516 Tasting Notes

66

Solid and robust. Very good for a bagged tea. Deliciously malty. Can get bitter. Not fancy, but nothing to sneer at, either.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Bel27

Your budget is very similar to mine

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9

Probably the worst alleged Darjeeling I’ve ever tasted. Very disappointing. No muscatel. Just stale, weak tea.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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55
drank Assam by Twinings
516 tasting notes

Lovely aroma, but it gets bitter quicky.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 45 sec

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70

An old favourite. Intriguing blend. Not one bit malty. Loose is better than bagged.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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14

Meh. Some honey scent and taste. Zero Darjeeling taste.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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19

Unbalanced. Too sweet. Not enough white tea in the blend to notice. Hollow.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 45 sec
Beckara

I’ve never really had a Celestial Seasonings tea that I’ve particularly cared for.

Michelle Butler Hallett

I must have spent hundred of dollars over a fifteen-year period trying to find a CS tea I really liked. They all sound good on the box. Most of them smell okay, if not fab. But the taste never lives up to the smell. Two exceptions, both discontinued: Emperor’s Choice and Mandarin Spice. The MS needed an absurdly long steep to taste like anything — hello, tealight under the teapot — but once it got there, oh yum.

Beckara

I do love the fact that the only two teas that were really any good end up being the ones that are discontinued!

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9

A mistake. Why, oh WHY would one batter Darjeeling with a flavour as heavy as mango? Ceylon and mango, maybe. Assam and mango, sure.

And a fakish mango flavour at that.

Makes me wonder, looking back, if the Darjeeling in the blend was a bad quality.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 45 sec

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70

Oh, how I miss this one. Looked weak in the cup, but the snappy ginseng gave me a lift. Could get bitter is steeped too long.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec

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82

Tastes a bit like kuchika, a bit like chicory, a bit like roasted mate. Properly prepared — 10-15 minutes of covered steeping — it delivers a decent diuertic action that can help any PMS bloat, and, despite its odd taste, this tisane does soothe. I’ve only ever tried it plain, no milk or sugar. Definitely a medicinal tea.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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35

Weak, even after a long steep — stingy amount of leaves in the bag. Mildly diuertic, and the rooibos will help one re-balance, but hardly a serious detox. I’d suggest brewing up your favourite loose rooibos instead and knocking back a good potful.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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

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