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This is a tea bag that was included with my Christmas card from K S. Thank you, K S!

I have looked up and added the ingredients to the description for a special reason.

First, when I tasted this tea it reminded me very strongly of Harney and Sons Hot Cinnamon Spice tea, but wasn’t exactly the same. I had expected it to taste like Constant Comment. Since I couldn’t quite put a finger on what was different, I googled the ingredients. They were not listed on the pouch the bag came in.

In googling it, I found an article about how natural flavor in the ingredient list can mean something we don’t really consider to be natural. They specified this tea as an example and said the company was not forthcoming when they pressed for details about the flavors and how they are made and where they come from, and the article then listed a whole lot of companies that use “natural flavors”, with most of the biggies being in that list, including Teavana. There were only a few companies that use only all natural ingredients.

I do not refute that there is some stuff going in our foods that shouldn’t be there, and I do not take issue with this person’s concerns. We NEED to be informed about our food supply! Read the article. It is worth a read.

What I disagree with was their belief that something was “up”, shall we say, for this tea to be so sweet without sugar. Thanks to Harney and Sons HCS and Penzey’s Cinnamon Blend, I can tell you that when you put the right cinnamons together, you get a super sweet tasting final product.

I did not leave the bag in my cup. I used boiling and gave it close to four minutes steep. While the cinnamon was on top, the ginger was right there blasting away. It added a ton of sweetness in my opinion. Ginger is usually hot to me, and I avoid things that contain a lot of ginger because I don’t like the heat. I can take it and even enjoy it in small amounts. But something about the synergy of this cinnamon with all those herbs and the blast of ginger made me really, really enjoy this cuppa.

I don’t do bagged tea, but if I had to take tea bags with me somewhere, this would probably be one of them.

K S

The complete ingredient list as furnished on the box read: Black tea, natural flavor, rosehip, lemongrass, cinnamon, chamomile, peppermint, jasmine green tea, anise seed, ginger root, orange peel, orange oil.

I don’t catch half the ingredients but enjoyed what I did detect. I immediately thought of Hot Cinnamon Spice as well, and am equally baffled at the sweetness of both.

R.F. Hill

I knew about Teavana….considering I worked there for 2 years!

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90
drank Sweet Chai Of Mine by Good Earth
10 tasting notes

My current favorite supermarket chai, wonderful with a bit of milk. And the teabag smells like cookies to me right out of the wrapper.

Flavors: Butter, Cinnamon, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Sweet & Spicy by Good Earth
1673 tasting notes

This is a flavored rooibos herbal in a bag. The first thing I noticed when tasting is the lack of that harsh scratchy woody rooibos taste. I don’t even smell it. I like that. It tastes predominantly of cinnamon. What little (by my standards) heat I catch I think is the ginger grabbing as the cinnamon passes by. There is orange, chamomile, and anise that add sweetness without calling much attention to themselves. The lemongrass is more fill in than a real note. I thought it was a fun cup

Dad is coming home today so thanks all for the prayers and support.

mrmopar

Good to hear!

tigress_al

Great news!

ashmanra

I had missed this note! Good news! Also, did the rooibos not have that Robitussin taste? I don’t get woody notes from it, I get cough syrup!

K S

Rooibos is a flavor I usually can’t find words to describe. I can see the cough syrup analogy. To me, worse case, it is more like drinking cherry wood sawdust. Here I honestly don’t taste it at all. They have two versions – this one is decaf, the other, if I recall correctly, is black tea based. The taste is similar but different with each.

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10
drank Tropical Rush by Good Earth
21 tasting notes

Yuck! The first few sips tasted lightly of tropical fruit, but after that my tongue felt coated in licorice. Only drank about half the cup and dumped the rest. I had to eat an Altoids mint to get the thick, heavy layer of licorice out of my mouth. Licorice isn’t a tropical fruit flavor! Why is that even in there?

Flavors: Licorice

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec

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80
drank Sweet & Spicy by Good Earth
21 tasting notes

My sister gave me a bag of this and there were no instructions on it so I didn’t know how long to steep. It was very strong! I would probably add some extra water next time or steep it for a short time. I’ll have to try it again once I have the right directions.

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drank Mango Me Crazy by Good Earth
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As you may or may not be aware, I battle with respiratory issues. Well, during Thanksgiving my niece had a scented candle burning. It was a light cinnamon something and quite pleasant. Until I got up the next morning. I had a major flare up. Fought it with lots of drugs and anti-biotics. Was feeling pretty good until yesterday. We plugged in a couple air freshener night lights, and a few hours later I could feel it clogging up the lungs. So back on the drugs. I am telling you this so as you gather with family this holiday season that you might think twice before lighting that candle or setting out that potpourri if one of your guests has a weakened system or has asthma.

Anyway, this tea – from a bag. Smells pretty inviting. I have no idea what an actual mango smells like (I’ve led such a sheltered culinary life). This reminds me of peaches but more prickly and with some tartness. If that’s mango, then nailed it. Don’t read the list of ingredients or you’ll just go eeeewwww. OK I’ll tell you – hibiscus, rosehips, and chamomile are in there as well as stevia. (All together now – eeeewwww) The however is that it works here. What I taste is that sweet fruity tartness. It is actually pretty enjoyable. My only complaint is the bitterness in the aftertaste from the stevia. On the other hand, I think it is there to complete the tartness/sweet of the fruit flavor. I would like to try it without the stevia and see for myself if it is necessary.

tigress_al

My daughter has fairly bad eczema and it really flares up around heavily scented products like this as well. People (me included) sometimes don’t realize how sensitive people can be. Thanks for reminding people!
Glad you are feeling better!

K S

Thanks for sharing tigress_al. I learned something. Perfume smells don’t bother me personally. It is the oil or waxiness that gets me.

Maddy Barone

It’s especially hard for me because I can’t smell. I have no idea what it is that causes my asthma to kick in. But there are some sections of crafts stores that I’ve learned to avoid. Hope you’re feeling better soon, KS.

K S

Maddy, I can’t even imagine. I’m not good at avoiding the triggers and I can smell them.

Kristal

My mom is allergic to strong scents, so I hear you!

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drank Wild Chaild by Good Earth
1673 tasting notes

Chai and I are just casual friends. I don’t dislike it. I just never crave it. I have finally come to the conclusion it is because I can’t taste the black tea base. If they left it out, I’m not sure I could tell.

That said, I emptied the cup pretty quickly. The biggest flaw is it contains stevia. It isn’t overly sweet, especially for chai, but enough so as too make adding my preferred sweetener problematic. On the positive side the flavors are all well balanced. The aroma is cinnamon, clove, and cardamon. The taste begins more cardamon, then drifts towards but doesn’t reach banana. Banana? Neat twist. Then things straighten back to a cinnamon, pepper, and ginger end. I do catch faint banana in the aftertaste. I did not catch caramel as promised. Maybe had I added milk. If you let the cup get cool, there are notes of star anise. I did not notice it while hot, but then I like the flavor. If I were a hater it might jump out more.

For chai, not shabby.

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98

Sad to be drinking my last cup of this now discontinued blend! Lightly sweet with a hint of spice.

Flavors: Coriander, Lavender, Licorice, Pepper, Peppermint, Spearmint, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec 14 OZ / 414 ML

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98

Steeped two bags in 14 oz boiling water for 3 minutes. Deliciously sweet and minty. Soothing.

Flavors: Licorice, Peppermint, Spearmint, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 14 OZ / 414 ML

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98

This tea is delicious and, since it contains both lavender and chamomile, very helpful when it comes to sleep. I’m incredibly sad that it no longer seems to be available! It was a favorite of mine.

Flavors: Licorice, Peppermint

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 4 min, 0 sec 14 OZ / 414 ML

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drank Pomegranate Burst by Good Earth
1673 tasting notes

I get Good Earth is trying to give this the illusion of a tart cherry mixed with pomegranate, and maybe tea bag only people will accept it. For me the addition of hibiscus and its tartness is totally unnecessary. The presence of an overdose of stevia is likewise just too much. Way too sweet and way too bitter. The core flavor of pomegranate and cherry is pleasant enough. I just wish, with this one, someone at Good Earth would learn to edit.

Kristal

I totally here you. Tea companies are often like “This is raspberry flavoured!” No, it’s hibiscus.

gmathis

Editing tea. As a weary writer who’s tired of proofreading, I love that notion!

K S

Editing – the thought came from watching Project Runway with my wife. Make it work people.

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drank Tropical Rush by Good Earth
1673 tasting notes

I hate writing a bad review. I always try to weigh my personal likes and dislikes against what the tea is intended to taste. No matter how I look at it, I just can’t get positive with this one. It is almost entirely mango and pineapple in taste, which admittedly I don’t care for, but I can’t find the orange, lemongrass, or lime at all in the flavor. It has a bitter aftertaste like stevia but there is none listed in the ingredients. Maybe it is the licorice root, but I normally don’t mind it. I think it may be the chamomile that is the biggest offense – and I normally like chamomile. This just smells like pee to my nose. I have had 8 different teas from Good Earth now. Six have been extremely good. Two have been undrinkable to me personally. I guess if there is a bright side, I would rather see an epic fail than just another bag of meh.

keychange

ewww. Pee tea!

tigress_al

Yikes that sounds awful

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Up until now I have been enjoying my break from ‘serious’ tea with these Good Earth fusions. Not so much with this one. Opening the envelope I smell something berry but can’t quite identify it. Once steeped the aroma is berry and vanilla. So far, so good. The however, is once I taste I am at first assaulted with a blast of stevia which suddenly jumps into high gear with hibiscus. The aftertaste turns to that bitter stevia taste that is like drinking saccharin. My wife, who is an herbal tea drinker thought the taste wasn’t bad. For me, this makes the do not ever try again list. I know I can’t like everything, but it disappoints me because I have been amused by all the previous Good Earth teas.

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drank Starry Chai by Good Earth
1673 tasting notes

As a general rule, I am not a fan of chai. I couldn’t quite figure out why as I like everything that is in it. This and Sweet Chai of Mine have kind of clued me in, most chai are too over spiced for my tastes. Good Earth backs off on the intensity a couple notches and I appreciate it.

Dry this does smell a little medicinal with the cherry flavor. Once steeped the aroma turns to a warm cinnamon and cardamom with a touch of cherry. The taste is similar to the steeped aroma.

In tea, cherry never tastes like cherry in pie – which is how all cherry should taste. It is more like the cherry in a shaved ice. Since I have never found a tea that tastes like cherry pie, I can’t fault them here.

With Sweet Chai of Mine, the black pepper and ginger hit with a spicy heat at the end. In this one they are calmer and support the cinnamon allowing it to warm up the end of the sip.

I did sweeten this but only a little. It disappeared very quickly from my cup. That kind of surprised me.

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drank Sweet Chai Of Mine by Good Earth
1673 tasting notes

Tea of the day with my oldest son. His laptop is dead. I blame Windows 10 and its stupid insistence of auto updates that you can’t disable. My youngest son says it has corrupted the boot drive, whatever that is.

Anyway, so tea – I am not a chai person. Keep that in mind. This is a bagged tea that can sometimes be found at the local grocer. It smells very medicinal when opening the envelope. Once steeping begins the aroma turns more traditional. The taste surprises me. It is far lighter than expected. I like that. It has the traditional chai spices in moderation and a touch of vanilla. The licorice root and stevia do add some sweetness, but for chai I think it should be sweeter. I added a little sweetener (half packet). This livens up the mug and brings out the maple flavor. It also brings out the black pepper and ginger in the form of a light bite with a little heat. So then I added a splash of milk. It mutes the chai spices a little and lifts the maple. For chai this isn’t bad.

gmathis

I’ve had a touchpad quit working on my Dell since a recent update.

K S

My youngest is our resident IT guy. He tried for 2 or 3 hours. He even tried to piggy back the hard drive into another laptop and using Ubuntu tried to crack into it. He finally gave up. Can’t boot. Can’t restore. Can’t uninstall. Tread with caution if you are stuck with 10. Suddenly my Win8 looks pretty good.

gmathis

Just 8 here and frankly I don’t like it much. No intention of pursuing 10!

TeaExplorer

Historically I never update an MS OS until service pack 2 gets released, although with Win10 and it’s auto-updates that will be hard to gauge. I guess if the collective moaning of the afflicted users dies down to a murmur then perhaps it will be time.

K S

TeaExplorer – historically I never update unless it becomes necessary for running a new program. Updates unintentionally break things.

gmathis – I hated 8 when I first got it. I downloaded a free program my IT kid recommended called classic shell. Now when I turn on my laptop it has a real desktop with icons and a start button. Woot! for old school. If I wanted it to look and work like a smart phone I would have bought one.

Gary

Thankfully we don’t have to update our tea just Steep and sip

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drank citrus kiss by Good Earth
1673 tasting notes

I had this one yesterday. For the life of me I can’t figure out why it is so badly rated. Other than it being a tea bag, the big complaint seems to be the added stevia. While stevia does have a bit of a saccharin type bitter aftertaste, I think it fits this tea. It gives a little sweet kick at the end. It certainly isn’t as sweet as anything pre-sweetened at Starbucks. I also found this to be fairly complex for a lowly bag, and the flavors are light and airy. First I taste the combination of lemongrass and lemon myrtle. It achieves a very nice balance of citrus flavor. It isn’t candy and certainly isn’t furniture polish. Next I catch a brief brush of rose. It isn’t perfume or gross. It is actually quite pleasant. Late in the sip I notice the chamomile and blackberry leaves. Possibly along with the citric acid, they add just a slight tartness before the stevia kick finishes it off. As I said, I don’t get it (the hate). I might not want it all the time but would definitely drink this again. As for the aftertaste – it didn’t offend me, even so, to me it is just an opportunity to have a snack with my tea.

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Yeah, so the first thing I want to say is unless you intentionally want the heat and cinnamon blast of Harney’s Cinnamon Spice, remove the bag after steeping. This will hold the cinnamon to a responsible level. This also has ginger in it, and although I can’t taste it, I am pretty sure it is helping build that awesome spicy blast.

Now if this stopped with the spice it could get boring in a hurry. That is where the orange fits in nicely. It adds a citrus zing. It also makes this very sweet. Do not add sugar until you taste. Even my Splenda monkey said, “Nope, not needed”, after tasting. I see no sugar or stevia in the ingredients. I don’t know how, except the orange, it is just sweet.

Basically, this is a teabag full of Redhots with an orange twist.

Terri HarpLady

;p I’ve never cared much for this one. Once year a friend gave me 3 boxes for my birthday. I didn’t have the heart to tell her.

Maddy Barone

I actually enjoy this one occasionally. Yes, it tastes exactly like liquid red hots candy.

Alreot

I’ve had this Sweet & Spicy but only the herbal tea one (didn’t know they made it w/black tea). It’s a tea I enjoy~

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drank Matcha Maker by Good Earth
1673 tasting notes

Looks like most of the reviews on this are a couple years old. Most complained about the lack of matcha and the sweetness. Greanted, the name is confusing, matcha is the last ingredient, green tea the first. On the other hand, does anyone really expect a tea bag to be able to hold matcha? Well, not after I thought about it. The sweetness is from licorice root and stevia (I know almost as hated as hibiscus).

The dry bag has a vanilla orange scent. The steeped tea smells like root beer to me. The taste is orange creamsicle with a ginger finish. Personally, I like the sweetness. I like the creamsicle, and I like the light ginger bite. It is like drinking sugary orange soda without the calories. I would not want this everyday but find it kind of a fun drink. If I had another bag I would try it iced because I think it would be pretty neat that way.

Probably available at your Walmart. I’m going against the flow and giving a thumbs up for this bagged tea.

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drank Cocoa Tango by Good Earth
1673 tasting notes

Yep, its a tea bag. The however is there is 2.25g/bag. For reference Twinings has 2g. Stash generally has 1.7g and the last Republic of Tea I tried was a piddly 1.33g. This makes a nice milk chocolaty mug. I can’t single out the other ingredients except the chilis. I love hot and spicy but this really isn’t. After you sip chocolate the end sip has a warm glow. Definitely not melt your face. Just a little warmth. I left the bag in the mug and it never became bitter or overly strong. Is it the best tea ever? Of course not, but I did enjoy it. If you like a little heat. this is a good everyday bagged tea.

Maddy Barone

I actually enjoy several Good Earth teas. Haven’t tried this one yet, but it sounds like it might be a nice one.

gmathis

I’ve seen this one. Hmm. Maybe…?

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80
drank Cocoa Tango by Good Earth
528 tasting notes

Two bucks for something to wake me up on my way to classes? I think yes.

I needed a bag that can be easily oversteep, and last time I had this, it was spicy, sweet and chocolaty. I know that the company is under new management, and honestly, the older version was better because you could see the chocolate powder diffuse into the cup. The older version also had a stronger presence of rose. This time, it doesn’t have the same type of chocolate flavoring and not quite as good, though it’s still sweet and spicy on its own.

This is by no means the best chocolate tea I’ve had (it’s going to be hard to beat LP’s Dark Chocolate Oolong), but something cheap and forgivable in steeping that I need while traveling.

Flavors: Cardamon, Chocolate, Peppermint, Spices, Sweet

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML
Kristal

I totally hear you about having cheaper teas in your collection for when you are busy. For me, It’s cheaper (although, still loose leaf) green teas I can steep in my timolino while getting ready for work in the morning and then drink “mindlessly” while I’m at work without feeling bad about not savouring the flavour.

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56
drank Wild Chaild by Good Earth
15 tasting notes

Can’t deal with the intensity of the star anise that seems to be in every Good Earth tea!

Flavors: Anise

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90
drank Sweet & Spicy by Good Earth
1 tasting notes

I love this tea… I feel like this is something you could give to someone who proclaims to hate tea, and they would still like it. In fact I have made coworkers try this and everyone has liked it. It is spicy though, so beware of that. I personally could dump cinnamon and ginger into most coffee or tea I drink, so my spiciness in drink tolerance may be a bit higher than most. I find I do not need to sweeten this tea, at all, which is also very nice. Great for when it’s a little chilly outside. A coworker one time said it smells like Christmas in a cup, just that good, warm, spicy, homey kind of feel. Love it, keep several boxes on hand at all times! I steep it a while, so the spiciness really develops. I don’t find it becomes bitter with the additional time, whatsoever.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Orange

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 g 6 OZ / 177 ML

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95
drank Sweet & Spicy by Good Earth
101 tasting notes

Water: 8oz

Leaves: Tea Bag

Steep: 3m

Aroma: Cinnamon Spice

Color: Reddish Brown

Taste: This tea was actually a recommendation by a family member. I was on the lookout for something new since I haven’t had tea in a long time. I was also drawn to the name of this tea how could tea from a tea bag possibly be already sweet? So I decided to give it a try & I must say it’s one of my favorites! Since buying it the first time a month or so ago I have already brought another box. The aroma is cinnamon with a spice kick to it & the flavor to match cinnamon spice with a nice sweetness. This tea could also replace a sweet treat imo. Another plus is that it’s caffeine free, I can enjoy it at night without having to worry if I’ll have trouble falling asleep. Steeping I find that 3 minutes is good for a cup, 4 minutes the flavor can be too strong. The bag last for about 2 steeps with the second one being on the lighter side. As for the downside I read it’s best to avoid tea with natural flavors but this one taste soo good, I know that’s most likely where the sweetness comes from because all other ingredients listed aren’t sweet.Overall I like this tea a lot!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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