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Nice Earl Grey. Very easy to oversteep so it goes bitter. Recently bought it and experimented with all kinds of steep times and with doubling up on the bags. I wouldn’t go above 2 minutes steep time unless you plan to add sugar or milk to it.

Flavors: Bergamot, Citrus

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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58
drank Ceylon Cardamon by Ahmad Tea
5 tasting notes

Good blend of black teas. However to cardamom taste rough, not as fragrant as fresh pods.

Flavors: Astringent, Cardamon

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 g 17 OZ / 500 ML

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drank Strawberry Sensation by Ahmad Tea
604 tasting notes

My first time to try this tea, or any Ahmad tea for that matter. The smell is sweet strawberry candy . . .

I’m not even going to bother rating this today because I completely botched the cup and it’s absolutely awful.

Flavors: Candy, Strawberry, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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75
drank Cardamon Tea by Ahmad Tea
2816 tasting notes

I’m kind of a cardamom freak. I’ve always wanted to try this tea so I ordered some from Amazon when I needed a few other things. This is by far the largest tin of tea I’ve ever had at 17.6 ounces! The tin is HUGE. I recall having an 8 oz. tin of Florence by Harney and Sons that seemed to last forever. I guess I’ll have this stuff for years. Let me know if anyone would like a sample ;)

Now on to the tea tasting notes. I steeped it this morning in my Adagio tea maker for 3 minutes. I didn’t see an cardamom pods or powder in here. I think this is cardamom flavored tea. I’m not sure if the flavoring comes from oil or what. Compared to the cardamom french toast I had from David’s Tea this is much milder. Less cardamom-y. Since I have so much of it I might throw in some cardamom pods or desiccated cardamom into the tin to bump up the flavor a bit.

As for the tea itself, it’s a dark, somewhat standard ceylon. I found it had quite a bit of heft compared to some other ceylons I’ve tried. It has that citrusy, sort of copper-y flavor that’s fairly unique to ceylons. I had a mug of this in the morning with soymilk added. I haven’t tried it with sugar yet, but I imagine that would be good with this particular flavor combo.

Overall I like this stuff but I wish I liked it a bit more, since I definitely have way too much of it. I guess it won’t go stale anytime soon, that’s the good thing about black tea.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Nicole

Wow, that’s a lot. Maybe try it in some recipes?

tea-sipper

whoa. i can’t believe they sell 17.6 ounces at once!

TeaBrat

@ Nicole hmm. I am not sure what I could make with cardamom tea!
@ tea-sipper It’s overkill for sure. oh well

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70
drank Earl Grey by Ahmad Tea
13 tasting notes

I bought this from an Asian supermarket because it was inexpensive and I like the tin. I honestly had very low expectations for the tea itself. I buy every variety of earl grey I can get my hands on, which means I’ve been disappointed more often than not. There are a few brands which have been very pleasant surprises, but most have been a letdown. My expectations for this tea were adjusted accordingly.

I would say that this tea is more of a pleasant surprise than a letdown, but that isn’t to say that it’s one of my favorite earl greys. It is a serviceable tea. It will tide me over when I don’t want to dip into my more expensive blends, but it is not my first choice when I go to the cupboard.

The coloration in the cup is quite nice. It has that deep burgundy that marks the better earl greys. The quality of the black tea itself is something lacking. It’s just not quite up to the quality I prefer. The bergamot flavoring is nice, and the blend is fairly well-balanced. All in all, this falls just shy of what I want in an earl grey. I won’t recommend it, but I won’t fault anyone who enjoys it.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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77
drank Darjeeling by Ahmad Tea
1591 tasting notes

I had a cup of this after work, to help ease me out of this day. I really like this! Its got a really nice balance of flavors, and I suspect would take good with milk (which is odd for me to say, as I almost never add milk to tea).
Ahh, sometimes a nice Darjeeling is just what you need.

gmathis

Do you have a local retailer that carries Ahmad? The only times I’ve seen it locally were just potluck at TJ Maxx.

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77
drank Darjeeling by Ahmad Tea
1591 tasting notes

This was a gift from my boyfriend for my birthday, as h knows I like a Darjeeling, and my stash is currently lacking in Darjeeling’s.
And, I’m pleased to say, this is a solid, decent cup of tea! This isn’t a fancy, bells and whistles cup of tea. Rather its good and solid and just the right thing for those days when you just want a good cup of tea.
Well done, boyfriend! Well done indeed!

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The black tea itself is alright, nothing special, but good. The hint of vanilla is a stretch of a description, can’t really taste it at all.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp

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73

1/1/2016 Evening cuppa. 12oz/212F/2min I didn’t measure the leaf, but I’d guess maybe 2 tsp. Someone gave me a little set of cute gift tins. I find that Ahmad teas always make a nice cuppa, and are great for builders tea. A little bergamot, a little brass, very nice sweetened.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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93
drank Strawberry Sensation by Ahmad Tea
16 tasting notes

This tea justifies its claims. You can taste these sweetness of the strawberry flavour. I drink 3 – 4 cups with just one tea bag.

Flavors: Strawberry

Preparation
5 min, 30 sec

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76

Leaf version.
After the first steep the bergamot was on the front, followed by a subtle impression of orange zest and then long, earthy aftertaste.
In the second steep the bergamot and zest disappeared, and earthiness was much more subtle, replaced by fantastic malty and nutty notes.

Flavors: Bergamot, Earth, Malt, Nutty, Orange Zest

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 4 g 8 OZ / 250 ML

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90
drank Ahmad Winter Charm by Ahmad Tea
11 tasting notes

This tea is perfect for the holidays, and I honestly can’t get enough of it!

Flavors: Apple, Cinnamon, Clove

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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76
drank Cardamon Tea by Ahmad Tea
19 tasting notes

As a true tea addict, I couldn’t resist buying this while browsing my local Middle Eastern market! As a huge fan of cardamom everything (green cardamom is incredible), I bought a 100 bag box before even trying it. It’s pretty straight-forward, a cardamom scented black ceylon tea in a bag- because it’s processed and fit into a bag, it has a super bold punchy flavor right away, and the cardamom is decent, it is wonderfully complementary- it does come through but not as strong as I’d like it to.

Cardamom almost has a “peppery” sharpness to it when it is a fresh pod, this bag is missing that freshness, but the overall cardamom-ness is present. This makes an excellent milk tea, but I often drink it straight.

Flavors: Cardamon

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec

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90
drank Aromatic Earl Grey by Ahmad Tea
59 tasting notes

Personally, I found this very similar to Twinings Earl Grey. Which is cheaper for me to buy, which is why I won’t be buying this again, not because it’s an unpleasant tea. The smell in the tin is just amazing, it doesn’t hold that aroma after steeping though. It has a pleasant bergamot flavour, and a good black tea base.

Flavors: Bergamot

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65
drank Earl Grey by Ahmad Tea
5 tasting notes

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Flavors: Bergamot, Citrus

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 15 g 17 OZ / 500 ML

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90
drank barooti by Ahmad Tea
127 tasting notes

Another strong Assam tea from Ahmad. This one tastes very similar to the malty Kalami Assam. I believe the Kalami is the long leaf version, and Barooti is the broken leaf version. A person with a more discerning palate than mine would probably be able to detect the difference in quality, but, so far, I think I like this one as much as the Kalami Assam. I’ll definitely be enjoying more taste tests to compare the two!

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drank Earl Grey by Ahmad Tea
44 tasting notes

Paid HKD30 (roughly GBP2.50, USD3.90) for 100g. Very reasonable price.
It is a Ceylon base Earl Grey.

This is my second time buying and tasting a ceylon base Earl Grey tea, after the Lipton one.
I liked Ahmad’s better than Lipton’s. The bergamot flavour was more subtle and less artificial. The ceylon base was smoother and less astringent.

I just don’t think ceylon tea pairs well with bergamot flavour. Can’t say I like it.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec 3 g 8 OZ / 240 ML
ashmanra

I agree. I love Nina’s Earl Grey when it had a Keemun base SO MUCH. They switched to Ceylon and I can’t drink it. :(

Louise Li

@ashmanra Oh yes, I love Earl Grey with Keemun base, like it with Assam base too.
I haven’t tried anything from Nina’s yet, will have a look. Thanks :)

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72
drank Earl Grey by Ahmad Tea
639 tasting notes

My grandmother drank this Earl Grey pretty often. I enjoy it out of memory, and I personally enjoy the more orange and lemony zest of the bergamot in the taste. The perfume botches my nose when I open the bag, or, at a distance, my nose really likes it. When I brew it, the smell is way better. It has a pretty smooth, malty taste and I actually prefer it to some of the black teas that I’ve had, save Irish Breakfast. I can do it with or without cream and sugar. I am glad that I have it, but I’m not sure that I would buy it for myself personally.

Flavors: Bergamot, Malt

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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74

I bought this for the cute-as-hell little red double-decker bus tin. I’m reviewing this from memory, so I don’t recall steeping time, temp, or those details, since it was probably a year and a half ago I finished the last bag. I do remember it wasn’t as strong a black tea as I generally like. Others have mentioned Assam, but I think there was more Ceylon, since my experience is Assam is a stronger black tea (and I LOVE Ahmad Barooti Assam). This was definitely more delicate, which is how I’ve experienced Ceylon teas. Likewise, I remember being surprised when reading the label that it was supposed to have bergamot in it, since it didn’t taste like Earl Grey to me at all. Still, it was a nicely civilized tea, clean with a smooth finish, and I did enjoy it, even if it seemed weak to me. (And while I don’t remember specific steeping times or temps, I do remember preparing it the way I usually would Assam, and it was nowhere near as strong.) And now I’ve got the cute tin!

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec
Mike

Great to find another Ahmad fan here! I love their teas! Thanks for the review!

Chi-Town Anglophile

Thanks for following me! I’ve returned the favor, as you’re another Ahmad tea fan. I’ve liked anything Ahmad that I’ve ever tried. I’ll review their Barooti Assam some time, as I think it’s just fabulous.

Mike

Nice! I’ll have to look for that one! I’m flying through my Kalami Assam! Thanks for the follow, have a good one!

Mike

I finally found some Barooti Assam on the weekend and drank some today! It’s great, very similar to the Kalami Assam, nice and strong, crazy cheap…love it!

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95
drank Kalami Assam by Ahmad Tea
127 tasting notes

I love the Ahmad Tea Company, and I love this tea. I think I paid $8 for 16 oz! It tastes great to me; malty, good strength, with kind of a raisin or plum flavor. It holds up well to multiple steeps. I went with 3.5-4 minutes, as you guys recommended on here.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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95

It’s only fitting that for my first review here I start with English Tea No. 1 by Ahmad, one of my favorite black teas. I first bought it a few years ago, thinking it was an English Breakfast kind of blend. For all intents and purposes, it is. One can hardly taste the bergamot, especially if like me, you take your black teas with lemon and sugar. The blend is strong but not overwhelming, not bitter. I would agree with others who describe a dry finish, with a white wine note. A splendidly drinkable tea, good for all day.

Flavors: White Wine

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 24 OZ / 709 ML

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72
drank Earl Grey by Ahmad Tea
23 tasting notes

Quite serviceable for something that’s not looseleaf—a long shot better than Twinnings. Strong enough to stand up to all the milk and sweetener you could wish for.

Flavors: Bergamot

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