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85

Thank you TeaEqualsBliss for sending me some of this tea.

I started brewing this right before I stepped outside to get the mail. I came inside just as the tea had finished brewing, so I removed the bag, and started to look through the mail. I got some tea (yay, Matcha!) and then some rather unsettling news. So, I found myself stressing out about this, and totally distracted from my freshly brewed cup of tea. I didn’t even take a tester sip of it to see if I needed to add a pinch of sugar to it (I always test the tea, and usually, it doesn’t need it.) so when I got back to the cup about 45 minutes later, it was quite a bit cooler but fortunately it did not need anything added to it. I didn’t think it would, I don’t usually need to add anything to my teas. But sometimes, with the edger teas, I find that they go down smoother with a pinch of sugar.

But I digress. Now, it is quite cold. But, it is still quite tasty. It is a little sweet with a strong, vegetative taste. A touch of fruity taste toward mid-sip through to the finish. I like that this is a little more savory than sweet, but enough contrast between the two to keep it lively and interesting.

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74

Thanks TeaEqualsBliss for this sample. It’s an OK tea for me, not quite the kick I need to get this gloomy and rainy day started. It is sweet and slightly vegital. Not a bad start to the day…but I need a kick in the pants this morning, :)

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91

This bagged tea doesn’t have much of an aroma or color to it. But what it lacks in those areas it makes up for in taste! This is darn tasty for a bagged green tea! It’s sweet and semi-malty for a a green. It has a slight hint of citrus, almost. The after taste is refreshing and cooling…not quite a mint flavor but something FRESH! This was a great surprise! I really enjoy this bagged green!

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76

Keep away from other teas, or else they will pick up the smoky smell. I prefer with some milk, on a cold or rainy day. This is not a everyday tea for me to drink.

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60

A good basic green tea. Nothing special, I think this was bought to drink with the tonkatsu dinner I made with my boyfriend a while back, and it seemed wrong to have Chinese green tea. Haha, it’s good though, but I prefer jasmine.

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77

A review of Celtic Breakfast Tea by Choice Organic Teas

This is another great tea to fixed as iced tea. I placed four tea bags into a medium pan and fill it with freshly drawn, cold water. I placed cover on pan, partially and left to steeped for a good five minutes; when the water comes to a rolling boil, I remove the cover and let it brew a bit longer before turning it off.

Tea’s color is darken amber and smells very strongly of malt. I let it cool completely before pouring it into a jug. I take a tall glass from cupboard and set on table while retrieving some lime and ice to go with the tea. I thinly slice the lime into a few smaller sections and put one into the glass and crushed some iced to place in the glass and then poured myself some of the tea. I take one of the remaining limes and squeeze some of its juice over the tea and swirl about.

I have enjoyed this tea when hot with honey and sugar **(preferring it more with sugar) and now having it cold with some lime makes it for a milder cup of tea. The malt is very present…a rawness and drying of the palette but the lime makes it fruity and as I swallow the tea is not as astringently drying as without the lime. It seems as such.

I must note when I am to have the next cup of iced tea it will be without the lime. To truly enjoy this tea it is best alone with no tempering, but adding the sugar does to it nicely.

So enjoy a cup of Celtic Breakfast Iced tea and experience malt strength for what it is!

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

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77

A review of Organic Celtic Breakfast by Choice Organic Teas

I poured over one tea bag in a cup some boiling water and left to steep for few minutes. The teas aroma is robust and richly dark. Upon tasting I can taste the malt of the Assam; leaving my palette with a drying effect at the back of throat.

It is smooth as it is robust and I am thinking this would make for a nice cup of iced tea. So I placed several tea bags in the pot and filled it with boiling water and left to brew for several minutes longer. I note the color is dark red…more amber than red. And the aroma is strong and invigorating.

I left it to cool for close to 15 minutes and took a taller glass and retrieved several iced cubes and placed them in the glass with a spoon of sugar and poured in the tea; stirring the tea, the sugar blends nicely with its coloring and to garnish I added on sliced (finely sliced) lemon and let that fall into the glass and this is was how the day unfolded with my Celtic Breakfast Iced tea; a favored refreshment of fine organic teas from Assam and Ceylon.

It is very good.

One last thing to note:
The tea bags in this package are made with unbleached natural fibers with a high barrier envelope that protects the freshness and flavor of the tea.

I am thinking guaranteed freshness with every cup of tea.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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77

A review of Celtic Breakfast by Choice Organic Teas

I filled a small pan with freshly drawn water and let water come to a full boil. I placed one tea bag into cup, and poured the hot water over tea bag in the cup, allowing to brew for 4 minutes for the flavors to unfold to their fullest. Also to be able to breathe in the aroma as it is presented in the steam rising from the cup. I like this aspect of getting a sense of the tea’s flavor through one’s nostrils. What it conjures prior to having had a sip of the tea.

Tea’s color is a dark red with first steep, I notice later when adding more water to the cup that the color does lighten to amber’s golden dew. Still dark, but not red is all.

This is not a bouquet type tea since it is too robust and smells of malt, there is a rawness to it. It is an equal combination of Assam tea leaf with Ceylon teas from mountain estates which keeps the blend strikingly smooth.

I choose to add one teaspoon of sugar to tea with the second steep as this enhances the malt and robustness that is to be found in this cup of tea.

Overall, this tea is described as “a malty tea of strength,” and it is indeed that.

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

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77

A review of Celtic Breakfast by Choice Organic Teas

Ingredients: Organic Black Teas from Assam and Ceylon

After having brought freshly drawn cold water to a rolling boil. I put one tea bag in my mug and poured the water into the cup. Allowing to steep for a full five minutes for the flavors to unfold to their fullest.

Tea’s color is dark reddish amber, and smells very robust and malty at the same time. I have decided to add 1 teaspoon of honey so that I may appreciate the maltiness more and less of the robust.

This tea is already richly flavored so adding the honey just enhances its full-bodied richness.
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Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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89

To be honest, I usually don’t like straight black tea. It’s too bold and kind of bitter to me. But a good English Breakfast and good black tea, once adjusted to the perfect taste, is great. And this happens to be that tea!

Smell: You know, since it was bagged, I didn’t take the time to really smell it, but what I did get was just a smooth, bold black tea smell. But good, you know?

Taste: It’s rich, a bit sweet with a nice strong flavor. I added a little bit of honey, no sugar this time (see, I can enjoy tea with no sugar! Though I have to think back on that because I may have? I’m almost 100% positive I didn’t though) and it came out amazingly well. The honey gave it a pleasant flavor and smoothed out some of the bitter that I find in straight black teas. And it had the slight caffiene kick I needed, and it was just really yummy for a black tea! Unfortunately, I only have one more bag………:-(

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

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78

This came from Tommy the Toad. Thanks! I have had a couple Choice teas before and found them to be pretty good bag teas. I used my typical black tea method of boiling water and a three minute steep. The bag plumped up nicely. The brew is dark and shiny. Not at all murky. The smell is light and not overwhelming. The spices are very balanced with a bit more cinnamon flavor just ever so slightly more prominent in the aftertaste. More importantly, I can taste the tea base. I never really crave chai tea but this one is very nice. I thought I would try one final test and added French vanilla creamer. This didn’t really add anything to the experience for me. It did introduce a mild pepper note that is not present otherwise.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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78

Was shopping at Giant Eagle this morning with the toddler, went down the tea aisle for some crackers (hazelnut nut thins) when I decided to glace at the tea. Twinings did have some tins of loose leaf but nothing excited me, I thought about getting some Irish Breakfast for the husband but passed. Their Prince of Wales and another brand’s Lapsang Souchong tempted me as well but they were both bagged.

Then there was another curved section with organic teas. Stash caught my eye and got me excited (as I’ve seen people log about it on here) but I didn’t like any of the choices. However this and Choice’s bancha made their way into my cart along with another brand’s coconut chai green tea (mainly because it had a nice tin).

So yes this is bagged, but its twigs and organic, so how important can whole leaf be in this case? The fannings are still smaller than I would have thought, but I’d have to order some loose leaf kukicha to compare. I disregarded their brewing instructions, boiling for 4-5 mins no thank you. If it hadn’t said it was twigs and leaves I might have gone for it. I brought the water to 180ish and steeps for about 2 mins (I watched and smelled and when it was brown and sweet I pulled the bag).

But this is actually quite delightful. Its roasty and nutty and sweet and I think the husband is actually going to love it, which is a miracle because although he loves Japanese culture (studied it in college) he doesn’t care for their food or green tea. There is something in both the smell and the taste that does remind me of coffee, but a really light coffee with some hazelnut soy creamer. Will also have to take this into work to share, but really I can see myself buying this again (convenience certainly plays a role in that).

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 15 sec
TeaBrat

This was one of my favorite teas for years!

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51
drank Ginger by Choice Organic Teas
8 tasting notes

A bit too much licorice for my tastes, but quite good with plenty of ginger slices. Also good cold. (Which is very handy, considering I always end up with cold tea.)

Preparation
4 min, 0 sec

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96

Some people aren’t fans of Rooibos – that’s fine – they can give it all to me! I love Rooibos (and honeybush) and happily could drink it every day. This one is plain and wonderful!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more

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81

Brand New offering from Choice!
If you are skeptical on bagged Chai – try this one! It’s got kick and punch and made me rethink bagged chai! It’s powerful and robust! Pretty tasty!

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58

Although this has a little bitterness, it’s just enough to round out the flavor and no more. The jasmine isn’t particularly strong, but so what? To me this is a good green tea with just a touch of jasmine, and I’ll happily drink it when I’m looking for something simple and warm.

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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90

Another great cup of Genmaicha. I’m almost out so I’ll have to try another brand soon and compare. I steeped much longer this time (by accident), and got more toasty flavour and after-taste, and still no bitterness! Definitely one of my favorites

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 5 min, 30 sec

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90

The toasted rice flavor makes for a tea that feels warm and filling. It does not overpower the green tea flavors, but is instead a great complement to it. I particularly like genmaicha during winter-time. I cannot compare with other brands of genmaicha, but there is no detectable bitterness, and a great flavor. Cooling the water down before steeping and keep steeping time down may be important to avoid bitterness. It leaves a nice aftertaste from the toasted rice that can last quite a while.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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43

One of the better bagged teas with at least a slight earthiness. Still, it sucks.

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Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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82

Houston, Tranquility base here. The Eagle has landed. That’s code for envelope from TeaEqualsBliss arrived loaded with much joy! I bought Choice teas before I joined Steepster but not since, so I have never logged any of them. This one, I have never even seen before now. It is a bagged version in a paper envelope. Ingredients listed as Organic Black Tea.

First off, the provided brewing instructions (For best results brew 4-5 minutes) will result in a really harsh cup of tea. I went 3 minutes and even at the shorter steep this is very astringent. Cotton mouth astringent. If I had another bag of this I would try 1-2 minutes.

Now on to the positives. This is pleasantly malty. It also has an interesting taste that to me tastes like leather similar to the Teavivre mini toucha – a first with a black tea for me. I think with a little patience and brewing artistry (getting the most out of a bag is as much an art as it is with loose leaf) this would be a really nice cup.

TeaEqualsBliss

I LOVE that you are liking these! It makes me want to send you more!!! :)

K S

Greatly appreciative of your kindness.

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