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Saw an unsweetened ‘tea beverage’, decided to try. Chilled.

Smells cleaner-ish, like pithy grapefruit with a touch of mint. Doesn’t taste like much at first, then all I can taste is bitter earthy green tea, bitter grapefruit pithiness, bitter-tangy carbon dioxide.

Yawn.

Lexie Aleah

Didn’t like this one either but TJ’s sparkling coconut water with Yuzu is SO good.

derk

Yeah, that’s good stuff!

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drank earl grey tea by Trader Joe's
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Flavors: Bergamot

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec

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1

I picked this up at TJs about a week or so ago— it was 2 bucks and with the season changing to spring I was excited to make some iced tea to bring in the warmer weather.
I did a quick google search on rooibos, saw all of the positive feedback about it, and brought it home and started making lots of tea!
It tastes great iced. I didn’t add anything— no sweetener, no lemon, it was perfect just as it is.

About two or three days after I started drinking I woke up in the middle of the night with scary, intense heart palpitations. It alarmed me for sure, but I wrote it off as a nightmare mixed with poor sleep. Then things got even more frightening: The heart palpitations continued on the next day, all day, into the night…this has lasted for a week. I saw an urgent care doctor yesterday who tested all of my vitals (normal), did an ekg (heart was normal), X-ray (normal), iron and thyroid test (Thyroid came back today and was normal, still waiting on the iron) and the doctor essentially told me that I was very healthy and that if the palpitations persisted to see a cardiologist…well, last night I realized that the timeline meshed with the rooibos tea— I started researching and loads of people have had the same response. Apparently the side effects are uncommon, but not extremely so, you may very well have a bad response.

I would say pass on this tea. Or only drink It once a week or so, definitely don’t let it be a daily treat or you may suffer for the next few days with a heart beat so hard it looks like a cartoon falling in love and beating out of their chest.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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80
drank Well Rested by Trader Joe's
1212 tasting notes

I remember drinking a lot of this one back in college, so it was nostalgic to have a cup again today. The flavor is simple, yet enjoyable cold. It’s mostly minty with a soft, supporting herbal base. It doesn’t need any sugar. I think I’ve enjoyed every Trader Joe’s tea I’ve ever tried.

Courtney

Trader Joe’s ❤. We always pick up certain items when we cross the border to stock up on haha. We’ll have to check out the teas whenever we get there next!

AJRimmer

They used to carry my favorite rooibos/honeybush blend, but it’s long since been discontinued ): It’s always fun to go in and browse!

Dustin

I used to fly to California from Texas with my suitcase in a larger suitcase so I’d have an extra return suitcase to stock up on items from TJ’s on work trips. TJ’s finally expanded into TX and then I moved back to CA, so I get to shop like a normal person again. :D

Courtney

Dustin this is amazing! The closest one to us is an 8-hour drive to Spokane! :’(

gmathis

Minimum of 2 hours to any Trader Joe’s near us :{

Martin Bednář

I guess it will be half-whole day to Trader Joe’s for me. :D

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65

I’m recently back drinking tea regularly as I had been mostly drinking specialty coffee so I’ve been having fun exploring brands and blends. In the old days, (20 years ago) I drank Earl Grey and English Breakfast and assorted herbals and growing up in the Boston area English teas were the norm; Lipton, Tetley, Salada and the like were in my folk’s cupboard. My dad was full-on Irish so he preferred a bold and strong cuppa with milk and sugar. Anyway.. being half-Irish my review of an Irish tea can only be 50% valid so there’s that! To the tea, I think TJ’s blend is pretty much what I’d hoped for in an Irish Breakfast; strong, malty, dark and boisterous. This tea is not kidding. If you want a morning or afternoon pick-me-up, this is a great choice. Don’t steep past 5 minutes to avoid some bitterness and definitely add milk & sugar. And lastly, some reviews can be quite snobby but this is not a tea for you. This is a 4¢ bag of in your face black tea that you probably shouldn’t drink after 5 pm unless you’re on the night shift.

Flavors: Brandy, Malt, Oak

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 g 9 OZ / 266 ML

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83

Grabbed a single tea bag from a tea box. I get both the watermelon and mint. It would be tastier on an herbal or green base. The choice of a black base was a little strange. It does taste pretty good though. The watermelon is quite candy-like, and it fits perfectly with the mint. I’ve found myself craving more, so it must have been pretty good. Too bad the tea box is long gone, otherwise I would definitely grab some more!

Dustin

I think this is one of the tins I am growing succulents in outside!

AJRimmer

It’s a cute tin!

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70

A nice warm flavored rooibos for anytime of day. I steep a maximum of three minutes or else it becomes bitter, which I despise.

Flavors: Orange

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec

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drank Maple Espresso by Trader Joe's
38 tasting notes

While I’ve not found a maple tea I enjoy, my Canadian friend dropped off some maple espresso for me. She’s unaware that I also don’t care for coffee. BUT I gave the tea a try twice and nope it’s not for me. Gonna pass on finishing the bags I do have and give it over to my coffee drinking husband. Maybe he’ll enjoy it and I can convert him to tea drinking.

Flavors: Espresso

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 7 min, 30 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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75

Day 18 of Sara’s Old Tea! Part 5 of 6

I like this, reminds me of the Moroccan Mint at Menara Moroccan Restaurant in San Jose. I miss eating out. Theirs is a bit sweetened, with honey I think.

The main flavor is spearmint. Okay, it reminds me a bit of spearmint gum too. Anyway, good classic flavor.

Flavors: Spearmint

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Mastress Alita

Ha, I tried adding this to a smoothie to get “mint” flavor, and my smoothie tasted really weird because it was so spearmint heavy and not peppermint. Then I looked at the ingredients and had a major oops moment. There was only spearmint in it, no peppermint! In my head I assumed it would at least be a blend. After that I just drunk the rest in a water bottle, heh. (The smoothie really needed a peppermint flavor).

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drank Spiced Chai by Trader Joe's
99 tasting notes

I received this tea bag from a colleague. It was a nice easy to drink chai. Spices are well-balanced with no overwhelming flavors. Enjoyed on a cold morning but will not buy for myself.

Flavors: Cardamom, Cinnamon, Clove

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec

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50

Leaves: bag
Measuring Spoon: no
Steep: 5 min
Aroma: none
Color: medium reddish brown
Clarity: Great

Taste: I was excited when I came across this tea on youtube so I had to give it a try. The packaging said to use cold water but for a first steep I wanted to try it with room temperature bottled water for 5 minutes. The first thing I did was detect the aroma but to my surprise there really wasn’t anything I noticed. As for the taste it wasn’t that great the first words that came to mind was sour citrus water. I understand it’s supposed to be tangy but I can see it probably being improved by adding some sweetener. I also want to give it a fair try so I will also be steeping using cold water (bottled or tap) so see how it comes out then. Using cold water first awakened the aroma citrus & the color was also darker. I didn’t dunk the bag as I did before steeping the first cup. The flavor this time was weak hot sour oranges. Overall I didn’t find this tea enjoyable.

Preparation
Boiling 8 OZ / 236 ML

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24

A cast off from a friend who didn’t care for it. I also have to say, it’s not a favorite alone. With a little honey, I find it improved.
There’s a earthy taste to it, similar to mushrooms. I do taste the spearmint -which is not a favorite flavor of mine but I don’t generally dislike it. However, I don’t feel that spearmint and lemon is a good combination in this.

Flavors: Autumn Leaf Pile, Lemon, Spearmint, Wet Earth

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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73

Picked this up at Trader Joe’s several weeks ago along with the Lemon Green Tea one. I did not care for the Lemon Green tea flavor but I really like this one! It has a little bit of sugar added and is only slightly sweet. I could taste the black tea and the fruit in this one. Overall I would buy this again for when I’m on the go or need something quick. It’s a pretty good bottled tea.

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62

Impulse buy from Trader Joe’s. I’ve seen passing references to barley tea in Japanese novels (Murakami) and was curious to finally try it myself.

While I’m glad to see TJ’s beginning to stock Asian bottled teas, this one was a miss for me. My better half, who shared the bottle with me, aptly described it as “like drinking watered down coffee”. I have to agree. This is a pretty aggressively roasted tea and has a slightly oily texture. Coffee drinkers and fans of dark tea might like it but for others like me, this is at best an acquired taste.

Flavors: Coffee

Preparation
Iced
Lexie Aleah

Harney and Sons has a Roasted Buckwheat tea. I didn’t care for it but a lot of people do like that flavor profile. I almost picked this one up from TJ’s myself but was skeptical. I enjoy TJ’s bottled Golden Oolong Tea quite a bit though. You might give that one a try.

LuckyMe

@Lexie Aleah, I love the Golden Oolong too! It’s similar to Ito-En’s Golden Oolong which is my favorite bottled Asian tea. Hope they stock more unsweetened bottled teas, especially green tea.

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64

I bought this at my local Trader Joe’s with high hopes. I was underwhelmed. Not bold enough for me as either a white or pomegranate tea.

Flavors: Fruity

Preparation
1 min, 45 sec

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81

What is this exactly? Not a tea really, and not an herbal. Perhaps more honestly classified as a medicinal . It has a very clean taste. Neither the ginger or turmeric are overpowering but they are definitely both present. the same cannot be said for the other listed ingredients, I get no orange peel or orange oil. I’m assuming the sweetness comes from the licorice. No black pepper on the tongue either.
It is a nice warm tea to end the night with . I can’t quite call it cozy. But it is quite good.

Flavors: Ginger

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78

Decided against better judgment to stay home with the migraine today (work gets pissy whenever someone happens to “be sick” on a Monday or Friday, but damn it all) so I promptly got a batch of this cold-brewing first thing this morning so I could sip on it throughout the day to help with the nausea. Mint and ginger are two of the only things that help curb that rather unfortunate side effect. I don’t have a Trader Joe’s anywhere near me, but my friend Todd sent me a box of this from one of his Bay Area stores when he made a Taylors of Harrogate Yorkshire Gold run for me (which is another tea that isn’t sold in any of my local stores). Popped four teabags in a quart-sized mason jar and left it until it was that brown color you expect of mint tea.

Cool. Refreshing. Has that nice, fresh, cool menthol mintiness of spearmint that settles in the back of the throat and is calming on the tum. Mildly grassy from the green tea, and there is a gentle citrusy burst from the lemongrass, but the spearmint is the dominant note. Satisfying. I should get another jar steeping now as it will probably go quickly.

Thanks Todd!

Flavors: Citrus, Grass, Menthol, Mint, Spearmint

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 4 tsp 32 OZ / 946 ML

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drank Red Refresh Herbal Tea by Trader Joe's
1100 tasting notes

Cold-brewed. Smells like fruit punch, tastes like nothing but sour and in a thin way. Increasing brew time and number of bags doesn’t do much for the better.

Probably ok with sugar. Even then, it might taste like Kool-Aid.

Flavors: Cherry, Fruit Punch, Lemon, Lime, Orange, Sour

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60

It’s amazing it is so well accepted here.

I have to say I am with derk in same boat. It was quite weak in taste, ginger was weak and turmeric almost non present.

Quite strong on the licorice root, I have to agree – bit too sweet for me.
Quite meh, unfortunately. But maybe it is caused I prepared it for all in the family in big family pot (two bags per liter and something).

Not a fan. But thanks derk anyway!

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec

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85

It has a good flavor and is refreshing.

Flavors: Flowers, Sour

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 6 min, 0 sec 10 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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83

Very strong on the pomegranate—nice and tart!

Preparation
155 °F / 68 °C 3 min, 45 sec

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