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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: ?????

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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Chamomile Herbal Tea from Chado High Tea

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

69 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Feb. 11th, 2019

Here's another food-service tea obtained somewhere (can't recall which) in a string of hotels and diners up and down the High Plains.

Mostly I expect chamomile to be the same basic flavor; differences in my evaluations of it on this site mostly relate to intensity of that. Yet for any chamomile tea, but especiall...

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True Blueberry® Herbal Tea from Celestial Seasonings

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

69 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Feb. 6th, 2019

After running out of my favorite blueberry-flavored tea faster than expected, I got this in a moment of desperation, made easier to rationalize by a temporarily low sale price at Sprouts.

True Blueberry is one of the few herbal teas I've tried whose primary advertised flavor smells substantially stronger in the dry ...

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Mint Medley® Herbal Tea from Bigelow Tea

Style: Mint Tea – Region: ?????

59 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Jan. 24th, 2019

I've been more impressed with most other mint teas I've chugged so far, including a couple of store brands. Still, Mint Medley is mediocre, not bad. Like most live-performance musical medleys, the sum is worse in quality than the individual parts.

The dry-bag and in-cup aromas were hardly there, while the wet bag...

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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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