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
candy cane lane
I really didn't like this. To me it's really chemically and weird tasting, and I usually like mint teas.
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!
I grew up with this one too. Simple, yummy, sleepy tea.
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.
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.
Country Peach Passion
this is another fruit tea that worked well for me. very springy and peachy and good.
China green tips
this was the first Tazo tea I ever tried, and was really disappointed. It was too delicate for me, and not that great tasting.
I think Zen was slightly better than China green tips, but I still wasn't wowed. I wouldn't buy it again.
By the time I tried Chai, I was convinced that I just didn't like Tazo teas. I really don't like their chai. It's too licoricey tasting and spicy for me. Like all of the tazo teas I've tried, I just got the bag from Starbucks at barnes & noble. I've never bought a whole box of them, thankfully.
Wild sweet orange
I was middle of the line with this tea. It was okay, but I still will probably stay away from Tazo in general from now on.
This is okay for a morning in class type of tea where you aren't particularly paying attention to the tea but want something to drink and wake you up a little. When I drink it at home, I don't really like it that much. There's a bit of a weird aftertaste, but it is okay.
Kava Stress Relief
My mom buys this all the time. I have tried it a few times and really like it. To me it sort of has a marshmellow-y aftertaste, and while you are drinking it it is a little bit spicy/sweet. And it makes me fall asleep much better than CS' Sleepytime.
Mayan Cocoa Spice
I like this, but I'm not crazy about it. Zhena''s Gypsy teas makes one similar to this that I muchly prefer.
Sweet Thai Delight
This one is great cold, and with soy or almond milk. yum.
Peppermint Herbal Tea
I think this is an ok peppermint tea, but not my favorite. If i'm gonna spend money on a great one, I would choose Zhena's Mint Green Tea, but for a cheap on the go one I do Trader Joe's peppermint herbal. The stash one I think gets bitter easily and is not as sweet as the others.
AC: I think you should add Zhena's Gypsy Teas to this list, if you ever find time. I have a TON of them, because my aunt works for them, and they are definitely my favorite teas.
Decaf greens can just be hard to brew right. If you scorch them with water that's too hot or for too long they get that burnt taste very easily. I'm not sure if that's just me?
Thank you thank you for listing those! You are pro at compiling lists. AC listmaker 3000. I'll get on reviewing them now.
Zhena's Gypsy Teas:
My mom loves this one, I am not omglove about it but that is because it's coconut. I'm not that big of a coconut fan, but the combination with the chai is nice.
I like this a lot, but especially with a little soy milk. I think this has a very strong rose aroma, which can some times bother me, but when you put soy in it it tames it down a bit and you taste the other flavors in it better because you're not just thinking about the rose part.
I think that this might be my favorite flavored earl grey. For some reason, raspberry just seems like a natural match for the flavor of earl grey. Maybe I'm just thinking of the colors that they remind me of, which is dark purple and (obviously) grey. In any case, it's a lovely tea.
Gypsy King Chai
This is a nice, substantial black chai. I love Zhena's chai, and this one tastes similar to Fireside Chai but only it's caffeinated. Not overly spicy, a little sweet, and with a good dose of cardamom and orange peels just the way I like it.
I like this a lot, but don't drink it very often because I do a lot of nightly tea drinking and this one's black. I think it would be an excellent choice for making iced tea, though.
Dragonwell (formerly Gracious Green)
I have this as the loose leaves, and I like it. It's a very regular green tea, nothing too fancy but a quality green.
THIS one is my absolute favorite green tea of any brand or flavor. It used to be called "Grand Green" (Why zhena's changes the names of their teas so much i have no idea) so that is the name on the tin that I use to refill with the bags, and the label describes it as "A Minty & Sweet Green Tea for Living Wild & Well." That about sums it up. It's delicious hot or cold and though it is already a little sweet because it has stevia in it, is great with a little extra sweetener.
I recieved this and chocolate chai as a gift from my aunt for xmas last year, but I'm not quite sure what to think of them. The caramel apple can taste a little too..appley for me and I'm not sure if that's something I like in a tea.
This one I really liked at first, then one night I got carried away and had like 4 cups in a row of it and got SUPER burnt on it. I think if you just drink it occasionally and as a once in a while thing, others would really like it too.
Fire Light Chai (formerly Fireside Chai)
This is my favorite chai of all time. It tastes similar to the King Chai (see that review), but since it's herbal that means I drink it all the time. hehe.
I got this from my aunt as well. Lavender is such a nice addition to the rooibos base. Nice aroma, nice color, just a very relaxing, lovely tea.
This, next to CS True Blueberry, is my favorite fruity tea. This one's especially delicious when made in a large pitcher like sun tea, then chilled and very lightly sweetened. It is very refreshing, smells pretty, pretty dark pink color, just an overall great tea experience. I feel fancy when drinking it, for some reason.
Sense of Peace
This is my absolute favorite tea of any brand or flavor. It's a nice white tea that doesn't taste overly delicate like some of them can, with a faint rosey aroma and is AMAZING slightly sweetened. I usually use it as an afternoon pick me up type tea but really it is great any time of the day.
p.s. sorry AC for the sporadically bolded ones! I wanted to make the names all bold but then the button for doing it got all weird on me.
I am not sure, they could have changed the name but the tin I have says "blueberry acai".
can you guys buy individual tea bags of this stuff or do you have maaaaassive cupboards? So many different teas, so little time! haha
haha, thanks : )
I just imagined like, thirty boxes of tea in your cupboard and no room for any food!
We have one box of the tea my husband drinks that is still 3/4 full, and one tiny box of green tea for when my mum comes over .
I have a billion teas. I should do this when I'm not lazy.
yeah, I was wondering about your tea collection AC!
for me, the teas I reviewed are just teas that I've had over years. With Tazo I got to try all of them when I worked at Starbucks.
I don't have much tea now =( Just really old jasmine tea.
Most of the boxes are a few boxes mixed together. Haha.
Passion: Yum. I love this. Its great iced, or you can steep it with the orange tea, its so yummy.
Wild Sweet Orange: Super good, I like to either super sweeten it or have it sans sugar. Or steep it with Passion tea.
Zen: This is my favorite thing ever. Iced or hot, it wins.
Chai: I'm not a huge fan of chai, but its pretty good.
Peppermint (herbal): Really good, I like this when I'm sick. It's super refreshing.
Bigelow (Not on here):
Constant Comment: 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.
I need to re-try all of my teas, so it isn't just Oh! I think I like this. Yes thats good. blah blah blah.
I have one cupboard devoted to spices and teas.. but it's not really huge. all of the tazo teas I've tried were just from starbucks at Barnes & Noble when I'm bored and want something to drink. the rest of them.. i either recieved from my aunt who works with Zhena's or buy myself, because I drink 2-3 cups a day. Not usually caffeinated ones, though.
eta: I have a bunch of bigelow teas too that I can review!
Ohhhh I never knew this thread existed! I have and drink TONS of tea! This will be fun!
Punjana Irish Breakfast Tea: I love this tea! It's very dark but very good and doesn't have any stale after taste like some breakfast teas do.
Salada Green Tea Red Antioxidants: Cheap and gross. Very artificial tasting and just overall gross. I will only buy Salada now when needing green tea to cook with.
Caribbean Breeze: Very artificial tasting and not good. I would never buy this one again and wouldn't recommend it.
Tiramisu Treviso: This is pretty good, very light, it's a good one to combine and make a blend. Doesn't taste much like Tiramisu but it's still good. Again, best for blending.
Strawberry Slender Pu-Erh: This is pretty good tasting, kind of dark but fruity/strawberry. My only problem with this is that it has a weird after feeling. Not an after taste but an after feeling, it's hard to describe but it makes your mouth feel soft.
Three Kingdoms Mao Feng: This is a very, very light and mildly grassy tasting green tea. It's very good and if you're someone who messes up and routinely comes out with bitter green tea, this is a good one for you. I'm pretty sure this one was discontinued though.
Earl Grey Crème: Hands down, this is my ultimate favorite! It is perfect, smells amazing, tastes amazing and is just the best tea that I have ever had.
Jasmine Dragon Phoenix Pearls: Hands down, my second favorite tea and runner up for first place. This is a jasmine infused tea (I love jasmine). This one is usually mixed with the Rooibos Tropica to create a blend but is also good on its own.
Rooibos Tropica: A great rooibos on its own but is frequently blended with JDPP. Still great on its own though.
My Morning Mate: Awesome tea! It's like a mixture of chocolate and coffee. To me, it definitely doesn't replace coffee but is still great.
Citron Sonata Green Tea: Absolutely disgusting! Usually I love green tea and fruit but this was artificial tasting and bitter.
Peach Tranquility: Loved this! Very light and peachy tasting. No artificial tastes.