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Trader Joe's

Recent Tasting Notes

75

Tasty black fruity tea. Doesn’t oversteep easily

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100

This is absolutely my favorite tea, and I drink at least one cup a day. As it’s a Trader Joe’s seasonal, I had to stock up, and currently my stash holds about 12 boxes of it, not including the one that’s open.

This is a perfect morning tea, though I’m well aware I brew it for longer than recommended, I like it strong, and I like to bring out the more bitter notes of the black tea itself. While this is sweet on its own, a spoonful of raw honey makes it amazing, and gives it just the boost to get me started on my day.

It’s also lovely to unwind with, as just the calming scents of the cinnamon and vanilla when its brewing are enough to make one relax. The cinnamon is very subtle, supporting the vanilla and complementing it, unlike Trader Joe’s other cinnamon offerings (Specifically the cinnamon tempest and the harvest blend).

Flavors: Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 30 sec 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Mango Black Tea by Trader Joe's
274 tasting notes

Wow, I gave this a 41 last time I tried it?! It has been sitting in my cupboard for quite some time now. My husband has been wanting iced tea lately since it is heating up here in Texas, so I threw several bags in a pitcher with some water and sugar and put it in the fridge. This time it tastes exactly like the Paradise tea I was hoping it would be! Have my tastes changed? Had this tea aged well? Is the secret in the cold brew? Who knows! Once I added ice it was a little watered down, so I may toss in a few more tea bags. This tea has redeemed it’s self and just when I was about to give up and toss it to make room in my cupboard!

Preparation
Iced

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65

I can taste the white tea more than ginger and I can taste the ginger more than the pear (which is nice if you like very subtle flavors).

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 45 sec

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86

This is a delicious tea! I see a lot of people brew it 195°F. This seems a little odd to me since I’ve always heard white teas should be brewed at around 160°F. Anyways, I think cooler temperature brew comes out great!

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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99

This is the tastiest flavored tea I’ve ever had. It’s pretty sweet and fragrant and the ginger pear flavoring is far stronger than the tea taste, but it’s still delicious. I could drink it all day.

Preparation
3 min, 30 sec

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24

Way too sweet for me and most others I’ve served it to. However, I don’t like sweet, sugary drinks. I don’t add anything to my teas and drink them straight. If you like a lot of strong, sweet flavor, then you might like this.

Preparation
4 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I got this as a gift. I love getting gifts and what could be sweeter than a gift of cinnamon tea in this lovely tin! My notes are thus: a very light bodied cup of tea, with definitely cinnamon flavors first and foremost. I’m pleased to say that the cinnamon flavor tastes like cinnamon stick, not fake cinnamon candy. I now feel as though I’ve written the word cinnamon more times than I ever have before. In conclusion cinnamon cinnamon, I would recommend this tea to cinnamon lovers who like a light cup of tea rather than a robust, well rounded cup of tea. I personally would have preferred a nice balance of blended teas and the cinnamon. The cinnamon End cinnamon.

Flavors: Cinnamon

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73
drank Mango Black Tea by Trader Joe's
348 tasting notes

I’ve had this box since the fall when I bought it impulsively and then neglected it for months. I finally brought it out to cold brew in my brand new pitcher! I put 3 bags in and left it in the fridge for four hours. The resulting tea has a very candy-like mango taste. It also tastes slightly medicinal to me, which is odd and not very pleasant. I may experiment with mixing this one with plain black tea to see if I can maintain the mango without getting the medicinal taste, but I will not repurchase when I’m done with the box. I’ve just found so many higher quality teas since I bought this box!

Edit: I now see that hibiscus is listed as one of the ingredients. Maybe I’m just interpreting that tartness and medicinal?

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85

this is actually delicious.

after my 2 cups of matcha today & my veggie marathon (i love vegetables!) replete with supplements of Spirulina, turmeric & Neem, i was quite full and couldn’t really fit more tea. lol.

for dinner i made a spinach salad with basil-infused olive oil from Colavita (my new favorite thing in life) to which i added a generous sprinkling of salt, lots of cracked black pepper and topped it off with toasted almonds & coconut flakes. i know that might sound bizarre but it is actually amazing. toasted almonds are everything. also, while in the toaster- there is such a small window of time during which they toast & get perfectly dark around the edges just before burning! i have mastered this art.

sometimes i’ll add Jyoti’s Jaipur Karhi to the salad in place of dressing & it’ll be this perfectly yummy, tangy, spicy & coconutty experience with mustard seeds (!!!) and the toasted almonds are just the crowning glory. i really need to stop talking about toasted almonds.

anyway, after my salad i had a cup of Eden’s organic Hojicha, which i love dearly. it tastes like dark roasted popcorn omg. maybe slightly burnt popcorn. in a sort of wheatish reed kind of way. then a while after that i was feeling sleepy so i made me a cup of this!

this is the exact same thing as Candy Cane Lane by Celestial Seasonings, which i also have. when i first got it during the holiday season, i remember thinking it was nice, but just an ordinary mint tea. now i think it’s really amazing and great before bed. i also realize that there is vanilla in this along with the peppermint and i think i can perceive some cinnamon as well, thinking back on Nutcracker Sweet. when i add honey to this, it comes pretty close to tasting like a candy cane! which is odd that i should be excited, considering i don’t really eat candy canes around Christmas. but okay, it works for this tea!

tummy-soothing, comforting & inviting to sleep. i guess that’s why mint is a key ingredient in all CS’s sleepytime blends!!

TeaBrat

your dinner sounds amazing. what are you taking neem for?

TheTeaFairy

Want the salad! Sounds so yummy!

pyarkaaloo

thanks @teabrat & @teafairy! :)

if u want to try n replicate the salad, toast the almonds in a toaster, let them brown n even burn a little…but be quick about it because slightly burnt can become completely burnt in a matter of seconds! ;p

@teabrat- i take neem for all the purported health benefits. i read in a lot of places neem is a miracle tree, can prevent cancer, improve your skin, cleanse your blood, etc. i take neem leaf in capsule form. i heard it can also help your immune system & has similar effects to that of Echinacea and Goldenseal.

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96

This is a great cinnamon tea. With honey or agave it really brings out the cinnamon and spice notes in the tea.. The best cinnamon tea I have found so far. Unfortunately the last time I went to Trader Joe’s they were out and told me it was a seasonal tea? Odd since I had been purchasing it for almost a year? I really hope that more people express interest in this tea so that they can have it year round. If you do find it, I would recommend stocking up as you will really enjoy it.

Preparation
8 OZ / 236 ML

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71

Instant mood booster. I always drink it with milk and honey or sugar.

Flavors: Grass

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 15 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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67

I made some of this earlier today and decided to ice it and have it with my dinner tonight. It’s really refreshing this way. Very minty but a touch of lemongrass is peeking through. This will be really nice for the summer.

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75

Super duper delicious tea that tastes like candy cane! Not mint, no, the flavor is much more complex than that. There is some vanilla and other flavors that make it distinctly candy cane and I am addicted when I want to reach for a teabag!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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90

Added a good amount of sweetened condensed milk.

Preparation
5 min, 45 sec

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100

This is my favorite tea. It is designed for cream and sugar. I like Yorkshire Gold Loose Tea too, but this is the one I drink at least 6 times a day. Actually tea is the only thing I drink. I add Splenda and Half and Half. Best thing about it is that it tastes like tea and is inexpensive. Most of the time I empty the bag into a pod and run it through my machine because I am in a hurry. I get 14 oz. out of 1 bag.

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drank Spicy Chai Latte by Trader Joe's
77 tasting notes

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drank Chamomile by Trader Joe's
94 tasting notes

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70

I like this tea. It has a nice peppermint taste.

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Christmas present from the sister-in-law.

This tea smells EXACTLY like that tub of Betty Crocker vanilla icing. That sickly sweet smelling icing. You know the stuff your boyfriends and husbands would probably sit and eat in a whole sitting straight from the tub… or is that just mine?

This tea does well with added sugar and cream/milk. On it’s own it’s pretty lost. The smell is what I can’t get over. For TJ pricing, I would probably buy this again. I’ve walked by people with this tea in my hand and have had them come up to me and ask me what it is… so I guess it truly smells good.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 45 sec
TheTeaFairy

I love when my friends and family give me tea gifts cause even though most of them know nothing about tea, they show how much they care :-)

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90

I bought this and it was gone in a matter of days- It’s so good. When I saw this in the store I made absolutely no hesitation to snatch it up. When I got home I literally ran to my tea kettle, and I was not disappointed. The flavor is so bold and rich, the rooibos makes that much of a difference. This tea is perfectly spicy, everything works together!

And it smells amaaaazing. I felt like some kind of drug addict sniffing a can of tea so intensely.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C

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