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S said

Decaf vs. Regular Teas, Flavor-wise

Do you think there is a difference in flavor between decaf teas and their normal counterparts? For example, is the decaf version of a tea more or less bitter than the normal version? I’m asking because I purchased some decaf teas from Adagio for my mother and I’m wondering how the flavor of the regular version might be different. I wonder if the decaffeination process alters the taste of the tea, as caffeine is bitter.

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i own the “regular” strawberry flavored black tea from adagio and also their “decaf” strawberry flavored black tea. the decaf tasted a bit sweeter thats about it. it was almost unnoticeable i could only pick it up because i had a cup of each side by side. but adagio’s decaf strawberry is the only decaffeinated tea ive ever had.

S said

Okay, this is really strange, but that was exactly the tea I was thinking about! I bought my mom the decaf version and I liked it, but I was wondering if the regular version was more bitter.

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Cofftea said

Although I’m not sure if it’s true or not, that assumption is the very reason I’ve stayed away from decaf teas, that along w/ the fear that the health benefits are reduced. There unfortunately is no caffinated counter part, but I did find the black tea base in the Decaf Chai Agni very light.

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denisend said

IDK, but what I do know is that there is still some caffiene in even “decaf” teas, so when I want a tea without caffiene I generally go for an herbal or tisane (I’m particularly fond of Teavana’s strawberry lemonade or Adagio’s sour apple).

Random, I know.

Cofftea said

Yeah it’s ~5mg. You’d have to be really sensitive for that to bother you I’d think.

denisend said

Depends on how much you drink.

Cofftea said

Good point. I reuse my leaves anyway so I don’t have a lot of 1st infusions in one day.

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jennlea said

I often get an odd cardboard aftertaste from decaffeinated teas so I tend to stick with herbals and infusions that I know don’t have caffeine. Though I would love to find a really good decaffeinated black tea (flavored or not) to drink in the evenings.

S said

I’m not much of a fruit-flavored tea person, but I tried Adagio’s decaf Strawberry black and mango black, and both were pretty good. As Kitch3ntools mentioned above, the strawberry was slightly sweet, very little bitterness. But, I’ve never noticed a cardboard taste before so who knows :)

jennlea said

I’ll have to try Adagio’s decaf Strawberry. I have the regular and really like it.

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gmathis said

Generally, if I don’t need the caffeine I go straight to a green or herbal. Seems like most decaf blacks are just a shade shy of having any real flavor. Harney & Sons has a decaf darjeeling that’s passable, and Adagio’s Decaf Ceylon is OK.

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