosehip and hibiscus teas, by themselves, don't excite me much, because they tend to be on the sour side. I'm not a big fan of sour teas. Still, as those go, this one's among the most flavorful and naturally colorful I've had. It also has one of the stronger dry-bag aromas—more rosy than fruity, and transitions to...

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Purely Peppermint from Teekanne

Style: Peppermint Tea – Region: ?????

81 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
Nov. 26th, 2021

The version I have simply is called "Peppermint" without the "Purely" or "Soothing" parts, though I have seen the white-box "Soothing" version in stores too. The ingredient in both simply is peppermint leaves. I don't know if it has been wholly renamed, or if this is just a relabeling of the same tea for different ma...

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Peppermint from TEViVE

Style: Peppermint Tea – Region: ?????

51 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5
Nov. 9th, 2021

It's not hard to get peppermint tea right: just use properly grown and dried leaves and put enough in the bag to fill it when wet. They got the first part, and failed miserably on the second.

I've had a lot of peppermint teas, and the quality of the leaves they use stands with any of them, even with a few choppe...

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Mixed Fruit from Teekanne

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

62 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Nov. 6th, 2021

Teekanne markets numerous assorted fruit infusions on multiple nation-domain websites. Curiously, I can't find this product (by this name anyway, or by another with the same ingredients) anywhere on Teekanne's main dot-com English-language website, nor German, nor their Austrian site .at, which is in English. Yet it'...

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Organic Blood Orange Rooibos Herbal Tea Blend from Trader Joe's

Style: Flavored Rooibos – Region: Blend

71 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Jun. 17th, 2021

With a name like this, I certainly didn't expect anything but orange flavor. However, this is the rare tea I've tried where the dry-bag, in-cup and wet-bag scents all were *much* stronger on the main flavoring than the actual taste. That's not necessarily a bad thing in this case, as all three modes of inhalation yi...

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Mint Magic® Herbal Tea from Celestial Seasonings

Style: Mint Tea – Region: ?????

59 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Aug. 23rd, 2020

This is the first tea review I can blame or credit directly to the ongoing coronavirus. We were having Sprouts groceries plucked from within and brought curbside⁠—an activity not undertaken before this pandemic⁠—and the Instacart shopper either mistakenly got "Mint Magic" instead of the peppermint tea I ordere...

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Linden Flower (Tila) from Carmencita

Style: Linden Tea – Region: ?????

66 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Aug. 9th, 2020

I first had some of this drink when living in Miami almost 30 years ago, at a Salvadoran restaurant, without having tried linden tea of any sort before. I recalled enjoying it with pupusas, so another time I was there, shortly before joining RateTea, I saw a packet of teabags at Publix and brought it back, and (though...

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Madagascar Vanilla Red Tea from Celestial Seasonings

Style: Flavored Rooibos – Region: ?????

63 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jul. 14th, 2020

It's hard to rate this product because it doesn't sit still, even though it has just three stated ingredients: rooibos, vanilla flavoring, and vanilla bean. The quality and flavor seemed to vary a lot over time, within a given cup. Overall, it's a decent representative of flavored rooibos, and at times presents itse...

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Organic Rose Hips with Hibiscus from Traditional Medicinals

Style: Herbal Tea – Region: ?????

63 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Apr. 7th, 2020

As teas from outfits like Traditional Medicinals go, this one is remarkably simple. It has just these two basic ingredients, rose hips and hibiscus, that form the core of countless fruit- and berry-flavored herbal blends offered by many companies.

As a combination, it seems very well-balanced. There's not much dr...

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Orange Herbal Tea from Lipton Tea

Style: Herbal Tea – Region: ?????

71 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Feb. 15th, 2020

Here's another Lipton brand that has been "unretired" as of Feb. 2020. It is available under different-looking packaging in several online stores, as well as via Unilever's food-service page (where I got the photo to be uploaded shortly). Now that I've tried a few of these Lipton herbal and flavored black teas from a...

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Chamomile from Lipton Tea

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

65 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Feb. 7th, 2020

Let's play tea detective. This product was a bit perplexing—not because of anything having to do with its own properties, but because it took some digging to find exactly this stuff online. Lipton sells a "Relax" branded chamomile in retail—on its site and in some stores—but I don't know if this is the same stu...

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Peppermint Chocolate from Republic of Tea

Style: Flavored Rooibos – Region: Blend

71 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5
Jan. 1st, 2020

Chocolate and peppermint are two of my favorite flavors in all this mighty land. As such, I'm a major sucker for trying such teas, even expensive ones like this or Harney & Sons. So I grabbed a tin* of the R of T version at a local World Market, as a minor Christmas present to myself.

The dry-bag and wet-bag ar...

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Mandarin Orange Spice® Herb Tea from Celestial Seasonings

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

76 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Dec. 30th, 2019

Celestial Seasonings has made a mint off selling assorted fruit flavors added to the same basic "Zinger" foundation (hibiscus, rose hips, hawthorn, blackberry leaves, orange peel). This tea has been around a couple of generations, probably preceding the Zingers, and doesn't bear that name, so maybe they're inspired by...

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Chamomile Tea from McCormick

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

83 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 23rd, 2019

Though tagged here as retired, it seems McCormick has unretired it, for as of late October 2019, it is available in 10- or 25-count boxes on Amazon, and the web presences of big brick-and-mortar store chains like Wal-Mart, Safeway, Kroger and H-E-B. I got some in person at a regional Oklahoma chain today, for a little...

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Tangerine Orange Zinger® Herbal Tea from Celestial Seasonings

Style: Herbal Tea – Region: ?????

61 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 16th, 2019

This member of CS' "Zinger" line has resided in the tea section of our pantry for a long time, occasionally brewed and chugged, and I just realized this morning that I haven't reviewed it yet. Therefore, this is that.

When I think of orange-flavored herbal teas, the first that comes to mind for me is Tazo's "Wild S...

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Bengal Spice Herbal Tea from Celestial Seasonings

Style: Herbal Tea – Region: ?????

74 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 10th, 2019

This blend has occupied my curiosity for many months, especially given that:
1. I like chai in general;
2. I've tried a couple other "tealess" chais with mixed results, and
3. The reviews on this have been all over the place, to say the least. For the statistically inclined: boost the sample size by a hundred w...

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After Dinner Mints from Clipper Teas

Style: Herbal Tea – Region: Blend

64 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Aug. 29th, 2019

First off, this isn't a bad tea, but it didn't strike my as anywhere nearly the powerhouse of mint flavor or smell implied by the name and packaging design. Given that peppermint is a slight majority of the entire bag contents (see below), and spearmint also is there, this was surprising and, at first, disappointing. ...

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Organic Chamomile with Lavender from Traditional Medicinals

Style: Chamomile Blend – Region: Blend

57 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 1/5
Jul. 27th, 2019

Directions say, "2 tea bags in a cup". While I appreciate the manufacturer's forthrightness in admitting one bag isn't enough to fill out the flavor, I also must ask, why, especially as expensive as a standard box is to start? How about simply dosing one bag with the full recommended pile of plant material instead? ...

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Cranberry Apple Herbal Tea from Bigelow Tea

Style: Herbal Tea – Region: Blend

63 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jun. 27th, 2019

Most Bigelow teas I've tried, I've never bought, thanks to hotels, restaurants and conferences. This one was no exception. I don't care for cranberry as a flavor, so you wouldn't catch me plunking down even a couple bucks at the Wal-Mart clearance bin for any herbal tea named after cranberries. Fortunately there is ...

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I Love Lemon® & C Herbal Tea from Bigelow Tea

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

71 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jun. 12th, 2019

I don't love lemon. Regardless, if you do, this seems to be as reasonable of a presentation of the natural flavor as you'll find in a hot beverage, short of cooking lemonade. Perusing the ingredients, this should be expected with three different plant sources of the lemon ester: lemongrass, lemon verbena and lemon (...

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Pure Peppermint from Twinings

Style: Peppermint Tea – Region: ?????

48 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Apr. 21st, 2019

Once again, I drank a Twinings product, wondering how this brand gained enough of a reputation or loyalty to have lasted so long. The peppermint in these bags wasn't bad, but wasn't great either. Lots of stems too! It reminded me a lot of cheap/knock-off store brands or some of the lower-quality food-service pepperm...

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African Red Bush from Tazo Tea

Style: Flavored Rooibos – Region: Blend

63 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Apr. 14th, 2019

Too bad this tea has been discontinued, because it's an acceptable (not great to the point of blowing one's mind, but pretty decent) take on rooibos/herbal blending. As with other rooibos teas I've tried, the first impression wasn't anything to brag about, but it grew on me after a few bags, and I came to appreciate i...

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Calm Chamomile Filterbags from Tazo Tea

Style: Chamomile Blend – Region: Blend

69 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Feb. 23rd, 2019

This tea gave me some peculiar impressions before ever pouring a drop down my throat. The dry-bag smell brought back vague yet unwelcome childhood memories of illness, and it took me a minute to figure out why. The dry aroma reminded me much of the 1970s formulation of Kaopectate diarrhea medicine—then a dense, sli...

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Citrus Sunrise from Celestial Seasonings

Style: Fruit (Herbal) Tea – Region: Blend

85 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Feb. 18th, 2019

Citrus Sunrise easily can be called Orange Tangerine Zinger, if it weren't for a similarly named blend they already have. That's because it starts out with the same common-denominator ingredients as the CS Zinger line (rose hips, orange peel, hibiscus, hawthorn, blackberry leaves), and just boosts the orange part with...

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