Choice Organic Teas

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70

I had never heard of this tea before, but its romantic name and history of being transported thousands of miles from China to Russia in camel caravans sold me. It smells like a fire. It tastes like a bundle of burnt sticks. It’s fabulous! I happened to be eating some raspberry yogurt while drinking it straight, and I don’t know if I ever had a tea that goes so well with cream and sugar. Bold and smoky on its own, but in another realm when paired with rich and smooth, sweet flavors.

Flavors: Ash, Bitter, Fireplace, Smoke, Wood

Preparation
4 min, 0 sec

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75

Foods for Living had a sampler of this, and it actually was pretty smooth and well balanced. Not something I’d surely buy, but at the same time, it is not a bad chai. Ginger is a little bit stronger, but the black tea really evens it out. I’m pretty impressed. I’ve been craving chai’s and Earl Grey’s in this cold to think of it.

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61

A gift from my sister, in the bag of teas of doooooooom.
Ok, she didn’t call it that, but I do like to write out words that I can stretch to dramatic lengths like this.
This tea, however, I do not feel particularly dramatic. It was not unpleasant to drink, but I shall not remember it.

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90

Good spiceful stuff happening here

Flavors: Black Pepper, Cardamon, Cinnamon, Ginger

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 8 min or more 12 OZ / 354 ML

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The second tea in my search for a good rooibos chai. This one also has cardamom listed as the second ingredient, so the cardamom flavor dominated. Not one I will buy again.

Flavors: Cardamon, Spices

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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70

This tea is not bad, it’s just not for me. I really liked how the chai spices mixed with rooibos in the Choice Rooibos Chai, and I’ve enjoyed a couple rooibos teas mixed with vanilla; however, this fruit/rooibos combination isn’t my thing. I can taste the rooibos, but the predominant flavor is definitely orange. I’ll continue to drink this tea until I get through the box, but I don’t see myself purchasing it again. Maybe I’ll mix one bag of this with a bag of the rooibos chai to see if it can be salvaged as a combination tea.

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90
drank Rooibos Chai by Choice Organic Teas
127 tasting notes

I depleted my rooibos stores the other day, and bought this tea and the Choice Rooibos Superfruit so that I have some nice antioxidant-packed, caffeine-free evening beverages (I can’t seem to get into chamomile). The chai spices work very well with the rooibos. They are not overwhelming, but they definitely are stronger than the rooibos flavor. The local tea store near my sister’s house has some decent loose rooibos that I’ll have to purchase next month. In the meantime, I will enjoy this tea. Hopefully the Rooibos Superfruit is a good one as well.

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85

My favorite local store always has a great variety of teas from this brand, and I am always happy with their products. The box indicates that the tea is a combination of Ceylon and Assam. I definitely enjoyed the smoothness of the Ceylon. There’s a little Assam kick, good for the second cup of the day…I would definitely prefer more Assam to get going on a weekday. If I had to rate Cheapster Steepster English Breakfast Teas, I would put this one above Twinings, but below my beloved Ahmad. :P Ahmad somehow finds a way to get the right combination of smoothness and strength into a regular tea bag…quite an art.

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62
drank White Peony by Choice Organic Teas
4 tasting notes

Picked up this tea at an organic store looking for something new, wasn’t sure what to expect. Off the bat, the steeped scent is great. Subtle, very much a tea scent, and very enjoyable. It’s nothing I can complain about. I’d say it’s even slightly floral.

The first thing I notice when I drink this tea is that it’s slightly bitter. Otherwise, I wouldn’t say the taste is phenomenal or worth mentioning to a friend. It’s pretty subtle, enjoyable, but doesn’t really have anything that stands out to me. Don’t get me wrong, I do like it and won’t mind drinking it in the future, but it’s not what most people would look for in a tea. I wouldn’t recommend it to casual tea drinkers, as it may come off as being like one is drinking hot water or a very diluted tea.

Overall: gorgeous scent, lovely, I love the scent. Taste is good, but subtle, so I can’t say I would recommend it unless you like that kind of subtlety in your tea. Definite tea flavor though!

Flavors: Flowers, Tea

Preparation
1 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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90

Been drinking this for more than a year after I found out that I am pregnant just to be safe from chemicals. Whenever I need to stay up after a tiring night I make 2 bags and then I stay up.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 250 ML

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52

The dry teabag smells entirely of peppermint, specifically those peppermint puff candies I love. The color is red with a border of green and the taste is peppermint with the cloying artificial sweetness of licorice. I don’t mind licorice candy so much, but I’m not a fan of the flavor in tea. A tiny bit of honey smooths it out a bit without adding extra sweetness.

Flavors: Artificial, Candy, Licorice, Peppermint, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 6 OZ / 177 ML

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90

I love this tea. My only problem is finding a store that carries it, as I can not remember where I found it. Everyone carries Choice Teas but not the Russian Caravan. Even when I call the company they can not tell me where.

Preparation
5 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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82
drank Ginger by Choice Organic Teas
3 tasting notes

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80
drank Classic Black by Choice Organic Teas
127 tasting notes

Another pretty good bagged tea from Choice. It doesn’t seem to have quite the bite of an Assam, but it’s fairly strong, and has a decent smoothness to it…not as smooth as a Ceylon, but still pretty nice. I’ll have to drink it more to give a better review, but I do like drinking it.

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80
drank Darjeeling by Choice Organic Teas
127 tasting notes

Good Darjeeling, nice and smooth. A good light black tea for the afternoon.

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50

Maybe I just don’t like bancha hojicha, and it’s not Choice’s fault, but this is actually the only tea that I’ve ever really disliked. I’ve tried it a good 3 or 4 times. I’ll give it another shot or two, maybe my tastes will change over time.

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80

Solid bagged green tea. I prefer loose leaf green teas, but I choose this one often when I’m grabbing a tea bag. I’m a big fan of grassy Japanese teas, and I generally go with this one or the Stash green tea if I’m looking for bagged green tea.

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80

One of my favorite strong Assam teas. Gets me going in the morning.

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Jamming on this little ditty, this cold snowy Monday morning. I’ve always enjoyed this one. Mint and the mate blend well together. Gives you that extra boost you may need to get your work week started. Plus its a quick one to prepare when you are up against deadlines. If you enjoy mint teas, I’d recommend this one. Happy Monday everyone!

Flavors: Creamy, Mint

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80
drank Ginger by Choice Organic Teas
47 tasting notes

This has a very strong flavor, with ginger and licorice being the primary things I notice. I really like both flavors, so I really like this tea!

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

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90

I really love this tea. I tried it at an event, where there weren’t many options; I usually am not a huge fan of peppermint teas, but the liquorice complements the peppermint perfectly. I drink this straight, with no sweetener or milk.

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

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82

Sipdown! Sorry to see it go. Always a reliable cup when relaxing in the evening or when tummy troubles hit. Time to move on to some of my other mint teas.

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