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Ahmad Tea

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Not a bad bagged tea as far as bagged teas go. I’ve tried some good bagged teas and some not so great bagged teas and then some really horrid bagged teas … this one falls under the good bagged tea category, even though I’d prefer to drink loose leaf, this one is pretty good and it is one I wouldn’t mind carrying with me if I were traveling and loose leaf was inconvenient.

Sweet, tangy-tart, and even a slight bitter tone from the pith of the fruit, and I don’t find this bitterness off-putting, on the contrary, I think it adds something to the overall taste.

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drank Earl Grey by Ahmad Tea
1158 tasting notes

Yesterday’s only cup of tea. At least it was one I like. I need a vacation from being retired. Kidding.

kOmpir

I like this one more than Twinigs’. It’s more full and complex.

K S

Twinings base is too wallflower for an Earl Grey. Give me some guts in the mug.

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drank Hampton Breakfast by Ahmad Tea
1625 tasting notes

It can be hard to choose the appropriate tea in April—where it is warm and cold, not in rapid succession, but simultaneously: sun bright and cheery enough to make you hold your face at a 45 degree angle, but wind that turns the ankles you foolishly decided to bare blue with chill.

Splitting the difference this morning with scraps of this tin—it’s a strong one (for the chill), but makes a light and pleasant breakfast with milk (for the warm). Good and filling if you forgot your Pop-Tart.

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drank Earl Grey by Ahmad Tea
1158 tasting notes

As I have commented before, I know if I were trying this tea for the first time my rating would be a lot lower but it is inexpensive and it is an old friend. I was talking with an old friend yesterday who was excited about opening a new can of Twinings Earl Grey and Lady Grey. It made me realize I do not have a single straight black Earl Grey in my collection anywhere. He shamed me for getting so far from my roots. I repented and bought a 200 g tin of this today for $8.

I have been exceedingly busy since Friday. Hardly even had time for tea. I helped my wife with her craft show booth (American Girl type clothes). I helped with a concert at church on Sunday. Monday was a sad day – we had our 16 year old cat Lucky euthanized. What a hard drive to town. He had feline aids and was wasting away. He was down to 5 pounds. Watching him suffering just got too hard. Of course my wife started second guessing her decision afterwards so I tried keeping her busy so she wouldn’t dwell on the decision. I had more band stuff on Tuesday, and today it was gorgeous outside so I took my wife shopping (so I could buy tea – see full circle).

Got home moments ago and immediately made a cup of Earl Grey. I am home and in my happy place.

Stephanie

Sorry about your cat…that is rough :(

ifjuly

so sorry about Lucky. the cat i grew up with was named Lucky and when she passed away a few years after i graduated from college i was devastated.

and i so know what you mean about old friend teas you know you wouldn’t rate the way you do if not for nostalgia! i have a bunch like that. love ’em.

__Morgana__

Sorry to hear about your kitty. :-(

caile

So sorry to hear about your cat.

Sami Kelsh

Condolences about Lucky – it’s one of the hardest things to do, isn’t it? But he had a good, long life and I’m sure he was very well-loved by you, and that’s something to treasure. hugs

gmathis

Comfort tea couldn’t be more appropriate right now.

K S

Thank you all for the comments. Lucky was rescued at just a few weeks of age by a kind vet worker who saw him being tossed in the air by a dog. The name stuck.

ashmanra

I am four days late seeing this but give your wife a hug from me and tell her to stop second guessing. You guys gave your sweet kitty a good life, love, and a peaceful end and I believe with all my heart you did exactly the right and loving thing. Hugs.

K S

Thanks Ashmanra. We appreciate it.

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92

Love this tea in the evening with milk

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72
drank Earl Grey by Ahmad Tea
186 tasting notes

And yet another TJMaxx find. Lately I’ve only been looking but not buying anything from the aisle of tea just because I knew if I kept doing that I would end up with more tea then I could ever drink… And it doesn’t help when you pick up a box of tea and don’t realize till later that it contains 50 tea bags…

Anyway, not only does it have a pleasing scent but the taste is wonderful. It’s light enough that people who don’t like strong teas can drink it. However, it has a strong enough flavor that heavy tea drinkers that like lots of flavor will be pleased. I know that sounds weird but that is the best description I could think of.

Preparation
4 min, 0 sec

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79
drank Apricot Sunrise by Ahmad Tea
81 tasting notes

as with all Ahmad’s offerings, the fruit flavoring is done up to a T (a tea!).

unfortunately, i wasn’t exactly craving apricot at the time i tried this, but it was still a lovely flavor. i added brown sugar & soy milk (as per my usual).

after all was said and steeped, i got the impression of apricot vanilla ice cream! given that description alone, i should probably be playing jazz flute and walking on tables, but it just. didn’t. hit the spot.

to be honest, i was craving CS Nutcracker Sweet (butter caramel) & Blackcurrant by Harney & Sons at the time. should have gone with my cravings.

it is worth noting that this tastes nearly identical to Ahmad’s Peach & Passion Fruit. perhaps i should do a steep-off so i can report back.

boychik

i like this one too. ibet it would be awesome iced at summer time

pyarkaaloo

boychik, you are absolutely right. was in fact going to mention somewhere in my note that the aroma of the steeped tea smells like it would taste wonderful iced. i think that’s the way to go with this & Peach/Passion Fruit.

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drank Green Tea with Earl Grey by Ahmad Tea
1158 tasting notes

You ever start through your tasting notes to find the tea you want to review because you THINK it will be easier than finding it in the database only to realize several pages in that it was a stupid idea but then you are so determined you just keep going? Sure would be nice to be able to search our own notes. Yeah I know you have a few sort options but it isn’t quite the same.

Anyway I had this one this afternoon because I didn’t want to concentrate on my cup. I just wanted to mindlessly sip while attempting (and failing) my latest rescue attempt in the Kerbal Space Program. I am so addicted. My wife says its a dumb game. I love the design challenge. I put one poor Kerbal on planet Moho (Mercury equivalent) easy enough, but getting a ship that can return home is proving near impossible. I almost did it today – I had enough reserve fuel, it touched down softly, then fell over and exploded. Maybe my wife is right, but like the database search I am determined!

Tea accomplished its mindless purpose. So assuming it was acceptable by previous experience.

__Morgana__

I so agree. Search option becomes key after you get a certain number of notes. It’s so unwieldy to have to page 50 or so tea log pages.

Stephanie

Good call!

Anna

We need to find a game your wife can become mindlessly hooked on. I remember when my mom was all like, ‘Oh, what a silly waste of time!’ about the Sims, and then WHAM. ’It’s Thursday already?! Golly! Just one more family…’

K S

Oh trust me she already is addicted to Pop It on Pogo.com Total waste of time but she likes it.

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78
drank Earl Grey by Ahmad Tea
709 tasting notes

ARGH!!! So I am pretty sure on this new steepster,the save this tasting note and delete this tasting note were switched from the what it was on old steepster. I have pressed delete instead of save from muscle memory. Now I have to re type. GAH!

I came here to write this note for 2 reasons. I have this in a tea bag form. I do not prefer tea bags but that is how this tea came.

1. I oversteeped this tea by 30 minutes at least. When I got to work I made my tea, but forgot to put the timer on, usually for 2 minutes. About 15 minutes later I was in a different room with a client and realized the timer never when off and my tea was still steeping. I couldn’t escape for 15 more minutes to rescue my tea.

It was still drinkable. Definitely strong. The tea base overshadowed anything earl grey. There was some astringency but it was not bitter. I always think it is a good tea when you can steep it forever and it is still drinkable.

2. Why do tea bags come without strings? The whole idea of a tea bag is for it to be easier. Easier to use, easier to dispose of. It is more economical.

But how do you get a tea bag out of the cup if there is no string? You can’t fish it out with your fingers without burning yourself. I have settle for the fork method. While trying not to tear or stab the bag, I get the fork underneath it and lift it out gently. Usually it falls off of the fork at least once, splashing everywhere. Then I try to fling it into the garbage can without dripping tea all over the place. Definitely not easier :P

Courtney

I did the same thing yesterday to the longest note ever. Worst.

keychange

I am totally with you regarding teabags needing strings. without them, I often find they’re more trouble than they’re worth.

K S

I have never seen stringless Ahmad. RoT is the main culprit of this tea blunder that I run into – although not often as I don’t care for RoT in bags. It may be sold as being more environmentally conscious but I think it is a profit thing. Annoying anyway. I had a Twinings EG the other day and was pleased to see the string was long enough to wrap around the cup handle so the tag didn’t go for a swim. That is just as irritating. Anyway Ahmad is my favorite bagged tea company but I prefer their loose.

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80
drank Black Currant by Ahmad Tea
81 tasting notes

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i’m snowed in!

this is definitely the tea to be snowed in with.

a romantic red fruit (somewhat heart-shaped) on valentine’s day.
in your tea. while you’re snowed in.

satisfaite.

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tealightful!

is this the same as Ahmad’s Strawberry Sensation? i think it’s just been renamed/repackaged.

i like Ahmad’s of London, they seem to offer such a nice variety of flavored teas, mainly fruit-flavored ones. i was craving strawberry in a black tea for some reason, probably because i never got to try Teavana’s Strawberry Slender Pu-erh & Weight-to-go (these names are atrocious!) both of which contain strawberry & the loose leaf just looks so darned good. also perhaps because i’m already oversteeped in gourmand, vanillary creme caramel dessert-type teas (not that i’ll ever forsake them) ;p so i am looking for a black with sweetness, but from that imparted by fruit this time.

i think this is perfect for what it is. the strawberry is dead on. nothing artificial about the strawberry flavor (unless of course any artificiality is masterfully concealed). it’s just delicious! from the aroma to the flavor, strawberry never leaves your side. it’s a pleasant companion and a most juicy additive to this delicate infusion. the black tea base is quite nice but does get a little bitter though, but maybe i’m at fault for oversteeping. (i went a little over 5 minutes and i think they recommend 4, tops.)

i’m sure a spot of milk (in my case- almond, soy, coconut or rice) will camouflage this & round out the flavor a bit more, and make—yes, you guessed it—-a nice, creamy strawberry muffin or strawberry shortcake parfait. i had to go there (dessert territory).

tangential: i googled Piccadilly trifle, because i love trifle and wondered if Piccadilly was a flavor. as it turns out, it’s a circus! anyway, there was a nice link to a Pinterest page in the search results titled ‘Pretty Parfaits for Tea’…. have a look-see! http://www.pinterest.com/jinab/pretty-parfaits-for-tea/

as for this tea, i’d recommend it. it’s freakin’ yummy!

boychik

I love this one. Bought couple weeks ago. Drank almost every night.

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drank English Breakfast by Ahmad Tea
1625 tasting notes

Snow, ice, wind chill advisories: another week requiring solid, sensible, stout black tea. This qualifies. Not quite as strong as my old faithful PG Tips; a little keemun in there to add a little perkiness to the dark base. Requires no special steeping attention—throw it in and go. That’s always a plus.

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85
drank Black Currant by Ahmad Tea
410 tasting notes

This one was pretty good, I enjoyed it :)
Decent enjoyable slightly bitter black tea with a bold blackcurrant taste, I’ve had a few not so great blackcurrant teas so I wasn’t expecting much from this one but honestly it was way beyond my expectations, Very tasty to me. The slight bitter of the tea actually plays very well with the slightly fruity taste of blackcurrant(almost raisin like).

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 45 sec
Kirkoneill1988

what does black currant taste like?

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drank barooti by Ahmad Tea
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drank Green Tea with Earl Grey by Ahmad Tea
1158 tasting notes

I finally changed the name of this to match the packaging.

Oh Green Tea with Earl Grey why do I love you so? Others don’t see it but I just can’t quit you. You are my addiction. Someday I am going to run away. But not today.

Just a light bergamot with a strong slightly bitter green base. Less than $10 a pound. A Cheapster Steepster delight.

Terri HarpLady

I think you love it because it reminds you of someone special ;)

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drank Warwick Assam by Ahmad Tea
1625 tasting notes

A sipdown this morning. This has been a faithful, smooth, no-fuss breakfast standby. Recommended for Assam lovers who need a basic cupboard tea; too many packets and tins in the hopper for me to hunt this one down assiduously, but if a tin just happened to cross my path at TJ Maxx or a local grocery, it might have to come home with me again.

(I’m a little put out at our TJ Maxx…I realize it’s pot luck and overstocks there, but the tea selection that was giving me such great joy has dwindled down to nothing.)

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A really enjoyable black tea – would be perfect for my daily morning tea if I didn’t already have a ton of other black teas for this purpose. I’ll keep this one in mind if I ever have to buy more tea! Smooth and strong with good mouth feel – I’m pleased.

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drank Green Tea with Earl Grey by Ahmad Tea
1158 tasting notes

Feeling super lazy today. This is the only tea I have steeped. Trying to decide if I have the ambition to refill the pot. Did I mention I’m feeling lazy?

Anna

Yes, yes, that’s all good and well, but how is Captain Jebediah’s successor coming along? We must consider his legacy.

K S

Ha ha, well I guess the good news is everyone survived. The bad news is the next generation prototype craft exploded on the launch pad. The credentials of our engineers are currently under review.

Anna

Hehehe. Well, you must keep us posted. Especially if there are HEARINGS.

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100
drank Earl Grey by Ahmad Tea
5 tasting notes

Very strong Bergamot flavor. Just the way I like it. I use milk and sweetener. Yum!

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drank Warwick Assam by Ahmad Tea
1625 tasting notes

Finished steeping this a couple of minutes before the power went off; nursed the Tervis mug slowly and finished the last sip a couple of minutes before the power went on. Providence.

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93
drank Green Tea with Earl Grey by Ahmad Tea
1158 tasting notes

Just got home from my final exam. I decided I needed some comfort that I know I love, don’t have to think about, and almost can’t ruin. Yeah Ahmad tea!

My final was in Solid Works – a 3D modelling program. It was a grueling 3 hour experience. I was comfortable that I would pass but I exceeded my own expectations. Of a possible 240 points, I scored 240! Don’t mean to brag but Woot! You really can teach an old dog new tricks. As I left, some of the others were starting to kick the tables and slam their keyboards. I feel their pain. They should have some tea.

Veronica

Go you! That is awesome, and you should be proud of yourself. I’d probably be dancing in the streets. :)

gmathis

Happy “IT’S OVER!” Day!

Nicole

That’s excellent!

mrmopar

Way to go!!!

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drank Green Tea with Earl Grey by Ahmad Tea
1158 tasting notes

I am going stark raving mad. I haven’t been out of the house since late last week. My sons dug out our driveway late yesterday but until the ice is off the parking lots. Getting around is way too difficult for me and I am not going to risk it. Tomorrow I am driving to town to see how safe it looks.

In the meantime I brewed one of my simple favorites. I am so happy to have drawers full of amazing teas, but honestly sometimes I just miss a simple cup.

CelebriTEA

I have never tried an Earl Grey Green really THAT good?
Earl Grey is one of my favorites…♡

K S

This is a tea I have bought for years. Long before I knew anything about Steepster or the bigger world of tea I found bagged Ahmad in a local market. It is generally about the quality of Twinings. I found the loose version at Amazon. I think it was $6 for 500g. It cost somewhere around $9 for shipping. This summer I found the loose leaf at the market where I was originally introduced to Ahmad. It was $10 for over a pound of tea. Is it THAT good? Uhmm. It has 3 ratings sooo maybe just to me. We have history :) Seriously, this is an inexpensive chun mee with a hint of bergamot. It will steep twice. What’s not to like.

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drank Earl Grey by Ahmad Tea
709 tasting notes

I blame KS for this one. He is always raving about his Ahmad tea, so when I came across this (while looking for Fauchon tea) I had to buy it. It was a pretty good deal. This one is in tea bag form.

The dry tea smells strongly of bergamot, so obviously I’m excited.

The brewed tea smells, tastes and looks like orange pekoe (the ingredients just list black tea). There is a bergamot flavour to it. It is moderately strong. I had anticipated it to be stronger based on the smell. The bergamot has a natural sweetness to it. I am finding my mouth a bit dry (but not astringent) after each sip, which I attribute to the orange pekoe.

Overall a decent Earl Grey. I would prefer a different base tea, but it is still good. I might just have to try Ahmad’s Earl Grey Green that KS is always writing about…

(And I agree with KS. This is a cheaper tea but it is still quite decent for the price you pay).

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec
TeaBrat

I have the decaf version of this…

K S

I’ve always seen this on the same level as Twinings – but Twinings’ base is too bland and the bergamot a little too bright (not too strong) for my tastes. Ahmad uses a Ceylon base that packs more punch though that may not appeal to all Cheapster Steepsters.

In my bag only days I went from Bigelow to Twinings to Ahmad. Now it is like family – always welcome.

Terri HarpLady

This is Tony’s go-to tea, the one he loves the most.

K S

Lala the bagged green is different than the loose. Bagged is more like what you would expect – similar to the black version but green ;). The loose is more like inexpensive but decent bi luo chun with a light touch of bergamot.

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