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DC said

Who else drinks only non-flavored tea?

I only drink non-flavored tea, savoring the natural taste is a joy in itself. Besides, the finest quality tea leaves are never flavored and with all the types of teas out there, I’m not even 10% through- even without playing with blends.
How about you, why do you or do you not drink non-flavored teas?

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Caroline said

Me! I love natural tea, and I can’t recall when I last drank anything flavored. Well…I’ve drunk tea that had some stevia leaf added to it for sweetness. But I abhor tea with artificial flavors or aromas. And why do people keep giving that kind of tea as gifts? Brrr.

DC said

Agreed. My friends would give me some weird flavored tea and I feel so awkward because it wouldn’t do to reject their good intentions but I can’t bring myself to drink some of those

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The straight ones tend to have a more authentic profile, I think. I’m finding myself drawn towards straight teas more and more. Flavoured is ok, but sometimes I have a bad reaction and so I need to be careful.

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I am glad I’m not the only one…. I just threw out a sample of “autumn cranberry” today after one sip. I do use flavored tea in the summer, for iced tea. But in all honesty, I prefer a black tea to drink hot. I think a lot of inferior tea can be ‘hidden’ by fake flavoring. I feel the same way about coffees— what does fake irish cream oil have to do with a good coffee? about as much as fake blackcurrant oil has to do with tea. YUCK.
I do admit to being suckered into buying flavored tea if the name or packaging is enticing enough… but sadly, the flavor never really lives up to the hype. I like to think my palate is ’mature" LOL… but all bets are off in the hot summer time. Then and only then do I want a strawberry or mango-peach {COLD} :D

DC said

You nailed it right on the head. I’m not saying all flavored teas are inferior leaves but it can be hidden with rich flavoring.
Besides, you never hear of premium grade Big Red Robe or Iron Goddess for example being flavored, that would be a complete waste

Derek, it’s usually so true! I have heard of a few exceptions to this though. Tea Dynasty in Toronto uses high quality tea for all their blends. As does 52Teas (online). Otherwise, most of the blends have weak bases from what I’ve seen!!

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Although I drink pure tea most of the time, I would happily take any tea flavored/scented with real flower/fruit/herb. There are a few jasmine teas that I like very much.

Unless it’s to be polite in social events, I wouldn’t take any beverage flavored with agents that are not real botanical materials. I understand there are organic fragrant oils that are extracted from botanical materials. They could be perfectly fine and healthy for other people, but I choose not to take them. On the other hand, I am less tolerant of the idea of tea flavored with artificial fragrant oils, but I understand there are many FDA approved ones of such kind. So I guess different people just have different degree of tolerance on them.

DC said

True, I forgot to add the caveat that herb/flower flavored is acceptable in my books as well.
Adding chrysanthemum or rose petals is a nice way of adding flavor without making it taste awful

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joelbny said

That’s me… straight Camellia Sinensis all day all night :) No milk sugar bergamot or flowers for me…

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Dorothy said

I mostly drink tea (non-flavoured tea), but there are a few flavoured teas I still enjoy. “Regular” tea always feels like a deeper, richer experience most of the time, plus I get to drink more of it through resteeping.

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stephanieb said

I thought I was the only one left who liked “real” tea! My friends are all big tea-nuts but they all love the flavoured teas and keep telling me I’m missing out. Granted, there are a few flavoured teas that I really like (David’s Tea’s pumpkin chai is great) but for the most part I want a traditional, straight tea. Perhaps I have a more sophisticated palate?? ;)

DC said

I was very tempted to say only non-flavored teas are real tea but was afraid of coming across as a tea-nazi. Thank you for vocalizing my thoughts :)

stephanieb said

Haha! It’s true though, isn’t it?? Peach juice and almonds certainly aren’t tea, so why are they called tea just because I’m drinking them hot? :D

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What ever tickles my fancy I will sure try it and probably love it. The only thing that can get tiresome is uber flavored teas that really tastes nothing but perfumey oils or chemically flavors that makes me queasy even dizzy at times. Its like drinking air freshener! if it is flavored I usually prefer a balance of flavors like chai but otherwise I drink both unflavored and flavored teas just not the ones that are sickeningly drowned in perfume.

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The way I see it, tea is the only thing I drink, since I basically have no tolerance for cold drinks. Plenty of people drink both fine wine AND flavored juices/sodas. That’s what it’s like in my mind – a nice unflavored tea is like a fine wine, and a tea that’s flavored is like a can of soda. I like both.

This is a really good way to put it.

DC said

Makes sense.

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kuanyin said

Well, I would say me too…but it wouldn’t be completely honest. And I can’t say that every flavor added to the few I still drink on occasion is natural, but I think it is. I do still like Mariage Freres Marco Polo and another one of theirs. (Which is all I’ve tried, there might well be more I like). And I hate to admit it, but Teavana’s Youthberry/Orange Blossom tea is awesome. These are evening treats to me. In the morning, I want a good tea that the flavors derive from the tea itself. I started off with flavored teas and have been slowly finishing them off as iced teas. They don’t appeal to me at all, for the main part. Cheesecake tea? Yechhhh.

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