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drank Green Tea Kombucha by Yogi Tea
865 tasting notes

My 1st Kombucha! I really need to start w/ unflavored versions of teas…

Prepared as suggested.

As soon as I put the bag in, it smells like lemon jello… and at the end of steeping that scent remains, only the aroma of peppermint is added. The flavors are much more mellow than I expected (mellow, not weak). The peppermint is slightly more pronounced than the lemon, but it blends well… and there’s definitely still the jello-esk component! Kombucha no longer scares me and I can’t wait to try an unflavored loose version!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Peggie Bennett

How is this bagged tea? Kombucha is fermented and has mold floating in it that you drink with the tea. It’s yummier than it sounds, but this bagged version I don’t understand.

Cofftea

Based on my rating of 96, it’s pretty freakin amazing:)

AmazonV

my best bet: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kombucha Additionally, some tea makers offer a dried version of kombucha, mixed with the tea leaves, that dissolves in hot water.9

Peggie Bennett

I still don’t think it could be nearly the same thing as real kombucha. It’s the fungus that makes it what it is, and I don’t think the live cultures would dissolve in hot water and still be beneficial.
There are good bottled kombucha teas in the health food section of the market. Synergy is my favorite. I can’t drink a lot of it because I don’t like bubbles that much, and even that tiny half percent of ethyl alcohol from fermentation makes my allergy kick in. I’m lame like that. :-|

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Peggie Bennett

How is this bagged tea? Kombucha is fermented and has mold floating in it that you drink with the tea. It’s yummier than it sounds, but this bagged version I don’t understand.

Cofftea

Based on my rating of 96, it’s pretty freakin amazing:)

AmazonV

my best bet: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kombucha Additionally, some tea makers offer a dried version of kombucha, mixed with the tea leaves, that dissolves in hot water.9

Peggie Bennett

I still don’t think it could be nearly the same thing as real kombucha. It’s the fungus that makes it what it is, and I don’t think the live cultures would dissolve in hot water and still be beneficial.
There are good bottled kombucha teas in the health food section of the market. Synergy is my favorite. I can’t drink a lot of it because I don’t like bubbles that much, and even that tiny half percent of ethyl alcohol from fermentation makes my allergy kick in. I’m lame like that. :-|

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1: I can’t even stand the raw leaf enough to make this (I’ve never owned a tea w/ this rating, but I’ve smelled some before buying resulting in me NOT buying them that were that bad)

2: I steeped this tea but couldn’t stand the aroma enough to get it past my nose

3: I immediately gagged at the 1st sip and spit it out.

4: I manageed to get the 1st sip down, but I tossed the rest.

5: I drank the 1st cup but I can’t bring myself to resteep

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