Confession… I’m a tea snob and a tea addict. My kitchen has a whole shelf and a full drawer devoted to tea. I’d take a photo but it’s kind of a mess. There are bags of loose tea, tea bags, and everything in between. Whenever I go any place new, I bring a box or two of tea back home. Spain? Came home with 3 boxes of teabags and 1 loose bag of tea. London? Yea I can’t even remember everything I dragged back, let’s just say that Heathrow security looked at me like I was crazy when they searched my bag at the TSA line.
So when Choice Organic Tea offered to let me try some of their teas I of course couldn’t wait! I got to try Premium Korean Green Tea, Rooibos Chai, Masala Chai and Decaffeinated Green.
The teas I got to try are all individually bagged and come in a box of 16 teas. Now I generally prefer loose leaf tea but when I’m in a rush, or at work, I work with the convenience of bagged teas. I feel guilty, but I need the time save and lack of cleaning. However, Choice Organic also sells loose tea on their website with a minimum quality of about 3 oz at a great price for great tasting, organic tea!. Most boxes of bagged tea on their site are 4.99 each and with a small discount if you buy in bulk.
THE TEAS I DRANK
Premium Korean Green Tea – A more mild version of green tea that I’m used to. The tea comes from Jeju Island, South Korea’s “Island of the Gods.” The leaves are steamed, rolled and dried in the Sencha tradition, for a fresh and savory cup. It was great during the 3PM slump at work when I want something uplifting, but not that lifting that I can’t sleep at night.
Rooibos Chai – If you’re not familiar with rooibos, it’s redbush, basically that red tea. I don’t see it in the US as much as I saw in London, but it’s delicious Although I’m not a chai kind of gal, I love the mild spice flavor of this tea that I would drink post dinner. This tea blends rich South African rooibos with the finest masala spices for a cup that’s warming, robust and subtly sweet. It’s also naturally caffeine free!
Masala Chai – This tea features malty Assam tea from India’s Brahmaputra River Valley. They blend rich, robust black tea with masala spice for a very spicy mix. Personally it was a little too much chai spice for me but I’m probably the only tea snob in the world whose not a big chai fan.
Decaffeinated Green – This one was my favorite so I have a lot to say for how much I loved it.
I love drinking green tea but now that I’m old (and by old I mean a full-time working adult), I find that drinking caffeinated tea at night leaves me restless through what should be a peaceful night of sleep. Instead for evening time I usually go for an herbal tea as I find other decaffeinated teas (way different from natural caffeine free teas) to be disgusting, lacking in taste and worse of all a chemically aftertaste. Even another high quality organic tea brand that I love (whose name I won’t mention because this post is not about them), still has the weird chemical tea taste that comes with the decaffeination process. Organic Choice Teas are “gently decaffeinated using carbon dioxide, the only certified organic method.” None the less, whatever their method is, it works and I hope they come up with more decaffeinated flavors!
Other reasons to love Choice Organic Teas besides taste:
- They’re organic
- They purchase green certified renewable energy certificates
- They are fair trade
- They use 100% recycled packaging
- They promote the growth and development of organic tea estates world-wide and offer a Guide to Organic Teas Around the World
Other flavors that look great and I will keep an eye out in stores are Lemon Lavender Mint, Russian Caravan, Decaffeinated Earl Grey, Green Moroccan Mint, and if I keep listing I would be listing the whole website!
And if hot tea is not something you need because you’re in a sunny and hot location unlike the bitter winter of Boston, here’s some Ice Tea recipes I found online.
What’s your favorite tea? I’m a huge fan of Russian black tea, & earl gray in the morning, mint and now the decaffeinated green tea for night.
Ice or hot tea? I’m in a constant state of cold, so I prefer my tea hot.