Choice Organic Teas

Recent Tasting Notes

88

I love genmaicha, and this is a nice bagged option. It’s really nutty and toasty. The tea base is prominent, but not to the point where it detracts from the toasted rice notes. It’s mildly vegetal. I’m not noticing any bitterness, even though I definitely oversteeped this time (and probably used hotter-than-optimal water).

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73

Thank you adagio breeze for this sample. I like the large sachet this teabag comes in, looks very large and in charge compared to the usual sachet designs.

The pyramid teabag is see through so I can note dark brown broken down leaves with some dark green leaves thrown in and also a few stem/twig like pieces. It has a dry, floral scent that reminds me of Autumn.

My steeping times are as instructed on the back of the sachet.

Once steeped the tea is dark brown in colour with an earthy and dry floral aroma.

Dry, floral, musky, earthy, rich and slightly sweet. It’s a little earthier than I thought it would be and there is a fairly strong muscatel mid taste which slowly resides to a sweet and subtle floral finish. As far as Darjeeling goes this is nice but nothing special, I was hoping for more floral notes. :( The musk is almost malty. And the sweetness is more fermented fruit than flowers.

Still it’s what I would be looking for as a pre packed Darjeeling, the sort of tea I could take to work or to a friends house.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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86

I don’t have much experience with Darjeelings, but I think I like this one! Floral & grassy with pleasant astringency and hints of muskiness. Don’t have much more to add because I drank it a bit too quickly.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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80

This tea is really basic. The green tea and the mint are well balanced. It’s very smooth, but there’s nothing really outstanding about it. It would be a good complement to a very flavorful meal or dessert, or as a palate cleanser. This wouldn’t be my first choice if I want to really savor my tea though.

I used 1 teabag in 16 oz of near boiling water, steeped for 3 minutes per package instructions. This tea does not resteep well – it just turns out extremely weak, no matter how long you let it steep.

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66

Intense sweet herbal aroma with a mild earthly taste. Easy on the stomach; warms you right up. Potential calming alternative to Chamomile.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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90

I found this while my boyfriend and I were giggling-drunk in the health food section of the grocery store. I was intrigued with the name of the tea at the time, so it found its way into my basket. (Despite the fact that I have so many other teas to be reviewed!)

This is actually my second time drinking it. I took it with me to work in a 16-ounce cup. I underestimated the strength of it and used two bags, which was a MISTAKE. It was so strong that I had to gulp some and add more water. But after that, it was great.

Like I said, this is a strong black tea that does not kid around. Perfect for your first cup of the day, especially if it’s cold outside and you have things to do. (The caffeine content is delightfully high.) After barely four minutes, it’s very dark, almost like coffee or a puerh. The flavor is malty and caramel-like, especially in the aftertaste. It certainly has a bitterness to it, but I crave that sort of thing. This is an especially good black tea for something bagged, I think. I’m actually pretty surprised by it, since it’s something from the grocery store. This might end up as my go-to convenience tea for those mornings where I just don’t feel like dealing with an infuser.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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91
drank Genmaicha by Choice Organic Teas
1452 tasting notes

Thank you CharlotteZero for sending this one! (If you were worried this tea was old, I saw numbers stamped into the box that said 062013 so I’m guessing that means June of this year. Not old yet! :D) I always have luck with Choice teas. This one is great, though I have no idea why the box says to steep this boiling. Boiling water would ruin it! I let the water cool a while and steeped for two minutes… delicious! I had no idea it would be better than some of the other genmaicha I’ve tried, even some that have been in loose leaf form. This one is very toasty and roasty while also having a buttery sweet flavor to it. I love it!

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100

This tea has a definite smokey/woody flavour to it that hits right as you taste it like Volstagg on a powdered pastry. I drink it with milk and sugar. Good for the days you feel like you need using a word like “robust” to describe yourself.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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68

James R sent me some tea bags to sample when I bought the delicious Harney’s Hot Cinnamon Spice. This was one of them! thanks! Surprisingly, I hadn’t previously tried any of the teabags included in that package! Nice! This one is a spicy chai with a rooibos base, so I can drink something with flavor at night without the caffeine. I’ve been trying to only drink rooibos or herbals at night, since I don’t sleep very well as it is. Of course, I can’t really taste the rooibos with all those spices… but it’s nice and peppery! A decent cup. I think I’ll resteep this with some black tea tomorrow morning. (Yes, my morning teas are much more fun. I was almost going to say because I have so many more choices, but I think I have enough choices just in the herbals & rooibos departments!)

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86

This was actually very good! (And I am not a mango fan, thanks to too much mango vodka one night. Whoops!) Anyway, the mango flavor itself is very mild. The vanilla adds a nice sweetness while the smooth ceylon balances it out. Tasty!

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87

I hadn’t had this tea for a couple of years and I forgot how much I enjoyed it! I love the coolness of the peppermint combined with the bit of sweet liquorice. It reminds me of the vanilla spice tea by Long Life Teas, (one that I cannot find anywhere!) This tasty organic will definitely be my next tea purchase….

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49

Steep Information:
Amount: 1 teabag
Water: ml at 212°F
Steep Time: a little over 3 minutes http://steep.it/3%20minutes
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: paper, sweet
Steeped Tea Smell: sweet, bakey
Flavor: paper, bakey
Body: Medium
Aftertaste: astringent
Liquor: translucent brown orange

Meh, it’s a bagged tea. I got it as a sample at NW tea fest, so it’s old, to give it some slack, but still that means better packaging needed?

Rating: 2/4 leaves

Blog: http://amazonv.teatra.de/2012/12/19/choice-organic-teas-teabag-black-tea-estate-blend-darjeeling/

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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51
drank Jade Green by Choice Organic Teas
702 tasting notes

Steep Information:
Water: ~500ml at 175°F
Tool: Breville One-Touch Tea Maker BTM800XL
Steep Time: a little over 2 minutes http://steep.it/2%20minutes
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: sweet floral, hint of vegetation
Steeped Tea Smell: paper, floral
Flavor: paper, vegetal
Body: Light
Aftertaste: sweet, floral
Liquor: translucent green

Perhaps because I let the teabag set a year it tastes like paper?

Rating: 2/4 leaves

Blog: http://amazonv.teatra.de/2012/12/19/choice-organic-teas-teabag-green-tea-jade-green/

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec
LiberTEAS

I have begun to notice more and more paper flavor in bagged teas. And they aren’t teas that have been sitting around for a long time, either.

AmazonV

@LiberTEAS I wonder if we’re getting better at it, or the paper is getting more potent?

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79

Steep Information:
Water: 12 ounces hot water from coffee machine
Steep Time: a little over 3 minutes http://steep.it/3%20minutes
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: sweet fall leaves
Steeped Tea Smell: toasty
Flavor: earthy
Body: Medium
Aftertaste: slight astringency
Liquor: translucent orange-brown

Rating: 3/4 leaves

blog: http://amazonv.teatra.de/2012/12/19/choice-organic-teas-teabag-black-tea-english-breakfast/

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec

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73

Steep Information:
Water: ~500ml at 175°F
Tool: Breville One-Touch Tea Maker BTM800XL
Steep Time: a little over 2 minutes http://steep.it/2%20minutes
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: slight jasmine, vegetal
Steeped Tea Smell: sweet jasmine
Flavor: jasmine (floral), sweet, end of sip is vegetal
Body: Light
Aftertaste: slightly perfume/chemical
Liquor: translucent light green

Not bad, not the best jasmine green I’ve had, but a good teabag choice.

Rating: 3/4 leaves

blog: http://amazonv.teatra.de/2012/12/19/choice-organic-teas-teabag-green-tea-jasmine-green/

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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51

Steep Information:
Water: ~500ml at 212°F
Tool: Breville One-Touch Tea Maker BTM800XL
Steep Time: a little over 6 minutes http://steep.it/
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: peppermint
Steeped Tea Smell: peppermint
Flavor: licorice (root), peppermint, sweet
Body: Light
Aftertaste: licorice root
Liquor: translucent murkey yellow-green

Let it sit at 6 for another minute or so, as it was mostly peppermint then

Usually not a huge fan of licorice in tea, although I love chewing the roots directly, but this was a nice blend!

Post-Steep Additives:

Rating: 2/4 leaves

Blog: http://amazonv.teatra.de/2012/12/19/choice-organic-teas-teabag-herbal-tisane-sweet-liquorice-mint/

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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51

Steep Information:
Water: ~500ml at 175°F
Tool: Breville One-Touch Tea Maker BTM800XL
Steep Time: a little over 4 minutes (was aiming 3 and got distracted)
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: floral, paper
Steeped Tea Smell: paper
Flavor: paper, chemical
Body: Medium
Aftertaste: vegetal, floral
Liquor: translucent yellow-green

bleh

Rating: 2/4 leaves

Blog: http://amazonv.teatra.de/2012/12/19/choice-organic-teas-teabag-green-tea-oothu-garden-green/

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

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51

Steep Information:
Water: ~500ml at 212°F
Tool: Breville One-Touch Tea Maker BTM800XL
Steep Time: a little over 7 minutes
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: chemical, hint of chamomile
Steeped Tea Smell: chamomile, honey
Flavor: slightly tangy (citrus), chamomile, with a finish of berry (hibiscus)
Body: Light
Aftertaste: sweet
Liquor: translucent yellow

Not a flat chamomile, interesting depth but perhaps a little heavy on the citrus?

Rating: 2/4 leaves

blog: http://amazonv.teatra.de/2012/12/19/choice-organic-teas-teabag-herbal-tisane-chamomile-citrus/

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec

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71
drank early grey by Choice Organic Teas
702 tasting notes

Steep Information:
Water: 212°F
Steep Time: a little over 4 minutes at Steep.It
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: strong citrus
Steeped Tea Smell: bakey, citrus, sweet
Flavor: bakey, ending with citrus
Body: Medium
Aftertaste: citrus, astringent
Liquor: barely translucent dark brown-red

An earl grey, not a particularly unique example or anything but not a bad cuppa

Rating: 3/4 leaves

Blog: http://amazonv.teatra.de/2012/12/19/choice-organic-teas-teabag-black-tea-earl-grey/

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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5

Bagged
Aroma when Dry: barely noticeable
After water is first poured: hints of mintiness
At end of steep: brighter hints of mint
Tea liquor:
At end of steep: light green
Staple? Type yes, brand No
Time of day preferred: Any
Taste:
first notes: flat mint fuzzyness
As it cools? starts to leave a fuzzy lingering note in the mouth
Additives used (milk, honey, sugar etc)? No
Lingers? Slightly, same fuzzy notes

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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65

Bagged

Aroma when Dry: woody, warm, faintly sweet
After water is first poured: warm, earthy, woody.
At end of steep: woody, sweet (eastern) chewy.
Tea liquor:
At end of steep: light earthy brown

Staple? Has great possibility, I do love it but prefer loose leaf, so looking into other brands.
Time of day preferred: Any.
Taste:
first notes: twiggy, buttery, smooth.
As it cools? notes warm, bitters slightly, gets twiggier.
Additives used (milk, honey, sugar etc)? No.
Lingers? Yes, with warm, sweet (eastern) earthy smoothness
Also great cold.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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86

It has hibiscus and rosehips, lemongrass, and a surprisingly nice bit of peppermint, all of which I love. A nice medium-strength herbal tea. Sour, in a good way.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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75

I’ve been drinking this on occasion, but, I just realized that I’ve not logged it even once!

This is a really good rooibos chai. As I’ve said on many occasions, I’m not big on rooibos, but, I do enjoy organic rooibos, and I did at one time have a very tasty rooibos chai blend that I crafted using a similar recipe of spices that I used for my Masterpiece Chai. It’s been so long since I’ve had that rooibos chai though, that I would have a hard time saying how this one stands up to that. This one IS good though.

It’s warm and nicely spiced without tasting too spicy. The ginger and pepper sit off in the background, providing a warmth to the cup but it isn’t an aggressive, peppery chai. Nice and warm when it is COLD outside!

MKstuder

Rooibos chais are great for cold evenings. They have the wonderful warm spices of real chai without the caffeine. I really enjoyed reading this tasting note.

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