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Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Review: Trader Joe's Seasonal Teas

For the longest time, I had a lot of trouble shopping at Trader Joe's.  I would go in and wander around and could never find anything that made sense to buy.  I totally didn't know what I could get there that would be good.

Well, these days I can do entire shopping trips at Trader Joe's.  I love the place.  There is a Trader Joe's in the same shopping center as my running store where I do my evening runs on Tuesday and Thursday, so I tend to go there at least once a week after running.  It's very convenient.  And I know what to buy now!  Yay!

If there is something else that I love, it is hot tea.  I don't drink coffee, but I do love tea, and I drink a cup of tea every single morning when I get to work.  I don't usually drink the plain Lipton tea bags that are given out for free in my company's kitchen, I buy good, delicious, flavored teas.  (Earl Grey is my favorite)

So, here is a little review of a couple of teas that I picked up on my latest visit to Trader Joe's.  They're seasonal, one of many new seasonal products that have come in for the Christmas season.  So, they probably won't be around very long.

My review:  GET THESE TEAS!

First, the Vanilla & Cinnamon Black Tea.  This tea makes me so very happy.  It tastes like vanilla and cinnamon, as you'd expect, but neither flavor is particularly overpowering.  I would compare the taste and smell to a delicious cinnamon roll or other cinnamony delight.  I intend to hoard boxes of this tea, so that I'll still have some once everyone else realizes how good it is.

Next, the Candy Cane Green Tea.  Again, the minty flavor of this tea isn't too strong.  It does taste about the same as a candy cane - that level of mintiness.  For me, this is perfect, since I don't like a mint tea to be too strong.  You can definitely taste a bit of vanilla as well, and it gives an overall good taste.  Plus, it is decaffeinated, which is great for me because my second cup of the day is always decaf.  I'm not quite as excited about this one as I am about the Vanilla & Cinnamon one, just because this one seems more seasonal (I doubt I'd drink it in July), and mint tea isn't an every day tea for me.

I do love both teas, though, so if you have a Trader Joe's in your area and love tea, these teas should be in your shopping cart!!

Disclaimer: I have no connection to Trader Joe's except that I am a loyal shopper.  I purchased the teas for this review myself, and Trader Joe's has no idea who I am or even that I am reviewing these teas.


K said...

I had a similar experience the first few times I went to TJs. I wanted to love it but I didn't get it right away. Now I love it! But it's just far enough away (and in a crappy part of town) that I don't go there too often. I LOVE their 99 cent pizza crust though (among many, many other things). I will definitely have to make a trip for that cinnamon & vanilla tea!

Lacey Nicole said...

interesting! they look a lot like the celestial seasonings teas.

tjs is definitely hit or miss!!! i buy a lot of things there but not everything.

lindsay said...

I love TJ's. The vanilla/cinnamon one sounds awesome!

misszippy said...

I LIVE at T.J.s. I have had my eye on the vanilla cinnamon one, now I'll have to try it!

Charlotte said...

Ohmygoodness Trader Joes is my fave grocery store ever! I used to be able to walk there from our house in Seattle. But then we moved to Minnesota and now it's a 30 minute drive. I'm in withdrawal! But I still make it once a month or so to stock up - thanks for the review!

Sandra said...

I love Numi Chocolate Puerh tea. HGently chocolatey. Ther eis a mint as well, and sometimes I mix to do a chocolate mint. Yum!

K said...

I went to TJ's to buy some of that vanilla cinnamon tea and they didn't have it. :( I'll just have to plan another trip soon.

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