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One more review today, this one is real time. The three I submitted earlier were backlogs and I’m hoping to hit a few more of those tomorrow. It’s unlike me to have more than one review in queue.

I snag some terrible stuff from my aunt’s bagged tea drawer. This is my First and Last Time with Tension Tamer. For one, it’s lemongrass/lemonflavor dominant, eugh. Two, that cloying licorice root sweetness hangs out in the back of the mouth forever. Three, I’m not a fan of many combinations of non-spicy ginger, lemon, mint and/or cinnamon. The mint and catnip are cooling, yes. The hops, I think they round out the flavor and might contribute to some relaxation. I’ve had eleuthero before but can’t recall its taste. Can’t pick out the tilia flowers at all. Aftertaste is tangy and lemon cleaner.

Did I mention the dry bag smells like an herbaceous mustybutt?

Flavors: Cinnamon, Ginger, Herbaceous, Lemongrass, Licorice, Mint, Sweet, Tangy

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML
gmathis

It’s been a while since I’ve tried it … should the opportunity arise, I will have to refer back to your description!

Mastress Alita

Tension Tamer is one of the few bagged teas I like, but I’ve been having trouble finding it lately. I like a fresher box, and need two bags per cup or the flavor tastes a bit meh to me (but I find that’s the case to me with most bagged herbals). I like the eleuthero/lemon/mint flavor. I never taste any of the cinnamon or ginger in it.

gmathis

Agreed; I double up on most CS teabags, also.

Martin Bednář

I had once, or twice CS teas. My grandma received them from US relatives as Christmas gift.

They were so sweet (I do not know which ones it was, I recall blueberry). And bit weirdly in taste. But I do not recall it much. She liked it though.

Kittenna

Welp, this sounds like a tea I’ll be avoiding!

derk

Mastress Alita: this box was very fresh and one bag was plenty strong. The ginger and cinnamon at first escaped me, subtle and overwhelmed by the lemon grass/flavor but enough to turn me off.

Martin: a lot of CS teas I’ve had are indeed very sweet. CS teas are not my favorite herbals. Good in a pinch since they’re ubiquitous.

Martin Bednář

I would say, US flavoured teas are usually very sweet :D as I had chance to drink few (I recall Arizona one)

derk

Heh, Arizona teas are basically sugar water.

Mastress Alita

Arizona Green Tea was my first step from transitioning between daily pop to eventually making my own tea… it has its place.

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gmathis

It’s been a while since I’ve tried it … should the opportunity arise, I will have to refer back to your description!

Mastress Alita

Tension Tamer is one of the few bagged teas I like, but I’ve been having trouble finding it lately. I like a fresher box, and need two bags per cup or the flavor tastes a bit meh to me (but I find that’s the case to me with most bagged herbals). I like the eleuthero/lemon/mint flavor. I never taste any of the cinnamon or ginger in it.

gmathis

Agreed; I double up on most CS teabags, also.

Martin Bednář

I had once, or twice CS teas. My grandma received them from US relatives as Christmas gift.

They were so sweet (I do not know which ones it was, I recall blueberry). And bit weirdly in taste. But I do not recall it much. She liked it though.

Kittenna

Welp, this sounds like a tea I’ll be avoiding!

derk

Mastress Alita: this box was very fresh and one bag was plenty strong. The ginger and cinnamon at first escaped me, subtle and overwhelmed by the lemon grass/flavor but enough to turn me off.

Martin: a lot of CS teas I’ve had are indeed very sweet. CS teas are not my favorite herbals. Good in a pinch since they’re ubiquitous.

Martin Bednář

I would say, US flavoured teas are usually very sweet :D as I had chance to drink few (I recall Arizona one)

derk

Heh, Arizona teas are basically sugar water.

Mastress Alita

Arizona Green Tea was my first step from transitioning between daily pop to eventually making my own tea… it has its place.

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Most enjoyment:

Wuyi and Taiwanese oolong, GABA oolong, sheng and shou puerh, Yunnan and Wuyi blacks, Laoshan green. I also appreciate Japanese, Vietnamese, Thai, Darjeeling and Nepali teas, bagged tea and herbal teas/tisanes.

I take my teas without milks or sweeteners except sometimes chai and the rare London Fog or matcha latte. I generally steep a tea until it has no more to give.

I’ll try anything once because it helps me learn. Not opposed to well placed herbs, flowers, fruity bits and flavorings. Just nothing cloying especially banana, caramel, coconut, cinnamon or maple. And no added sugars, sweeteners, candy or chocolate.

Preference reference:

100-90: A tea I can lose myself into. Something about it makes me slow down and appreciate not only the tea but all of life or a moment in time. If it’s a bagged or herbal tea, it’s of standout quality in comparison to similar items.
89-80: Fits my profile well enough to buy again. Some could be daily drinker teas.
79-70: Not a preferred tea. I might buy more or try a different harvest. Would gladly have a cup if offered.
69-60: Not necessarily a bad tea but one that I won’t buy again. Would have a cup if offered.
59-1: Lacking several elements, strangely clunky, possess off flavors/aroma/texture or something about it makes me not want to finish.
Unrated: Haven’t made up my mind or some other reason. If it’s puerh, I likely think it needs more age.

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