194 Tasting Notes


It’s been in my cupboard for a long time and I’m glad to see an empty tin so I can put some bagged tea into a nice clean tin and clear some space.
It’s not that I didn’t like, but I’ve never really found that flowering teas are my favourites, and the same is true of this one. It’s pleasant, and the flower taste goes nicely with the tea, I just rather that they didn’t bother mixing them. Hmm…

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drank Darjeeling by Ashby's of London
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A good solid darjeeling. I need to look up how much these cost, because it’s a pretty nice no-nonsense tea.
I find with some Darjeeling that it is too bitter without milk and yet so weak that the flavour gets drowned by any milk you add. This tea seems to get a compromise so that it works with OR without milk, amazing!

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drank Earl Grey by Ashby's of London
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It’s actually an excellent Earl Grey, especially considering it comes out of an ordinary-looking teabag. I’ve had it sat around for a few weeks because I wasn’t expecting much from it.
It’s a nice fruity Early Grey, without the tendency of some Earl Greys to have a hint of dishwater in the flavour. If anything, the bergamot flavour dominates a little too much, but I don’t mind that when it’s fruity like this. It’s quite warming and gives you a cosy feeling inside

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Nice solid black tea, good with milk

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drank Ginger Peach by Love Leaf Tea
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It’s all finished before I wrote a review, but I can say it is absolutely delicious. As the product description says, it’s more mellow than some ginger tea, but it has a bit of a bite to it anyway. It’s one of the best flavoured tea I have had in a long time and I will be getting some more one day. It’s one of my favourites, one of my girlfriend’s favourites, and one of my housemate’s favourites too – it must be doing something right!
Tastes like proper fruit rather than pretend stuff, tastes like ginger, and still tastes like black tea. Balance – that’s the word for it.

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Will at Iford manor teas sent me a sample of this tea when I ordered some other teas. It’s a beatuifully fresh-tasting clean oolong. It’s not a very very powerful one, but it’s good enough to taste just as good on the second brew. It has the sweetness of a first flush darjeeling but just the faintest smokiness of an oolong to remind you what you’re drinking. An excellent tea.

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I had a tea party for my birthday with some incredible cakes and of course a selection of teas. I wanted to get a few more people enthusiastic about tea. I can recommend it, it was a wonderful afternoon. Of course there were people who asked what my favourite tea was, so I showed them this to give them the idea. It’s an excellent tea – probably not the best First Flush Darjeeling there is, but it’s delicious and much cheaper than some of the other ones you can get

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It’s taken me three or four tries to get this tea right, something which I probably should have expected as it’s quite cheap on the scale of First Flush Darjeelings. Now I’ve got it right, though, it’s absolutely delicious and I know exactly why I tell people that First Flush Darjeelings are my favourite type of tea. So sweet and gentle, I just love drinking it.

For the record, the trick is to use slightly more leaves than usual, use water at 85degC and steep for 1.5 mins or thereabouts.

1 min, 45 sec

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A colleague has been telling me that he drinks Earl Grey at home, so I brought him a sample of this to try. He was impressed! It’s a very good Earl Grey, noticably different (and in my opinion better) to most other earl greys and he agreed with me.

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drank Lapsang Souchong by Twinings
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I don’t often feel like lapsang souchong but this really hit the spot yesterday

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I moved from the UK to Australia in 2015. I’ve had a fascination with tea since university, and like to try lots of different types. My preference is for real tea over other infusions: green tea, oolong and black, including flavoured varieties. I love encouraging people to try new teas. I also play the trombone.
>90: Some of the best I’ve had so far.
80-90: I love this tea, likely to buy again
70-80: Good tea. Most tea in my cupboard is in this category because it’s fine to drink it all day!
50-70: I’d drink it if it was offered to me, and I’ll drink what’s in the cupboard, but I’m unlikely to buy it again.


Hobart, Australia



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