Well, if nothing else this week away from my regular posse of tea-homeys has made me more aware of how much I like teas which are bold and in your face with flavor. None of the English Garden varieties I’ve tried this week have been terrible, but they’ve really been wallflowers in terms of personality. Perhaps this company is trying to cater to the lowest common denominator tastes of the hotel trade – that’s how their website and packaging makes it look. Unfortunately, by trying hard not to offend anyone they’ve ended up being more than a wee bit unexciting. Take this Lemon Tea for example – they say it’s “bursting with a fresh and zesty citrus tang”, but all I’m getting is some lemon essence combined with an unremarkable black tea.
One more to try at tomorrow’s breakfast, and then it’s back home to a tea cupboard full of old friends and new.