Good Earth

Edit Company

Recent Tasting Notes

90

This tea was a favorite years ago. 30 years ago I was served this when I was staying with a friend in Minneapolis. At that point in my life I wasn’t much of a tea drinker. Probably because to me, tea was Lipton. I’m sure there are plenty of people who enjoy LIpton, but to me it is bitter and astringent. So this herbal tea came as a pleasant surprise.

Yesterday I did my grocery shopping and I saw this tea was on sale for $2.19 a box. I completely ignored my vow to buy no more tea and put a box in my cart. Last night I brewed a cup. Ah. Just as cinnamon-red-hot-candy as I remembered. I just really like this tea.

Flavors: Cinnamon

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

drank Matcha Maker by Good Earth
360 tasting notes

This tea smelled pretty awesome. I didn’t expect it to be so sweet, so I added sugar. I wish I hadn’t. Boy was it too sweet. The flavor was light and kind of like creamy orange and not very green tea-ish. There was a strange artificial flavor at the end of the sip. I will wait to leave a numerical rating until I can try this tea again. Maybe brewed for a shorter time without sugar, it would be decent. The way I made it, though, I had to pour it out. The flavor had pleasant elements for sure. I look forward to trying it again!

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

61
drank Sweet & Spicy by Good Earth
462 tasting notes

I like this caffeine-free blend a lot more than the Sweet & Spicy Good Night. In that blend, I don’t think I like the mix of dragonfruit flavoring with that strong Big Red cinnamon flavor that’s also present in this tea. This one is also not nearly as drying even with a longer steep time.

Sweet and cinnamon spicy. As for the other ingredients, I can’t pick up on them individually probably because they’re overridden by the cinnamon flavor. Regardless, they seem well blended. This tea is a lot like Celestial Seasoning’s Bengal Spice but tastes… deeper? and fresher.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML
Lexie Aleah

Agreed! I don’t like the dragonfruit + cinnamon combo as much as this one either.

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

92
& Spicy by Good Earth

This is by far my favorite tea. I usually make this at least once a day. Initial sweet taste of cinnamon followed by a nice warming aftertaste.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Spicy, Sweet

Flavors: Cinnamon, Orange, Spicy, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

91

I’ve had expensive Assam and I’ve had…well, this offering from Good Earth. I rescued a tin of this loose leaf tea from a clearance rack as I wandered the aisles at Sprouts. Pretty much everything else I’ve seen from Good Earth is some wildly exotic or flavored blend. Maybe that’s why it didn’t sell at full price. It’s tea. Actual tea. And it’s good.

I’m a fan of Assam tea to begin with, and this is surprisingly smooth and sweeter than some I have in the cupboard. Just enough of a malty edge to remind you it’s from Assam, this organic tea is one I’ll replace when it’s gone. At full price if necessary.

Flavors: Dates, Honey, Malt

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
ashmanra

Good to see you here again! And good tea on clearance? Bonus bonus bonus!

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

36

Bag and brewed, it smells like Big Red chewing gum, so like serious cinnamon flavor. On the sip, it’s a good light level of sweetness with apple-cinnamon but then it finishes pure Big Red and drying. My tongue feels weird. I guess I can taste the dragonfruit flavoring. To me, that’s not something you’d mix with this level of cinnamon since fresh dragonfruit tastes to me like an incredibly light and delicate pear. Part of me likes this tea because of the flavor profile. The other part says wtf because it makes me think of drinking liquid potpourri or a Yankee candle. My uncle loves it with half a teaspoon of honey, though.

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

Interesting. A friend gave me some of the regular Good Earth Sweet & Spicy a while back (tastes like cinnamon red hots). I believe I’d like this combo a little better. Will be watching for it locally.

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

15

This tea was alright, I did not taste many different notes and it seemed somewhat flat to me. I will try others from the brand, just was not the biggest fan of this one.

Flavors: Berry

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 45 sec 3 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

97

This is one of my very favorite teas to drink when the weather is becoming colder, when there’s a nip of winter in the air. I love the full bodied aroma that pours out of this in the tea cup, people can smell this as they walk by, and the aroma is too good for people to NOT comment on. This is an outstanding blend. I truly LOVE this one!

I wish that it didn’t have bleached tea bags though, would probably drink this more knowing that it was healthier without a bleached tea bag.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Orange, Spicy, Sweet

ArtzGirl8

Since finding out that Tumeric and Ginger are good for your health, I’ve been steeping this with the Trader Joe’s Organic Ginger Turmeric Herbal Tea. This doesn’t change the original flavor very much, but adds some health benefits. Google Tumeric and Ginger – and you’ll quickly see why I add this to the blend!

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

60

This tea was drinkable but to me it was sweet in an off-putting way

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

71
drank Matcha Maker by Good Earth
328 tasting notes

Got this at a coffee shop thinking it was regular matcha and was worried when I saw it had citrus since I don’t like citrus. Although I was pleasantly surprised. I like a few of the other teas this brand has to offer and actually enjoy stevia sweetened teas unlike most people.

Tasting:
-It smells very creamy and orange-y quite reminiscent from my childhood but I cannot place my finger on it . Also the smell reminds me of orange dreamsicle bars and the flavor comes through as that also. I’m mainly just getting sweetness creaminess and light notes of orange. I’m going to have to try this another time with less water and as a latte Yum!.

Flavors: Creamy, Orange, Sweet, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 15 OZ / 443 ML

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

95

This is by far my favorite tea! It was the first I bought when trying to get into tea. The smells of the spices are intense, and fantastic! When brewed hot for over 3 minutes, the spices and the sugar come out in unison, and make the end result taste like a spiced sweet tea!

Flavors: Cinnamon, Spices

Preparation
5 min, 45 sec 5 g 12 OZ / 354 ML

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

90

If you like cinnamon flavored teas, this is one of my favorites. Strong cinnamon smell and flavor but not so much that I find it overpowering. It requires no additional sweeteners to enhance its flavor, which is a big plus with any tea for me.

I particularly enjoy a cup of this tea in the evening before bed or when sitting around the camp fire.

One of my go-to teas that I can pick up for about 3 bucks from Walmart.

Flavors: Cinnamon

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

20
drank citrus kiss by Good Earth
342 tasting notes

Backlog

I forgot to take tea to work on Monday, so I had to make due with what was in the break room. I found that someone had been adding new teas (other than Lipton) to the tea basket in the break room. I figured that this would be better than that…..WRONG. It was unnaturally sweet & tart. I threw the cup out & had eventually gone to the gas station down from my job for a cuppa coffee (which ultimately was better than the tea).

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

93
drank Sweet & Spicy by Good Earth
111 tasting notes

I received this Good Earth Sweet & Spicy herbal tea as a Christmas gift for Christmas 2016. Teabags were sealed, but I could smell an intense sweet cinnamon aroma through the foil wrapper. :-) Each teabag has a quote on the tag, which makes for a more interesting tea experience right out of the gate. My first cup was sampled without knowing all the ingredients.

Ingredients:

Rooibos, chicory root, natural flavor, rosehip, cinnamon, lemongrass, peppermint, chamomile, ginger root, anise seed, orange oil, orange peel.

“For the concert of life, no one receives a program.” —Dutch Proverb

Once opened, the aroma permeated my nose and the kitchen immediately! Seriously, what an Amazing Cinnamon Aroma!! There is no way I could discern all the ingredients, but in the dry bag I did smell the cinnamon right away, followed by peppermint. What was that third main ingredient? YES!! Chicory, that’s it! In the wet leaves I mainly smelled cinnamon & chicory, with a lesser peppermint presence. Cup aroma was quite refreshing with a real sweetness, and a strong burst of cinnamon, mixing very well with the chicory root. The mint was swallowed by the other two aromas, and was barely—if at all—noticeable. My palate came alive with an intense cinnamon flavor!! WOW!! What a spicy kick! :D The chicory root was right along in flavorful tandem with the cinnamon! The mint was only slightly noticeable at the back of my tongue after swishing the tea and inhaling oxygen. After swallowing, the cinnamon & chicory rose up & clung to the back of my tongue and throat for several minutes!

“Every now and then, bite off more than you can chew.” —Kobi Yamada

I had a second cup on January 24—my Godchild Chloe’s 15th Birthday!! :D Roughly 8 oz of water, at 195 degrees, for 3.5 minutes. After reading the ingredients, the dry bag aromas changed somewhat, but these aromas were true to what I smelled. Intense cinnamon & chicory root, and YES, definitely the rosehips came through—neck & neck with the chicory, while the mint & lemongrass honestly seemed shy, thus taking a back seat. Similar sensory observations in the wet leaf aromas were noted, which were less intense all around compared to the dry leaf. Cup aromas are lively cinnamon & chicory root, as well as rosehips, while the mint was drowned out by the other three scents. Cup color was also hued a pleasant red—reddish brown. The tea’s flavor profile exhibited similar intensities (as in cup #1) on my palate and at the back of my tongue/throat. The rosehips definitely played on my palate as well, lightly taming the vigor of the cinnamon & chicory, and added a sweet smoothing aspect to the tea experience.

Good Earth Sweet & Spicy herbal tea, is definitely very flavorful & delicious!! A definite Christmas tea in the future. It is so flavorful, I could drink it anytime! Quite possibly the best herbal tea I’ve tasted—I really do like spicy teas. :-) I’m sure Chloe would appreciate this tea as well. :-)

Cupped: Tuesday, January 10 & 24, 2017. Reviewed: Sunday, January 29, 2017.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML
gmathis

Friend gave me a box of this. It has some oomph, doesn’t it?

Amie

Sweet & Spicy is one of my favorite teas of all time!! Glad to see another person discovering it’s awesomeness!!

ScottTeaMan

Yeah, it’s so delicious Amie! I wish I had more of it. :D

ScottTeaMan

Yes gmathis! Did you like it?

gmathis

I do. First time I tried it I was away from home, stuck with hotel (blech) water, and it was even tasty then. I could stand a little less sweetness but that’s a personal preference rather than a flaw with the tea.

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

drank Starry Chai by Good Earth
2107 tasting notes

I think this was a share from tea buddy K S a while back. Drank a celebratory cup after restoring the living room to (sort of) order, tree down, tringlings and trapplings up for another year.

Cherry with chai is an interesting concept.

My general beef with chai is that folks cardamom it to death, and it ends up tasting like somebody just dumped the contents of their spice rack into a cup. In this case, Good Earth was light on the cardy, light-ish on the cherry, and generous with good old gentle cinnamon. Took it without milk, and it didn’t need any. Would try this one again.

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

40
drank Matcha Maker by Good Earth
389 tasting notes

Disappointment, This is a GREEN TEA But Not a MATCHA, Flavor is Distracted by STEVIA Sweetner.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 12 OZ / 354 ML

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

10

This is like an orange caught on fire and someone dumped a cinnamon-licorice mint julep on it to put it out. The friend who gave this to me is a horrible monster.

THAT SAID
I am sending a sample of this to mtchyg because I am essentially his sassy and difficult little sister. “HERE TRY THIS HORRIBLE THING” is frequently my approach to our friendship.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Citrus, Mint

mtchyg

How did I not see this until now!? AWWW you ARE my little tea sister. I miss you. Where are you?

mtchyg

And challenge accepted. I will take this tea

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

This is a tea bag that was included with my Christmas card from K S. Thank you, K S!

I have looked up and added the ingredients to the description for a special reason.

First, when I tasted this tea it reminded me very strongly of Harney and Sons Hot Cinnamon Spice tea, but wasn’t exactly the same. I had expected it to taste like Constant Comment. Since I couldn’t quite put a finger on what was different, I googled the ingredients. They were not listed on the pouch the bag came in.

In googling it, I found an article about how natural flavor in the ingredient list can mean something we don’t really consider to be natural. They specified this tea as an example and said the company was not forthcoming when they pressed for details about the flavors and how they are made and where they come from, and the article then listed a whole lot of companies that use “natural flavors”, with most of the biggies being in that list, including Teavana. There were only a few companies that use only all natural ingredients.

I do not refute that there is some stuff going in our foods that shouldn’t be there, and I do not take issue with this person’s concerns. We NEED to be informed about our food supply! Read the article. It is worth a read.

What I disagree with was their belief that something was “up”, shall we say, for this tea to be so sweet without sugar. Thanks to Harney and Sons HCS and Penzey’s Cinnamon Blend, I can tell you that when you put the right cinnamons together, you get a super sweet tasting final product.

I did not leave the bag in my cup. I used boiling and gave it close to four minutes steep. While the cinnamon was on top, the ginger was right there blasting away. It added a ton of sweetness in my opinion. Ginger is usually hot to me, and I avoid things that contain a lot of ginger because I don’t like the heat. I can take it and even enjoy it in small amounts. But something about the synergy of this cinnamon with all those herbs and the blast of ginger made me really, really enjoy this cuppa.

I don’t do bagged tea, but if I had to take tea bags with me somewhere, this would probably be one of them.

K S

The complete ingredient list as furnished on the box read: Black tea, natural flavor, rosehip, lemongrass, cinnamon, chamomile, peppermint, jasmine green tea, anise seed, ginger root, orange peel, orange oil.

I don’t catch half the ingredients but enjoyed what I did detect. I immediately thought of Hot Cinnamon Spice as well, and am equally baffled at the sweetness of both.

S.G. Sanders

I knew about Teavana….considering I worked there for 2 years!

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

90
drank Sweet Chai Of Mine by Good Earth
11 tasting notes

My current favorite supermarket chai, wonderful with a bit of milk. And the teabag smells like cookies to me right out of the wrapper.

Flavors: Butter, Cinnamon, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

drank Sweet & Spicy by Good Earth
1719 tasting notes

This is a flavored rooibos herbal in a bag. The first thing I noticed when tasting is the lack of that harsh scratchy woody rooibos taste. I don’t even smell it. I like that. It tastes predominantly of cinnamon. What little (by my standards) heat I catch I think is the ginger grabbing as the cinnamon passes by. There is orange, chamomile, and anise that add sweetness without calling much attention to themselves. The lemongrass is more fill in than a real note. I thought it was a fun cup

Dad is coming home today so thanks all for the prayers and support.

mrmopar

Good to hear!

tigress_al

Great news!

ashmanra

I had missed this note! Good news! Also, did the rooibos not have that Robitussin taste? I don’t get woody notes from it, I get cough syrup!

K S

Rooibos is a flavor I usually can’t find words to describe. I can see the cough syrup analogy. To me, worse case, it is more like drinking cherry wood sawdust. Here I honestly don’t taste it at all. They have two versions – this one is decaf, the other, if I recall correctly, is black tea based. The taste is similar but different with each.

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

10
drank Tropical Rush by Good Earth
28 tasting notes

Yuck! The first few sips tasted lightly of tropical fruit, but after that my tongue felt coated in licorice. Only drank about half the cup and dumped the rest. I had to eat an Altoids mint to get the thick, heavy layer of licorice out of my mouth. Licorice isn’t a tropical fruit flavor! Why is that even in there?

Flavors: Licorice

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

80
drank Sweet & Spicy by Good Earth
28 tasting notes

My sister gave me a bag of this and there were no instructions on it so I didn’t know how long to steep. It was very strong! I would probably add some extra water next time or steep it for a short time. I’ll have to try it again once I have the right directions.

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

drank Mango Me Crazy by Good Earth
1719 tasting notes

As you may or may not be aware, I battle with respiratory issues. Well, during Thanksgiving my niece had a scented candle burning. It was a light cinnamon something and quite pleasant. Until I got up the next morning. I had a major flare up. Fought it with lots of drugs and anti-biotics. Was feeling pretty good until yesterday. We plugged in a couple air freshener night lights, and a few hours later I could feel it clogging up the lungs. So back on the drugs. I am telling you this so as you gather with family this holiday season that you might think twice before lighting that candle or setting out that potpourri if one of your guests has a weakened system or has asthma.

Anyway, this tea – from a bag. Smells pretty inviting. I have no idea what an actual mango smells like (I’ve led such a sheltered culinary life). This reminds me of peaches but more prickly and with some tartness. If that’s mango, then nailed it. Don’t read the list of ingredients or you’ll just go eeeewwww. OK I’ll tell you – hibiscus, rosehips, and chamomile are in there as well as stevia. (All together now – eeeewwww) The however is that it works here. What I taste is that sweet fruity tartness. It is actually pretty enjoyable. My only complaint is the bitterness in the aftertaste from the stevia. On the other hand, I think it is there to complete the tartness/sweet of the fruit flavor. I would like to try it without the stevia and see for myself if it is necessary.

tigress_al

My daughter has fairly bad eczema and it really flares up around heavily scented products like this as well. People (me included) sometimes don’t realize how sensitive people can be. Thanks for reminding people!
Glad you are feeling better!

K S

Thanks for sharing tigress_al. I learned something. Perfume smells don’t bother me personally. It is the oil or waxiness that gets me.

Maddy Barone

It’s especially hard for me because I can’t smell. I have no idea what it is that causes my asthma to kick in. But there are some sections of crafts stores that I’ve learned to avoid. Hope you’re feeling better soon, KS.

K S

Maddy, I can’t even imagine. I’m not good at avoiding the triggers and I can smell them.

Kristal

My mom is allergic to strong scents, so I hear you!

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

drank Wild Chaild by Good Earth
1719 tasting notes

Chai and I are just casual friends. I don’t dislike it. I just never crave it. I have finally come to the conclusion it is because I can’t taste the black tea base. If they left it out, I’m not sure I could tell.

That said, I emptied the cup pretty quickly. The biggest flaw is it contains stevia. It isn’t overly sweet, especially for chai, but enough so as too make adding my preferred sweetener problematic. On the positive side the flavors are all well balanced. The aroma is cinnamon, clove, and cardamon. The taste begins more cardamon, then drifts towards but doesn’t reach banana. Banana? Neat twist. Then things straighten back to a cinnamon, pepper, and ginger end. I do catch faint banana in the aftertaste. I did not catch caramel as promised. Maybe had I added milk. If you let the cup get cool, there are notes of star anise. I did not notice it while hot, but then I like the flavor. If I were a hater it might jump out more.

For chai, not shabby.

Login or sign up to leave a comment.