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china tips green tea
I think the best I ever had was a super highend green tea from China that cost $80 for a small pouch.
Except I’m not made of money, so this is my review of obsessing over a good-priced green tea:
I judge the quality of the tea leaves by 3 things.
1. How the tea tastes when steeped in hot water.
2. How many cups a tea bag can be used in hot water before completely using flavor.
3. If the tea is able to steep in room temperature water.
1. Tazo’s China Green Tips is definitely one of the best teas I’ve had steeped in hot water. If you oversteep it, there’s a slight tangy bitterness that comes with all green teas. Except this tea has the least harsh tangy/bitter feel to it. Even if you burn the leaves from boiling water, it’s still drinkable (unlike poorer quality green teas, the tang/bitterness is like some kind of horrible challenge).
2. I’ve been able to yank 2 cups of tea, with completely full flavor in each one. I steep my bags in hot water for 3 minutes max and take them out. I’ve been trying to decrease my caffeine intake, so I like to re-use the bag for another 2 weak cups, just to drink in the flavor without opening a new bag.
3. This steeps in room temperature water! 1 bag steeped in room temperature water will start to show very nice green in your cup after even 3 minutes. I drink my teas like this in the summer, since I can’t stand drinking boiling hot tea in 100F. The taste will obviously not be as strong as when it’s steeped in hot water, but it’s still lovely and perfect for the summer.
For those who said they found this product at Target for cheaper, I saw that too. But I noticed on the tea bags sold in Target that it’s stamped with Tazo’s 2007 rights, while the tea bags sold from here (or at least the last batch I bought 6 months ago) were stamped with Tazo’s 2008 rights. So. I guess. Maybe Target is selling older stock, hence why it’s cheaper?