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True connoisseurs of tea know to drink only loose leaf tea steeped for the proper duration in purified water heated at the proper temperature. Yet fans of tea sometimes get a hankering for their favorite hot beverage but often find themselves away from the comfort of their own homes.
In years past we had to force ourselves to make due with cheap dust-grade quality teas in flimsy paper bags. Personally, I would rather settle for coffee or water than resort to such desperate measures. Tea To Go seeks to address this convenience market with their new line of teas.
Even before opening the package I knew it would be superior to cheap paper tea bags. I could see that the tea was actual tea leaves rather than the dust-grade tea in most bags. Tea To Go also uses nylon mesh bags, similar to Might Leaf and the high-grade Lipton bags.
You do realize that the paper bag itself imparts an unpleasant off taste when steeped? Nylon mesh is the next best option if loose leaf is impractical. Tea To Go’s special gimmick is the way their tea bags are inserted into a slot on their proprietary lids.
You fill the paper cup with hot water and secure the lid. The tea bag hangs below and steeps in the hot water. After you finish steeping, you would pull up on the tab on top of the lid which pulls the tea bag out of the water.
Of course, you do not have to use their cup and lid system and can simply steep the tea bag itself. Ideally you should place the tea first and pour hot water over it rather than insert the tea into the water anyway.
The first kind of tea I sampled was Tea To Go’s English Breakfast Black Tea, a standard type of black tea blend. The tea was pleasantly brisk with a nice body but surprisingly weak aroma. The tea was better than anything you could get in a paper bag, but not as good as my own stash of English Breakfast, as expected.
I also tried their Ceylon Black Tea which was also tasty with a nice briskness, full body, and pleasant aroma.
For a change of pace, I tried their Fruit Herbal Infusion (which is not tea from a tea plant, mind you) as a caffeine-free alternative. The Infusion was fruity and tart with a strong aroma and a nice color. A touch of honey or sugar made the drink into a nice after-meal treat.
Next I tried the Passion Green Tea blend. A surprising flavor! I enjoy green tea with its smokey to grassy flavors, more delicate body, and subtle vegetal aromas. This particular blend was none of that. Instead, Tea To Go’s Passion blend possessed a more fruity, flowery flavor and aroma with a strong body. I would say that the other flavors overpower the green tea making it more like an herbal infusion. This is a green tea for those that dislike green tea. Unfortunately, it was the only green tea sample they had, so thus I cannot compare or rate it as a straight green tea.
Tea To Go is a fine entry into the convenience tea marketplace. If you cannot brew your own loose leaf, it makes for a fine drinkable tea that may give Mighty Leaf bags a run. Tea To Go is marketed to distributors and is unavailable for consumers. You cannot purchase their teas yourself and must buy them through cafes, restaurants, hotels, etc. I welcome their entry into the market as I am always in favor of tea expansion.