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A review of Naturally Decaffeinated Green Tea by Tetley Tea

Company: Tetley Tea
Tea Name: Naturally Decaffeinated Green Tea
Tea Type/Varietal: Green
Region:
Steeping Vessel/Amt. Leaf: cup/ teaspoon
Plucking Season:
Liquor Color: light yellow
Leaf Characteristics:

  1. Steepings

1st Steeping:
Water temperature: 195 Fahrenheit
Time: 4 minutes

I find green tea to be the tea that I consume the most. So here is to fixing another cup of green tea. I take one tea bag and put it in my cup and pour the boiled water into my cup and leaving it to steep for several minutes.

This tea’s color is what I continue to be amazed at since it really does brew lightest yellow and not brown and the tea’s aroma hints at being vegetal. As I sip this tea I try to take in its smoothness and delicateness. I find this tea to be very relaxing and soothing.

I mean it is a quiet day and time for a nice cup of tea which happens to be a cup of green tea.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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A review of Naturally Decaffeinated Green Tea by Tetley

Company: Tetley
Tea Name: Naturally Decaffeinated Green Tea
Tea Type/Varietal: Green
Region:
Steeping Vessel/Amt. Leaf: cup/ tea bag
Plucking Season:
Liquor Color:
Leaf Characteristics:

  1. Steepings

1st Steeping:
Water temperature: 190 Fahrenheit
Time: 4 minutes
I purchase green teas and most store brand teas when they are on sale for less than $3.00. And while at the grocery store I found this Tetley tea to fit this budget and so I took a box and put it in the grocery cart. This is indeed a treat as I have yet to taste Tetley Teas and to review their teas.

So last evening I decided to try this Tetley tea. I take one tea bag and put it in my cup adding just boiled water to my cup, leaving it to steep for several minutes.

Tea brews a light yellow color and I find this very lovely since it is not brownish. The tea’s aroma is mild and slight astringent and when I take a sip of the tea it is stinging at first but the tea becomes smoother and more palatable. So I drink on until finished.

In all, this tea is smooth and clean with a freshly astringent finish to it. It is a a very mild tea. The tea bags are small disk like pouch with no strings, similarly to The London Cuppa Tea that I enjoyed last year.

This tea was purchased while grocery shopping at Price Chopper.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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A review of Miesna Christmas Tea by Metropolitan Tea Company, Ltd.

Company: Metropolitan Tea Company, Ltd.
Tea Name: Miesna Christmas Tea
Tea Type/Varietal: Ceylon
Region: India
Steeping Vessel/Amt. Leaf: cup/ teabags
Plucking Season:
Liquor Color: reddish brown
Leaf Characteristics:

  1. Steepings

1st Steeping:
Water temperature: 200 Fahrenheit
Time: 5 minutes

This tea I obtained during a visit to Mullens Herbal Tea House in Barre, MA. This is not one of their house brand and was not too expensive for my budget.

I like the little wooden chest-like box that this tea comes in depicting Santa Claus on the cover. I must also note that I have had several teas made by the Metropolitan Tea Company, Ltd.; a recent one was The Boston Tea Party Blend, purchased while visiting a tearoom in Rockport, MA.

Once I figured out how to open the tea chest (made of wood which has a panel to slide when opening and closing), I take out the foil wrapping and open the bag to find individual tea bags inside.

I take one tea bag of the Miesna Tea and put this in my cup and adding freshly boiled water to my cup I leave it to steep for five minutes. The tea brews a darken reddish brown color and the aroma is really like apple cider similarly to the color of the tea…hints of honey as well.

I sip the tea slowly to take in the aroma with the apple taste and when swallowed there is that drying tartness that forms in the back of the throat.

2nd Steeping:
Water temperature: 200 Fahrenheit
Time: 5 minutes

I add more hot water to the tea bag and let it steep and I added sugar to the tea which seems to make it milder and syrup like cider. It would seem this tea is best sweetened. The apple spices stands out more in the cup making for a warmth-full cup of spiced apple tea.

This really is good tea for this time year.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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drank English Teatime by Bigelow
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A review of English Teatime by Bigelow

Company: Bigelow
Tea Name: English Teatime
Tea Type/Varietal: black tea
Region:
Steeping Vessel/Amt. Leaf: cup/ tea bag
Plucking Season:
Liquor Color: dark amber
Leaf Characteristics:

  1. Steepings

1st Steeping:
Water temperature: 190 Fahrenheit
Time: 5 minutes

I am having this blend of English Teatime taken from my in-laws pantry. And yes, I helped myself to their teas at time. I take one tea bag (placing it in my cup) and steep it in hot water for five minutes.

The tea’s color is dark amber with a somewhat roasted aroma and tasting slightly of malt with nothing added to the tea. Tea is smooth and full-bodied, with nothing added, I find that the tea is not astringent all instead having a smooth finish upon swallowing.

This tea is ideal for those favoring milk/cream and sugar with their tea which would make a good cup of morning tea and mid-day drinking.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 0 sec
Bigelow Tea

What a lovely review of our English Teatime…thank you so much for sharing! Happy Tea Drinking!
Kathy for Bigelow Tea

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drank English Teatime by Bigelow
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A review of Rosehip Herb (100% organic) Tea by Garden of the Andes

Company: Garden of the Andes
Tea Name: Rosehip Herb Tea
Tea Type/Varietal: Herbal
Region:
Steeping Vessel/Amt. Leaf: cup/ tea bag
Plucking Season:
Liquor Color: pinkish red
Leaf Characteristics:

  1. Steepings

1st Steeping:
Water temperature: 190 Fahrenheit
Time: 5 minutes

This tea is a lovely pinkish/red color and the tea’s aroma is a mixture of floral and citrusy blend. I seem to taste the hibiscus before anything else, as I am met with a citrusy-zest taste upon sipping of the tea.

Overall, the tea has a lovely color; it is clear with a light herbal concoction of hibiscus and rosehip. Tea is sweet with a citrus base finish.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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A review of Magnolia Oolong by Tea Savant

Company: Tea Savant
Tea Name: Magnolia Oolong
Tea Type/Varietal: Oolong
Region: Taiwan China
Steeping Vessel/Amt. Leaf: cup/ loose leaf
Plucking Season:
Liquor Color: very light yellow tea with first steep and slightly darker with long steeps.
Leaf Characteristics: Leaves are fine pellets and when steeped they are fuller leaves.

  1. Steepings

1st Steeping:
Water temperature: 200 Fahrenheit
Time: 3 minutes

Tea Savant sent this tea to me several times and I get to have it again and again. I take one spoonful of the pellets and put them in my tea mug and adding the boiled water to the tea, leaving it for a steep time of five minutes.

Tea’s aroma is a of a floral bouquet and tea’s color is light green with a yellow base. I like the aroma to be found in the magnolia and I must say one cannot smell this from the pellet leaves prior to steeping as this is unlike Jasmine tea which permeated the air and everything around you prior and after steeps.

I find this tea to be a very mild oolong with somewhat grainy texture when finishing the drink. Tea is slightly astringent and yet smooth and sweet.

2nd Steeping:
Water temperature: 200 Fahrenheit
Time: 5 minutes

This steep is for five minutes and the color is a darker yellow/amber in color; the color that I have come to associate with oolong teas and smells wonderfully of a bouquet of magnolia, not too heady for this nose.

In all as I have been drinking oolong and finding that I do indeed like them; this is fresh, authentic and overall an exquisite tea.

Thank you Tea Savant for sending this tea for me to sample and review. I am inept and I do hope to improve over time so that I may know what to say and what not to say.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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A review of Green Tea & Blackcurrant by London Fruit & Herb Company

Company: London Fruit & Herb Company
Tea Name: Green Tea & Blackcurrant
Tea Type/Varietal: Green / herbal
Region:
Steeping Vessel/Amt. Leaf: cup/ tea bag
Plucking Season:
Liquor Color: red wine / Concord grape
Leaf Characteristics:

  1. Steepings

1st Steeping:
Water temperature: 200 Fahrenheit
Time: 5 minutes

It is more green tea and this one I have enjoyed each time I have had it. Steeped the tea bag in boiled water for five minutes and the aroma feasting in the air above me is a mixture of hibiscus, blackcurrant and blackberry leaves and all of this makes for a very fruity/floral bouquet. I sip and sip the tea slowly since it is quite acidic as well. I swoosh the tea around my mouth taking in the tea’s flavor and feeling its weight on my tongue.

I like the sweetness of this tea and the way the herbs linger on the palette but I don’t like the acidity that is left and felt upon swallowing this tea. I had yet to take notice of the acidity/ too fruity and yet it is what makes this tea what it is and being like wine. This is a semi-good Muscat.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Green Tea Decaf by Bigelow
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A review of Green Tea (Decaffeinated) by Bigelow Tea

Company: Bigelow Tea
Tea Name: Green Tea Decaffeinated
Tea Type/Varietal: Green
Region:
Steeping Vessel/Amt. Leaf: cup/ tea bag
Plucking Season:
Liquor Color: light brown / pale green
Leaf Characteristics:

  1. Steepings

1st Steeping:
Water temperature: 190 Fahrenheit
Time: 5 minutes

I just fixed myself a nice hot cup of this green tea which is decaffeinated. Tea has a nice color and teas’ aroma is clean and fresh with mild astringent. Since green tea is high in anti-oxidant making it good for me as well. All that I note in this tea is its smoothness and that it is plainly tea with nothing more added.

I have plenty of teas to sample and don’t need to snag tea from my mother -in-law but at times it seems easier to simply nook a cup of tea and not really do much with it. I call it, nook and go cup of tea.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 0 sec
Bigelow Tea

Thanks so much for you review of the Green Tea Decaffeinated, we enjoyed reading your comments!
Kathy for Bigelow Tea

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A review of Herbal Infusion with peppermint and Spearmint by Tazo

Company: Tazo Tea
Tea Name: Herbal Infusion with Peppermint and Spearmint
Tea Type/Varietal: Herbal
Region:
Steeping Vessel/Amt. Leaf: bottled tea
Plucking Season:
Liquor Color: brownish herbal mixture
I had purchased this tea during a visit at Living Earth market and put it in the refrigerator saving it for a day when in need of something sweet and soda like, I mean something other than tea.

I was having some noodles and decided to fix myself a glass of the Tazo tea. I put some ice in a tea cup and poured the juice like tea in the cup; after having shaken the tea. I ate most of the noodles and then took sip of the tea and pew; it was really heady herbal tea. As said on bottle…herbal infusion which, now has come to mean strong and potent. And I am reminded of the mixture in peppermint and spearmint another mixture that I don’t care for.

Please note once again, I was not paying attention when I grab this tea from store shelving. I read that it was Tazo Teas and an Herbal Infusion and since I have had Tazo Teas before and they were most enjoying, I did not feel the need to read further. Had I seen the part about peppermint and spearmint, I would have selected the Açai Berry Tea in a bottle instead.

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