223 Tasting Notes

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drank Earl Grey by Ridgways
223 tasting notes

Just had another cup, and weirdly, I could taste liquorice. This isn’t a good thing – I really don’t like liquorice.

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I steeped this tea for 3 and a half minutes with boiling water and used 2 teaspoons for a 6-cup pot.

The dry leaves were fruity-smelling and i was really looking forward to tasting it, but when the tea was brewed, I couldn’t smell anything the taste of my first cup was bland and boring, with a very bitter aftertaste.

For my next cup, I added a little cinnamon to sweeten it a little. This usually works for blacks, but in this case it didn’t really help and there was no difference in the taste – I was kind of hoping that the cinnamon would bring out the flavour of the tea, but no such luck.

On to the third cup, with milk and sugar added. A little better, but the milk doesn’t really do anything for the tea.

Fourth and final cup. Just sugar. Much better. Still not fabulous, but not awful. And I had such high hopes for this tea….

I will refrain from rating this tea now, but I will play around with the steeping parameters tomorrow and see if i can’t make this tea better.

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drank Earl Grey by Ridgways
223 tasting notes

I just got given 7 cases of this from a friend (I have no idea how or why she got that much) and I don’t really know what to do with it. It would be ok if it were a nice tea, but I don’t really like it. It is very, very strongly scented and adding milk and/or sugar doesn’t make this any better. Its a bit of a shame really, because I’m quite partial to Earl Greys.

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I’d send you a message but I can’t unless you’re following me.. If you still have some of this, I would take some off your hands! I’m drinking some other tea from Ridgways and I’d love to try more.

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I’m fast running out of this tea. I’m a little sad, because every time I drink this tea I love it a little bit more.

I notice a slightly fruity aroma both before and after steeping. The tea produces a lovely reddish-gold liquid it looks really nice in my favourite teacup.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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63

Brewed again, but this time a few minutes longer. This time much better, I think. The vanilla was less overpowering this time and it was fairly well balanced..

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec

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63

Hmm. The scent of this is nice, vanilla-ry but not overdone. However, when I brewed this I could not really taste the actual tea, only the vanilla, which was very sweet. Could have done with a stronger base than ceylon.

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drank Mango by Whittard of Chelsea
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Very sweet but I don’t think it tastes very natural. Very forgiving though – I steeped this for ages by accident and it didn’t get bitter or lose any of its sweetness.

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec

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Hmmm. When I opened the package, the smell was very strong but when brewed it lost almost all of this scent and I could really only taste the white tea. I am going to hold off rating this one until I had it a few more times.

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69

Received this as a free sample from Clipper. I found this slightly bitter but with a bit of honey it is really nice. Not something I would drink everyday, but good for if you want something quick.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 15 sec

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drank Sleep Easy by Clipper
223 tasting notes

I was a bit wary of this tea because it smelled very cinnamony and I was afraid it was going to be too strong, but the flavour was suprisingly delicate and well balanced. I also left it a bit lobger than I should have, but it did not detract from the flavour at all. This tea is one I will be drinking regularly

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