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56
drank English Breakfast by Sainsbury's
79 tasting notes

Sipdown! (17/203)

I’m cheating again, as this is only a sipdown because we don’t have it any more and it shouldn’t be in my cupboard still. And I thought it was up to date, too! Well it definitely is now.

This is a little expensive for what you get, and I can’t help thinking that I’m better off with my stash of loose leaf anyway. It is fairtrade, though, so I will always make an effort to go for the ethically sourced teas whenever possible. I think I will up my rating slightly, to reflect that, since at the moment it’s on a par with the budget range, mark-wise, and I feel it should get a bonus for being kind. These bags did well to tide me over, but my parents brough some Rington’s with them on their last visit, which will always win when available.

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56
drank English Breakfast by Sainsbury's
79 tasting notes

I’m reviewing again!

This makes me happy.

So for many many reasons I haven’t been on steepster for a while, and when I have been on it’s just been for a quick check, as I haven’t had time to write anything up, or even drink that much tea for that matter! I’ve just started my final year of university (eek!) so I am basically living off coffee at the moment.

Since I moved house, I haven’t been able to brew as much loose leaf, and as a result, my passion has kind of died down a bit. I am trying desperately to get it back, and I so miss being in love with tea. I am participating in a couple of swaps soon, and will definitely make time to drink tea as I’m reading my endless list of books for uni, so hopefully it shouldn’t be too long before I’m back on the horse.

This tea is pretty basic, but just what I need to soothe me as I’m coming down with a bit of a cold (and my tastebuds are going anyway, so no use wasting my best tea at the moment!). As it goes, it’s not bad. If I ever run out of Rington’s (my preferred English breakfast blend), this is what I’d get to tide myself over.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
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61

Someone sent a bag of this to me in a card. It is too late for anything caffeinated, so I pulled this out.

It made a very strong tisane in my small japanese cup (a little bigger than a juice glass). Drank a bit hot, and it’s pretty good, but I get the usual “wet washrag” taste I get from most tisanes from it. Ice got rid of it though. I really need to try some decent quality loose tisanes – I think most of the time I have bagged ones – I wonder if I am tasting the bag. Hmm.

Anyway, I kinda like this, and wouldn’t refuse another cup. Would love to try a pitcher of it, really iced.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Red Label by Sainsbury's
8 tasting notes

It’s another teabag work tea. Hot liquis and brown – definetly needs milk, but otherwise acceptable. It’s good that a main brand supermarket tea has gone FairTrade.

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drank Red Label by Sainsbury's
187 tasting notes

This tea has been polished off now. I let this get very strong and just added a bit more milk, but it worked okay. A little creamier than I would have like, but nice

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drank Red Label by Sainsbury's
187 tasting notes

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drank Red Label by Sainsbury's
187 tasting notes

I have this quite regularly at home as a standard black tea. It’s pretty good really, and my housemate Paul was pleased because I brewed it good and strong

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79
drank Earl Grey by Sainsbury's
4 tasting notes

One of the best Earl Grey versions in the UK. So much better than Twinings. I drink a blend of this and another black tea – often Miles (a Devon tea and coffee merchant) or another Sainsbury’s black tea – such as Assam or Kenyan.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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63
drank Earl Grey by Sainsbury's
5 tasting notes

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Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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7
drank Earl Grey by Sainsbury's
9 tasting notes

Poor cup of earl grey. Tangy taste of bergamot which in turn impaired the tea.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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92

Just what I want in the afternoon, something which has a distinct flavour but at the same isn’t a heavy duty “wake up” tea like english breakfast. A lovely smoky edge from the Lapsang but doesn’t overdo it.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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74
drank Red Label by Sainsbury's
22 tasting notes

Red Label loose leaf is my everyday tea although I normally use it in a 3/4 to a 1/4 earl grey mix. Works great every time.

Nice flavour and nice colour plus can’t complain about the price.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 30 sec

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35
drank Kenyan by Sainsbury's
13 tasting notes

A strong malty flavour verging on tar. Used a spoonful and drank it black after brewing with boiling water for 3 minutes. A tea that would best drank with milk and a little sugar possibly – Overpowering otherwise.

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75
drank Red Label by Sainsbury's
3 tasting notes

My every day tea..and really my favorite.

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25
drank Red Label by Sainsbury's
21 tasting notes

ERRGHH, the only tea left at work. it was like drinking mud, the colour of this matched it too, i dont even see how builders like this.

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25
drank Earl Grey by Sainsbury's
48 tasting notes

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75
drank Earl Grey by Sainsbury's
1 tasting notes

Keeps me going through the day. Just the aroma gives me a lift.

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75

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75
drank Earl Grey by Sainsbury's
1 tasting notes

Despite the fact that it’s an “own brand” tea, from the UK supermarket Sainsbury’s, this is my favourite Earl Grey tea. An excellent everyday tea.

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75
drank Red Label by Sainsbury's
2 tasting notes

My usual everyday tea when i’m working at home.

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75
drank Red Label by Sainsbury's
2 tasting notes

Was so busy doing work it had cooled a little too much by the time I got round to drinking it.

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