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78
drank Earl Grey by Ahmad Tea
64 tasting notes

Sometimes you just need a solid earl grey! This was one of those mornings.

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drank Apple Refresh by Ahmad Tea
2113 tasting notes

Hmph. I could’ve sworn I’ve reviewed this one … because I know y’all are impatiently waiting for my official pronouncement before you decide whether to imbibe or not.

Do. It’s quite pleasant. Subtle Granny Smith apple peel, but neither unpleasantly bitter nor painfully tart. Perfect on a scratchy throat induced by heat wave + inconsistent AC at work. I’ve been either sweltering or shivering for two solid weeks.

ashmanra

Oh no! Feel better soon!

mrmopar

Ugh, hate being sick in the Summer.

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45
drank Earl Grey by Ahmad Tea
236 tasting notes

Doh. Morning tea at my friend’s. No idea about age, where it come from, how it was stored…

I woke up at 6 am, which is early. So, I decided to go around, to the doctor I have to visit (entry medical check-up for summerjob) to find out she is for two weeks on holiday, buying something to eat in a job. Nice walk in little rain. I have enjoyed it more than expected.

Anyway, to the tea. I used boiling water, steeped for short time (3-4) minutes. Result is cloudy, brown liquor, which doesn’t look very appealing. Bit oily too.

Back then, I thought this is how bergamot should smell like. But now I see it is artificial, bit lemony, but as well unfortunately soapy aroma. It doesn’t smell promising.

Oh my. First sip – it’s not actually really bad (I expected much worse). But it’s watery, bit biting, bit malty, bit of everything but full-bodied tea.

Sorry Ahmad Tea, this is letdown.

ashmanra

I wasn’t fond of it, either. I bought some in memory of a dear Steepster friend who died last year, tried it, and gave the rest to my youngest daughter.

mrmopar

I know the one you are talking about Ash, miss him too.

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56
drank Aromatic Earl Grey by Ahmad Tea
57 tasting notes

You’d think I’d get bored of trying earl grey after earl grey, but they’re all surprisingly different in notable ways. This one is the darkest I’ve tried so far. The black tea base is stronger, heavier and richer than the usual Darjeeling or single Ceylon bases. It’s rich and filling with a good amount of bergamot – not too strong or bitter, but enough to live up to the black tea base.

You could substitute this one for your usual heavy breakfast tea. In fact, I might do just that!

I reviewed it without milk but I like it with milk too. https://www.immortalwordsmith.co.uk/ahmad-tea-earl-grey-review/

Flavors: Bergamot, Heavy, Smooth

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 45 sec 2 g 8 OZ / 250 ML

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50
drank Special Blend by Ahmad Tea
244 tasting notes

It’s always a wonderful day in the neighborhood when I have a new tea to take for a spin. We have a few European market stores in the area that offer Ahmad teas. The prices for these teas are usually very affordable. This one is currently listed on Amazon at under $12 for a nice one-pound tin container.

The marketing for this tea says it contains the finest high-grown (black) teas from the hillsides of Sri Lanka, subtly blended, with the elegant fragrance of bergamot.

The dark short tea leaves are well-protected within the square tin box in a gold foil bag. When I opened the bag, the aroma was rich and full of bergamot and other fruity attributes.

I steeped the leaves for five minutes at 212 degrees. The brewed color was a dark reddish amber. The odor was very quiet, almost non-existent. What I could smell seemed to only have a nondescript sweet characteristic.

The taste of this tea did not match the complexity of its unbrewed aroma. In fact, the flavor was surprisingly bland. About all I could syphon from the taste was an unidentifiable tea attribute. Pulling that from the brew was made even more difficult by a sharp astringency that defined the flavor. The aftertaste was also dominated by astringency.

I was disappointed by this blend. I had high hopes that it would be a cornucopia of great flavors. I’m not ready to write off Ahmad altogether but this will most likely be my one and only experience with the Special Blend product.

Flavors: Tea

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 5 tsp 40 OZ / 1182 ML
Bluegreen

Long time no see! You have been missed.

Stoo

Thanks, Bluegreen! I’ve missed having new teas to try. My birthday is coming up in a few months. Hopefully I’ll get some new ones then! I hope all is well with you!

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57
drank Apple Refresh by Ahmad Tea
57 tasting notes

This was a nice tea. Very simple, but still nice.

The apple aroma changed a lot from dry to wet, going through stages of bitter granny smith apple to sour sherbet to sweet apple laces. The taste was a bit of a mix of them all.

I appreciated how full the black tea base is. I thought a rich tea base might clash with the vibrant, sweet and sour apple, but actually it works really well. A lighter black tea or green tea would have let the sourness take control of the blend. It’s balanced well.

Not much else to say about this tea, other than it’s not refreshing in the slightest. I’d rename it “Apple Boost”.

Review with pictures https://www.immortalwordsmith.co.uk/ahmad-tea-apple-refresh-review/

I’ll finish the little box I’ve got of this tea in the early afternoons. I’ve been carefully cutting the wrappers to save them for Martin, storing them in an envelope that probably won’t be big enough by the time I’m finished! It’s highly satisfying seeing my tea bag wrappers cut perfectly and left whole – not sure why. I’ve always been a bit like that. I like order and symmetry and organisation and keeping careful records. I’ve been known to create a spreadsheet organiser just for fun.

Flavors: Apple, Smooth, Sour, Sweet

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 g 8 OZ / 250 ML
Martin Bednář

Izzy, thank you for cutting them carefully. I like them cut perfectly more too!

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52
drank Jasmine Romance by Ahmad Tea
57 tasting notes

There was a weird freshness to this tea that was verging on menthol. I could feel a slight coolness in my nose and throat, no idea why. Ingredients are just jasmine and green tea.

It’s a pretty bland jasmine green tea, very subtle on the jasmine and a green tea that doesn’t leave a lasting impression. I really love my jasmine teas so this was a bit of a let down. Ahmad’s lemon vitality was good for a standard supermarket tea bag so my expectations were a little bit higher than usual for this Jasmine Romance.

I guess if you aren’t so keen on jasmine it would be nice.

It’s slightly bitter but not grassy, it has that warm honey gold colour and aroma from fired Chinese green teas.

I’ll finish the box but… yeah. The score is accurate, it’s neither good or bad, just hovering in the middle. I did take some nice picture of it for my blog, using spring blossoms from the hedgerow across the road from my home. Spring is probably my favourite season and jasmine tea usually embodies the freshness and floralness of it.

https://www.immortalwordsmith.co.uk/ahmad-tea-jasmine-romance-review/

Flavors: Floral, Green, Jasmine, Menthol

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 45 sec 2 g 8 OZ / 250 ML
Martin Bednář

Yeah, it´s not bad tea. But boring. As usual from Ahmad. I thought they were better, but then I feel with loose leaf. I guess it is good starting point though.

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90
drank Limeflower by Ahmad Tea
236 tasting notes

From Derk, probably last one. Okay, a little of yellow tea I keeped for better time.
But last “first taste”
I put it into mug, took hot water, spilled it in. Keep it easy Martin, it is 7 pm, horribly tired.

Let´s see, they say “Especially suitable for relaxing in the evening” – which is what I need. Interesting, I never heard it should fight anxiety. It is known for mucus removal, which is in Czech (European) phytotherapy. Well, that is what Kawaii433 actually said :) Wonder how it changes my anxiety. I had maybe two small panic attacks today.

Anyway to the tea.
Light golden colour is there, with strong spring aroma. As a spring I mean the season and I mean flowers. Yeah, lots of flower aroma is there. Maybe honey with nectar. It makes sense actually as it is a flower pieces. I forgot about light dust on bottom, and it is clear.

Taste is quite smooth (even I have oversteeped it) very sweet with small tart aftertaste. It reminds me bit jasmine. But I like it and understand Derk that she wants to keep it in cupboard.

PS: Interesting, it is so famous using here – even my (grand)parents were picking it (not anymore). And I never had it. I can imagine it as everyday tea.

Flavors: Flowers, Honey, Nectar, Tart

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec 10 OZ / 300 ML
derk

Come on, Martin! Keep it together! ;) Hope you’re feeling better. I had some of this last night myself and steeped it for 30? minutes. It was delicious.

Kawaii433

Aww to panic attacks, Martin. I hope this helps you. I know GABA teas really calm me too. Good you reminded me about the mucus removal! These allergies are killing me. I should get some :D. http://www.lindentea.net/Mucus/

Evol Ving Ness

My mother used to use this tea to cure all things. Good to see that it still works.

Martin Bednář

Thank you guys – I think it was really comforting cuppa. I felt much better afterwards and today was completely different story. No panic attacks at all!

Just a headache which came now in the evening.

Evol Ving Ness

I’ve been having headaches too, but likely as a result of changes in barometric pressure: rapid and drastic weather changes.

Evol Ving Ness

Also, acupuncture is super awesome in clearing mucus. (And one should avoid dairy products as they are mucus-causing as well.)

Kittenna

@Evol – I’ve been plagued with headaches the last week or two as well. Hoping it’s environmental as I’m not prone to them :(

ashmanra

I hate panic attacks! I hope you feel much better and they go away forever! I did not know limeflower was good for that, I only knew it was good for colds. Will definitely acquire some to try for calming.

Mastress Alita

Barometric pressure is one of my worst migraine triggers… worst part is there is nothing you can do about it, weather gunna do what weather does. :-(

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69
drank Mint Mystique by Ahmad Tea
2747 tasting notes

The spearmint in this is quite good. You can taste the green tea when you brew it stronger. I enjoyed my coldbrewed. The spearmint provides enough sweetness that you don’t need any sugar.

Flavors: Mint, Sugarcane, Sweet, Vegetal

Preparation
Iced

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69
drank Lemon Vitality by Ahmad Tea
57 tasting notes

Brewed this tea with low expectations so was pleasantly surprised at the result. Sure, the green tea is nothing special, but the lemon is good. It’s very drinkable, you don’t have to think too hard about the flavour or take time to savour it to pull out the flavour notes. A good, light tea when you want something quick. For a tea bag, it pretty good quality. Better than most green teas I’ve had from similar tea bag brands like Twinings.

It has a lemony bitterness, warm grassy green tea body, and slightly sweet aftertaste. There’s no sharpness or tartness that I can detect, which makes me think it’s at least partially artificial lemon flavouring.

I’ll happily finish the box of tea bags, but won’t be buying again. There are better lemon green teas out there, but this tea certainly isn’t bad. In one word, it’s a “nice” tea.

Full review with pictures: https://www.immortalwordsmith.co.uk/ahmad-tea-lemon-vitality-review/

Flavors: Freshly Cut Grass, Green, Lemon Zest

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 g 8 OZ / 250 ML

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65

Another thermos tea.
Honestly I do not find anything distinctive – cheap green tea with lemon notes. Simple as that. The dry tea bag had quite strong lemon flavour which kind of dissapeared while brewed.

The tea tasted good though, easy going, simple tea. No funky notes. Nothing extra.
Everyday tea.

Flavors: Hay, Lemon

haptiK

Hay? yuck,.

Martin Bednář

haptiK – hay is not always yuck :) It is just bit boring :)

haptiK

i will have to take your word on that :)

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drank Lemon and Lime Twist by Ahmad Tea
2113 tasting notes

Of the teas I’ve samplled out of my Ahmad sampller, this is my favorite so far. Llovely llemony and llimey llilt to it. Not tart, just bright and citrusy. A llitle bit of spring to llift my sagging …(actualllly, allll of me is sagging)…on a chilllly, dreary day.

No, I don’t know why I doublle-LL’d everything. An attempt to llighten up my outllook?

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90
drank Rooibos & Cinnamon by Ahmad Tea
8 tasting notes

Great tea, very tasteful. I just started drinking tea and I don’t put anything in it. Has a good after taste.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Rooibos

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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Flavors: Artificial, Astringent, Bergamot, Malt, Soap, Tannin

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 7 OZ / 200 ML

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drank Strawberry Sensation by Ahmad Tea
2113 tasting notes

I don’t usually start a tasting note with “I’m disappointed,” but I am. I had high expectations for this. First cup I had at work and it tasted like Dawn dish soap, but I blamed that on poor break room dishwashing. Tried it again from home, and the first few sips were OK. Black tea first, then the strawberry. But as it cools, it’s bitter and there’s the dish soap again. Ah, well. Just part of a sampler, so I don’t have to feel guilty about disliking an entire box.

Can’t drink an Ahmad tea without thinking about our good friend K S … wish I could say things as kind about this tea as I would about him!

Sil

doh. dishsoap tea not so good.

Sil

also, seems weird ks isn’t around anymore…agree with the Ahmad tea comment heh

Tabby

That’s surprising! Everything I’ve tried by Ahmad has been good. :/

mrmopar

KS I miss him.

ashmanra

I miss KS. I bought a box of Ahmad Earl Grey in memory of him, just to try it since he loved it so much.

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This tea is okay but not spectacular. It needed a fair amount of sugar to make the flavour pop for me, which isn’t ideal since I’m on a diet. It was tasty enough, fruity and such, but not fantastic.

It probably didn’t help with the concurrent anxiety attack I experienced this morning but it’s a tasty snack afterward.

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drank Limeflower by Ahmad Tea
470 tasting notes

Bought a box of this to see how it would compare to Dammann Frères Tilleul (Lime Blossom). As I’m sitting here sipping, I’m thinking if I could only have one herbal tea in my arsenal, it would be linden/limeflower/tilleul. There’s something about it… So relaxing. That sweet-tart nectary linden bouquet is amplified in the mouth with every exhalation through the nose. It just… derk settles

What would your one herbal tea pick be?

This one is excellent and could be a fallback to the Dammann Frères, that is if I can order it online or get a store around here to carry it. I bought the tea in San Francisco and have since moved. While not nearly as intense in aroma as DF, it’s still as floral and sweet in the mouth with a hint of woody astringency and a delayed returning sweetness in the throat. Syrupy mouthfeel. The bouquet reminds me of the only perfume I own, Dolce & Gabbana The One.

Oh looky, Limeflower is available online.

I am content.

Additional notes: The bag contains mostly crushed material while DF’s sachet is full of fluffy pompom blossoms, the bract that surrounds the flower and larger pieces of broken leaf. When I poked the spent Ahmad teabag with my finger, a short syrupy string accompanied my finger as I pulled it away. Sweet stuff. Liquor color of champagne with a light blush.

Flavors: Flowers, Nectar, Sweet, Tart, Wood

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML
Kawaii433

I was sick when I tried this. I should remove my rating to be fair. BTW, it helped me that night with my chest congestion. It really did decrease mucus production for that one night.

derk

Nah, don’t remove your rating. It is pretty floral which isn’t one of your favorite profiles, right? Glad the tea helped with your congestion!

Kawaii433

I already did. :P I left my review up though. I remember just tasting honey mostly. I have only tried a handful of herbal teas but probably ginger because it helps with my motion sickness.

Kawaii433

Just in case I confuse you again (haha). The ginger answer was to your question: What would your one herbal tea pick be?

derk

heh, no confusion there. I get carsick when I’m the passenger while driving on mountain roads. Never thought to bring a mug-o-ginger with me!

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drank Limeflower by Ahmad Tea
307 tasting notes

Thank you, Derk :D

Well, you learn something every day… :) I looked up Limeflower, and it’s good for anxiety… And is a natural “anti-depressant, sedative and relaxant” and "have been used for centuries to treat anxiety, sleep disorders and hysteria”. I’m a pretty relaxed type of person anyway, but it was still good to know.

This part was interesting too: “It contains mucilage – a sticky substance that can help to soothe irritated membranes of the throat and it is known to decrease mucus production.” I have a bad cold, it’s in my chest. I’m taking Mucinex maximum every 12 hrs to loosen phlegm. One thing about colds… They can kill you if you have a history of asthma.

The health benefits don’t stop there either. Pretty interesting stuff. Anyway, I really needed this tea yesterday. It was light bodied honey-tasting tea from what I can tell at the time. I began losing my ability to smell and taste at that point.

Hopefully, I’ll be back soon with reviews. For now, I’ll work on sip-downs on so-so tea since I can’t taste anyway and need the fluids… And read all your reviews. :D

1 teabag in 12 oz of 175°F.

Update: Reset rating due to my sense of smell and taste were off.

Flavors: Flowers, Honey, Sweet

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 8 min or more 12 OZ / 354 ML
tea-sipper

Feel better soon!

Kawaii433

Thank you :D

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Inexpensive and very tasty as an everyday tea.

Flavors: Bergamot

Preparation
2 tsp 17 OZ / 500 ML

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drank Mint Mystique by Ahmad Tea
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drank Mint Mystique by Ahmad Tea
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drank Mint Mystique by Ahmad Tea
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