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Carrington Green Tea Review
A Very Unpleasant Green Tea
Summary : If this is the first green tea you ever try, I pretty much guarantee it will likely be the last green tea you ever want to try too...as this tea is so bad it will forever turn you off green tea!
Review : There are such a myriad of green teas available, sooner or later it is bound to happen...you get to experience a horrible green tea. Yet, all things considering...while there are plenty of "forgettable" green teas in the world today...most aren't plain bad. Like...so bad that the tea shouldn't have been sold to begin with. Like so bad...the tea should be given a second life as a drain cleaner and clog remover.
Up until tonight, despite the dozens of green teas I've sampled, only two green teas have ever fallen into the drain cleaning category. Well, I'll now add a third tea to this last...the Green Tea put out by the Carrington Tea Company of Paramus, New Jersey.
This is how Carrington describes this tea on their website : "Original Green Tea. All the natural ingredients, all the medicinal properties and the low price!"
Now, I knew that this green tea wasn't going to be a "outstanding experience." Few bagged teas can hope to match the delicate and subtle flavors of loose-leaf green teas. Yet, I've found a few bagged green teas that I really truly liked, and many others that were simply "average."
Still, while I was not expecting the moon and a pot of gold from this tea, I really was NOT expecting to have a very unpleasant tea tasting experience.
The aroma of this tea contained no hints of what awaited me. For all intents and purposes, the fragrance of the tea before being brewed smelled exactly like countless other straight bagged green teas.
But once brewed, the monster in this tea comes fully to life. It smells awful once brewed! The aroma of this tea once it has been brewed is enough to make you stop drinking the tea...all by itself. It essentially smells like "burnt green tea leaves," which considering how Carrington recommends you brew it isn't that surprising..they tell you to use boiling water...so boiling water was used.
And then there is the taste. Yuck. The tea is bitter. Really bitter. Admittedly, it does taste slightly better than what it smells like...but that really isn't saying much in the teas favor. If you have ever had a bad green tea at a chinese restaurant before, well...you now know what this tea tastes like...as it is the definition of a bad chinese restaurant green tea.
Recommendation : No. Unless you are in the mood for self-flagellation, there is no reason to inflict pain on yourself by choking down this very bad tea. Then again...it would make a perfect tea to serve to someone whom you don't like or for those pesky neighbors who drop by unexpectadly...serve this this tea and you'll most likely never see those pesky neighbors ever again.
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