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Not a bad bagged tea as far as bagged teas go. I’ve tried some good bagged teas and some not so great bagged teas and then some really horrid bagged teas … this one falls under the good bagged tea category, even though I’d prefer to drink loose leaf, this one is pretty good and it is one I wouldn’t mind carrying with me if I were traveling and loose leaf was inconvenient.
Sweet, tangy-tart, and even a slight bitter tone from the pith of the fruit, and I don’t find this bitterness off-putting, on the contrary, I think it adds something to the overall taste.
It can be hard to choose the appropriate tea in April—where it is warm and cold, not in rapid succession, but simultaneously: sun bright and cheery enough to make you hold your face at a 45 degree angle, but wind that turns the ankles you foolishly decided to bare blue with chill.
Splitting the difference this morning with scraps of this tin—it’s a strong one (for the chill), but makes a light and pleasant breakfast with milk (for the warm). Good and filling if you forgot your Pop-Tart.
As I have commented before, I know if I were trying this tea for the first time my rating would be a lot lower but it is inexpensive and it is an old friend. I was talking with an old friend yesterday who was excited about opening a new can of Twinings Earl Grey and Lady Grey. It made me realize I do not have a single straight black Earl Grey in my collection anywhere. He shamed me for getting so far from my roots. I repented and bought a 200 g tin of this today for $8.
I have been exceedingly busy since Friday. Hardly even had time for tea. I helped my wife with her craft show booth (American Girl type clothes). I helped with a concert at church on Sunday. Monday was a sad day – we had our 16 year old cat Lucky euthanized. What a hard drive to town. He had feline aids and was wasting away. He was down to 5 pounds. Watching him suffering just got too hard. Of course my wife started second guessing her decision afterwards so I tried keeping her busy so she wouldn’t dwell on the decision. I had more band stuff on Tuesday, and today it was gorgeous outside so I took my wife shopping (so I could buy tea – see full circle).
Got home moments ago and immediately made a cup of Earl Grey. I am home and in my happy place.
And yet another TJMaxx find. Lately I’ve only been looking but not buying anything from the aisle of tea just because I knew if I kept doing that I would end up with more tea then I could ever drink… And it doesn’t help when you pick up a box of tea and don’t realize till later that it contains 50 tea bags…
Anyway, not only does it have a pleasing scent but the taste is wonderful. It’s light enough that people who don’t like strong teas can drink it. However, it has a strong enough flavor that heavy tea drinkers that like lots of flavor will be pleased. I know that sounds weird but that is the best description I could think of.
as with all Ahmad’s offerings, the fruit flavoring is done up to a T (a tea!).
unfortunately, i wasn’t exactly craving apricot at the time i tried this, but it was still a lovely flavor. i added brown sugar & soy milk (as per my usual).
after all was said and steeped, i got the impression of apricot vanilla ice cream! given that description alone, i should probably be playing jazz flute and walking on tables, but it just. didn’t. hit the spot.
to be honest, i was craving CS Nutcracker Sweet (butter caramel) & Blackcurrant by Harney & Sons at the time. should have gone with my cravings.
it is worth noting that this tastes nearly identical to Ahmad’s Peach & Passion Fruit. perhaps i should do a steep-off so i can report back.
You ever start through your tasting notes to find the tea you want to review because you THINK it will be easier than finding it in the database only to realize several pages in that it was a stupid idea but then you are so determined you just keep going? Sure would be nice to be able to search our own notes. Yeah I know you have a few sort options but it isn’t quite the same.
Anyway I had this one this afternoon because I didn’t want to concentrate on my cup. I just wanted to mindlessly sip while attempting (and failing) my latest rescue attempt in the Kerbal Space Program. I am so addicted. My wife says its a dumb game. I love the design challenge. I put one poor Kerbal on planet Moho (Mercury equivalent) easy enough, but getting a ship that can return home is proving near impossible. I almost did it today – I had enough reserve fuel, it touched down softly, then fell over and exploded. Maybe my wife is right, but like the database search I am determined!
Tea accomplished its mindless purpose. So assuming it was acceptable by previous experience.
ARGH!!! So I am pretty sure on this new steepster,the save this tasting note and delete this tasting note were switched from the what it was on old steepster. I have pressed delete instead of save from muscle memory. Now I have to re type. GAH!
I came here to write this note for 2 reasons. I have this in a tea bag form. I do not prefer tea bags but that is how this tea came.
1. I oversteeped this tea by 30 minutes at least. When I got to work I made my tea, but forgot to put the timer on, usually for 2 minutes. About 15 minutes later I was in a different room with a client and realized the timer never when off and my tea was still steeping. I couldn’t escape for 15 more minutes to rescue my tea.
It was still drinkable. Definitely strong. The tea base overshadowed anything earl grey. There was some astringency but it was not bitter. I always think it is a good tea when you can steep it forever and it is still drinkable.
2. Why do tea bags come without strings? The whole idea of a tea bag is for it to be easier. Easier to use, easier to dispose of. It is more economical.
But how do you get a tea bag out of the cup if there is no string? You can’t fish it out with your fingers without burning yourself. I have settle for the fork method. While trying not to tear or stab the bag, I get the fork underneath it and lift it out gently. Usually it falls off of the fork at least once, splashing everywhere. Then I try to fling it into the garbage can without dripping tea all over the place. Definitely not easier :P
is this the same as Ahmad’s Strawberry Sensation? i think it’s just been renamed/repackaged.
i like Ahmad’s of London, they seem to offer such a nice variety of flavored teas, mainly fruit-flavored ones. i was craving strawberry in a black tea for some reason, probably because i never got to try Teavana’s Strawberry Slender Pu-erh & Weight-to-go (these names are atrocious!) both of which contain strawberry & the loose leaf just looks so darned good. also perhaps because i’m already oversteeped in gourmand, vanillary creme caramel dessert-type teas (not that i’ll ever forsake them) ;p so i am looking for a black with sweetness, but from that imparted by fruit this time.
i think this is perfect for what it is. the strawberry is dead on. nothing artificial about the strawberry flavor (unless of course any artificiality is masterfully concealed). it’s just delicious! from the aroma to the flavor, strawberry never leaves your side. it’s a pleasant companion and a most juicy additive to this delicate infusion. the black tea base is quite nice but does get a little bitter though, but maybe i’m at fault for oversteeping. (i went a little over 5 minutes and i think they recommend 4, tops.)
i’m sure a spot of milk (in my case- almond, soy, coconut or rice) will camouflage this & round out the flavor a bit more, and make—yes, you guessed it—-a nice, creamy strawberry muffin or strawberry shortcake parfait. i had to go there (dessert territory).
tangential: i googled Piccadilly trifle, because i love trifle and wondered if Piccadilly was a flavor. as it turns out, it’s a circus! anyway, there was a nice link to a Pinterest page in the search results titled ‘Pretty Parfaits for Tea’…. have a look-see! http://www.pinterest.com/jinab/pretty-parfaits-for-tea/
as for this tea, i’d recommend it. it’s freakin’ yummy!
Snow, ice, wind chill advisories: another week requiring solid, sensible, stout black tea. This qualifies. Not quite as strong as my old faithful PG Tips; a little keemun in there to add a little perkiness to the dark base. Requires no special steeping attention—throw it in and go. That’s always a plus.
This one was pretty good, I enjoyed it :)
Decent enjoyable slightly bitter black tea with a bold blackcurrant taste, I’ve had a few not so great blackcurrant teas so I wasn’t expecting much from this one but honestly it was way beyond my expectations, Very tasty to me. The slight bitter of the tea actually plays very well with the slightly fruity taste of blackcurrant(almost raisin like).
I finally changed the name of this to match the packaging.
Oh Green Tea with Earl Grey why do I love you so? Others don’t see it but I just can’t quit you. You are my addiction. Someday I am going to run away. But not today.
Just a light bergamot with a strong slightly bitter green base. Less than $10 a pound. A Cheapster Steepster delight.
A sipdown this morning. This has been a faithful, smooth, no-fuss breakfast standby. Recommended for Assam lovers who need a basic cupboard tea; too many packets and tins in the hopper for me to hunt this one down assiduously, but if a tin just happened to cross my path at TJ Maxx or a local grocery, it might have to come home with me again.
(I’m a little put out at our TJ Maxx…I realize it’s pot luck and overstocks there, but the tea selection that was giving me such great joy has dwindled down to nothing.)
Just got home from my final exam. I decided I needed some comfort that I know I love, don’t have to think about, and almost can’t ruin. Yeah Ahmad tea!
My final was in Solid Works – a 3D modelling program. It was a grueling 3 hour experience. I was comfortable that I would pass but I exceeded my own expectations. Of a possible 240 points, I scored 240! Don’t mean to brag but Woot! You really can teach an old dog new tricks. As I left, some of the others were starting to kick the tables and slam their keyboards. I feel their pain. They should have some tea.
I am going stark raving mad. I haven’t been out of the house since late last week. My sons dug out our driveway late yesterday but until the ice is off the parking lots. Getting around is way too difficult for me and I am not going to risk it. Tomorrow I am driving to town to see how safe it looks.
In the meantime I brewed one of my simple favorites. I am so happy to have drawers full of amazing teas, but honestly sometimes I just miss a simple cup.
I blame KS for this one. He is always raving about his Ahmad tea, so when I came across this (while looking for Fauchon tea) I had to buy it. It was a pretty good deal. This one is in tea bag form.
The dry tea smells strongly of bergamot, so obviously I’m excited.
The brewed tea smells, tastes and looks like orange pekoe (the ingredients just list black tea). There is a bergamot flavour to it. It is moderately strong. I had anticipated it to be stronger based on the smell. The bergamot has a natural sweetness to it. I am finding my mouth a bit dry (but not astringent) after each sip, which I attribute to the orange pekoe.
Overall a decent Earl Grey. I would prefer a different base tea, but it is still good. I might just have to try Ahmad’s Earl Grey Green that KS is always writing about…
(And I agree with KS. This is a cheaper tea but it is still quite decent for the price you pay).