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This is a pretty decent tea. I don’t have the proper kettle to make it the Turkish way, and I’m guessing that it would probably be better made that way. I was able to get two good steeps out of it, 3 minutes the first time, and 5 minutes the second time. It’s strong, but not as strong as I expected beforehand…I would have liked stronger first thing this morning. It’s nice and smooth, but kind of lacks flavor in my opinion…kind of plain…not bad, just not exceptional. I have a lot of it because it’s remarkably cheap, so I’ll definitely try it a few more times to see if it ends up growing on me. Overall, a good tea…one I wouldn’t mind drinking every once in a while, but not an everyday tea.
I had some Turkish tea on Turkish Airlines, and I was trying to figure out which tea they served on it. I was told at the Istanbul Airport this was close to it. This tea was for sure not it. I did not like this tea. It had a light smoky flavor, which is something I do not like in tea. I haven’t had that much Turkish tea, so I don’t know how it’s suppose to taste. I was not a fan of this.
I had this tea a while back and if memory serves me right, I think it was certainly a good tasting tea overall. It was serve piping hot with sugar on the side, but I don’t think my friend who served the tea used a samovar or a double kettle brew technique. He boiled the water fiercely and then added the tea which was about 4 teaspoon worth, at which he took the pot out of the heat. It was only fifteen or 20 minutes later he strained the tea of the leaves and serve me and himself about a cup. I knew it was gonna be a mouth puckering and face cringing bitter tea, but I managed to take a sip.
To my surprise, it was a flat and smooth tasting tea with a bit of minty chemically flavor at the end. I think I put too much sugar in the tea or it was really weak but I enjoyed, though I was kind of disappointed on the all the effort it took to brew this tea. Certainly its the first I tried of Turkish tea and definitely won’t be the last! What ever coompany or tea garden this tea was produced in I enjoyed a lot.
Buying this is all right if used in a versitile manner of blends, or flavoring. Is the tea good? Worth buying? Worth drinking it and falling in love? No and yes. Its a tea that will sell by quantities in huge bags and delivers a bit more taste than a lipton. But, when its all comes down its just an average say near below average. Its really flat with a hint of wintergreen and whatever the leaves was sprayed with! No matter how many infusion ( if possible) or the methods between western or Turkish brew methods its just plain if not worse when brewed in Turkish style. Personally, I blame on the way the tea is harvested, being cut with clippers and possible fertilized with chemicals that explains the chemical after taste. The tea afterword was just butchered of taste and quality. Good tea for bulk and everyday use but in the end its nothing special.