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I really wanted to like this tea, because I love all other teas that I have bought from Punjana (Thompson’s). Sadly, I can’t say I like this one at all.
First steep: The floral and vanilla notes were overpowering. I couldn’t smell the tea at all, neither hot nor cold. I could only smell the artificial vanilla fragrance. When I tasted it, the sweetness of orange and vanilla came first, then came a bitter note from the green tea.
Second steep: The vanilla note was not as strong as in the first steep, but still there. The floral note was still overpowering. The bitter taste was absent from the second steep, however any “tea” taste was absent as well. And I have lost interest in making a third steep now…
Flavors: Artificial, Floral
I always brewed with 2 bags, but this tea was never as strong as I wanted it to be. The only brews that came out strong enough had loose leaves from the top and bottom of the stack. The flavor was basically what I would expect from an Irish breakfast tea, just too weak.
Dark non bitter double cup or pot full, it is worth the price @ $3 per 80 bags. The bag is large and will make a small pot of tea about 3-4 cup size. I’m not an expert tea taster but this is a winner in every sense. Even after refilling a cup 3x it never tastes metallic or bitter. A fine mixture of subtle but defined varieties of leaf from assam and Kenya. The difference is noticable and notable.
I discovered this tea while shopping at Ocean State Job Lot (a local discount store). I love teas from the U.K. and Ireland, but it’s difficult finding decaf versions of many of them. Thompson’s is located in Belfast, Northern Ireland, which is why this tea caught my interest, and I picked up a package of 80 tea bags for only $3.99. For a decaf tea it has a really robust flavor, and while it isn’t the best I’ve had, I’ve still been enjoying it. Amazingly, after taking a closer look at the bag to add it to the Steepster database, I noticed the “best buy” date on the bottom was “Jul.13.” Still tastes pretty good! It’s best when steeped for only a short period of time; otherwise it tastes a little bitter. It would probably be good with a little milk (I usually drink my tea without.) I’m not sure what the difference is between this and Thompson’s “Decaf Everyday Tea” – could just be the packaging.
Fantastic!!! It’s hard to beat the Thompson’s Family Teas Original blend, but by George does this come close! Very refreshing, but thats hardly surprising when you can see the gardens they pick and blend from. As i say, you can always rely on a family business to maintain high quality. The Thompsons have been delighting the lovely people of the UK for 3 generations of Thompson’s now – and long may this continue!!
Ah yes…this was the tea that introduced me to the blends the Thompsons family had to offer. I never would have guessed a wee factory in Northern Ireland was where this delicious tea was blended! A popular tea in Northern Ireland, i cant imagine it will be long before word spreads all over the world. I never go anywhere without first smuggling a pack of Punjana into my case. Its true what they say, once you’ve tasted Thompsons you can never go back!
Incredible! I have always been a fan of the Thompson Family Tea range and this recent introducion really hits the spot for me. I first saw this new blend in the Titanic centre in Belfast. It was actually the packaging that first drew me to it – im a sucker for a souvenir! But after hearing about all the awards it had won i thought i better give it a try. Boy am i glad i did! I have gone through countless packs now and it still tastes as good as that first sip. Fortunately i dont have to keep going back to the Titanic centre though, i just order it directly off their Punjana website. Anyway, off for a cup of Thompson’s finest! Happy drinking :-)
One of the best teas i have tasted in my time…and thats saying something! Its hard to believe this is an Irish Breakfast tea that is actually made in that little country of Northern Ireland. Seems this is a family owned tea company thats now on the 3rd generation! A strong tea that brews to a great looking colour – and the taste certainly doesnt disappoint. Punjana, my favourite.