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Incredibly soothing tea. Great tea to unwind with in the evening. An unexpected favorite which I want to keep in stock.

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probably it’s a quite strong blend for the ones who are not used to this kind of tea. for sure not the very best example of Turkish tea but still kinda ok if you don’t have a turkish style tea pot, if prepared quite light and sweetened.

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A very kind surprise from Mel (meliorate) and I wanted to love it. Real turkish tea! the oh so nicely exotic. But sadly it turned out to be way too much hibiscus for me. Interesting apple flavour, pretty strong and in your face, but the hibiscus was just too much for me.

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One day… one day!! There’ll be a fruit tea that contains no hibiscus!


I found a few, but admittedly it is difficult for dried fruits to stand up on their own! Speaking of turkish tea I got some authentically-turkish apple tea which of course is instant granules ;) and I was served some delicious but really artificial apple green at a kebab restaurant the other day. And a tea shop I got to has a turkish apple tea which seems to be just dried apple – maybe one of those days I will try it!

Hibiscus, it´s just not for me!

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For someone who doesn’t like eating apples or drinking apple juice, I’m a complete sucker for apple tea. Up until my friend gave me this some months ago I’d only known about Turkish apple tea as a myth, but I was surprised to find out it’s not ‘tea’ but an infusion… still, delicious!

Most apple teas I try are usually a sweet, candylike green apple flavour, but this one is much more red apple! Stronger than most apple-based infusions in my opinion, sliiiightly malty, so strong and bold and juicy that it’s not entirely far off from eating an apple… Without the nasty bit where the skin gets stuck between your teeth.

As far as night-time brews go, this is definitely one of the sweeter ones! <3

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Stolen from my hotel room in Istanbul two days ago. I felt like I wanted some “turkish tea” to wake myself up the first day back, so I found this bag in my luggage and brewed it in a half-full teapot. The result: rather tasteless actually. Deep brown color, but that’s all it’s got going for it. Sugar didn’t help either. I’m realizing that what a person really needs to do to have real turkish tea (besides bringing home some tulip-shaped glasses to serve it in, which I did, but they’re in the dishwasher) is to use loose tea and the double-decker teapot method. (Haven’t found the tin of loose tea in the luggage yet…and I’m working on getting a double-decker teapot, but it’ll be awhile!)

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My girlfriend got this tea for me when she was in Turkey =) Yum! I love trying different tea, and this one is definitely unlike anything I’ve had before. The tea almost tasted/felt like it was mentholated, but it obviously isn’t. I think this tea would be great for a cold. It’s also great for relaxing for bed, since it doesn’t have any caffeine! I’m glad to have this one in my cupboard!

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drank Sade by Doğadan
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It’s OK, but not great… The aftertaste is more dark..

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Found this tea on offer at my local TFC (Turkish Food Centre) so had to pick it up. I have never really thought about the Turks as being big tea drinkers but I then realised I don’t really know that much about Turkey.

Anyway to the tea. Its a very light and pale tea that would seem to better suit the warm climate of Turkey more so than the sporadic sunshine here in the UK. However I do really like this tea its a nice refreshing alternative to my usual black or green teas.

The first time I tried it (and the times till about half way down the bag) I just made it as if it were regular black tea. Although I stumbled upon this gem as I was trying to research this seemingly elusive tea, instructions on how to do it the ‘right’ way.

‘How to make Turkish Tea?
Measure a dessert spoon of Turkish Tea per person per tea cup
Add enough water to the large kettle based on how many cups you plan to serve
1) To make the Turkish black tea like the Turks do you will need a teamaker with two kettles of different sizes. Fill the large kettle with water and place it on the stove.
2) Add the black Turkish tea on the small kettle and place in over the large one. Please note that there is no water in the small kettle at this time.
3) Bring the water to a boil. Add a portion of the boiling water (1/3rd) to the small kettle at this time.
4) Lower the heat and let it simmer for 15 minutes for the tea to cook to the right consistency
5) Using Turkish Tea cups, serve the tea by pouring about 1/3rd from the top kettle and filling the rest with hot water. This ratio totally depends on your taste and can be adjusted. Use sugar to taste.’

Both ways tasted fine and there wasn’t a whole lot of difference between them.

Will be stocking up on this in the future.

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