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drank Tetley Tea Bag by Tetley
73 tasting notes

This is the UK version – I’ve experienced the difference in tea sold in the US and in Ireland and the UK!

I have this every morning and afternoon – 2 tea bags in the pot, 5 minutes’ steeping, bunch of (soy) milk and I’m alive. It’s not great in itself, but is much better than most of the supermarket teas that you can afford to drink in quantity. Most of those are too weak for me, with the occasional strong but bitter type.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
cteresa

I don´t know about if there are differences between Tetley UK and Tetley Portugal, maybe, but the blue box Tetley was my grandmother´s tea, the only tea I grew up with. I still love it. I think I love Ceylon teas because of it.

cteresa

and btw, hi!

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cteresa

I don´t know about if there are differences between Tetley UK and Tetley Portugal, maybe, but the blue box Tetley was my grandmother´s tea, the only tea I grew up with. I still love it. I think I love Ceylon teas because of it.

cteresa

and btw, hi!

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I’ve been drinking tea pretty much all my life, allowing for the fact that there probably was no tea in my baby-bottles. I gave it up twice, once when a then-boyfriend sneered at me for being addicted (okay, I was, but I was also stubborn enough to bear a week of the blinding headaches and overwhelming exhaustion that followed cold-turkey withdrawal), and once on my first pregnancy. Neither experience gave me any reason to believe a life without tea is a good life.

Having spent most of my younger days in Ireland, where tea is everywhere, and mostly it’s decent, I whined my way across the States in the 80s and first half of the 90s. Now back in Dublin, and the tea situation is a bit mixed, but there’s the internet to provide what nearby shops don’t!

I started drinking green and white teas as well as my staple black a good few years ago now, but have recently decided I need to LEARN something more about tea than the little I know.

My likes:
- strong black tea blends; some flavoured blacks, such as Earl Grey and a small (but growing) number of other fruit and flower-flavoured ones; and chai. (For some daft reason, I feel like a tea fraud drinking sweet chai at home, though I’ll happily drink it out.)

- Chinese greens (may update this when I’ve learned enough to be more specific); some flavoured greens, especially if they’re made by the fabulous Yumchaa; Genmaicha; getting to like Sencha, as long as it’s not too bitter.

- White tea, pretty much as long as it’s good quality, I like it. Some flavoured ones are nice, though it’s easy to overpower the more delicate taste of white.

- Rooibos, which I know, I know, isn’t properly ‘tea’. (As above for Yumchaa flavoured rooibos – some of my favourites.)

Dislikes:
- Any black tea made by someone who doesn’t know you need BOILING WATER. (See above about the Whining Years.)

- Hibiscus in fruit-flavoured teas. Looks so pretty! Tastes so awful!

I’m working on trying to like Hojicha, which isn’t going too well yet. Jane Pettigrew describes it as “biscuity”, but unless she’s eaten a lot of cigarette-flavoured biscuits in her time, I don’t get it.

- Aniseed in spiced teas. (Just discovered this one for the dislike list today, in an otherwise-tasty chai. Don’t like the tongue-numbing effect.)

Indecisive, despite being opinionated – okay, very opinionated – so may just add notes rather than rating.

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