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drank Decaf Vanilla by Adagio Teas
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I think this is the first tea I’ve ever had that I was very on the fence about. On the one hand, this tea smells nice, like a mild, sugary vanilla. Drinking it though was somewhat disappointing. The black tea was definitely in the background, but the vanilla did a poor job of shining through.

Overall, the tea was very mellow and just a little dull. It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t great either. Maybe it would be better with sweetener and milk or cream, but I’ve yet to try that. I wouldn’t recommend this, but I would certainly suggest this to someone who is looking for something mildly sweet to sip after dinner or before bed.

Flavors: Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Rooibos Caramel by Adagio Teas
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This was my first loose leaf tea ever, as well as only my second taste of rooibos. The first was a very poor bagged tea, so how happy I was to find that it wasn’t rooibos that I found unpleasant but just the poor brand and quality of the previous tea.

Caramel is the dominant smell, but the taste is a wonderful combination of sweetness, caramel, and a hint of actual rooibos that I would liken to a good quality tobacco. It’s a heavy tea with a full flavor, which has been comforting during these colder months. I found that sugar wasn’t needed, as it was sweet on it’s own, but I think it’d be nice with a dash of milk or cream.

The only reason I didn’t rate this higher was because I found it almost too rich. One cup was enough for me, and I feel that this would be a “once in awhile” tea. If you really love caramel though, you may end up drinking this every day!

Flavors: Caramel, Rooibos, Tobacco

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Decaf Strawberry by Adagio Teas
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In my own experience, fruit teas are hit or miss. Some are great, some are horribly artificial. This tea happens to fall into the ‘amazingly great’ category.

Both the smell and the taste reminds me of strawberry candy, though neither are overpowering to the senses. Despite it being decaf, there is nothing off about the taste and no bitter aftertaste, as long as you don’t steep it too long.

When I first tried this tea, I loved it so much that I had to make another cup right away. It’s just a very good tea, and doesn’t even need sugar or milk to make it better. It’s great just as it is.

Even if you’re on the fence about fruit teas or worry that it’ll taste artificial, give this one a try.

Flavors: Strawberry

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Decaffeinated Chai by Twinings
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Earlier this month was the first time I’d ever had chai. I bought a small box of concentrated decaf chai latte made by Tazo. I had nothing to compare it to, but it was wonderful. When buying this box of chai tea, I thought I’d have a similar experience, especially considering that most Twinings teas are pretty good.

I tried not to expect much, because it is a decaffeinated tea after all, which can be pretty hit or miss, but despite this, I was still a little disappointed. Upon steeping, the smell was that of an overpowering artificial cinnamon. It reminded me a lot of Red Hots candy. To prepare it, I added 2 teaspoons of sugar and a dash of milk.

The taste with my additions was still much like Red Hots. There was also an artificial sweetness in the background as well. I couldn’t really taste the tea or any other flavors, save for a hint of cloves. I wasn’t so bothered that I couldn’t finish my cup, but I don’t think I will be buying this again once I’ve finished the box. I’m sure there are better decaf chai teas out there. Sadly, this one wasn’t as wonderful as I had hoped it’d be.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Cloves

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Cocoa Mint Maté by Tazo
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When I bought this tea, I didn’t really know what to expect, as I’ve never had yerba maté before. I was very surprised and happy at how wonderful this tea tasted though.

The smell as it’s steeping is a very mild but sweet. You automatically pick up a slight chocolate smell from the cocoa peels and a subtle mint underneath. The mint becomes much more apparent when you taste it though, and the cocoa becomes the more subtle ingredient. The mint leaves a burst of coolness on your tongue without being overpowering or bitter. The sweetness isn’t as apparent in taste as it is when it’s steeping.

I’m not sure how this yerba maté blend would compare to better quality yerba maté, but this is still a good tea and worth trying if you pass it in the store.

Flavors: Cocoa, Mint

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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With the colder weather coming, I’ve been in the mood for a mint tea. After trying Stash’s peppermint and feeling somewhat disappointed with the mildness of it, I decided to give this one a try. I’m a fan of Celestial Seasonings, so what could it hurt to try, right?

Upon opening the box, I was hit with the most wonderfully crisp, minty scent. I could barely wait to drink it! The taste of the tea was just as minty and cooling as it smelled. It was comforting and perfect for winter. As I sipped it, and even now, I can’t think of a bad thing to say about this tea. It’s really great, despite being a bagged grocery store tea.

If you’re looking for a strong, refreshing peppermint tea, definitely give this one a try! You won’t be disappointed.

Flavors: Peppermint

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Baked Cinnamon Apple by Tazo
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Finally! A cinnamon apple tea that doesn’t taste like chemicals! While it does taste a lot like cinnamon apple, the flavor is very light and nothing is overpowering about it, as you might find with some cinnamon teas. The aroma has a pleasant cinnamon-sweet smell. If you’re tired of cinnamon teas that taste artificial, I’d definitely recommend you give this one a try.

Flavors: Apple, Cinnamon

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Perfect Peach by Bigelow
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Being a huge fan of anything peach-flavored, I knew I had to try this as soon as I saw it in the store. I was a little worried though, as many peach-flavored teas tend to taste too artifical or overly floral.

As I unpackaged it and began to steep it, I noticed a very prominent peach smell. The color was a beautiful pink-orange that I couldn’t get enough of. At this point, I forgot all about my hesitation and was eager to try it. Unfortunately, my excitement was short-lived. I didn’t care for this tea hot at all. It was what I feared: artificial and overly floral.

Luckily, it tastes much better as an iced tea. The flavors become much more subtle and the peach flavor is able to properly shine through. This would be perfect on a hot summer day if you’re in the mood for something light and fruity.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Iced Passion Tea by Tazo
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With the rising spring temperatures, I’ve been in the mood for something other than my usual hot black tea. I spotted this at the store, and knowing that Tazo makes some amazing tea, decided on this one.

As it was steeping, I picked up on a fruity scent with a hint of cinnamon. The color is a gorgeous red like pomegranate or cranberry juice. As my cup cooled down, the cinnamon scent lifted a little and was replaced with a slight tartness. The hibiscus is very prominent in flavor but is balanced well with the tartness. It’s not too tart or fruity though. Everything blends together nicely.

I would definitely recommend this to anyone who is looking for a light tea for this spring and summer. This also seems like it’d be a good replacement for those wanting to cut back on fruit juices that are full of sugar and calories.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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