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Good Earth Black Tea Review

A Weak Flavored Black Tea

Summary : This tea had an intriguing aroma, but I found the flavor of the tea to be very weak...despite being brewed for the suggested time.

Review : I've come to really, really like teas from Good Earth. In particular, I have totally fallen in love with their Original Sweet and Spicy Tea as well as the Red Sweet & Spicy Rooibos Tea. These teas are simply awesome, as they satisfy my sweet tooth without any calories...and without caffeine in the case of the rooibos tea.

Because of this, I was really looking forward to giving their black tea a try. Now, normally I don't love straight black teas. But in this case, Good Earth's black tea has natural peach and tropical flavors in the tea. And so, I hoped, that this tea would have a nice tropical flavor to it.

This black tea from Good Earth contains the following ingredients : Premium Chinese Black Teas with Natural Peach and Tropical Flavors.

Here is how the Good Earth describes this tea : "Oriental lore tells us that a distinguished Chinese philosopher first smelled this wondrous aroma when tea leaves fell from the sky into his pot of boiling water. Thus was born the legacy of China Black tea that has endured for centuries. The leaves of the tea plant are first hand-picked. Then a special drying process turns them a rich dark color, also producing a luscious Oriental aroma and flavor."

My hopes were high when I first opened the tea bag...the tea did indeed have a tropical fragrance about it, and the aroma of peach was particularly strong. And so with those happy thoughts I boiled water and let the tea brew for the suggested three minutes.

Sadly, what I got once the tea was brewed, while not bad...was still disappointing. The good news is that the tea had no bitterness to it...none at all. Additionally, for a flavored black tea, which this tea is, I also found the very subtle flavor of black tea to also be refreshing...all too often the black tea flavor of a tea will simply overwhelm anything else that is in the tea.

Unfortunately, the flavor of peach and whatever other tropical flavors are added into this tea is also very weak. Indeed, one can almost say the peach and tropical flavors are nearly non-existent. You'll taste just a "wee bit of peach" when you drink the tea, but the taste rapidly disappears...replaced by well...nothing.

You see, one odd thing about this tea is that I found it to be very tasteless...which is downright weird considering it is a black tea. The flavor of the black tea is very weak. And the flavor of peaches and whatever else is in the tea is very weak. And both are so weak...and also seem to cancel each other out...that the tea almost comes across as being "tasteless" to a degree.

All said and done, while this tea isn't bad...it isn't exactly good either. And is most definitely a forgettable black tea. Lovers of black tea will be vastly disappointed, and tropical tea lovers like myself will also come away disappointed too.

Recommendation : Yes to some degree. This is definitely not a "traditional black tea," so traditional tea lovers will be disappointed. While the tea does have a peach flavor to it, I personally found the peach flavor rather weak. Still, if you want a weaker peach flavor in your tea, this tea may have your name on it.

Tea Information and Brewing Instructions

  • Tea Reviewed : Black Tea
  • Manufacturer : Good Earth Teas
  • Available from : Good Earth Teas at Amazon
  • Type of Tea : Black Tea
  • Leaf Type : Bagged
  • Date of Review : March 18th, 2007
  • Tea Rating :
  • Brewing Instructions : Pour 1 cup boiling water over tea bag. Let brew 3 minutes.

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