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I actually made two cups off of one teabag and intend to use it again tomorrow at breakfast, since this is the only bag I have of this tea. It’s delicious! Similar to London Cuppa, which is my current favorite, but it has a little more heartiness that’s hard to pin down. Excellent with milk and honey.
Was excited to try this tea out, so I saved it for a particularly tough day, when I would need something special to get me through every thing. As I waited for it to finish steeping, I realized that a multitude of tea dust was floating on the surface of the water and that the bag I had was ripped. Shit. The sip I did take of it was great, and it smelled wonderful, but I didn’t need to be eating leaves as I studied for my mid term. Maybe I’ll actually get a decent cup of this, one day.
Thank you, teawing (who I will always think of as twing), for the sample of this oolong!
The tea leaves are dark, and smell woodsy. 195/3 min. The tea’s liquor, when steeped, is also a dark amber color. The tea is nice and robust. It has a very full flavor. I didn’t find it sweet at all, nor fruitlike in flavor, just that strength in the woodsy taste. It’s simply a solid, enjoyable oolong.
Wow! Went random tea shopping with my sister today, and this was my never-tried-before tea choice. This is delicious! I love the color. It’s fantastic with milk and sugar. It has sort of a creamy sweetness to it. So nice. I’m so glad I picked this tea!
P.S. I’ve now tried English, Irish, and Scottish Breakfast tea. Is there a Welsh Breakfast tea?
Amount: 4 tsp
Water: boiling tap water
Tool: New teapot, poured through strainer into cups
Steep Time: a little over 3 minutes we kept messing up the timer
Dry Leaf Smell: black tea
Steeped Tea Smell: black tea
Flavor: strong astringent black tea, bitter when oversteeped
Aftertaste: bitter when oversteeped
Liquor: translucent dark brown
We got the chance to use this new and beautiful, but very hot, tea pot. Charu had just returned from India with some tea (not this one, another one) and some pretty wine glasses and tea service set. We rummaged through the cupboards at MilitaJim’s parents place for tea and had some lovely english breakfast. We should have tried it with a splash of milk as well, oh well.
Post-Steep Additives: honey
It was much sweeter, and enjoyable, with some honey
Resteep: 4+ minutes, weak and watery but drinkable
Were this not a decaf tea, I would have given it a lower rating.
It is a serviceable but unimpressive decaffeinated black tea. It gets bitter when steeped for just two minutes. But let it steep for less time, and the flavor is not very well developed and the brew is watery.
Yet the flavor that remains is the good flavor of a dark English Breakfast Ceylon or Assam tea.
It does not have any of the sour or artificial qualities of the worst decaffeinated black teas. It is better than decaffeinated Lipton, Tetley or PG Tips.
It is very similar to “Twinings English Breakfast Tea, Decaffeinated.” http://steepster.com/teas/twinings/2961-english-breakfast-decaf
This morning I woke up with this deliciously rich full bodied tea, added a spoon of honey and bit of milk. It was wonderful; perfect for kick-starting my morning, since I still had a lot of work to do left over from yesterday.
Wondering what I’m working on? I’m assembling 270 English Breakfast teabags in greeting cards for a special order. I’ll be posting it shortly at http://kimberlyshaw.typepad.com if you’re curious. If not, that’s OK, I deffinately recommend this tea.