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80

Honestly I could not imagine chamomile and vanilla together. Yeah, an herbal and sweet notes. Weird.

But result is better than I have expected. Although when it comes to chamomile, I rather like the golden buds of it than “hay” – stems, leaves et cetera. There wre maybe one or two flower buds in whole big bag. But in taste it was like classsic camomile tea with sweet aftertaste. But the vanilla was not too strong, so it was not annoying.

This was again a nice surprise. I expected much more sweet notes and annoying chamomile taste. Now, let’s do some school stuff and, let’s celebrate Day of fight for liberty and democracy (and international student’s day).

Flavors: Hay, Herbs, Sweet, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 10 OZ / 300 ML

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96

My friends in Britain got me hooked on this tea- it’s a good, sturdy, strong cuppa tea. It does brew fast, due to the CTC method of the leaves, but it a way it’s a great thing too so I don’t have to wait too long for a good cup of tea in the morning if I’m in a rush. 5 min and it’s good to go! I have noticed it is very bitter if I oversteep it past 5 minutes. Generally it doesn’t bother me as I add milk to balance out the astringency. All in all, very good!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 45 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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60

It’s peppermint; not too dank. I drank it during our office move this week, since most of my loose leaf tea and infusers were being held hostage in a crate for the best part of two days. I’m still not sure how I survived.

Also, I think I might be back. It’s been a while!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 45 sec
Mastress Alita

Welcome back!

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100

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100

I ended up finding this tea at a place called “The English Gardener Gift Shop” at a market local to me. I heard from r/tea group that it’s a nice strong black tea, good for slow mornings. It’s great with milk and/or sugar. I don’t recommend it being iced. I can’t really describe the taste, it’s just a very nice smooth black tea. Not as “complex” in flavor as Twinings English breakfast, but very good. I use 1 teabag from anywhere from 8 oz to 12 oz. Anything bigger gets two.

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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29

Deeply not a fan of this one; had that sour grassy/lawn clipping note that I associate with bad/cheap green tea and a rather floral/perfume-y strawberry. Not really any vanilla; flavours didn’t mesh up together. Nope.

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80

I really liked this one; it reminded me quite strongly of DAVIDsTEA’s Rose Lemonade black tea (but this is herbal) but a little bit sweeter and more distinctly rose flavoured; so basically it had the two qualities that I wanted a little bit more of in the DT blend! Still tangy/lemonade-y though. Yum yum!

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81

Loved this tea. The rhubarb is so fresh and real… despite there being no rhubarb in it, just rhubarb flavouring.

Brewing it hot was lovely, the longer it brewed the more the colour of the tea transformed through shades of rose gold and peach. Then the aroma develops from tart and almost sour to sweet, vanilla, rhubarb and crumble. The flavour is spot-on. Rhubarb is not the sweetest, friendliest fruit – it’s got a bite, an edge. This tea has managed to perfectly balance the tart vibrancy of rhubarb with sweetness. It should be sour and suck in your cheeks, but the sweet aftertaste rushes in and saves it.

I greedily drank the whole cup. Definitely going to buy this fruit tea again. Full review and a few pictures: https://www.immortalwordsmith.co.uk/taylors-of-harrogate-sweet-rhubarb-tea-review/

Flavors: Jam, Rhubarb, Sour, Stewed Fruits, Tangy, Tart, Vanilla

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 g 8 OZ / 250 ML

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70

I got a small box of this bagged tea from the San Francisco Tea Festival. Being a CTC English Breakfast tea, and one that is, well, actually a known British brand, I went all-out tannin-wuss on my steep and only steeped it for a minute and a half. But it still looks a proper reddish-brown color to me, so…

The aroma is like malt, crisp autumn leaves, and a bit like cherries and cinnamon. The flavor of this is actually very nice, the short steep was probably a good choice for me since this isn’t too strong, though I imagine had I left it steeping very long it would’ve tended that way. I’m getting a lot of the notes that were present in the aroma — malt, autumn leaves, and cinnamon spice — but there is also a lot of lemon citrus and burnt sugar. It’s suprisingly good for bagged tea with quite a few flavor notes. The astringency after the sip is mild to medium, not as strong as I was expecting. It isn’t my favorite breakfast tea, but I certainly like this one more than many I’ve sampled, and I’m glad that it has a flavor that I can take plain just fine, at least if I prepare it with a brisk steep.

Flavors: Astringent, Autumn Leaf Pile, Baked Bread, Burnt Sugar, Cinnamon, Citrus, Lemon, Malt

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 350 ML
Nattie

Woohooo! This is my favourite bagged English Breakfast, at least my favourite that’s available nationally, so I got excited when I saw your note haha.

Mastress Alita

I don’t think I’ve seen it at any of my local grocers or anything, but it was in my freebies bag at a tea festival I went to. I figured like most black tea breakfast blends I try it’d be too strong for me and I’d end up putting it in my hair rinse pile, but ya, after trying it, it’s way too good for that. :-P

Nattie

It’s basically everywhere over here, haha. Glad you’re going to be actually drinking it! (:

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30

Tasted like artificial strawberry. Vanilla was definitely “gentle” as described, to the point of being barely detectable. Good for a strong artificial strawberry flavor, but crosses the line to “too sweet” and puckery at times. Tasted 11.2018.

Flavors: Sour, Strawberry, Sweet, Vanilla

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 0 sec 9 OZ / 266 ML

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1

Steeped 4 min. Out of the packet – bag smells sour, even “off.” Smells sour after steeping, tastes warm like it’s trying to be fruity. Definitely can isolate the rhubarb taste – net necessarily a good thing without the assistance of other flavors like berry helping it along. Tasted 11.2018

Flavors: Rhubarb, Sour

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec 9 OZ / 266 ML

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76

Last freebie from the San Francisco International Tea Festival.

So this is a proper British cup? Robust with dark wood, dark toast and malt. Hefty seems like a good way to describe how it feels in the mouth. Not too astringent but what is there only effects my tongue. Two bags in a big mug had with a waffle and berry breakfast is fueling a top-to-bottom cleaning of the bathroom and hanging of 6 loads of laundry on the clothesline. Pretty solid without milk and sugar but not something I’d go for often.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 16 OZ / 473 ML
gmathis

Nope, this one isn’t for the faint of heart!

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80

Accidentally brewed this one at low temp – I was trying to manage sixteen things at once and didn’t think to see if the kettle was /done/ before pouring the water over – but it doesn’t seem to have ruined it, thank heavens.

This tea is all smoke. There’s a rich, malty black tea underneath billowing flavour-clouds of that perfect Lapsang Souchong smoke…which is exactly what I wanted. 10 oz of it feels a bit excessive (this brew is usually a 6 oz cup for me) but for something to sip on while I wake up it’s a pretty good fit.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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65

What can you say about bagged chamomile?

It’s a decent chamomile bag. Fresh, not woody. On the Chamomile Flavor Spectrum®, this one lies more toward the earthy end than the apple end. Good enough to drink again.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 10 OZ / 295 ML
__Morgana__

That it loved Bach and the Beatles? LOL

derk

If only the teabag had told me its music preferences before I drank it out of existence, then I would have been inclined to rate it higher.

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I wasn’t feeling very well tonight as I have a head cold in full swing, so I decided to have some tea in hopes hat it would make me feel a little better. Whenever I’m feeling ill I try to have a steaming cup of tea to ease me, if only a little. I will say this tea has helped a little to alleviate the pressure (head colds are he WORST). Just being able to smell the smoky fragrance helps me feel better, though I’m not sure if it’s a placebo effect or if it is really helping lol

Flavors: Smoked, Wood

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I wasn’t originally a fan of smoky teas, however this one is oddly pleasant. The smokiness is not overwhelming and gives me a feeling of oneness with the its earthy, woodsy flavor. It is not sweet in the least so if that is your preference then this is not a tea you would enjoy.

Flavors: Smoked, Wood

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94

The third tea of the Platinum Collection.

This can be read about it on Taylors of Harrogate´s website :
“Love Assam? Meet one of the very best – a sumptuously rich, sweet and strong lightly rolled tea from the celebrated Halmari tea estate. It’s picked during a six week window during the second flush season and we’ve secured a small batch for the UK. It makes a bright russet infusion with aromas of honey and caramel and a beautifully malty flavour with hints of raspberry jam.”

This is indeed a lovely Assam, rich in taste and at 4´steeping time not a hint of bitterness to be felt. A drink to enjoy at any time of day, definitely moreish (if you can say this of a tea ;-) ). Maybe the better of the 3 teas in this collection of rare teas, at least in my opinion.

Flavors: Caramel, Malt

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 250 ML

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92

I had forgotten I hadn´t reviewed the other 2 teas I received in the Platinum Collection I had ordered from Taylors of Harrogate (of their range of rare teas and coffees).

Let me share what Taylors of Harrogate say about this tea :
“This is a collaboration between Taylors and the prestigious Imenti Tea Estate – in our view, the best black tea growers in Kenya. It’s Imenti’s first ever orthodox tea, delicately plucked and beautifully hand rolled, and the flavour is absolutely lip-smacking. It’s a sweet mouthful of biscuit and caramel, with a sublime orange blossom finish.”

In the first place, this is a Kenyan tea, which allows for a stronger backboned tea, in my opinion. I like this in a black tea, especially in one I normally take when waking up. I take my tea black, but I could understand other people preferring this tea with a cloud of milk. No need to add sugar to this tea either, as it naturally has a sweeter taste (must be the “biscuit and caramel” described above). I guess here it´s quite important to stick to the lower of the steeping times, as the tea does get bitter.

Flavors: Caramel, Orange Blossom, Tea

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 250 ML

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45

243/365

Last week was pretty busy for me (strangely, since I was actually on holiday!), so the next few notes are mostly just the bullet points I noted down while sipping on the tea or soon afterwards. I’m back at work today, sadly, and it feels all the worse for having been away. I’m still waiting for a contract for my new job, which has been a bit of a rollercoaster if I’m perfectly honest. I’m sure I’ll feel a lot better about things once I’m finally able to resign, and hopefully that’ll be soon. In the meantime, there’s tea!

So:

- This one smells gorgeous; really autumnal!
- Unfortunately, the flavour is mostly hibiscus; quite tart & sour.
- There’s a hint of red apple underlying, quite sharp & crisp. Definitely not floury/floral.
- Spicing is light, but pleasant. Vaguely reminiscent of pumpkin spice spices – cinnamon, clove, maybe a little ginger. Could be stronger.
- On the whole, not a favourite. It’s too similar to lots of other bagged fruit blends – too much hibi, and consequent sourness.
- Repeated sips begin to remind me of cherry tunes? Sweet/medicinal artificial cherry flavour.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp
mrmopar

I have been there too. Hope it all works out for you.

Scheherazade

Thanks :) I think it will eventually, but the waiting is painful!

mrmopar

Yes but sometimes perseverance has its rewards.

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81

Free sample which was included in the Platinum Collection I had ordered from Taylors of Harrogate.

Not a lot of information available on the sample pack, but online I can read : "Take the best Sri Lankan tea that money can buy – fresh, floral and gloriously lemony – and muddle it with the flavour of rhubarb, apple pieces and hibiscus. That’s Black Ruby: a mixed-up medley of fine winter harvest Ceylon and juicy, sweet-tart fruit infusion. Seriously refreshing.

Ingredients: Black tea, hibiscus, rosehips, sweet blackberry leaves, apple, natural flavourings, natural rhubarb flavourings (1%)."

Essentially a “black tea with rhubarb flavoured herbal blend” I´m quite impressed because for once hibiscus and rosehips don´t take over the subtleties of the black tea, but on the other hand the rhubarb isn´t very present either : as a matter of fact, I can only lightly discover it in the tea´s aroma. Overall a nice black tea, and while the flavourings don´t dominate, I still have the feeling it would´ve been better without them.

Flavors: Rhubarb

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 250 ML

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90

This is one of the rare teas Taylors of Harrogate offers online in its Discovery range. When browsing through the teas and coffees of this range, I decided to try the “Platinum Collection”, a collection of 3 black teas. Moreover, this “Three Kings” is a blend of a Darjeeling, an Assam and a Kenyan black tea, bringing out the best of both, no, three ;-) worlds. Not overwhelmingly fragrant, but brewed for 4 minutes the result is very balanced. Maybe missing the wow factor I recently experienced with other teas, but a very solid blend indeed! Complex taste but will need further tasting to define all flavours.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 250 ML

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84

According to the pundits I am not supposed to like this tea because A. It’s decaffeinated and B. It comes in a tea bag. Another Steepster reviewer called this tea “bland and tasteless” but I disagree!

Decaf tea does have a bad rep, and with good reason. Most ARE bland and flavorless. The decaf process has simply leached the flavor out and replaced it with hints of chemicals. So I was very surprised by Yorkshire decaffinated. There is plenty of flavor here and good body to enhance the drinking experience. The flavor is malty with hints of camphor that result in a woody flavor that remind me of how freshly sawn red wood smells. I don’t mean “pencil shavings” but an earthy, almost spicy, taste.

This is my first experience with British blended teas and frankly, I am smitten! After my first cup I found myself craving the flavor the next day. I have not tried the cafinated version yet but if it is ever more flavorful than the decaf, I didn’t buy enough!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 15 sec 12 OZ / 354 ML

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