Kroger Private Selection

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I adopted this off the pay-it-forward table at work because…well…a perfectly viable unopened tin of tea. Do I need more justification?

Actually, with iced tea season almost upon us, I thought it would be pleasant this summer. But before chilling it, I made a conventional cup this afternoon. For a grocery store selection, it isn’t bad. The jasmine didn’t taste like guest soap. I was a little heavy handed on the water temp so it was a little bitter this time around, but next time, with a little more care, I think it will be acceptably leafy and vegetal.

A good cheap date, especially with your eyes closed, listening to the maple tree “helicopters” plinking on the roof.

derk

I closed my eyes and went right back to Ohio. Kroger, jasmine green tea, helicopters.

mrmopar

Yep its that time of year. Helicopters abound.

gmathis

Next up, cottonwood!

ashmanra

If I could be a real artist, the first thing I would want to capture in watercolor would be the green and pink helicopters fresh fallen and so delicate!

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Horrible. I couldn’t even finish it. Took one sip and threw it out. Not sure if it was just the particular kind of tea it was or what, but I thought it was NASTY.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Cameron B.

Rooibos is very polarizing! It has a woody sort of flavor, and sometimes it can be a bit medicinal-tasting.

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I like this tea a lot, and it is good with or without a bit of sweetener. Unfortunately, it looks like Kroger has discontinued this one and another herbals cinnamon tea is available under Private Selection label, but no hibiscus is in the ingredients. This tea is a nice citrus and cinnamon flavor, without being too much of either (maybe the hibiscus helps level those out!). I always enjoyed this one, drank it for the benefits cinnamon can have.

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This private selection tea is my go to tea. I usually drink 4-6 cups each night. It tastes like cinnamon, not too strong and usually not too light. It’s very hard to acquire, they are always sold out so I buy as much as I can whenever they’re available.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Citrus

Preparation
145 °F / 62 °C 8 min or more 1 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML

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I went to the store to find Twinings Earl Grey, my favorite, but they were out of stock. So I just grabbed this box because of the price. When I got home I looked at the ingredients: black tea and oil of bergamot. The bag smelled like essential oil, too bitter and pungent. But I went ahead and mixed it the same way I do any other Earl Grey: two sugars and some vanilla almond milk. The smell was still bitter, despite steeping it only about 40 seconds. The almond milk did not dilute it much and I ended up tossing the cup of tea down the drain. Vile and cheap.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 45 sec

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100

This is the best tea ever! When will it be available again? I recommended it to all my friends and now none of us can get any. I wanted to give it with holiday gifts this year.

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100

Absolutely my favorite tea of any color. First try it was OK. After 3 or 4 I was hooked. It’s a comfort food for me now. Three local Krogers appeared out of it and I was frantic – it looked like it might have been discontinued! NOOOOO!!! This is my main green tea, which I firmly believed has been instrumental in my losing about 40 lbs in 6 months (15 more than I wanted to, actually).

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 2 g 16 OZ / 473 ML
3cuppaday

From what I could tell at Kroger yesterday, they separated out the green teas from the other teas in the coffee/tea aisle. Still in the same aisle but you’ll find a selection of PS and other companies’ green teas together.

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100

Only one word for this tea: heavenly!

Beautiful, full flavor cinnamon and the taste of hibiscus and orange peels give it a nice sweetness, without the need for sugar or honey.

I was planning only keeping this one at work, but I believe I’ll be taking it home as well!

Flavors: Cinnamon, Fruity, Orange

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Flavors: Blueberry

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Preparation
8 OZ / 236 ML

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Earl Grey might be my favorite tea, but this brand is disappointing. It’s bitter, and I’ve never gotten bitterness from any other brand of Earl Grey. I keep it as a back up for when I don’t have any other Earl Grey around.

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This tea reminds me a lot of one from when I lived in Hawaii. Even though this is a bagged tea, the leaves are actually pretty good quality Ceylon and the flavor is refreshing. This one is good iced or hot, with or without sweetener, with or without creamer. The papaya and passion fruit flavors are sweet enough to drink straight, which is what I personally prefer. The closest comparison that I’ve had would be to the Rainbow Hawaii from my childhood, sold The Pacific Place’s Tea garden. That one is sold in loose leaf and only slightly better because it has more tropical fruit flavors that are better balanced.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML
Daylon R Thomas

Still hold up well for a bagged black tea. Had some this morning and enjoying it.

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