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Green Tea from Salada


Green Tea

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.

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  1. Comment by October 23, 2009 @ 4:00 pm
    BunRab said:

    I’ve enjoyed Salada since I was a kid – it was in regular supermarkets in New York, but wasn’t known in some other parts of the country. When I lived in Texas, I had to live without Salada until the WWW became a big enough deal to start buying stuff over the intertubes. I’m glad this old favorite is getting to be better known.

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    Gar Jones Reply:

    We now have Salada in TX. It’s at HEBs.

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  2. Comment by January 7, 2012 @ 7:48 pm
    Jim McDonough said:

    Salada green tea is my favorite tea….period….by a country mile.

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  3. Comment by May 3, 2012 @ 7:09 am
    mdc76082 said:

    Compared to the green teas that I order directly from the sources overseas, this tea does not come close. Although I do drink Salada, I find that the tea bags as packaged in paper do not keep the tea as fresh as foil packaged, and paper tea bags do not infuse the tea as good as nylon tea bags. Also, I believe Salada green tea is fermented, and therefore most of the beneficial antioxidants are zapped from the tea leaves. I am just stating that there is big difference with green teas in general.

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