Darvilles of Windsor

Recent Tasting Notes

100
drank Earl Grey by Darvilles of Windsor
10 tasting notes

Amazing earl grey. Perfect ratio of black tea and bergamot! I just love it so much, amazing after taste notes.

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89

When I had the Sweet & Spicy tea from Good Earth earlier, I got some hot water from the coffee shop to drink it with. They wouldn’t give me it by itself, so I bought this tea and asked for the bag separately, hoping to keep it for later. Unfortunately, the guy opened the little sachet so I couldn’t keep it and had to drink it today.

I didn’t enjoy it as much as I did the last time I had this tea, possibly because it was in the little pocket bit of my bag for an hour or two, which I suspect might have had an affect on the weaker flavour. The ginseng was still prominent, but this time around the raspberry wasn’t as strong and the fruity taste was definitely diminished.

Still a good tea, but not as great as I remembered.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec
Flyawaybirdie

How odd they wouldn’t just give you the water, with the exception of a couple of shops that charges for cups if you don’t bring your own… I think it’s mandated in the law for us that water is free unless you get it bottled. But I see you’re from the UK, do they not have that kind of law over there?

Nattie

I’m not sure to be honest. I know that a lot I places will give you hot water if you ask, maybe because it was a coffee shop they didn’t want to lose business?

I think there’s a law that if you ask for tap water they can’t charge you and have to give you it (as opposed to giving you bottled if you just ask for ‘water’ so they can charge you) but I don’t know if it applies to hot water or not.

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89

I ordered this from Caffé Nero today as I went quite late on, and didn’t want to have something caffeinated. This was a welcome surprise – a bit on the tart side, the raspberries enter the sip first, with the ginseng playing around the background. The flavours meld beautifully together, and I’m not even sure I’ve had ginseng before but it is a flavour that I recognised and reminded me of something that I still can’t place. Nevertheless, this makes for a beautiful cup, and a new favourite flavour which I can add to my list. I LOVE ginseng! Or at least I think I do… This calls for more research.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec

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86

When I want a STRONG tangy and fruity tea, I reach for this. It is delicious, and has a very strong flavor.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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Yeah. That kind of morning. When you wake up and your eyes are so dry and tired you bumble to the kitchen to get a couple of damp tea bags to use as compresses for a while…and you don’t realize there are holes in both of them, and when you flip the bags to put the cool side back on your eyes you get a face full of tea schmutz.

These bags, thankfully, had no holes. This is one of the strongest English Breakfast blends I’m aware of. (Many of you would make jokes about using to peel paint off lawn furniture.) Half to get these bleary eyes open; half to ice down and keep the bleary eyes open.

Spencer

Ouch…thank goodness for those teabags playing double duty.

Bonnie

Funny!

K S

No where to go but up!

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97

I love this tea. It’s very smooth and there’s something very satisfying for me in its texture and ph balance.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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Just needed a cup of simplicity. Dark, strong, breakfast tea, no fuss. Light touch/short steep is good with these bags. But if you see this brand in the odds-n-ends shelf at a department discount store and wonder about it, it’s OK.

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100

Darvilles of Windsor Lemon & Ginger tea is awesome! If you like ginger, you will really enjoy its taste. Don’t over steep. I currently have a bit of a cold and find it to be the perfect drink for the throat, with all the health benefits of ginger. I originally purchased it thinking it would be good to have in the house if someone had an upset stomach. However, I ended up having a cup one evening since it was too late to have something with caffiene and realized that I just liked it for anytime! It was a very pleasant surprise.

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100
Teariffic1

I steeped it in a cup with water that was boiling hot. I left it for approximately minutes, no more. Perfect. I would imagine that the previous poster’s idea of adding it to black tea would be great too!

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Running late, chilly and rainy, eyes won’t open … what is it that I’m drinking? Oh, yeah—-good utilitarian Darvilles, no milk. This is just Tea, but sometimes that is what you need the most, eh?

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Steeped a stout mug this morning to celebrate
a) rain—well, sprinkles but it’s a start
b) the sudden and thoughtful appearance of some half-and-half in the fridge; we don’t keep it in hot weather
c) the sudden and thoughtful appearance of an unexpected writing assignment (thanks, God!)
d) oh, and while I’m celebrating, it’s Barton County Fair week, should any of you care to swing by Lamar, Missouri. Art show, agricultural tent (doesn’t smell like tea!) and the parade’s at 2.
Because of the big event, Mom’s hair place closed for the week and I’m on my way to help with an octogenarian hairstyling party.

Bonnie

No better stories than old ladies! I r one!

gmathis

I don’t do curlers! My “client” (victim?) on the other hand, strongly believes it’s the only way to do hair. We compromised. Blow dryer on the back, those horrible, torturous blue plastic clamp curlers on the front. :)

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It’s so wicked hot I think my taste buds have withered. Thus, the stronger the better, at least for the now. I used (accidentally) two bags in a Tervis tumbler this morning, then when I realized my oops, I cut the steep time down to about a minute and a half, and was still able to throw both bags in a Mason jar to leave all day for iced tea tonight. And it was still viable.

Nothing particularly subtle about the blend, just dark, strong, and handsome. (Did I just say that? Ay-yi-yi.)

Bonnie

If you added rich I’d say send him over!

Invader Zim

Where’s the like button for comments?!

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Fridge-steeped in the Homebrew jar (do I sound like a hick or what?), this comes out a little more acidic than the hot-steeped version. Lovely red-gold color, but clouded up a bit. I need to remember to try the baking soda pinch trick.

teawing

I firmly believe an F5 survivor is entitled to speak any way they please, plus, it marks you as Ozarkian. Being an Arkansawyer myself, I can appreciate it.

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61

First had this over 20 years ago – purchased in the UK. The flavor seems very mild to me now. Not bad for the price – I too found this at TJ Maxx/Home Goods in the tea section last fall.

Preparation
6 min, 0 sec

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Nothing much new and notable to say about this one, other than we’ve found another one my husband will drink…when he deigns to drink with me, it’s always stiffer stuff, Assams and all. Makes me smile to be able to make two cups in the morning, not just one.

This was also a T.J. Maxx find, and at $4.99 for 50 round sachets, definitely qualifies for a mention in the Cheapster Steepster Noteworthy List.

K S

I hear T.J. Maxx mentioned often. Ours is pathetic. Bad clothes, trinkets, and no tea. sigh. Happy for the rest of y’all.

SimpliciTEA

I’m with you gmathis on the joy of making tea for two. I work hard to find tea that both my wife and I like. Still, the rewards are worth it!

gmathis

I have yet to find anything worth wearing or toting home at ours except for the tea … which is pretty sporadic in availability.

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It was a Very Proper Valentine from my Thoughtful Husband…Two Boxes of Tea Carrying the Royal Warrant. This was the stouter of the two (the other was my newfound love Yorkshire Gold). On the dark side of the color and flavor spectrum, plenty of deep maltiness from the Assam. Quite Appropriate for watching The IT Crowd or the season finale of Downton Abbey.

TeaBrat

ha – I love both of those shows. :)

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98

Simply perfect! The best Earl Grey I have ever had. Exceed P&B, Taylor’s, Twinings and all others

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C

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87

This sure is some tasty tea. Move over, Twinings!

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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40

Note: This review is for the bagged version.

First off, I’m not much for ‘plain’ teas. Even Irish or English Breakfast teas are rather on the plain side, and I enjoyed them better. Honestly, there’s nothing wrong with the tea; I think it’s just my taste in tea. I’m more into spicy or fruity teas rather than traditional blends. Perhaps it would be better with lemon instead of milk.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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68

A fruity delicious blend of awesome!

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79

A light tea that is easy on the eyes but strong on the taste-buds. Produces a cloudy concoction. Its so-so on it’s own, but a wonderful addition to any cup of black tea. Be careful when steeping, it can become overbearing if left to steep for long periods of time!

Initial Review: http://www.witheringleaves.com/lemon-ginger-tea

Preparation
2 min, 0 sec

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