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85
drank Italian Almond by Dilmah
2 tasting notes

i’ve been mourning the loss of lipton “almond pleasure” tea for 15+ years now, and i am happy to say that i’ve found a decent replacement in dilmah’s “italian almond”. while i agree with other reviewers (both here and on amazon, where i ordered this tea) that the flavors of this tea are not complex, “almond pleasure” was definitely not complex either… so it doesn’t bother me very much.

after drinking it as-is the first few times, i had the idea of cutting the tea bag open and mixing the leaves with a heaping teaspoon of “coquelicot gourmand” from dammann freres. i think this will be my preferred combination from now on. the almond taste comes through quite delicately at the end of the sip, giving “coquelicot gourmand” a bit of an almond boost as it already has marzipan flavoring.

the tin smells heavenly when you open it. i wish i could purchase this tea in loose form rather than tea bags, but thats nothing a pair of scissors cant fix!

Preparation
4 min, 0 sec 18 OZ / 532 ML

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80

The taste is pretty good, but it is a bit reminiscent of Aunt Mary’s soap collection.

Flavors: Flowers, Soap

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 15 sec

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81
drank mahagastotte by Dilmah
9 tasting notes

Sadly I only really worked out how to brew this toward the end of the tin. Similar to Lover’s Leap with that clear light high grown quality but when overbrewed this one really does become minerally and metallically bitter. Time it right and you have an exceptional tea. The older wiser me will be looking out for some higher quality leaf version of this in the coming months.I don’t think dilmah are doing this range any more but my partner may be able to fetch some back iin the Autumn.

Preparation
2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 7 OZ / 200 ML

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84

Once I got used to brewing this and having it black I really enjoyed it. It’s a classic high grown ceylon (at least that’s what I realise now) .Clean clear light flavours and a threat of astringency if you oversteep it.I’m not sure I’d compare it to Darjeeling from the limited experience I have so far. This seems cleaner and clearer but less complex. These high grown ceylons seem like perfect refreshing afternoon teas to me. Crisp ,clean and not overcluttered.

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 7 OZ / 200 ML
Pipe Camp

I thought it was odd this tea had good tasting reviews because I hated it, but I was probably brewing it wrong. It was really astringent, odd smell and taste. Not at all like the other dilmah teas I’ve had.. any advice? I was using filtered boiled water steeped 2-3 minutes

dalisllama

Try 2.30 to 3 mins water off boil and drink black. It does have earthy and mineral flavours and can be too astringent if overbrewed .

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82
drank Somerset Estate by Dilmah
9 tasting notes

A nice warming rounded brew,makes a good afternoon tea but really needs to be drank black. Not as refined as the high growns but more warming and less likely to get tannic on you if you over steep it.The leaves are reasonably chunky BOP.I expect they’d need bigger bags if they used bigger pieces!

Preparation
3 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 7 OZ / 200 ML

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78

Of the single estate teas I brought back from Sri Lanka this one went first. It’s a low grown but doesn’t have the depth and weight of some of the Ruhunu teas like Lumbini and New Vithekande which I’ve discovered since.At the time I preferred it to the higher grown teas but I’ve since learned that really Lover’s Leap and Mahadagotte are far better drunk black.Would pick this up again if I found a tin.All these dilmah tins are great for storage. The double lids make a very reliable seal.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 7 OZ / 200 ML

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87

How i got it: Bought it (Dilmah’s Variety Pack)

Experience: This isn’t a very complex tea, but is a nice one, though. Its characteristic aroma is what defines this blend the most: light to mild intensity with floral notes, similar to the ones from a Darjeeling, that nuance the typical Ceylon smell. Flavor-wise, this tea has a medium intensity, a clear and crisp taste, with notes that go more on the acidic side. Some muscatel and astringency at the end of the cup, and a honey-like aftertaste. Good duration an definition. Quite good

Would i buy it again?: Depending on my mood, yes. This is one candidate to be a permanent guest of my cupboard.

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91
drank Darjeeling Tea by Dilmah
89 tasting notes

How i got it: Bought it (Dilmah’s Variety Pack)

Experience: Third tea of five in the pack. This Darjeeling is very fragrant, with dominant floral notes and some light citric ones. Taste-wise, is equally intense, having a well defined and lasting flavor marked, as in the aroma, by the floral notes which happen to be similar to a chamomille infusion. It’s a bit difficult to describe it without some references… the only one that comes to mind is a Nepal; in that case, this tea would be a stronger but less sweet version of it. Some muscatel at the end of the sip. Best Darjeeling I’ve tried so long, hands down. Very good.

Would i buy it again?: As I’ve said before, the whole pack is worth buying again

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87

How i got it: Bought it (Dilmah’s Variety Pack)

Experience: I’ve tried this pack in the past, before opening my Steepster account, so I didn’t have a log for them. Let’s change that, then. This EB has an intense aroma, with caramel and slightly acidic notes, and a softer, less intense taste than your usual Breakfast tea. However, it retains the classic bitter-y notes in the middle of the sip that are typical of these blends. More inclined to an Assam than to a Ceylon in my opinion, it has a good duration, and a relatively complex taste with spiced and acidic hints. Medium astringency. Honestly, I expected a bit more, but this is a enjoyable tea -no doubt about it.

Would i buy it again?: My experience with Dilmah is good overall, so I’d say yes.

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94
drank Earl Grey by Dilmah
89 tasting notes

How i got it: Bought it (Dilmah’s Variety Pack)

Experience: Last tea of five in the pack (I reviewed the fourth tea in the pack, English Afternoon, some time ago. See http://steepster.com/ChrisSen/posts/255673). This Earl Grey is quite aromatic, with a bergamot scent that’s intense, natural and clear, and which doesn’t give much room for the tea to appear. Things are more balanced on the taste side, where the tea’s flavor tends to appear more to the end of the sip. The resulting taste is well defined and lasting, and leaves a little fizzy/muscatel sensation in the aftertaste. I’d say this tea is less balanced that Basilur’s Earl Grey, but compensates with greater body, character and richness. A good Earl Grey.

Would i buy it again?: Yes, few doubts about it.

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80
drank Earl Grey Strong by Dilmah
11 tasting notes

My current go to Earl Grey Tea, definitely the best supermarket available Earl Grey (in New Zealand. Good balance of bergamot that’s not overpowering.

Flavors: Bergamot, Citrus

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML

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80

I find that the best way to drink this tea is to sweeten it and serve it icy-cold.

Flavors: Blueberry, Cream, Vanilla

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 7 tsp 47 OZ / 1400 ML

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the jasmine is flavourful but the green tea part is overly strong; perhaps i should have steeped it less than three minutes. i do love the scent of jasmine that meets my nose as i lift the mug to my lips.

Flavors: Bitter, Grass, Hay, Jasmine

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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60

Skype asks, ‘Does Skype power your passion?’ (white text on pink background) and I admit that the only time I can talk forever on the phone is when I’m in love with the person on the other end, because otherwise I get bored.

M was here, and wanted tea instead of alcohol (wait, what just happened and how) so I managed to find this. I picked it up at the grocery store as some kind of emergency tea when I was here for a couple of days in the fall, and mostly tealess. I guess that worked out well, for what could be more of an emergency than me saying, ‘But there is PEACH VODKA,’ and the other person shaking their head in response?

This is simple and reliable – I steeped it at something like 90C for 2 minutes, dropping a few tea bags into the pot, and there was no bitterness or astringency. It’s a very flat jasmine, none of the personality, deep scent, or floral exuberance I tend to prefer. I like over-the-top jasmines, I really do.

What brings the grade down in this case, though, is that it’s a little papery – a little too obviously a bagged tea. I will have no problem finishing the rest of this box up, and I might even get some more to keep around for emergencies, like if Sil shows up like a ninja and sips my other 156 teas down in the night… but it’s not something I’d ever crave.

[Purchased at Luthagens Livs in Uppsala, fall 2013.]

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec
whatshesaid

Lol, Sil’s got her own mass quantity of teas to worry about!! But she might show up like a ninja and drop off some of hers….

Dustin

Wait, why are you traveling wihout tea?! How does that happen?!

Sil

i could do both…

Anna

whatshesaid: Aaaaah! NOOO!

Dustin: Well, when I bought this, I literally only came here to repack and then leave again the next morning, so not much need for tea… but then I obviously had a jasmine craving. This time around, my friend doesn’t really like fruit teas, and all I’d brought was fruit oolong. But my guests never say no to alcohol. Still in a state of shock.

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80
drank Italian Almond by Dilmah
268 tasting notes

I found this tea at Whole Foods the last time I was in MD visiting the boyfriend. I’m drinking it while he makes me an omelette; I’m a lucky girl! Anyway, I like the ceylon base of this tea a lot and there is a hint of an almond aftertaste but it’s very subtle. Overall, it’s a very pleasant tea, but I much prefer the almond tea I get from Coffee and Tea Ltd.

mj

I brewed my 2nd cup much longer (I forgot about it on the counter for a while) and didn’t get any bitterness but the almond flavor was much stronger.

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75
drank Premium by Dilmah
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Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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48
drank Maharaja Reserve by Dilmah
25 tasting notes

It’s not a bad tea – Dilmah’s rarely are – but I would not drink it again. It’s regular Assam, but a tad more bitter, and slightly less pleasant. I reckon it’s the kind of tea for people who add milk – I don’t.

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46
drank Blueberry Vanilla Tea by Dilmah
25 tasting notes

The tea is not a bad one. However, I was disappointed in it, mostly because I could barely taste the vanilla. It’s pretty much just blueberry tea – which is not what I wanted – and an average one at that.

Preparation
4 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 250 ML
Hannah F.

Sweeten it and stick it in the fridge overnight. The vanilla comes out!

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68

My first impression of this tea was that it has a remarkable smell – and not a good one. The taste, however, surprised me, and positively so. It’s nothing too distinctive, it actually makes a rather simple cup, but it’s very pleasant and – my favourite part of it – doesn’t leave an aftertaste. It’s a very good post-meal tea.

Flavors: Cream, Flowers

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 4 min, 0 sec 10 OZ / 300 ML

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55

A sample from KittyLovesTea. I’m naturally suspicious of peach tea. I’ve tried a few, and almost all of them have been unbearably fake-tasting. The kind of peach a kid’s lipgloss might be flavoured with. The smell of this one dry concerns me. It’s exactly the kind of over sweet, cloying, thick artificial peach that I dislike most. I’ve never had a real peach that tasted anything remotely like this (and other peach teas) smell.

As ever, though, I’m up for giving it a chance. Brewed, it’s not actually so bad. There is quite a thick, artificial peach taste, but the base tea is nice and smooth, and it peeks through in just the right places. I actually added milk to this, based on how dark it brewed up after only a couple of minutes, and I think that’s helped to give it a creaminess that it maybe wouldn’t have had otherwise. The suggestion on the sachet this bag came in was to ice it, and I think it might be very refreshing like that. Unfortunately, this doesn’t have quite the natural, fresh peach taste I was really hoping for, so it’s probably not one I’d seek out again. It’s just a little too far on the wrong side of cloying for my tastes. My search for the perfect peach tea continues.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec

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100
drank English Afternoon by Dilmah
4 tasting notes

Dilmah is ethically sourced and amazing, brewing time 3-5 minutes only and mixes well with plant milks. This company has been around for over 4 generations and you can tell because they make the nicest black tea on the market.

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95
drank Premium by Dilmah
25 tasting notes

A mellow, yet very flavorful tea. When I got my shipment in from Amazon, there were close to a dozen assorted free samples in the box, and I tried a few of those first. I wasn’t that impressed with the ones I tried, except for the afternoon tea, so I was a little bit afraid of what this tea was going to taste like. But my fears were unfounded, because this is a delightful afternoon type tea and will take its place there on my daily schedule.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 15 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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77
drank Brilliant Breakfast by Dilmah
185 tasting notes

This is not your average breakfast “blend”….this is straight ceylon. I don’t like teas with high astringency, so I was a bit hesitant is choosing this from my cupboard for my morning cup of caffeinated tea…but once I added my milk and sugar I was smiling! This ceylon has a full bodied brightness to it that stood up to my milk and honey just fine… it’s not a tea for a blustery winter morning, but for a chilly spring morning it would be perfect…robust but bright. Try this and surprise yourself. I did!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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