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Ashby's of London

Recent Tasting Notes

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Tea #37 from HHTTB2

First impressions: There’s a lot of stems in here, and I wish I could see big chunky blueberries. But alas.

The blueberry flavor is mediocre. It’s definitely blueberry, but it’s also just a little floral, bordering on soapy. The base is very faint, but definitely has a pretty typical White Peony type flavor — a little sweet, a little hay.

Definitely drinkable, but not preferable.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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84

I went to the mall last night (bathing suit shopping…don’t wanna talk about it, UGH!) and noticed a NEW little locally owned coffee/tea shop with cute tea pots in the window! So of course I had to check it out ;)

Anyway they had a bunch of VERY reasonably priced bulk looseleaf teas so I picked up a couple. I got this one and also a “wellness” herbal blend with chamomile, mint, echinacea and licorice root.

This tea looks like a kinda stemmy white peony tea. The blueberry flavor is not bad! Not miraculous but very drinkable. I’m planning on making this one a regular iced tea staple over the summer since it was so cheap! I’m drinking it hot right now but I think it’d be really good over ice :)

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Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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Wow! I really got a hit of cinnamon with this one, plum less so, and actual tea even less so. I like cinnamon, but I also like tea so I’m a bit split on this rating. When I purchased this tea, I was in a cute little tea room and bought the individual bag, which didn’t have the ingredients listed. As I was drinking it, I thought it was a tisane (herbal). Really no taste of the black tea at all. Drink it again for the spices though.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 15 sec

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76

Decent black tea, although it is slightly bitter. You can really taste the sunflower petals as opposed to the apricots, which is a pity, because they really would have taken the edge off of the black tea…

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 15 sec

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85

Thanks Josie Jade for this tea!!!

This tastes delish! After steeping is smells delightful and the raspberry isn’t a major player…just really light. Then after having it sit awhile (while I was making deliveries around the hospital) I came back and the pomegranete flavor came through…kinda tart but really good. I want more!

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drank Cinnamon Plum by Ashby's of London
1626 tasting notes

There hasn’t been much love for this one in previous reviews. Perhaps mine tasted a little better because I was being carolled by a bunch of really talented fifth-graders who came to our offices. I defy you to improve upon the buzz you get when you listen to children sing at Christmas.

The tea. Mostly cinnamon, maybe a little plumminess that has kind of faded away now that it’s cool. But nothing to pitch down the sink.

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drank Darjeeling by Ashby's of London
181 tasting notes

A good solid darjeeling. I need to look up how much these cost, because it’s a pretty nice no-nonsense tea.
I find with some Darjeeling that it is too bitter without milk and yet so weak that the flavour gets drowned by any milk you add. This tea seems to get a compromise so that it works with OR without milk, amazing!

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drank Earl Grey by Ashby's of London
181 tasting notes

It’s actually an excellent Earl Grey, especially considering it comes out of an ordinary-looking teabag. I’ve had it sat around for a few weeks because I wasn’t expecting much from it.
It’s a nice fruity Early Grey, without the tendency of some Earl Greys to have a hint of dishwater in the flavour. If anything, the bergamot flavour dominates a little too much, but I don’t mind that when it’s fruity like this. It’s quite warming and gives you a cosy feeling inside

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drank Raspberry by Ashby's of London
78 tasting notes

Wow. Pretty good for a fruity tea. It really is just the right balance of tart and sweet. Very pleasant. I love it when you take a gamble and win :)

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Was dark and kind of bitter… I may have over steeped it though. Or maybe my water was too hot…

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec

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96

Wow. Way better than I expected! Smells wonderful. The peach and ginger blend together in perfect harmony. Also, the peach really tastes like a peach; not some weird fake fruit-ness. Two thumbs up.

Preparation
4 min, 15 sec

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29

Kind of woody tasting. Might be considered good if I had scraped it off a tree myself (lost in the woods, at night, starving and cold)… but it’s not really something I enjoy in the comfort of my home, with better options sitting on the shelf. Sorry, Ashbys.

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yeah. shesteeps was practically right on. the teabag itself before steeping smells fragrant and delicious, but after a few minutes, the tea simply tasted bland. i’d say there are equal parts cinnamon and plum, but neither stand out in the least. the flavoring is far from overpowering, closer to water if you ask me

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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43

I just recently had Twinings’ English Breakfast tea and I found it much richer and more savory than this one. I don’t know exactly how to describe it. It just wasn’t as good. Unless I make a cup of each, though, it’s a bit hard to compare them.

Preparation
Boiling

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I wouldn’t have guessed grape, but now that it’s mentioned I do taste a bit of a grape-like flavor. I am having it with milk and sugar, so that might cover it over rather than bring it out. I’ve had Darjeeling three times and I’ve never been particularly impressed. Still it’s a good tea to go to when I’m tired of fruity or spicy teas, but still want something that isn’t plain.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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I might have over-steeped this since it came out a bit strong, though I think that is needed to separate it from ‘regular’ tea. The flavor makes me think of molasses for some reason, though it’s not molasses-y at all. That’s just the only flavor that comes to mind. It must be the combination of plain creamer and the tea itself.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 6 min, 0 sec

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59

Much richer than regular green tea. I added a few teaspoons of sugar, but since green tea seems to be naturally more bitter than black tea, I never try to get it very sweet. Now that I’ve had this, I definitely prefer it to other green teas.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Raspberry by Ashby's of London
3 tasting notes

very yummy! A good sick tea, I think. :)

Preparation
2 min, 30 sec

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Couldn’t have said it any better than @shesteeps: this tea lacks both of the flavors its name suggests. I even left the teabag steeping the entire time I drank it, down to the last sip… Still no flavor aside from a slight hint of cinnamon. I would have liked to taste some plum in there, but I guess Ashbys neglected that half of their Cinnamon Plum tea recipe.

If I had known I was going to steep a mug of brown water, I would have swirled myself up some Nestea Lemon Iced Tea powder mix. =/

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Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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Found glazed donuts waiting for everyone at work today. Hooray free donuts! I thought this would be a good time to try this vanilla spice tea sample I picked up at a cute little shop in Fredricksburg (cute B&B type small TX town). The tea bag smelled heavenly next to the warm donut and it works pretty well in liquid form too. I even gave it a little dunk, as I hear people do such things with donuts and coffee. (note do not dunk donuts in tea unless you enjoy watery donuts).

Preparation
3 min, 15 sec
takgoti

HAH! Never enjoyed dunking donuts in my coffee, but that’s funny.

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