Marks & Spencer Tea

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I used to have this in loose leaf form and it made great iced tea. We arrived at the house we are renting in Derry and there was a box of the teabags waiting in the cabinet. I found a wee metal pot and we have been downing it every morning before going put adventuring.

As long as you keep the steep short, this is okay plain. Take it longer and you will a any a bit of milk. Oddly, I once found strength number 3 to be smoother than 2. Don’t know if I would still feel that way.

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75

Very good option for an strong tea to have with your breakfast, taste similar to the “No3 Strong tea from Marks and Spencer”, if you love strong tea this is a good option for you.

Preparation
0 min, 15 sec 1 tsp

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91

This is what Engllish breakfast tea should taste like. Warm flavour and delicious notes of cherry. Could drink all day. Wonderful.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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70

I received this in a swap from adagio breeze a long time ago, and I finally got around to finishing this generous sample! In other words, I had about 10 servings before finishing this up!

This is a great breakfast tea. The leaves are CTC and fine. There wasn’t too much dust. It is very strong and brewed VERY dark brown and needless to say, this brew needed sugar and milk to tone the bitterness down a bit. I am not sure which black tea is in this, but it must be a mix. I am assuming there may be some Ceylon and Assam. This would be a great base tea for chai.

Flavors: Dark Bittersweet, Malt

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Chai by Marks & Spencer Tea
195 tasting notes

Good ol’ value range unsweetened soymilk. Not the classiest, but then again, I’m skint. It’s half the price of the name brand stuff. Value range all the way, baby!

That being said, I suspect this chai would be even more delicious if it had been made with better soymilk. As it is, it’s nicely balanced with a pleasant warmth from the ginger, and not too sugary. And for the price (cheap!) I genuinely can’t complain.

And it’s given me enough of a boost that I feel mildly motivated to finish writing a small stack of cover letters and work on a few new t-shirt designs. I calculated it out, and if 200 people bought shirts from me every month, I’d be able to pay my rent and bills. I’ve sold one shirt this year. I’m going to starve to death soon. How long can a person live on nothing but tea?

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100

My vife visited Oxford and bought home the Luxury Gold Teablend, liked a lot the taste of this Tea, strong and tasteful, great choice..

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37

Quite bitter even with a 2-3 minute steep. Not much of bergamot anywhere despite the yellowing on the teabags. The box of 50 is cheap at least but not sure how I’m going to use up 49 more of these!

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99

Impressing Flavour…

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 45 sec

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85

I was unsure about this tea because I am not a big fan of ginger or ginseng. I heard that the ingredients were good for you if you felt under the weather, so I decided to try it after a coughing fit and a runny nose. I had it warm and steeped it for the minimum time stated on the box and added a bit of honey. It was sooooooo good! I was pleasantly surprised. The ginger and ginseng were not too overpowering and it overall blended well together. :)

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec

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34

I have never tasted Rooibos tea on its own before. So I had no idea what to expect when I made a bottle of this tea. Needless to say I was worried when I first opened the bag. Mostly because it smelled weird and artificial. When brewed, the smell didn’t go away, though it did mellow down a little. Taste wise, not my cup of tea.

Preparation
Iced

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81

Several months ago I bought a 240-bag pack of this one and finished it within 5 or 6 months.That’s quite an experience for someone like me who always search stores for some new tea. The tea is truly extra stong and flavorful——so everytime I use more water,the taste gets even brighter and better.

There were times when I didn’t want my tea to be feminine (with pink or any lovely colors?) or childish (/sweet-teeth)——meaning I was not in the mood for gourmet/flowery/fruity flavored thing, when I just wanted to have the traditional kinds ,this one comforted me with its plain yet rich flavor,which reminds me of some nature of our family members,not so attractive at first glance ,then you just keep going back to them,eager for their embraces .(Forgive my strange expressions please :3

Well,go back to the tea,I think it’s nice to keep it in your cupboard all the time,your can use it as the perfect tea base for any beverage——the combination of 3 kinds of black tea is brilliant ,giving the tea malty ,smooth&clear ,raw yet bright and rounded characteristics

Ysaurella

it’s been ages M&S have left France but they came back 2 years ago with 1 and now 2 shops but I didn’t have took some time to visit their shops…when I will I’ll have a look at their teas. Am I right by guessing you’re living in the UK ?

Rheya

Actually I live in China now.Thanks to the convenience and popularity of online shopping ,I bought this one online at a discount, while there are a few M&S shops in China too including my city……

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We bought a pack of this on our trip to England. It is ok but just as happy with Twinings English Breakfast which is more easily available in Canada.

Preparation
2 min, 0 sec

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This isn’t a tea for the faint of heart. Boot strong with steel toes. A good daub of half-and-half loosened the laces a little. Seek it out when you need your eyes pried open.

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Strong and bitter if you aren’t careful—but just what one needs on a rainy November Tuesday to work up the gumption to take a step outside. (Not feeling very gumptious yet. Maybe I need another cup.)

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Until I get the body clock re-set to match the time clock, it’s going to take full-strength unleaded, morning and late afternoon, to keep me functional. This one does it well. Didn’t bother with milk to dilute, just the straight strong stuff. Getting a little bit of a raisiny, figgy, date-y flavor along with the whap-you-in-the-face this morning.

Helena

I know the feeling :D Damn time lag… oh well a good tea does wonders :D

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I may have over-leafed, but No. 2 medium seemed darker and stronger than Marks and Spencer No. 3 srength I tried yesterday. Dark and strong builders’ tea character.

In a previous note, ashmanra said that “at six minutes, this stuff will stage a coup and there will be an international incident.” I saved my leaves from this morning and will see if a second steep encourages diplomacy.

gmathis

Second steep—most of the fight goes out of it, turns into a nice basic black tea that welcomes a little sweetener and milk.

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Downton Abbey hangover ;) I’m a go-to-bed-with-the-chickens chickie and stayed up for the whole thing, then couldn’t quit grinning for another hour. Zzzzzzzz.

And thus, the need for something with some significant muscle this morning. I have now sampled Marks & Spencer’s No. 2 and No. 3 and am curious about their numbering system; No. 2 seems to me to be the stouter of the pair.
Both are great, dark, stern, buck-up morning teas.

ashmanra

I agree! I didn’t look at the numbers at first, and was down at the beach when I had number 3. I thought 2 was stronger, also!

Shmiracles

everyone is so stoked on Downton that i think i’m gonna have to re-watch season 3 along with the masses so i can bask in the contagious excitement!

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Shoulda added milk. Was pleasantly light and sharpish when it was first-steep fresh; as it mellowed it put on a significant amount of those unnecessary lumpy bodybuilder muscles.

But I’m not complaining! It’ll keep my eyes wide open; much needed this morning.

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This is the James Bond of Breakfast Teas. Elegant. Understated. But don’t let down your guard; if you turn your back, it’ll nail you in the solar plexus with an iron fist!

If you’re a PG Tips fan, you know that a strong cuppa is smooth and dark from the tip of the tongue to the final swallow. This one is a little sneakier: light, bright, light, BAM! (The dark builders’ tea kick is at the end.)

No matter how it is delivered, a kick and a punch is welcome today. Many pages of content to hammer out, and I’m sure my editors would appreciate it if they were coherent!

Gotta thank ashmanra again for feeding the addiction!

gmathis

It suddenly dawns on me that if you turn your back, the solar plexus becomes a little hard to reach. Oops.

Bonnie

OK 007!

ashmanra

LOL! That is one sneaky secret agent tea then, to get you in the solar plexus from behind. I am impressed! These are really inexpensive in Ireland, so if you fall in love and want one of your own just let me know. Gav is coming in thee and a half weeks and told me repeatedly last night that if there was ANYTHING at all I wanted, to let him know and he will bring it. He couldnt find the PG Tips Strong by the way.

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I have a friend who I have known for about fifteen years, but we don’t see each other often. She had two children when we met – a boy and a girl – and went on to have four more little girls. They live a storybook life in a storybook house. She decorates beautifully, the children love old Roy Rogers movies, she homeschools, and they use Spode every day. The oldest daughter sews the most amazing dresses and makes precious felted animals and dolls for her etsy shop.

I wondered if all those little girls might not get tired of being with ALL those little girls all the time! I suggested that my friend choose one of the four young ones to send over for a grown up tea time with me. She picked her middle daughter, ten years old, to be the first to come over. I made S’Mores sandwiches and I had asked her in advance what kind of tea she liked. She said she liked English Breakfast and Earl Grey.

I picked this one as our first tea to cut through the sweetness of the sandwiches. She added milk and sugar, I took mine plain. They call this their number three level “strong” tea but I found it milder than their number two strength. I steeped it at 203F for three minutes and it felt just right for me. This is loose leaf but definitely not whole leaf – more like particles, which is why I keep the steep short.

My oldest daughter had just sent a message from Ireland to ask if I needed for her to pick up some more M&S tea, but I told her they have brought so much I can’t finish it all before it gets stale. She also told me that she purchased an assortment of teas from Covent Garden and Whittard when she was in London, but I can only have part of it now as the rest is for Christmas. I do, however, have a key to her apartment…

Nicole

What a nice gesture to make for the girls. My mother has a friend who has been having teas once a year for the girls at her church for the last 6 years. It has turned into a wonderful tradition with the oldest girl now being 16 and still looking forward to attending. Could be you are starting a tradition. :)

ashmanra

That is lovely! Those girls will remember that all their lives, and hopefully it will help shape them into the kind of women who support and encourage each other! The eight year old has requested the next tea time!

tigress_al

I always enjoy your tea party stories!

keychange

I always enjoy your stories as well!

caile

Yes, the tea party stories are wonderful! I wish I could come to one!

ashmanra

I wish all of you could comeI :)

Tea Sipper

S’mores sandwiches? Please explain.

ashmanra

LOL! My daughter saw them on a menu for a local deli but they didn’t have any so I looked at the ingredients and gave it a try. They are delicious. Butter two pieces of bread like you are going to make a grilled cheese. Spread one piece on the unbuttered side with Nutella. Crush a graham cracker sheet in your hand and sprinkle the bits on the Nutella. On the other piece of bread, spread marshmallow creme or “Fluff”, although I think regular marshmallows would probably work, too. Then I put it in my panini press but I don’t let it squish all the way, I set it to stay open just a bit. It is yummy! I cut the sandwiches in four triangles. The little girl’s mom finished off the plate of leftover ones while watching my dog run through his tricks and said she would have done tricks like Sam to get them!

Tea Sipper

oh wow! Those sound amazing, as I love everything S’mores.

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