Review: Choice Organic Classic Black Tea

Overall Rating:

Taste: 4 of 5 tea leaves – Quite a good cuppa!
Steepability: 5 of 5 tea leaves – this tea is easy to make!

Abby says:

Temperature: @200 (just below boiling point)
Steeped: 5 minutes
Served: Nothing added

Choice Organic Teas drew me in initially because of it’s both certified organic and certified fair trade status.  Ethical tea production and treatment of tea producers are important considerations for me when looking at new teas to try and purchase.  There are very few tea companies that boast both USDA organic certification AND fair trade certification.  Choice organic teas is a company that provides just that.

So I was intrigued to try the tea, right!  The Classic Black tea is great!  It has all of the signature black tea flavor, but lacks some of the astringent taste, making it good and easy to drink.  The flavor is traditional, for sure.  Yet, it also has a bright and almost light quality, not found in many unblended black teas.  I would recommend this tea for anyone looking for that classic taste in an organic and fair trade tea.  This is one tea is both environmentally and socially sound  and that does not give up quality or taste.

Taste: 4 of 5 tea leaves – Quite a good cuppa!
Steepability: 5 of 5 tea leaves – this tea is easy to make!

Katie says:

Temperature: @200 (just below boiling point)
Steeped: 4.5 minutes
Served: nothing at first then with milk & honey

You may have noticed that we cut open the tea bags to show you what’s inside. I’ve found this to be an interesting practice. It sets my expectations before I even taste the tea. I tend to assume that the smaller the bits of leaves that I see the weaker the taste. I have to tell you, this tea surprised me! Although the leaves inside the bag are in small bits it is still quite strong and flavorful.  This is a great everyday tea because it has a nice dependable black tea flavor without being finicky and can stand up to a little over or under steeping if you find yourself too busy to time the steep.

I like this tea on it’s own, and it would also make a great iced tea with some lemon and a hint of sweet. It’s great with the classic combination of a little milk and honey. I find that the black tea flavors are brought out well with a touch of honey. I also tried something different with this one. One afternoon last week I wanted the flavor of a fruit tea but with a little caffeine. So, in a large mug, I brewed one bag of this tea and one raspberry herbal tea. It was a great combination! If you’re looking for something different I recommend mixing this tea with a fruit flavored tea in a big pot. Enjoy!

Taste: 4 of 5 tea leaves – Quite a good cuppa!
Steepability: 5 of 5 tea leaves – this tea is easy to make!

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