tea disappointments


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tea disappointments

Postby Mocha Wheels » Aug 27th, '07, 12:38

has anyone tried a tea (or tea combination) thinking it'd be really good, only to end up being disappointed or even grossed out? what did you try?
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Postby skywarrior » Aug 28th, '07, 02:15

Yes, I've been disappointed with certain teas. The most recent was trying a pu erh tea. I had never had such a tea and it came across very fishy and strong. Lapsang Souchong is another tea I haven't liked much. Too smoky for my tastes.

I have some Keemun that tastes bitter, but I think it's the crop and not much else. I can't stomach Bigelow's vanilla tea (or anything vanilla they come up with). I suspect it's the flavoring.

Standard disclaimers apply. YMMV.
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Postby Mocha Wheels » Aug 28th, '07, 11:21

skywarrior wrote:Yes, I've been disappointed with certain teas. The most recent was trying a pu erh tea. I had never had such a tea and it came across very fishy and strong. Lapsang Souchong is another tea I haven't liked much. Too smoky for my tastes.

I have some Keemun that tastes bitter, but I think it's the crop and not much else. I can't stomach Bigelow's vanilla tea (or anything vanilla they come up with). I suspect it's the flavoring.

Standard disclaimers apply. YMMV.


smokey? weird... that's an adjective i've never heard to discribe teas before... the boutique where i buy my tea had a peppermint white tea w/ red and black pepper but i didn't like the pepper taste. it was mediocre cold but not even as good hot...
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Postby scruffmcgruff » Aug 28th, '07, 11:41

A good number of teas are roasted and develop a charcoal flavor. Lapsang souchong, though, is traditionally smoked over a pine fire to give it a smoky flavor.
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Postby Michael_C » Aug 28th, '07, 17:31

Itoen hojicha was much too astringent, almost bitter. Also, lapsang souchong, from Adagio, seemed overwhelmed by the smoking process. The mango at Adagio also didn't work at all for me; I thought the mango was too sour and interefered with the tea. Likewise with chamomile; borderline undrinkable. Hmm. I'll have to stick with the less-processed teas, probably.
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Postby Aqueoustransmeg... » Aug 28th, '07, 18:39

I think the worst was an oolong I tried....I was expecting peachy sweetness.....and it tasted smokey and disgusting! I figured it was because I had not cleaned the pot well. [I dug out my old childhood teaset and had hurridly washed it so I could drink my morning tea in it] I dumped it out, brewed more water, brewed more tea only to find it was equally as disgusting!

I now know some oolongs are smokey [and to avoid those]

I can not say I was dissapointed in trying pu-erh because I expected to possibly not like it.....but yeah.....i did not like it.
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