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From TTB 2019/2020.

I normally steer clear of hibiscus, especially when hot, but this seemed like a good tea for nighttime. First thoughts were hot strawberry jello, but drinking it it’s really not at all like jello. The hibiscus isn’t tart like I expected and it almost has a strawberry candy flavor. This might be really nice iced. I think hibiscus is much more refreshing when iced anyway. On the whole, I would return to this for a nice cup of herbal tea.

Flavors: Candy, Strawberry

Boiling 8 min or more 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I got a box of this at Walmart for $2, not expecting too much. The flavor is very lightly strawberry. The hibiscus doesn’t take over. I use four bags for a pitcher of tea and drink it cold. It’s a bit weak and fake, but not bad.

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I didn’t have much expectation regarding this tea as I bought it on impulse from Walmart. I found myself pleasantly surprised that Great Value put forth a reasonable bagged tea. It’s nothing stellar but it does hit the sweet notes I was hoping for without any sugar (substitute). Adding a bit of sugar draws out the strawberry and cherry notes even more. It doesn’t take much so go light.

I’ve only tried it as a hot brew so I can’t speak for how the flavor carries as a cold brew, but it has a nice scent followed by a flavor that carries through. For a couple dollars this is going to make my rotations of evening bagged teas I keep on hand for when I’m too lazy to break out a loose leaf option.

Flavors: Fruity, Strawberry, Sweet

Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Chamomile Herbal by Great Value
52 tasting notes

Not a huge fan of this tea. There’s just something kind of “off” about the flavor. Granted this is my first time trying chamomile tea, so maybe it’s just not my thing.

Flavors: Flowers

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drank Black Tea by Great Value
4 tasting notes

As a college kid looking for some super-cheap tea, I grabbed this off the Wal-Mart shelf. It’s a very unobjectionable standard – setter that I enjoy quite a lot when I need the caffeine! Great value and does the job well.

Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Orange Pekoe by Great Value
1 tasting notes

perfect everyday tea, I always have this stocked up in my house. great tea at an awesome price.

185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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drank Orange Pekoe by Great Value
90 tasting notes

For some reason, my whole town ran out of tea — Tetley, Lipton, Red Rose, Twinings, Tazo, and even the ever-present Stash. With our tea stash withered down to herbals and greens, my family got desperate and decided to get a box of Great Value from Walmart.

To be honest, it’s not that bad. Good for mornings when you don’t have time for loose-leaf, and ok for iced tea. Lots of tea dust, though, and my mother didn’t like the aftertaste. If there’s ever another tea shortage in my area, I wouldn’t mind picking up another box — but only if it’s the last choice.

205 °F / 96 °C

A town that runs out of tea… shudder


…It was eerie, like the Twilight Zone.


We are discovering that most Great Value stuff is decent and comparable to brand names. Haven’t tried the tea, but when it’s time to stock up on cheapies for sun tea and eye compresses, I’ll remember your thumbs up.


gmathis, I’d consider it pretty comparable to Lipton or Red Rose — I haven’t tried it as iced tea, but I would think it would be ok. Just be careful about tea dust…

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By “Great Value” they mean CHEAP. It’s tea dust mostly. Stems included. If you steep it long enough, you can actually taste the Assam character but you also run the risk of enhancing the bitterness of the stem fannings. Still, this tea is better than Lipton. I picked it up at Wal-Mart. 100 bags for $3.26 US.

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