Punjana (Thompson's Family Teas)

Recent Tasting Notes

64

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.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 12 OZ / 354 ML

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100

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.

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec 0 g 1 OZ / 32 ML

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75

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.

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 0 sec

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97

I completely adore this tea. It’s such a lovely blend – perfectly balanced, not too bitter or too acidic. It has a rich, almost smokey flavor. And it really is the perfect pick-me-up in the morning. Or any time, really. I always have mine with milk and sweetener, and it’s just a dream.

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93

A wonderfully smooth, hearty blend of Indian teas. One of my favorites to wake up to, or for a relaxing evening.

Don’t expect tang, but instead a warming embrace.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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100

Thompsons Terrific Tea! haha this was the blend that first introduced me to the Thompsons family! The memories! I always have a pack in my cupboard – just wouldnt feel right without it! This is my go-to tea, always hits the spot

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94

This tea always brings me right back home! A truly excellent cup of tea. I always like the comforting feeling of knowing this is a family run business – it somehow makes it taste better haha!

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98

Wow. Just wow. I was about to go on, and on, about how much i like this tea, but then i read “3 Gold Stars from the Guild of Fine Foods 2012”….need i say more? Thoroughly deserved of this unprecedented achievement.

Preparation
Boiling

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97

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!!

Preparation
Boiling

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94

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!

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 15 sec

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99

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 :-)

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec

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89

One of my absolute favourite everyday brews.

Smooth, refreshing, and crisp! A delight to drink.

Preparation
2 min, 30 sec

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96

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.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec

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87

Very nice surprise — picked some of this up at a Hiller’s Market in Commerce, Michigan for a sale price of $6.00, and thought it tasted as good or better than Twining’s Irish Breakfast tea. Comes in a foil packet shaped more or less like a box, with the bags attached in pairs of two, similar to how I’ve had tea bags that I bought in England. (Unlike the usual US packaging, which is single bags in foil-lined pouches.) All in all, an excellent tea that has a nice maltiness to it, and stands up well to milk/cream and sugar.

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Great Irish Breakfast, maybe a lil acidic for me, but still an awesome morning tea

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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78

This tea is the very definition of Irish breakfast, in tea bag form. Strong, well-paired with milk and sugar, while capable of giving some get-up-and-go. I don’t find it to be overly bitter, but admittedly, I’ve only had this tea with milk and sugar.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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84

This is a blend of assam and Kenyan tea which is blended in Belfast. It is a large tea bag without any strings. This is an excellent breakfast tea. I can distinguish both teas in this blend. It is inexpensive ($3 for 80 bags). At 3 minutes it steeps up dark with no bitterness and only slight astringency. I really enjoyed this tea, but then I love strong teas.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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