For me, too malty, too sharp, too heavy … though, oddly, if you steep it to death, it develops sweet notes. I will drink it if nothing else is available, and I’ll drink it and like it if visiting a friend and this is what they have. My biggest problem with Tetley is how I associate with being hospitalized. A covered cup of warm water and a Tetley tea bag would come up on the tray, and I would steep the Tetley a good 15 minutes and then knock it back, trying to get a clearer head and fight back the stupid-making effects of pain meds.

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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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