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 Winter Spice
I drank this a lot last week through the worst of my cold because teas that are too fragrant when I'm sick make me feel sicker. That being said, this is a pretty good tea. It has a very light flavor, none of the spices are too overpowering. I just leave the bag in the cup the whole time I'm drinking it because I want it to gimme all it's got. I probably won't buy again, though, because when I'm well I prefer stronger flavors.
Twinings China Oolong
I got this on sale at our grocer, and I'm glad I did. Of all the oolongs I've tasted this has got to be the fussiest (water must be the right temp or it gets burnt tasting) and least rewarding. Won't buy again.
Trader Joe's Jasmine Pearls
Love love this. It's whole leaf green tea with jasmine flower "pearls," smells beautiful and when I drink it I feel like I belong at a day spa or something. I've bought this 3 times in the last couple months and plan on buying more.
My mom can't get enough of this stuff. Since summertime we've been finding boxes of it at TJ Maxx for pretty cheap and I make big pitchers of it weekly for iced tea to keep in the fridge. I'm not a big fan of it hot, but cold it's awesome. Very berry-ish and juicy tasting!
Tazo Berryblossom White
This is a good mild tea, a little too bland for me though. It has a vague blueberry taste, but mostly I feel like I'm drinking hot water with essence of white tea. I've been blending it with the Passion tea in our iced tea pitcher, mostly to make the Passion to last longer and use this stuff up.
Republic of Tea Double Green Matcha Tea
Yummy. Perfect cup of green tea. RoT teas are pricey (most I've seen are around $10), but what you're paying for is more tea! This comes in a cylindrical aluminum tin the same size as the Zhena's Gypsy teas, and is filled with 50 tea bags. Not too shabby.
Republic of Tea Red Velvet Chocolate
I bought this on the good recommendation of the sales girl, and glad I did! This is a fragrant chocolatey tea. It sort of smells like frosting. I've never had a proper red velvet cupcake so I can't vie for the similarity, but it is delicious with almond or soy milk and a bit of sweetener. Excellent dessert tea.
Blueberry Breeze Green Tea
LOVE this. I always have it on hand. Delicious.
Decaffeinated Green Tea
This is okay, I guess. I just think it tastes a little...stunted. Kind of boring.
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.
LOVE this. I buy this every year. Delicious.
Sugar Cookie Sleigh Ride
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.
How have I not noticed this thread before? One day I need to set aside about an hour and review teas. I have an insane tea problem. Oh man.
"Orange Pekoe" is your garden variety black tea. Tetley tea is orange pekoe.
OMG a tea thread! I should really keep track of which teas I like so I know what to keep buying. ;)
-Nicely flavoured. Strong, robust flavour. Like.
Mandarin Orange Spice
-This is a nicely flavoured orange-spiced tea. Not my favourite, but good on occasion.
Cinnamon Apple Spice
-Not too strong, and I prefer Bigelow's Cinnamon Apple instead which is stronger flavoured.
Sugar Plum Spice
-Sweet but I don't mind it. Not my favourite but still ok.
-I can't really place the flavours but this is a very nice tea. Nothing overpowering.
-I didn't notice this was a green tea. Oops! I don't really like this one. The flavours don't mix too well.
--I've tried others that were good but I can't remember which ones..
Chocolate Hazelnut Decaf Black Tea
-I am not a fan of black teas and didn't really dig this one.
Vanilla Nut Creme Decaf Black Tea
-Not a fan of black teas and this one didn't work, either.
Chai Green Tea
-Not really a fan of this one either, perhaps because it is a green tea.
Mango Passionfruit Herbal Tea
-Too sweet for me to enjoy.
Meyer Lemon Herbal Tea
-Really like this tea. A sweeter lemon tea. Perfect when feeling under the weather.
-Not particularly thrilled with this tea.
Wild Sweet Orange
-Despite this being a bit sweet, I like this one.
-Like the combination of mint in this tea.
-Do not like. Too fruity.
White Ayurvedic Chai Tea
-This is my favourite. Nice, complex flavours.
Spice of Life White Tea
-I like it but not overwhelmed by it.
Strawberry Paraiso White Tea
-Nicely flavoured, a bit sweet, not bad.
Azteca Fire Herbal Tea
-This one smells so good but it just doesn't deliver after being brewed.
Zingiber Ginger Coconut Rooibos Tea
-Nice, good combination of flavours.
Apple Lemon Pomegranate Rooibos Tea
-Not bad for a fruity tea.
Rooibos Chai Rooibos Tea
-Nice, not great.
Green tea Pomegranate
-Do not like.
Egyptian Licorice Mint
-Really enjoy this. I didn't think I liked licorice teas until I started drinking Yogi teas.
Mayan Cocoa Spice
-OK, not great.
Aztec Sweet Chili
-My favourite so far. Nicely spiced and subtly sweet.
Sweet Thai Delight
-Nice flavour with a bit of sweetness from the coconut.
Ginger Orange with Vanilla (I think this is a European version)
-Not my favourite. I was hoping for more ginger but the flavours get all jumbled.
Now I will keep meticulous details of my stash of teas.... ;)
I tend to buy a lot of local loose leaf teas, too, but recently discovered how much I love the Yogi teas. :)
Spice and Tea Exchange:
Cinnamon Plum - Pretty good. I didn't realize it was a hibiscus tea. It has a good amount of cinnamon in it, very good iced.
Bonita Peach Rooibos Tea - Fantastic. The only thing I don't like about this tea is how small the pieces are, some always winds up going through my strainer or getting stuck in it.
Coconut Oolong - BEST THING EVER. Mmmmmmmmmmmmmm. I only drink this iced and it is just the best thing ever. Great amount of coconut flavor.
Mint-Chilla Chai Nilla - This is so good! I was a bit thrown by the thought of a mint vanilla chai, but it's not a spicy chai, it has some good hints of ginger. This is up there with coconut oolong.
Zingiber Ginger Coconut Rooibos Tea - This is the best tea I have ever had in my entire life. I've been saving the last tiny bit I have because then I know I have some. Expensive but worth it. It is seriously amazing. Everyone needs to have this. All the time. Make sure you sweeten it a little bit and have it over ice. Mmm.
CONTRADICTING AC: this is not as deliciously spicy as the regular chai. No bite to it. What happened? Are decaf drinkers wusses? WHERE IS MY CHAI