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I like this Dilmah tea. It steeps up to a dark down color with orange tints to it. This tea has a much cleaner taste than the other dilmah teas I have tried. It has no bitterness or aftertaste at all. It has a little astringency. It has a very nice flavor and a kick much like a mild assam tea. My wife likes this one as a breakfast tea as the assams that I have are much too strong for her.
This tea steeps up dark brown and the taste is basic ceylon to me. Its a nice tea with good flavor, not much bitterness, and just a little astringency. I just wouldn’t put it in the same category as the other two Dilmah teas I have tried. I do like it but it just doesn’t wow me at all. I would call this tea a basic breakfast ceylon to me. I’m not sure why Dilmah compares their teas to wine. To me wine and tea are as different as night and day. Of course I’m no expert and could be wrong (I usually am).
Dilmah’s teas continue to impress me. This tea steeps to a dark golden brown and is very biscuity. Its very dry and has an intense flavor almost like an assam tea. This tea has the pyramid bags and really expands when steeped. It has no bitterness but does have a little astringency. A very nice tea.
Sorry I have been absent for a month but my wife and I have been moving into an improved remodeled house. It took almost 2 years to get it the way we wanted it. I even have a tea pantry now (Its really more of a hutch but its all tea).
This is a very nice Ceylon tea. Its woodsy and fruity and reminds me of a darjeeling. I even like the pyramid tea bags although they are stuffed after steeping. I’m going to try cutting open a bag and steeping to see if there is any difference. I have been drinking Dilmah as breakfast tea for the last month (I have 4 varieties) and it has really grown on me. Now to try other Ceylon teas. I have to buy more tea as the last month has really done a number on my stash.
This is my first venture into single estate Ceylon tea and I must say its been very enjoyable. This tea steeps up to a yellowish brown color and it really does remind you of a Darjeeling tea. The tea is woodsy and slightly fruity at the same time. It has no bitterness and is only slightly astringent. This is broken leaf tea in nylon pyramid tea bags and the leaf is quite large and beautiful. The tea is crisp and light and I really loved it.
I think this is the only single estate tea I can get from the supermarket. I opened up one of the tea bags and I saw that the tea leaves were very fine, so I’m guessing that they are tea dust. The tea had an overall weak flavor, though a bit brisk in character. 3 minutes of steep time or less is ideal, since it does get bitter if the teabag is left in the cup for any longer amount of time. I think it is best to have it without milk since the taste becomes quite dull. Making it iced is also a good idea.
Add: This definitely goes better with honey than with sugar. Not surprising as this is usually the case with most teas, but still worth noting.
This is a very serviceable flavored black tea in a bag. This has become my go-to bag when I need a quick cup of tea. The scent of this tea is utterly amazing- strong cinnamon, but not overwhelming. I could sniff the packet all day. Flavor is good for a bag. Most important to me is that the cinnamon flavor is present, but not so overwhelming that it is too sweet. All in all, a quality tea, great for when you need a bag.
I am not a lover of white teas. I prefer hearty black teas, dark and sharp with tannins. White teas tend to be too delicate for me. But Dilmah’s white Ceylon tea was an entirely different experience. It made a beautifully pale liquor that shimmered with tinges of yellow. It tasted like Ceylon tea, with the presence of tannins, but more delicate and fruity. It was the most richly flavorful white tea I have ever tasted.
Now, in the month of April, I am going to seek out and taste test more white teas. I am convinced that my white tea experience has been inadequate. It may be that I only like white Ceylon, but we shall see.
I received this as a free sample from Alice.com (Love Alice! Love, love love Alice!) The sample was 20 teabags, which ought to be enough for me to form an opinion ;) The bag is one of the generously sized pyramid mesh types, and leaves plenty of room for the leaf to expand. The leaf is very black, and fine, but not too fine – no visible dust or finings. The cinnamon scent is intoxicating and almost floral. The tea brews up very quickly – within a couple of minutes it was dark and very fragrant. The color is a deep brown red, with almost no sediment – one of the reasons I dislike bagged teas is that the leaf is generally so dusty that there is a lot of sediment in the cup. The tea is a rich, sweet, straightforward Ceylon with a hint of astringency. The cinnamon adds warmth to the cup without overpowering the tea – it would take some doing to overpower this tea. The cinnamon tastes like real cinnamon – not cassia, not some plastic flavored cinnamon flavoring, but real, honest cinnamon.
I am definitely going to take advantage of the coupon Alice is giving me for this tea.
I had the pleasure of trying this tea recently at a high tea. To me, Dilmah usually means a slightly nicer tea supermarket bagged tea, but this was a pretty decent cup! The tea had a lovely malty flavour with that hint of biscuity-honeyness that I love in my favourite Assam estate, Namdang. Huh, a Ceylon that I don’t find revolting! Go figure.
Just winding down for the evening and though I have this thing where I enjoy black tea at night, I am behaving myself and going for a no/low-caffeine nightcap.
Let it be noted that I also have a habit of allowing my tea bag to wallow in my cup forever and ever amen.
I always seem to find myself disappointed with lemongrass teas, and I’m not sure why. What am I expecting? Something more lemony? More grassy? Whatever the case, my conclusion for this tea, even when it was newly poured and not steeped to the dickens… was simply, ‘meh’. I prefer my green tea… green.
I ordered this because it was on 35% sale on Amazon until the end of February (I think). I was a little worried because my friend described it as having a “cherry-like” flavor. I had it straight this morning and now I know what she was talking about- it’s the stronger, slightly bitter taste of raw almond rather than the sweet nutty flavor of roasted almond. Like almond or amaretto syrup, if you have tried them. Pretty good.
I snagged a box of this tea after a friend’s Singaporean exchange student housemates left it behind. The variety I have doesn’t seem to be exactly what I found on the company’s website (my kind is called “Mild & Spicy Masala Chai” and has a different box), but hopefully the taste is comparable.
This is a very nice if slightly unusual chai. I was pleasantly surprised when I had my first cup at the delicate, almost fruity aftertaste (I’m sorry if my descriptions are a little imprecise, my taste buds unfortunately don’t communicate in words). This definitely isn’t a spicy/hot chai like many I’ve tried, I think the overriding flavour is actually cardamom rather then a more cinnamon/pepercorn/clove spicy taste (just conjecture, I don’t know that much about the individual chai spices).
Tastes best with some milk and honey for sweetening, although I find the milk isn’t as important in this chai as some others because of the more delicate taste. I haven’t found over-steeping to be a problem (I often carry around a travel mug and just leave the tea bag inside and it never seems to get that bitter aftertaste).
Very finely cut tea with some dust, with a very intense, almost rank odor of bergamot in the dry leaf. I used about 1measuring teaspoon to a pint of boiling water, and steeped for about three minutes. This produced a ruddy dark brown tea, fairly clear, still with an intense bergamot scent and somewhat less intense bergamot flavor. Good breakfast tea, which is when I had it, together with toast, marmalade and a nice boiled egg. My husband tried it as well, and pronounced it “good.”