508 Tasting Notes

69

A really good bagged black tea, probably the best of the supermarket teas. Doesn’t get bitter. I know women who make a pot of this, drink some while it’s hot, leave the bags in and then microwave subsequent servings — and it’s still decent. Not too much Assam, so other flavours play out. Not fancy, but not to be despised, either.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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50

My first-ever tea, steeped strong, with evaporated milk added. My parents still keep King Cole in their kitchen. Malty. Hoo boy, is it ever malty. Sta-RONG. Can get bitter, but forgives a longish steep. I drink it plain these days, when I have it, which is not often. Sentimental favourite, though. Not fancy but certainly dependable. More robust than Red Rose, and miles better than Tetley.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec

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80

Sweet, a bit chocolate-y, a bit marzipan-ish. Tastes a bit like flavoured coffee smells. I don’t taste either coffee or tea, but something delicious. It gets better with each sip.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec
Michelle Butler Hallett

Oops — forgot to mention: I got this as a sample with an order from David’sTea.

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68

Gets bitter fast, probably because the green tea base is not the best. But I want that jasmine hit, ooh baby, want it baaaaddd … can’t find a happy medium for steeping this one.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 15 sec
Dorothy

That is really hot for green tea. You should try it again at around 80 °C. If it’s still bitter, try steeping for only a minute or two at the most.

Michelle Butler Hallett

Oops, my bad on the temp. Thanks for that.

Michelle Butler Hallett

Must get me one of those adjustable kettles some day.

Dorothy

I just use an extra digital meat thermometer. An adjustable kettle would be even better of course. I have to get one of those sometime!

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80

Sharp, minty and a bit fruity. Quite a different fusion. I feel creative after drinking it just because of the creativity that went into it. Needs a really long steep to get all the flavour.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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98

An excellent and truly different mint tea. I love the wintergreen and orange.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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100

Peppery and welcoming. Clears my mind. No bitterness. Very clean. An excellent Yunnan.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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84

A really good blended bagged Darjeeling. Makes excellent iced tea. Does not get bitter. Sharp and snappy with some muscatel and astringency. Much better than many alleged Darjeelings on the supermarket shelves. (Twinings, I’m glaring at you.) Utterly dependable. One of my go-to teas.

Also forgives a long steep.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 45 sec

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74

Clean and packed with caffeine. Forgives a long steep. Hardly a delicate or fancy tea, but delicious and dependable.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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63

Lime. Just lime. Incredibly refreshing if you have a cold and might even aid recovery the morning after a hard night. But know this: LIME. In all its overpowering and possessive glory. Caveat drinker.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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Writer and tea fiend. Author of DELUDED YOUR SAILORS, SKY WAVES, DOUBLE-BLIND, and THE SHADOW SIDE OF GRACE.

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

Oolongs and blacks are my favourites.

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