1 bag per 250mL water, bare.

So I tried this tea at a hospital cafeteria yesterday morning, thinking it simply had to be better than the ubiquitous-in-Newfoundland Tetley. (At least the Tetley bags available were the indidivually sealed ones, which do taste marginally better than the bags in the big box.) Not just Lipton tea, oh no, but Sir Thomas Lipton Tea. And not just “tea,” either, but a “robust” English Breakfast. Made from Northern Indian and Kenyan teas, sez the packet.

Ye gods.

Not even fannings but tea dust. Okay, I need to expect that. But no flavour! It was mean tea. Thin. Even after 5 minutes. Stingy. So astringent as to be almost sour. And no malt notes. No “tea” taste.

Couldn’t get more than one quarter of the way in before I tossed it.

I’d have been better off with Tetley.

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Writer and tea fiend. Author of DELUDED YOUR SAILORS, SKY WAVES, DOUBLE-BLIND, and THE SHADOW SIDE OF GRACE. New novel this March called THIS MARLOWE.

I prefer straight teas but will try almost anything … so long as it’s not tainted with hibiscus. I loathe hibiscus.

Floral oolong and complex black teas are my favourites.


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