Choice Organic Teas

Recent Tasting Notes

80
drank Darjeeling by Choice Organic Teas
25 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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75

Solid bagged green tea. No frills, no extra flavors. I prefer loose leaf green teas, but I choose this one often when I’m grabbing a tea bag.

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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
38 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

I really like this peppermint tea because of the strong peppermint taste I get from it. It’s not a wimpy, mild, watered down peppermint. The taste is solid. Perfect for when I’m having tummy troubles. Helps to settle my stomach nicely. I always like to have peppermint tea on hand and this brand suits me just fine.

Flavors: Peppermint

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67
drank Bancha by Choice Organic Teas
10 tasting notes

A great dinner tea, I drank it piping hot because as it cooled it got more bitter and dry. No sweet undertones, just mossy and toasty.

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70

Okay, I owe this tea an apology. It turns out that the awful taste that I first experienced was not the tea’s fault – instead, it was lovely Santa Barbara’s water, which is all sorts of foul tasting.

I had a different tea, which I knew should not have tasted oily and evil, but did. So I switched from the tap water to bottled filtered stuff to brew tea. And magically, the tea stopped tasting awful.

It’s still bagged tea so the quality is nowhere near what a loose hojicha would be, but it’s decent, and caffeinated, and doesn’t make me want to gag because it tastes like sweet oil.

Seriously, what the heck is up with the tap water here?

TeaBrat

hmm maybe it’s the drought?

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70

This is the weirdest hojicha I’ve had. It doesn’t taste like hojicha.

I’m currently visiting a friend in Santa Barbara and we went grocery shopping. He asked what I have for breakfast, and I responded – naturally – “tea.” The selection of tea wasn’t great – mostly bagged, though I later discovered there was some loose stuff toward the front but by that point I was fine with the lone box of Choice I grabbed. I’d had good luck with their bagged tea in the past, but this one was… ugh.

I’m not sure what was wrong with it. It just tasted so off. It was oily, and did not taste pleasant at all. Hopefully I can sneak into a store later and get something better. And a strainer – the man does not own one.

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85

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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66
drank Twig Tea by Choice Organic Teas
2622 tasting notes

I have so many things to do and have been procrastinating like crazy, as is my wont…

I could be much more productive if I blocked everything about tea and my personal social media accounts from my computer! But it shall not be!

Anyway this tea has been in my cupboard for a while now. I drank it years ago and decided to pick up a box recently to revisit it. It is pleasant and has a roasted, nutty and slightly vegetal taste. I used to drink it all the time with soymilk. Now it reminds me of soba (roasted buckwheat) tea or the roasted dandelion I had recently. If you’re a fan of roasty type teas, you could do worse than a cup of this. I will probably finish the box eventually, it is nice for evening time too due to the low caffeine content.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Holly Faye

I know what you mean about tea-related procrastination!

boychik

dont worry, you are not alone ;)

TeaBrat

lol… I know I find some similar minded people here ;)

gmathis

Bonus points for using wont correctly in a sentence! (We are a literate bunch here, aren’t we?)

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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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