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Tea taste test/brand preferences?

While I enjoy Teavana and such, supermarket boxes of teabags are much more realistic on my budget. Has anyone actually done a comparison of, say, green, Oolong, or Earl Grey teas of the major brands? Or do you think this, like alcohol, depends more on personal taste than overt quality? I ask mostly because I tend to stick to what's cheaper between Bigelow and Twinings, as well as the occasional artisan box with pretty packaging and weirder flavors (no shame.)

Also I once bought organic green tea because it was on sale (my shopping habits, clearly on display) and couldn't really detect a taste difference. Anyone? The freshness packs were nice though.

In before Lipton is the devil.

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