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Had to cold steep… I have a microwave but only Styrofoam cups. I don’t like citrus teas so I dont know what made me want to try this one. Might be good with some rum in it. Its good. Smooth. With a bit of orange zing. Just not my cuppa.

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Thanks for this one a while back, Nicole! I’ve sipped this one a few times from this big ole pouch before writing a tasting note. I’m not sure what makes this one “ancient” but it is delicious. It reminds me a little more of a ripe pu-erh than most other yunnan teas might. It has great depth and quite a dark steep! Perfect with two teaspoons. There are notes of dark chocolate, malt, chewy bread, a hint of smoke, hints of dried grass. Everything I love to see in a great Yunnan! And it’s overall just the sort of black tea I crave. Happy to have some of this in the cupboard. :D
Steep #1 // 2 teaspoons for a full mug// 12 minutes after boiling // 3 minute steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 3-4 minute steep

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Mostly I drink tea without anything added—no sugar, no milk, just the tea itself. The exception is a nice, chewy English Breakfast kind of black tea. Which can be difficult to find—though it’s gotten easier, at least around here, to get PG Tips, which is kind of my baseline for “the kind of tea you put milk in.”

I’ve bought any number of teas marked “English Breakfast” in the hope they’d be that (to me comforting and comfortable) milky tea hit, but mostly they’re miserable with milk and much better without.

This tea, though, stands up to the milk. Very nice.

Yes, I know, it’s Irish Breakfast, not English. And I could have bought English Breakfast instead while I was in the shop, but a while ago a friend of mine, when we were talking about the milky tea issue and the inadequacy of American teas called “English Breakfast,” told me that in her experience, Irish Breakfast was more likely to deliver the goods. She was talking specifically about Harney and Sons Irish Breakfast, and she gave me a sample, and I agreed with her assessment. It was the stuff.

So when I was at the London Tea Room the other day, I bought Irish instead of English. It’s the stuff.

Maybe some time I’ll try it without milk, just to say I did, but this is the kind of tea I drink when I want milky tea.

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drank Sencha Sakura by The London Tea Room
42 tasting notes

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drank Sencha Sakura by The London Tea Room
42 tasting notes

Ooh I like this a lot! Ordered a pot after lunch at the London Tea Room. I’d tried plain cherry blossom tea a while back, and found it…not to my taste. In large part because the cherry blossoms were preserved in salt. However. I really enjoyed the very subtle flavor I recognized as that same cherry blossom flavor, with the umami and sort of grassy taste of the sencha. I made sure to buy a couple ounces to take home with me. Now watch me oversteep it or something.

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It’s been so long since I’ve had this one. It is now one of my two oldest black teas! Last time it wasn’t strong enough, this time I think it’s too strong. Added sweetener again, it helped but this still isn’t my favorite. I have over an ounce of this one left, is there anyone out there who would like to have it in their stash?

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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I have been stuffy since I got home! I have so many new teas to try but I don’t want to miss out on the flavors of them as I can barely smell. I knew I needed something to help me get up and go, this cold is zapping my energy. Black tea it is! I chose this one because I am able to get more easily from The London Tea Room. Last time I had this, I remember not being too sure about it as there are not many black teas I enjoy.

From what I can smell of the leaf, it makes me think I should love it. The first sip makes me think that I underleafed it, it seems watery. With the second and third sip, something is there but not vanilla or currant. Added some sweetener. That’s better. I think the black base is still a bit too strong for someone who usually drifts towards greens but some of the other flavors are coming out to play now. I will finish what I have but I am unsure of restocking. It is a nice cup of something different, just not something every day for me.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 20 OZ / 591 ML

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drank Highland Tea by The London Tea Room
7674 tasting notes

Another tea from terri that i finished up over the past couple of days. This + Maple syrup = yummy! another great smokey tea!

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drank Highland Tea by The London Tea Room
7674 tasting notes

Smokey tea this is for sure! Terri sent me this one in the last round of tea we exchanged and i love it! This + a splash of maple syrup made everything right yesterday out in the cold :) I’m glad i have a little more to have again as i’m mostly out of smokey teas in my cupboard at the moment heh. This has got a great balance of smoke, malt and strength to be great in the morning! thanks terri!

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What a smooth body this brew has! Its malty and very bold but just the right amount. I tastes like an Assam but more calm. The flavor is of a dark wood and slightly roasted. The aftertaste is sweet and robust. I like this brew, basic yet still enjoyable. This would make a great everyday black.

Flavors: Dark Wood, Malt

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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This brew surprised once I learned of its ingredients. What I thought to be a heavily sweetened ordeal turned into quite the opposite. I brewed this western styled with a generous amount of leaves. The steeped leaves smell of blackberry jam with just a hint of dark wood. The aroma of the brew is quite consistent. The brew itself is very bold. Its slightly sour with a roasted taste. I can distinctly taste a dark jam or currant. This has a very unique flavor profile and I love it! Its very heady and sweet with a sour fruit aftertaste. I will be enjoying this again and again in the new future.

Flavors: Black Currant, Blackberry, Dark Wood

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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Black currant and vanilla? Definitely. Heavily scented? Yes. It’s a sweet without sugar, nicely balanced flavored black tea. If I were going to keep a fruit and vanilla tea in my cupboard, this would be a contender.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Hidden Gems TTB #4

Thank you to Kayla for including a sample of this one for me! I have The Naughty Vicar from The London Tea Room and love it, so I was eager to try more of their tea. This one is a nice, basic English Breakfast blend. There’s nothing unique or outstanding about it, but it is strong and smooth and malty and tasty with or without milk. It’s also very reasonably priced! I would consider purchasing this one when I run out of my current breakfast tea.

Flavors: Malt, Smooth

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Mmmm blackcurrant, vanilla and a touch of cream (which is probably the milk I added)… this tastes like dessert in a cup to me!! Huge thanks to Inkling for sharing this with me… Its absolutely delicious!!!

Inkling

I’m so glad you like it! That one’s a favorite of mine. :)

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Yesterday I stopped by the London Tea Room. I was in the neighborhood, & still have some credit left on my gift card from there, plus Tony was almost out of his beloved Jubilee. While I was there I picked up a bit of this tea, which is a Scottish breakfast type, bold & malty, with a fair bit of smokiness to it as well.

Sil

yay for gift cards with money on them!

Terri HarpLady

Yup! It was part of my pay from when I played there last. Month :)

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Thank you Inkling for the share! It was exciting to try a tea from a company I have never had before and I must say, this certainly delivers on what it promises. There is a great deal of black currant flavor, but not a medicinal kind, just a juicy berry flavor that tapers off into a subtle but smooth vanilla as the sip ends. Plus, underlying the whole taste is a slight maltiness from the base that really brings this up a level. Now I don’t know if it is having any effect on my mood as the description might imply but I am certainly pleased with the cup so once again, thank you Inkling! I will have to check out some more teas from this company soon. 185.

Inkling

This is a new company for me as well; I visited the shop while I was in St. Louis a few weeks ago. The Naughty Vicar is their most popular blend, so I don’t know if there other teas are as good. But I’m sure enjoying this one and glad you are too!

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My family and I spent the weekend in St. Louis and I had the chance to visit The London Tea Room. It was a great experience and I was excited to try their most popular blend. It wasn’t a disappointment! This tea is very rich and flavorful with a nice strong black base. The current and vanilla flavors balance each other nicely. A wonderful smooth, tasty cup.

Flavors: Black Currant, Malt, Vanilla

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
carol who

Sounds like fun!

Inkling

It was! :)

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Wonderful, bold, yet smooth tea. I’m not a fan of teas with a large amount of bergamot in them but this one tastes great with it.

Flavors: Bergamot, Orange

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

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i snuck some of this from terri’s overflowing cupboard when i was there just to see if this was something i can get behind. I for sure got the chocolatey notes in this one as i had it this morning, but there’s something about the base of the tea that isn’t my favourite. An enjoyable cup, but i’m glad to just have my little sample cup to drink:)

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I am enjoying this cup right now before going to bed. Tomorrow I have to wake up at 4 o’clock to take the first train to Montpellier (south of France…not Montpelier in Vermont, unfortunately because Vermont sounds really much exotic to me !) to see a client.
I hate going to bed too early…

This is a tea sample I got a long time ago from TerriHarpLady and it is a quite nice foral Oolong.

Since a little while now I am drinking very very few flavoured teas (except Earl Greys). I think I’m going to post soon a giant tea swap proposal with a lot of my flavoured teas.

I still appreciate drinking some time to time like this smooth, light Oolong with light buttered notes. The coconut is absolutely not overpowering so it’s really refreshing and delicate. Lovely. Thank you Terri.

Flavors: Butter, Coconut, Floral

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Cameron B.

It’s funny that you think Vermont sounds more exotic than France, when I would never think that! Just shows that no matter where you live, there’s always a longing to see other places. The grass is always greener on the other side, I suppose!

I’m finding that I don’t enjoy flavored teas as much now either.

mj

I’ve never been to Vermont and I’ve only been to eastern France, near Germany, but I’m pretty sure France is probably more awesome than Vermont :)

Ysaurella

as a French I just cannot find France exotic for sure but I do think Vermont is a lovely place, seems so green, I’d love to visit Vermont :)

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This tea is rather mild unless you steep it for a long while, mostly due to the type of spices in the tea. I left this to steep for over an hour, and that hint of sweet that comes from the ginger now has overpowered everything else. It’s now cold, but it tastes like candy. It’s weird in that you can’t really taste it until it reaches the back of your mouth. Then it’s in your face. It’s pretty good.

Flavors: Cardamon, Cinnamon, Ginger

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One thing I noticed about this tea as well as my other black tea from the London Tea Room is that they have overwhelmingly sweet scents. This one smells almost like caramel, but what it really reminds me of is condensed milk. I was almost turned off by how sweet it smelt in the bag, and even after brewing, it had a noticeably sweet smell. Luckily this isn’t all that sweet. You get a hint of sweetness after you brew it, but it’s very mild. I don’t know if I pick up any citrus notes, other than that a slight lemon cookie kind of scent from the dried leaves. It has a slightly floral taste, but that creamy taste is there too. I wasn’t as fond of it at first, but it’s grown on me. It’s not very bitter at all, and I’ve even found that it tastes pretty good cold, not that I’m recommending that you drink it cold. It could replace my current favorite tea, I don’t know.

I wouldn’t say it’s the best tea out there, and it’s certainly not the worst, but I would share it with friends, and I think I will be buying more in the future. It’s worth trying it at the very least, and the price is fair.

ThainofBuckland

This tea doesn’t re-steep well, especially if you leave it in too long the first time.

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