Taylors of Harrogate

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70

It is morning and I just finished my first cup of tea for the day, Earl Grey by Taylors of Harrogate. A decent black China tea with a noticeable shot of bergamot. Out of the many Earl Grey teas out there, while this is not my absolute favorite it is one that I would probably purchase twice. I am drinking it from the beautiful Anne of Green Gables cup that my friend Bonnie brought back for me earlier this summer from Prince Edward Island. Does a beautiful cup, given with love by a friend make the tea taste better? In a way it does. At least it definitely adds a positive touch to the experience.

Flavors: Bergamot, Citrus

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec

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90

I like plain black tea mainly iced, but when I’m in the mood for it hot, I reach for either Yorkshire Gold or PG Tips … neither have any characteristics to me that differ one from the other. They’re both very excellent black teas to have on hand. If for whatever reason I need to use one to ice – which is rare as I have my favorites for iced – I prefer PG Tips just slightly. I do have several breakfast blends I sometimes bounce between. Depends on what I have on hand at the time.

Yorkshire Gold is smoooooth and bold and I love it. No frills, just a delicious blend. Having it on hand is a great addition to your tea collection.

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70

Paid HK$88 (roughly GBP7.5, USD11.5) for 125g loose leaf.
I will choose Twinings’ classic Earl Grey over Taylors’ any day.
Taylors’ Earl Grey tasted flat, the bergamot flavour tasted artificial, at least to me. I had to take this tea with sugar, couldn’t finish the cup plain black.

I will not re-purchase this tea. Actually it may take me a while just to finish this tin.

Note: I always make my tea in teapot. I put 240ml water at first steep, another 240ml second steep.

Flavors: Artificial, Dark Wood, Tannic

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 45 sec 5 g 8 OZ / 240 ML

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85

This was my first time trying Scottish Breakfast tea and I loved it! The malty flavor was very yummy!

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec

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85

Strongest black tea I’ve been able to find so far. Great with milk and sugar.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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65

I tried brewing this tea as I would any American tea. Wrong! I learned how tannic and strong this tea was and have since mended my ways. A hearty tea- I prefer in the afternoon with milk.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 32 OZ / 946 ML

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85

I have been looking for a Scottish Breakfast Tea at the stores here ever since I heard that they were quite strong, so I was happy to find this one at Fresh Market yesterday. This one didn’t disappoint, nice strength and malty, just what I want first thing in the morning. It has a nice bitter kick to it too, not too bitter so that it ruins the tea.

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82

I got this freeeeee. From Longos. With about $50 worth of groceries for their grand opening. Mostly non essential stuff, but the decadent version. Noms!
Anyhow, that was a few weeks ago.
I’ve had this twice now. For a bagged brew, I think its pretty decent.
Dark and brisk, with some malt… takes milk well, and doesn’t require sugar unless you want it. I like the depth here, and the complex roundness. One of the better teas I’ve had for awhile!

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80

Naturally very sweet, no sugar needed. Fruity and light. Can’t taste specifically the vanilla and raspberry, but overall pleasant.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 32 OZ / 946 ML

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Some mornings, you just need unleaded fuel. Expect no subtlety here; stiff, clout-you-over-the-head strong tea with a sharp little uptick at the end of the sip. Milk (almond milk) mellows it a bit, but doesn’t mask the strength. Recommended on icy 13-degree March mornings when you don’t-want-to-leave-your-flannel-sheet-cocoon.

K S

I envy you people that can take a full on frontal assault first thing in the morning. I have to ease my way into the day. First cup has to be something lightly charged for me. I used to wake up at my office desk around 9am wondering how I got there. Then the caffeine pile driving second cup could begin.

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24

My favorite tea… Every morning I drank it, it felt great. It gave me the buzz I needed and made me very happy.

Then, it happened. Cheapening. Couldn’t believe it. MY YORKSHIRE? YORKSHIRE GOLD? LOWER QUALITY? Sadly, this is true.
I told myself, “it can’t be, no it can’t be.” And denied it. But, all good things come to an end.

Yorkshire, my love, you filled me with unimaginable happiness. You made me smile with every sip.
Now, you only make me tired.

Goodbye, Yorkshire, my dear. I knew you well.

Theatrics aside, flavour is flat, doesn’t have the kick, bags are much lower quality.
It just tastes bleh. I’ve moved to Tapal Danedar because its just so much smoother with the caffeine of Yorkshire.

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90

One of my favorite breakfast teas (with milk and sweetener). Strong, flavorful, a little malty.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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27

1 bag used.

Bitter, dilute flavour.

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec 7 OZ / 207 ML

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70

1 teabag used

Amazing rhubarb and slightly creamy aroma from the infusing tisane. Quite tart with a soft edge. Tartness reminds me of hibiscus but bearable. Banana note.

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec 7 OZ / 218 ML

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Captain’s Log: Day 5 of Terrible Illness, Day 5 of miserable limping, and Day 3 of antibiotics. I have dumped 3 cups of tea, and can’t even bring myself to mourn their losses, because they tasted absolutely vile. I can’t taste much, and when I can, I have to fight my gag reflex. Even Hot Cinnamon Spice went down the drain because it smelled overwhelmingly like toothpaste and had a taste not unlike cough syrup. Thankfully, Yorkshire is good for any and all occasions, and can even be endured by wildly changing, drugged up tastes. I wouldn’t say it’s making me feel better—raises eyebrow at antibiotics—but it IS just what I needed. Definitely my favourite bagged-black for a reason.

Maddy Barone

I feel your pain! (sickness-wise, at least) I’m on my last day of levaquin. Evil stuff. Hope you feel better soon!

sweetea

This winter has been VICIOUS, right???

Maddy Barone

What I wouldn’t give to breathe clearly through my nose! LOL

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I love elderflower, and a twitter friend posted this tea. I immediately ordered it on Amazon. It’s really good! The blackberry and elderflower really complement each other without overwhelming the other.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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80

I bought this today at The World Market, probably paid way too much for it too! It’s a decent cuppa, more mellow than Yorkshire red, so don’t expect this to be stronger. Nice malty flavours that don’t have a bitter after taste. Yorkshire Gold is a really good black tea, however, it won’t replace my PG Tips .

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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95

THE RUNDOWN
1) I can’t drink this tea straight. I’m still acclimating to assams for their malty bitterness. I added one Splenda and about a tbsp of unsweetened almond milk. I tried brewing today for 6 minutes at boiling to see how it would affect brewing in cup. Great aroma and great color, as always. This is my morning cuppa.
2) First Taste: Wow. What a taste this rich nutty blend has. I call them tea grounds because they’re so tiny (and so caffeinated) but I love how they bloom as they brew. I get nutty, vanilla, caramel, salty, and a bit of earthiness.
3) Second Taste: Fantastic mouthfeel. I get a bit more bitterness this time around. And I can smell some of that saltiness. I’m still getting that earthiness but maybe a bit less.
4) Final Thought: If you like strong rich teas, you really have to try this tea. It’s sort of famous for its strength (someone once told me it’s twice as strong as regular drip coffee) and that makes it the perfect wake-up juice. And best of all – it tastes incredible. I never go without having this in my cupboard.

Flavors: Bitter, Caramel, Earth, Nutty, Salty, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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100

Pure Assam from Taylor’s of Harrogate is my black tea of choice. It has a strong and bitter flavor reminiscent of nuts or caramel that is robust and energizing. I tend to steep mine at about 5 minutes at 212 F, which produces a dark brown/red liquor. Highly recommended for breakfast or lunch!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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85

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95

I seem to prefer weaker, more mellow teas, so I wasn’t at all sure of this one. One cup changed my mind. It certainly is stronger than some of my other favorite teas, but this one has a good, smooth flavor.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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