Types of Tea

Black Tea Review: English Tea Store Assam TGFOP

ETS Assam TGFOP

Company/Brand Name: English Tea Store

Tea Name: Assam TGFOP (Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe)

Tea Category:  Black Tea

Form: Loose Leaf

Origin of Tea Leaf: India

The Leaves: The leaves are dark brown to black in color with a few golden colored tips

Additions: None 

Flavor: A smooth, earthy and robust black tea with a comforting biscuity/malty flavor, and just a touch of sweetness

Overall: 4.0/5

This was my first time tasting a loose leaf Assam and I really enjoyed the experience. It is one I plan to repeat a zillion times over!

Packaging:

In the Estate Teas sampler pack I had ordered, I received a one-ounce sample of the Assam TGFOP. My sample was mailed in a thick-plastic, simple black and re-sealable pouch with white label. The label indicated the name of the tea, but did not include brewing instructions.

Disappointingly, two of the teas advertised were not sent. However, I did get duplicates of two other teas to compensate for the difference.  In addition, the sampler webpage does state: “substitutions may be made according to availability.” Not to mention the incredible value I received from ordering the sample pack; I got 8 ounces of tea for eight bucks!

Tea Review:

The aroma of the brew brought to mind warmed tortillas; a pleasurable fragrance that invited me to take my first sip.

There is a nice earthy-robustness to the brew that is enhanced by a biscuity flavor that I have not experienced before. I say biscuity rather than malty because the taste reminds me of warm dough. Overall, I found this dough-like quality comforting and engaging.

Then, there is a just touch of sweetness. Lastly, the finish is smooth and leaves me wanting more.

Preparation Tips:

I could not find steeping directions for the Assam TGFOP on the English Tea Store’s website, but the Estate Teas sampler pack webpage recommends: “For the best brew, these teas should steep in water that has been brought to a rolling boil for 2 to 5 minutes.”

Because there were no tips on how much tea or water to use, I went with the general guideline of one teaspoon of tea per cup of boiling water. Next, I allowed the leaves to steep for about 4 minutes using a T-Sac paper filter.

Vendor Provided Sample: No 

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This is “a girl with tea” signing off once again.

Remember to live, laugh, love and drink plenty of tea.

Amy

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Oolong Tea Review: Stash Coconut Mango Wuyi Oolong

Stash Coconut Mango Wuyi Oolong

Company/Brand Name: Stash

Name: Coconut Mango Wuyi Oolong

Category: Oolong Tea, Flavored

Form: Tea Bag (Paper)

Origin of the Leaf: Fujian, China

The Leaves: Not applicable because the leaves are finely ground and hidden inside the typical tea bag exterior

Additions: Orange Peel, Pineapple, Coconut Flavor, Mango Flavor

Flavor: A sweet and fruity blend with coconut leading the way

Overall: A taste of the tropics will greet you when sipping this tea. I hope you love coconut! Oh, and don’t forget to bring a flower lei with you!

Tea Review:

The aroma of this brew is simply beguiling. A delightful scent of sweet coconut breezes through the air, reminding me of tropical fruit and suntan lotion.

The first sip is a bit weak, especially after experiencing such a strong fragrance from the steeping tea leaves. But, the more sips I take, the more prominent the taste becomes.

Even though orange peel is second on the ingredients list, I really didn’t taste orange in my cup. Coconut is the primary flavor and steals the show.

To round off the overall flavor, there is a delightful creaminess to this oolong tea that creates a nearly perfect finish.

This tea is a great pick-me-up when feeling a bit tired. Visions of tall palm trees, white sandy beaches, and bare feet liberated from synthetic pantyhose, take me away for a moment to some exotic getaway.

Packaging:

This oolong tea comes in a cardboard box and each individual tea bag is encased in a foil packet.

Preparation Tips:

The brewing directions on the box state: “To savor the full flavor of our teas, bring fresh water to a rolling boil. Pour hot water directly over the tea bag in a pre-heated pot or cup. Brew 3-5 minutes or to desired taste.”

I found that I preferred to use water just under the boiling point when steeping this tea, it tended to enhance the flavor.

Additional Notes:

Dessert Tea – This tea would make a wonderful dessert tea because of its sweet-coconut flavor.

Iced Tea – The flavor seems to really to express itself as the brew cools. In fact, I tried this tea chilled and the flavor was almost as intense as the initial aroma.

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Coconut Mango Wuyi Oolong

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Green Tea Review: Lipton Green Tea Superfruit White Mangosteen and Peach

Lipton Green Tea Superfruit

Company/Brand Name: Lipton

Name: Green Tea Superfruit White Mangosteen and Peach

Category: Green Tea, Flavored

Form: Tea Bag (Paper)

Origin of the Leaf: Unknown

The Leaves: Not applicable because the leaves are finely ground and hidden inside the typical tea bag exterior

Additions: Natural Flavor, Soy Lecithin, Sunflower Lecithin, Peach Juice Solids, Concentrated Mangosteen Juice

Flavor: A sweet-fruity tea, with just a touch of bitter, vegetal taste

Overall: I have to admit, that I haven’t had the best taste experiences when it comes to Lipton tea. But, when a friend told me how much she liked this tea and gave me a sample, I thought what the heck; I’ll give it a try.

I was pleasantly surprised. I actually liked the flavor of this green tea, especially when it is iced, and ended up purchasing a box for myself.

Tea Review:

Lipton Green Tea Superfruit Iced

As the tea brewed, it filled my kitchen with a fruity-sweet bouquet; this increased my expectation for a positive taste encounter.

I was not disappointed; the first sip is flavorful and sweet. I found the fruitiness to be slightly “fakey” tasting, but not so much as to ruin the overall flavor.

I wasn’t able to discern the flavors of mangosteen or peach in my cup.

Of course, I’ve never tried a mangosteen fruit, so I have nothing to compare it to. However, I do know what peach tastes like. Occasionally, a somewhat peachy flavor did make an appearance, but it was quite elusive and certainly not a strong contender in my brew.

Then, to round out the cup, there is a hint of vegetal, or “green tea” taste, which at times even takes on a slight maltiness.

Packaging:

Lipton Green Tea Superfruit Packaging

The Lipton Green Tea Superfruit comes in a colorful rectangular box which contains 20 tea bags. Each tea bag is individually wrapped in a paper envelope.

Preparation Tips:

The package directions say to: “Bring cold water to a boil and pour over tea bag. Brew 1 to 1 ½ minutes or to desired strength.” However, I found that if I let the water cool to about 170 to 180F and then steep the tea bag for about 2 minutes, I had a better tasting brew.

Additional Notes:

Iced Tea – When I sampled this tea over ice, it took on a very pleasing malty taste, like beer. I quite enjoyed the Green Tea Superfruit White Mangosteen and Peach chilled much more so than when drinking it hot.

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Green Tea Superfruit White Mangosteen and Peach

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This is “a girl with tea” signing off once again.

Remember to live, laugh, love and drink plenty of tea.