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87
drank Earl Grey by English Tea Shop
149 tasting notes

Had another cup of this this morning. This is a very good EG. I might go buy another tin of it because I think I might go through this 85g quickly.

Recommended. If you see it, buy it!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 19 OZ / 550 ML

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87
drank Earl Grey by English Tea Shop
149 tasting notes

Another ridiculously adorable tea tin full of delicious Earl Grey. I am on the hunt to find an Earl Grey that I can keep in stock as part of my classic collection. Plus nothing can make you feel better than a classic cup of EG. I know some people do not like the bergamont taste, but I do and always have.

This blend has a good smell to it. It’s a sweeter EG at first sniff. It has nice piece of orange peel in it but it lets the oil be the star.

When brewed, it smells heavenly. I had mine with cream and sugar. I brewed it a bit strong I think. I will reduce it down to 3.5 mins next time I think.

All in all a solid EG, one that I would recommend! I got this tin for 6.99 and for an 85g tin, I’d say that’s a steal!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 650 OZ / 19222 ML

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73

Second attempt with this tea. This time steeped for much shorter time and also under leafed. It was much nicer. A very classy English Breakfast. I didn’t have it with milk and sugar, but did have it with coconut coffee creamer.

I enjoyed my cups :)

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 20 OZ / 600 ML

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73

After a bit of a tea buying hiatus (too many teas in the cupboard and trying to avoid the proverbial eye rolls from my significant other) I decided to end that the other day with some Fauchon and this! Isn’t that tea tin just darling… my inner Victorian British upper class lady was shrieking with delight when I saw these LOOSE teas in these adorable tea tins… I had to have them. Winners and Homesense can be a VERY dangerous place to go. Thankfully in the summer months, they tend to have less stock, and therefore I do not frequent as much. However… with fall looming (YAY! My favourite season!), the stock is piling in and the temptations that come with it! Naturally I had to try English Breakfast this morning on this beautiful Sunday morning when I am stuck working.

Let me tell you, it was STRONG. Phew! I like my tea strong and I found myself going back to the cream and sugar. I think I will under leaf and reduce the time. Other than that a nice cup of English Breakfast. I am not going to give a rating yet, will try it rebrewed.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 500 OZ / 14786 ML

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74
drank Green Tea by English Tea Shop
6 tasting notes

OK just on its own but I prefer to add 1\2 a teaspoon of Mighty Leaf’s Organic Breakfast and a squirt of lemon juice to make my perfect morning tea.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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68
drank Sleepy Me by English Tea Shop
1082 tasting notes

yellow moon white sun
chirping bird flock alarm clock
turns to lullaby

Cheri

I like haikus. Thanks for sharing!

sherapop

Thank you, Cheri!

Cathy Zheng

That was wonderful :)

sherapop

Thank you, Cathy Zheng!

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68
drank Sleepy Me by English Tea Shop
1082 tasting notes

I am very sensitive to chemicals. Spicy Indian food and “sleep aids” such as valerian tend to induce nightmares in me. I know, I know, so that pretty much negates the soporific effect—at least if the dream ends up being intense enough that I wake up feeling angst-ridden, having spent the night attempting to surmount seemingly insurmountable challenges of one sort or another. Usually they involve some sort of logical quandary, but sometimes they achieve heinous heights as well…

Perhaps I should stick to straight-up chamomile, as I found that even lemon myrtle induced a nightmare in me last night. Nonetheless, I tossed caution to the wind this evening and drank two glasses of Sleepy Me while watching Clouzot’s Le Corbeau, from 1942. If you have not watched it, I highly recommend it. In fact, even if you have watched it, I highly recommend that you watch it again!

Lots of teas smell much, much better in the dried form than when finally brewed. Sleepy Me is exactly the opposite: the scent of the brewed golden liquor is much better than that of the filter bags, which offer a double hit of stinky stuff: both valerian and hops! I am feeling a bit drowsy, so at least I should doze off before 4:15am, which was last night’s bed time… There is also lavender in this brew, along with the obligatory chamomile. But the extras, the hops and the valerian, are nearly guaranteed to induce both sleep and nightmares in me.

Hopefully I’ll remember in the middle of whatever my dream ends up being that it’s only a dream. Has that ever happened to you?

Flavors: Flowers, Lavender

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68
drank Sleepy Me by English Tea Shop
1082 tasting notes

Another organic tea bag from the UK, Sleepy Me is a part of the Tea Loving Care collection of English Tea Shop. I have been suffering from a severe chamomile deficit, so I decided to give this a try since that is the number one ingredient in this blend.

The filter bag has a slight stinkiness to it—the presence of valerian is obvious—and the infusion is initially bright yellow (from the chamomile) but then turns gold. The lavender comes through fairly strongly, as do the hops and lemon balm.

This is fine, but I prefer lavender with a much more notable and fresher chamomile component, as in Harney & Sons Yellow & Blue sachets. The hops are also somewhat muddying the brew. Hopefully the valerian will knock me out now!

(Blazing New Rating #30)

Flavors: Hops, Lavender

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 30 sec 2 g 9 OZ / 266 ML

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94

Thank you Nattie for this tea. This was from the Hapa-tite tea exchange and the wonderful Nattie was my swapping buddy. Melon is one of my most favourite flavours and foods so my eyes literally lit up when I saw this blend. And what better to blend with melon than honey? I think that sounds like a beautiful combination, though the fact that it’s black tea based is making me wish the base isn’t too strong.

In the little note Nattie left me she said she uses two bags because the flavours are so subtle and she likes strong tea. For now I will use one bag but will probably end up trying two as I too am a lover of strong teas. For the most part the bag looks like any other and has the same generic black ceylon scent most of us will know so well, I would never guess it’s flavour if someone handed this to me without saying what it was, though it is a little sweeter than normal ceylon.

No steeping times for this on the website so giving it the good old 3 minute rule with boiling water since it’s black based,

Ok three minutes later and I have a dark brown tea that smells exactly like cantaloupe melon. it is AMAZING!!! I’m actually wondering if I have died and gone to heaven right now. It’s so sweet and juicy and natural, the melon is stronger than the honey but both are very present.

Flavour wise it is a little softer than it’s smell but it’s at a nice level for me, the melon is more of a mist and the honey a sweet after taste, oh how I would love to dance around in melon mist…
It doesn’t linger for long in terms of flavour including the after taste but that makes it more refreshing and much less like a black tea. In fact you can’t taste the ceylon at all.

It’s wonderful, especially for a pre-bagged tea. Thinking this may make an amazing iced tea, will try tomorrow. Thank you so much Nattie for this tea, I am definitely going to have to buy this one.

Ps. It reminds me of Cantaloupe & Cream by Butiki, very similar but not quite as good.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Nattie

Yay, I’m so glad you like this one! (: and also glad I remembered to tell you about the two bags thing.

I’m not too sure about the black tea in this, I can’t taste any either and it would be much better as a herbal IMO. I, too, found it similar to Butiki’s cantaloupe and cream, but as I tried Butiki second, was more like ‘ooh, this is what English Tea Shop was trying to do!’

It’s a good substitute when you’re out of cantaloupe & cream, or just don’t have the time/means to brew up a loose tea.

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16
drank Spicy Anise by English Tea Shop
4421 tasting notes

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I had high hopes for this blend – even though it’s a bagged tea. When I see “anise” … my hope level rises because I love anise. The spicy part made me even more excited to try it.

But, it is a disappointment. If you look at the ingredient list, you might think this is chai-ish, but taste wise, it leaves much to be desired of a chai. This is more like a warmly spiced mint tea than a chai. Mint dominates this blend, not the anise.

A disappointment.

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35
drank Memory Tea by English Tea Shop
319 tasting notes

Why am I drinking this stuff again? I don’t know. Since today was already weird, I figured I should drink a weird tea to match.

Tonight’s is a much better cup than the first one I tried. I’m getting green beans more than chlorine (thank God) and I can actually taste the cinnamon. Maybe it’s because I let it steep longer so the flavors had a bit more time to develop.

I don’t hate it, but it’s definitely a tea for weird moods.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Green Beans, Seaweed

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35
drank Memory Tea by English Tea Shop
319 tasting notes

Right, this cements it. Definitely not a fan of blends containing gotu kola. This tea is like drinking from a swimming pool. VERY marine, and the cinnamon was a nice idea in theory, but I’m not getting any of it, because whatever green tea base they used and the gotu kola completely overpower it. Yuck.

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48

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A strange ingredient list. The green tea is a little lost in the blend, but I did enjoy the mint and melon notes together. The cinnamon and licorice are a bit more subtle than I wanted them to be … but I didn’t have high expectations for this tea anyway.

It’s alright – not horrible, but not something that I’d ever order for myself.

Lynxiebrat

That combination sounds really odd, particularly combined with a green tea.

LiberTEAS

The mint and melon seemed to work together alright … but the cinnamon and licorice seemed really out of place … but since they were there, I wanted to taste them … but they were so subtle that they seemed to do little except to help mask the green tea.

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45

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I got some of this tea as a holiday gift from a friend. The aroma of the dry leaf is similar to a candy cane, but it also has a slightly off-putting artificial note to it too.

That artificial note translate into the brewed cup as well, not just the fragrance but the taste. It’s not a horrible tea though, I do like the orange and cinnamon and mint and vanilla notes. The chicory and coconut are a bit odd in this, and maybe that’s what is giving off the odd flavor. It’s not horrible but it just tastes sort of weird and off, you know?

Not great, not something I’d buy for myself, but it wasn’t the worst cup of tea I’ve ever had.

Anna

If I were a tea, I think the worst thing anyone could say about me would be, “it wasn’t the worst cup of tea I’ve ever had”. Like… not even that.

LiberTEAS

LOL … I never thought of it that way. I can see what you mean though.

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69
drank Holiday Blend by English Tea Shop
4421 tasting notes

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For Christmas, I got a lovely box of tea from a friend. This was one of the teas in that box. Even though the ingredients are sort of ‘chai-ish’ sounding, it tastes less chai than it sounds. This is more of a gently warm, spiced tea that tastes more holiday than chai.

And that’s alright because this is a holiday blend … not a chai blend. :)

A mild black tea flavor … smooth. The spices are not overly aggressive. The fruit notes of apple and orange add a nice, pleasant flavor. Overall, it’s a nice holiday cuppa.

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100

I love this tea! Im surprised the other reviews aren’t so great. Im a big fan of Celestial Seasonings Sugar Cookie Sleigh Ride tea, and when i saw this tea at Marshalls, i had to try it. i was pleased it is mild as thats what i seek in an herbal tea. I don’t find it too mild- i definitely taste the caramel and sweet notes, and it tastes just like a sweet cookie.

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Savory Blend by English Tea Shop
98 tasting notes

Pineapple, nuts, oats? This is an interesting tea I got as a holiday gift. Definitely real tea, though. Pretty tasty, actually.

It’s yoga day, and I’m still recovering from last night’s watch of the Sherlock S3 finale, in a better mood than most days. Plus I got more Lemony Gunpowder to have after lunch.

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100

Firstly I must say I’ve never been a fan of Roobios, it always had a flavour/smell I couldn’t shake. This caught my eye during my journey of having to cut back on sweets and I thought, why not give it a shot, I might be pleasantly surprised. Boy was I ever! It’s lovely on it’s on but I enjoy it with a tiny bit of Equal and skim milk, it’s like a cup of chocolate cake! Just fantastic! I’m in love with ETS!

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100

I simply L O V E this tea! I’m a huge fan of peach and this was just what I needed! It’s smooth and delightful on the tongue, you can take it straight up, light sugar or even light sugar/milked and it will be brilliant! I utterly adore the packaging too!

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73
drank Irish Holiday by English Tea Shop
47 tasting notes

My sister got this in a mixed set (nice find at TJ Maxx over Christmas break) and gave me this one. The flavor is much more interesting and complex than I expected. I prefer more orange and clove in my warm holiday flavors, but this has enough of similar ideas to satisfy.

Preparation
4 min, 15 sec

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56
drank Savory Blend by English Tea Shop
155 tasting notes

I…don’t know what to think of this one. I kind of liked it, but I kind of didn’t at the same time. The ginger in this tea really takes over and I don’t get much of anything else. And since I’m not a ginger fan, that’s definitely a strike against it. I wish I could taste more of…something other than ginger. Boo.

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67

So, the name of this tea comes from the artificial flavouring added to it. Wonderful (/sarcasm). But since it comes in the assorted pack I got, I might as well drink it.

I get absolutely no distinctive banana or pineapple flavour from this. None at all. And it’s BRIGHT PINK when steeped from the hibiscus, which doesn’t help my mind think “PINEAPPLE, DAMMIT!” That being said, this was a pleasant tea to drink. I would rename the tea and either put real candied pineapple pieces in it or just come up with some kind of lemongrassy-name for it. It wasn’t difficult to finish the 8 bags purchased, nor was it difficult to convince my family to try it. Everyone liked it, but all came to the same conclusion: no pineapple, no banana, just a hint of a “something tropical aftertaste”. Steeped, it smells strangely like banana medicine (you know, the yellow antibiotic liquid prescribed for ear infections for kids…was my favourite beverage back in the 80s…)

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