32 Tasting Notes
Will review again when I have another cup. The first time I tried it, I made a pot and it turned out quite well. A pleasant tea, possibly for an afternoon, very subtle flavours. The second time was with a ball infuser in a cup – I tried it after steeping about 3mins and it didnt seem ready, when I tried it again – possibly a little late 4.30-5 it had turned completely on me and was overly bitter.
Maybe when I get more proficient at exact steeping I will have another go!
As soon as I opened the foil packaging i was hit by the chocolately orange aroma of this tea. These flavours are present once the tea has been steeped also. I have tried it both with and without milk (personally, I prefer it without on reflection). It’s not overly astringent to be drunk black. With or without milk, the first taste is of floral oranges with a pleasant warm claylike afteraste. Highly recommended!
*Edit: I’ve just made myself a cup of this some two days after the above review. Today I steeped in cup, with the lid from my gaiwan on top (it fits one of my cups perfectly!) with leaves in a ball infuser. As opposed to the above review which was from a teapot. Anyways, I wanted to remark on the flavour, which above i described as chocolately orange. No – it’s pineapple today. Warming, sweet pineapple – i’m astonished I didn’t recognise it last time. Another beautiful cuppa… I urge you to buy some of this tea!
On opening the bag, I was struck with a strong aroma that seemed more akin to a parfumerie than a tea. Very flowery, both from the dry leaves and the steeped cup. Almost too perfumed. Tasted very like the base for a fruit tea. I’m eager to try some different Nilgiri’s to see whether they’re all like this – I’m guessing not.
Was brought up on this tea. The cornerstone of my understanding of a good British cuppa.
Average. Not offensive – not memorable. Mildly astringent without much else going on. Workplace tea – Tetley’s is to tea, what the Blue Riband biscuit is to confectionary – a very minor pleasure.
Thank goodness we no longer have this at work anymore! Nasty low grade ctc floor sweepings. Needs an age to steep to get any flavour out the bag, yet once steeped has an oily film on top of the liquid. Known as “monkey tea” for a reason…
When prepared correctly one of the best african black teas in a bag!