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Good Earth Decaffeinated Green Tea Review

A Pleasant Lemon Flavored Decaf Green Tea

Summary : Most decaf green teas are nothing to write home about. In fact, most are awful. Happily, this decaf green tea from Good Earth breaks the mold...having no bitterness and a light, pleasant lemon flavor.

Review : I guess I was in the mood for self-flagellation tonight. You see, I have yet to find a decaffeinated tea that I like. Indeed, most decaffeinated teas...both green and black...frequently define what a bad tea tastes like, being harsh and bitter. Yet, as I was in the mood for self inflicted pain this evening, perhaps out of boredom, I decided to give the green decaf tea from Good Earth a try.

Here is how Good Earth describes this tea : "Good Earth’s Decaffeinated Green Tea is made by a natural CO2 process to retain its antioxidants. Antioxidants destroy free radicals, which are molecules that cause adverse conditions in the body. A blend of the first tender flavorful Tea leaves of Spring and Lemon Grass with other Natural Flavors for delicious taste."

This tea contains the following ingredients : green tea leaves naturally decaffeinated, lemon grass, natural flavors.

My first impression of the tea, from it's aroma, was actually halfway decent...rather surprisingly. The tea had a subtle lemon fragrance to it, which shouldn't have been a surprise with the tea containing lemon grass. Still, for a decaf green tea to have any decent aroma at all is, well, nothing short of a miracle.

When I took my first sip of this tea, pleasant fragrance notwithstanding...I truthfully was prepared for the worse. Like...I was expecting my lips to pucker and to make a sprint for the kitchen sink.

Happily, this wasn't necessary. First of all, my greatest fear...that the tea would be hopelessly bitter...never materialized. Indeed, for a green tea, and especially a decaffeinated one, this tea was remarkably smooth. Long as you don't overbrew it, you shouldn't have any bitterness at all with this tea.

Secondly, the tea has a very moderate lemon flavor. Now...I mean moderate here. It isn't weak...but it is hardly a straight lemon herbal tea either. And in the case of this tea, this moderation is absolutely perfect...as it blends perfectly with the green tea flavor and whatever other natural flavoring is used in this tea.

Overall, if you have been searching for a decaf green tea, this is certainly a good tea to try. The flavor is pleasant and the tea has no bitterness.

Recommendation : Yes. While this tea can't be compared to a quality non-decaffeinated green tea, for a decaf version...this tea is excellent. The lemon flavor matches quite nicely with the green tea flavor, and the tea has no bitterness.

Tea Information and Brewing Instructions

  • Tea Reviewed : Decaf Green Tea
  • Manufacturer : Good Earth
  • Available from : Good Earth Teas at Amazon
  • Type of Tea : Green Tea
  • Leaf Type : Bagged
  • Date of Review : March 17th, 2007
  • Tea Rating :
  • Brewing Instructions : Pour 1 cup boiling water (yes, boiling water despite being a green tea) over tea bag. Let brew 3 minutes.

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