I have previously voiced (quite often) my preference for loose leaf teas. However, I have also pronounced several bagged teas as being worthy of respect because they do offer genuine quality and flavor, not to mention a great deal of convenience. So, while I will always prefer a loose leaf tea, I am willing to try bagged teas, and when I find one that impresses me, I will sing its praises.
The Green Tea from Salada is one tea worthy of that respect. This tea is very simple and straight-forward; it is green tea, it’s light-bodied – which is a common characteristic of most green teas – and the flavor is smooth and fresh-tasting. There is a moderate amount of astringency to the overall profile, with a very delicate sweetness – another common characteristic of most green teas.
Another common characteristic of green tea is a grassy overtone. While there is a slight grassy/earthy characteristic to this tea, it is not overpowering on the palate – in other words, it doesn’t taste like brewed lawn clippings. Not that I’d know what brewed lawn clippings would taste like, so perhaps I should revise my previous statement to say “it doesn’t taste how I’d imagine brewed lawn clippings to taste.”
Salada describes this tea as:
From the lush tea gardens of the Orient, Salada Green Tea is a fine quality blend which continues in the ancient Orient tradition. Unlike other teas, green tea leaves are steamed rather than oxidized to create a distinctly different tea type. Once brewed, Salada Green Tea produces a delicately smooth flavor and a natural sweetness all its own.
Since the weather has gotten quite cool, and we (the Pacific Northwest, that is) are experiencing a chilly rain (imagine that! Rain? In the Pacific Northwest?) I chose to drink this tea hot; however, as it chilled slightly in my cup while writing this review, I can note that it would be quite nice served as an iced tea as well, perhaps with a squeeze of lemon and a small amount of sweetener to punch up the flavor. Of course, when served hot it doesn’t need sweetener as it isn’t flavored (generally I only add sweetener to a tea when I wish to enhance the added flavors) and the flavor doesn’t need a “punch” but a slice of lemon is still very nice with this tea.
Overall, I would say that this is a very nice bagged tea that is also reasonably priced. Not too astringent, not too grassy, not too sweet – just a simple, yet very good cup of green tea.