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drank Well Rested by Trader Joe's
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Lovely evening tea. I steep this hot and enjoy it with just a bit of organic agave nectar before bed most nights. This blend is balanced and refreshing; perfect accompaniment for winding down after the day. The mint is the most prominent flavour of the blend to me.

Flavors: Floral, Herbal, Mint

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 45 sec 10 OZ / 295 ML

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Honestly I was shocked that I even still had this – I stopped shopping at TJ’s early on in the pandemic so this has got to be at least three years old. I’ve switched over to Harney’s Pumpkin Spice Rooibos (which I’m pretty sure is the same tea that TJ’s sells). So when I went to go make my first PSL of the season, I wasn’t expecting to have a bonus sipdown opportunity.

This was one of the first blends that got me into tea to begin with, and I still enjoy it greatly. It’s a very mellow pumpkin spice blend while still having a very identifiable flavor profile. It takes oat milk very well, and I enjoy that I can have it any time because it’s a rooibos. Thankfully I still have a tin of the Harney loose leaf.

AJRimmer

It’s the same as Harney’s? I love the TJ one but didn’t love the Harney one, weird!

Kaylee

I can’t prove it’s the same but I’m pretty sure it’s the same! Weirdly, the Harney loose leaf and sachet versions taste different to me, though they almost certainly are not. My best guess is that it’s a question of the amount of leaf used – I have a habit of overleafing.

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drank Winter Wake Up by Trader Joe's
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Another cast off from a friend. I find TJ’s teas can be hit or miss in the same box. It was chilly this morning (62*) and a warm mug sounded good. Since my social media is complaining about pumpkin spice, I was thinking cinnamon and cloves might be nice this morning.
Sadly, this mug is a very lack luster mug of water. I do get a vague cinnamon flavor but that could just be because I am looking for it. I’ll be honest and have no clue as to how old these tea bags are. Since they aren’t on the shelves right now, I would guess, at a minimum, a year old But I also know from experience that TJ’s tea bags can vary widely in their blending. Perhaps the next one will be better or perhaps I’ll just use these for the kids and their desire to have a cup of tea with mom.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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This has a bit of a chemical flavor that I don’t love. I’m also not a fan of the white tea. I grabbed this from a TTB, and it’s definitely not one that I need to have again. The fruitiness does remind me somewhat of pomegranate, but it’s a bit tart, and the sharp perfumey flavor is too distracting.

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So, I just “discovered” this in the fridge (or my s/o did) – I had purchased it some time ago when I discovered it at Trader Joe’s & since I love green tea & pineapple together, I figured I needed to try this.

And – it’s OK. I don’t generally care for sparkling water. I find it a bit too bland and all that sparkle should not be so bland, you know? But here, the sparkling water works because there’s a good amount of flavor from the pineapple juice. I don’t taste a lot of anything that I’d recognize as green tea – maybe a hint now and then – that could be more of my wanting to taste green tea than it actually being there. But I definitely do taste pineapple juice – and I like pineapple juice so I’m not hating this. I don’t know if I’d buy this again – it’s not something that I’ll be heading out to Trader Joe’s to get more of tomorrow or anything, but if I happen to be at Trader Joe’s and I see it – I might put another one in my cart if the mood strikes me – but it’s not something I’ll hunt down.

This is my “tea that I’ve never tasted before” for August’s scavenger hunt.

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drank Winter Wake Up Tea by Trader Joe's
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I bought a box of this tea in January to have as a work tea, and I’m finishing it off today. Overall, I like this tea. The base tea is incredibly light. Light enough, in fact, that I often leave the tea bag in my mug throughout the day, and I’ve never had this tea tun bitter or coarse on me. The main flavor is cinnamon, but the ginger does make itself know here and there throughout the cup. Easy to sip, and a nice little pick-me-up in between helping patients.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Ginger

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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drank Well Rested by Trader Joe's
104 tasting notes

I had not noticed this at TJ’s in the past, so I snagged a box this week. Trader Joe’s teas can be hit or miss for me and I find them to be inconsistent from box to box. But I love TJs and am a sucker for picking up tea there to go with all the other snacks I shouldn’t be purchasing.

I had a mug after yoga and hoping for a good night sleep tonight. The primary flavor I taste is spearmint with a slight hint of floral. Not too bad. I’ll see how the other tea bags stand up.

Flavors: Floral, Spearmint

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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I finished a tin of this around eight years ago and have kept the adorable tin on my shelf ever since (currently filled with lavender). I was visiting family recently and was thrilled to see this same tin on their shelves, and it still had a few bags left in it! They use a tasty rooibos as a base, and the spices are mild, but pleasant. There’s a tiny bit of fruitiness from the pumpkin. It may be nostalgia, but I’ll always love this one!

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Saw an unsweetened ‘tea beverage’, decided to try. Chilled.

Smells cleaner-ish, like pithy grapefruit with a touch of mint. Doesn’t taste like much at first, then all I can taste is bitter earthy green tea, bitter grapefruit pithiness, bitter-tangy carbon dioxide.

Yawn.

Lexie Aleah

Didn’t like this one either but TJ’s sparkling coconut water with Yuzu is SO good.

derk

Yeah, that’s good stuff!

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drank earl grey tea by Trader Joe's
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Flavors: Bergamot

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec

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I picked this up at TJs about a week or so ago— it was 2 bucks and with the season changing to spring I was excited to make some iced tea to bring in the warmer weather.
I did a quick google search on rooibos, saw all of the positive feedback about it, and brought it home and started making lots of tea!
It tastes great iced. I didn’t add anything— no sweetener, no lemon, it was perfect just as it is.

About two or three days after I started drinking I woke up in the middle of the night with scary, intense heart palpitations. It alarmed me for sure, but I wrote it off as a nightmare mixed with poor sleep. Then things got even more frightening: The heart palpitations continued on the next day, all day, into the night…this has lasted for a week. I saw an urgent care doctor yesterday who tested all of my vitals (normal), did an ekg (heart was normal), X-ray (normal), iron and thyroid test (Thyroid came back today and was normal, still waiting on the iron) and the doctor essentially told me that I was very healthy and that if the palpitations persisted to see a cardiologist…well, last night I realized that the timeline meshed with the rooibos tea— I started researching and loads of people have had the same response. Apparently the side effects are uncommon, but not extremely so, you may very well have a bad response.

I would say pass on this tea. Or only drink It once a week or so, definitely don’t let it be a daily treat or you may suffer for the next few days with a heart beat so hard it looks like a cartoon falling in love and beating out of their chest.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Well Rested by Trader Joe's
1644 tasting notes

I remember drinking a lot of this one back in college, so it was nostalgic to have a cup again today. The flavor is simple, yet enjoyable cold. It’s mostly minty with a soft, supporting herbal base. It doesn’t need any sugar. I think I’ve enjoyed every Trader Joe’s tea I’ve ever tried.

Courtney

Trader Joe’s ❤. We always pick up certain items when we cross the border to stock up on haha. We’ll have to check out the teas whenever we get there next!

AJRimmer

They used to carry my favorite rooibos/honeybush blend, but it’s long since been discontinued ): It’s always fun to go in and browse!

Dustin

I used to fly to California from Texas with my suitcase in a larger suitcase so I’d have an extra return suitcase to stock up on items from TJ’s on work trips. TJ’s finally expanded into TX and then I moved back to CA, so I get to shop like a normal person again. :D

Courtney

Dustin this is amazing! The closest one to us is an 8-hour drive to Spokane! :’(

gmathis

Minimum of 2 hours to any Trader Joe’s near us :{

Martin Bednář

I guess it will be half-whole day to Trader Joe’s for me. :D

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I’m recently back drinking tea regularly as I had been mostly drinking specialty coffee so I’ve been having fun exploring brands and blends. In the old days, (20 years ago) I drank Earl Grey and English Breakfast and assorted herbals and growing up in the Boston area English teas were the norm; Lipton, Tetley, Salada and the like were in my folk’s cupboard. My dad was full-on Irish so he preferred a bold and strong cuppa with milk and sugar. Anyway.. being half-Irish my review of an Irish tea can only be 50% valid so there’s that! To the tea, I think TJ’s blend is pretty much what I’d hoped for in an Irish Breakfast; strong, malty, dark and boisterous. This tea is not kidding. If you want a morning or afternoon pick-me-up, this is a great choice. Don’t steep past 5 minutes to avoid some bitterness and definitely add milk & sugar. And lastly, some reviews can be quite snobby but this is not a tea for you. This is a 4¢ bag of in your face black tea that you probably shouldn’t drink after 5 pm unless you’re on the night shift.

Flavors: Brandy, Malt, Oak

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 g 9 OZ / 266 ML

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Grabbed a single tea bag from a tea box. I get both the watermelon and mint. It would be tastier on an herbal or green base. The choice of a black base was a little strange. It does taste pretty good though. The watermelon is quite candy-like, and it fits perfectly with the mint. I’ve found myself craving more, so it must have been pretty good. Too bad the tea box is long gone, otherwise I would definitely grab some more!

Dustin

I think this is one of the tins I am growing succulents in outside!

AJRimmer

It’s a cute tin!

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A nice warm flavored rooibos for anytime of day. I steep a maximum of three minutes or else it becomes bitter, which I despise.

Flavors: Orange

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec

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drank Maple Espresso by Trader Joe's
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While I’ve not found a maple tea I enjoy, my Canadian friend dropped off some maple espresso for me. She’s unaware that I also don’t care for coffee. BUT I gave the tea a try twice and nope it’s not for me. Gonna pass on finishing the bags I do have and give it over to my coffee drinking husband. Maybe he’ll enjoy it and I can convert him to tea drinking.

Flavors: Espresso

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 7 min, 30 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Day 18 of Sara’s Old Tea! Part 5 of 6

I like this, reminds me of the Moroccan Mint at Menara Moroccan Restaurant in San Jose. I miss eating out. Theirs is a bit sweetened, with honey I think.

The main flavor is spearmint. Okay, it reminds me a bit of spearmint gum too. Anyway, good classic flavor.

Flavors: Spearmint

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Mastress Alita

Ha, I tried adding this to a smoothie to get “mint” flavor, and my smoothie tasted really weird because it was so spearmint heavy and not peppermint. Then I looked at the ingredients and had a major oops moment. There was only spearmint in it, no peppermint! In my head I assumed it would at least be a blend. After that I just drunk the rest in a water bottle, heh. (The smoothie really needed a peppermint flavor).

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drank Spiced Chai by Trader Joe's
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I received this tea bag from a colleague. It was a nice easy to drink chai. Spices are well-balanced with no overwhelming flavors. Enjoyed on a cold morning but will not buy for myself.

Flavors: Cardamom, Cinnamon, Clove

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec

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Leaves: bag
Measuring Spoon: no
Steep: 5 min
Aroma: none
Color: medium reddish brown
Clarity: Great

Taste: I was excited when I came across this tea on youtube so I had to give it a try. The packaging said to use cold water but for a first steep I wanted to try it with room temperature bottled water for 5 minutes. The first thing I did was detect the aroma but to my surprise there really wasn’t anything I noticed. As for the taste it wasn’t that great the first words that came to mind was sour citrus water. I understand it’s supposed to be tangy but I can see it probably being improved by adding some sweetener. I also want to give it a fair try so I will also be steeping using cold water (bottled or tap) so see how it comes out then. Using cold water first awakened the aroma citrus & the color was also darker. I didn’t dunk the bag as I did before steeping the first cup. The flavor this time was weak hot sour oranges. Overall I didn’t find this tea enjoyable.

Preparation
Boiling 8 OZ / 236 ML

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A cast off from a friend who didn’t care for it. I also have to say, it’s not a favorite alone. With a little honey, I find it improved.
There’s a earthy taste to it, similar to mushrooms. I do taste the spearmint -which is not a favorite flavor of mine but I don’t generally dislike it. However, I don’t feel that spearmint and lemon is a good combination in this.

Flavors: Autumn Leaf Pile, Lemon, Spearmint, Wet Earth

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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Picked this up at Trader Joe’s several weeks ago along with the Lemon Green Tea one. I did not care for the Lemon Green tea flavor but I really like this one! It has a little bit of sugar added and is only slightly sweet. I could taste the black tea and the fruit in this one. Overall I would buy this again for when I’m on the go or need something quick. It’s a pretty good bottled tea.

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