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22 Tasting Notes

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This is a very nice Redbush with a nice enough vanilla flavour. Thankfully this flavouring isn’t overpowering or overly artificial tasting. Doesn’t quite knock the Lord Nelson Vanilla Redbush from it’s top spot but it’s a very comfortable runner up.

A nice all round tea that is perfect if you wan’t to relax with a hot drink and avoid the caffeine buzz

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 45 sec

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35

Now having had plain Chamomile and not really enjoying it, it did come as a bit of a shock to find myself standing in the queue to buy this.

But I’m kind of glad I did. The addition of the honey and vanilla definitely make this tea more of a drinkable proposition.

Can’t see myself seeking this out but it can be good if I’m out of Redbush and caffeine isn’t appropriate or viable.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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72

This tea is a great one, if not for the good flavour and solid price then prehaps for its super eco-friendly packaging. Got a box of 160 bags as I have developed quite a taste for it of late and the ‘foil’ that holds 40 tea bags together had bio-degradable or something stamped across it. This lead to much head scratching till on the side of the box, clear as day it says that it isn’t in fact foil but wood pulp.

Good old Twinnings saving the planet one cuppa at a time

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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65

Well my mind nearly exploded when I heard they make a Redbush green tea. It seemed impossible not to mention against the visible colour spectrum.

However this weird creation of a tea is really drinkable. Has a mild green tea taste, like most jasmine green teas are but without the jasmine. Yet it still has a rebush taste to it. Its odd in the way that you can tell a peice of music or a painting is by a certain artist even if it isn’t their normal style.

Lacks the bitterness that green tea acquires if you leave it too long. Which have the habit of doing.

A tea I bought for the sheer oddity of it and I’m glad I did. A real good tea.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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67
drank Rooibos by Tick Tock
22 tasting notes

Really nice Redbush. Probably the nicest bagged one I’ve found. Nice flavour that is quite full bodied and strong for a redbush but doesn’t go bitter. Even if you walk off and forget about it.

Nice straight, with milk, with lemon, with caramel, with apple juice. In fact their isn’t much that this tea won’t go with. Even tried it with coconut once, it was surprisingly nice.

A definite staple of my tea cupboard.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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67
drank Rooibos by Tick Tock
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20

Well I have recently found that I quite like mint teas and since I’m also a fan of spices I made an assumption that the two together in some sort of tea format must be a winner.

Well it seems my palate and gut were wrong on this one. The really weird looking teabag that this mix of who knows what comes in was the first shock (it was like a webbing that turned to a solid sheet when wet hanging from dental floss). The second was the taste, which was just about drinkable, nowhere near as nice as straight mint tea. The third shock of the day was the fact that I now have a whole box left.

Lacking in the spice department as well but that may just be me. Was expecting something akin to the tea I had ages ago. Was a weird box of tea that had Asian style tigers, spices and a castle on the box. I know that that is a very poor description but trust me it exists and it was tasty.

The situations the pursuit of tea leaves me in.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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70

Well I’m quite fond of Yorkshire Tea (probs one of the best ‘general’ tea bags) even though, and cover the ears of the young children, I live in a hard water area. Now please steepsterites hold your gasps, I feel that contrary to popular belief that tea, including Yorkshire Tea, can be brewed in a hard water area.

But enough of the water debate, down to the tasting. A nice tea with a solid malty backnote and since I’m also a fan of assam this was a pleasant suprise as it is seemingly not there or at least toned down in the regular Yorkshire Tea. I haven’t noticed the caffeine kick that people have mentioned with both varieties but maybe thats just me. Although high strength coffees often make me sleepy (I think its odd too) and this does have a calming effect. Don’t know whether thats the power of the tea or the caffeine messing with me.

I bought this tea because for some odd reason my local Morrisons was selling a box of 80 YG teabags for less than a box of 50 regular YT bags. It wasn’t on any promotion it was just cheaper. So I thought that less for more beats more for less and took the box before they could realise their mistake.

A definite winner for me, one of the best ‘general’ tea bags and a whole heap better than PG tips.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 45 sec

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18

Well I will start by saying that I am not a big fruit, flower and herbal tea drinker. So this may be my inexperience with these teas showing or my palate hasn’t adapted to appreciate this tea, but, it was really not nice. I hate to use words like vile as that would be me forcing my opinion a bit.

This tea wasn’t for me, smelled quite nice out of the box, a bit like jelly or sweets. But like all the fruit/herbal/flower teas I have had, the smell was great but the flavour didn’t deliver. Weak and a tad bitter it was akin to watered down fruits of the forest squash. I brewed it for 2 and half minutes which is right between the recommended time for it but ended up trying to steep for longer to try and increase the flavours. The flavours did get stronger but so did the bitterness so it was a marred success.

I’m sure the echinacea with its flouted medicinal benefits was probably good for me, but I don’t think its worth drinking this to get it.

Maybe a nice iced tea or made into jelly,sorbet or some other cold tea based offering but fails to impress me as a warm beverage.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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52

A good ‘standard’ tea bag that is widely available and a lot better than Tetley or PG Tips.

Nice, strong, can’t taste the Yorkshire much but maybe I’m not looking right :)

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 45 sec

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