141 Tasting Notes

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drank British Blend by Tetley
141 tasting notes

My mother bought this because after 30+ years of drinking Lipton, she decided that they had changed the tea and that it was now bland and flavorless. She tried the regular Tetley first, and found that it was even more bland that Lipton. She siad the British blend tasted somewhat better, so I decided to give it a try.

I steeped the tea the maximum time of 5 minutes the box suggested, since I anticipated it would not have a great deal of taste. It was better than Lipton or the American Tetley, like a watered down English Breakfast tea. Not completely flavorless nor bitter, but not satisfying either. Just inoffensive. I would probably never drink this again unless a friend served it to me and I didn’t want to offend them by refusing.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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64
drank English Tea No. 1 by Ahmad Tea
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Smooth flavor, like an English Breakfast tea, but with a subtle peppery kick, perhaps from the bergamot. No bitterness. I would probably not go out of my way to buy this, but I will enjoy what I have in the sampler set.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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92
drank Ceylon Orange Pekoe by Twinings
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Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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65
drank Christmas Tea by Twinings
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I have had a couple of cups of this tea over the past week, but forgot to log it. Needs sweetener to bring out the cloves and cinnamon flavor, os it is not overly spicy. Tastes like the spices in mulled cider, though without the apple flavor. A pleasant tea for a winter’s day.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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74
drank Mint Tea by Ahmad Tea
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Spearmint flavor, very similar to Numi Moroccan Mint, though less strong. The green tea flavor is very weak, swallowed up by the mint (or perhaps it is because I steeped it at 175 degrees. Unlike the Numi, however, it has a drying, astringent finish.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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

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drank Raspberry Royale by Bigelow
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I steeped this tea for a minute longer than the directions, and added sugar to enhance the flavor and overcome the bitterness. Sweetener does the job, but I found myself wishing it hadn’t. The raspberry flavor is very artificial tasting and tastes like one of those raspberry jelly filled chocolates. Yuck! Ahmad’s fruit teas are vastly better, not so much because of the quality of the tea but because the fruit flavors taste genuine.

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

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65
drank Black Currant by Ahmad Tea
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I think this is the same tea, though Ahmad now calls it Blackcurrant burst. It has a smooth Ceylon black base, but I don’t taste any blackcurrants. I spent quite a bit of time in England while I was pursuing an advanced degree, and I came to love blackcurrant jam. I cannot sense any blackcurrant flavor, perhaps it is my cold, though I had no trouble tasting the lemon and lime, and peach and passionfruit earlier today. I’ll have to try it again in a few days before rating the tea.

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

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70
drank Luscious Peach by Adam
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I cold brewed this tea and let it steep overnight, then reheated. The bitterness is reduced a great deal, but the peach is pleasantly strong. Much better.

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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My taste buds are off today since I have a cold. Hot tea, though, is nice on the throat, especially Ahmad’s fruity flavors. The cold mutes or tones down the flavor and it is less intense than it should be, though I do taste both the peach and the passionfruit. I think I would like this tea a lot more without the cold. As the tea cools somewhat, the flavors come out more.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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I am a part time college instructor and also work in human resources in a family company. Apart from a rare cup of Lipton I drank in my parents’ home, I am a newbie to the world of tea. I have enjoyed Twinings and Ahmad bagged teas over the past month, and I am now just beginning to try loose leaf teas from Teavivre, Adagio, and Della Terra.

So far, I prefer black tea to green tea, and prefer to add cream or milk and sweetener to black tea. Unless the tea is white, green, or herbal, you can assume that I have added cream/milk and sugar to the tea in my reviews/ratings.

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