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Bigelow
Black teas
Chinese oolong

Cinnamon stick
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)
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. (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)
Earl Grey
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

English breakfast
This is a good basic tea. Exactly what I want in the morning, with some almond milk. (AC)
English teatime
This is similar to the English breakfast, maybe just slightly stronger/more bitter. (AC)
English teatime decaf

French vanilla
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)
Lemon lift
P likes this. I think it's a bit spicier than lemon, but a pretty nice blend. (AC)
Plantation mint

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)
Raspberry royale
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)
Vanilla caramel

Vanilla chai

Green teas
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)
Green tea
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

Jasmine green

Herb teas
Apple cider
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)
Blueberry harvest

Chamomile mango

Chamomile mint

Cinnamon apple
Nicely flavoured. Strong, robust flavour. Like. (blinknoodle)
Cozy chamomile

Cranberry apple

Egg noggin
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)
Ginger snapish
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

Mint medley
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

Peppermint

Perfect peach

Pomegranate blueberry herb plus

Pomegranate pizzazz

Red raspberry

Sweet dreams
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

Novus teas
Citrus chamomile

Darjeeling

Dragon well green

Egyptian mint

Jasmine

Kenilworth ceylon

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)
Persian pomegranate

Sapphire earl grey

Sencha

South Indian

Spiced chai

Wild encounter
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)
Celestial Seasonings
Chai teas
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

Green teas
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

Herbal teas
Acaí Mango Zinger

Bengal Spice

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

Chamomile

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

Lemon 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)
Mint Magic

Morning Thunder

Peppermint
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)
Raspberry Zinger
Pretty good. Not very strong, but ok flavor. Wouldn't pick it out, but would be ok with drinking it again. (AC)
Red Zinger
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)
Roastaroma

Sleepytime
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)
Sleepytime Vanilla
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

Tension Tamer
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

True Blueberry
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)
Holiday teas
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)
Gingerbread Spice
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)
Nutcracker Sweet
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)
Red teas
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)
Moroccan Pomegranate
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)
Safari Spice

Wellness teas
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

White teas
Antioxidant Supplement Plum White Tea

Decaf White Tea

Imperial White Peach White Tea

Perfectly Pear White Tea

Choice organic
Black teas
Black tea

Celtic breakfast

Darjeeling

Earl Grey
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

English breakfast

Irish breakfast

Mango ceylon with vanilla

Orange spice

Russian caravan

Wild forest black

Chai teas
Chai

Chai decaf

Chai spice black

Green teas
Bancha toasted

Decaf green tea with peach

Green Moroccan mint

Green tea with essence of peach

Green tea with toasted brown rice

Gunpowder green

Himalaya green

Jasmine

Oothu

Premium Japanese

Twig

Herbal teas
Chamomile

Chamomile spearmint with bergamot

Ginger herb

Lemon lavender mint

Licorice peppermint

Northwest blackberry

Peppermint herb

Rooibos

Rooibos and vanilla

Rooibos superfruit

Wild berry

Yerba mate

Yerba mate mint

Oolong teas
Magnolia oolong

Oolong
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)
White teas
Classic white peony

White jasmine

How many teas do you all usually keep on hand at a time? I love trying new ones, and having different types to choose from. A couple have been not so great, so they just stick around..but I think we have about 7 flavors right now.

If you count herbal teas, at least 8. I have a couple of rooibos things just sitting there. I can't love rooibos, though I've tried.

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I am also fortunate enough to have an entire cupboard in the kitch for teas and have it packed with +/- 30 kinds. around half are loose in tins.

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I LOVE rooibos tea!!!

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I LOVE rooibos tea!!!

Good thing I bought that type. :)

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Bigelow: Cinnamon stick
I had this a few years ago, but I liked it. Plain, smooth cinnamony and slightly spicy.

Tazo: Wild Sweet Orange
I had this this morning and liked it much better than the last time I had it. Like, I loved it! I added a little stevia and it tasted like a mandrarin orange. I think this tea would be awesome chilled as well.

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Maeda-En
Sen-cha
Pretty good, but the flavor isn't quite as strong as the Yamamotoyama one. I don't prefer it as much, but it's still good. It doesn't re-brew as well either.

Frontier Organics* Jasmine Tea
Smells beeaautiful. Good flavor too. The green tea itself doesn't stand out too much, only because of the greatness of the jasmine.

*Frontier Organics is the bulk brand that a lotta HFS seem to use for bulk spices & tea.

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*Frontier Organics is the bulk brand that a lotta HFS seem to use for bulk spices & tea.

I just realized that's the brand I've been drinking.  It's fair trade too!  ;)b

Frontier Organics Irish Breakfast
This makes a nice strong cup of black tea, without too much tannin.  Everything I'm looking for in my morning cuppa.

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Bigelow Constant comment
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.

French vanilla
Yum. This has a nice vanilla flavor, and a good balance. I like it quite a bit.

Wild encounter
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.

Eastern shore tea company Gingerman
This is pretty good, but doesn't have a very strong spice flavor for all the spices it has. Spice is there, but mild. Much stronger on a second steep. I do like it, though.

Stash Chai Spice Black Tea
This is pretty strong spice! It's not too overwhelming that I don't want to drink it, but it's strong. I had it plain, so I'll try it with almond milk next. I like it, but don't know that I would buy again. If I really wanted chai, I might go for this one.

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Bigelow Constant comment
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.

Constant Comment is 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.

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Zhena's Gypsy Tea Coconut Chai
I bought some of this for myself for Christmas.  I don't really notice the coconut, which is a bit disappointing, but it's a really good chai.  Usually, when I try to brew my own chai (rather than using the liquid concentrate) it's not strong enough, but this made a good strong cup.

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I added some Twinings teas!

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Bigelow Mint medley

This is nice. I can definitely tell the difference between this "medley" and just peppermint. It's milder in a way.

Bigelow 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.

Bigelow novus 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.

Red Rose Earl grey

This is a less spicy (?)/milder flavored earl grey than the others I've had (Stash, a couple more). I like it, but it's nothing special. I wouldn't want a whole box of it.

I said 'mild' a lot in those..

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Easter shore tea company Green tea with peach
Green tea is still my least favorite, but the peach works well with it. The green tea here is not very overpowering, so it was a nice blend.

Bigelow perfect peach
I don't know that I've tried this one yet, but P likes it. He says the scent is reallyreally good, but the tea is just good. He likes most peach teas.

Red Rose Earl grey
This is a less spicy (?)/milder flavored earl grey than the others I've had (Stash, a couple more). I like it, but it's nothing special. I wouldn't want a whole box of it.

Twinings Chai
Definitely different from the Indian spiced, but not really sure how. Different spice blend..this has more..something. Maybe cardamom, but nothing is overpowering, and it's a nice blend. I've liked both of these chais.

Twinings Indian spiced chai
This has a lighter spice than some chais. I like that. Maybe not as gingery? I would get this again over other chai.

I got a lot of different chai teas as gifts! I guess I do like it ok, but it's not something that I would seek out to purchase..I don't think.

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Rishi- China Breakfast

I've never indulged in a full leaf black tea and have been missing out for quite some time.
Its smooth, uplifting, robost and absolutely dosent have a trace of bitterness.

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Twinings

Earl grey
This was different than other Earl greys I've had. It was more citrusy, or different citrusy, or something. Maybe stronger with lemon? Or more bergamot? Dunno. I liked it ok, but it was different. Earl grey is not my favorite, anyway.

English breakfast
Really like this! I've had like 5 different chai teas that I've been trying to drink my way through, so this was very pleasant after those. It's one of my favorite black teas that I've had. It's pretty strong, but yet..light. It has a nice tea flavor + a bit of something? Tastes a little vanilla-y. Would get it again.

Irish breakfast
I enjoy this as well. I don't know that I could really detect too much of a difference between this and English. I might like the English more? I like both.

Lady grey
I was surprised by this! It's milder than Earl grey, but has a slight citrus flavor (more like orange). I like this way more than Earl grey, and would choose it over others.

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Celestial Seasonings 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.

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Celestial Seasonings 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.

It's not just you, Willwolf. I tried a German brand of vanilla rooibos and it was horrible.It just isn't a very felicitous combination. I tried to give it to a vanilla-loving friend and even she turned me down.OK,  Rooibos isn't my thing, but that was just horrendous.

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Twinings Prince of Wales

This is pretty good. I'm finding that I consistently like the Twinings teas. This has kind of like a very slight licorice smell/taste (It's supposed to have a hazelnut taste...) with the normal black tea flavor. I like it ok, but wouldn't get it again. I prefer the Irish breakfast.

Celestial seasonings tension tamer

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 to tame.
; )

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Brand:  Clipper
Flavour:  Raspberry Leaf Tea - the taste delivers what the aroma promises;
my new favourite  :)>>>

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