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drank Egyptian Licorice by Yogi Tea
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The idea of a licorice tea has been buzzing around in my head for a while now, and I’ve been hesitant to try it because I despise licorice. But today I finally decided to try it. I think my sore throat, coupled with the fact that I’ve been reading up about how ridiculously beneficial to your health it is, pushed me to do it.

The dry bag smells like roots and earth- very similar to Yogi’s Detox blend, which contains dandelion root. No dandelion here, but I’m starting to think that maybe there’s a “rooty” smell.

Sipping… Actually, not bad. It tastes like the dandelion root too. The cinnamon and orange peel make it very sweet. It gives off a pleasant, warm aroma.

I think I can tolerate this for the sake of my health.

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drank Huang Shan Mao Feng by Dobra Tea
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Mmmmmm…. I’m glad I have a lot of this, even though it’s old. It’s light, it’s full of umami, and it’s soothing to my sore throat. Ideal for the first day of spring. :)

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drank Original Blend by Red Rose
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Continuing with my simplicity kick…

I think people like this tea for the memories it brings back, more than for its taste. It’s really just a very simple orange pekoe ceylon tea, no surprises. But it carries with it a certain personal history… My grandmother used to drink it. My best friend and my boyfriend each have a big collection of the little figurines, so I know someone in their lives drank it too.

The company wants to have that kind of legacy, I believe. The box invites me to “share my favorite Red Rose memory” on their website.

Funny how a low price (cheaper even than Lipton in some places) and a little clay figure have the power to touch so many lives.

I thoroughly enjoyed two cups of this tea today, not for the taste, but for the places they brought me mentally and emotionally.

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drank Decaffeinated Hot Tea by Lipton
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Some days, a cup of regular-old, commercial, Rainforest Alliance Certified, nearly-ubiquitous, and dirt-cheap Lipton black tea with nothing added (not even caffeine) will suffice.

There’s something to be said for simplicity, I believe.


I agree. It’s not a revelation in a cup, but as an act of desperation, it’s fine. :)


Yes! Exactly :D

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drank Passion Berry Jolt by Tiesta Tea
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Only tried a sip of this one from my boyfriend’s cup, but I liked it! I mostly tasted the black tea base at first, with just a dash of the raspberry. But after I swallowed it, the other berry and floral notes came to life! It brought a smile to my face. Must steal some from him the next opportunity I get.

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Had this one with dinner in a restaurant tonight. It was actually pretty decent. Better than Lipton, but not quite at the Stash or Twinings level as far as commercial bagged black teas go. It was smooth and full-bodied, with a surprisingly thick mouth feel.

Pretty okay with me!

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Oh, my goodness! Easily my new favorite bergamot blend! The lavender and vanilla round out the sharpness of the bergamot without diminishing it, and the black tea base has the perfect amount of presence! This by far and away outstrips any Earl Grey I’ve tried thus far. Seriously.

Good on you, Stash! A+

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Kombucha and ginger were a match made in heaven! I thoroughly enjoyed this one. The fresh pear note in the aftertaste was extremely refreshing.

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The friend who bought this box doesn’t like tea, and only bought it because she was responsible for snack for a meeting, so she gave me the leftovers. So I’m giving it another try before I give up entirely on it.

I have discovered that it wasn’t rooibos I was tasting with the first cup- it was hibiscus. This makes it even harder to love, but I tried steeping it for longer, and that works a little better. Eventually, the metallic, bitter taste of the hibiscus fades into the background.

The pomegranate is SUPER strong. While it steeps, it gives off an extremely strong, sweet smell reminiscent of bubblegum toothpaste. With a hint of earth. Ughhhhh….

Sipping… the Tulsi is more prevalent in the actual taste than the smell suggests, but the super-sweet pomegranate is definitely the primary note.

I think the elderberry only adds to the sicky-sweetness of the pomegranate, and the green tea gives the mouthfeel a little more richness. Tulsi tends to be pretty thin on its own.

The nasty bubblegum-toothpaste flavor lingers in the aftertaste.
Nope, this is still a pass for me. Blech.

175 °F / 79 °C 6 min, 15 sec

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This one kinda sucks…

It smells fruity, but it tastes almost exclusively like rooibos and not much else. I’m not even entirely sure if there’s rooibos in it, which is the ultra-sucky part.

My friend bought a box of this stuff. I’m glad I didn’t waste my money on it.

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Hello! I’m a recent college graduate, trying to find my way in the world. I love literature, politics, and tea. I work in the Information Technology field.

Favorites: Black, oolong, and rooibos. Blends that are vanilla, chocolate, nutty, or dessert-like are especially appealing to me.

I like green teas as long as they are blended with fruit and/ or spices, and I LOVE them when they’re floral.

I have a love-hate relationship with kombucha, and I’m very picky about my chai- It has to have a high-quality black tea base and be heavy on the cinnamon and light on the nutmeg. Also iffy about mate and herbal teas in general, although chamomile and I are usually on speaking terms.

Dislikes: White tea, unflavored green teas, honeybush, fruity herbals, hibiscus in high quantities, plain peppermint. (Although I am not opposed to trying blends that cross into these neighborhoods if they come from reputable companies.)

I’m not a swapper, but I hope we can still be friends :)

90-100: Perfection and heaven and magic, all in one cup.

70-89: Good.

50-69: Meh.

49 and below: Blerg.


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