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Some days, you just need a nice, relaxing tea. You’ve had a long work week where you sat around in a circle and talked with a bunch of guys for 40 hours. I can only imagine how frazzled I would feel if they made me do much labor.

So that brings me to Yogi’s Kava tea for stress and relaxation. It suggests brewing two teabags for 7 minutes of you’re on the brink of insanity. I steeped 4 teabags for about 15 minutes. I think. I didn’t really count.

Man, this stuff tastes horrible. Because of the cinnamon and anise, at best, I would call it drinkable. I’m sure it’s there to cover the mud-like flavors of kava. It’s mouth-numbing qualities started to kick in, making it a little more tolerable. But by the end, the tea was cooling off. Memories of “bitter beer face” commercials came to mind as I cringed down the last sips.

But the tea is noticeably relaxing. A little more than sleepytime extra, the only other tea I can think of that recommends being over 18 to drink. Relaxing enough that I no longer felt like writing this review while drinking it.

If you’re both looking for the kind of flavor that makes you question if you hate yourself, but also desire mild relaxation, this is the drink for you.


Yogi just cannot leave that licorice alone!

Quiet Creation

Sad but true!

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drank Lemon Ginger by Yogi Tea
15915 tasting notes

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Brewed this up last night and was immediately surprised by how much more bright and lemon-forward the mug was. I really expected more of a 50/50 representation of the two flavours. The ginger was still there, of course. I could especially taste and feel that tickle of ginger heat in the back end of the sip and aftertaste. It was an OK cup of tea for a bagged blend, but there was a sharp and almost metallic feeling quality to the lemon that docked a few points off for me.

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I’m not exactly sure how “energized” I felt after drinking this tea but I did really enjoy the taste. It was more medium bodied, but the pure note of sweet, freshly juiced orange was so delicious and full of life. One of the best orange flavours I’ve ever tasted in a tea bag – mostly because it was sweet but still had a slight tang and acidity to its top notes too. Very dynamic for just a mono-flavoured tea.

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drank Pumpkin Spice by Yogi Tea
1247 tasting notes

Been putting off drinking this for a bit. But I wanted to shoot a video showing basic tea brewing. And this was nearby. The aroma when I opened the packet was pleasant and spicy. The flavor is calming with slightly spicy notes hitting first, followed by vanilla and chamomile. However, I’ve always found the mix of chamomile and vanilla a bit strange. It’s not bad they just conflict the longer I let it steep.

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This tea is wonderful for relieving headaches but the mix of flavours may be overwhelming for those with sensory issues.

200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more 4 g 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Vanilla Peppermint by Yogi Tea
2926 tasting notes

When our Walmart Neighborhood Market (a grocery-only Walmart) puts stuff on clearance, they want it gone. Thus, this box was priced at 25 cents. Now, normally, Yogi would have to pay me to imbibe, because I loathe licorice and it’s in nearly everything they blend. However, a quick look at the box surprised me…not an L-word in the lineup. So, for a quarter, why not?

This is evidently Yogi’s take on holiday candy cane tea. With a very cautious steep (3 minutes instead of their recommended 7), it performs as advertised. There’s some stevia in the blend, but the mint tones it down. All in all, a surprisingly decent cuppa.

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A box of this tea was left on the up-for-grab’s table in our library breakroom, so I decided to take it home. The name sounded great… cinnamon horchata? Yum!


Welp, I now know why this tea was being given away for free. The teabag smells like stinky feet and cinnamon, and the steep cup… just smells like stinky feet. I’m not exactly sure how to put the taste into words, except HORCHATA THIS IS NOT. This is a musty damp basement where a lone cinnamon stick was left forgotten in a corner.

It’s so bad, but I can’t bring myself to take it back to work and put it on the up-for-grab’s table, passing it on like the curse from “The Ring.” If I have noticable sleep benefits from it, I’ll probably try steeping a teabag with something stronger (like some roasted buckwheat or Teeccino, maybe hot cocoa) to use it up. If my sleep still sucks after drinking this monstrocity of a cup, it’s gettin’ tossed.

Flavors: Stinky Feet, Mold, Dank, Cinnamon(?)

205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more 1 tsp 12 OZ / 350 ML

I have heard that valerian smells like sweaty socks. It is also used as a sleep aid. Does this contain valerian?

Roswell Strange

I had the same thought re: Valerian!

Mastress Alita

No valerian at all. The main ingredients are ashwaghanda root and passionflower.


Wow, this is quite a review. “Pairs well with Limburger and durian fruit.”

Martin Bednář

Maybe it’s old and forgotten in someones cupboard. Eh, I meant drawer with socks, or dirty clothes?

Mastress Alita

No, not old. Just bad.


Did it at least help you sleep? If not, I think this feet tea won’t be missed.

Mastress Alita

I did get drowsy, but I’m uncertain if that was due to the tea or just a very long work week. I’ll continue experimenting. Tonight I brewed the teabag with a bag of roasted buckwheat, and it’s better, but not quite strong enough to fully hide the feet stank.

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drank Chai Rooibos by Yogi Tea
1224 tasting notes

I was gifted this tea from a coworker after it gave her heartburn. And ya… I can see how she could have that problem with it. The spices in it come off a bit muddled for me and present as more of a general “peppery” taste. Maybe I’m being hard on it because I’ve had some really great loose leaf rooibos chais (Rishi’s being my favorite). It’s actually fine for a cheap bagged option, but I’ll probably try some other brands next time. As a free gifted tea, this was perfectly servicable in the evenings, and I actually quite enjoyed it steeped in sweet apple cider.

Flavors: Pepper, Rooibos, Spices, Sweet

205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more 1 tsp 12 OZ / 350 ML

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drank Calming by Yogi Tea
157 tasting notes

Well, it’s that time of year again…the MLB post-season has officially started and I’m already on the edge of my seat hoping (but not holding my breath) for a Brewers WS victory. Currently watching Game 1 of the NL Wild Card and…I definitely needed something to help me relax, so I decided to break out this little number I’ve had in my cupboard. On my second cup now. Is it helping me relax? Maybe. But it tastes really good, which is helping to distract me a little bit at least. Sweet but not overwhelming, fruity but not obnoxious, everything just works well with this blend.

Here’s hoping the Brew Crew can do the improbable!


Brewers winning the WS? There’s a first time for everything :)
I am a cubs fan, but I think it’s time to root for our rivals to the north to win it all!


We’re overdue! Appreciate your support! :D

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drank Skin DeTox by Yogi Tea
237 tasting notes

I’m not a big believer in health claims like this one. Hydration will usually add to a healthy glow. Pretty sure this was from an office tea stash that wandered home with me. My office mate was a huge believer in various herbal supplement claims.

It’s quite floral and I only taste the rose and hibiscus. I rather enjoy it. The aroma and taste match, which hasn’t been the case lately. There is a sweetness to it (probably the stevia) and I found no need for additives to make the tea more palatable for me. Would I drink this 3-4 times a day, every day as recommended? Probably not, so I doubt I’ll see the skin benefits it claims to have. But if this was on sale at the market while shopping, I’d probably pick up a box.

Flavors: Floral, Hibiscus, Rose

185 °F / 85 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Lime Mint by Yogi Tea
1872 tasting notes

I have received this through postcrossing for once again and decided to give it a try right in the afternoon.

Sadly, it seems nice, but only what I notice is cloying licorice root and little of herbs; but not even the mint.

About tangy citrus notes, nada.

205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more 10 OZ / 300 ML

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drank Egyptian Licorice by Yogi Tea
6 tasting notes

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This was not what I thought it would be. It claims Caramel but I don’t get that at all. I do taste chamomile and black pepper. That’s all I taste (and smell) even though there is a ridiculous amount of ingredients listed for this blend. I’ll admit, I do appear to be yawning and feeling kind of cozy but I’ve also had a long week and probably should go to bed early.

Flavors: Black Pepper, Chamomile

Boiling 7 min, 15 sec

That sounds awful.

Jen vB

It was drinkable so not totally unpleasant but definitely not good

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Ended up with a single bag of this, probably from a TTB. It doesn’t really work for me. The black tea is pretty low quality and the raspberry is quite sour. It’s pretty unsophisticated and one-note.

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drank Peach DeTox by Yogi Tea
2351 tasting notes

Single bag from the last TTB. This seems to have a similar spice base to other Yogi herbal teas. It’s a little peachy and herbal. It’s mild, but not very exciting.

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drank Green Tea Energy by Yogi Tea
137 tasting notes

Really not very good. I just had a cup on a sip down and decided I am going to throw away the rest of the tea bags. I had purchased this awhile ago and stopped drinking it just because of time constraints, being on the road etc. Now that I no longer drink coffee my sense of taste has improved dramatically (I gave up all pop/soda about 37 years ago too). Now I can say that this doesn’t have a very good flavor and what it does is not good. Buh bye!

Flavors: Musty

Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

Life is too short to drink bad tea!

Cameron B.

Agreed, I am in full support of the trashdown ha ha!

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I am genuinely baffled by the love for this in the other tasting notes and wondering if I did something horribly wrong to my particular bag.

The smell is lovely! It’s exactly what I would expect from a tangerine tea or candy. It seems like it’s going to be mostly tart, a touch sweet – very much like the fruit.

I took an excited sip and was horrified. How is this both terribly bitter and awfully sweet?! I assumed licorice root must be involved, but despite the giant ingredient list with plenty of other roots, that one wasn’t listed. I may have been able to get past the unnamed earthy herb taste if not for the horrendous artificially sweet flavor that hit immediately after. Ah, stevia is here – this is clearly a problem ingredient for me.

I wanted to try for a more descriptive review and sipped it a couple more times, but I could not take it.

I kind of feel like I should go adjust all the other 1s I’ve ever given a tea because I actually gagged on this one.

sipsby bagged advent, day 12

Flavors: Artificial, Dirt, Herbs, Stevia, Sweet


I agree with you, there’s too much stevia in this blend. At least you didn’t buy a whole box of this like I did, I think I ended up brewing this with some black tea to cut the stevia taste. It is such a memorable tea I won’t be buying again!


Oh no! I can absolutely imagine buying a whole box of this based on appearances; I’m glad you were at least able to make it tolerable!

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drank Pumpkin Spice by Yogi Tea
1163 tasting notes

Day 10 of my Steepster homemade advent calendar from Kelmishka! Yogi teas are really hit-or-miss for me. This one doesn’t really ring the “pumpkin spice” bell for me. It’s more “generic winter spice blend,” with mostly cinnamon, clove, and chicory overwhelming the other flavors. Which is drinkable enough to finish the cup, because I like those flavors, but it’s also not quite the “pumpkin spice” vibe. Looking at the ingredients list, they’ve got the right list of ingredients, but maybe the ratio is off? Glad to have tried it, because I am extremely basic in this way and really enjoy pumpkin spice drinks done right, but don’t feel the need to ever have it again.

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drank Pumpkin Spice by Yogi Tea
40 tasting notes

Honestly, this didn’t have much of a flavor at all. I guess maybe nutmeg or cardamom, but very underwhelming…

Boiling 7 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Flavors: Chamomile, Honey, Lavender

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drank Peach DeTox by Yogi Tea
1810 tasting notes


I really dislike ‘detox’ blends. It’s just…not a thing and I hate brands that try to sell any kind of detox to consumers.

Despite my annoyance at the name, decided to give it a try, as the combination of peach, cinnamon, and clove sounded interesting.

Alas, this is just cinnamon and clove- maybe a touch of ginger? Meh, it’s a spiced herbal, not something I need to have again.


Agree with you on the detox teas. We seem to have accumulated quite a few though because James loves those kinds of blends. Not because they are detox but because he likes the way they taste. Still haven’t figured that out.

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