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Celestial Seasonings Decaf Green Tea Review

Just Your Basic Pure Green Tea

Summary : Not a bad green tea at all. But nothing totally inspiring either. The tea has a nice, light green tea taste. But being a bagged tea, it lacks the "sweeping" flavor that a quality loose-leaf green tea has.

Review : I was saving this tea to taste immediately after I tasted the Authentic Green Tea from Celestial Seasonings. This way, I could make a comparison between the two teas.

The aroma of this tea outside of the foil wrapper was encouraging. Reason? It basically smelled exactly like the non-decaffeinated version of the green tea.

Here is what Celestial Seasonings has to say about their Authentic Green Tea. "Our full-bodied brew has everything you seek from a fine quality Green Tea, but you can enjoy its smooth flavor anytime - this one won't keep you up at night. We take out the caffeine and leave in the natural goodness using a compound that occurs naturally in the tea leaves."

As this is a "pure" green tea, nothing has been added to it. There is no flavors. No infusions. Just pure green tea leaves, although the leaves have undergone a decaffeination process.

It should be stated that this tea is NOT caffeine free. Few decaffeinated green teas are. Instead, this tea just has significantly less caffeine than a standard, pure green tea. This tea has 5mg of caffeine per 8 ounce cup. By comparison, the non-decaffeinated version of Celestial Seasonings Green Tea has 30mg per cup.

I'll have to give Celestial Seasonings credit. This isn't a bad green tea - for being decaffeinated. The tea nearly tastes the same as their non-decaf version. Yet, while tasting nearly the same, this tea definitely has a weaker flavor. The taste is the same - just not as strong.

This tea also avoids the bitter after-taste that I've come across in decaf green teas. Indeed, the after-taste is so fleeting you'll hardly even know there is an after-taste.

Recommendation : Yes, as for a decaffeinated green tea, this isn't that bad at all. Tastes similar to the non-decaf version, just has a weaker flavor.

Tea Information and Brewing Instructions

  • Tea Reviewed : Decaffeinated Green Tea
  • Manufacturer : Celestial Seasonings
  • Available from : Celestial Seasonings Tea at Amazon.com
  • Type of Tea : Green Tea
  • Leaf Type : Bagged
  • Date of Review : November 20th, 2006
  • Tea Rating :
  • Brewing Instructions : Pour 1 cup of near boiling (not actually boiling) water over the tea bag. Let brew 3-4 minutes. Do NOT let brew beyond 5 minutes, otherwise a bitter taste awaits your future. I let the tea brew for 3.5 minutes and I had no complaints.

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