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A random tea bag I had around… it’s a bit old but it isn’t bad! It isn’t a strong tasting tea if it’s a black tea (after 3 minutes), but the flavors of the southern fruits are surprisingly pretty tasty. The tea package shows pear, peach, apricot and apple (I think). I’m getting mostly pear and apple. It’s very nice! I wouldn’t mind having more of these around.
My first thought was it isn’t exactly real orange but it isn’t candy either but at least it’s not Tang. Then I read Brett’s description of it tasting like Tang. So either way Tang came to both our minds. I also only caught the black tea in the aftertaste. The orange flavor is strong and sweet but I thought innocuous fun for an early morning, I don’t want to wake up too fast, tea. Thanks Brett where ever you went.
This is a single teabag that my ooldest daughter brought to me. I believe she bought this in Ireland, though it may have been from Budapest. She wanted me to try it because she said it is her favorite green tea so far. She isn’t a tea fan, she drinks it for her health and just started a few months ago.
I had no directions, so I used rather cool water, about 175 F, and steeped it for two minutes. The tea surprised me in several ways. First, when I tried to drink green tea for the first time years ago I purchased seem grocery store tea and had no idea how to steep it. It came out pretty much as a cup of hot water to me. That is what I expected from this, especially since I figured newbie tea drinking daughter probably wouldn’t like strong flavor, particularly since she doesn’t like black tea at all. This is not just a cup of ot water. It has a lot of flavor.
The second surprise is that oldest daughter says it is her favorite green so far. Really? This changes everything! There are similarities between this and Chun Mee. It has the palate clearing astringency with a little sourness, in the good way, but it lacks the sweet aftertaste of Chun Mee. I have no desire to rush out and buy a box, which is good since I would had to fly to Europe or order six boxes at a time on Amazon, but I don’t mind finishing this. Now I want Chun Mee. Badly. So I guess I will go place another Teavivre order. :)
Oh, and I love the name! Pickwick was the pet Dodo owned by Thursday Next! And gmathis, did you see that Republic of Tea is making a series of teas for #1 Ladies’ Detective Agency? Or is that old news?
This really does smell like Peach-Os, which isn’t really what I want my tea to smell like. It did say on the package that it was naturally and artificially flavored, but I didn’t really taste the peach all that much. I would probably let this steep for another minute if I had another bag, it was a bit on the weak side, but the problem may have been that I used 8oz of water and I should have used 6. The bag was lacking in instructions other than steep time.
It’s interesting, Brett tasted pineapple and banana in this. I tasted mango and passion fruit. The banana I kind of caught after the cup cooled but honestly, had I not seen the ingredient list I would have missed it. I didn’t taste pineapple at all which is fine by me.
Pickwick teas are pleasant teas where the flavors seem natural for the most part. With this one the flavors are natural tasting but subdued. It is not a big fake cup of candy. Not bad for a simple bagged tea.
I am not sure why this is called Forest Fruit. The ingredient list includes blackberry, raspberry, strawberry, blueberry. To my way of thinking that makes Field Fruit but what do I know. I have never seen this brand in the store. It is imported from Holland. If it is available in your area and cheap it is worthy of a try. A simple bagged tea with pretty natural tasting fruit flavors. I taste raspberry and strawberry. I can’t single out the tea base. A pleasant cup.
The box does not list the specific fruit flavors, but I can taste banana and pineapple, which appear in a picture on the box. The picture also shows a mango and a pomegranate , but I don’t taste those fruits. The flavors are not overpowering, which was what I was expecting of the banana flavor especially. A pleasant flavored tea.
I tried this tea this morning. The orange flavor tasted somewhat artificial, even though the flavoring is supposed to be natural. The orange was so strong, that I could not taste the underlying tea, except for a lingering astringency afterward. Wihtout sugar, it was somewhat bitter, like orange peel, but with sugar, it was like drinking hot Tang. I may try brewing this again with a shorter steeping period, or perhaps cold-brewing it.
This is the tea I drink the most. It is also, I believe, one of the most used teas in Holland (where I live). Where usual teas here come in packages of 20, this one comes in boxes of 50. It is pretty much the Dutch (and probably more countries) equivalent of English Breakfast Tea. However, it doesn’t actually taste all that much like English Breakfast tea. It is, I think, quite a bit fuller and stronger. My British friend told me, after tasting it, it has a bit of a lemon-y taste to it, but it’s an infinitesimal hint of lemon and nothing very elaborate. One bag is, as per usual, enough for a strong cuppa. Especially if you’re a barbarian like me and just leave the bag in. I put in the sugar, let it steep for at least 5 minutes before putting in the milk. It tastes great with milk, I daresay, better than English Breakfast Tea even. It is, the taste of home for me and something I will always drink.
Every autumn it hits me again: the strong urge to get a strong cup of this tea with 2 sugars(or more, I am known for my sweet tooth). It’s simply one of my all time favourites, especially when the weather calls for it. One tea bag makes a strong cuppa and both the flavour and the aroma are amazing. That is, if you like cinnamon. This tea combines cinnamon, apple and a hint of vanilla. It has a rich flavour and is quite a strong tea. But again, if you don’t like cinnamon, don’t do it! But if you do, one strong cup is like liquid Autumn.
P.S Herst Storm translated is literally Autumn Storm
P.P.S I set 5 minutes as steeping time, but being the barbarian I am, I usually just leave the bag in.
This is the best green tea I’ve tried, and I’ve tried a lot. Like quite a few. It was a completely random pick-up in a Spar in Budapest, I buy the cheap greens that come a million to a pack because all the health benefits of green tea apparently require ten cups a day. So I drink twelve. Whatever. So the box is in English, I figure it’s easy to get. Right? Right? Nope, the tea I got in Budapest that was in English is not available west of the Danube apparently. There was an unfortunate similar occurrence with a hard cider called Strongbow Gold, which is an English cider common in the UK, found the special edition in Budapest, not available elsewhere when we got back. You can maybe get Pickwick off Amazon in a giant lot. Which might happen. Please note that under “preparation details”, when I drag the little dots I’m thinking “like I know”.