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
Twinings Prince of Wales
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.
Someone sent me some of this tea as a present and I found it stimulating instead of calming. But then my metabolism is weird like that. I didn't like the taste much, either, which was a disappointment. I usually like CS teas.
Flavour: Raspberry Leaf Tea - the taste delivers what the aroma promies;
my new favourite :)>>>
If anyone's interested, Raspberry Leaf Tea is traditionally given to nursing mothers to help milk production and they also say it helps calm baby.
3 mint: not overly minty despite being 3 mints, easy drinking
morning time (organic rooibos, honeybush and red ginseng): tastes oily to me, oily as in essential oils, not disgusting but not a favourite
cleanse (organic nettle, fennel and peppermint): again (essential) oily taste that I can just about stand if drank when eating!
Twinings of London Green Tea & Camomile--Very enjoyable mild flavor. I'd buy this again.
Twinnings' clearly refreshing selection consisting of:
Keemun T: described on box as having a "silky and smooth taste". Its the strongest of the selection, flavourful
Oolong T: Absolute favourite out of the three - gorgeous pale lemon colour and light uplifting taste
Spring White T: delicate and pure (just like me ^-^)
If anyone's interested, Raspberry Leaf Tea is traditionally given to nursing mothers to help milk production and they also say it helps calm baby.
Yikes - good job I cut back on drinking it then having no need for milk production! LOL
Have recently been into ...
Twinings: Limited Edition Blossom Earl Grey - a lovely slight orangey tang and aroma to this Earl Grey, rich colour and very tasty
Jacksons of Piccadilly: Fairtrade Green Tea with lemon - ooh this is delish, very lemony, lovely pale yellow colour
Sainsbury's Taste the Difference: Oregon Peppermint Infusion - gorgeous smell and taste, my new favorite minty T ;)b
I am decidedly not a fan of herbal teas--I usually like plain, strong black tea...or coffee--but this was delicious. Very berryish and tart, almost a "juice" flavor. Even more refreshing and enjoyable iced.
Oh myyyy, it's like I was born to come across this thread :O I don't know where to begin! For now I'll list what's in my cupboard at the moment.
T2 Teas (Australian brand but I am sure they'd ship international) http://t2tea.com/shop-for-tea/
French Earl Grey - Black tea with the classic earl grey flavours but with a cute difference! It has a fruity flavour to it and it smells exactly how it tastes. It smells a little like bubblegum. This is a strongly flavoured black tea, so for those who enjoy subtle flavours this is not for you. Those who enjoy earl grey and want to try something different I highly recommend it! Also I've noticed the black tea in this is not very strong. I've accidentally left it steeping for 5 minutes, and it's not insanely bitter - hooray!
Green Rose - a sencha green tea base flavoured with rose petals and fruits such as papaya and mango. A nice mix of fruity and floral. The rose is not very pronounced but the fruits don't over power the rose either. It's a really interesting mix. I would say this is more of a subtle flavour.
The Tea Centre (another Aussie tea store, pretty sure they ship overseas too) http://www.theteacentre.com.au/
Japanese Garden - Holy crap this is easily in my top 2 teas. It's a flavoured green tea and this is the ingredients list for it - Green tea, white tea, pinapple, strawberry, mallow leaves, papaya & rose flowers GORGEOUS TO THE EXTREME! The ingredients are similar to the Green Rose from T2 but they taste so different and I am 100% sure it's the mallow. I've never had mallow before but this tea is incredibly smooth and delicate. This is a tea I always recommend to people. The fruits aren't strong, and it tastes more floral than fruity. The actual green tea used I think is a sencha tea, but I am not sure.
Japanese Lime - Green tea flavoured with lemon and lime. Not very strong in smell or taste. Quite light. It's not tangy or zingy like some lemon teas could be, it's been sweetened because of the main flavour - the lime. Also comes with daisies in it - I don't know why they're there, but they're cute and I love them! If you hate very strong flavoured teas give this one a try
Japanese Cherry Green tea flavoured with cherry. However this will not taste gross like cheap artificial cherry aka cherry chapstick! It's not sour either it's a very mellow and tart cherry flavour. Very natural. Light flavour strength.
Cream - Green Flavoured green tea - the name is quite misleading. It's been flavoured with vanilla and caramel. Not sure of this combination with green tea. They make this with black tea and I bet it tastes much better in that variant. It smells much better than it tastes in the green version, and I don't detect any caramel about it just vanilla. Medium flavour strength.
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.
Oxfam Organic Green Tea Usually am very wary of picking up bagged green tea at the supermarket, they usually taste awful. I have nothing but good things to say about this tea! It tastes exactly what a green tea ought to - fresh, clean and pure. It's not bitter like a lot of supermarket greens can be. It's actually a little on the smooth side which is really lovely. This is perhaps the best quality bagged pure green tea I've found in the supermarket to date, and I'm not sure anything will beat this. Bonus: it's organic and it's Oxfam!
Dilmah - Lemon and Lemongrass - supermarket bagged flavoured green tea. This is another of the better quality green supermarket teas I've come across. This flavour is so incredibly unique as well! I actually taste more of the lemon than the lemongrass, but that's okay. The lemon isn't tangy/zingy/sour. It's a mellow yet fresh lemon flavour. This has a green tea base, but I don't really taste it that much. I guess with flavours like lemon and lemongrass together that's to be expected? A definite must try for those who love citrus!
Nerada - Green tea with Lemon Myrtle - This is just GORGEOUS!! This is the tea I drink most commonly, and when I run out I have a mini tantrum LOL Another supermarket bagged green tea. It's a good quality green tea as well, but can be a little on the astringent side. This has been flavoured with a native australian plant called Lemon Myrtle. It has a citrus flavour, but it doesn't taste identical to lemon, but it's flavour is certainly reminiscent of citrus. This tea doesn't become too bitter if left to steep for too long. I know I've left it accidentally for 15 minutes..yes I kid you not, and it's still drinkable! This is a mild flavour which lovers of citrus will enjoy. I want to say there's a slight floral flavour to it.
I can't wait to stop by again. I swear I've been thinking about starting to blog revolving around tea for quite some time, you guys may have finally given me the motivation to do something xD
I've been getting into tea lately--fancy-smancy, loose-leaf tea.
This review is for anyone who (like me) is lucky enough to live near shang tea. For those of you not so lucky--it delivers.
I had the High Mountain Green Tea, and it is absolutely amazing. It has a very... grassy scent (better adjective?) with a mild flavor. The leaves truly do work with multiple infusions (which isn't always the case with the teas I've tried).
I had to check the package--looks like I got the premium!