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Market Basket
Demoulas Super Markets Inc.
Tewksbury, MA

Green Tea (100% Natural) Market Basket

**A review of Green Tea (100% Natural) Market Basket

Company: Demoulas Super Market, Inc.
Tea Name: Green Tea (100 % Natural)
Tea Type/Varietal: green
Region:
Steeping Vessel/Amt Leaf: cup/ tea bag
Liquor Color: light brown
Leaf Characteristic:

  1. Steeping:

1st Steeping:
Water Temp: 170 Fahrenheit
Time: 1-2 minutes

I have not had this tea brand for quite some time. It is nice to frequent some old favorites.
Using one tea bag, I put this in my cup and add freshly boiled water and leave it to steep for a couple of minutes. Because this tea brews strongly on its own, no more than two minutes is needed for steeps. The aroma is strongly of green tea, a bit medicinal in the scent/aroma. Tea color is lightly brown and as I sip the tea it is mildly astringent with a slight tingling when swallow.

I like this tea because it comes across to me as green tea should taste, at times medicinal to heal whatever is ailing you.


Overall tasting notes: the tannin in this green tea is subtle making for a good cup of green tea.

Cup’s characteristic: fresh and mildly astringent

Liquor color: lightly brown

Taste: astringent and medicinal

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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A review of 100% Natural Green Tea by Market Basket

Date: 10/03/2012
Company: Market Basket
Tea Name: 100% Natural Green Tea
Tea Type/Varietal: Green
Region:
Steeping Vessel/Amt. Leaf:
Plucking Season:
Liquor Color: a very light green
Leaf Characteristics:

  1. Steepings

1st Steeping:
Water temperature: 190 Fahrenheit
Time: 2 minutes

Note: I have not had this green tea brand in a very long while since we have not shopped at Market Basket. Anyhow, we did stop in to purchase a few items and I selected this tea once again. I always say that store employees are not nice to me when there; but I say this of many folks; so I am not to be believed.

I take on tea bag and put this in my cup and fill tea cup with boiling water, steep for two minutes. This tea is one of the more enjoyable cup of green tea that one can have in a tea bag. The color is a very light green or light brown to some and smells strongly of grass and very astringent in that it has a fresh, clean taste; reminiscent of early morning dew on the leaves of trees outside.

I always enjoy this tea for what it is worth.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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A review of Premium Blend of Orange Pekoe & Pekoe Cut Black Tea by Market Basket

Date: 09/29/2012
Company: Market Basket
Tea Name: Premium Blend of Orange Pekoe & Pekoe Cut Black Tea
Tea Type/Varietal: Black
Region:
Steeping Vessel/Amt. Leaf: Cup/ tea bag
Plucking Season:
Liquor Color: amber in color
Leaf Characteristics:

  1. Steepings

1st Steeping:
Water temperature: 190 Fahrenheit
Time: 3 minutes

Note: I took one tea bag and place this in my cup and I add the boiling water to my cup and leave it to steep for few minutes. After few minutes I remove the tea bag from my cup and take sip of tea. It is fine nothing exceptional, just a cup of tea and not green tea but black tea. This black tea reminds me of the basic difference: black tea is stronger in taste, and has more caffeine; has a brighter coloring to it and should be enjoyed with milk and sugar.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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A review of Premium Blend of Orange Pekoe & Pekoe Cut Black Tea by Market Baskett

Date: 09/25/2012
Company: Market Basket
Tea Name: Premium Blend of Orange Pekoe & Pekoe Cut Black Tea
Tea Type/Varietal: Black
Region:
Steeping Vessel/Amt. Leaf: Cup / Tea bag
Plucking Season:
Liquor Color: Dark Golden amber
Leaf Characteristics:

  1. Steepings

1st Steeping:
Water temperature: 195 Fahrenheit
Time: 5 minutes

Note: I steep this cup of tea for 5 minutes, after having poured very hot water into my cup. This is one of those inexpensive store brand tea that I return to when wanting something sample and not too troublesome to make.

I like that when pouring the water over the tea bag, it colors right away; at times a brightest red and then gets very dark the longer it is steep. Tea’s aroma is not astringent, it has a roasted aroma and when tasted it is like a mild malt with a smooth texture upon swallowing.

This is a good tea brand that I have been purchasing over time since the pricing per cup is just right.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 15 sec

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A review of Premium Blend of Orange Pekoe & Pekoe Cut Black Tea by Market Basket

Date: 09/19/2012
Company: Market Basket
Tea Name: Premium Blend of Orange Pekoe & Pekoe Cut Black Tea
Tea Type/Varietal: Black
Region:
Steeping Vessel/Amt. Leaf: Cup/tea bag
Plucking Season:
Liquor Color: golden amber
Leaf Characteristics:

  1. Steepings

1st Steeping:
Water temperature: 200 Fahrenheit
Time: 5 minutes

Note: I placed one tea bag in my cup and while the water is boiling I pour some of it into my cup and leave to steep for five minutes. I like that when pouring the water into the cup the tea color so very quickly; that golden amber color, very brightly brewed. The longer the tea bag is left in the cup the darker is the tea and this is normal. But since I am not adding sugar or honey to my cup of tea, it is not a good idea to leave it in longer that one should.

Tea taste strong like a black tea should taste, it is malt like with slight roast scent. Since it was steep longer than need be with no sweetener added it is mildly astringent, bitter even.

2nd Steeping:
Water temperature: 190 Fahrenheit
Time: 3 minutes

Note: This time using the same bag and simply adding more water to my cup of tea I only leave it to steep for a few minutes and not longer. I did not want tea to be bitter and it is not. The color is much lighter as well but the aroma is not floral or roasted even.

This second steep is mildly aromatic and not astringent at all.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec
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A review of Premium Blend of Orange Pekoe & Pekoe Cut Black Tea by Market Basket

Date: 09/11/2012
Company: Market Basket
Tea Name: Premium Blend of Orange Pekoe & Pekoe Cut Black Tea
Tea Type/Varietal: Black
Region:
Steeping Vessel/Amt. Leaf: Cup/ tea bag
Plucking Season:
Liquor Color: Bright orange color (amber)
Leaf Characteristics: Tea bag when not wet smells mildly of tea; it is grainy sounding in the bag. When steeped it is a bit stronger in the smell of the folded-leaves (at times fanned) causing tea to color quickly in the cup as opposed to other teas.

  1. Steepings 4-5 good steep with same tea bag

1st Steeping:
Water temperature: 190 Fahrenheit
Time: 3 minutes

Note: This tea has a nice floral aroma; it is a good cup of tea for the pricing.

2nd Steeping:
Water temperature: 200 Fahrenheit
Time: 5 minutes

Note: Teas odor continues to be a lovely aromatic brew and colors right away as one fills the cup. In taste, tea is smooth and clean with a full body since taste remains the same throughout drinking this tea.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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A review of 100% Natural Green Tea by Market Basket

Date: 08/27/2012
Company: Market Basket
Tea Name: 100% Natural Green Tea
Tea Type/Varietal: Tea bags
Region:
Steeping Vessel/Amt. Leaf: Cup/ one tea bag
Plucking Season:
Liquor Color: brownish yellow
Leaf Characteristics:

  1. Steepings

1st Steeping:

I always have water on the fire so that when I want a cup of tea; the water is heated and readied. I take one tea bag and after rinsing my cup with warm water, I put the tea bag into cup and pour some of the water from the pan. I leave this to steep for a few minutes.

After sometime, I take my tea and note that it is light brownish color and smell of grass, marine algae even and wet. When sipped it is astringent and drying as well as refreshing for this palate.

I need not make excuses for having this tea. It is a cheap store brand tea that I enjoy, although I don’t like going to this chain of grocers but my husband likes to shop there. I bare and go with him at times but most times I stay away seeming that is what the associates seem to want.

I have tried Stop and Shop tea brands and it is does not compare. It is too light, to faint for a green tea making me think it is not tea leaves in tea bags or they use much less leaves (if any at all). With the Market Basket Brand I can see from opening the tea bag that is finely shredded tea leaves.

It is sad that I cannot shop anywhere and have peace, but it is my problem solely. I must remember it is a tea review. I like this inexpensive green tea and one that is actually even better than the Market Basket brand is Trader Joe’s but I cannot get there. Husband does not shop there. So what am I saying?

I would drink more green teas by Trader Joes’ than others brands!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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A review of Premium Blend of Orange Pekoe & Pekoe Cut Black Tea by Market Basket

I enjoy fixing this tea as iced tea by the jug full. It is so very simple to make and I usually stock on this tea and make batches of it late in the evening for the next few days or so. I take several tea bag and fill my medium size pan with fresh tap water and I let this boil until bubbling over. I lower the fire and let cook for few minutes after. Then I turn off the fire and move it to another part of the range that is not on and leave the tea to cool for a few hours; usually ½ hour to 1 hour is plenty cooling time for me to pour it into the jug and into the fridge.

Through out the days ahead I can fix myself a cup of iced tea with cube of ice in a tall glass and a small slice of lime floating around in the cup with the tea in it. Tea’s color is golden brown and the lime makes it just that much more. It is a simple cup of ice tea fixed with not much fretting.

I am suggesting: find a tea that you like and fix it by the bucketful the night before and enjoy it daily with lemon/sugar or plain with ice. For me adding the ice is not to cool the tea but to remind me that I am indeed having tea, iced tea as opposed to drinking a glass of water.

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

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A review of 100% Natural Green Tea by Market Basket

I take my already pre-heated tea cup and one green tea bag and putting this in my cup, I add the boiled water. I let this steep only a few minutes. Tea smells grassy, wet green leafy vegetables similarly. I like this taste quite a bit when not wanting another tea type.

When I am looking for that clean, freshness of breath in the morning air I tend to want green teas. There is something in the astringency in the cup, the smelling of the wet leaves or tea bags (but leaves are better) that makes one think of early morning dewiness, just before sunrise.

I am sure that there are far better green teas for the enjoyment in partaking of the early morning tea rituals; since this was what I had retrieved out of my tea cup board then it will have to do. And if not drinking tea (green tea) for morning rituals then drink up for the health benefits derived from drinking green teas.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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A review of 100% Natural Green Tea by Market Basket

I preheat my cup by rinsing it with boiling water. Using one of the tea bag I put it in my cup and pour in the boiling hot water, leaving it to steep for several minutes.

This is my lazy day tea when not wanting to be challenged by tea’s aroma, character, and palate. After several minutes of waiting for it to steep, I take the lid from the cup and place it on the table and remove the tea bag from tea.

Tea’s color is lightly brownish and smells like a green tea since it is grassy in the aroma and when tasted there is that grassy and green leaf taste to it. Tea is mildly astringent and taste very warm and soothing.

I must note that this particular box of tea, the strings all broke from the tea bags, most strange since I have been purchasing this tea on a regular basis, as it is used throughout the day, daily.

I don’t always feel the need to record this tea since it is so familiar and nothing new to be found; other than the strings not being properly attached to the tea bag. It is odd.

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

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A review of 100% Natural Green Tea by Market Basket

My cup is already pre-heated since I have just rinsed it with boiling water. Using one tea bag from this box of tea, I place the bag into my cup and fill it with the already boiled water and steeping it only for less than two minutes.

This green tea brews always a golden color and smells astringent and has a clean fresh taste to it. It is funny to mention freshness when having a cup of tea at end of day prior to retiring when freshness is not needed necessarily; but a cleansing of sort; purification over night to ridding the body of wasteful excess.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 1 min, 45 sec

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A review of 100% Natural Green Tea by Market Basket

Using one tea bag in my cup, I pour boiling water into the cup and left to steep for two minutes.
Tea’s color is lightly golden
Tea’s aroma smell of grass, wet leaves.
When tasted, I find it to be astringent with grassy notes in the taste of the tea. It is a clean tasting tea, not bitter at all, but there is that astringency to it.

Overall, tea’s lasting taste is its vegetal quality which is clean and refreshing.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 15 sec

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A review Premium Blend of Orange Pekoe & Pekoe Cut Black Tea by Market Basket

I have this tea from time to time as afternoon tea and not always in the morning. It is an observation and I am not sure why I prefer it mid-day. Perhaps I am thinking I need something stronger than green tea perhaps.

I always rinse my cup with warm water; I take one tea bag and place it in my cup and add boiling water into my cup and placing the covering on the cup and let the tea steep for five minutes.

I cut up several bits of the lime that I keep around to have with my tea. Adding this after it has steeped, I squeeze some of the lime juice into my cup of tea and stir it slowly while noticing the tea’s color a darken golden color…reddish orange glow. It is amber in the coloring and I smell the citrusy effect of the pekoe plant.

The tea’s characteristic is that of a sweet malt with a full body, having no astringency. I like how the lime mingles in the cup by which livening the cup all the more.

On days when not wanting anything fancy and to simply fix a cup of tea, these premium blends comes in handy and worth keeping in my cupboard or kitchen counter. I drink tea all day long and when not able to afford the fanciful fine teas, it is good knowing I can enjoy the simpleness that is to be found in a cup of tea like this one.

I am thankful for roof on my head and the ability to boil water and fix myself a cup of tea. At times, desperate times taken for granted this basic need…for fixing a cup of tea when one does not have a place or a place of one’s own.

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

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A review 100% Natural Green Tea by Market Basket

I preheat my cup by rinsing it with boiling water. Using one tea bag that I have placed in my cup and then I add the boiling water into the cup and covering it, leaving it to steep for two minutes.

With Green tea I am learning to steep it shorter for more of the freshness of the tea.

Tea’s color is a golden brown and smells of grassiness and upon tasting it that is what I am met with that astringency that I have come to expect from this cup of green tea.

I return always to the boiling/steeping of green tea plainly and to drink it throughout the day when I have been sampling many teas and need a break.

This tea does have a mouth drying effect and it is very vegetal in the taste; grassiness to be specific. No complaint here since this is what my palette is calling for.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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A review of 100% Natural Green Tea by Market Basket

I always run to this tea when needing to get away from having drunk so many fine teas in their original forms; loose-leaf teas or tea flavored with spices and herbs.

I am reminded in drinking this tea that it is an ancient beverage that is steeped in history and romance and many loves tea. Tea is the most commonly consumed beverage after water. Tea did have a modest beginning from its onset; being that it was discovered by accident, but teas popularity spread from its origins in China to Western Europe and the Americas. Throughout its history, tea has been believed to be a very healthy beverage. So drink on and drink deeply as often as is possible.

I always have my green tea steeped for two minutes with very hot water (boiling) and I take it plainly with nothing in it. This tea is very grassy in taste, it is liken to herb and has that medicinal quality to it that I so desire when wanting to escape those expensive teas.

Tea brews a light golden color and smells of grass just nipped or pinched. It is a nice cup of tea when looking for something to cure one ails. I firmly believe this was tea’s original purpose.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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A review of Premium Blend of Orange Pekoe & Pekoe Cut Black Tea by Market Basket

This is a great tea for having as iced tea. I always use about four tea bags placed in a pan and I add water to it and bring this to boil for about 5-6 minutes. Tea brews a very rich dark reddish color and smells very strong and malty.

I leave it to cool for at least half-hour or longer then I pour the tea in a gallon for later usage. When there is need for iced tea, it is served in a tall glass with iced put in it first, then some sugar and than the tea is poured into the tall glass. A long spoon is used to stir the sugar until it vanishes. At times a small sliver of lime is added for an intensity of the flavors.

This is a very simple tea to make and price wise it is very inexpensive. In all, there are one hundred tea bags in a box costing less than $5.00.

The price becomes irrelevant if the tea is enjoyable. And it most certainly is.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 30 sec

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A review of 100% Natural Green Tea by Market Basket

Using 1 teabag, I put it into my cup and pour boiling water into the cup and cover for two minutes. I remove the cover and take out the tea bag and add a squeeze of lime juice into the cup and drink it one gulp at a time until finished.

I wanted nothing fancy, I just needed a cup of hot tea to quench my stomach aches. At times seeming to stem from having had one fine cup of tea too many. I think those cloves from my last tea tasting did not agree with me.

I am happy to always have inexpensive green tea around since I can fix a quick cup, very hot and adding some lime to it helps to alleviate undesirables that I have encountered while tasting teas for reviews.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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A review: 100% Natural Green Tea by Demoulas Market

Using one tea bag and adding fresh boiling water in my cup I left it to steep for 1½ minute as suggested. With the shorter steep the astringency is more noticeable. It is not bitter, but there is heaviness on the tongue; kind of like a stinging effect. It is a clean palette tea since there is no off taste. At times a simple cup of green tea is like that freshness of breath one gets early in the day after using astringent to clean the mouth. I mean to say like using scope or something as similar.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 15 sec

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I place one teabag into a cup and pour on the fresh boiling water and left to steep for 5 minutes. The tea brewed to a dark amber in color and its roasted smell fills the air nicely; it has a malt flavor taste and tea is full bodied. I don’t feel the need for sugar. It is suggested that lemon may be added to it. I like this tea just plain and nicely hot.

I fall back on premium store brand tea for economic reason and to have a nice cup of tea with no fuss in the making and the taste quite agreeable.

You can stock expensive teas as well as having some store brand name that you have come to like for its simple ness and goodness in the cup.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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The tea that I tend to fall back on when needing a simple cup of tea with no explanation or much examination is this store brand green tea. I simply take one tea bag, place in a cup and pour fresh boiling water and steep for less than 2 minutes. I remove the tea bag and sip my tea slowly since it is very hot.

It is good tea serving the need for a cup of hot tea and nothing more. I am not thinking of the health benefits of tea, nor of its calming effects. I am thirsty and I want a cup of hot tea and this does just fine.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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Tea is golden in color, a lovely umber.

Tea’s aroma is grassy with a vegetal scent. Upon taste, it is mildly astringent. I should note that this is the tea I fall back on when not drinking expensive name brand teas. This is something that I try to keep stocked in my cupboard regularly. I don’t always keep count since it is consumed daily. I like this tea for what it is; which is green tea, a good cup of warmth that may not be of quality in accordance to standard pricey teas. And yet, good just the same.

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

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Tea is dark amber in color.

Tea’s aroma is a malt flavor and is best enjoyed with sugar and milk. I prefer it malt-like and at times with a drop of honey, which is nice when, throat is sore from having a cold. This is another one of those market brand teas that I try to keep in stock and consume daily in conjunction with my green tea. I find I can begin the day with this premium blend Pekoe and end the day with their green tea for something lighter.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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Drinking this Green tea all day is my way of slowing down time around me. I am slow in nature anyway so a cup of tea is just another excuse.

This is not gourmet blend, it is astringent in flavor with first cup brew/steep time of about 3 -4 minutes. Leaving the bag longer dilutes the astringency to almost none at all. I mean it is just flavored water mildly in color, to put it blatantly.

There is nothing to not like about this green tea since it is acquired.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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I am back to drinking this store brand Green tea daily which had been absent from my cupboard.

This is lightly, mild green tea; good for when needing a break from the Gourmet brand of teas which can be a bit rough on one’s palette and throat.

I call this store brand my healing cup. Sipping it slowly and no judgment of the notes. I just want to not remember what I am drinking other than for the sake of drinking tea.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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