This Fair Trade Certified organic loose leaf tea blend combines rich organic Indian tea with an array of tantalizing berry flavors! Because this tea is decaffeinated using a state-of-the art carbon dioxide (CO2) decaffeination process, the rich and coppery flavor of the organic black tea comes through nicely. Also, CO2 decaffeination does not involve the use of harmful chemicals, so the resulting product is simply a healthy cup of organic decaf tea with most of the caffeine removed (and no chemical overtones)!
Ingredients: organic Indian decaf black tea, organic currants, organic cranberries, organic strawberries, organic elderberries, organic calendula petals, and natural berry flavor
Serving Size: one level teaspoon per 8 oz cup of water
Aubrey Says: Of our decaf teas, this is my favorite! It tastes as good as it looks. A true beauty in both appearance and flavor.
Posted by R. Leaver on 22nd Apr 2017
I got this tea some time ago (during the winter) and wasn't very impressed by it, initially. As other reviewers have mentioned, it is a very mild black tea, with low acid.
Unsweetened and hot, I feel it's rather boring. There's nothing wrong with it, but nothing really stands out either. Adding a bit of honey makes it much better as a hot tea, as a bit of sweetness helps to balance the taste.
However, where this tea really stands out is how it tastes cold. Here the low acid levels really work in its favor, making a smooth, balanced iced tea that you can enjoy on hot days.
Posted by Yen-Wen C. on 10th Apr 2014
The balance between black tea and berry flavor is wonderful! It's not overly acidic. If you like black tea with a hint of berry, this is for you!
A little sugar actually helps bringing out the berry flavor :)
Overall, it's very pleasant tea to drink any time of a day!
Posted by Gracin on 24th Feb 2014
This is a great late night treat. With a teaspoonful of sugar, its' fruity flavor is really enhanced, and it is satisfying enough to keep me out of the cookie jar before bed.
Posted by Toni on 2nd Jan 2012
Just had this tea for the first time. I made iced tea with it. It was mild, with a wonderful berry flavor and no bitterness at all. One of my new favorites!
Posted by Kimber on 12th Dec 2011
This is a delightful tea with the mild zing of berry flavors coming through. It was impressive to see all the dried berries in the mix, and the flavor really made a showing when the tea was steeped. A dollop of cream enhanced the flavor even more! Very enjoyable.
We at Arbor Teas firmly believe that tea should be brewed to suit your personal taste. With that being said, here are some recommendations to get you started, but please remember you can make adjustments based on your own personal taste.
There are three main considerations when brewing tea: quantity of tea, water temperature and steeping time.
Quantity of tea: one level teaspoon per 8 oz cup of water
Water temperature: use water that has been heated to a full rolling boil (212° F)
Steeping time: 3-5 minutes
Tip #1: Use fresh water whenever possible - water that has been sitting in your kettle overnight may impart a flat or stale taste to your tea. Be careful not to boil your water for too long. Over boiled water can sometimes impart an unwanted taste.
Tip #2: Keep in mind that brewing your tea for too long can extract undesirable bitterness from the leaves, so steeping time matters! For a stronger brew, don’t steep longer, just use more tea.
Learn more from our How To Guides on how to brew loose leaf tea, how to make iced tea, and how to make tea lattes. And don’t forget to check out our Eco-Brewing Tips, too!
Arbor Teas uses the Carbon Dioxide (CO2) method for all of its organic decaffeinated teas. We feel that this is the safest form of decaffeination, while retaining the greatest flavor and health benefits. According to “tea technologist” Nigel Melican, tea decaffeinated using the CO2 method retains 92 percent of its polyphenols (!) compared to tea decaffeinated using the ethyl acetate process which only retains 18 percent. (Reference: “Caffeine and Tea: Myth and Reality” by Nigel Melican. February 6, 2008, http://chadao.blogspot.com)
There are five significant components found in all tea from the plant camellia sinensis: essential oils, which are the source of tea’s delicious flavor and aroma; polyphenols, which are antioxidants that provide the tea’s brisk flavor and many of its health benefits; phytonutrients, which are small amounts of vitamins, minerals, and amino acids including L-theanine (a very rare molecule that has been found in only three sources including camellia sinensis!) ; enzymes; and methylxanthines, which are a family of alkaloids that include caffeine. Each of these components work differently in the human body and a full description is best left to a medical journal. However, recent research exploring the potential health attributes of tea is leading many scientists to agree that tea, may contribute positively to a healthy lifestyle.
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