Last month, I posted half of the results of a Blind Taste Test I conducted with my roommates MOA & Yuri along with MOA’s friend David. The first half of Part 1 covered Kellogg’s Pop-Tarts vs. Trader Joe’s Toaster Pastries along with Pirate Brands’s Pirate Booty vs. Trader Joe’s Corn Puffs. A correction must be made about the last post – I was incorrect about Pirate Booty not being available in other flavors because they also come in barbeque, sour cream & onion, & veggie. I’m human, I make mistakes, y’all!
Tea Chai Te’s Loose Leaf Tea vs. Tea Forté’s Pyramid Infuser
When I moved into our apartment, I brought a box of tea & spices that MOA found herself enjoying regularly. During heavy exam weeks or study sessions with classmates, we’d present our guests the finest tea our cupboard had to offer & continued to make more tea throughout the school year. After a trip to Oregon, I gifted MOA & Yuri with tea from Tea Chai Te. MOA was in love with the Earl Grey loose leaf tea I got her & finished it within a few months & she began drinking more loose leaf tea when I got her an adorable frog infuser.
Loose leaf tea can be very expensive depending on the quality of the tea, so I decided to Blind Taste Test (BTT & yes, I’m using it as a verb) MOA to see–see what I did there? haahhh–if she could differentiate between loose leaf tea & packaged tea.
David was exposed to loose leaf tea for the first time at our apartment, so in this round, MOA is the tea veteran. I had the two of them differentiate between Tea Chai Te’s Immunity Blend vs. Tea Forté’s Moroccan Mint. Neither have had either tea before.
Immunity Blend » MOA correctly identified the tea & said it felt like she was standing in the middle of a rainforest after it had just rained. She praised it multiple times & said she felt as though it tasted like “fresh rain water” with mint. David thought the tea was the satchel tea, but identified that it was very minty. The two could not identify the citrus notes in the tea, but MOA said this tea had floral notes to it, hence why she felt like she was in the rainforest.
Moroccan Mint » MOA correctly identified the tea, while David believed this to be the loose leaf tea. David said he felt there were floral notes in this tea, while MOA tried to sip more of the Immunity Blend.
Best Mint Flavors
When asked which tea tasted more like floss, both answered that the Immunity Blend had a very strong mint flavor.
Best Tea Overall
MOA found love in the rainforest tea, but David preferred the Moroccan Mint.
MOA tested Yuri & me with two different Earl Grey satchel teas, one being more expensive than the other.
Stash’s Earl Grey » Yuri felt that both teas tasted the same so she couldn’t differentiate between the two. I changed my answer & decided that this tea was the cheaper of the two & was correct.
Expensive Brand Named Earl Grey » Yuri said they both tasted the same, while I said that this tea had a second dimension to it while the cheaper one was a bit flat.
Yuri & I both are tea veterans, but she couldn’t tell the difference. They were very similar in flavor, but there was a second dimension to the more expensive tea. I felt that both teas were fine, but leaned toward the tea with the second dimension.
MOA hasn’t been a loose leaf tea drinker for very long, but she could still taste the difference between loose leaf tea & satchel tea. She could sense other dimensions & notes within the tea that she could not taste with the packaged tea. Although Tea Forté is known for their quality teas & plethora of flavors, loose leaf tea dominates the tea world in quality & taste. Loose leaf tea makes for a fantastic gift too, so check out Tea Chai Te for other wonderful flavors they carry.
As for the expensive tea satchels, it’s probably best to just go with the cheaper products because to most people, they won’t be able to tell the difference.
Trader Joe’s Organic Ketchup vs. Heinz’s Ketchup
Long story short: Heinz wins, hands down. While both ketchups taste pretty good straight, Heinz actually tastes more natural, has a stronger flavor, & when it came down to which ketchup would better complement hash browns, all four of us agreed that Heinz complemented the hash browns significantly better than its opponent. Some of us mistook Heinz for the organic ketchup because its flavors were so fresh.
Heinz wins & for all of your organic lovers out there, Heinz also produces organic ketchup. There is a difference you can definitely taste. Don’t sell your guests & yourself short with store brand ketchup. If you don’t believe me, see for yourself!