Ahmad Tea

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Received this in my SipsBy box this month (my last four a bit). I’ve never tried Ahmad Tea before, so I was excited to try a new-to-me brand. As expected, the teabags are filled with fannings. There’s no distinct aroma coming from the dry leaf. I added a bit of honey, and this was pretty tasty, but not extraordinary. I can actually taste both the peach and passionfruit, and they don’t taste too artificial.

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60

The smell of this while it steeps is pure magic! Just the most delectable and heavenly aroma. Unfortunately, the magic ends there. It’s not that it tastes bad, it just doesn’t taste as good as it smells. The strawberry flavour is nice but that’s all I get, just strawberries overtop of a strong bitterness. It would have been a lot better if the bitterness wasn’t present. It distracts from the lovely, juicy strawberry flavour. Where’s the cake? There’s nothing cake-like about this at all to my taste buds. It’s not terrible but it’s nothing special either. Just sub-par. I’ll finish the box but I won’t re-purchase.

Flavors: Bitter, Strawberry

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75

You can definitely taste a nice balance between the citrus and mint flavours. Neither overpowers the other. Love that it’s a green tea. Hard to beat at this price point. Bought at Winners/Homesense for a song! A tad bitter at the end but not enough to complain about. Overall, I like it!

Flavors: Citrus, Green, Mint

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70

I certainly paid enough to get this online, since I can’t find it anywhere near me. Not even in Netcost which has a full range of Ahmad teas.

It smells faintly of pear, with another odd, almost musty scent that’s not cinnamon. It’s not like it stinks, but on the other hand it isn’t particularly nice. Flavor-wise it’s mostly pear, a little bit of cinnamon, and some sort of funky undertone that I don’t quite care for. It might be the base tea itself, I don’t know. When the tea’s warm it’s not so bad, but when it cools that taste becomes a lot more noticeable.

Definitely overpriced for what it is at $7 a box for 15 sachets, and doesn’t live up to all the glowing reviews I’ve seen for it. I’ll finish what I have, but I won’t seek it out again.

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drank Lemon and Lime Twist by Ahmad Tea
930 tasting notes

Being much more careful with this one not to oversteep. This smells a bit like Pine-Sol, that disinfectant lemon flavor. I don’t love the flavor, but it’s not awful. More lime I think than lemon.

Flavors: Lemon, Lime

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Peach & Passion Fruit by Ahmad Tea
930 tasting notes

Oh wow, I absolutely steeped this one way too long. Distracted at work as usual. It’s so bitter. A little cream helped but wow is it astringent. My fault completely though. I’m not very familiar with passion fruit, but the peach is there. It’s not exactly fresh, ripe peach; more artificial.

Dumping this cup due to user error. I’ll try again.

Flavors: Artificial, Astringent, Bitter, Peach

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 30 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML
Rabs

“Distracted at work” tea is the worst tea. #TeaFact

Shae

Haha, that is absolutely fact.

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drank Apple Refresh by Ahmad Tea
930 tasting notes

I oversteeped this so it came out bitter, but the apple flavor is pronounced and unique. It doesn’t taste like apples, more like green apple candy. I don’t really like the flavor.

Flavors: Apple Candy, Bitter, Candy, Green Apple

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 8 min or more 8 OZ / 236 ML

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60

Although I enjoyed it, I was hoping the passion fruit flavor would be more present. Peach and black tea flavors were there, though.

Flavors: Passion Fruits, Peach

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drank Darjeeling by Ahmad Tea
28 tasting notes

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71

I got this one from a local Middle Eastern market and was intrigued by the description of “bergamot and other flavors” listed on the tin. When I opened it, I was slightly disappointed to find that it smelled like Earl Grey only. After brewing, the fragrance pretty much disappears and leaves behind a mild Ceylon with a slight Earl Grey flavor. I’m not put off by this, however, as some days I only want a hint of flavoring. The base is a good Ceylon and it can be bitter, but as I like to add milk to my black teas, it doesn’t bother me at all. Decent tea- I much prefer the cardamom by Ahmad better.

Flavors: Bergamot

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 45 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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91

I actually really enjoy this tea and I’m pretty picky when it comes to “grocery store” brands. I was able to get this one in loose leaf at a local Middle Eastern market and at first, I was a bit scared because the smell was so strong I was afraid that it would be overwhelming. However, after steeping, the smell lessened and it was pleasant. I like my black teas with half and half so I added that and took a taste. I was pleasantly surprised! I love the smooth Ceylon base and a gentle touch of spice. It has quickly become a tea in my frequent rotation.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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78
drank Earl Grey by Ahmad Tea
77 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
2168 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
511 tasting notes

As “A Gift from London Earl Grey”, but on backside it is written that’s from Ahmad.

And it is just same, soapy, artificial aroma and taste, luckily the base was quite okay.

Ahh, why I thought it will be good idea to start the day with this?

mrmopar

I remember my old friend KS drinking this one a lot.

ashmanra

Yes, mrmopar, this was his “go to” daily drinker! I bought a box after he passed just as a tribute to try one cup, but I passed the rest on to my youngest daughter. She liked it well enough.

Martin Bednář

I know I gave it only 45, but it’s not that bad. Maybe I am just used to another style of EG. Maybe I just need it completely fresh one to taste it well. Maybe…

mrmopar

Gosh no Martin. I just recall KS having a fondness for this one. He ate at Steak and Shake and brought his own teabags if I remember.

ashmanra

Martin – I gave it away because I didn’t like it! I am not a fan of Earl Grey unless the base is rich and dark like a Keemun, but almost everyone uses Ceylon which is already lemony and it just becomes way too tart for me!

Martin Bednář

ashmanra – yeah, I think there are much more interesting bases than Ceylon for Earl Grey. Although some regions can be quite malty as well. Keemun sounds great too!

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45
drank Earl Grey by Ahmad Tea
511 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
61 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
247 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
61 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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drank Jasmine Romance by Ahmad Tea
61 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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drank Limeflower by Ahmad Tea
511 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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drank Mint Mystique by Ahmad Tea
2805 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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drank Lemon Vitality by Ahmad Tea
61 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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