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Celestial Seasonings Decaf Mandarin Orchard Tea

A Tasty Decaffeinated Green Tea with a Nice Orange Flavor

Summary : A surprisingly tasty green tea that is also decaffeinated. A green tea with a nice splash of mandarin orange - all without the caffeine.

Review : After having struggled to even finish a Tazo Decaffeinated Green Tea, I'll be honest, I was NOT looking forward to trying this tea. And so, with that happy thought in mind, I resigned myself to trying this tea, probably not liking it and getting the whole review over with as soon as possible.

It shows you what I know. Admittedly, the aroma of the tea out of the foil wrapper did little to improve my spirits. Oh sure, it had an ok aroma, but certainly nothing special. Yet, how wrong I was - thankfully!

This tea contains the following ingredeints : Decaffeinated green tea, orange peel, lemon verbena, natural mandarin orange flavor and other natural flavors, natural passionfruit flavor, and coriander seed.

Here is what Celestial Seasonings has to say about this green tea. "Two tropical gems balanced perfectly atop the smooth elegance of traditional green tea. We add passionfruit and mandarin orange to green tea, and voilà! A veritable taste treat. And best of all, our natural decaffeination process keeps the authentic flavor and antioxidant health benefits of the tea intact, while gently removing the caffeine."

This tea began to surprise me the minute I poured hot water over it - a nice, moderately strong mandarin orange smell began rising from the tea - lifting my spirits a bit.

Still, I was pessimistic. After all, this is a decaf tea, right? So really, how good could it possible be? Very good, that's how good.

Somehow, Celestial Seasonings managed to decaffeinate this tea without killing the green tea flavor or making it bitter. And the mandarin orange flavor that has been added in meshes perfectly with the green tea flavor. The result - a darn fine green tea that people who hate caffeine will come to love.

Recommendation : Yes, even if you don't mind caffeine. This tea just has a very pleasant flavor - at least if you like manadarin orange. There is no bitterness and even the green tea tastes pretty normal, despite being decaffeinated. Celestial Seasonings also claims that there is no anti-oxidant loss during the decaffeination process, but I have no way to verify that claim.

Tea Information and Brewing Instructions

  • Tea Reviewed : Mandarin Orchard 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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