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My grandmother drank this Earl Grey pretty often. I enjoy it out of memory, and I personally enjoy the more orange and lemony zest of the bergamot in the taste. The perfume botches my nose when I open the bag, or, at a distance, my nose really likes it. When I brew it, the smell is way better. It has a pretty smooth, malty taste and I actually prefer it to some of the black teas that I’ve had, save Irish Breakfast. I can do it with or without cream and sugar. I am glad that I have it, but I’m not sure that I would buy it for myself personally.
Flavors: Bergamot, Malt
I bought this for the cute-as-hell little red double-decker bus tin. I’m reviewing this from memory, so I don’t recall steeping time, temp, or those details, since it was probably a year and a half ago I finished the last bag. I do remember it wasn’t as strong a black tea as I generally like. Others have mentioned Assam, but I think there was more Ceylon, since my experience is Assam is a stronger black tea (and I LOVE Ahmad Barooti Assam). This was definitely more delicate, which is how I’ve experienced Ceylon teas. Likewise, I remember being surprised when reading the label that it was supposed to have bergamot in it, since it didn’t taste like Earl Grey to me at all. Still, it was a nicely civilized tea, clean with a smooth finish, and I did enjoy it, even if it seemed weak to me. (And while I don’t remember specific steeping times or temps, I do remember preparing it the way I usually would Assam, and it was nowhere near as strong.) And now I’ve got the cute tin!
I love the Ahmad Tea Company, and I love this tea. I think I paid $8 for 16 oz! It tastes great to me; malty, good strength, with kind of a raisin or plum flavor. It holds up well to multiple steeps. I went with 3.5-4 minutes, as you guys recommended on here.
It’s only fitting that for my first review here I start with English Tea No. 1 by Ahmad, one of my favorite black teas. I first bought it a few years ago, thinking it was an English Breakfast kind of blend. For all intents and purposes, it is. One can hardly taste the bergamot, especially if like me, you take your black teas with lemon and sugar. The blend is strong but not overwhelming, not bitter. I would agree with others who describe a dry finish, with a white wine note. A splendidly drinkable tea, good for all day.
Flavors: White Wine
I received a sample of this from a lady I met at my prenatal aqua class. She is from Russia and says they drink a lot of tea there. She and her husband are big tea-drinkers, and she was excited to discover a little English pub here in town that sells some of the same teas she had in Russia. She gave me a sample of this, and I was surprised by how good it was (I don’t usually care for bagged tea). But this was delicious! It’s a lovely, lovely tasting black tea (I think on the Ahmad website it says it is a Kenyan black) with a refreshing sparkle of lemon and lime flavor. I want more! I wish this came in loose-leaf!
This is kind of like English breakfast tea for people who don’t necessarily like it with a punch in the face. It’s kind of like a sleeping in breakfast tea, really.
The dominant note to me is the Ceylon. It’s strong with that kind of crisp, cooling feeling that I associate with it. There’s a decent amount of Keemun in here too adding a toastiness. There’s a slight amount of the malt and heft that I associate with an Assam.
The cup perhaps lacks the depth I would normally enjoy, but I’d drink it again without complaint.
2/2/2015 2bags/10oz/212F/2min Pretty standard english breakfast tea, given to me for Xmas by my brother-in-law. Brewed weak, so for the next mug I’ll use three tea bags. With a bit of milk and sugar, an acceptable builders tea. If I bought this for myself (and I might) it would be for the darling wee little tins it came in, not the tea.
The secret to getting a good cuppa out of bagged tea is more tea, shorter steep time.
This is perhaps my favorite bagged tea. The way I stumbled upon it was kind of funny. I was on a trip to Raleigh for training, and in Cary to meet my friend at a Thai restaurant. I went into a Turkish store to ask for directions. It turned out that the restaurant was directly across the parking lot. I felt bad not buying anything at the store, so I bought this tea, thinking it would just be so-so. I’ve been searching every store in southeastern North Carolina for this tea since I finished the box…I may have to buy it online. I’ve rambled enough…nice tea, a very smooth Ceylon…highly recommended.
I like other Ahmad teas and was excited when I got their bagged English Breakfast as a Christmas gift. I will finish the package, but I will not buy this again: it’s definitely not as robust/flavorful as my preferred English Breakfasts (Yorkshire is the default in my household; we also do sometimes drink PG Tips). Not terrible, but weak.
Got this for $8 at the local produce store a couple months ago. I didn’t expect too much from it due to the price. I brewed it according to what it said on the tin (5-7 minutes) and using the default 1 tsp of tea per cup, but it turned out way too strong for my tastes at even 5 minutes. The next time i brewed it I tried 3 minutes and 30 seconds. Perfect! The tea has a reddish black liquor and a very fragrant, complex aroma. Its fruity but bold taste is a nice complement to a hearty meal. It also has that unique muscatel finish that you would expect from a darjeeling. Only issue i had is its astringency (which you only really notice after a cup or so). Surprisingly delicious for such an inexpensive tea.
Flavors: Astringent, Fruity, Malt, Muscatel
The flavor notes are light bergamot, pretty fruity, somewhat over run with ceylon tea, a rich tea. It feels not bad to drink in the afternoon/evening.
In the morning, I really didn’t like it. It felt really bad, it tasted off and I really didn’t like it. Then again, I’m an Assam guy in the morning, so there’s a big difference.
When I first tried it, I absolutely hated it. It tasted weak, and I was confused as to why my Iraqi friend liked it.
As time went on, I reeeeeeally began to enjoy it. Now it’s every day. Help.
HIGHLY RECOMMEND SMALLER CUPS WITH THIS TEA.
All in all, if you’re gonna get a cheap bagged tea, this is a great choice. I’ve got 5 bags on me at all times.
Still going strong.
This is my go to afternoon tea and evening tea.
A correction: in the part where I said small cups, it’s not needed. small cups for a stronger cup, bigger cups for a lighter, more slow caffeine kick.
Either way, enjoy the Ahmad.
While cleaning out the tea cupboard I found a tiny ziploc baggie of this I had saved for some unknown reason. I had once upon a time the gigantic tin of this stuff, bought from the Middle Eastern market, back when I was just slowly getting into loose teas. I gave the tin away but apparently had kept a bag for some reason.
Well, suffice it to say that I have well and truly become a tea snob. Because I’m sorely tempted to dump this mug into the sink and toss the rest of the tea.
Sometime in the past year, I remember getting into it with a friend of a friend on Twitter (really, will I never learn?) who was vehemently offended that there are people who will pay more than $1/oz for loose tea, because – as he said – the stuff he got from Ahmad in the giant ass tin was good enough for him.
Oh, how I laugh now. Because honestly, this tea is not even in the same league as the other earl greys I have in my cupboard. The bergamot is very faint, the tea base is a bit rough, and the taste is closer to Lipton than to earl grey.
Steepster is acting slow again, so I’m not sure if this tea will make it to the dashboard.I tried “liking” a few people’s notes and they didn’t stick either.
Anyway, it’s been freezing cold in my apartment today and I’ve been trying to drink a lot of warm tea but I don’t need any more caffeine after my 1 pm coffee which still has me kind of wired at almost 9 pm.
I’ve had this tea forever and it’s been lurking in my cupboard where I forgot about it. This is the kind of bergamot tea I actually enjoy since the tea is lightly flavored with bergamot, very subtle and compliments the black tea well. This is good with soymilk and a touch of stevia this evening. I wouldn’t turn down a cup if offered, but it can’t really compare to the decaf Paris by Harney and Sons. This is also in a paper teabag which doesn’t help the flavor. It is a decent cuppa, however.
Ooooh, wow! Yup, that’s cardamon! I love cardamon, but it pretty much takes over in this cup. I can’t taste the tea or anything else that might be around, just cardamon. It seems like a fairly even flavor with a tiny bite at the beginning of the sip, but there isn’t much going on. I’d love to see this paired with something else that can match the strength of the spice. Still, if you want to drink a cup of cardamon, this is your tea.
How i got it: Bought it (Looking for a fruit-flavored tea, i was about to try an Akbar, but decided for this one instead).
Experience: Intense aroma, dominated by the peach, although you can note the passion fruit and the tea to a lesser degree. Its has an intense flavor too, being mainly defined by the peach, but having more presence of the passion fruit. The base tea is specially bold (the same sensation i got from Ahmad’s English Breakfast) and can easily turn out a little bitter if oversteeped. The downside? I missed a bit more of definition, naturality and richness in the flavors. On the other hand, it has quite much potencial for an iced version. Not a very impressive tea, but a good one anyway.
Would i buy it again?: I’d say this tea is a bit above the average, so it has its possibilities.
How i got it: Got this as a gift while i was visiting one of my aunts (along with a couple of the strangest teas and infusions i’ve seen in my life)
Experience: This one is a serious candidate for the strongest tea i’ve tasted. Its aroma is similar to a regular Ceylon, but a little more complex. At the other hand, its flavor is really intense (maybe i oversteeped?), and gives me almost the same sensation than Lipton’s English Breakfast: a taste that goes from malty to soft bitter, but amplified. It has some toasted notes in addition to a couple of other unique flavors, making a good deal of difference from the teas i usually have. Not bad, but it could take me a time to get used to it. Average, maybe a bit above.
Would i buy it?: Maybe i need to season myself a bit more in English Breakfast’s, but for now, the answer would be no.