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At work today I had spicy food and decided not to ruin some oolong so I pulled this out.
Brewed it up and then threw ice in it. Fantastic pairing for a spicy . I will admit that without the addition of ice/water it may be a bit bitter and strong, but if you weaken it up it becomes rather nice.

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I never drink bagged teas, because they lack depth of flavor and can’t release enough tea for more than one real infusion. That said, I’m in a pinch right now and I spotted a brand of white bagged tea in the grocery store, and since I have developed nighttime asthma I’ve been needing lightly oxidized teas frequently to help clear my airways. The description wasn’t disingenuous, so I took a shot in the dark. True to form, brewed at a low temperature, this fanning tea brand brews one steeping of “nothing fancy” Chinese white tea. I prefer to begin sipping a tad early, so as to taste both the premature and mature flavor in one steeping, after finally removing the leaves just at the moment of full infusion.

The aroma is grassy and tangy. The color is a tinge green compared to whole leaf white tea, while not unattractive. Surprisingly, there is somewhat of a soft body to it—that is, if steeped long enough, and with roughly 1.5-2 bags per cup. Watched carefully and with cooler water, it should not become bitter and retains a sweet buttery mouth-feel, true to white teas. If the water is a little too hot, the tea becomes more astringent and less sweet, so it is sensitive in that way.

A mellow honey-and-hay flavor, with delicate fruity notes, and at first a tartly tangy aftertaste. That’s about it, a hit it and quit it shallow white, with a medium-ish degree of caffeine, as the fannings seem to diffuse it well in cooler water. Helps the sinuses and provides a good oomph! There is a vegetal aftertaste which leaves you with a lightly astringent, creamy sensation in the end.

Rather pungent, as bagged teas go, and acceptable if necessary…

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It’s very light, and very floral. To me, it was actually not to far from Teavivre’s jasmine pearls, which is surprising because it’s bagged. The Jasmine is perfume like, but not overwhelming. The green tea is also pretty smooth. The after taste still lingers, and is partially sweet. I can drink it pretty easily without honey or sweetener. A part of me actually prefers this one to Numi’s: the price is significantly better (mom got it for herself for less than two bucks for 24 bags), and it doe not have the same astringency nor tannin aftertaste that Numi has. It’s cleaner, and I was actually lucky that I got it so fresh for a bagged tea.

Flavors: Freshly Cut Grass, Jasmine, Perfume, Sweet

Preparation
2 min, 45 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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LuckyMe recommended it as a cheaper oolong, and what do you know, I found it at Big Lots for $1.80 for 24 bags. I totally didn’t need it considering incoming swaps, but I’m going to need it for my trip down to Florida and for drinks on the go. Also, my mom got it for herself anyways, so it’s our shared stash.

It’s a really smooth oolong, and for a bagged tea, it actually has a complete simple profile, with some notes of complexity. Turns out that this is one of the teas that I used to drink as a kid in Hawaii. I smell and taste a really herbaceous brown rice character, with a woodsy body, and a honey like finish. Not anything spectacular, and experience tea drinkers might compare it to cardboard, or a standard oolong. I really enjoy it, and especially so because of how cheaply I can get it for the really passable quality. Hence the higher review. Taste is really closer to a 65-70, but price and convenience bumped this tea up 10 points for me. It just might be a decent introduction to a newbie, but it might not be sweet enough for a developing palette.

Flavors: Earth, Honey, Rice, Wood

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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A work friend found a two pound canister of this Keemun at TJ Maxx for somewhat-next-to-nothing. (Two pounds. That’s commitment.) So plenty to share, and though I’m not seeking out a tin of my own, I enjoyed it. I love the burgundy-rich, grain-and-burlap taste of Keemun; in this instance, both are present, but lightly.

Liquid Proust

That is commitment :p
Glad it’s enjoyable!

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Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 5 min, 30 sec

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I have returned from vacation again. This trip I was going to be running around a lot, so I picked this up. I am usually against tea bags completely. My tea snobbery comes out when bags are involved. I had to keep this at bay in consideration that I wouldn’t have time for Gong Fu, and I needed my tea fix. This actually weren’t that bad. They had a golden amber colored liquor, and the taste was actually quite smooth. This was not anything great, but taken into account that it was a cheap tea bag, it wasn’t terrible. The flavor was a slightly roasted oolong and woodsy. The only problem is that after drinking a few cups in a row I began to get a headache. I needed to stop drinking tea, and start sipping on some water. I suspect this is from the quality of the leaf.

This worked for my situation and now I have tea bags in the house in case anyone is weirded out by my other “tea options”.

Flavors: Oak wood, Pine, Roasted

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C

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Thank you for sending a sample of this one along, Beorhthraefn! I didn’t expect such a lovely green tea flavor in such tiny shredded leaves. It’s very fresh and light, buttery sweet. I loved the idea that it had bergamot but sadly didn’t taste any here. Where oh where was the promised bergamot? Luckily the great green base makes up for it.

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I drink a lot of different green teas. I really like this one because of the added stevia leaf. It gives it a nice sweetness which is a welcome little kick. No matter how long you steep this tea, it never turns bitter. I like the Touch Organic brand in general. Good tea at a good price!

Flavors: Green, Sweet

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My mother in law got a gift set of these teas as a Christmas gift from one of her students, a tin of Mango, a tin of Green and a tin of Oolong. Now, my mother in law is a hardcore tea drinker, but in the extremely weak Red Rose kind of way. It was a thoughtful gift, but the only time she doesn’t drink Red Rose is when she’s drinking honey and lemon for a sore throat.

Anyway, when she offered the set to me, I jumped on it. If I don’t like the oolong, I can use it for kombucha, the green with disappear at De’s work, and I hoped the mango would be good enough for coldbrewing.

I am happily surprised! I cold brewed two bags in 24 ounces of water overnight and the result is a fruity drink that doesn’t overshadow the green tea, but instead the mango and the green tea seem to take turns on the sip. The front is all MANGO, but by the time the sip is gone, the green tea lingers in a very good way. It will be no hardship to finish off the 30 bag tin. I wouldn’t pick it up again, just because it is bagged and I try not to buy bagged if I can avoid it.

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Made this iced. Pretty good. Tastes very similar to the way it tastes hot. I used 4 tea bags in a big glass jug and the ratio seemed to be perfect. It’s been so hot lately that I thought I’d start making iced tea instead of drinking it hot. I enjoyed this one iced. I appreciate that this tea never seems to turn bitter and the mango gives it a nice little kick.

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50th tasting note! Woot, woot! A mild green tea with a very light hint of mango. Pretty good as far as flavoured green tea goes. A reliable tea. Doesn’t turn bitter if left to steep for too long which I like since I drink all my tea with the bag in.

Flavors: Green, Mango

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My wife and I were browsing through the local Home Goods store recently when we spotted a huge 35.27-ounce cardboard “barrel” of Touch Organic loose leaf black organic tea for under $20. I was not familiar with Touch Organic’s products but the frugal part of my brain began to kick in and send me alerts. I thought, if this tea is even half-decent, I’ll have some emergency utility black tea to reach for whenever I run out of the “good stuff.” If the tea is terrible, I haven’t lost a lot of money and I can use it to fertilize my garden.

After purchase, I waited a week to try this tea. That is very unusual for me. Normally I can’t wait to try newly acquired items and do so no later than the next day. You can see that my expectations were not very high.

I finally opened the huge cardboard container, slit open the plastic inner bag, and pushed my nose inside to investigate the unbrewed aroma of the dark black tea leaves. The substantial smell was similar to that of the Keemun teas from the Yunnan province of China which I LOVE. The tell-tale leather quality was definitely there. After closer inspection of the very plain barrel label, I noticed that it also identified this product as Keemun English Breakfast tea, in small hard-to-read letters.

I steeped the dark leaves for five minutes at 212 degrees. The brewed color was a reddish amber. The odor was semi-powerful and slightly floral.

At first sip, I still was only hoping for a taste that I could live with when I had no better tea at my disposal. But…WOW…the flavor of this tea was (as Tony The Tiger used to say)…GREAT!!! I was blown away by the melodious effect of Yunnan taste partnered with subtle fruity and floral attributes. The balance of all flavors was exquisite. The sum of the parts was an extremely smooth, tasty, and satisfying tea. The aftertaste was light and airy. I encountered no astringency at any time.

I learned two valuable lessons with this tea:

1. You do not have to spend a fortune to enjoy a superior blend.
2. Good teas do come in plain wrappers.

This selection was immediately promoted from my emergency-when-nothing-good-is-available standby product to one of my favorite teas in my arsenal!

If you are lucky enough to stumble upon this tea at a Home Goods store or elsewhere, GRAB IT!!! You will be glad you did!

Flavors: Floral, Fruity, Leather, Tea

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 32 OZ / 946 ML
K S

Got to love stumbling upon a bargain keeper.

Stoo

For sure, K S! I need to stumble upon some more! :-)

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A sample from KittyLovesTea

I’m making an effort to sip down all of my remaining samples before Christmas, so that next year can be a fresh start. This one appealed to me most this morning, so into a cup it went! It’s a bagged green, so I let the water cool to around 175 degrees, and gave it about 2.5 minutes.

My previous experiences with bagged green teas haven’t been amazingly positive, but this one is a pleasant change. The green tea base is smooth and mildly vegetal, and pairs well with the mild, peppery mango flavouring. The flavour here is making me think mostly of a slightly underripe mango – perhaps one that’s still a little green, and a touch on the hard side. I can’t taste as much of the fruit as I’d have liked, and there’s none of the sweetness I typically associate with mango. In any case, this is a decent bagged flavoured green. I can taste mango, albeit mild, and the green base is pleasant. A refreshing cup!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp

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This tea has a mild white tea flavour with a nice berry kick. It smells berrylicious when steeped and the berry flavour comes through nicely without being too overpowering. I have to be careful with berry heavy teas as the acidity tends to bother my acid reflux now and then. That has happened with this tea but not every time I drink it. I love that it’s organic and also doesn’t break the bank. Overall, I find that Touch Organic tea offerings are reliable for taste and price point.

Flavors: Berries

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This is a good white tea. Not too strong and goes down smooth. You can’t beat the price either. I bought a box of 100 teabags for around 7 dollars. Bargain! Sometimes I don’t want a cup of tea with all the bells and whistles. Sometimes I’m only in the mood for something plain and simple. This fills the bill perfectly on those such occasions.

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