Swee-Touch-Nee Tea Review

Image of the Swee-Touch-Nee Tea Pacakge with a Cup Brewing in the Foreground

I’ve passed this tea countless times in the kosher section of my grocery store; it’s labeled ‘The Aristocrat of Teas.’ I’ve read many Amazon.com reviews from people who were delighted to reconnect with the Swee-Touch-Nee Tea they so fondly remember from their childhoods growing up the New York City area.

But sometimes we develop nostalgia for things that, as adults, we realize really weren’t that great. I assumed this was the case with Swee-Touch-Nee. I was kind of wrong.

It’s not the greatest tea, but I appreciate many not-so-great teas, and this one has some characteristics that make it worthwhile. The aroma always appears sweet and vegetal to me. Sometimes I notice a woody quality, and sometimes I detect a tiny bit of sweet spice (whatever that is). It goes down smooth with pleasant astringency, and it seems to pack quite a caffeine punch.

Though Swee-Touch-Nee tea’s medium body holds up fairly well to milk, I find it best enjoyed without. A little sweetener or lemon would be okay.

Swee-Touch-Nee, in case you’re wondering, is a transliteration of the Russian word ‘tsvetochny,’ which means flower. Strangely enough, today my wife asked me, ‘What was that tea you made the other morning that tasted flowery?’ Perhaps her succinct analysis is more accurate than mine.

Aroma: Vegetal, sweet, earthy, woody
Body: Medium
Flavor: Smooth, sweet, some astringency
Color: Brownish amber
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Author: Leo Kapusta

Of all the useless degrees he holds, Leo is most proud of his Bachelor of Science in Radio-Television-Film (Mass Communication Sequence) from the University of Texas at Austin.

8 thoughts on “Swee-Touch-Nee Tea Review”

  1. My Mother’s parents came from a region called Carpatho-Russia and they always drank this tea. Thank you for the “Russian connection” with “tsvetochny”. Now the name makes sense!

    Although its not a fine British Isles breakfast or evening tea it *is* a great “standard” tea; one to be enjoyed daily. Certainly better than almost all US mass market teas.

    I love it!

  2. The flowery taste of swee touch nee tea comes from the Assam variety mixed in. This same variety gives Irish breakfast it’s character, although that is a much more robust blend made to stand up to milk

  3. Twice a year, for many years, my partner and l brought six tins of Twinings Earl Grey home from the shop on the Strand, until we tasted Republic of Tea ‘Earl Greyer.’ But last year l rediscovered Swee-Touch-Nee at a local Russian specialty shop in Boston. (I still have my grandmother’s Swee Touch Nee ton button.box.) lt is a wonderful tea and as delicious as l remember it being as a child

  4. I been drinking Swee-Touch-Nee tea, since I was a little boy growing up in Brooklyn. Occasionally I try other teas, but always come back to it. It is smooth and very good with lemon. The tin is a collectors item and is featured in a food exhibit at the Jewish Museum in New York. In addition, Swee-Touch-Nee is widely available in many supermarkets in the New York Metropolitan area. For real nostalgia people, I also regularly drink Maxwell House Instant coffee. I think I’m living in the past. Enjoy a cup of Swee-Touch-Nee!!!

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