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Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 45 sec

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After much deliberation between three of us (me, myself, and I), I decided to review each of the ten teas separately to make the individual tasting notes easier to find. With that in mind, the tea of the day is:

Vanilla & Rooibos Tea

I really like these cool glass “test tubes” that package the ten teas. When I unscrewed the lid of this one and stuck my nose inside, I could immediately smell the vanilla. I steeped the orange/brown leaves for five minutes at 212 degrees.

The brewed color was orange/gold. A faint presence of vanilla was detected in the aroma.

The flavor of this tea was pretty much all vanilla. I could taste the tang of the rooibos when I concentrated, but vanilla best described this selection. The flavor was smooth and there was no astringency. However, the vanilla aftertaste stayed on my tongue longer than I preferred.

This is the second of the teas in Trader Joe’s ten-pack that I’ve tried so far. It’s not an unpleasant tea. I would probably like it better in the afternoon than I did in the morning.

Flavors: Rooibos, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 32 OZ / 946 ML

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78

I got this set of 10 loose leaf teas at Trader Joe’s a while back. I’ve been wrestling with how to do the tasting note(s) for it. Do I review them all in one note or do I create individual notes for each one? While I am making up my mind, I will start with…

Bergamot Black Tea

Putting loose leaf teas in glass test tubes is a novel idea. I felt like a mad scientist when I poured the tea from the tube into my infuser.

The unbrewed short black leaves had a strong bergamot aroma. There also were little blue cornflower petals mixed in with the leaves. Since the packaging had minimal individual information about the teas, I chose my stand-by black tea steeping method: 212 degrees for five minutes.

The brewed aroma contained bergamot and sweet attributes. The color was amber.

The flavor could be best described as a flowery Earl Grey. The flower and bergamot tastes seemed to be constantly fighting it out on my palate, making it difficult to zero in on either. Maybe that is just called “balanced,” but I prefer flavors that are harmonious rather than locked in mortal combat. There was no astringency and very little aftertaste.

This isn’t a bad tea but the flavors need to be fleshed out more clearly. I would definitely NOT try to use it for iced tea.

Flavors: Bergamot, Flowers

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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A classic fall-tasting herbal tea. Very cinnamon-y with strong apple undertones. I’m not a fan of strong cinnamon teas, so it’s not something that I would choose to drink again, but if you are more of a cinnamon lover, you’d likely enjoy it.

Flavors: Apple, Cinnamon

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smells a bit more earthy than most jasmine green teas I’ve tried. the jasmine flavor is very, Very slight – more of an aftertaste than anything. good for someone who loves a very gentle and delicate green tea.

Flavors: Earth, Jasmine

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 350 ML

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84

Really love the combo of rooibos and pumpkin! A great fall tea for the price.

…Not going to lie, the design of the tin is what sold me. I would love to have a pumpkin teapot!

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drank Mango & Chili by Trader Joe's
721 tasting notes

I love TJ’s dearly, but their teas are mostly a let down. I should have known better and resisted, but the lure of a spicy tea was too much for me to pass up. I cold steeped this overnight in the fridge and woke up to a tea who’s first taste is of alkaline, which I always equate to dirt. Dirt tea, mmmmmmm! After the alkaline washes away, I am greeted by some heat and the flavor of fruit. Over all, it was a let down. I might try adding some creamer to see if that helps with the dirt, but I’m worried that it will tame down the chili which was the selling factor for me. :/

Preparation
Iced
juliebeth

oh that stinks. this one has tempted me, as well. maybe i’ll pass…

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drank Irish Breakfast by Trader Joe's
32 tasting notes

Very, very bitter, even for a black tea. Also makes me way too jittery to drink regularly, even though I can handle many other black teas.

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drank Candy Cane Green Tea by Trader Joe's
32 tasting notes

An excellent, soothing winter time tea. It really does taste like a candy cane in tea format – very little green tea taste present, which is fine with me in this case.

I always stock up on this when the winter season rolls around at Trader Joe’s, since it’s not sold during the rest of the year. Great tea for a calm December evening or a rainy day!

Flavors: Peppermint

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You can not really taste white tea in this blend, but I love the spicy ginger. I’m not tasting pear but there is a certain sweetness which goes well in this blend because it counters the spicy flavour a bit.

Flavors: Fruity, Ginger, Spicy, Sweet

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Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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This is my standby decaf black tea. i often brew a bag of this combined with a bag of something caffeinated because I like my tea fairly strong but can’t have the caffeine. It’s solid, unremarkable, great value.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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80

I want this to taste more like Adagio’s Peppermint Stick tea they had once upon a time. But without that comparison, this stands well on its own.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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100

A favorite. It’s seasonal, and thankfully I have a few boxes in my cupboard because I know better this year. The cinnamon could be more pronounced.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 0 OZ / 0 ML

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77

Black ,smooth, and rich in flavor and can drink at night!

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50

Lovely pear fragrance and subtle pear flavor but not nearly enough ginger for my liking – I love my ginger!

Flavors: Floral, Pear

Katie

I wonder what would happen if you steeped a piece of crystallized ginger with the tea?

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drank Peppermint by Trader Joe's
1 tasting notes

Calming and smells great. Good tea if you want to warm up, relax or have a sore throat.

Flavors: Peppermint

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Juts got this tea on a wimp adventure to trader joes. I fell that the pomegranate is overwhelming and its killing the softness of a white tea, but i love it. I prefer softer notes of white teas when drinking it hot. But man this make a great iced tea!

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