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.
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.
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.
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.
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.