The official tea review thread (to be updated).
Add brands, flavors, loose, bagged, etc. There are three trillion teas, and I've only recently started drinking tea!
I had this a few years ago, but I liked it. Plain, smooth cinnamony and slightly spicy. (sog)
I'm finding that I can really count on the Bigelow teas. I know they aren't fancy or anything, but I always like the flavor. The cinnamon is not too strong, not artificial tasting, but still flavorful. I don't like artificial cinnamon anything, but this is good. (AC)
If anyone hasn't had this, you NEED to try it. I grew up on this, I love it so much. I always have it in the house. (sarah)
I really didn't think I would like this because I'm not a huge fan of spiceish or orange teas, but this is mellow. It's mellow, but still flavorful. I like it! I would get this again. (AC)
One of my few positive, and certainly earliest, childhood memories. Even their decaf version is pretty darn good, and I usually hate decaf tea. I don't know what goes into the de-caffeinating process but it usually seems to take most of the flavour with it. (yabbit)
Constant comment decaf
Pretty darn good, and I usually hate decaf tea. I don't know what goes into the de-caffeinating process but it usually seems to take most of the flavour with it. (yabbit)
This EG is not nearly as good as Stash, which is usually less flavorful. This mainly just tastes like a black tea. Not bad, but not special. (AC)
Earl Grey decaf
This is a good basic tea. Exactly what I want in the morning, with some almond milk. (AC)
This is similar to the English breakfast, maybe just slightly stronger/more bitter. (AC)
English teatime decaf
Yum. This has a nice vanilla flavor, and a good balance. I like it quite a bit. (AC)
French vanilla decaf
At first I thought I liked this the same/better than the regular, but it has a weird aftertaste. It's not very pleasant. It might have been a freak thing, but I wouldn't try this again. (AC)
P likes this. I think it's a bit spicier than lemon, but a pretty nice blend. (AC)
Pomegranate black tea
Pumpkin spice tea
This tea is delicious! I usually drink it with soymilk and sugar, but today I had it with Silk pumpkin spice soymilk and it was extra good! I steep it extra concentrated - 5 minutes with 2 bags in about 10 oz water, then add an ounce or so of soymilk once it's done steeping. This is also good for a second steep if you steep it a little longer - around 7 minutes or more. (vegrunski)
This was not what I was expecting. It smells good-spicy and pumpkin, but the flavor is different. I don't dislike it, and I think I like it, but it's almost vanilla-ey/sweet to me. I'm not quite sure about it yet! I loved that I found it..I've been wanting to try it. (AC)
Kinda disappointed in this one. It smelled so good and raspberry-y, but the flavor was not that strong, and it tasted a little..muddy? Not something I'd purchase. (AC)
Constant comment green
I do enjoy the constant comment. I think this is just an even milder version of normal constant comment, and the green tea flavor is not strong. I enjoy this for a mild tea. Comforting. (AC)
Earl grey green
Eh. This doesn't even seem like a green tea (which is fine by me), but it's just meh. I guess it's maybe personal preference, since Earl grey is not my favorite, but I've had better of it. (AC)
I don't know why, but I liked this! It was a strong tea flavored green tea, but not strongly flavored GREEN, if that makes sense. I would actually get this again! (AC)
Green tea chai
Green tea with lemon
Green tea with mango
Green tea with mint
Green tea with peach
Green tea with pomegranate
Green tea with wild blueberry acai
This is odd. It's too strongly flavored, or something. It tastes very artificial, and not just like apple cider. I don't have much desire to taste this again. (AC)
Nicely flavoured. Strong, robust flavour. Like. (blinknoodle)
This I do not enjoy. I checked the ingredients on the box, and it just said green and black teas, then on the individual bags it says "egg nog flavor," so I do not know what this means...... Nevertheless, I don't think I will be having anymore of this. It just tastes sweet (I don't like sweet teas), with an artificial flavor. I guess I can kind of imagine egg nog (?), but I don't like it. (AC)
This is pretty good for ginger, but I don't get the "snap" at all. It is quite mild with some ginger flavor, and maybe a bit of lemon. P really likes it. (AC)
I love lemon
Lemon ginger herb plus
This is nice. I can definitely tell the difference between this "medley" and just peppermint. It's milder in a way. (AC)
Orange and spice
Pomegranate blueberry herb plus
This is a P kinda tea, but I enjoy it as well. I'm wary of chamomile, but I like it here. The blend with the mint is nice. Not too strong, but the flavors are there. I never feel particularly sleepy or awake with different teas, but I think most teas (that I like) are comforting. I like this. (AC)
Wild blueberry acai
Dragon well green
Pai mu tan
This is a white tea, so it's mild. We both enjoyed it. It reminds me of a tea used at an Asian restaurant for hot tea. I might get this again...even with the weird satchel things. (AC)
Sapphire earl grey
This is the Novus type with the huge satchel bag thing. It's pretty weird, but has lots of pieces of things in the tea. It's not my type of tea (floraly), but P liked it ok. My mom gave it to me, and I wouldn't buy it specifically. (AC)
I actually tried this the second time we had it, and it's not bad! I still don't know that I would buy it (if they even have it anymore), but it has a nice blend of flowery/fruity. (AC)
Decaf India Spice Chai
Decaf sweet coconut Thai chai
it's ok. it does have some coconut flavor, and in fact the bags look a little greasy. no real outstanding chai-ness though, and i'm not sure what makes it thai. (fb)
India spice chai
Antioxidant Supplement Green Tea
Authentic Green Tea
Blueberry Breeze Green Tea
LOVE this. I always have it on hand. Delicious. (veganrun)
Decaf Mandarin Orchard Green Tea
Decaf Mint Green Tea
I don't like this one. It has the same sort of chemically mint flavor going on as in the candy cane lane. I have no idea why I even bought decaf green tea, since in my experience it never works well. (sog)
Decaf Sleepytime Lemon Jasmine Green Tea
Decaffeinated Green Tea
This is okay, I guess. I just think it tastes a little...stunted. Kind of boring. (veganrun)
Gen Mai Cha Green Tea
Goji Berry Pomegranate Green Tea
Raspberry Gardens Green Tea
Acaí Mango Zinger
Black Cherry Berry
This is kinda gross. It doesn't have a strong enough flavor to be good, so it's just like mild cough syrup flavor. (AC)
Caffeine Free Herbal Tea
Cinnamon Apple Spice
Very mixed feelings about this. It smelled supersuper good, and seemed like it was going to be amazing. However, the flavor is quite lacking, but then gets much stronger...but strange. Have cider instead. (AC)
Not too strong, and I prefer Bigelow's Cinnamon Apple instead which is stronger flavoured. (blinknoodle)
Country Peach Passion
I don't usually like peach flavored things, but I liked this. It grew on me. The flavor wasn't too strong, but mild and nice. KMK picked this out! (AC)
this is another fruit tea that worked well for me. very springy and peachy and good. (sog)
Cranberry Apple Zinger
Pretty good! Nice lemon flavor, not too weird. Good herbal lemon tea. I do think I enjoy this more than the Bigelow lemon lift. (AC)
Mandarin Orange Spice
Quite good! I've never been a big fan of orange or spice teas, but this is nicely balanced with both flavors. Smells excellent. Very enjoyable. (AC)
This is a nicely flavoured orange-spiced tea. Not my favourite, but good on occasion. (blinknoodle)
Really good, I like this when I'm sick. It's super refreshing. (sarah)
Definitely my favorite mint tea. It is very relaxing and soothing; it has an almost tingly affect. Very enjoyable! One of my favorite teas. (AC)
Pretty good. Not very strong, but ok flavor. Wouldn't pick it out, but would be ok with drinking it again. (AC)
I basically grew up with this tea and I like its fruitiness, but it's way better when it's sweetened. (algae)
This is ok. It's pretty sweet/juice-like, but not too much so. Not my favorite, but don't dislike. (AC)
I love this tea and I also drank it a lot when I was younger. It is so calming and smells so good from the peppermint and chamomile. It's better than other teas I've had with this combination of herbs. (algae)
I grew up with this one too. Simple, yummy, sleepy tea. (sog)
Massive fan. (elliejelly)
I'm a massive fan of their original sleepytime mix, but they've added madigascan vanilla to original sleepytime and it's so incredibly delicious! It tastes a little like a vanilla biscuit would, and it hasn't hidden any of the other flavours in the mix (peppermint, chammomile, lemongrass). It blends really nicely together and has a very smooth flavour. One of my favourite herbal teas. (elliejelly)
I don't like this much. i'm just really not a fan of chamomile, and the vanilla flavor is not strong enough to make up for it. It probably would be good for a light night tea, but not my favorite. P liked it more. (AC)
Sweet Apple Chamomile
Tangerine Orange Zinger
This is not my type of tea, but I got it for P because he looks like the herbal/fruit types. He likes it, but I think it's weird. It smells like a cleaning product, and tastes..odd. It's like slight peppermint with some citrus with something else. He said it was different, but good. No noticeable taming of tension, but we don't have much tension. (AC)
Tropic of Strawberry
This is excellent. One of my favorites. It's strong, and blueberry. (AC)
like AC, I really love this one. I don't usually like fruity teas that much besides blueberry and acai ones, so this one is a winner for me. In fact, I'm drinking some right now! (sog)
Wild Berry Zinger
This is better than most of the other berry ones. Still not excellent (like blueberry), but nice berry flavor. Strong enough to be BERRY. (AC)
Candy Cane Lane
minty and generally pleasant. it's not just like peppermint... it's different somehow. like an actual candy cane. hard to describe. (fb)
I really didn't like this. To me it's really chemically and weird tasting, and I usually like mint teas. (sog)
This smells amazing and tastes yummy at the beginning, then I get sick of it as I keep drinking. I think it's a little too spiced and is a little over the top. By the time I get to the bottom, I think it's a little bitter. (veganrun)
This is good. It's similar the Bigelow pumpkin spice, but only the good parts. It's sweet, but not overpowering, and just has a nice flavor. It's kind of like a buttery sugar cookie. (AC)
LOVE this. I buy this every year. Delicious. (veganrun)
Sugar Cookie Sleigh Ride
My friend told me that I had to try this because it tastes just like sugar cookies and is delicious. I have no idea what she's talking about. It was kind of weird and artificial tasting. I don't remember more detail, but I don't recommend it. (algae)
I actually really like this one. My mom always buys it when it appears around Christmas and it has a sort of vanilla-y, milk thistle-y taste to it that I really like. yummers. (sog)
I have mixed feelings about this. Sometimes I think I like it, then I think it's weird. I'll finish the box, but not buy it again. (veganrun)
Sugar Plum Spice
This is too sweet and fruity. It's like a hot spiced juice...which is not entirely pleasant. P hated it, but I think I can finish the box..just not purchase it again. (AC)
-Sweet but I don't mind it. Not my favourite but still ok. (blinknoodle)
African Orange Mango Red Tea
Madagascar Vanilla Red Tea
I really did not enjoy this. This was my first time drinking rooibos tea, and I'm not sure if my dislike was due to the rooibos or the combination of it with the vanilla. The smell and flavor remind me of pipe tobacco--yuck! I couldn't finish my cup after trying it both hot and iced, and I gave the box away. (willwolf)
i don't like it. at first i thought it was the red tea i didn't like (never had it prior to this), but i think it was the pomegranate. it had a weird fruitiness to it that wasn't pomegranate, and was otherwise watery. (fb)
Blackberry Pomegranate Green Tea
Blood Orange Star Fruit Green Tea
Dragon Fruit Melon Green Tea
Detox A.M.Wellness Tea
Echinacea Complete Care Wellness Tea
Ginseng Energy Wellness Tea
Senna Sunrise Wellness Tea
Sleepytime Extra Wellness Tea
I don't know about this "wellness" stuff, but this is pretty good. It's minty with chamomile, with an ok flavor. It's mild, but not too watered down. I didn't feel any relaxation benefits, but didn't mind this tea. (AC)
Sleepytime Sinus Soother Wellness Tea
Sleepytime Throat Tamer Wellness Tea
Tummy Mint Wellness Tea
Antioxidant Supplement Plum White Tea
Decaf White Tea
Imperial White Peach White Tea
Perfectly Pear White Tea
This is a good black tea, but it's not a strong Earl Grey. Not a whole lot of flavor, but not bad. Stash EG remains supreme (AC)
Earl Grey with lavendar
Mango ceylon with vanilla
Wild forest black
Chai spice black
Decaf green tea with peach
Green Moroccan mint
Green tea with essence of peach
Green tea with toasted brown rice
Chamomile spearmint with bergamot
Lemon lavender mint
Rooibos and vanilla
Yerba mate mint
This is pretty strong. This oolong tastes similar to a green tea, which I haven't noticed before. It's good for what it is, but not my favorite type. (AC)
Classic white peony
That's only three brands! I don't know any of the fancy brands.
but it's a million bajillion varieties! toooo many teaaaaas!
Decaf sweet coconut Thai chai
it's ok. it does have some coconut flavor, and in fact the bags look a little greasy. no real outstanding chai-ness though, and i'm not sure what makes it thai.
Candy Cane Lane
minty and generally pleasant. it's not just like peppermint... it's different somehow. like an actual candy cane. hard to describe.
i don't like it. at first i thought it was the red tea i didn't like (never had it prior to this), but i think it was the pomegranate. it had a weird fruitiness to it that wasn't pomegranate, and was otherwise watery.
Creme Caramel Decaf Black Tea
i like this. it's a pretty regular tasting black tea, and there's a bit of a caramel flavor. i drink tea without sweetener, so that flavor might not be as noticeable with one (especially something caramel-y like Sugar in the Raw). I don't usually like black tea, so this is an exception.
Chai Green Tea
hmm a little more gingery than standard 'chai' flavor, but otherwise it's pretty much the same. it's a pretty good chai (not too much cinnamon), but i like chai with more cardamom better.
Lemon Ginger herbal tea
love this one. it has the perfect balance of tart lemon flavor and spicy ginger. pretty potent, and i drink it for any reason (cold, upset stomach, days that end in Y)
stronger ginger than the Lemon Ginger Stash tea, but i guess that's expected because that's the only flavor listed. however, there are more ingredients, including licorice. I don't like licorice! it makes this taste a little weird and soapy. when i felt like i needed ginger (digestion) i would have this, but now i'm happy to make my own ginger tea to avoid the licoricey flavor here.
i love sencha and refuse to befriend anyone who doesn't like it, except AC. she's cool. anyway, even though sencha's not the youngest/highest quality Japanese green tea, it's my favorite (and particularly this brand), because it is young enough to have the grassy/vegetable flavor but old enough to have the regular tea tannin type of flavor. What's also cool is that tea can be reused for a few more brewings, and it tastes a little different on repeated brews, but it's generally like a cross between green tea and (non-salt) vegetable broth. And, this tea is different than regular bagged green tea because it's brewed at a lower temp (~140 i think) and for a shorter time (1 minute). It's weird because after a minute it's lighter than a few minutes after removing the tea bag, where it's a brighter yellow. Anyway. I would drink this every day if I had some.
I also like this. It's roasted green tea, so it has a similar flavor to genmai-cha (where there is roasted rice with green tea) without the really strong flavor of rice. It's a nice change from regular green tea, and it takes on the color of black tea. It's more like regular tea in terms of brewing time and temp.
comes in a little jar =) i keep it in the fridge because i find it helps retain the color (the bright green tends to fade after a while). Matcha is notoriously difficult to mix, and I can usually do an ok job with a handheld latte frother and soymilk. It would probably work out better in a warm beverage. For baking, I never usually have issues with clumping and mix it in with the dry ingredients. Tastes very earthy and "green," and while it's cool i prefer sencha.
I don't really like this. Gyokuro is basically the youngest, "nicest," and most expensive crop of green tea. It's supposed to be more 'delicate' in flavor, but i find that just means less flavor. It's hard to get much to come out of this tea. Even so, longer brewing just increases the tannins and makes it bitter. I just think i like later spring/summer green tea, even if this is fancy.
Dislike. It has kind of an odd, chocolatey-sweet flavor. While that sounds great, it's actually kind of unappetizing here... it's hard to describe, but it's only this brand i've found. I've gotten loose roasted barley for tea and it's been way better. This almost has an artificial flavor to it even though it's literally just barley.
chai. this one gets pretty spicy, and seems to have a good helping of ginger. i want to brew it longer, but the black tea gets in the way and gets bitter. oh well. it's strong enough to make a tea latte out of, but the water really does have to be hot to get the spice flavor out. it seems to have a pretty good level of caffeine, because i can feel it!
regular ole black tea. has a kind of citrus-y thing going though. but i prefer green.
same type as Awake, but has that awesome bergamot smell. I like serving this, but drinking it's always kind of disappointing because you can smell the bergamot but can't really taste it... but if i were deciding between this and Awake, I would choose this just because of the aroma.
China Green Tips
pretty green! I'm not sure what variety this tea really is, but it seems like it's a younger crop than regular bancha (later summer) green tea would be. i like it best because it's pretty similar to sencha.
regular green tea, plus some lemongrass and spearmint and such. This was pretty popular at the Starbucks I worked at, and while it's likeable none of the added flavors are too strong that they're really really noticeable. This is also what they use for iced green tea. Even though it's flavored, it seems plain to me.
Tart and fruity. Really potent color and flavor... one could probably use a single bag for more than a cup. It's pretty astringent so you'd need more water... It's so tangy that at Starbucks we would combine this (iced) with orange syrup to make "kool aid." It goes well with lemonade and other fruity, summery type of flavors.
peppermint, spearmint, tarragon. It's ok. I don't like mint tea that much (I drink it more for function than flavor), and I don't like tarragon, so I tend not to get this.
Wild Sweet Orange
pretty close to Passion in flavor (tart, astringent), while tasting more like... orange. I think it's a good tea for someone who doesn't like tea, if that makes sense. Almost like "juice" if you sweeten it.
African Red Bush
A good general tea; it kind of reminds me of black tea, even though it has more flavorings. It's more mellow though. For a little while Starbucks offered this as a latte, but I think the flavor is too mellow for that and gets drowned out by any creamer type of thing.
chamomile tea, and kind of sweet. tastes like every other chamomile tea...
This might be totally stupid, but if anyone can clarify this for me : is the Lipton Vanilla Caramel tea is vegan? The label in switzerland says "caramel 10%" and the French label says "caramel flavour". Caramel isn't vegan right? :-\
Yes, I think I'll try to contact them. It sounds like a really good tea and I'd love to try it!
The 10% caramel thing seems weird, maybe it's just a flavoring. I'll contact them and keep you updated!
I'm hoping that the store will carry that gingerbread one; sounds so good!
QUESTION: (from tea newb) When you are "brewing" the bagged teas, what is the best way to do it? I just put the tea bags in cups, heat the water in microwave, pour water over bags, move bags around, leave bag in, start drinking.
i think i had the gingerbread one, but i can't remember how it was...
i pretty much do the same thing for tea bags - i heat the water up in the cup i'm going to use, then add the tea bag, wait 3-4 minutes depending on type, and remove the bag. i think most bagged tea works at boiling/3-4 minutes, versus the 'young' green teas that are brewed at particular temps and times. for those, i follow what's on the bag or what i find on the internets. some people actually warm the cups themselves too (using a steamer) so that the tea doesn't cool down a lot when it touches the cup. but... i'm far too lazy for that.
I basically grew up with this tea and I like its fruitiness, but it's way better when it's sweetened.
I love this tea and I also drank it a lot when I was younger. It is so calming and smells so good from the peppermint and chamomile. It's better than other teas I've had with this combination of herbs.
Sugar Cookie Sleigh Ride
My friend told me that I had to try this because it tastes just like sugar cookies and is delicious. I have no idea what she's talking about. It was kind of weird and artificial tasting. I don't remember more detail, but I don't recommend it.
Earl Grey Decaf Black Tea
This is kind of weak tasting for Early Grey. My bf loves Earl Grey but my mom got him some of this kind because she remembered that I'd bought him Stash tea before because he loves the Licorice Spice. It's not as good as other Earl Greys. But add some soymilk and sugar and it's still a decent bergamoty black tea.
Licorice Spice Herbal Tea
I was skeptical of this tea because I'm not generally a licorice fan, but my bf convinced me to try it and now I love it. It smells really good and the licorice gives it a really nice natural sweetness so I don't use sweetener when I drink this. Licorice does good things for teas.
Sandman PM Herbal Tea
This stuff is trying to be Celestial Seasonings Sleepytime and failing. It's kind of bland and musty tasting. Don't buy it!
Another chamomile-based tea, but this one has some interesting flavors added to it. I still prefer Sleepytime if I'm going to drink a chamomile based tea, but this one is pretty good. I don't think it actually calms me though.
Classic India Spice
Classic Cinnamon Spice is a loose tea that they sell in Germany and I think is the same as the India Spice. I make it 1 part soymilk to 3 parts water, as the instructions say, simmer it on the stove for about 20 minutes, and sweeten with agave. It's the best chai. It's rich and aromatic and spicy and really good with agave. Yummmm.
This tea is kind of healthy herby tasting. The licorice adds a nice sweetness, which is good because it would feel weird to add sweetener to a detox tea. I didn't notice any time of detoxification from drinking it but it is pleasant and earthy.
Egyptian Licorice Mint
Not as good as Stash's Licorice Spice tea, but the addition of mint gives it a nice extra layer of flavor.
This tea is very refreshing. I think it's actually good for settling the stomach but it's not for someone who doesn't like ginger.
Yeah, I didn't notice any difference between this and other black tea. I didn't taste the citrus, but I had some almond milk in it. I didn't particularly feel awake, but tea was ok.
AC, why were you expecting citrus flavor in this? This is just their regular black tea (and the one I choose when Tazo is on the buffet). I'm guessing it must say "orange pekoe" on the label, which is just a type of black tea, despite the name.
I would join in the reviews but, while I love tea, I'm not really a fan of flavored teas. My reviews would be boring because I'm always just going to choose whatever the company's standard black tea is. I used to drink Tetley British Blend until I switched to fair trade teas. Then I was drinking Choice Black until my HFS got bulk fair trade organic tea. Now I don't even know what brand I'm drinking, but the type is Irish Breakfast.
so fb gets credit for my sleepytime and sugar cookie reviews?
ummm i get credit for everything, obviously.
i feel some level of satisfaction that AC seems to almost like a type of green tea. haHA!
so fb gets credit for my sleepytime and sugar cookie reviews?
haha, really? I think I had a feeling I had done that, but I guess forgot to go back and check! will fix.
eta: no, but I really appreciate when you all tell me things like that, because I sometimes get confused in there with all the type.
haha it's not such a big deal, but I noticed and was like, eh? but it's amazing that you do this at all. thank you!