Ahmad Tea

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This is kind of like English breakfast tea for people who don’t necessarily like it with a punch in the face. It’s kind of like a sleeping in breakfast tea, really.

The dominant note to me is the Ceylon. It’s strong with that kind of crisp, cooling feeling that I associate with it. There’s a decent amount of Keemun in here too adding a toastiness. There’s a slight amount of the malt and heft that I associate with an Assam.

The cup perhaps lacks the depth I would normally enjoy, but I’d drink it again without complaint.

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

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drank English Breakfast by Ahmad Tea
102 tasting notes

2/2/2015 2bags/10oz/212F/2min Pretty standard english breakfast tea, given to me for Xmas by my brother-in-law. Brewed weak, so for the next mug I’ll use three tea bags. With a bit of milk and sugar, an acceptable builders tea. If I bought this for myself (and I might) it would be for the darling wee little tins it came in, not the tea.

The secret to getting a good cuppa out of bagged tea is more tea, shorter steep time.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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This is perhaps my favorite bagged tea. The way I stumbled upon it was kind of funny. I was on a trip to Raleigh for training, and in Cary to meet my friend at a Thai restaurant. I went into a Turkish store to ask for directions. It turned out that the restaurant was directly across the parking lot. I felt bad not buying anything at the store, so I bought this tea, thinking it would just be so-so. I’ve been searching every store in southeastern North Carolina for this tea since I finished the box…I may have to buy it online. I’ve rambled enough…nice tea, a very smooth Ceylon…highly recommended.

boychik

We got Ahmad in Brooklyn . Everywhere, especially in Turkish and Russian stores

Mike

Haha, yeah, if only I realized how great that tea was when I lived in Brooklyn! :P I lived on Quentin Road, within walking distance to several Turkish and Russian stores on Kings Highway and 86th Street, haha. Where are you in Brooklyn?

K S

My favorite company for bagged. The sell many varieties in loose as well. A solid Cheapster Steepster brand.

Mike

Hahaha, I love that term, KS!! I’m definitely a Cheapster Steepster! :P I found a Turkish store near my sister’s house, hoping to find some Ahmad tea when I go there on Thursday!

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drank Cinnamon by Ahmad Tea
306 tasting notes

a friend gave me this; I quite like it!

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drank Earl Grey by Ahmad Tea
82 tasting notes

Found this in my tea cupboard when I was cleaning it out the other day. This is a very mild earl grey. The bergamot is very light almost not even there. It’s not a bad earl grey but it’s not the best either. Just meh for me.

Preparation
2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Earl Grey by Ahmad Tea
82 tasting notes

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drank English Breakfast by Ahmad Tea
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I like other Ahmad teas and was excited when I got their bagged English Breakfast as a Christmas gift. I will finish the package, but I will not buy this again: it’s definitely not as robust/flavorful as my preferred English Breakfasts (Yorkshire is the default in my household; we also do sometimes drink PG Tips). Not terrible, but weak.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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Got this for $8 at the local produce store a couple months ago. I didn’t expect too much from it due to the price. I brewed it according to what it said on the tin (5-7 minutes) and using the default 1 tsp of tea per cup, but it turned out way too strong for my tastes at even 5 minutes. The next time i brewed it I tried 3 minutes and 30 seconds. Perfect! The tea has a reddish black liquor and a very fragrant, complex aroma. Its fruity but bold taste is a nice complement to a hearty meal. It also has that unique muscatel finish that you would expect from a darjeeling. Only issue i had is its astringency (which you only really notice after a cup or so). Surprisingly delicious for such an inexpensive tea.

Flavors: Astringent, Fruity, Malt, Muscatel

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 18 OZ / 532 ML

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drank English Tea No. 1 by Ahmad Tea
18 tasting notes

The flavor notes are light bergamot, pretty fruity, somewhat over run with ceylon tea, a rich tea. It feels not bad to drink in the afternoon/evening.

In the morning, I really didn’t like it. It felt really bad, it tasted off and I really didn’t like it. Then again, I’m an Assam guy in the morning, so there’s a big difference.

When I first tried it, I absolutely hated it. It tasted weak, and I was confused as to why my Iraqi friend liked it.
As time went on, I reeeeeeally began to enjoy it. Now it’s every day. Help.
HIGHLY RECOMMEND SMALLER CUPS WITH THIS TEA.

All in all, if you’re gonna get a cheap bagged tea, this is a great choice. I’ve got 5 bags on me at all times.

edit:

Still going strong.
This is my go to afternoon tea and evening tea.

A correction: in the part where I said small cups, it’s not needed. small cups for a stronger cup, bigger cups for a lighter, more slow caffeine kick.

Either way, enjoy the Ahmad.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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drank Earl Grey by Ahmad Tea
339 tasting notes

While cleaning out the tea cupboard I found a tiny ziploc baggie of this I had saved for some unknown reason. I had once upon a time the gigantic tin of this stuff, bought from the Middle Eastern market, back when I was just slowly getting into loose teas. I gave the tin away but apparently had kept a bag for some reason.

Well, suffice it to say that I have well and truly become a tea snob. Because I’m sorely tempted to dump this mug into the sink and toss the rest of the tea.

Sometime in the past year, I remember getting into it with a friend of a friend on Twitter (really, will I never learn?) who was vehemently offended that there are people who will pay more than $1/oz for loose tea, because – as he said – the stuff he got from Ahmad in the giant ass tin was good enough for him.

Oh, how I laugh now. Because honestly, this tea is not even in the same league as the other earl greys I have in my cupboard. The bergamot is very faint, the tea base is a bit rough, and the taste is closer to Lipton than to earl grey.

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec

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drank Earl Grey by Ahmad Tea
1 tasting notes

I like this tea, it has a reach fragrance. There’s nothing like a cup of Bergamot tea on a cold day. Also it’s easy to find.

Flavors: Bergamot, Citrus

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 45 sec 18 tsp 13 OZ / 384 ML

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drank Apple Tea by Ahmad Tea
6 tasting notes

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Steepster is acting slow again, so I’m not sure if this tea will make it to the dashboard.I tried “liking” a few people’s notes and they didn’t stick either.

Anyway, it’s been freezing cold in my apartment today and I’ve been trying to drink a lot of warm tea but I don’t need any more caffeine after my 1 pm coffee which still has me kind of wired at almost 9 pm.

I’ve had this tea forever and it’s been lurking in my cupboard where I forgot about it. This is the kind of bergamot tea I actually enjoy since the tea is lightly flavored with bergamot, very subtle and compliments the black tea well. This is good with soymilk and a touch of stevia this evening. I wouldn’t turn down a cup if offered, but it can’t really compare to the decaf Paris by Harney and Sons. This is also in a paper teabag which doesn’t help the flavor. It is a decent cuppa, however.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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drank Cardamon Tea by Ahmad Tea
606 tasting notes

HHTTB

Ooooh, wow! Yup, that’s cardamon! I love cardamon, but it pretty much takes over in this cup. I can’t taste the tea or anything else that might be around, just cardamon. It seems like a fairly even flavor with a tiny bite at the beginning of the sip, but there isn’t much going on. I’d love to see this paired with something else that can match the strength of the spice. Still, if you want to drink a cup of cardamon, this is your tea.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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drank Earl Grey by Ahmad Tea
32 tasting notes

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How i got it: Bought it (Looking for a fruit-flavored tea, i was about to try an Akbar, but decided for this one instead).

Experience: Intense aroma, dominated by the peach, although you can note the passion fruit and the tea to a lesser degree. Its has an intense flavor too, being mainly defined by the peach, but having more presence of the passion fruit. The base tea is specially bold (the same sensation i got from Ahmad’s English Breakfast) and can easily turn out a little bitter if oversteeped. The downside? I missed a bit more of definition, naturality and richness in the flavors. On the other hand, it has quite much potencial for an iced version. Not a very impressive tea, but a good one anyway.

Would i buy it again?: I’d say this tea is a bit above the average, so it has its possibilities.

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drank English Tea No. 1 by Ahmad Tea
41 tasting notes

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How i got it: Got this as a gift while i was visiting one of my aunts (along with a couple of the strangest teas and infusions i’ve seen in my life)

Experience: This one is a serious candidate for the strongest tea i’ve tasted. Its aroma is similar to a regular Ceylon, but a little more complex. At the other hand, its flavor is really intense (maybe i oversteeped?), and gives me almost the same sensation than Lipton’s English Breakfast: a taste that goes from malty to soft bitter, but amplified. It has some toasted notes in addition to a couple of other unique flavors, making a good deal of difference from the teas i usually have. Not bad, but it could take me a time to get used to it. Average, maybe a bit above.

Would i buy it?: Maybe i need to season myself a bit more in English Breakfast’s, but for now, the answer would be no.

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Just a little bergamot, against a pretty robust breakfast-y seeming blend. Sometimes it’s just what I want; sometimes I’d rather be drinking an Earl Grey.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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I’m always looking for good, comforting, mild teas for when I’m getting sick. This is a good one. A hint of citrus, but mostly just enjoyable warmth.

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drank Apple Refresh by Ahmad Tea
37 tasting notes

I’ve been looking for an apple-flavored black tea ever since Adagio discontinued theirs. That’s harder than it sounds, since there are so many apple cinnamon teas and very few that are just apple.

This makes for a decent substitute. While it’s bland when hot, after it’s cooled a little it’s good and strong and appley. Planning on trying it iced next.

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drank English Breakfast by Ahmad Tea
1765 tasting notes

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drank Cardamon Tea by Ahmad Tea
192 tasting notes

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drank Cardamon Tea by Ahmad Tea
192 tasting notes

I’m going to up the rating of this one. I made it iced and it has to be one of my favorite iced teas of all time. Just smooth and beautiful with the smallest hint of cardamom and whispers of citrus. Endlessly refreshing on this 80º+ day.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 15 OZ / 443 ML

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