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Hmmm… I am not quite sure what to think of this tea. On the one hand, I love the scent, like Turkish delight~ so delicious! But on the other, the taste is so disappointing! It tastes nothing like the scent, it tastes nothing like anything. It’s so disappointing D;

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 45 sec

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68

Checking previous notes and I forgot that I wanted to try this tea iced so I will have to remember to do that tomorrow. I have a cup of this hot at the moment but am finding it a little bitter today for some reason. Oh well it still makes a nice change to have a bit of flavour as something that I don’t usually drink.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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68

I hope this tea bears better than my first cup of Darjeeling did this morning. The sun is shining and the snow is melting, it’s beautiful outside with the crisp coldness still in the air. With spring on it’s way I chose this strawberry tea to have while relaxing this lunch time.

Colour: Looks like a reddish brown colour and resembles dark coloured honey.
Smell: Sweetly strawberry.

Taste: The strawberry is lovely, fresh and sweet but the ceylon grounds the flavour down making it very easy to drink. Not too sweet but just right, I should next time perhaps steep for a little longer. It was hard to estimate though as there were no instructions other than for ice tea. Even though this cup is subtle in flavour it’s still very pleasant and enjoyable. Great for people who dislike tea that is too sweet or even perhaps too fruity.

Come spring I will try this cold tea recipe and will post the tasting for that, I do think it will taste blissful.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
ScottTeaMan

Hey Ch3rry, have you ever tried Dilmah’s regular Ceylon bagged tea?? I was wondering if it was a good Ceylon as I have been considering purchasing some.

KittyLovesTea

Hello Scott, unfortunately I have not yet had the pleasure of trying the original Dilmah Ceylon tea. A friend sent me the strawberry flavour (as above) and a peach flavour. I would say that if you can find it at a decent price then it’s worth a try because if it’s anything like this strawberry ceylon then it’s average at best (in my opinion).

ScottTeaMan

Would you say $21.92, or 13.91 pounds is reasonable?

ScottTeaMan

…….for 300 teabags?

ScottTeaMan

If you were drinking a quality black tea in England, what are some of your favorites??

KittyLovesTea

I would say that price was good for 300 teabags. That makes each teabag around 7 cents each. You could always flavour them yourself if you are not such a fan of the original flavour by adding some dried fruit :)

If I wanted a black tea I would get a cup of either Connoseiur Tea by Ringtons which is a fairly large chain here that deliver to the front door (for disabled and elderly mostly who cannot go out to get tea or coffee) but it’s strong and not bitter which is what I like in a black tea. Or I would go for some Twinings Earl Grey tea because I love the bergamot sweetness. I do try and vary it though but I end up buying a lot of Twinings when it comes to black tea (Every day, Earl Grey, Morning, Afternoon) because compared to our native tea’s (PG tips, Yorkshire tea etc) Twinings are fresher in taste.

ScottTeaMan

Fresher…….really? I’ve heard alot of people rave about Yorkshire tea, and even PG Tips. I did try PG Tips once, and thought it was flat, even stale maybe. I ordered it from an online store that specialized in and sold British teas. Who knows how long it sat around waiting for an American to drink it?

KittyLovesTea

Well PG Tips have released a range called ‘The Fresh One’ along with ‘The Strong One’ and ‘The Delicate One’ that I have not yet got around to trying but if a tea has to advertise that they are getting fresher it makes me wonder what the hell it was before. And I found PG Tips to taste flat and stale too (even a little dusty and unclean) so I’m happy that I am not the only one :) Yorkshire Tea has been doing commercials on UK TV of a tea van travelling through America and giving ‘Good old British tea’ to those living abroad. While not being as horrible as PG Tips they are still quite flat and have no unique or special taste to them. (In my opinion of course).

ScottTeaMan

Correct me if I’m wrong, but Ahmad’s is an English brand, right? I think I ordered some of their Assam that was pretty good.

ScottTeaMan

Also wanted to try Taylors of Harrogate Tearoom Blend for years…….have you?

KittyLovesTea

Yes they are an English tea company and while I have some of their black tea (English tea no .1, Earl Grey, English Breakfast, Darjeeling and many more flavoured black tea’s) I have yet to try them. I got a box of twelve different flavours from Ahmad Tea for my birthday last week and I must admit I have been tempted to try them out. Perhaps in this next week I shall give them a go.

ScottTeaMan

Sounds good Happy Birthday! :D

KittyLovesTea

Thank you, also thank you for the wonderful conversation. It has been nice talking about tea :D

ScottTeaMan

Care care…….I’ll pop in later.

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87

This is an excellent smelling tea, with a wonderful taste to accompany it.

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91

I love mint tea, and the toffee flavour in this one is lovely!
It’s a little buttery, and it just works well overall.

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drank Italian Almond by Dilmah
911 tasting notes

Another new offering from my grocery store’s tea section. It’s bagged but this was a new brand that I haven’t heard of, so I thought I’d give it a try. I picked out this tea because I like almond flavoring… not so huge on almond nuts but the flavoring? Awesome.

When I opened the little foil bag, I was hit by the strong (and delicious) smell of pure amaretto. Just what I had been hoping for! When I took out some tea bags, though, I couldn’t help but think that they looked a bit like they were made of dryer sheets. That’s kind of uncool. Mental note: smell the bags, don’t look at them.

After steeping, the tea is a much more tea-like smelling creation. It smells thick, woodsy, malty and occasionally I get flashes of something that smells similar to dark chocolate or cocoa, but just a flash. And waiting patiently behind this very strong and bold tea smell is my adorable little amaretto. I hope the same is true for the taste.

I don’t have huge experiences with Ceylon, not straight at least, but this taste doesn’t remind me of Adagio’s Ceylon blends (or any other Ceylon-based flavored tea I can think of). It actually reminds me of a CTC that I had from Lupicia a while back – thickly textured, malty, a little bit of sticky sweet. (I just looked it up and I’m thinking about Silonibari BPS, which I believe is an Assam.) The amaretto flavor kind of flits around playfully; sometimes it’s at the beginning of the sip, sometimes the end, sometimes I get it all throughout the sip. It’s definitely taking a back seat to the tea but not so much that it fades away.

I do think the tea might be a wee bit strong for the lighter almond taste, though, because the end taste of the tea is so thick and coating that it seems more working counter to the almond than in conjunction. The almond shows up more when I take multiple sips instead of resting in between. I think resting gives the tea a chance to build up its thick, slightly bitter (in a wet, nutty way) end notes which totally drown out the amaretto. Sip-sip-sipping results in more sweet, light almond.

Overall, not bad but it could use a little something. Since this reminds me so much of Silonibari BPS, which turned to flat, boring cardboard when milk was added, I don’t think I’m brave enough to try it with milk. Mentally, I’ve already decided that would ruin it. But trying it with sugar seems like a good idea…

Ah yes, a good idea. It kills off just enough of the nutty bitter that I’m able to enjoy the almond more. It’s still not overwhelmingly almond, but it’s not distractingly wet-bitter at the end, either. Much better. I also seem to drink it faster which helps with the lack of nutty-bitter aftertaste. Overall, the addition of sugar seems to make the tea/flavoring ratio seem a bit better balanced instead of the big bully of the tea running roughshod all over the sweet, innocent little almond.

As always, it is nice to come across a flavored tea that still lets the tea be the star. I’m not sure that they picked the best leading actor in the tea world, though, but since sugar tempers that a bit, I won’t complain too loudly. Overall, a nice tea… and one with a pretty serious caffeine punch. (Seriously, my hands just started trembling a bit and I only had 6oz. Usually only lots of sencha or a stout Assam give me the shakes. Wowza.)

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drank Premium by Dilmah
2 tasting notes

I’m almost done my first box of 100. I like it, I won’t hesitate getting it again. It’s good when you just want a general black tea. I use it as a two-bagger tea — 1st infusion I steep for 3-4 min and 2nd infusion I’ll let sit in for 15 min+ until I’m done my 1st cup.

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85

when they said it has “fruity taste”, they meant it. really. it’s good. this one’s definitelly recommended.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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81

Amazingly well balanced for a single estate Ceylon tea. Nice combination of light astringency and full, round, sturdy character. It is much like a very good British Breakfast blend, with a taste of sunshine and humidity. From the distinct aroma, to the very last sip, this tea asserts itself as a true Ceylon tea. A nice tea to pair with hearty foods, or good buttery shortbread.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Supreme Ceylon by Dilmah
41 tasting notes

Very drinkable with a nice peppery finish. My wife’s favourite everyday type of tea. A very good value tea.

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This is a great black tea! It’s strong enough to stand up to milk and sugar, which I’ve been enjoying in the brisk mornings as the weather has been cooling down (it reminds me almost of chai!). It’s a perfect morning tea- just the smell of it is enough to get me out of bed :)

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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drank Pure Oolong by Dilmah
2 tasting notes

Steep up to slightly dark yellow color, smell great, taste even better if steep for another 15sec more. Gets bitter even if steep for another 10sec so watch your timing. Currently my favorite morning tea~

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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This is a pure black tea but it does has hints of fruit! I guess that shows the fine quality of the tea leaves and clearly differentiates it from other low quality, astringent Ceylon tea in the market. :) So far Dilmah’s tea has not disappointed me!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Ceylon Supreme by Dilmah
1314 tasting notes

Hmmm. It’s not bad, per se. Highly astringent the way ceylons can be. The leaves must be either a first flush, or something akin to that because it tastes rather “fresh” but has very little depth to it, as Wayne mentioned. The tea is quality though. Very smooth for being bagged and not at all dusty.
Except, well, the maltiness is so minimal that I’m actually not looking forward to finishing the other 19 bags I have left. Atleast it was free! I’ll never turn down a free tea sample if I haven’t tried it before :)
I made Mum a cuppa to. If she doesn’t like it, would anyone else like to try this one? It just isn’t my cup of tea…

Indigobloom

and she doesn’t like it, so anyone who wants it, it’s theirs!

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drank Premium by Dilmah
2 tasting notes

This is the tea I usually drink at night time or a quick cup in the morning. I really love the smell.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C

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drank Earl Grey by Dilmah
1994 tasting notes

This tea is pretty common at coffee shops here in Warsaw, and I had a pot of it this afternoon. For a bagged tea, it was actually pretty tasty. I know for sure that this is a Ceylon base, since the company makes a big deal about how their tea is 100% single-origin Ceylon. The bergamot was strong enough to be the main event, but not overpowering, and overall the flavor was fairly well-balanced.

A nice basic tea, and a decent option when on the go, but once again I’m finding it lacking a certain depth of flavor, as with the bagged Twinings EG I had earlier, though I do think I prefer this one of the two, probably due to the origin differences of the black tea base.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Apple flavoured tea by Dilmah
314 tasting notes

I know I know, the aroma of apple is purely artificial…. but still, I find it irresistible! :P I am glad that unlike some apple teas, there’s no odd colouring in it. A nice, relaxing tea to round off a meal.

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I steeped this first in some water that was sitting out for a while (this is my first pure white tea and I didn’t want to, er, I dunno, burn it?), so the first liquor was subtly sweet and reminded me of Black Needles from DAVIDsTEA.

The second steeping was close to boiling and a much deeper yellowy golden liquor that was very pleasing. I’m trying to savour this one as it’s a bit pricey, but still around $1 per bag is not that bad when you compare it with anything from a take-out joint.

Preparation
140 °F / 60 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Ceylon Supreme by Dilmah
89 tasting notes

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60
drank Ceylon Supreme by Dilmah
89 tasting notes

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drank Ceylon Supreme by Dilmah
89 tasting notes

Definitely developing an appreciation for this one, citrusy notes come out strong, a bright flavourful cup

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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