Clipper

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58
drank White Tea by Clipper
898 tasting notes

I’ve been trying to figure out why Clipper teas, with organic and fair trade credentials, cost about half as much as Pukka, also from the UK and also boasting organic ingredients. Clearly Pukka employs a team of graphic designers and artists for their packaging, and they also spend a lot more on marketing text. But are the teas (also in filter bags, not sachets) really any better?

One big difference between the two brands is that Pukka gives a detailed breakdown of the contents of its blends, while Clipper is pretty vague. When I contacted the company for more information on the identity of the green tea—called simply Green Tea—I was told that they buy from Indian and China. Like I said: pretty vague.

Today’s Clipper selection is the white tea, also generically named White Tea. It’s perfectly potable, if a bit generic, but come to think of it, don’t I say that about every unflavored white tea? Okay, I do have some haute blanche varieties on the horizon, so perhaps I’ll undergo a conversion. We shall see…

In this afternoon’s steep-off chez sherapop, I tried something new. I brewed one bag of Clipper White Tea using boiling water—as most grocery store tea shoppers would do—and a second bag using 76C water.

The liquor of the tea prepared in hot water was a bit darker—more of a brownish than a golden amber—but the big surprise was that the more carefully controlled brew actually tasted more bitter than the one prepared using boiling water! This result would appear to corroborate my long-standing suspicion that the companies which produce filter bags for the mass market test their blends as they would be prepared by Joe or Jill Q Consumer—that is, using boiling water!

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 5 min, 15 sec 2 g 9 OZ / 266 ML
KittyLovesTea

Clippers White Tea isn’t great but they do have some nice teas, their Earl Grey being a favourite of mine. :)

sherapop

KittyLovesTea: I don’t think that it’s bad; but it’s not very memorable.

Angrboda

Clipper also have a higly pleasant assam with vanilla.

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83
drank Lemon & Ginger by Clipper
53 tasting notes

I LOVE the smell of this tea. Sweet and lemony, almost like fruit loops but heavier on the lemon. It was definitely sweeter tasty than I expected. I don’t get a ton of ginger flavor in the tea, it’s probably masked by all of the delicious lemon.

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80
drank Lemon & Ginger by Clipper
1108 tasting notes

Somewhere along the line I finished this off, and will definitely seek more out. I’m still surprised at how authentic this is, especially for a bagged tea.

Flavors: Lemon Zest

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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a really good white tea :) i can taste either or both chamomile/camellia within the tea.

Flavors: Flowers

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80
drank Lemon & Ginger by Clipper
1108 tasting notes

I’m going to need more of this, I’m drinking it way too fast. It’s so good! Even though I do want more ginger… always… more ginger.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Suziqzer

Hope you’re feeling better today!

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Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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83
drank Lemon & Ginger by Clipper
4738 tasting notes

i tried this cold brew since MissB was kind enough to send me a enough for a couple silsized cups. Cold brew this is even tastier EXCEPT for that sweetness…which i wish i could place and that comes across as really artificial. I figured if it’s not sweetner then it’s some form of the lemon. I think this is pretty tasty though.

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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80
drank Lemon & Ginger by Clipper
1108 tasting notes

This is what I drink when I’ve had too much to drink, and I’m an obnoxious arse who asks their nearest and dearest inappropriate things that makes everyone laugh — too inappropriate for Steepster, I assure you. Thanks for putting up with me, friends, even if sometimes I’m a bit.. mischievous! :) And thank you, tea, for allowing me to purge myself of this lovely wino-ishness.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more 4 tsp 18 OZ / 532 ML
Hello.Kiki

That’s ok, I think everyone does that to some extent. Last fourth of July/my birthday after far too many shots of tequila, I spent fifteen minutes crying to my husband about how wonderful and sexy I think he is lol.

ifjuly

Hello.Kiki, lolol! that’s adorable.

MissB

Amazing! I love that story. :)

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83
drank Lemon & Ginger by Clipper
4738 tasting notes

missB sent this one to me. it make me happy…only it kinda tastes like it’s sweetened…but it’s still delicious. Lemon yums and ginger..though still not enough ginger…but delicious and yummy. mmmm hello tasty little teabag…you are mine..all mine!

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72
drank Organic Green Tea by Clipper
898 tasting notes

In this afternoon’s steep-off chez sherapop, Clipper Organic Green is going sniff-to sniff, sip -to-sip against Touch Organic Green, both in the filter bag.

Every time I taste Clipper Organic Green, I announce “Chun Mee” to whoever may or may not be listening. I used to talk to my cat, HRH Emperor Oliver—perhaps his ghost is listening? Anyway, I have that impression again today. It’s a perfectly fine and easy to brew (not at all temperamental, as today I used hot water). A solid organic green tea, but definitely not Japanese. Is it better than Touch Organic? That is the question in today’s steep-off chez sherapop…

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 g 9 OZ / 266 ML

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80
drank Lemon & Ginger by Clipper
1108 tasting notes

A solid bagged tea: definitely bite from the ginger, sweet/tart from the lemon, and altogether wonderful. This may replace several ingredients in my hot toddy for sickos in the future.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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1
drank Earl Grey by Clipper
1 tasting notes

My first Clipper tea and probably my last. No discernable bergamot, but underlying tea is good. Possibly a bad batch.

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80
drank Lemon & Ginger by Clipper
1108 tasting notes

This smells just like it should – ginger lemon – and tastes just like it should as well. I’d love more ginger (as always) however I’ll bet I could coax it out with a longer steep.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Ubacat

I haven’t had a good experience with the one Clipper Tea I bought so your review gives me hope they’re not all bad!

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82
drank Snore & Peace by Clipper
381 tasting notes

adagio breeze sent this to me at least 6 months ago, but I’m just now getting through the last bag. I really like this blend. I’ve come around on the lemon balm in here. I used to think it was too much, but now I quite enjoy it. It tastes lemon-y without tasting like I could have just squeezed some fresh lemon into the cup for the same effect. Maybe it mellowed out with age? Anyway, bumping the rating a bit. Sad to say, this is a sipdown. Thanks adagio breeze!

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74
drank After Dinner Mints by Clipper
616 tasting notes

So, I totally thought I’d be safe drinking tea with my seafood allergy, so I usually don’t make a huge point to mention it in swaps. I know there are fishy pu-er out there, but it’s not actually because there is fish in it (duh). Because seriously, who puts fish in tea?

Bigelow, that’s who.

I did a tea swap (off of Steepster) and received 3 bags of Pomegranate Blueberry Herb Plus tea, which has added Omega 3. The Omega 3 is from a natural blend of oils, including tuna oil.

So, after very nearly brewing myself up a cup of potentially dangerous tea, I decided to have this. I know better than to not mention that allergy now, though.

In any case, this tea is definitely very minty, and the spearmint/peppermint blend is a satisfying cooling menthol sensation. The fennel adds a bit of licorice-like sweetness, that I thought really complimented the blend.

This is definitely not as offensive (read: toothpaste-like) as a lot of other bagged mint blends I’ve had.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Stephanie

Wow…creepy!

moraiwe

Yes! Definitely kind of a scary incident

Dustin

Whoa! I had a Teavana tea that tasted fishy yesterday. Now I wonder if they added omega to it. It is kind of baffling that anyone would want to add fish to tea. Glad you escaped the cup o death! How did you figure out it was in there? Did it smell funny?

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72
drank Organic Green Tea by Clipper
898 tasting notes

The first time I brewed up a filter bag of Clipper Organic Green tea, I was reminded immediately of Tazo Chun Mee. I sent an email to Clipper inquiring whether their blend was also Chun Mee. They wrote back indicating that their tea is sourced from South India and Hunan Province in China. No details about the identity of the teas blended, so it probably depends on what’s available, price, etc. But the blend is certified organic and free trade.

In today’s steep-off chez sherapop Clipper Organic Green is going sniff-to-sniff, sip-to-sip with Tazo Chun Mee.

First observation: the dried teas smell very similar. In fact, in a blind sniff, I probably could not tell them apart—say if I were offered two Tazo versus one of each or two Clipper.

Second observation: the brewed liquor looks identical as well: dark gold veering brown. I was very careful not to oversteep, and I used cooler water, so these teas have been brewed to maximize whatever potential may be held within the bags.

Third observation: they taste almost identical as well! In fact, I’m having a very difficult time telling them apart. They could actually be the same tea! Well, the Clipper is a tiny bit grassier… and a bit less smooth…

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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72
drank Organic Green Tea by Clipper
898 tasting notes

Another new organic green tea for me—also sourced from the grocery store!—this Clipper tea reminds me very much of Tazo Chun Mee. I’m nearly certainly that it is a Chun Mee blend, but I shot an email to customer service to find out what they have to say.

The brew is gold—a rich gold, not really brown—and the flavor is baked not steamed. I actually liked this better than the Tazo Chun Mee of which it reminded me, so I’ll be doing a steep-off sometime soon to verify. I believe that the Tazo is also organic, and these are both filter bags, not sachets, so the particles of the tea blend are rather small and the bags are not reinfusable. Not bad at all for a filter bag green, and I’m always happy to ingest anything organic.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 45 sec 2 g 9 OZ / 266 ML

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90
drank Snore & Peace by Clipper
2 tasting notes

I just got this yesterday but I quickly fell in love with this tea! The chamomile and lemon balm are very pronounced, and there’s a mild mint flavor that goes down with it. I left the tea bag for about three to four minutes but the flavor is relatively still mild, which I really liked. I also noticed that this tea makes me rather drowsy (living up to its name, Snore and Peace) and makes me sleep better.

Flavors: Flowers

Preparation
3 min, 30 sec

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drank Fairtrade by Clipper
152 tasting notes

I had to leave the house because job application forms were making me want to claw my eyes out and tear my arms off and cry. Whyyy do I have to list my work experience in order of most recent? Nobody considering me for an admin job is going to want to know that I’m an extra and an illustrator and that I took a 3-month contract in retail, and with that crap accounting for the past 10 months so as not to leave an unexplained gap in my CV, they’ll probably have binned it before getting to the bit where I did admin-type work for 13 flipping years. curls up and weeps I’ve rendered myself unemployable and I wish I knew who to let tipsily snog me to get anywhere in television production.

But I digress. This was the black tea served at Morrisons Cafe, where I went so I could not be in the house for like an hour. Tea’s cheap and they politely don’t notice the number of extra organic sugar packets I pocketed, so that’s nice. It’s a good, strong everyday tea, and I don’t think there’s really that much I can say, given the haphazard brew it got and the fact that I chugged most of it much faster than I normally would, as they were out of kids for the takeaway cups and I didn’t much fancy taking a full cup of tea onto the tram with pale yellow canvas shoes on. That’s courting danger, that is.

MissB

It’s been about eight years since I’ve had to write a CV for a job-job, so take this with a grain of salt, however I’ve yet to use a chronological layout for any resume; I use skill-based instead, and have yet to have a complaint about it.

Sami Kelsh

I normally do too, but I’m finding more and more places stress that CVs will not be accepted and you have to fill out their application form instead – where you more or less awkwardly copy and paste your CV in the order some HR person has decided will make you look the least employable. Joy! I’m attempting a compromise by putting the most relevant experience title in boldface so it’ll, you know, stand out.

Ugh.

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78
drank Organic White Tea by Clipper
152 tasting notes

Full disclosure: white tea isn’t something I tend to gravitate to drinking straight-up, as I tend to prefer my plain teas to have enough body to stand up to milk or at least more robust tasting notes, and I bought this to blend with an herbal I found cloying on its own. But in the interest of trying everything, I first gave this one a go on its own, and it’s a decent white tea. It’s light, with a bit of astringency and the sort of delicate flavour I could see myself drinking just before dinner, but probably not very often. Maybe iced, when the weather’s warm, as a change from just carrying around a big bottle of water.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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Picked up this tea the other day at the Metro store which has loads of different teas. This one sounded good but it’s in tea bags. When I opened it the orange smell hit my nose but not in a good way. It was sharp. Brewed up , I used 175 temperature water. The white tea is ….not the best I’ve had. It brews up dark and it does not have that mild delicate flavour that loose tea does. It is a stronger white tea. The orange flavour tastes artificial . Overall this is a crappy tea compared to some of the loose leaf white teas out there. For a bagged tea, it still is not great; but definitely not horrible. It is drinkable. Why am I so pulled in by fancy packaging? The box looked cute. The combo of white tea with orange sounded enticing. So here again I have bought a tea when I don’t need it and on top of that , it’s a bad tea. I think I do need TDA (Tea Drinkers Anonymous)

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C

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91
drank Big Breakfast by Clipper
96 tasting notes

This has been my breakfast tea for the last month or so, and it’s probably my favorite in recent memory. It’s strong but not harsh; full of flavor, and takes milk & sugar like a champ. I still can’t tease out individual flavors in these blended teas I drink with milk, so I’ll just say it’s pretty close to my ideal of what a breakfast blend should taste like. Yum!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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94
drank Earl Grey by Clipper
96 tasting notes

I seem to be coming down with a cold again, so today I’m reaching for my comforting teas to soothe my scratchy throat. This is so damn nice brewed strong (2 bags for a mug) with milk and sugar/agave. It’s like a hug or a fluffy blanket for the soul. I feel so much better now than before I started the cup. Upping the rating!

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 15 sec
KittyLovesTea

I love this Earl Grey, the bergamot is pretty full on and fresh. I hope you feel better soon.

italiastar

I must have a duff batch – hardly any bergamot

adagio breeze

Well mine is pretty old (best before date is April 2013) so maybe they changed it?

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