33 Tasting Notes
Light and watery but pleasant, inoffensive taste. No bitter or foul aspect. Very similar to Lipton decaffeinated tea bags. At about $2.50 per 48 tea bags (purchased October 28, 2012), a good value. The box came wrapped in cellophane and the tea is reasonably fresh and will so remain if kept in a sealed container.
Does not compare in taste to TeeGschwendner (www.teachmerchants.com) decaffeinated loose leaf teas or to Davidson’s Organic decaffeinated loose leaf teas. Seems to contain less caffeine than these, however. Convenient and cheap.
The tea is cut and granular and so doesn’t look like most loose leaf teas. It has a strong aroma, and makes a good, full-bodied brew after just two minutes of brewing (with boiling water in a pre-heated teapot). The label says it’s a mix of Indian and African teas, but it tastes like a classic Ceylon tea, similar to Lipton “Brisk” tea.
Not too bad!
The best Chinese teas I have had have a rich, full-bodied, almost earthy taste. This tea, on the other hand, is mild and watery.
For a great blend of Oolong and Keemun tea, I recommend All Day Breakfast by the Republic of Tea (http://www.republicoftea.com/product.aspx?p=V00555).
TeaGschwendner included this tea as a sample in a recent order. But when I opened the foil envelope, it had already gone stale. If that’s not true, then it didn’t have much flavor to begin with – hard to believe, for a Darjeeling from TeaGschwendner. The dry tea has no fragrance.
A really good, classic cup of Sri Lankan black tea. This tea has a light, crisp taste, a bracing quality, and the dry sweetness of wine. I drank it without milk, lemon or any other additive and it was great.
I have never had a cup of “Ceylon” tea that is not astringent. Thankfully, this one has less astringency than most.
The product I bought was probably the same, but the packaging was a little different. The large white letters on the front of the box say “Melon Citrus Mint,” not “Melon Citrus Mint Infusion.” There was no French caption following the English words.
Overall, a fairly good herbal tea, fairly well balanced. The mint is subtly noticeable, definitely not overpowering. Unlike many fruit teas, it is not sour.
I think Lipton has done something wrong in marketing this tea, though. The ingredients list is long, but one of the most present ingredients is chamomile. Lipton does not clearly indicate that the tea has chamomile in the name of the tea or on the packaging. Chamomile really is a soporific, and Lipton should do more to make consumers aware that the tea has chamomile, so that no one takes chamomile without wanting to.