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Dilmah

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Cleaning out my cupboards whilst the kettle was boiling and I found two teabags left of this tea. I thought I had finished them long ago but apparently not. I remember this being disappointing and a little odd tasting but hopefully milk and sugar should make it smooth enough to gulp it down.

The sugar brings out more vanilla but it’s still not up to much. Such a shame because rose and French vanilla could have been something special.

A quick rest and then I’m going to try and find my Yunomi monthly club parcel, I seem to have misplaced it :s Got a clean large tin to blend my own Genmaicha and I loose the tea…bloody typical!

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67
drank Ran Watte by Dilmah
3 tasting notes

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76

This is a very interesting tea. I adore the Australian / New Zealand blends including their cheap tea bag version, however it is difficult to track down in the US. The version sold in the US as Breakfast Tea and not English Breakfast Tea.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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64
drank Moroccan Mint Green tea by Dilmah
67 tasting notes

Average,mild and refreshing though.

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70
drank Blackcurrant by Dilmah
67 tasting notes

To my surprise it tastes so real, much like blackcurrant juice ,juicy and sweet, with nice fruity aroma, the tea is light itself with a slight bitterness,not bad.

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83
drank Italian Almond by Dilmah
462 tasting notes

I think this is from the tea box, but I’m not positive. If I received this in a swap from someone, thank you!

This morning I was in a rush to get my son out the door and to camp, but I really needed one more cup of caffeine. I went digging through my tea bags and came up with this. While the tea was hot it was difficult to taste the almond. However, the base tea was excellent. Very smooth and rich. When the tea had a chance to cool a bit the sweet almond flavor arrived in a big way. It became something close to a dessert tea. The taste reminded me of biscotti or pastry. Delicious!

For such a little tea bag this is a big tea. I’m going to have to hunt down more of this one.

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73

Initially the scent reminded me of musk sticks from when I was young. I steeped a bag in 400 mls boiling water from the urn at work and topped it with 100mls cold water from the tap. I left it for 3 minutes and drank the cup over an hour. The Turkish delight style flavour came through more as the water cooled, and left a lovely sweet aftertaste. A sweet cup of tea that tastes like a luxury.

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90

Lovely Well rounded Tea. This tea does not have such a strong aroma as some of the other Teas in the Dilmah Exceptional Range, but it didn’t matter as the taste is very nice. The tea is quite refreshing thanks to the Spearmint and the Ceylon is not too overwhelming.

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

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57

I had this tea for breakfast this morning. Lots of Aroma, it smells like Turkish Delight. The Taste has a very strong Ceylon flavour which I am not very fond of. I would have liked more Vanilla, could not taste any.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 30 sec

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drank Darjeeling Tea by Dilmah
299 tasting notes

I wondered if I have oversteeped this one? Perhaps 3 minutes is really too long. Anyway, I find this cup uncharacteristically bitter… gotta be more careful next time. :(

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Darjeeling Tea by Dilmah
299 tasting notes

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drank Caramel by Dilmah
45 tasting notes

This is pretty nice. Thank you, Starfevre. The black tea base is smooth and not bitter. I wouldn’t mind a stronger caramel taste, but then again I’m (almost) always saying that about flavourings.

Btw, today marks a milestone in my evolution as a tea-appreciator. Today I found myself preferring tea over coffee as my first hot drink of the day. And it used to be that I didn’t like black tea (esp if not strongly flavoured), but I’m really enjoying this one, even though the flavouring is pretty mild and subtle (mainly just burnt sugar, not a bunch of strong fruit or spices).

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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73

Thank you Josie Jade for this sample.

Almost seen all of the songs in this years Eurovision and some of the entries have been…interesting…to say the least. Still it’s nice to see so many different cultures in such a short space of time. Voting time!!! GO FINLAND!!!

The tea pyramids are quite thick and clothy which makes it hard to see the quality of the leaves. I can smell them though and can note a toffee/butterscotch type scent but no peppermint. It’s not overly sweet either.

Once steeped this tea is dark brown in colour and has a slight sweet and minty aroma. The Ceylon is a strong earthy base with delicate touches of mint and sweet toffee. It’s not as strong as I was hoping..well the flavours aren’t anyway. It’s almost like an every day black tea until you get that touch of mint and a sweet finish.

Overall it’s nice but the flavours don’t stand out enough for my liking. My husband loves it though.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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drank Supreme Ceylon by Dilmah
59 tasting notes

i actually have the bagged tea rather than the loose leaf. it’s quite tasty with a steeping time of six minutes, a cube of sugar & a dollop of milk. nice caramel colour, a rich elegant taste. not overly strong, but not weak either. a kind of middle of the road tea. very calming. it has a royal feel to it.

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90
drank Earl Grey by Dilmah
11 tasting notes

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90
drank Earl Grey by Dilmah
11 tasting notes

I did not like this tea on my first cup but I think it was because I wasn’t used to the bergamot flavour. Once I got used to the flavour, I loved it. It’s fragrant and strong enough to keep me going through marathon study sessions. Although the flavour is strong, it isn’t bitter. However the tea may taste sharp if it’s steeped for too long.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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90
drank Earl Grey by Dilmah
11 tasting notes

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90
drank Earl Grey by Dilmah
11 tasting notes

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90
drank Lemon Tea by Dilmah
239 tasting notes

I have been drinking this for a couple of months now…it is my “don’t have time, don’t want to take time” grab a tea bag remedy right now. Definitly still in my favorites list, still looking for more. The lemon, when brewed up a bit long, reminds me of lemon scented Pledge furniture polish…ya, not a real good thing..even a bit “waxy” :(

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50

The Barb & Bob Backlog – last tea for this week! Returning next Friday.

This one was Wednesday night’s late night tea. I had given my mom a few bags of this because she enjoyed a green mint tea she had when we were out in a restaurant and I’m trying to get her exposed to teas other than plain and flavored black teas.

Anyways, Wednesday evening was opening night of the season for the weekly wine strolling outside in the gardens of the plantation where my youngest sister works (she was recently promoted to daytime GM of the fine dining restaurant there and I’m very proud of her). Since it was the first night they did a sparkling wines and caviar theme with doubt the amount of wines to try as normal (and a higher price lol). Needless to say, I drank quite a bit and came home fairly drunk. Ate two delicious chicken enchiladas then promptly fell asleep on the loveseat.

I woke up feeling a bit of a queasy tummy and settled it quite well with this one. The minute and a half brewing time definitely produces a mintiness of a level I can handle.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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drank Rose With French Vanilla by Dilmah
1850 tasting notes

Sipdown, 187. Yet another of the selection of rose teas that I got in my swap with ToiToi. Thanks!

I brewed this one both cooler and shorter than I normally would because I saw immediately that it is a CTC leaf, and I am scared of CTC. Steeped, it smells primarily of rose in a somewhat perfumy way. You guys know that I love strong rose and rarely associate it with perfume, but for whatever reason this one is perfumy. The rose flavor is powerful, but again it kind of like perfume or soap. I don’t taste the vanilla as a distinct note but rather it lends a creaminess to the tea. Unfortunately, the main problem here is not the perfumy rose but the sharp spike of bitterness and astringency from the CTC base is too much for me. I knew I was right to be afraid! :P

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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I had a cup of this late Thursday night after a slightly too large pile of nachos too late at night. They were so good though. I am finding a lot of things to love about my broiler lol. Though I may not love this tea, it is soothing. And at 30 seconds less, there is a bit less mint and maybe some green tea taste. As with last time, I didn’t temp the water, just eyed it, but it was less than boiling both times.

Preparation
1 min, 30 sec

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77
drank Ceylon Orange Pekoe by Dilmah
1158 tasting notes

It’s quiet. Too quiet. Weird. Am I the only one up or is Steepster down again? I wanted tea to go with my Newtons. I was too unconscious for fancy steeping, so I grabbed this one. It comes in a bag inside a paper envelope. I love my loose white and green teas but you know what? My taster doesn’t seem to know the difference when it comes to Ceylon and Assams. I’m perfectly happy with this. It is medium bodied and tastes fruity. It is only slightly bitter. Would take milk well. Not a bad start to my day and it tasted good with Newtons.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
gmathis

Fig or apple?

Sil

I’m up now! Haha I was trying to sleep in a bit today:)

Terri HarpLady

I just woke up…yawn…waiting for the water to boil…

K S

They were Fig Newtons and Great Value brand. Like the tea bag, I can’t tell the difference. Never had the apple. The strawberry is good.

Glad all you sleepyheads could sleep in. I went to bed at midnight and was back up at 5:30. Sheesh!

gmathis

Our kitchen is about 50-50 Great Value these days and the percentage is rapidly edging upward.

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