The Tea Centre

Recent Tasting Notes

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I had this tea for the first time at the Tea Centre the other day.

The flavours and ingredients sounded like something that really appealed to me, but the end product wasn’t what I had anticipated. It wasn’t bad at all, it just wasn’t what I expected.

I wanted something bold and fragrant – instead I tasted something smooth and mellow. The tea was coppery and none of the flavours were overpowering – but I think the rose got lost a little bit. This blend did have some depth to it, which I was happy to see but it was much softer than I expected.

I probably ordered the wrong blend to drink that day – but there’s nothing wrong with it. Now that I know what to expect, I’d like to try it again!

Flavors: Apricot, Honey

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 14 OZ / 400 ML

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80

Such a nice blend to have as an afternoon tea! I wouldn’t add milk, but maybe a little honey to it.

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85

Another tea from last year’s Australian haul, which is surprisingly not from T2 (shocking, I know). The Tea Centre has a charming little shop in the Brisbane Arcade that reminds me of the traditional tea shops you find here in England. The first out the two purchased was Ginger Bread, a popular choice at the time, as it was the Australian winter. I fancied a cup this morning, because despite being British summertime (ha!) it’s actually quite cold and drizzly. After not consuming it for a good while, I was pleasantly reminded why it was so popular back then. I prefer a full bodied black tea and sometimes I find with flavoured blends the base can be somewhat neglected, creating a weak body which is made even worse when adding milk. However Ginger Bread seems to tick all the boxes, which makes me extremely happy. My only complaint would have to be that the ginger would be almost impossible to detect, if it weren’t for the telltale tingle of spice left on the tongue after every sip. Otherwise almond is a clear and favourable presence, which led me to use a touch of almond milk to enhance this flavour.

Flavors: Almond, Caramel, Ginger

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 14 OZ / 400 ML

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78

This is an old favourite of mine. I’m not overly fond of rose petals but I gladly make an exception here (even if I find it overwhelming at times). The orange blossom and vanilla are very soft, and meld well with the white tea base. It’s a perfect tea for any time of the day, although I prefer to drink it around mid afternoon, and makes for a gorgeous iced tea in the summer!

Flavors: Orange Blossom, Rose, Vanilla

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75

I really enjoyed this tea, although it’s something I would only find myself drinking in winter. The cinnamon, orange, and rooibos ended up generating quite a smooth combination of sweet and spicy. I think the consistency was my favourite aspect of the brew – it was quite creamy, but never cloying because the strong flavours cut through some of the creaminess.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Orange, Rooibos

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88

Absolutely delicious! I am extremely partial to minty teas, and this one had me at ‘spearmint’. (I used to enjoy Tic Tac’s and after a disappointing reformatting this tea has become my safe haven.) The spearmint is surprisingly present amongst other pungent flavours, although I’m happy to note that there isn’t a violent clash between them. It’s heady without being overpowering, and the cool spearmint coasts gently within the warmth of the tea. I highly recommend it!

Preparation
3 min, 30 sec

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76

The thing with flavoured teas which have different bits and pieces inside, is that the taste of each brew sometimes depends on how many vanilla pieces/dried apricot/orange zest/flowers you scoop up in each spoonful.
Yesterday, I made a point of picking out some of the fruit bits when I made my pot of Stockholm and by god, was it amazing. Light and flavourful, true happiness with each sip. Would make an excellent iced tea or even a lovely tea popsicle in hot weather.
Today, I just scooped it up without looking and the tea seemed a tad heavy on the safflower and calendula, which I’m not a huge fan of.
Overall, it’s still gorgeous and I can see why this is one of the Tea Centre’s most popular blends.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 15 OZ / 450 ML

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76

This does taste as good as it smells. And how it smells is really quite lovely.
As been mentioned by other reviewers, it lacks body but I find adding milk does help in bringing out the tea base. Nothing that stands out too much about this one, but it is definetely a worthwhile blend to try if you ever walk past a Tea Centre

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 15 OZ / 450 ML

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40

Not too happy with this one. The tea base is quite bland and the peach flavour is there but hardly. It just was not a delicious drink. Also, some green teas tend to give me a headache and this was one of them.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 15 OZ / 450 ML

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drank Cream by The Tea Centre
64 tasting notes

Gorgeous tea. The caramel and vanilla blend to taste more like honey than cream, so it does become quite a sweet beverage. A little too sweet if I drink too much of it straight, so when that happens, I just add a dash of milk and finish off the whole pot. I’m loving the strength of the tea base as well. Go and enjoy it guys!

Flavors: Honey

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 15 OZ / 450 ML

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Smells and tastes calming…but that might be a placebo thing going on. Not much of a strong flavour to it at all – I mainly notice cinnamon. The orange peel would have provided more body but it doesn’t come across very much. I like how the fennel adds a nice bit of sweetness to the mix but I don’t think I would repurchase this as there are tastier herbals around. Still, it’s a nice caffeine-free option for a hot and healthy drink at night

Flavors: Cinnamon

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 450 OZ / 13308 ML

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82

Sipdown!

I’ve only really achieved like, four sipdowns since I started Steepster, but in that time I’ve managed to amass about 120 different teas and not including samples. It’s hard coz I like to make my rounds amongst all my tea so that they all receive relatively equal amounts of affection from me.

This was the first tea to be finished from my The Tea Centre haul at the beginning of the year. It was compulsively likable, and though I initially complained a bit at how I wished the bergamot was stronger, I have grown to like this blend exactly for what it is; a balanced and deliciously fruity tea with a hint of bergamot, sweet and uplifting.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 15 OZ / 450 ML

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Lovely floral aroma and slight sweet mango. Would like more bergamot but still delicious. Second time brewing, I used 1.5 teaspoons for a large cup and steeped 8 minutes but that’s because I like it strong. Dash of milk also nice

Edit: I don’t know what kind of weird day I was having when I decided to steep it 8 minutes. Third time brewing, I used a heaped teaspoon for the recommended four minutes and it was the perfect level of strength.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more 1 tsp 11 OZ / 330 ML

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drank Blood Orange by The Tea Centre
3 tasting notes

A refreshing black tea with a lovely subtle hint of orange.

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec

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40

I poured one cup of this which had been steeped for 4 minutes. I agree with another reviewer – that it lacked body. The second cup had been steeped longer (about 6 minutes) and had more body. However I think it was the orange peel in the blend which I didn’t like – it had a tangy aftertaste.

Flavors: Flowers, Orange Zest, Vanilla

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drank Glogg by The Tea Centre
52 tasting notes

Someone reviewed this tea and said if mulled wine was a tea, it would be this tea – and I feel like that’s a really apt description.

This tea is quite warm and spicy, with cinnamon, orange peel, almond, ginger, cloves and cardamom. If you like chai teas, this might be a really nice transition to black teas. I love to drink it in winter with milk and honey.

The only problem I have with it is that once it’s brewed, you need to be careful because you can quite easily over-steep it. Some of the flavours in it become really strong and a bit astringent, so that’s a downside.

It’s not my favourite tea, but I would recommend it to others.

Flavors: Almond, Cardamon, Cinnamon, Cloves, Ginger, Orange

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 14 OZ / 400 ML

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Welcome to Day 10 of little terri’s Sipdown Extravaganza!
Last night before I went to bed I took a little time to look through my teas & target those that could be polished off. I’ve decided my goal for this ‘extravaganza’ is to get to 100 sipdowns, hopefully by the end of this week. With this being sipdown #63, I’m over half-way there, so I think that is a very manageable goal! Then I can start enjoying all the cool trades I’ve received recently, & all of my other awesome teas!

This was my first cup of the day, sent to me by Sil, & shared with Sil by Alice. Thanks girls! In my morning stupor, I accidentally OVER steeped this, but guess what? It was actually still very drinkable! A little on the tart grapy side of things, but otherwise acceptable & even good! :)

Sil

i like that i managed to keep some of the names on the bag so you know who is sharing them with you via me haha

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Sipdown #53 is this Keemun, sent to me from Sil, & sent to her from Alice. Thanks girls!
This is a more refined & mild keemun, not particularly earthy, but pleasantly sweet.

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