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Flavors: Biting, Bitter, Fruity, Sour

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Strong jasmine aroma with solid straw notes of green tea.
Slight astringency, slight bitterness, straw, hay.
Not bad, not especially good. Just drinkable.

Flavors: Hay, Jasmine, Straw

Preparation
4 g 11 OZ / 330 ML

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Strong fruity aroma, quite natural in fact, a bit of sourness, a bit of honey and hard candies.
And it’s relatively pleasant in taste as far as the big company bagged teas go. It has some underlying maltiness, nice fruity notes, slight sweetness and sourness.

Flavors: Candy, Fruity, Honey, Honeysuckle, Malt, Passion Fruit, Pleasantly Sour, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 g 8 OZ / 250 ML

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93
drank Dilmah Ranwatte by Dilmah
3 tasting notes

Delicate aromatic high-growth. Lingering and mellow flavor with notes of eucalyptus
and mint.

Flavors: Eucalyptus, Mint

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 15 sec 3 tsp 4 OZ / 110 ML

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93
drank Dilmah Ranwatte by Dilmah
3 tasting notes

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drank Mango & Strawberry by Dilmah
319 tasting notes

Equal amount of strawberries and mango in aroma.
Very fruity, slightly sweet taste.
Nothing special, but not bad for a bagged tea.

Flavors: Mango, Strawberry, Sweet

Preparation
2 g 10 OZ / 300 ML

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drank Dilmah Medawatte by Dilmah
1139 tasting notes

I am still alive, just went for two days visit my friend in different region, we hiked about 20 km in the mountains (in one day). Pretty nice days.

I got this tea bag in “big bags section”, so it is probably quite old.

“Watte means Estate, Medameans Mid” — that’s what they claim on back side of tea bags.
Mid Grown (2000-3000 feet altitude)
Another statements: “Strong, pungent & full-bodied. In the style of a Shiraz!”

I don’t recall drinking Shiraz wine, but whatever. Tea brewws dark mahogany colour, celar and strong tannic aroma. Tea itself isn’t much different. It’s quite tannic, but as well nicely malty, strong taste and overall very “tea like”. Not very complex in taste, but caffeine booster for sure (I need it though). And overall nice and enjoyable. Fresh would be better.

Flavors: Malt, Tannic, Tea

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 30 sec 10 OZ / 300 ML
ashmanra

I think Shiraz might be the name of a wine flavored iced cream Youngest had in…Poland? Somewhere? She loved it, whatever kind it was! Maybe Youngest will check in and let us know!

Good to see you back!

ashmanra

Oops. Nope. She says the ice cream was Malaga ice cream. I was wrong!

derk

Shiraz is called Syrah here in California. Maybe you’ve had Syrah? Also if you change the g to k in that ice cream, you get a fun Greek word.

White Antlers

@derk-The Brits would call that a ‘tosser.’ lol

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drank Yata Watte by Dilmah
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I got this tea bag in “big bags section”, so it is probably quite old.

“Watte means Estate, Yata means Low” — that’s what they claim on back side of tea bags.
Low Grown (upto 1000 feet altitude)
Another statements: “Heavy, robust & deep in colour. In the style of a Cabernet Sauvignon!”

I guess it is right again (see https://steepster.com/Martin-CZE/posts/401794 ). It is heavy and robust, and very deep brown colour. But something is missing in the flavour profile. It was nice, malty tea, but somehow too strong. I like really malty teas, but here were some metallic aftertaste as well and it was quite drying and astringent.

Maybe it is age, maybe it is tea-dust in a tea bag. If I don’t have lots of black teas in my cupboard (and actually lots of teas), I would look for some Ceylon teas. Teakruthi? Probably.

Flavors: Astringent, Drying, Malt, Metallic

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec 10 OZ / 300 ML

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drank Dilmah Udawatte by Dilmah
1139 tasting notes

I got this tea bag in “big bags section”, newest tasting notes are 7 years old…. so it is that old?

I don’t know how to you make formatting here guys, but I will do my best even without it.

“Watte means Estate, Uda means High” — that’s what they claim on back side of tea bags.
Another statements: “Full-bodied, rounded & refreshing. In the style of a Pinot Noir!”

And although it is apparently only dust in the bag (unfortunately, not a loose leaf version), it was exactly what they wrote on the bag. It was full-bodied, round and refreshing.

Yes, it was very mild in taste, quite tannic and malty, but with cocoa notes somehow. And even those flavour are considered quite rough – it was rather mellow. To be honest, it reminded me bit Yellow Label from Lipton but without that artificial extract from tea leaves. But this tea don’t deserve comparing with Lipton.

It was fresh even ages from produce. Foil bags indeed make even old tea tasty… it doesn’t rot or just weak at all.

Indeed tasty tea, full-bodied. I just really enjoyed this morning cup.

Flavors: Chocolate, Malt, Tannic

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec 14 OZ / 400 ML

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drank Earl Grey by Dilmah
97 tasting notes

I’ve had the Dilmah breakfast tea often, because I picked some up when I was in Sri Lanka a few years ago. Recently I went over to a friend’s house who pushed some on me and I was like “I already have this.” But now that I got home, I realize it’s the earl grey, and I in fact, have not had that before. Loving it! Just good tea.

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drank Caramel by Dilmah
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I used to really like this tea some time ago, but I haven’t had it for a couple of years.
It has a very strong caramel aroma (obviously), not an artificial one, reminding me a bit of butterscotch candies.
The taste is mellow, caramelly, like melted toffee, with malty undertones in the background.
Very easy-going, warming tea, although I have too much experience now to enjoy it as much as before.

Flavors: Butterscotch, Caramel, Malt, Toffee

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 g 10 OZ / 300 ML

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drank Premium by Dilmah
2 tasting notes

Cheap and widely available in office pantries. The taste is fine, with hints of nuttiness after adding milk, but I usually use two bags steeped forever to make a decent cup that doesn’t look like lower course river water.

Flavors: Nutty, Tea

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 7 OZ / 200 ML

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drank Earl Grey by Dilmah
1139 tasting notes

Received one tea bag from Postcrossing again. It is nice to receive different tea bags and more over, they are sometimes new for my collection. Not this one, but Dilmah – IMO quite good brand for Ceylon teas, especially for tea bags.

I even heard a interview with founder of this brand:
https://www.ceskatelevize.cz/porady/1093836883-na-plovarne/6286-episodes-in-english/5134-dilhan-c-fernando-english-version/

I hope it will work and I hope it is not geoblocked. Otherwise, you have to use VPN to Czech Republic. The interview is very nice and enjoyable with cup of Ceylon tea.

Ah, why I am studying logistics and not marketing. Hihi.

Okay, the tea:
The tea brews really dark, cloudy black colour with aromas of bergamot peel and citruses. I steeped it for “minimal time”, as said, so, it was only 3 minutes. It turned out perfect. Tea base was mild, but noticable; full of flavour. On the other hand the bergamot part of this tea was highly aromatic, but in taste it was well pronouced and together it worked very well. Nothing was too strong and I think longer steeping time would make it worse and it would turn bitter.

Refreshing morning tea! I have to rate it unexpectably high, because, for tea bag, oh boy, it is great.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 15 sec 14 OZ / 400 ML

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Hey all. Sorry for the extended absence. My mood has been really down lately, and I haven’t bought new tea in awhile, so there hasn’t been anything new to review.

All that being said, when my parents went on vacation, they brought back four teabags. Two of this, and two chamomile from the same brand. Today, I am trying the peppermint.

Ok, For starters, I brewed this a minute more than it said. I like a good strong herbal, and I thought it might help. However, upon tasting the result, it was hella bitter. So I opted for a single stevia (I’m at the parents house, they don’t have splenda). It made it taste marginally better. It’s certainly minty – which it should be for supposedly containing nothing but peppermint leaf. Yup I can totally tell that is peppermint. It actually, with the stevia, tastes remarkably like one of those red and white peppermint candies that grandma used to horde. I can handle that. I like those.

Overall, I would say this is a decent peppermint tea. Taken straight, it is bitter, but with a touch of sweetener, it has a lovely peppermint candy flavor. Not bad at all.

Flavors: Peppermint

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 12 OZ / 354 ML
LuckyMe

Welcome back! Always good to see old Steepsterites return to action

Kittenna

Glad to see you back! Peppermint tea is very much not my thing, but you’ve made this sound oddly appealing. Probably because I also have a fondness for those silly candies.

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drank English Breakfast by Dilmah
163 tasting notes

I found a couple of bags of this and went ahead and brewed some up to have in…a latte! My handheld milk foamer broke a couple weeks ago so now I have a manual one which I’m loving. I can warm the milk directly on the stove and pump it a couple of time and have really great foam. Regular milk just won’t do. Anyway, added my milk and sugar and was pretty happy with it. Just a slightly malty black tea that’s pretty nice. I’m guessing it will make a pretty good iced black tea as well. I’m going to enjoy the couple of bags I have of this.

Flavors: Malt

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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drank Prince of Kandy by Dilmah
97 tasting notes

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drank Prince of Kandy by Dilmah
97 tasting notes

I think if I would remember to try it in the afternoon, this would be, as advertised, a very good late afternoon tea. It’s a bit lighter in flavor than I generally enjoy, and certainly need for the morning.

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drank Prince of Kandy by Dilmah
97 tasting notes

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drank Peach & Lychee by Dilmah
319 tasting notes

Fruity, sweetish aroma.
Taste dominated by lychee, with peach more in the background, but the fruity notes are balanced with the base black malty tea.
Soothing, warming, not bad.

Flavors: Fruity, Lychee, Malt, Peach

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 g 8 OZ / 250 ML

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drank Peach & Lychee by Dilmah
319 tasting notes

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drank Strawberry by Dilmah
2900 tasting notes

Day 1 of my homemade advent calendar: strawberry teas

I found this tea to taste artificial, but not like chemical/undrinkable strawberry candy artificial. More like the processed strawberry flavour in strawberry flavoured jello/pastries/pie glaze. So…not really artificial but more “not fresh” I guess. The black tea only barely came though. I think my teabag was fairy old and had lost some flavour.

Flavors: Artificial, Fruity, Red Fruits, Strawberry

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drank Ceylon Tea with Peach by Dilmah
2900 tasting notes

I drank this with a splash of vanilla soy milk. The black tea is fairly plain, a bit tannic, but the peach flavouring is decent. It is quite flavourful. I got this teabag for free from a breakfast buffet, so I’m not complaining. I knew a bagged flavoured ceylon wouldn’t be amazing. xD It makes for an interesting cup and now I can say I’ve tried it.

Flavors: Fruity, Peach, Tannic

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 45 sec

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Great tea! I’m not sure if it’s indeed caramel that it tastes like, but it is good nevertheless.

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Strongish, good and reassuring. Nothing special mind you, but in the price bracket I think it’s well worth at least trying.

Flavors: Peach, Pear

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