Kombucha Raw Original Organic 100% Delicious .GT’s

May 29, 2010 at 5:20 pm | Posted in Herbal Tea, RTD Bottled Tea, Tea Reviews | Leave a comment
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found at Whole Foods price somewhere <10$/bottle 😛 i forgot 😛

Package: nice

barely popped it open and coworkers start asking around “What is that smell ?” (/i duck)

Flavor: sip#1 : OH MY F GAWD NASTY FERMENTED TRASH TASTE GURGLING(if you ever around big apt buildings where trash is dumped in big piles and the juices from that pile trickles down into the street. thats how this tastes. a bit more refined ofcourse because of the enzymes and probiotics

5 seconds later, sip #2

OMFG SHOOT ME IM GONNA VOMIT.

ok?


lets save the planet together
j/k
i do dislike all politics
including BS
quite repeated meself there… politic-s/-icians = BS 95%
well, better said = alot of carbon 😉 😉 … i dont see them buying carbon credits or whatever the stupid concept is.

Overall: KWOM BOO CHACHKA!?!?!
delicious ? LOL

100% Disguisting

yeah rrright.

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Yerba Mate .Cruz De Malta

September 5, 2009 at 10:10 pm | Posted in Herbal Tea, Tea Reviews | Leave a comment

local market ~2$ + tax /.5Kg

Method: cold water + like 2 fist fulls of mate + a couple ice chips in a pot, strained after ~ 3 minutes.

Flavor: uhm …. blechy.  sorta fried-sorta Oily-smoky flavor weirdness + some plant greenness + plant husk/woodiness + some lemony quality to it + medicinal … some tea-like astringency(from the greenness on tongue). Didnt quite like it…

added some lemon juice – it cut the weirdness (or its not felt anymore) – flavor now is quite low(or its not felt) …

added more lemon juice – lemon smell to the liquor, lemon flavor/sensation starting to dominate, rest= some grassy/plant, not as weird as plain and a little pleasant and refreshing (i think pretty close as some Paraguayan friends made it for me.)

(after adding lemon juice im getting some fleeting headache poundings, or it might be the effects of the first drinkings without lemon-tho some other days i had not added lemon and drank plain mate/ considering myself not to be much affected by placebo this might be a coincidence, otherwise it could be from the mate in a mix with other variables-its night, im a little tired, some cola i had, its hot… who knows.)

Overall: alright with lemon, dont like plain.

Yerba Mate Unsweetened .Guayaki

May 27, 2008 at 12:53 pm | Posted in Herbal Tea, RTD Bottled Tea, Tea Reviews | Leave a comment

As i was saying in my previous assam bottle post. NYC, WholeFoods, Central Park. Hot. Sun. Baking. No sunscreen. Oops. Burning. Ouchie.

I think i see a space in the yerbamate on the label so this post is called yerba & nbsp ; mate… profound.

This was 1 out of about 3 unsweetened, unmixed, unflavored bottled teas at Wholefoods, not a good day… Whole Foods needs to hire me. I want that 20% off employee discount. I’ll buy more unsweetened unflavored bottled teas than they sell to 100 people.

Onto the main feature:

Taste: WTF?! salt ?! WHATF ? … SALTY ?? EEECHHCHCHBEECHH…. i actually flipped over the bottle and there it was on its back label : SODIUM 11mg x 2 = 22mg (how much is that in grains of salt?)
+ taste low of yerbamate, a better dilution of flavor than others have achieved…
some of the naturally lemony i think of the mate,

but its just Nasty To Me, i can’t take the salty weirdness . eeeechhhhhyness. i did drink it all tho. i just couldnt believe my tastebuds, and everytime, “there it was”, “there it was”, “there it was”, “there it was”… weirdly torturing myself, and still don’t believe !

Overall: gee… toughie but quickie,  SALTY DRINK = NO.

ps. ok it says “a grain of salt is about 5.85×10^-5 grams” so 1 grain = 0.0585mg, from which you calculate that 22mg salt = 376 grains of salt. (also in theory, a grain of NaCl is a cube of 0.3mm sides, sqrt376=19, so which leads to 22mg pure salt being approx a solid salt cube of 5.7×5.7×5.7mm).

green tea with ginseng .teany

March 6, 2008 at 6:35 am | Posted in Green Tea, Herbal Tea, RTD Bottled Tea, Tea Reviews | Leave a comment

part of the drown my sorrow with three bottles of tea day.
iced tea with lemon .teany,
Morrocan Mint Green Tea .Honest Tea
,
green tea with ginseng .teany
.
see the level- thats how much i could drink from them.

what’s with the ginseng? make me lov u long time or what?

smell: nasty

taste: sugar + weirdness … ass? + lemon.

overall: u suck.

the end.

Morrocan Mint Green Tea .Honest Tea

March 6, 2008 at 6:34 am | Posted in Green Tea, Herbal Tea, RTD Bottled Tea, Tea Reviews | Leave a comment

part of the drown my sorrow with three bottles of tea day.
iced tea with lemon .teany,
Morrocan Mint Green Tea .Honest Tea
,
green tea with ginseng .teany
.
see the level- thats how much i could drink from them.

smell: some lemon & … fruit? medication?… a smell i cant pinpoint, need a word, having lapse in memory.

taste:
liquid,
no sugar (labeled 10g total),
astringency/bitterness
no green tea
mint? what mint, oh yeah, hmmm. well there is some mint aftertaste after the bitterness goes.
this feels like they over brewed the mint and components too long until the plant taste started to give it this bitterness. also theres not enough mint in this. maybe other components are interacting and diminishing it.

update: i added sugar: nice and sweet now – much better – some minty flavor but not like fresh looseleaf tea (did they use enough mint ???). there isnt much nasty sugar aftertaste. some freshness from the mint in the aftertaste. pretty good now!!!

how much mint etc compared to some real fresh loose tea? somewhere around 1/2

i really dont get it. either these people dont know how to make something good (that i could like) or they’re trying to make something that will just sell.

Organic Black Currant bottled Black Tea .Harney and Sons

February 11, 2008 at 5:37 pm | Posted in Black Tea, Herbal Tea, RTD Bottled Tea, Tea Reviews | Leave a comment

Flavor: alot of “stuff” in this liquid: citrus front of mouth, straight down the tongue in the back some berry-like sort of bitter-sour, “foody”, licking the palate and tongue can feel a lingering sweetness from the added sugar (but there is almost no other sugar feel), cant really feel the honey as in their bottled Black Tea.

Alot of aftertaste around the mouth-palate: mostly a sort of sourness like after drinking black tea with sugar + the berry flavor, + a little more citrus leftovers… = unpleasant to me, feels like mouth is dirty. Only in the empty mouth, can i feel some vague distant reminders of some sort of black tea flavor.

i dont know what currant is, but i read its some kinda berry. anyway. this is some kinda black tea.

Overall: alot better composition and flavor than Snapple’s Acai thing (surprisingly i now read almost the same words in that review), but i dont like it, mostly due to aftertaste, and no tea flavor.

oh yeah, price like their other: 2.4$ (this time found at Au bon pain)

Spearmint .Adagio Teas

January 2, 2008 at 8:40 pm | Posted in Herbal Tea, Tea Reviews | Leave a comment

Adagio Teas 9$/8oz = $19/lb … cheap, but its not tea.

the wife likes mint ‘tea’ so along with some real bottled tea, i got some samples of some minty leaves.

smell is really intense, i briefly hallucinated i was chewing the gum…

techniq: 6min + 9oz @ 180F + ~1 flat tablespoon?

liquor: smells intense, looks dark?too long infusion/too hot/but herbals are not supposed to go bad like tea so we’ll see:

taste: mild spearminty flavor, hot, its not that appealing like the smell is… but no bitterness or strange overcooked ‘tea’ flavors, so it worked ok.
added sugar, this helped alot, it brought in the flavors to the tongue, and so it tasted really nice strong spearminty, might have felt some little spicyness in there!

on subsequent re-infusions water was eyemeasured in volume as 1/3 room temp + 2/3  ‘180F’, 4 minutes, 5, 7min –> liquor was alot lighter, and taste remained pretty much the same, maybe less dense as the first infusion (which next time i’ll clock in at 3 min  not 6…)

overall: good. would definitely stock (maybe check if alternatives exist, but this one i like).

Red Tea Acai mixed berry .Snapple Tea

August 9, 2007 at 8:19 am | Posted in Herbal Tea, RTD Bottled Tea, Tea Reviews | Leave a comment

Free Image Hosting at www.ImageShack.us liquid, vitamin c sensation in front half of mouth, tongue
palate, back sense a food like flavor (might be the acai)
some very light sweet sensation
berry? not really
some astringency/sourness left around mouth.

aye …como se dice…

es gusta como mi dirty culo.

rating: ( ! ) <- donkey’s ass award.

YerbaMate – Terere .Cruz de Malta

June 17, 2007 at 6:34 pm | Posted in Herbal Tea, Tea Reviews | Leave a comment

first yerbamate experience, done traditional paraguayan style -iced water.

fill the horn 3/4 with the yerbamate leaf, pour in the cold water about 1/4 of the horn. sip thru the special straw (it has perforations at the cup end which will strain the leaf while you drink.)

very refreshing and good.

flavor: medium, separating the lemon flavor, this yerbamate seems to taste grassy, with some straw taste (meaning the plant part, not the drinking straw.)

Peach Tea .Lipton

June 14, 2007 at 8:52 pm | Posted in Herbal Tea, RTD Bottled Tea, Tea Reviews | Leave a comment

rtd bottled tea, sorry didnt have anything to drink today.

taste: low, watery, juice, not much tea flavor. worse than snapple.

.no. pick Tazo giant peach/ else: snapple’s.

Mint Iced Tea .Casbah Cafe

March 25, 2007 at 6:27 pm | Posted in Herbal Tea, Tea Reviews | Leave a comment

hot day make for a desire to cool down with some iced tea,

got a glass full of ice, with some faded yellow liquid and a leaf of mint.

taste: cold minty water, zero tea flavor or astringency. refreshing but flavor is a dud 1.5/7

Rose hips .Chado Tea

March 24, 2007 at 11:41 pm | Posted in Herbal Tea, Tea Reviews | Leave a comment

looseleaf pieces of rosehips…

dry leaf: very nice colorful, tiny smell.

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infusion: boiled water 2tsp 5min and more…

taste: flavor … 2/7 watery. top of tongue tiny sweet or warm liquid sensation, back half of tongue and sides of tongue citrusy/sour, confusing lemon sensation.

wet leaf when chewed is almost tasteless as well.

no. not a very exciting infusion. personally feel it unpleasant a bit.

(had done an infusion yesterday 1tsp in 190F water, and had the same taste – which i thought was from low temperature and not enough plant, but obviously its the same experience repeated).

Chamomile .Trader Joes

March 22, 2007 at 11:25 pm | Posted in Herbal Tea, Tea Reviews | Leave a comment

2bags/9oz 190F water 3min
much better, alot more flavor, i’d say 4.5/7
cant distinguish from the looseleaf chamomile had the other day
will have to do a side by side comparison.

~~~

1bag/9oz 190F water,
not much flavor, about 2.5/7
tiny bit of some sort of astringency?

no.

Cozy Chamomile .Bigelow Tea

March 22, 2007 at 11:24 pm | Posted in Herbal Tea, Tea Reviews | Leave a comment

1 teabag in less than 1 cup o water, just off boiling, 5min

flavor: 1.5/7, watery, not much flavor, similar to Trader Joe’s Chamomile, but that had a bit more.

got kinda pissed at lack of flavor, i started to violently slush the teabag in the water due to which i scared a bit more flavor into the liquid, but also some astringency showed up as well to scare me off, and it did,

no.

Solomon’s Seal Tea .Rhee Bros/Korean Farm Inc

March 21, 2007 at 8:40 pm | Posted in Herbal Tea, Tea Reviews | Leave a comment

Didnt know what solomons seal was when i got the tea. it is a plant root that has different uses.

[package pic][tea bag pic]

Teabag contains a rather small amount of ‘tea’ powder, not sure if enough for 1 cup, but i put it in boiling ~ 9oz water.

Infusion: smells like food, some sort of a baked …pastry? concoction… nutty.

Taste: flavor 2.5/7 watery, tastes like it smells, not very bad. kinda like barley tea somewhere in the same neighborhood, but i think it reminds me more of food than does barley tea which remains in the beverage ‘feel’.

Chamomile Flowers .Chado Tea

March 13, 2007 at 7:29 pm | Posted in Herbal Tea, Tea Reviews | Leave a comment

yes it is Egyptian chamomile

[pictures]

infusion: smell: flowery, dense
taste: flavor: 4.5/7 thick oily chamomile flavor
compare to [Harney&Sons Chamomile][TraderJoe’s Chamomile][Bigelow Chamomile]
aftertaste: present and pleasant

seems to be less tasty when cooled down

Egyptian Chamomile .Harney and Sons

January 28, 2007 at 2:16 am | Posted in Herbal Tea, Tea Reviews | Leave a comment

Found at the Glen Cove Mansion in Long Island. (really nice place).

Seen these Harney and Sons <more reviews here>teabags in numerous places in Long Island…

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Occasionally some herbal may fall thru the cracks into my dungeon of TEA. … as such i may trip upon this teabag of HERBS and have it jump into my cup of boiling water……..!

Flavor: 3.5/7, i thoroughly enjoyed all the egyptians in this chamomile! very nice.
YES. would like to enjoy this again.

Giant Peach Juiced Tea .Tazo

January 16, 2007 at 1:05 am | Posted in Herbal Tea, RTD Bottled Tea, Tea Reviews | Leave a comment

thirst and curiosity does maketh for new experiences. ~1.95 @ Starbucks, Whole Foods.

“iced green tea with apple & peach juices”

Not my image/photoNice package ofcourse. image found on the internets (not my property).

Lets describe the flavor: fruit juice sweet: perceive flavor of peach * nice good sharp peach flavor, then sweetness, then some minute tangyness (either from the apple or from the peach skin or from green tea). some minor tea flavor.

I’d have a tough time right now choosing between this and Snapple peach… i dont remember the snapple’s detail but i actually think    this one (giant peach) has a better flavor than Snapple with more personality, while the snapple emphasizes sweet & bland compared to this.

Linden (Tilia)(Lime)(Tei) tea

November 9, 2006 at 12:24 am | Posted in Herbal Tea, Tea Reviews | Leave a comment

A friend brought this over to me from Romania. Apparently it is a very popular tea in Europe.
He says at some point they pick the flowers from the trees, lay them on newspaper to dry. After they’re dry they are stored in bags and used year-round to make ‘tea’ out of it.

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Dry contents are mostly flower of a orange-red color, occasional leaves. The flowery smell is pleasant.

Infusion: 2 tsp ~ 1.5cup water boiling. >5min.

Taste: 4.3/7 Flavor: honey-ish, flowery, sweet?, very pleasant, smells good.
No astringency or anything related.
No astringency or bitterness after >10minute infusion.

Works very good with sugar, even better it is with honey. yum.

very good. have again? yes. hope i get some more of this.

Zen Tea .Tazo

October 27, 2006 at 2:50 am | Posted in Herbal Tea, Tea Reviews | Leave a comment

scavenging around the office begets me this unfortunate product of which’s kind i had deterred myself from palating.

in need of tea, i decide to polute the tastebuds. reading over the teabag reveals contents of green tea, lemon, mint. (can you ever go wrong with those ingredients?)

3min boiling water: flavor 2.5/7: green=0 but crap green tea=.5, lemon=1.5, mint=.5

no. definitely dont like this. even Teavana’s herbal is more pleasing.

Summer Peach Iced Tea .Snapple

October 8, 2006 at 1:07 pm | Posted in Herbal Tea, RTD Bottled Tea, Tea Reviews | Leave a comment

i dont know why its called a tea when it tastes like sweetened fruit juice.

anyways, this or the regular Peach is the only one i would drink if i had to.

taste: sweet, fruit-juice (peach in this case) but not ‘real-fruity’ kind of taste- more like fruit flavor, as for tea – cant feel any tea flavor.

If i have the choice, I like Tazo’s Peach much better, taste more like fruit.

i dont even understand why they make the ‘diet’ versions when they put in that disgusting aspartame or other shitty sweeteners. cant they just leave the TEA and fruit? guess not…

.hey, look at that – snapple does make unsweetened ‘tea’ ! its called ‘Just Plain Tea Unsweetened i wonder on what planet they sell it because ive never seen it in stores. Seems the plain unsweetened tea didn’t quite work out for them…

Barley Tea .unknown Korean co

May 28, 2006 at 9:45 pm | Posted in Herbal Tea, Tea Reviews | Leave a comment

from KO supermarket, package of bigger bags, supposed to use in 1L of water each.

in cold water + ice cubes: ~ 20 minutes, but mine is still swimming in there.

heres a pic of the packaging:

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tastes very good, nice toasty barley, iced cold is very refreshing. keep? yes.

Mate Vana Rooibos Caramel .Teavana

May 10, 2006 at 7:51 am | Posted in Herbal Tea, Tea Reviews | Leave a comment

Teavana, priced $$ in 2006 dollars. 😉

looseleaf mix of rooibos plant and caramel pieces (hopefully)(don’t see that many).

don’t nobody laugh… it was my first ‘looseleaf’ “TEA” … oops! ,  yeah there goes my credibility! …its ok, pat myself on the back, you have to start …somewhere… and pat myself #2 i didnt buy too much from Teavana, aye-thanks, myself!

Method: brewed in boiled water.

Taste: very nice, full of wonderful flavor, caramel taste is present indeed,
added some sugar -made it “smoother”.

there’s alot of small dust that goes thru the strainer, minor unpleasantness.

Overall: keep? yes, i like rooibos caramel…but not from Teavana.

Barley Tea

May 10, 2006 at 7:44 am | Posted in Herbal Tea, Tea Reviews | Leave a comment

now this i like, its nice and smooth.

taste: toasty, a bit like a toasted brown rice green tea (genmaicha), but there is no green tea taste.

u can have it hot, or chilled, do do enjoy it with sugar.

keep? yes.

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