How many times do you revisit a type of tea/flavor/brand before moving on?
I know I love my green teas, mint notes, and jasmine (since childhood) and I discovered more recently as an adult that I need to explore whites more, and am enjoying that part of my Tea discovery/exploration. I am also expanding my knowledge of Chai more recently… But I’m still conflicted about some things regarding my Tastes versus Curiosity…
I know from experience with- admittedly cheaper teas for the most part, I’m not thrilled with a lot of flavored tea, or blacks. I’m also not interested in most of the desert teas I have discovered on the site, and have happily passed on what desert teas have showed up in my sample packets recently, after smelling many, and tasting some.
I get lured by curiosity and the understanding that I like some flavored tea, such as genmai, or white with rose blends, so I must like others too, right? If I work hard enough at finding it.
My question is how many times do you give something a try before realizing it’s not for you? (In a more permanent I’m done, I’m walking away and not bothering with whatever sort again) Also, what does it take to decide it is the whole type, and not just the 1-2 (or however many…since there are thousands of teas…) brands tested?
I want to believe that I am still capable of exploring and potentially discovering and appreciating some new and modern teas… But there are so many unflavored or traditionally flavored/fragranced teas that I am more likely to enjoy as well… and there is only so much time money and space to address these.
Ty in advance!
Once? There are so many teas I like that if I find one I don’t, I don’t try it too many times. If I’m exploring a whole genre of tea like green or white, I’ll try it a few more times, usually different brands or different flavors if they sound different enough from what I’ve tried before or if someone whose taste I respect recommends them, but even then I tend to go back to what I know I like pretty quickly if I’m not enjoying the new tea.
I never give up, apparently. Despite the fact that I have yet to love green tea, white tea green oolongs or matcha, I still try them every once in a while. Admittedly I don’t try them frequently, but every once in a while..
EDIT: If it is a specific tea, I will try it again unless it was tremendously horrible. Mostly because I can’t afford to swap it away and I hate throwing out perfectly good things. Most of the time I try to pawn the yucky ones off on my fiancee.
Usually once, unless I’ve seen notes where people have had a much better out come on the same tea than I have. Then I give it a second try.
A brand/company themselves, well I haven’t given up on one yet.
i find 2 cups gives me a good chance to figure out if i actually like it or not. there HAVE been a handful of teas that only needed (less than) 1 cup! (anything with liquorice or rose as the predominant taste. yuck!)
About thrice, is what I personally follow to try. And everytime changing the steeping time and water temperature.
Though from your post its clear that we have completely different tastes, I am definitely more of a black and oolong tea guy. So it might be the reason I have need to try more to get the exact flavour that I like.
well, I have yet to do much at all with oolongs, though changing that this year, so your method is useful to know. I have a friend who likes almost all types of tea who follows this method- with all of them
Glad that you are expanding the territory of tea. If planning to take the oolong’s then try them from High Mountain grown, Ceylon region, beautiful gold-orange colour and milder in taste than typical ones.
sounds good. I have preferred Ceylon and Darjeeling in the black family. I have not given up on any of the plain tea entirely, just trying to stop fooling myself so much.
Probably too many when I think about my experience with Republic of Tea: tried 3 and was about to give up on them forever and then I tried that green bush plantation blend and loved it. So maybe it’s not such a bad thing to keep an open mind with companies that have let you down. But I’m a lot more cautious about buying before trying now!
@Crocuta, definitely agree here. I am no way in, for generalising the company when we have tasted only handful of their offerings.(except for teavanna for me, its their pushy sales tactic rather than tea which put me off). But over here I believe that Kasumi is more inclined on trying the same tea multiple times, if I am not mistaken.
Right- I am mostly thinking of individual teas, or in the case of companies, if more then 3-5 types have “failed”…though I have usually tried at least 2 styles of tea from any one company before even considering walking away entirely.
I understand the limited Budget issue, It was one of the reasons I posted this question, as I am pondering how to further my refocusing on tea.
You have similar tastes as I do…interesting. I’ve come to the fact that I do not like black teas, dessert teas, red rooibos, hibiscus, licorice, amongst other things. So, what i usually do is just stay away from them. I’ve tried enough over the years to know that I do not like them and probably never will. I don’t really thing of myself as missing out much considering that there’s soooo many other teas out there to try.
When I try a new flavored tea I usually will only try it if it has some a few elements in it that I really enjoy (mint, jasmine) or from a vendor that I know I really enjoy. I typically give up on a tea company after about three tries (this is picking the three that I really want to try, ones I think I will like the most). If I didn’t like their teas, I see no reason to keep trying from them. There’s too many teas and too many tea vendors out there to waste time and money on if you didn’t like their teas or their business. Same with teas you know you don’t care for (blacks, desserts, etc).
Once in a while my curiosity gets the better of me and I have to try something that I don’t like, and I’m only confirmed by the fact that I don’t like that certain type of tea or vendor.
I don’t think there has ever been a particular type of tea I flat out didn’t like and gave up on. I do have problems with straight greens, a lot of them have a steamed veggie taste I’m not fond of (or, god forbid, mushroom!). But I keep on persevering—even a cup of tea I don’t like adds to my palette and tea knowledge. I’ve also found that I do like most types of tea, except for rooibos which often makes me nauseous. Yet I still try out rooibos blends if I get them as a sample, part of it is the fact that I absolutely hate to waste.
I have thought of giving up on a certain type or flavor of tea, but every once in a while I come upon something great that I might not have tried. Like Della Terra’s Blueberry Creme—never would have tried it if I swore off rooibos, so even if I dislike 8 out of 10 blends with it, there’s always a gem hidden somewhere! Even the one flavor I absolutely abhor, banana, I will try if I get a sample with it.