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This was the first tea offering I sipped at the tea exchange. It was pleasantly cinnamon heavy. It reminded me of Snickerdoodles with the splash of sugary flavors in the cup. I traded a bunch of samples from my stash at home for teas I’ve never tried nor heard of (mostly bags). I figured while I try to avoid any discrimination with tea bags, I make any opportunity to share loose leaf with the world, whenever the opportunity arises.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Sweet

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Choice number two from the tea table at the Bowls for BrainPower event. Cardboard. Plain cereal. Very boring. Astringent. Blah.

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drank Earl Grey by Benner Tea
1269 tasting notes

Color me surprised. At our Bowls for BrainPower Power event to help feed kids. Instead of a coffee table they have a tea table! It’s just tea bags. Only two types. But it’s tea! So of course. I had to try some. Never heard of this brand. Not impressed with the plastic on the outside of each of the bags. The teabag looks okay. The aroma is decent. The wet leaf is CTC so nothing impressive. I’m assuming it’s not true bergamot oil. The astringency is puckering and not entirely pleasant. Flavor overall is decent. Drinkable but not something I would seek out to buy.

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Received one tea bag of this tea from postcrossing, from Chicago.

It is nothing much worth writing about. Cheap green tea with dirty taste, and mostly hay. Lemon, well, there are some sour notes, but it reminds me rather lemongrass only and ginseng? Not at all I guess.

I don’t know how old it is but I hope it is not terribly old, but it is pretty much boring.

Flavors: Dirt, Hay, Lemongrass

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec 10 OZ / 300 ML

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This tea is good value for the money. Aldi sells it, it’s very nicely packaged (each bag is contained in its own clear cello packet), and the price for 20 bags is less than $1.30. The green tea is light, as is the lemon flavor. There’s a certain astringent quality to it (the ginseng?), but not too objectionable. I prefer using a bag of this to boost a mix of herbal teas together.

Flavors: Lemon

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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This tea is just “okay” as a generic tea. It costs $2 (in 2014) for a bag of 100 tea bags, so it’s not too bad for people who are not tea aficionados.

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This is the other green tea available at Aldi. I like it, and at $1.19 for a box of 20, that’s an achievement. Unlike the regular green tea, this one is a lot more sensitive to steep time. I would not recommend going past 1-2 minutes, the lemon peel tends to get a bit bitter beyond that point. High marks for value. If you’re looking for value, this is a good pick. I drink this at work daily.

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drank Green Tea by Benner Tea
10 tasting notes

I’m giving this tea full marks due to its value. It’s an Aldi tea, $1.19 for a box of 20. I’ve always been a loose tea fan, but I switched to bags for work, as it’s far more convenient. I tried several upscale bags, then picked up a pack of this stuff when I was at Aldi. It tastes just fine to me. I’ve tried other brands of bagged green tea, they all seem to taste the same. For $1.19, I’ll be drinking this for a while. It doesn’t seem to be vulnerable to overbrewing, either. It’s $1.19, if you’re curious, give it a shot.

Preparation
0 OZ / 0 ML

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This tea smells quite fishy. Low level of lemon flavoring. I truly can’t recommend it.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 15 sec

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excellent basic tea

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 4 min, 0 sec
DANIEL JAMES FREBURG

Saturday mid-morning Tea…. during a typical Midwest Illinois Fall season !

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I can not find this anymore! I found few bags in my friends house, and we enjoyed it together. It was always the first flavor gone when I went to by it at ALDI. I cannot be alone! I would love for them to find it again! The best, with the second best being Panara’s green tea.

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drank Orange Pekoe by Benner Tea
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I give this tea on the high end of pretty good, preference definitly as ice tea with a bit of lemon added. It also keeps well on the stomach. I was very sick recently with the flu. I could not eat anything for 10 days, i started drinking the tea hot, it really did help me back up, nothing else would stay down but this tea( i tried others, the name brands, they were either too harsh with flavors, strong, airomatic, this one did it for me).

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I have tried this a few times and it was just average in my opinion.

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A review of Green Tea lemon & Ginseng by Benner

Company: Benner

Tea Name: Green Tea Lemon & Ginseng
Tea Type/Varietal: green
Region: China
Steeping Vessel/Amt Leaf: tea bag/ cup
Liquor Color: lightest brown
Leaf Characteristic:

Steeping:

1st Steeping:
Water Temp: 190
Time: 3 minutes
This green tea that I fixed for myself has a lovely mixture of lemon and ginseng. It is evenly distributed in my cup of tea. The tea has no astringent since the lemon and ginseng seems to soften the tea while giving it that extra kick or do I mean zestfulness? It is yummy and good for me since it is a natural source of antioxidants.

Overall tasting notes: This is a delicate and refreshing cup of tea. I find the lemon and ginseng to be evenly distributed making for a very smooth cup of tea.

Classification: Year, and region of production; Product of China

Cup’s characteristic: green tea with hint of lemon; smooth and refreshing

Liquor color: lightest brown

Taste: smooth lemony taste

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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A review of Green Tea with Lemon & Ginseng by Benner

Company: Benner
Tea Name: Green Tea with Lemon & Ginseng
Tea Type/Varietal:
Region: China
Steeping Vessel/Amt Leaf:
Liquor Color: light brown
Leaf Characteristic:

Steeping:

1st Steeping:
Water Temp: 190
Time: 3 minutes
I treat this tea mildly and I am not sure why. I mean I don’t allow the water to come fully boiled and to have this tea nicely hot as I tend to prefer my cups of tea.

While the tea is seemingly warmly hot, the lemon and ginseng do blend quite nicely in my cup. It is zestful like and at times I can discern the lemon from the ginseng and this makes for not having the tea as hotly as I can tolerate it.

2nd Steeping:
Water Temp: 190
Time: 2 minutes
Resulting second cup of tea is same; it is mildly lemon tea with hints of the ginseng and the astringency is not as prevalent as that of their plainly green tea.

Overall tasting notes: A good cup of zestfully clean and fresh cup of tea with hints of ginseng.

Classification: Year, and region of production; Product of China

Cup’s characteristic: green tea with little to no astringency

Liquor color: light brown

Taste: zestfully clean cup of green tea with ginseng and lemon; the lemon is more noticeable.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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A review of Green Tea by Benner

Company: Benner
Tea Name: Green Tea
Tea Type/Varietal: green
Region: China
Steeping Vessel/Amt Leaf: tea bag/ cup
Liquor Color: light brown
Leaf Characteristic:

Steeping:

1st Steeping:
Water Temp: 195
Time: 3 minutes
I bring fresh cold water to a rolling boil and left to cool slightly (about 1 minute); I take one tea bag and put this in my tea mug. Adding the water to my cup, I leave it to steep for a few minutes.

This tea smells strongly and when tasted it is mildly astringent. I mean I know that I am a cup of green tea. It is not bitter but close enough.

Overall tasting notes: A delicate and refreshing cup of green tea that is mildly astringent as it is fresh in taste.

Classification: Year, and region of production; Product of China

Cup’s characteristic: green tea for a clean palette

Liquor color: light brown

Taste: refreshingly light with mild astringency; slight tingling on the palette.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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A review of Green Tea by Benner

Company: Benner
Tea Name: Green Tea
Tea Type/Varietal: green
Region: China
Steeping Vessel/Amt Leaf: cup/ tea bag
Liquor Color: light brown
Leaf Characteristic:

Steeping:

1st Steeping:
Water Temp: 190
Time: 2 minutes
I purchased this tea while doing grocery shopping at ALDI’s Food Market. They have begun to carry teas other than bottled or Arizona iced tea.
The price is right and the box depicts a lovely tea to be enjoyed, so I purchased it. The tea bags are individually wrapped in plastic. I take one of string tea bag and put this in my cup and adding the boiled water to my cup, leaving it to steep for a few minutes.

Tea’s color is lightly brownish and smells of green tea and when I sip of the tea, it is mildly astringent. I can honestly say that at times I miss and enjoy this flavoring when I come upon it.
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2nd Steeping:
Water Temp: 190
Time: 3 minutes
I steep the tea longer with same boiled water and it smells freshly of the green leaves in the tea bag. I like the teas’ aroma and coloring I can honestly say that this is indeed refreshing; as it taste crisp with a mild astringent.

Overall tasting notes: This tea is crisp and a freshly cup of green tea that is mildly astringent. With longer steeps the astringency is more noticeable.

Classification: Year, and region of production; product of China

Cup’s characteristic: fresh and clean cup of green tea

Liquor color: light brown

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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