I enjoy black tea in most of its forms and am always eager to try out a new flavour when one appears on the shelves – a rare occurrence here. Vanilla tea is delicious and I am partial to fruit-flavoured teas, providing they have a black tea base. So, the combination of strawberry and vanilla seemed an interesting flavour to try.

The box looks attractive enough. I looked forward to tasting the tea once the groceries were unpacked. The bags are enclosed in a foil packet which exuded a flavoursome aroma of … something. Strawberry? Vanilla? Perhaps it will become evident once brewed.

Mmm … the bags are smaller than the usual tea bag – and the contents so fine that ‘powder’ or ‘dust’ comes to mind.

I steeped the tea for the requisite minutes – not impressed by the insipid looking drink. Checked the ingredients:

Strawberry pieces? Felt a dry teabag between my fingers: not a lump or bump to indicate even a tea leaf, never mind a dehydrated piece of strawberry! Vanilla and vanilla flavouring? Did someone forget to add it to this batch? It is passable as a warm drink; not unpleasant if you are desperately thirsty; but nothing like the flavour described on the box! BST best tea Strawerry & Vanilla Black Tea. There is something fishy about this.

Product of China … I have tasted excellent teas from China. Oh no – remember the Closemeyer Earl Grey tea that stated the contents as ‘Earl Grey tea’? This is the same lot! Oh dear, I have been hoodwinked and am now convinced to give any tea that bears this name on the box a wide berth. This cannot be real tea – it is thin, barely has a taste, and has no aroma of either strawberry or vanilla! Do not be fooled by this tea – avoid it and rather drink coffee if it is your only choice.

20 thoughts on “DON’T BE FOOLED BY THIS TEA

  1. I would be leery of anything edible from China……one hears such bad stories of poor manufacturing standards or standards not enforced. Maybe these aren’t always true, but it’s enough to make you stop and think. We refused shipment of several lots of medical face masks from China as when they did testing on them they did not pass quality standards, and this was in the early days when we were desperate for face masks! I wanted to buy face masks the other day and could not find any that were not made in China though….so sometimes you are stuck.

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  2. Just in the last few weeks I’ve been surprised and dismayed at how many food items I want to buy evidently come from China and can’t be gotten from anywhere else on earth. I say “evidently” because all the brands of pumpkin seeds I could find, for example, on the label only say “packed” in the U.S. — if they won’t state the country of origin it’s almost certainly China.

    But black tea? China would be a likely source for that! It’s criminal for a country to export something so obviously fraudulent. Thank you for showing how the adage, “Let the buyer beware” is still wise.


    • That is right – except how can one be away if ‘tasters / testers’ are not available? Being forewarned is being forearmed in this case. Thank you for the reminder of this term!

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  3. I personally try to avoid buying products that come from the country mentioned in this post, for my own safety and to avoid the scam. He had tools of the same origin and turned out to be of the type: use and discard. One day I decided never to buy with seal of that industry again and I am fulfilling it.


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