Choice Organic Teas

Recent Tasting Notes

81

A robust cuppa! A great first cup. Strong and bold and malty. Nice baked flavor in the background.

A nice one.

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81

This is a very dark and strong black tea – perfect choice for first thing in the morning. Brisk and bold – this tea is hefty!

Nice!

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89

This is a wonderfully minty yerba mate! It covers that stereotypical yerba mate taste quite a bit but because I am a MINT FREAK this is perfect for me! One of the best flavored yerba mates in a bag I have tried so far!

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88

This is tremendously aromatic. It smells like grapefruit at first but I quickly realize it’s more ORANGE than anything else. As for the taste I can taste Orange, Hibiscus, and Berries! The flavors are overtop of the rooibos flavor and it’s fruity, citrusy, and a little tart. Nothing I can’t handle…which leads me to believe the hibiscus isn’t jam packed in there which is fine by me! I would have to say the primary flavor and scent is the ORANGE tho! This is very flavorful for a bagged rooibos! I like it hot but KNOW I would like it ever more iced!!!!

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74

This is nice. Minty but in good balance with the other ingredients. It is not too earthy which is always my apprehension when it comes to yerba mate (and something I need to get over because for quite a few months now I’ve rather enjoyed many different yerba mate teas!) The lemongrass in this is very subtle, but, it adds a nice dimension to the cup. Smooth. Nice!

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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78

This is a nice tasting oolong for a bagged oolong! Woodsy and slightly smoky. Not bad at all!

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82

BB (Bagged Bonanza) #2 for today!

I needed a stronger Black Tea (in a bag because of my BB and broken Hot water source) and thought I would have a cup of this!

See previous notes…

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82

Super dark liquor and a nice flavor for bagged…see previous notes…

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82

Backlogging…nice black tea in a bag! See my other notes :)

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82

backlogging 2 cups! NICE!!!!!

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82

I’m having a cup right now and enjoying it! This is a fairly strong black for a bagged tea. Malty and a darker black taste not a sweeter type black if that makes sense. Smooth finish.

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77

A nice bagged green! Vegetal, subtly sweet, somewhat grassy aftertaste. Nice hot and cold!

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76

This is a decent bagged decaf English Breakfast! It’s organic, fair trade, Non-GMO Verified, a Wind Power Company (http://choiceorganicteas.com/certifications.htm#wind), and Kosher!

It’s not overly strong in taste – I would say a more mild English Breakfast but that taste is good and doesn’t leave an aftertaste. I think I prefer this one iced but I had one hot cup and one cold cup so far today!

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66
drank Twig Tea by Choice Organic Teas
46 tasting notes

This tea is pleasing. It has a sweet aroma with a smooth, toasty and nutty flavor. similar to Hojicha but without any green vegetal taste. It is very soothing. It also is reminding me of something from my childhood, but I can’t put my finger on what it is. I think it’s a tea we used to have at a Chinese restaurant that we frequented. Seems strange, but that is what I’m remembering! this isn’t the most flavorful tea, but it is definitely a nice change of pace on a cold winter day.

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80
drank Twig Tea by Choice Organic Teas
19 tasting notes

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80
drank Twig Tea by Choice Organic Teas
19 tasting notes

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80
drank Twig Tea by Choice Organic Teas
19 tasting notes

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30

This tea is serviceable. it has a distinct darjeeling taste: a little bit floral, slightly bitter, with a slight muscatel flavor. it’s not very flavorful though, and mostly just the bitter component comes through. I’ll drink it since I have a box of it in my office, but I don’t think I will be buying it again.

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51
drank Bancha by Choice Organic Teas
429 tasting notes

This tea reminds me of kuchika and I prefer kuchika over this tea. I really don’t know what to say other than its drinkable. Its organic and its in a bag. Its just not my cup of tea. I think “bleh” might be a good word.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec
LadyLondonderry

I’ve drunk my share of bancha and kukicha, and I like the latter better, too (at least it’s roasted), but that’s not saying a lot. Bottom line: They’re twigs. Gimme leaves!:)

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66

What can I say about this Oolong tea? That its ordinary…yes. I can’t find anything that stands out about this tea except that its organic. It does taste like an Oolong and its an ok tea. It’s drinkable, but I like exceptional teas and this is just not one of them. Another sale tea (2.75) at the health food store.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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68

I’ve been gone for over two weeks, due to internet problems. We were switching providers. …Didn’t work out too well, so we ended up without internet for a time. But it’s all good now.

In that time, I ran out of one tea and picked up two new ones. Both from the organic market near my work. I love that place. It’s got such a wide selection of teas. Mostly all bagged, but still good!

I rather like this one. Brewed, it smells strongly of assam, but sipping it—it’s assam, but not as strong, tempered very well with a bit of ceylon, so it’s bright and bold and quite nice. Would probably hold up very well to tea, I figure.

Once a term at college we have a little Marketplace Setup where local shops sell their wares here. This time around a loose-leaf tea shop set up a booth—the first Canadian storefront for an, apparently, very popular European boutique tea company (Forsman Teas). Although about 90% of the teas contained rose petals (blurg), there were some very good ones in there. But I resisted buying any, because I’d just gotten two teas already (if I’d known a tea company was set to come, I would have held off on this tea and the other one I got!). I regretted it though, because they had some VERY unique flavour combinations (all of their years are flavoured blacks or greens or black/greens; their 1001 Nights is quite different from any I’ve ever seen before). I wanted to try Northern Lights, which is blueberry and mint black. Very interesting!

Back to THIS tea, though—I like it. From what I understand, they company sells loose leaf as well, but there were none at the place I went. Just these bagged. But they’ve got bagged Russian Caravan! How interesting. I want to pick a box up after I run out, just to try.

Also found a shop downtown that carries Kusmi teas. I plan to make a run there at some point—haven’t made any exact plans when, although I’m starting to drown in teas, so I think I’ll hold off until I finish off a few more of what I’ve got. I’m starting to run low on a few, so it shouldn’t take long.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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43

a middle ground okay lukewarm whole leaf green tea…
i enjoyed a nice warm cup of this right before lunch, but after 3 sips i realized that this tea was sort of like bland cereal—it wasn’t bad but it wasn’t great. yes, that grassy flavor was there but it wasn’t really the I CANT STOP DRINKING THIS (in a good way) type of reaction i was hoping for.

not bad. but not good.
bland cereal tea.
at least it is fair trade

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64

Another chilly grey marine-aired PNW morning. Genmaicha FTW!

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