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Infussion said

Infussion.eu poll - your favorite type of unflavored tea

Because we’re looking to expand our stock we would greatly appreciate voice of steepster members to help us head into right direction. What is your most often consumed type of tea?

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Chizakura said

I’m almost exclusively a black tea drinker. Mainly straight ones, but enjoy a flavored one now and then as well.

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sandra said

green tea. I esp. love green teas from Japan, but can also enjoy a green Darjeeling or green Chinese tea.

don’t like flavoured teas at all, red, green or white.

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Uniquity said

Chinese blacks. Strong cocoa notes and bold flavour with no bitterness. Also a big fan of Black Currant flavoured black teas but the base tea needs to be quality.

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sandra said

i second Chinese blacks. They are yummie. And top grade 2nd flush Assams. :)

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Chinese blacks, particularly Yunnan or Fujian blacks. Flavoured black teas also, especially dessert teas.

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Lala said

For me, its pretty much anything with bergamot. I love Earl Grey, but I also like other blends that have bergamot in it. Mostly like blends with black tea as a base, keemun in particular.

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Infussion said

I think no black tea lover should feel disappointed with our Dianhong Golden Tip (from Yunnan). Does 6,99$ shipping included for 1 oz look like a good deal? If not 11,99 for 2oz shipping included + free sample + blooming tea surely do. Check out steepster special http://steepster.com/discuss/4911-free-worldwide-shipping-on-all-orders-plus-special-steepster-offer-www-dot-infussion-dot-eu

We’re reluctant to use flavoring in our teas. That’s like expecting particular flavor from tea instead of trying to sense what tea has to offer. Seeing flavored matcha would make Japanese people shake their heads in disbelief. I think masking quality tea with flavoring is a waste. How poor of a quality matcha (powdered sencha? green tea powder adulterated with chlorella for color?) needs to be to even think of covering wonderful taste of this high end and expensive tea?

BTW – I hope no one here is naive enough to believe in “natural” flavoring? Some eye opening link: http://chakra4vegetarianrestaurant.com/healthy-foods/natural-flavorings-no-not-really

Blending, using scenting – now that’s completely different. It can produce quality results and some admixtures proved to enhance tea qualities rather than mask it (think jasmine).

lteg select said

Just because the definition of “natural flavoring” leaves wiggle room doesn’t mean every flavored tea exploits this. Sure, I’d expect a lot of mass market teas probably do, but there are smaller companies that are passionate about making quality flavored teas who wouldn’t exploit that. Flavored tea doesn’t have to mean bagged and artificially flavored, it can mean loose and naturally flavored. Chai tea is a great example of this. There are plenty of loose leaf chai mixes that use only real ingredients for flavoring.

Infussion said

I would consider Chai tea a blend rather than flavored tea! There was nothing infused on the leaves that you’re unable to see (unless you do for example HPLC chemical analysis).

I love masala chai with milk and sugar!

Maybe it makes me a bad tea drinker or something, but I like some of the flavoured teas. Yes even the ones with flavourings added. They are not all terrible. Some companies really do pay attention to the natural part of the ‘natural flavouring’. And I like them. I refuse to let you make me feel ashamed of it.

Infussion said

I’m terrified you think I would want anyone to feel ashamed of their drinking preferences. It shows I haven’t expressed my point clearly.

My one and only point was – is there really a point in buying expensive tea (such as true matcha is) and enjoying it unique taste with some masking flavoring? Wouldn’t it be considered a waste? Isn’t it like adding sugar to vintage champagne or coca-cola to johnnie walker blue label?

Maybe it’s different in US but at least 20$ for ~30 servings is EXPENSIVE in Europe.

Well, while unflavoured blacks are my favouritist thing in the world, I don’t actually like green tea very much at all, and only flavoured so flavoured matcha is the only way I’ll drink it. I’m working myself up to the unflavoured parts.

Barbara said

Yes I think that there can be a point in buying expensive tea and then flavouring it. After all a base used contributes greatly to the end result, so it stands to reason that a better quality base leads to a better flavoured tea than when using a lower quality base. Of course there are limits to this reasoning, as you probably wouldn’t want to use a $ 40,- base and add some marigold leaves or such… :-)

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Chizakura said

No offense, but your post really reeked of elitism, which is a massive turn off.

Everyone here is a lover of tea, and there’s nothing wrong with enjoying a flavored tea now and then.

Perhaps you didn’t intend to come off as an elitist (tone of voice on the internet can be difficult at times) but it really really read that way to me.

Infussion said

Absolutely no offense taken.

Of course there is nothing wrong with enjoying flavored tea now and then.

However I think online tea community gathers people that want to better understand what tea is all about, not only put a tea bag in boiling water for 3 min.

If my great respect for tea using cultures looks like elitism, than let it be. I’m tradition elitist and want to learn from the wise ones. I don’t think reinventing the wheel is really needed when we’re talking about something such well established as tea.

Misoshiru soup over miso covered chicken breast anytime, any day.

Chizakura said

I don’t want to get into a debate, but I would like to make one thing clear. I don’t feel enjoying tea traditionally is being elitist. It was the way you seemed to talk down to people for having different preferences that I found out of taste.

Infussion said

I’m glad you agreed that a traditionalist approach isn’t an elitist one. From my experience once someone really gets into traditional way of doing things there is no turning back and “new”, “improved” stuff just isn’t as enjoyable as it was in the beginning.

As for “out of taste” – de gustibus non disputandum est and I respect your opinion.

I don’t think its wrong for people to only enjoy flavored tea but thats just me.

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Excelsior said

Very specific to the teas I drink. I confess I am fanatically obsessed with Mariage Feres Spring Flush Darjeelings. As for others, Taiwanese High Mountain Oolong tea, no specific vendor, and red and green Rooibos, no specific vendor.

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Infusion… just so you know… I really appreciate high-quality loose-leaf teas, particularly Chinese and Taiwanese…. HOWEVER, there is nothing wrong with flavouring tea for pure enjoyment. I won’t get into the nitty gritty as to why I feel your post is offensive, but you really rubbed me the wrong way. I had considered ordering a substantial order from your site (300+ dollars) but you just lost a potential customer. So sorry to see this kind of behaviour on steepster.

Ok, I refuse to get into a flame war here. It is a turn of phrase and you don’t need to react so poorly. It is a venue for exchanging thoughts, and I was merely expressing my reaction to your post.

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