Marks & Spencer Tea
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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
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?
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. :)
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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!
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…
First, it was a great pleasure to see K S on Facebook this morning! Are we Facebook friends? Nope. But Teavivre posted a link to his review of a puerh tea they sent him to try!
Second, tunes&tea, I was planning to start posting what I was listening to now and then and I forgot! So I was listening to The Wind and the Wheat by Phil Keaggy but now I don’t remember what tea I was drinking, but I know I had popcorn so does that count? LOL!
This morning, I am enjoying a nice cuppa, and this is a really authentic cuppa. Daughter’s BF sent a box from Ireland. He was desperately trying to find loose leaf tea and it is sad that it is a hard thing to find in a place that we think of so strongly connected with tea! He said when he comes to America next month for a visit, he is going to get lots of loose leaf tea.
This tea has a rich, complex aroma. There is a light astringency. With food, like the strong cheese we are eating right now, I like it plain. If I were only drinking tea, I think I would want a little milk and perhaps a little sugar. This tea will definitely open your eyes as soon as you give it a good sniff. There is malt, there is raisin, there is TEA! The liquor is rich red brown.
This is a CTC tea so I only give it 2 1/2 minutes in the boiling water. Someone with more chest hair might want to give it a little longer.
I finally tried this as a hot breakfast tea this morning. I did add milk and sugar as I usually do with a black tea in the morning, with the exception of a few really lovely black teas.The aroma of the loose tea was really fruity at first, reminding me of a Darjeeling. There was a slight sharpness to the tea as well and the characteristic maltiness one would expect from a blend of Indian and Kenyan teas.
This is better than grocery store tea, makes really good – no, make that great – iced tea, and while it isn’t an artisanal tea it is very, very reasonably priced….if you are in Ireland, that is. This is working nicely for breakfast at the beach, though at home I prefer my Harney English Breakfast which is 100% Keemun, or a nice pot of Queen Catherine, but I am definitely looking forward to making pitcher after pitcher of richly flavored, bracing iced tea with this – something I really don’t like as well with the other two. As a Southern style sweet tea, this was magnificent, reminding me a bit of Frank’s base last year for his iced teas. (ohpleaseohpleaseohplease bring back mango black!).