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I was having a headache all day. I am guessing it is a mixture of lack of sleep, having all my energy and calories seeping out, etc… I decided to make this tea. I used up the last bag sent by adagio breeze . This helped a lot! I think I forgot to have my morning tea today. My tea habits have gone out the door. My electric kettle has rust; I do not have a tea kettle; and my pots are teflon coated which alters the flavor of the water, so I have been microwaving my water. So, I haven’t been able to enjoy my oolongs, greens, or puerhs (I am pretty picky about how they are prepared).
Anyway, I didn’t have any milk, but the sugar was good enough with it. I put in some condensed milk, which changed the flavor entirely. Good, robust morning tea overall; though this isn’t something I would purchase.
Thank you adagio breeze for this! Not really sure how to rate this one. This is a basic bagged CTC black tea. It is bitter, so it needs milk and sugar. It brews a dark brown color. There is no one definite black tea base that I can detect. It has a slight malty taste to it. I am still limiting myself to one cup of tea per day as I am breastfeeding. This one is convenient just because it is bagged.
I have a feeling that this tea bought at one of my local independant grocery stores was brought back while on a vacation in Ireland, because the packaging is not like the other bewley’s teas the store sells. Its in a cute octagonal red tin with a print of their iconic Grafton street shop on the top. So I bought it, partly because the tin brings back memories.
This is a loose leaf blend of several grades of Darjeeling. The dry tea smells of raisins, hay, with a spicy floral note. It brews to a slightly redder tone of deep orange and smells of a spicy sweet, floral, hint of hay, almond, muscatel, and a hint of malt.
The tea tastes of almond, apricot, prune, grape, with a slightly powdery cooler floral, bitter vegetal, and malt notes. It is moderately astringent. It has an aftertaste of spicy floral,
apricot and almond notes. The tea is much sweeter if brewed at a lower temperature and becomes more lemony and astringent when brewed at boiling.
I purchased this loose when I found out that one of my tea shops no longer carries Bewley’s Clipper Gold, which I love, in either loose or bag form. I saw that this was African tea as well, so I thought I would give it a try to see how it compares to the Clipper. I would call this Clipper Gold with a twist. It brews up a deep orangey color like the Clipper Gold (and the color develops quickly, like the Clipper Gold as well). Also, I can taste similarities to the Clipper Gold, but I taste a more earthy and musky flavor to this one. I would say this is a nice tea, however, my tongue still prefers the Clipper Gold. I guess I will have to order Clipper online from now on.
The land of the living.
Toward the middle of the night on Saturday it hit me like a Semi Truck.
This started my nearly 48 hour migraine.
I have not had one this bad in awhile.
My darling sweet husband took care of me the entire time.
I lay in the dark bedroom.
Husband quietly bringing in cups of tea, water, juice and bits of food and pills, leaving them on the bed table where they sat barely touched.
My pets never left my side.
Last night, when I finally ventured out of my cave and husband promptly asked me what I wanted.
I said “A cup of tea”
He made me a cup of this.
I have had this tea for awhile, but have not logged it, because it is the tea that I grab when we are up long before normal people should arise and are out the door into the cold.
I bought this initially because Husband said he was interested in drinking more tea, but there was no way that he could make himself a cup of loose leaf tea at the shop.
So, I got this and I have ended up drinking most of it, because it surprised me with its delightful full flavored malty-ness and bracing spirit yet convenience of a quick cuppa.
It also is one of the only teas I have tried with a bit of milk and sugar, it seems to bring the malty-ness out even more.
They come in a cellophane wrapped box of 80 bags.
Have a tin ready to place the bags into, because they are not individually
Husband has made himself a cuppa of this and also when he makes me a cup of tea he grabs this, because its right by the kettle in a large tin that reads “Tea Bags”
So, last night when he handed me a mug of this, you would have thought he gave me a million bucks, I snatched it from him and inhaled while wrapping my hands firmly around the mug.
After I had nearly finished the mug of tea and he coaxed some peanut butter toast down me, he looked at me and said “there you go, looking better babe”
Then he went on to tell me how these last couple of days I looked like something that crawled off the Walking Dead filming set.
A little later catching my image in the mirror, I saw what he meant.
But, this morning, I am among the living and having another cuppa of this tea.
I am weak today, as I usually am after one of these episodes.
I want tea, but want it easily without thinking, so I think today, I will go through some of the bagged tea samples I have.
Maybe you will see more of me on here today.
My second pot of tea today. There is not much else to do when your snowed in so I might as well keep drinking tea all day to keep myself warm. Plus it’s giving me time to wire wrap some gemstones.
I love lazy days.
Sorry for my lack of posts for the last few days, I have been in London on a short holiday and promised by husband I would leave my laptop behind. I do plan on making up for my lack of tea blogging by having a ’tea’athon this weekend. I have been thinking all morning of what to have as my first tea and then petitecanuck posted about Irish Afternoon Tea by Bewley’s and that’s when I knew what to have.
I have some of this tea left from a few months ago when my mother brought me some back from Dublin. This tea is lovely, on par with Twinings in my opinion. It tastes black and slightly malty with a solid medium strength (meaning it’s not strong nor weak but the lovely evening combination it claims).
A splash of milk and a 0 calorie sugar is all it takes to make that perfect afternoon ‘cuppa’.
This is an excellent alternative to breakfast tea! You can definitely taste the similarities between the Irish Breakfast and Afternoon but this one is a little more mellow. I generally leave the teabag in the entire time I’m drinking a breakfast tea, so I did the same with this tea- great choice!
When my parents asked what I wanted from Ireland, I asked that they bring me back some tea. This is what they brought and I truly enjoy it. One of my favorite loose leaf teas from the Tea Spot in Defiance is the Irish Breakfast and this is very similar. Mom says she can taste the peat in the tea, so it truly tastes like the country it comes from.
A present from my mother who just returned from a visit to Dublin.
Served with a little milk, this tea tastes like your bog standard black morning tea. It’s adequately strong tasting and somewhat fresh and all in all it does the job nicely. A little bitter but not to the point of being too much and the milk mixes nicely to make it slightly more mellow. I truly don’t think anything is unique or special about this tea but pre bagged black is always handy.
Perhaps the more I try it the bigger a difference I can taste but right here right now it’s just normal black tea.
I quite like this as a simple tea, though not
quite as much as my Red Rose. However, somethign interesting to note, perhaps, is that this tea place is so old, and so Irish, that it is mentioned in James Joyce’s novel “The Dubliners”!
Anyway, this is your basic breakfast tea, nothing too special, but very good. My only issue is that I love to re-steep my teas once or twice, but if you do that with this one, you somehow get a fair bit of flavouring from the bag its in, which is really odd. But I’m sure that isn’t a deal breaker for anyone!
A co-worker of mine is originally from Ireland and she brought me a few bags of this to try.
This tea is packaged in the traditional white, circular filter-paper teabag. The fragrance is light but definitely creamy with notes of pepper.
Upon adding the boiling water, it was immediately black which foreshadowed the strength of this tea. It was highly astringent with an underlying malt. I don’t normally add anything to my tea, but this one needed a little sweetener and cream to get through.
The power of this tea took me off guard at first, but it grew on me. If anything, it will wake you up!
Amount: 1 teabag
Water: hot carafe water, paper cup
Steep Time: 2 minutes
Dry Leaf Smell: black tea, toasty
Steeped Tea Smell: black tea, toasty
Flavor: thick, dark
Liquor: opaque dark brown
Post-Steep Additives: white sugar
Not the most fabulous tea, but it was very good at waking me up during the meeting I was in. I think the tea might have been a bit better had there been boiling water. A surprisingly good teabag.
I ran out of my mystery Keemun so I am now making our iced tea with this. I make two gallons at a time and put it in a Pottery Barn glass dispenser in the fridge. It makes a really good iced tea, as the sugar really requires a little more heft in the leaf so you don’t lose the tea flavor and just taste syrup. I am using about five tablespoons of leaf and thee cups of sugar for two gallons. My mother made her iced tea with three cups of sugar PER GALLON, so…I’ve come a long way, baby. Actually, I drink a lot of my iced tea sans additions but this batch is for family and friends and unsweetened just won’t fly.
I keep the tea from getting cloudy by adding about 1/4 tsp. of baking soda per gallon or two. You don’t taste it, and your tea stays clear even after days of being cold in the fridge.
I decided to try to drink it as a hot tea, sans additions. The first sip or two with breakfast was okay, but then I noticed that burn in my stomach I get when I drink Assams and Darjeelings. If I added milk, there would be no problem, but I would rather get a tea that requires no additions for me to enjoy it than to add milk, so this is staying an iced tea blend for me. Those who love their brekkie teas with milk and sugar would probably enjoy it, as would I if I simply put those additions on the table and used them!
This tea was purchased in Dublin by my daughter a day before she left Ireland. I had tried the Clipper Gold and it was quite strong, so I was a little afraid of this one at first. I needn’t have been! It behaved quite well, and is a lovely cup of tea. I drank it first without milk or sugar, and it was very smooth and flavorful, a nice accompaniment to our afternoon Pim’s. The second cup had the addition of milk, which smoothed it even more, and then sugar, which it also handled well. Not what I would consider to be a gourmet tea, but a lovely cup just the same. Only steeped it for 2 minutes, because it is CTC.
I want to be fair to this tea, so I kept drinking it. My daughter says she liked it better as it cooled, and I gave it a chance. It IS a little better as it cools, but still is more astringent that I like. I am a fan of ultra smooth teas! This tea is stronger than the grocery store Lipton Black Pearl, and I would suspect it is similar to German Frisian tea. If you like strong tea, this one may appeal to you. Don’t oversteep unless you enjoy reflux.
In his novel “Night Watch”, Terry Pratchett describes Capt. Sam Vimes tea as “just how he liked it – stewed orange in an old boot”. Vimes would be very happy to join me this morning. The second, and I mean, the VERY second the boiling water hit the tea, a very strong aroma issued forth. This is strong tea. If you are looking for nuance, you won’t find it here. If you want a tea to kick your fanny out the door and remind you to eat your veggies OR ELSE, you can stop looking. This got a 5 out of 5 stars on Amazon reviews so people must love it. Mine came from Bewley’s in Dublin, Ireland where my daughter picked it up for me. We’ll try the Irish Afternoon later…..when we have recovered.