by Reza Bakhtali
Thirty years ago in the Netherlands we still mainly drank black tea. If you were lucky you could choose from some fruit flavors and / or cinnamon. You only drank green tea with the Chinese. In the meantime, you can stand at least half an hour in front of the tea shelf in the supermarket. An abundance of flavors, blends and blends with all kinds of exotic names.
We tasted green tea with lemon, for the simple fact that it was consumed a lot on the side of coffee on the newspaper – when we visited there. Perhaps unnecessarily: black tea is fully fermented, which darkens the tea leaves and creates tannins (substances that give that sour mouthfeel).
With green tea, the leaves are hardly fermented and the leaves remain green, so the taste is milder. But the leaves from the black and green tea come from the same plant: the camellia sinensis. During testing, two things stood out: how long you let your tea brew is personal, although the maximum of three minutes was not exceeded. Sometimes it is not clear how to open a tea box, such as with Clipper.
Pickwick (van Douwe Egberts) was the first to drop out. “Smells like cardboard and tastes like it smells.” Lipton did very good business but was disqualified because the added melissa made the (fine) taste deviate too much. This was not the case with the green tea from AH (with also lemongrass), and therefore included in the test. The winner? Bio Logic from Jumbo, although Tea Sing was also very popular.
According to colleagues, the Bio Logisch variant of Jumbo came out best. “Balance between green tea and lemon perfectly fine.” and “Looks most like green tea”.
€ 1.18 per 30 grams
In second place the green tea with lemon from Tea Sing, available in various supermarkets. “You can taste the most lemon so far.” Although some of them thought that he was ‘a bit too intense’. The cheapest.
€ 0.52 cents per 40 gr
We smell “clearly lemon” in the green tea from Albert Heijn: no doubt because it contains 20 percent lemongrass. Yet again sweet due to added maltodextrin, presumably in order not to get a sour mouth …
€ 1.09 per 30 grams
Lord Nelson’s green tea with lemon, available for purchase at Lidl, also fared well. “Normally don’t like green tea, but this one is tasty.” That is probably because of the lemon flavor, which according to others “predominated”.
Varying reactions to Clipper’s tea, some thought it was “tasty, not bitter, but full of flavor”. The other shouted “earthly, but not in a good way.” Could that be because of the unbleached tea bags?
€ 2.89 per 34 grams