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Choice Organic Teas

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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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80
drank Twig Tea by Choice Organic Teas
19 tasting notes

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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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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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64

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

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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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Meh. I was expecting this to wow me. Or at least to taste more brisk and fresh than Twinings IB teabags. It did not. :-(

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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64

Need nice warm comfort food tea and genmaicha fits the bill today!

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64

I love genmaicha. So green and toasty!

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64

Genmaicha for a sleepy Friday afternoon. Not doing much to help the sleepies, but it’s a nice, sturdy, solid sort of tea.

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70

Recovering from an interview at a big, big museum in New York City and a lack of texts from the boy who was supposed to get in touch with me yesterday. Modern dating does not agree with me. I’d rather be upfront and stop wasting time. Whatever happened to a letter in the mail? Boo hiss. Nothing is going according to plan, and I am sitting at home without any of my good tea. At least I’ve sent out another résumé and cover letter and am meeting someone at the Met on Friday and I am hopeful, always?

Trying to perk myself up with a cup of this. It’s very, very floral for a non-flowering tea. Almost like jasmine, but darker and smokier. I don’t know what magnolias taste like? There’s a bit of bitter aftertaste that leaves my mouth dry. But after all’s said and done, I suppose it’s a decent, basic staple. I’m trying to think of more to say about it, but I guess you’ve finally done me in, Steepster: I have tea-snobbed all over this one…

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec
Ricky

Good luck with the err upcoming interviews and err the one you just had? I mean, hopefully you hear back from them soon.

Seriously, what did happened to snail mail! No one even uses a phone anymore! It’s so impersonal. And due to cellphones, no one is every on time. Argh, technology is a crutch.

tease

Haha, thanks, Ricky! Sorry to kvetch; methinks I ranted too much on a bad day. I would love to do tea correspondence with people on here, actually…

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58
drank Genmaicha by Choice Organic Teas
92 tasting notes

This is my first genmaicha ever, so I can’t say how this compares to other brands, but this is pretty yummy! I actually ended up making my own genmaicha extra green/“ryokucha” by stirring in some matcha powder, and the result is delicious! Toasty, milky, lightly sweet, vegetable-ey, a little bitter…om nom nom nom nom.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Jillian

You rated it kinda low for something you find yummy, don’t you think?

Ricky

Haha, but it’s her first, she doesn’t want to set the bar too high ;)

S

Yeah, that’s exactly it, Ricky…it was my first genmaicha, and I loved the toasty aspect, but the tea was a little bitter and tasted a little like the bag…which is why I had to doctor it with matcha in the first place :) I don’t know what other genmaicha’s taste like, so I’m keeping the rating of this one low but green until I can get my hand on some better quality genmaicha. I tend to keep my ratings pretty low on the whole…high 80s/90s for me means it’s something I could drink everyday, etc.

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87

found a very old bag hidden away, too shameless to resist. Obviously it tastes less fresh than before – in fact the lavender and lemon are barely there, overpowered my the mint. However it brings back memories of one of the first teas I fell in love with, because of the strange yet successful combination of herbs. I am buying a box as soon as I can…

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
S

Ooh, this tea is on sale at the grocery store this week—maybe I’ll pick up a box :)

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I found this on sale today at the store, so I picked up one box of this, along with a box of organic genmaicha. Instead of drinking this straight up, I made ochazuke with it! I layered cooked white rice, umeboshi (pickled plum) paste, wakame seaweed flakes, and bonito flakes in a bowl, poured a cup of hot green tea over it, and then topped it with some crumbled seaweed/wasabi flavored rice cake. Umai!

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec
Janefan

sounds wonderful!

Little Yellow Teapot

Oooo…you’re making my little teapot tummy hungry! Oh, HUMANS…make me some of this!

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79

This is one of the first teas I have bought from bulk at PCC. I had it for my morning tea, and for my evening tea. It’s a nice pleasant gently flavor, and a nice pleasant gentle aroma. The second steeping (this evening) definitely looses some of the punch. It’s a pretty good tea for a decent price. Especially considering it allows me to support local stores (PCC in Redmond)

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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This will do for the afternoon at work. I always think there is almost no caffeine in it, but then I don’t fall asleep on my commute from work, so there must be some.

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2 min, 0 sec

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84

For p.m. drinking. Difference in flavor from the standard version is detectable, but slight, and it’s not a bad or (to me) identifiably “decaf” taste.

Preparation
2 min, 0 sec
Chow Yun-Nat

must be some kind of good earl grey brand!!

canis_m

Nat what am I even doing here, I am too lowbrow for this place, I drink tea FROM BAGS

Chow Yun-Nat

me too! ME TOO I love bags because loose tea is such a hassle! When people try to explain to me why it is better I go ha ha ha!

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