Choice Organic Teas

Recent Tasting Notes

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A nice English Breakfast tea though I’m not sure I’ll make this my standard. I’m not a great fan of the plastic mesh pyramid bags (I prefer something that decomposes).

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10

Smells interesting. Like a swamp murder. Tastes like dragon piss. I tried it black, with sugar, with milk, with milk and sugar, with Jameson, and came to the conclusion that I am not a Lapsang Souchong girl. Banished it to the top of the refrigerator because it was stinking up all the other lovelies in my tea nook. Has since been relocated to the trash bin.

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My green tea of choice. Absolutely amazing.

The aroma is a earthy, sea weed like smell. However it’s not too overpowering. It’s just right. As it goes down, the seaweed flavor is in full effect but its not screaming or kicking but simply making its presence known on the palate.

My only complain is that, for my own preference, I have to add a sweetener because it is be bitter plain. But that’s just me, this is a fantastic tea.

Flavors: Earth, Seaweed, Tannic

Preparation
3 tsp 14 OZ / 400 ML

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82

Finished up my box of this one. It was always nice to have around for those times when I wanted a cup of something warm and soothing and not exactly subtle, but not too strong or flavored either. I’ll have to look for something similar to occupy the same place in my cupboard! A houjicha would probably fit the description nicely…

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82

I think this is the same thing as Twig Tea by Choice Organic, which is already in the system. They must have recently changed the packaging, because it’s now sold as Twig Kukicha in stores.

This is a good, simple toasted tea. The toastiness is very much present in both the aroma and flavor, and there’s a touch of creaminess and toasted rice. The brew is rich without being strong. I’d call it the comfort food of teas.

I originally purchased this because I was curious about Lupicia’s kukicha, but wanted to try a budget version first to see if I liked this type of tea in general. It turned out to be highly enjoyable, but I’m not sure a down-to-earth, hard-to-get-wrong tea like this would be improved by coming from a fancier brand. So I might just stick with this one in the future.

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65

I enjoyed this, it was very nutty. But it had an almost smokey taste that was a hair reminiscent of coffee. I probably won’t repurchase, but will enjoy what I have. Recommended for those who like strong tea.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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75

I get this tea every spring. It’s become a staple on those chilly, rainy days when everything is just beginning to turn green. It’s one of those days today, in fact.

My first cup of the season was just 8 oz and I quite like it that way. It’s a bit watered down in 12 oz. I read to boil the water, then let rest (in the kettle) for 3 minutes then to steep the tea for 2-3 minutes.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 30 sec 12 OZ / 354 ML

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68

Paradoxically, although Choice Premium Japan Green tea tastes marginally better than Touch Organic Green, I have concluded that in an all-things-considered analysis, Touch wins the steep-off.

In truth, I do not recommend either of these teas, since there are much better options for filter bag sencha. Both Harney & Sons Japanese Sencha and Stash Premium Green are better and cost less than the Choice. The Touch costs one-third what the Choice costs, but the Choice is not three times better, hence the in some ways bizarre result of this afternoon’s steep-off!

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 g 10 OZ / 295 ML

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68

In today’s brew of the Choice Premium Japanese Green Tea filter bag, I used less water—only about 8 ounces. The flavor was quite a bit more pronounced, so definitely this bag is not meant for a big glass. I do not think that the flavor was weaker than the Harney & Sons (in the sencha steep-off today), but I do find that the Choice smacks quite a bit of seaweed—so much so that I began thinking of sushi!

Choice would be a good Choice for those looking specifically for an almost fishy-seaweed sencha experience from a simple-preparation filter bag. I prefer the Harney & Sons, but I do own that this tea is better when brewed in a smaller volume of water, so I am increasing my rating a bit.

Flavors: Seaweed

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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68

I decided to try the Choice organic Premium Japanese Green tea bags to see whether they are on a par with the Stash Premium Green and the Harney & Sons Japanese Sencha filter bags. I’m a big fan of sencha filter bags because they are the exception to the general rule that filter bags offer an inferior tea experience. The Japanese have perfected the sencha filter bag format, and from their centuries of toil on this front, all of us benefit!

The first surprise with this Japanese green from Choice was that the bags are wrapped in the cheap-o Lipton-type paper envelopes—so no attempt to maximize freshness, as with most teas with organic credentials and boasting “premium” quality. I’d have thought that any company charging 30 cents for a filter bag would take the trouble to wrap it in an airtight (foil) envelope. Not Choice.

I know nonetheless that this tea must be relatively fresh—or at least recently packaged!—since the expiration date is not until January 2017, which I presume means that it was only just produced. So the flavor was a bit disappointing, but not surprising, given the budget packaging. The box itself comes wrapped in cellophane, but it did not really seem airtight and hermetically sealed to me. Now that the cellophane has been removed, the tea is going to be exposed to air until the other 15 bags are gone.

I guess that I’ll try to drink these rapidly, because the flavor of the freshest bag, the one brewed today, was a bit wan. The pale greenish-yellow cloudy liquor was promising, and reminded me of Harney & Sons, but the flavor was less pronounced. I’ll try brewing my next Choice filter bag in less water, but my favorite double-walled Bodum glasses—the ones which I use specifically for sencha—seemed to be too voluminous for this 2 gram serving of Choice Premium Japanese Green Tea. Note, however, that the bags contain exactly the same weight of tea as do the Harney & Sons Japanese Sencha filter bags, which I find to produce a much more satisfying cup. I’ll do an official steep-off of these two filter bags soon, but I’ve imbibed enough Harney & Sons Japanese Sencha to be able to speak ex cathedra on these matters—it seems to me!

Preparation
2 g 10 OZ / 295 ML

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75

It turns out that the other intern who is working with me this semester and I have a lot in common, including being total tea nuts. Yayyyyy! Now we have stuff to talk about during those excruciating periods of down time in the mornings. Plus, it’s tea. Which I love.

Anyway, this tea has really grown on me. I’m really digging the smoky black teas lately. Mate, lapsang souchong, black-and-mate blends… I love ’em.

Something about the winter makes me crave them. Maybe it’s because they remind me of fireplaces. The smokiness makes me think of warmth, which is what I want in the winter. It makes sense, right?

I like the taste this tea leaves in my mouth. It’s like an old-man tea, but whatever. I’m old in my soul.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec

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75

Ummmm. Wow. This is definitely a unique tea. I would say that it is closest in flavor to traditional yerba mate. Very smoky and strong! Kind of tough to take first thing in the morning, but maybe it’ll grow on me.

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Preparation
2 min, 15 sec

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80

Subtle woody flavor, one of my favorites.

Flavors: Wood

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I’m obsessed with chai blends lately. I guess I’m waiting for winter to finish up around here and let spring have a chance.

As I’ve remarked before, nothing particularly special about this one. Choice is a pretty failsafe organic option if I’m ever on the go, but I’ve yet to try a blend from them that is really memorable, save for their lapsang souchong Russian Caravan. I wish the spices were just a little bit stronger in this, but it’ll do.

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I had this lovely moment of total peace this morning while I was waiting for my water to boil. Two of my housemates were making their breakfast in the kitchen with me, and we were all doing something different, but it felt so quiet and lovely and homey.

Anyway. I acquired 2 bags of this tea from my school’s cafeteria. I’ve had a few of Choice’s blends before and been quite pleased. This one smells like your average chai. It steeps a nice amber color.

Sipping… Good. I’m picking up ginger, more so than in any other chai I’ve tried. There is also something almost marine about it, too, although that may be my school’s heavily treated water poking through.

Hmmm. Just your basic chai, I’d say. Good for when you are in a rush on a cold day.

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78
drank Oolong by Choice Organic Teas
99 tasting notes

Tasted more like an assam than an oolong to me, still quite nice. Medium bodied, pleasant flavor. It’s a more oxidized oolong but not too heavily so, and with a bit of roastiness. Good quality for a bagged tea.

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78

Makes a rich, deep cup. Almost black, with a body close to coffee.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 45 sec

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58

As Jasmine teas go, this was pretty much middle of the road. It had a nice Jasmine scent to it, but the taste was rather lacking. It’s good in a pinch, but I’ve had other Jasmine teas that far surpassed this one.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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75

Smells like lox. Tastes like lox. Maybe I should try this with cream cheese.
I wanted a smoky tea, but this might be too much for me.

Brewed for 1 min 45 sec with boiling water, then added almond milk and sugar.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 1 min, 45 sec

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34

This is a “whatever” tea. I’m indifferent. I got it in the college cafeteria, so what does that tell you?

It’s a plain light tea. Pretty good with a lemon wedge and some honey, but nothing special.

I like Choice Organic’s Earl Grey much better.

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100
drank Oolong by Choice Organic Teas
5 tasting notes

This is my favorite tea available at the market. It’s perfect. I have it at all times of day including before bed and it’s the best tea. It’s light — it’s sort of smokey and definitely fruity, but there is also a nutty/buttery sort of taste/and feel to the tea. Unlike some other oolongs I have – you need to watch the steep time. With Choice oolong I leave the tea bag in the entire time I drink the tea and it never gets bitter. To me it only taste even better. This is really a great tea. Try Bigelow’s Chinese Oolong and then try Choice oolong if you are looking to really compare and contrast oolong tea. Definitely buy this.

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