Taylors of Harrogate

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33

Meh…. reminds me of tea I can get in a mid range hotel. Not bad and will do in a pinch but definitely not something I would reach for on a daily basis.

This appears to be my last bag of these, which means someone else in the house has been drinking it. It has a cloudy feel as I drink it.

Flavors: Sweet, Thick, Woody

derk

Sounds like it’s a good thing somebody’s been pilfering it :P

Jen vB

My tea tends to be “shared” when someone is short on coffee

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33

This is one of the last in the sampler I received at Christmas. I kind of knew going in to this mug that it might not be for me. As I’ve said before, I’m not a fan of things that are malty. Definitely a strong malt taste and bitter aftertaste. Steeped for just under the recommended 5 minutes. I think if I was to drink this again, I definitely would try doctoring it with some milk and honey. The rest of these bags will be tucked into the “rest of the family can try” drawer.

Flavors: Bitter, Malt

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70

I am shocked and appalled with myself that I haven’t left a review on this tea yet, since it is a favorite cupboard staple. I was sure that I had… but upon searching my Steepster.txt file of tasting notes, it was the “red box” Yorkshire Tea that I had reviewed. I know some people have a clear preference for one over the other, but I like both!

Using this for the sipdown prompt “Tea from a British company.”

Steeped, this tea has such a quintessential aroma of autumn leaves and spices. To taste, it is bold with more of an astringent bite than I typically care for (I even shortened my steep time compared to my typical for blacks, but I guess I need to shorten it more!). However, that astringency does make this ideal for “British style” milk-and-sugar tea. I get a strong maltiness mixed with autumn leaf pile, a dash of cinnamon, and a faint citrusy aftertaste.

While I don’t normally sweeten tea, a drizzle of honey worked wonders on the astringency of the cup, and after that I decided to go sans milk. But I may make a latte in the future.

I love this stuff to make sweet iced tea during the warm months!

Flavors: Astringent, Autumn Leaf Pile, Biting, Cinnamon, Citrus, Lemon, Malt

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 350 ML

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40

I absolutely adore how this smells while steeping. The citrus scent is very enticing. Used boiling water and steeped for 4.5 minutes. While sipping it, I am reminded of Tang, the powdered drink mix of astronauts and cold weather camping trips of my childhood. At the same time, I find a bitter after taste. Added a honey spoon and the bitterness was dulled but the citrus remained.

Tried a second steep after reading another tasting note. The citrus scent was dulled and the bitterness as well. Honestly, it ended up just being a bland cup of tea the second time around.

Flavors: Bitter, Citrus, Lemon, Orange, Tangy

Preparation
4 min, 30 sec

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33

Black, Malty, and Strong… just as it said on the box.

Not a fan though. Probably because I’m not a huge fan of the malt taste.

I think I’ll pass this off to the spouse. He might like this one but it’s not for me.

Flavors: Malt

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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70

I’m sipping this while the weather has it’s annual battle of winter vs spring. We’ve had seriously scary high winds, 60+ degree days, and now it’s snowing and 30*. Tomorrow back up to the 50*s.
There is no doubt that this is peppermint tea. The tea bag from the foil has a strong scent. Steeping, you could smell it through the kitchen. It has a nice warm smooth feel. Perhaps a tiny bit oily but not unpleasant. If you’re looking for peppermint, this tea does not lie.

Flavors: Peppermint

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec
Mastress Alita

Sounds exactly like the weather here. 50s one day, 2" of snow the next. I’m over it!

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43

More from my Christmas tea bag sampler. I tend to like to drink greens mid afternoon for a pick me up. After spending the day arguing with our heating system (I think I won) I decided to warm up with some tea.

I do like the Jasmine in this tea. I think I would like this even more if it was loose leaf. Not sure I’d buy it for myself but if it was offered in a restaurant or at a friend’s, I would have it with no complaint.

Flavors: Jasmine

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 45 sec
gmathis

Ooh! I have one little bag of this—I have no idea where it came from—in my office with a temperamental (oh, who am I kidding? it’s downright schizophrenic) heating system. Tomorrow may be a perfect day to sample it!

Jen vB

Magic Office Tea! I have a few of those random teas in my lunch bag.

gmathis

We pretty much have a tea buffet in my office and the one next door—a lot of snitching and sampling back and forth, although my preferences are usually deemed weird, “old lady tea,” or “smells like aftershave.”

Jen vB

That sounds fabulous! I’m a consultant and travel throughout the region. So my office is in my car. I wonder if I could set up a mobile tea station in the trunk. Not that I get much time to drink tea at work.

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71
drank Earl Grey by Taylors of Harrogate
91 tasting notes

Another kid in close contact quarantine and day care is closed for 2 weeks, so I’m drinking tea for my sanity. This is my 3rd cup of the day which is unusual for me at this time. Part of the sampler that was gifted to me at Christmas and I’ve tried most of the sampler.

This is a bagged tea. I’ve recently grown to like EGs now that I’ve found some good ones. I think this is a decent one to serve to others and I don’t need to hide it away for myself. A nice citrus and bergamot taste. I like the smell of this one while steeping.

Flavors: Bergamot, Citrus

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75

I picked this up at TJ Max this afternoon. I wasn’t expecting to snag anything during our outing, but naturally, any lover of tea will find the excuse to try a new tea. My wife was more eager about this than I was because she loves lemonade, but the rose grabbed my attention.

I brewed it hot with two bags in a 16oz cup. Sweet lemonade with a touch of rose. I am going to add to the cold brew pile and see if it’ll be less intense. I do like it, but it’s a tad sweet.

Flavors: Lemon, Rose

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec
ashmanra

I liked this one! Only had a sample but would love to get a box or two for summer iced tea.

Mastress Alita

Hmm, I would never think of going to a TJ Maxx for tea! I may have to go look for this…

MadHatterTeaReview

ashmanra—I would’ve purchased a second box if there was another available. It’ll definitely make a nice cup of iced tea.

Mastress Alita—There aren’t always the best teas, but there are moments when they do have some fun finds! I was fortunate to stumble upon this one :)

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100

A staple for me, with oat milk and a tsp of sugar. One of the many things that reminds me of home. On my second(!) bag of 1200 teabags. I haven’t tried the loose leaf version but I’m sure it’s just as good, if not better.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 14 OZ / 400 ML

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50

One of my Daisy GS gifted me a sampler box for Christmas. It was very unexpected and so sweet of her family to think of me (I need to write that Thank you!). After a long day of post Christmas meltdowns with the littles, some wine and now some Chamomile are in order.

Apparently, this is the #1 Best Seller for Tea Samplers on Amazon (evil empire). The price point is decent. I’ve never heard of this company (I seem to say that quite a bit) and glad for the chance to try something new!

So this is the first tea bag I’ve used out of the sampler, the tea bag was ripped when I took it out of the foil. Did I do it? Maybe. But I was just checking out reviews online and others have reported this. Hmmm

The tea it self makes me feel like a comfy blanket is being wrapped around me. Perhaps the wine is helping that or maybe it is the actual comfy blanket on my lap. But I’m going to say all three (wine, blanket, and tea) have helped to relax me.

I would/will drink this chamomile again (likely without a prior wine course) and have a better sense of the tea. It seems to be an okay chamomile tea with nothing exciting to it.

Flavors: Chamomile

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 15 sec
gmathis

Kid gifts are pretty special!

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79

Very nice for breakfast. Good strong flavor. Not much else required to describe this one. Definitely approve.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 18 OZ / 532 ML
gmathis

I’ve never had them in a nose-to-nose taste test, but I believe I like the plain old red-ribbon better than I like Yorkshire Gold. Either is absolutely appropriate with milk on a groggy morning!

Mastress Alita

I like both!

CJBaker

I did them side by side in 6oz 195*F water for 5 minutes to see since I have both. I suspect it could go either way for most. I felt the gold has rounder flavors from whatever blend they are using, while the red seemed more substantial. Then I mixed them together with some milk and sugar and thought that was excellent as well.

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80

I had this cooled today. I had a light breakfast and needed a little something later so I made this double strength, added a small bit of sugar, a couple ice cubes to drop the temp, and then a couple tablespoons of cream bringing it up to a 12oz portion.

Yummy!

I’m not usually into adding sugar, milk, etc. So it’s always a nice treat.

I drank it too fast to properly review. I guess it was good!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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80

I am really enjoying this stuff at breakfast. It falls on the side of a strong tea, yet quite mellow. The taste is more earthy than malty yet still delivers a satisfying strong black tea feel. I actually find it fun to drink as it’s just a bit of a surprise, really, and has a lovely taste in my opinion.

Flavors: Earth, Malt

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 18 OZ / 532 ML

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75

A pleasantly strong breakfast tea which I find thoroughly enjoyable. I am a bit of a fan of Taylor’s and love Yorkshire. This is definitely worthy of sampling if you like strong black tea blends.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 18 OZ / 532 ML

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gmathis

:) Beautifully captured! (I’ve tried this, too.)

Mastress Alita

Their Yorkshire Gold is solid, though.

gmathis

I’ve never done a side-by-side, but I think I like the plain old un-Gold Yorkshire a little better, but now I can’t remember why.

Mastress Alita

I buy Yorkshire Gold, but if it isn’t available I’m never unhappy with redbox Yorkshire either. Not sure if I can tell the difference either.

Evol Ving Ness

Apathy in a bag! Omg, I need to write this down and borrow it on occasion.

Too bad. Jasmine green tea when done right is a glorious thing.

Martin Bednář

I was checking them other day and not sure if they do other teas than Yorkshire Gold anymore. I am not sure though!

Leafhopper

LOL! Short and to the point. :)

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69

Strong version of a breakfast tea, if you want to hit yourself hard with tannin go for it. Strongest one I’ve tried so far.
Not surprising or unique but ok, you may want to brew it with more water than usual

Flavors: Astringent

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 g 8 OZ / 225 ML

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Had to try this one from the tea box. It tasted sort of watery and not great hot, but I also gave it a rather short steep, like I do with most black teas. I added milk and drank it cold, and it tasted kind of like cookies. It’s a mild black tea, but enjoyable. I can see why this one is so popular!

Mastress Alita

Yorkshire and Yorkshire Gold are my go-to for a bagged breakfast tea.

AJRimmer

I was pleasantly pleased! If I drank caffeinated teas more often, I might consider keeping some around.

gmathis

I like this version better than Yorkshire Gold. Good, sturdy stuff.

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74

There is a vlogger I follow that seems to really love this tea. Not a tea vlogger, but someone who more recently got into tea. So, I’m not going to take her too seriously, but this sounded like something I needed to try. It’s also called “Malty Biscuit”, and it’s a flavored black, comes in tea bags, not loose. Take all this together, and I think what we have here is a “fun tea.” Not something that you’d spend time analyzing flavors, color, consistency, etc. Just boil some water, pour over tea bag in a mug and wait 5 minutes. Pour some milk in there and done.

And I have to say, it’s tasty. Comforting. Easy to like. I can definitely detect the tea biscuit in there – more like the cracker-y, cookie-like things rather than a tea biscuit/scone. I’ve been having a mug of it with breakfast, but I can see having it in the afternoon for a little mood and energy boost. Seeing as how it’s not that readily available here in the US – other than a couple of specialty stores that had outrageously high prices – I ended up ordering it through the evil Amazon empire. I really wanted to try it.

The price kind of bugs me – 12 bucks for 40 tea bags. I mean, not too bad, but not great. Besides, I have Cookie from Lupicia, which is different, but satisfies my baked good jones like no other. I mean, Cookie is the most amazing flavored black I’ve ever had. So, maybe I would get this tea again IF I ever see it around (Home Goods, maybe?), but not sure I’d go out of my way to order it again. It’s good, but not Cookie good.

Flavors: Bread, Cookie, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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72

Very pleasant red berry flavor, not too sour from hibiscus. A solid, fruity entry.

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The book I was reading last night has a character who just moved to The States from England and she was drinking Yorkshire tea which made me instantly want a cup. So this morning I decided to make a cup of Yorkshire Gold. I’ve never tried just the plain Yorkshire Teabags though. I added a bit of soymilk to the cup and it paired perfectly. This really hit the spot today it’s such a classic tea and was delicious. It’s funny how you forget how good a breakfast tea can be. I don’t reach for this one nearly as much as I should. Into the tea focus pile, it goes!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML
Mastress Alita

This is my favorite bagged breakfast tea!

gmathis

I remember remarking once that I liked the plain old Yorkshire variety better than the Yorkshire Gold, though for the life of me, I can’t remember why. A side-by-side would be fun.

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