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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!
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.
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.
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.
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…
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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!
Apple, hibiscus, pineapple, something oddly bitter (melon?), more apple. I think this would be really fun cold-brewed and given to the kids; kids that love apples! An interesting tea, however I think I steeped it a bit too long, or perhaps used too much (two teabags for 12oz).
Thanks to KittyLovesTea for sharing this with me! Something I probably wouldn’t have found on my own, which is always one of my favorite things – to discover things within someone else’s wheelhouse.