Trader Joe’s Rishi Oregon’s Chai tea latte mix(es) and concentrates

January 12, 2014 at 11:21 am | Posted in Black Tea, Breakfast, Chai Masala, Tea Reviews | Leave a comment

Rishi Masala Chai Tea concentrate,
found @ Wholefoods ~6$,
most spice in flavor and aroma,
but i can taste some of that lemon, they’re using too much of it.
I’m actually not drinking this everyday because its too spicy for me as a “comfort morning drink”
Its a liquid, needs to be refrigerated after opening.

Trader Joe’s Spicy Chai Tea Latte Mix found @ TJ ~3.5$ (10oz)
see original review
i dont find it that spicy anymore, and compared to Rishi Masala about half the spice (to me)
but its more comfortable to drink repeatedly (for me anyway)
sometimes I get an aftertaste, and can get a tad of spice powder gritting in your teeth (no minus from me, but some might not like)

Oregon Chai The original Chai Tea Latte mix packets @ Walmart ~ 3.5$ (8.8oz)
also have it in a liquid concentrate box – see my review
this is like sweet milk drink
mild spice
meh, but no aftertaste or powder in teeth

Oregon Chai Vanilla latte mix
oh so nasty i almost refunded the sip i took,
couldnt get an actual refund cause i lost the receipt

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Ntingwe Kwazulu Leaf Tea .Taylors of Harrogate

May 29, 2010 at 5:38 pm | Posted in Assam, Black Tea, Breakfast, Tea Reviews | Leave a comment
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found at Whole foods ~15$/box just curiosity and a little drunk (not driving, but drunk walking)

Sounded like nigerian but its south african.


no i dont have a tripod yet, ’tis why parts are oof … f3.5 or so does that.

Thought its leaf tea. its CTC. yeah. not leaf. but it is leaf. its CTC little tiny pieces of leaf. those things that end up in teabags. except teabags cost less. or do they. not feeling calculatorific today, you work it out.

Method: 3g 5-6oz water at 190F x 2-3 min

Flavor: hello teabag. breakfast tea english component of. tarty-tanninic not really any assam malty. borderline pleasant to me. in between pgtips and yorkshire gold. tho you got to make the extra step of straining the leaf/i do drink without straining.

Method: cold brew water bottle. Prolonged infusion such as this came out unpleasant, as some additional flavor came out coloring and changing from just tanninnic….  not enjoyable.

Overall: meh. not assam. not again. CTC no.

Irish Breakfast .Harney & Sons

October 4, 2009 at 1:22 pm | Posted in Black Tea, Breakfast, Tea Reviews | Leave a comment

Tired morning in search of unflavored black, shop had these,

2009-09-30_0198.thumbMethod: used 2 tbags for max flavor bang(one of them broke by accident in the cup) + 8oz hot hot h2o

Flavor: what flavor  ?!?!? 😦 … 😡 … tasted after 3 minutes, then left to soak another 5, got this bland black tea, some astringency, low everything, unsatisfying. at least no cardboard tastes (EG H&S)…

Overall: bland, flavorless.

Lifeboat Tea .Williamson Tea

April 25, 2009 at 7:24 pm | Posted in Black Tea, Breakfast, Tea Reviews | 1 Comment

found at Stop & Shop (NY)
$6.49/80 bags/e 250g/= ~17$/lb … ‘s alright with me

got because on the box said tea from Kenya (which someone tells me has more caffeine).

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mirroring the quite previous post (Fairtrade Tea (Irish Breakfast?) .Punjana) allow me to paraphrase and quote myself’s typing:

Flavor: similar pattern of flavors like Yorkshire Gold .Taylors of Harrogate maybe somewhat more mild. Some assam maltiness + minor ceylonish, astringency and some kinda fruity? aftertaste or something in the throat. .. asking for milk and sugar.

Overall: its english or irish (no insult intended from me being confused). needs milk. nothing special.

not feeling it for this type of tea right now…

thats it. thats my tea note. nothing special, just like this tea blended and packaged in the UK at 7 Portland Close, Houghton Regis, Dunstable, England LU5 5AW. just in case you wanted to know.

Fairtrade Tea (Irish Breakfast?) .Punjana

April 25, 2009 at 7:14 pm | Posted in Black Tea, Breakfast, Tea Reviews | Leave a comment

found at Stop & Shop (NY) > which actually landed in the Irishnews
$7.99 80 tbags ~250g = ~ 17$/lb meh not bad.

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looking for more PGtips my left eye rested upon this shiny “new” item. Actually the eye was on their shiny green “Irish Breakfast” package, but i chose this ’cause it said “prized leaves from the Phulbari and Borengajuli tea gardens in Assam, India” -yes they had Assam text bolded on the boxxx…but it cost +1$ extra for their fairtraded prized leaf.

Flavor: similar pattern of flavors like Yorkshire Gold .Taylors of Harrogate maybe somewhat more mild. Some assam maltiness + minor ceylonish, astringency and some kinda fruity? aftertaste or something in the throat. .. asking for milk and sugar.

Overall: its english or irish (no insult intended from me being confused). needs milk. nothing special.

not feeling it for this type of tea right now… am matchafrothing at the mouth :O for the itoen fukamushis i got 1 week ago

Yorkshire Gold .Taylors of Harrogate

February 8, 2008 at 11:42 am | Posted in Black Tea, Breakfast, Tea Reviews | Leave a comment

found at Myers of Keswick – Manhattan’s only British import store;
they also make some good pork pies 🙂
They have yer bunch of English teas such as Taylors, Typhoo, Twinings, PG Tips and more
(their tea list, call for availability).
I got the box of 80 tbags (13$ (good price)) .

Package: does not have any covers for the teabags; if most of the companies are doing this am i to assume the teas wont’t spoil ? (i doubt it, and i placed the bags in an airtight box).

Liquor: a very nice dark orange.

Method: 1tbag + 8oz 200F 2min.

Taste:

added milk: wow, this is so very nice! i dont usually drink tea with anything, even the pg tips i drank it clean, but this tea works so well with the milk! – there is no more astringency, and the tea flavors are combined in a very pleasing milky way.

very nice, brisk?, complex mix of flavors unlinke most others that are rather monotonous in profile.
The astringency is here, alot, but its not as strong,deep and penetrating like ex: PG Tips. It works very well with the rest of the tea. Not bitter.
The flavors i cant really describe maybe say some caramely? black tea ? … in any case its just calling for MILK to be added to it – when i first drank it i thought ?huh? wheres the milk? i shall have to add some…

Overall: very good tbag. i see i buy, i lack i find.

My preference now stands at: Taj Mahal < PG Tips < Yorkshire Gold

Irish Breakfast Tea.Twinings

January 11, 2008 at 1:36 pm | Posted in Black Tea, Breakfast, Tea Reviews | Leave a comment

Methodman: 1 tea bag + 8oz @ 200F, some minutes …around 3.

Taste: cant really distinguish. feels like a blend of black teas. teabag astringency. maybe ceylon blended with something. can feel that ceylon flavor i dont quite like on my tongue. Lots of tannin/astringency sticking to tongue, throat, feel dusty-dry-rough on tongue now. Astringency doesnt quit like in the PG Tips, and unlike pg tips, astringency is not replaced by a sweet aftertaste.

Overall: flavor of …anything is mild-low, astringency is more potent than flavor.

Again? no.

Will do it “English style” soon … not “Irish” ‘cos its early in the morning and drinking alcohol in the morning is considered a sign of addiction… I’ll make it Irish…later…in the afternoon 😉

PG Tips .Brooke Bond

August 18, 2007 at 4:55 pm | Posted in Assam, Black Tea, Breakfast, Tea Reviews | 2 Comments

blend, pyramid teabags, bad packaging just like the taj.

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^ largest teabag picture ever! sorry

I think the English (people who live in England) fancy this T quite a bit/ not everybody 🙂 thank goodness: Twobs
I wonder how the English drink their PG tips?
1. milk , milk + sugar
2. lemon, + sugar?

as the debate goes milk in first or milk in last (Cha Bei)?
i decide im in the mif category: lazy, dont have to stir

What can i say, mixed with milk totally removes astringency, but even so not my taste- so i add some(ok,alot) of sugar. I think taste is then pretty good and strong. Compared to Assam Taylors of harrogate that had a bit more funk to it, id say more kindof a fermented-tangyness, but flavor wasnt as strong (unless i did it with too much water.)

1 tbag + 7oz + 208F + 3min = flavor kind of slaps your mouth: STRONG ASTRINGENCY,
black tea taste sort of assam, rather a wine-y & feeling of fermented ?flavor – sour?
strong aftertaste, numbs the tastebuds (covered up with tannin, but can feel some astringency in the back) after which it lets taste a medium strength sweetwiney.

not bad… i thinks more pleasant experience than the brooke bond taj mahal which seemed bland? ill have to check with lost memories… yeah the bb taj was just a bland assam maltiness

on second try, @ 1.5min, still too astringent-bitter-sour whatever, need to put milk or sugar in this shit to calm it down.
dont like it.no.

some brooke bond commercials bideos on you-tube

Overall: My preference now stands at: Taj Mahal < PG Tips < Yorkshire Gold

English Breakfast Decaf .Stash Tea

August 7, 2007 at 7:31 am | Posted in Black Tea, Breakfast, Tea Reviews | Leave a comment

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I really messed the
picture before this
post, so it is a weird
coincidence. Shall we
try to express the
horror that is this ?
Here goes..
!!!      HORROR      !!!
a narrow astringency
of black tea tanins,
maybe its cinnamon?
tangyness, tartness,
just horrible horror …

CEST PAS BON, OK?

a chemistry person
once told me the way
they decaffeinate
coffee creates chemicals
which are carcinogenic
i wonder if that goes
the same with decaf T.

English Breakfast .Bigelow Tea

August 6, 2007 at 3:09 pm | Posted in Black Tea, Breakfast, Tea Reviews | Leave a comment

if youre wondering why i said i dont like breakfast blends, but i keep drinking them… the answer is: my trash is empty, and i need to feel like i’m paying the garbage pickup for a reason. this seems to have better ‘quality’ than the Darvilles of Windsor blend; still…

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flavor: 3/4 strong black tea astringency, i think more of a wine-y assam flavor. strong aftertaste, coating, with a touch of sweetness at the end of a couple minutes. yup better overall than the bland DoW English Breakfast.

it deserved to be rated: 2.25/7 😛

oh yeah, roadtrip Free Image Hosting at www.ImageShack.us landed in Springfield Mmaassaacchhuusseettss (thats right, i didnt win the spelling bee.)

Marriott in downtown Springfield. 2 tea bags one of which was this. 2? 1 breakfast, 1 chamomile, i say room was for 2, that shoulda prepared 4tbags, but its probably standard hotel procedure, i mean its not like it costs 150$/nite.

town had a creep-y quality to it, maybe its just the downtown (crime statistics, ah numbers, what do they mean anyway?).

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on a 2 digit numbered floor, the hotel being rite next to the freeway on high heels & bridge(s) imparts a somewhat vibratory quality to the floors which requires (me) an accommodation time as i unnaturally fear the wonderful vibratory qualities while encased in large man made structures.
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Had some trouble aquiring alcoholic type beverage needed to quench a drunkards cheap thrills. supermarkets didnt sell alcohol, we had to drive to the nearest liquor store… alrighty then, weirdos.

English Breakfast .Darvilles of Windsor

August 6, 2007 at 2:54 pm | Posted in Black Tea, Breakfast, Tea Reviews | Leave a comment

Bored in the T-J-Maxx.. what am i supposed to do 1 hour while someone else plays with 3 clothes for 1 hour? huh? huh?
i guess… buy some ‘tea’ if one is to believe tea is to be found in a tj maxxx.

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the package really convinced me of the quality, they’re appointed by the Queen of England you know.

flavor: 3/4 black tea astringency, 1/3 some black tea blend non-foody assam.

now, what am i to do with 49 tea bags ? huh ? HUH?

if a hobo is to dumpster dive my trash he’ll be really happy to enjoy some ‘quality teas’ from a company that “has been blending and supplying teas since 1860… the oldest established business in Windsor”

with tea like this it must be the english hobos that keep you in business.

maybe its supposed to go with some milk and shoogha’ but that gives me diarrhea.

//dont mind me, very groggy from waiting on a chinese tea delivery, stuck with drinking Tbags.

English Breakfast Tea .Vermont Artisan Tea

August 6, 2007 at 1:13 pm | Posted in Black Tea, Breakfast, Tea Reviews | Leave a comment

had this at the Essex Inn, Vermont (nice place, location of the New England Culinary Institute.)

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tea seems to be a chopped up (not dust) black tea blend, in a plastic tea bag.

received 1 teabag in what looked like ~16oz water.

needless to say: flavor 1/3 = low, smell was stronger than flavor. some astringency but low – nice part.

Not bad, but not too good either.

but much better than the horror Stash English breakfast tea bags they have in rooms.

If this is the company that produces the tea: http://www.vtartisancoffee.com/objects/30.itml/icOid/30
looks like theyre very busy in the tea business- oolongs!?

Organic Breakfast .Mighty Leaf tea

June 29, 2007 at 6:17 pm | Posted in Assam, Black Tea, Breakfast, Tea Reviews | 5 Comments

aka Breakfast Americana

found at Corner Bakery in Pasadena

this tea sux. dropped 1/2 the hot water then infused the tea bag.

bland, boring, tasteless. threw in a ton o sugar and that gave me some incentive to sip this liquid.

again: no.

(their website contains some of the most abundant bullshit ive seen.)

English Breakfast Tea .Twinings

March 12, 2007 at 10:54 am | Posted in Assam, Black Tea, Breakfast, Tea Reviews | Leave a comment

Was having a really bad headache… figured caffeine withdrawal

Ralphs has a really excellent tea selection *sarcasm*,
they were out of the Teajava black tea bottle so had to go with powdered tea…

but i did pick this because it had somewhat good details on the box: Assam and Kenyan black tea, and indicated a medium flavor, individually packaged teabags for longer freshness 😉

yes indeed well below 1/2 the flavor of the Brooke Bond Taj Mahal
flavor ~1.1/7, low-mild astringency

did not relieve my headache, so not sure if it has alotta caffeine

definitely not, .no ,this is shit.

English Breakfast .The Coffee Bean

February 21, 2007 at 7:30 pm | Posted in Black Tea, Breakfast, Tea Reviews | Leave a comment

well what you gonna do when you have a free giftcard??? SPEND IT!

had this tea at The Coffee Bean with a big glazed muffin thing, went down good.

flavor (of tea): medium , astringency medium & alot of aftertaste-by which i mean alot of tannins (which give it the astringency) left all over my mouth.
tea tasted mostly like an assam with a bit of “ceylon” flavor.

English Breakfast .Harney and Sons

January 28, 2007 at 2:07 am | Posted in Black Tea, Breakfast, 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…

Well for a teabag its not bad. Flavor: … i dont remember exactly the flavor i tasted, but i do remember i enjoyed the taste, and low astringency. / it was in probably >8oz water… 10oz at least.

Private Blend .Stewarts

January 14, 2007 at 3:25 pm | Posted in Black Tea, Breakfast, Tea Reviews | Leave a comment

Was spending the night at the Sheraton in a certain location yesterday. My low priced hooker seemed to really appreciate tea bag… so i decide to tea bag, try… brew a tea out , taste err… tea bag….

*

😀

from that : private blend? more like BLAND BLEND

premium selected tea? more like cardboard and branches

taste: 1/7 flavor of far far away ceylon blend. whatever, this is shit, worse than lipton.

.no

PS: Sheraton has the best beds. awesome pillows, slept like a baby, thanks.

Black Tea .Lipton

January 14, 2007 at 12:13 pm | Posted in Black Tea, Breakfast, Tea Reviews | Leave a comment

… as i have broken my own vow to never dip my tongue into this product, i must then put it down in my book.

…Come on Mr. C-E-O of Vaseline, you aint got noone to supervise your products? Oh wait, lemme guess – it sells… so… you dont givashit. Its ok. I understand your point$. …I feel for you tho… it must be real hard to goto work and drink that cup of warm liquid shit to impress your employees.

Lets give credit to the product designers & marketers: nice package – yellow and eye popping, (appeals to sheep) , your huge brand name stuck on the face of it, in red, nice contrasty – everybody knows lipton, so it must be good.

NEXT: the organic natural antioxidant bullshit is rubbed in your eyes… everybody loves this shit, i understand why its on the pkg.

…”150mg of protective antioxidants” … just couldnt get that up to 100000mg ?

…”100% natural tea” … as opposed to: 99% natural tea and 1% artificial polyester?

…”it tastes delicious ” … tested on dogs? because i *ass a human* i think*with my brain(the left one)* that it does not taste delicious.

TASTE TEST* : flavor: 1.5/7 , astringency low-medium, bitter very low. flavor of what? i think assamy maybe some ceylon crap… but flavor is so low it really tasted like SHIT.

*one morning in NYC when there was nothing to drink, i proceed to dip a handed teabag into the warm water, where it so dips and floats for aboot 3min. apres quoi je go and drink the resulting liquid with no preconceived notion (i really wished to taste something good).

lets face it you sellers and marketers of shiteabag. the only think you sell is: your name on a teabag.

lets also thank the supermarkets and places that put thishit on their shelves.

~~~ this is my own personal privately pubicly exposed opinion and it should be taken in a cup of humour mixed with 150mg antioxidants and 100% natural tea leaf.

Breakfast blends

June 11, 2006 at 2:18 pm | Posted in Black Tea, Breakfast, Tea Reviews | Leave a comment

tried these, dont really enjoy them, prefer the unblended.

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