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73

I was really hoping to find out what thistle tasted like, but it looks like I am going to have to wait a while longer. This tastes like a straight up black tea to me. If I hadn’t know which tea I was drinking, it just as easily could have been Scottish Breakfast.

The base is Indian, and rather mild. The malt and astringency are toned down to the point of this almost tasting like a darjeeling, but with a bit more power behind it. Overall, it’s not bad for a bag, but really nothing special.

Flavors: Bitter, Malt

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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71

I should have had this and the Heather tea side by side, because I am not detecting much difference between the two. It’s less bitter, and that’s about all I can say for it. It’s good enough to keep around for those days when I have an aneurysm and don’t want to bother with loose leaf, even if I can’t imagine such a scenario ever occurring.

The whiskey flavoring is almost non-existent. I can smell it a bit in the sweetness of the brew, and maybe the aftertaste, but that is all.

Sorry, LP, for inflicting these on you!

Flavors: Bitter, Malt, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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67

Bitter, malty, and salty. I must have oversteeped it, since it’s nowhere near the light and floral brew that others have described. I’m getting no hints of heather.

I’d say this is comparable to Twinings English Breakfast, but smoother.

Flavors: Bitter, Malt, Salty

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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70

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Preparation
1 tsp 7 OZ / 200 ML

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86

This tea tastes like a punch in the face first thing in the morning and I love it. I usually have it with a splash of milk to take some of the edge off. My tastes aren’t sophisticated enough to tell what kinds of tea are in this blend, but it is quite strong. It reminds me of the standard black tea I had in some of the cafes in Edinburgh. This tea is also great on a cold and rainy afternoon.

Preparation
Boiling 1 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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70

1 teabag used

Smooth and not too bitter.

Preparation
13 OZ / 375 ML
donkeyteaarrrraugh

well, this might be something i need to try!

Raritea

Setting on aside for you in your samples package!! :) Let me know if there’s anything else you’d like to try in my cupboard!

donkeyteaarrrraugh

thanks! no pu….I have too much livestock to get past the barn floor thing….I’m bringing a few over for you…dang luggage requirements are killing me! Anything mandatory in my cupboard for you?? I’ll look in yours now…

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2/6/2015 mid day cuppa 3 teabags/12oz/190F/too long.

I always like the aroma of this tea – it’s nice and ‘strong tea’ish with a nice rosehip/hibiscus thing. Sorrowfully, I way over steeped this cup, and it’s hella bitter. The tea is also showing it’s age (I’m sipping it down cause it’s over a year old, bad for teabags) and has a note of cardboard.

I’m not rating it because I know that the flaws in my cup today are flaws in my storage and brewing, not in this tea.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 30 sec

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68

2/5/2014 mid day cuppa 12oz/180F/2 teabags.

Really would have been better with three teabags, but these were the last two, so, two. Pleasant light floral from the heather blends nicely with the brisk base black tea. Not a tea I’ll buy again, but definitely one I would pick over others if I saw it on a breakfast buffet. A nice, if weak, cup of tea.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 0 sec 12 OZ / 354 ML

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78

Got this as a Christmas gift – solid breakfast tea.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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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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