42 Tasting Notes
’Tis the season, as they say. But why should bad, seasonal herbal infusions have to dominate the shelves thusly? This is yet another poorly fathomed attempt by Celestial Seasonings to pervade a wide-open Christmas tea market. Any black tea, even filtered through a dirty sock, would taste better in comparison. Fail.
This is my favourite bagged Oolong brand. I have a leg up at the distributor, so I get bulk prices by the case. I supply it to a local Chinese restaurant as well and we advertise each other. Prince of Peace has a lovely aroma and beautiful colour. I drink it before and after tai chi or yoga. Sometimes, I blend it with Bigelow Organic Green to really give it a spark.
I douse myself in Constant Comment on a daily basis; I consume the regular during working hours and decaf in the evenings. There is little difference between the two that I can gather. It’s excellent for blending when you want a touch of spice to bring an earthy, darker tea to a brighter existence. I buy two boxes a week for home use.
Damned good tea. I really have to get more of this stuff. If it was less expensive, I’d replace Tetley with it altogether. I feel that the best blended black teas in the world are comprised of Assam and Ceylon and Twinings does a remarkable job of bringing the two together in spectacular fashion. It’s very dark and powerful so a dash of milk and sugar might take the edge off the bite.
White tea is often too delicate for my tastes, having grown up on full-bodied black teas. But, I love to use this tea for blending with others to add character. Since it’s naturally decaffinated, I enjoy the opportunity to blend it freely and without reservation. By itself, this tea is a little sweet and lacking any true substance.
Green Island teas are nearly impossible to obtain unless you do so online. I’ve tried several, but their best tea is the Ceylon Blend. It’s absolutely fantastic. I pay more to import this tea than any other tea in my arsenal. The same blend (from the same producer in Sri Lanka) is also offered by a distribution company called NaturDays but I can’t find it anymore. I enjoy it on weekends only in the mornings. Too expensive for everyday use.