Edinburgh Tea and Coffee Company

Recent Tasting Notes

100

Absolutely phenomenal tea. Very strong, some of the most strong black tea I’ve ever had, but not bitter or overly harsh. Goes great with some creamer, honey and afternoon tea snacks! Also a great wake-me-up for the morning.

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

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98

This is my favorite tea at the moment. It is dark and rich, but not bitter at all, very mellow. Calming. I enjoy it very much with some whole coconut milk — I find that only the Thai Kitchen brand of coconut milk works well with tea.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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85

I´m surprised to seee that this tea already not listed here. I find it by my last visit in Edinburgh and i love it. The tea is light and has a balmy whisky aroma.

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68

This is very rich-tasting tea, but easy to ruin by over-steeping, in which case it becomes very bitter.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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Think I like the idea of this tea more than the flavour. The aroma is light, which I think the tea was but I was expecting a fuller whiskey taste…good excuse for a wee dram after your tea.

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tastes mostly like a standard black tea but its finish is more complex, a higher note, a bit sharp. perhaps fruity.

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gifted to me by a friend. i steeped it for four minutes, added a brown sugar cube & a wee dollop of milk. it isn’t as strong as Irish Breakfast, but its flavour has more complexity than English Breakfast. there are some light finishing notes. do i detect the taste of whisky? could be my imagination. a delicious tea to savour & enjoy.

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This is a weird tea.. It’s not bad, but it doesn’t taste like tea to me. You get a hint of whiskey when you first sip it and luckily there isn’t a whiskey after taste. I would highly recommend it to all the tea lovers that are recovered alcoholics!

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I can’t believe this one wasn’t already listed here, especially since I have received it in two separate swaps from different people.

I didn’t expect to like it, mostly because I gave some of the bags to a friend who didn’t seem wild about it. I have to admit it is better than I thought it would be, but I am not a whisky drinker so perhaps I am easier to please. The tea base is light, barely astringent, and not really anything to write home about. The whisky aroma is sweet and it almost smells as if a piece of candy was melted in the cup of hot tea. Is real whisky sweet like that? The whisky aspect seems to be all in the aroma rather than the taste, because I don’t feel like I am tasting much other than tea. I am drinking this without additions but I can see that some might really enjoy it with sugar and/or milk. I wouldn’t go out and buy this, but if it was the only thing available in a sandwich shop, I would drink it.

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First morning in days I didn’t need high-octane to wake up. This one is quickly turning into the “okay, let’s just get this one drunk up and over with” category, but it’s a plausible lighter-end morning tea.

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Nothing but iced the rest of the day—carport thermometer registering at 102. It exaggerates a bit due to its placement, but hot is hot. Summer trying to burn itself out before September gets here.

At any rate, this one runs a little too mild for my breakfast preferences, but is a great cold steeper. Only a bit of sharpness.

Writing children’s activities with a farm theme. (ashmanra, you’re my muse. Lots of chicken and egg games. :) Sad to think that we’re raising a crop of kids who don’t know the pleasant smell of fresh hay, who’ve actually plucked a tomato bug off the vine, or hung out at the livestock barn at the county fair.

K S

Put a string on a June bug and fly it around the yard. Wow, where’d that come from? Not sure I would even know what one looked like today. I grew up on a small farm, chickens, a few milk cows, a pig, a couple ponies. Weeding the garden, breaking beans, canning. Now everything comes in a white box with blue letters.

gmathis

You haven’t lived until you’ve bottle fed a calf and (oh, the power!) driven a real tractor. (Doubt I could do either well these days.)

K S

I used to ‘drive’ the tractor for our neighbors when they put up hay. I couldn’t reach the pedals. They set the speed control and I just guided. Not sure what would have happened if I suddenly needed to stop – it never came up! ha. The bigger guys would walk along side the wagon and throw the bales up to the neighbor lady who stacked them on the wagon. Afterwards we would swim in the creek. Memories.

ashmanra

Anyone ever work on a farm and get so dirty that you understand why the special snack was a pack of peanuts poured into a bottle of Coke? You needed the cold Coke because it was hot, the peanuts had enough protein to keep you going until supper, and pouring them in the Coke meant your filthy hands never had to touch your food. This was usually done when harvesting tobacco, but lots of people here still do this, including my kids!

I was afraid of my grandmother’s chickens when I was little, even the hens. Now I find them absolutely delightful and hysterical. Bossy caught a big cicada today and all the other hens chased her trying to take it! Last week, Buffy caught a small snake and had the same ordeal. I would love to hear about your chicken games, G!

gmathis

I’d heard about the peanuts-and-coke thing but never had the pleasure personally.

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The soda pinch trick works! This isn’t a particularly acidic tea, but it isn’t an expensive one, either, so I threw a few bags into water in the fridge, pinched some soda, and let it steep. There is a noticeable difference in flavor—-the sharp edges are now rather gentle and smooth.

When this quart is gone, I’m off to Arm & Hammer some of the cheap grocery store brand to see what happens.

OMGsrsly

I do this for Yorkshire Gold, which is an incredibly strong tea. Works like a charm. :) I think I’ll try cold steeping it with a pinch of soda, just to see. Usually I hot steep then chill.

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Shovels are unthawed, but the driveway isn’t. Can’t budge the sleet that thawed slightly, then refroze into a jagged, lumpy, sleet sheet. So I’m sitting in a sunbeam, drinking a mid-morning cuppa (two bags to the cup on this one to get the desired sharpness) and letting the sun soften things outside a bit, hopefully.

Ellyn

We call those sun puddles. When the rays come inside the cat, dog and I rush to sit in the perfect sunny spot!

gmathis

Sun puddles. I like that!

K S

We only got a little ice that turned to sleet. The roads are pretty good shape. So we dodge this one.

I do wish we had some sun puddles to fight the cats over. Nothing but gray here.

Indigobloom

Get out the ice pick lol

Nicole

We are waiting for someone to come plow the driveway. Yay for Craigslist! I don’t have any interest in shoveling a double driveway with 18-24 inch drifts on it. :)

Hubby says the highways are okay-ish and we have been having sun off and on today but I figured it would still take me twice as long to get to work so since I don’t have to, I’m home. With tea and my mother who couldn’t make it home from work on Thursday. :)

gmathis

Took till noon for the grooves to thaw enough we could get the truck out (unfortunately, no 4WD’s at this house). Main streets safe and dry; intersections to side streets are horrible-slippy-slushy. Not regretting the decision to burn a vacation day…I’m now a bit ahead on a writing project. Serendipity.

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It’s unanimous, based on other reviews, that Scottish breakfast tea should be strong enough to kick the wind out o’yer wee bagpipes, but this isn’t.

So I doubled up the bags this morning and (inadvertently) oversteeped by a minute or so. NOW we’re talking. Sharp. Stout.

Serenity

Is it a little smokey tasting?

gmathis

Not to me. A single bag is just a nice “brown” tasting breakfast tea, if that makes sense. Doubling up made it a little more acidic/astringent.

Terri HarpLady

I often double bagged teas, regardless of the company or flavor, as I feel they are usually stingy with their portions. Having said that, I also often double the amount of loose tea…
Not all of the cups I have are 8oz, which is (in theory) what a portion is suppose to be. Most of them are 12oz, & I tend to like my teas on the strong side. :)

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Though this one hasn’t my preferred level of clout, it gets props for “impossible to ruin.” Insomnia, weird dreams (chased by the Chinese mafia because I had two of their miniature dogs, deceased, in matchboxes), and some unsettled fretting about elder care had me up at 4:15 a.m.

Made this just to have a warm mug to clutch, left the bag in; too tired to get up and dispose. Fell asleep in the recliner and 2 hours later, bag in, it was still drinkable.

Nicole

Dogs in matchboxes. I do wonder where the things our dreams turn up originate sometimes. :)

Hesper June

Haha! I agree! I had a dream the other night where I was crossing a bridge where trolls lived underneath!
What the heck??? Where on earth did that come from?

Terri HarpLady

LOL, those are the kinds of dreams I always have: vivid, insane, unpredictable, and yet, in my mind they somehow make sense, in some strange way. They also would make great movies…at least with a little work, :D

ashmanra

I think you should write a novel based on that dream, a al Jasper Fforde! LOL!

Terri HarpLady

My NaNoWriMo Novel last year was based on a dream I had, and this year’s story is based on a series of dreams I’ve had over my whole life (although not every night…like there’s the dream I had when I was young, etc). Why not?

Bonnie

Good Grief, what did you eat, drink for Thanksgiving?! Magic mushrooms?!

gmathis

Chili frito pie, Bonnie, at Stogey’s Coney Island, a local diner, on Wed. evening. (My immediate family—just the three of us—is a little uh, nontraditional.)

Indigobloom

that is some weird dreaming! you sure there was no absinthe in your tea? lol

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I am grateful for comfortably priced, decent-but-not-phenomenal bagged teas. Some days you just don’t want to think. This works.

K S

Absolutely agree!

gmathis

Revise that to some WEEKS you just don’t want to think…

Yogini Undefined

So true! That’s how I feel about my few favourite bagged teas. No thinking required :)

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Not recanting any of my previous notes on this one; it’s still on the milder side of my wake-up tea preferences, but good all the same. No one tea in the blend outshouts the other.

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I’ve previously noted how light this is for a morning tea, but I will amend my comments after steeping a quart of this all day in the fridge. It stoutens (Yeah, stoutens. I made it up, so there)considerably with a slow, cold steep. Bit of apple-peel sharpness to it now. Good stuff.

Bonnie

What a Bonnie tea! Stoutens shall be forevermore a proper word!

gmathis

As long as it describes our tea and not our waistlines.

Bonnie

I once was a stoutens but now! I’m a bonny wee lass!

Hesper June

Stoutens is an awesome word:)

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In a moment of weakness, I agreed to teach both hours of fifth grade Sunday school this morning due to lack of volunteers on a holiday weekend. (Individually, this group is full of a bunch of unique and lovable kids. Collectively, they’re a toxic mess of bad mojo. Too many large personalities in a small room.)

So, after a less-than-stellar night o’ sleep, I grabbed something I thought would boot me awake. This wasn’t it.

I’ve never known any Scots personally, so I am open to correction, but subtlety does not strike me as being a national personality characteristic. So the lightness of this tea surprises me. Not a bit of astringency. Makes me think of wheat toast crust. Plenty of flavor, just not the kind that conks you on the head with a caber.

I won’t delete my first tasting note on this one, but I’m going to retract it; I alluded to some heft that wasn’t there. May try doubling up on the bags next time.

ashmanra

If you want something Scottish to wake you up, maybe you should try Irn Bru. It is bad enough that even my teens won’t drink it, but it does have a good bit of caffeine! Scotland is the only country where another soda outsells Coke, and that is it. It is…an acquired taste.

Bonnie

Good for you tackling Sunday School for the wee 5th graders! Sainthood for sure!

Hesper June

I find this review quite interesting.
I just did a review on a Mark T. Wendell Scottish Breakfast and I had similar experience.
I thought it would be hearty and somewhat eyeopening, instead found it to be mild.
Is this how Scottish Breakfast teas are, perhaps?
I will look into Ashmanra’s suggestion.
Good luck with the kids!!!

gmathis

Thanks, Bonnie & Hesper June. It was a surprisingly fun morning. I’ve been working with this age group for (uh, an undisclosed amount of) years and it is so cool when they actually start to make the connection between what I’m teaching and real life. I saw some light bulbs pop on over their heads today. That’s why I do what I do with that wild bunch :) Of course, I still think I could have used something stronger than Scottish breakfast!

Bonnie

Try whiskey!

Hesper June

Maybe that’s how the Scots drink their breakfast tea. They add scotch!
So glad the morning turned out wonderful for you:)

Bonnie

The English Tea Store has a Scottish Breakfast thats not bad. Guess I’m getting spoiled too with more full flavored tea!

gmathis

I think my love for deep, dark, kicky black teas have burned off my taste buds so that I don’t pick up all those lovely little nuance-y things in greens and whites.

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Tried with a little half-and-half this morning, and all I’m getting is the milk. Back to straight up next time.

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Another surprise from the Easter Elephant. A nice bagged morning blend (EE knows that mornings are always a rush and it’s easy to ruin good loose tea). Not as strong as I had anticipated. I’d place it just past Yorkshire Gold on the plain hot water——>PG Tips left to stand 30 minutes scale.

K S

Just past Yorkshire Gold and not as strong as anticipated? Wow, you rock!

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