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I’m disappointed to say I really didn’t like this. It’s not that it’s objectively a horrible tea or anything, but I just don’t really drink sweet hot drinks like hot chocolate or tea with sugar. The smell is powerful and disgusting but the taste is better. Still not really to my taste – I’ll have to see whether any of my friends like it

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drank Jasmine by Whittard of Chelsea
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It’s hardly brilliant. I made a pot of it earlier and was happy with it but it doesn’t compare with the pearl jasmine tea I have at the moment. It does have its advantages though… it comes in a bag!

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I have only just got this and don’t have a clue how to brew it, but what I can tell you straight away is that it is a hundred time better than my usual jasmine tea. And I really didn’t think it would be.
I am thoroughly impressed


White tea… I’d try 2.25g of pearls in 6oz of 140-160 degree water for 1-3 min as a starting point.


Is this a white tea? I’ve only ever had Jasmine Pearls with green tea

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This is an incredibly tasty oolong, possibly the best oolong I’ve ever had. It’s lovely and subtle, reminds me a bit of a first flush darjeeling in its subtle sweet taste, but then it has the lovely characteristic smoky oolong flavour to it as well. It’s pretty expensive so I’ve only got a taster, but it is absolutely incredible and I will be rebrewing this pot for the rest of the day. What a wonderful day I have ahead!

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Green Tea by El Gawhara
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It’s exactly what I needed this morning. Perfect

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I was told that this would be a suitable Earl Grey to have either with or without milk and they are quite right. The tea is strong and the bergamot is strong and fresh. It’s a lovely spicy blend that will keep you interested right through the cup. Recommended!


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drank Assam by Whittard of Chelsea
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I got through this entire box without ever feeling the need to blog it. So I guess it must be a bit non-descript. It’s fine for a teabag but nothing special

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For the first time in weeks I have got a few hours spare to tidy my room, listen to some music I have bought recently (ska music today) and drink my way through a pot or so of tea. You can’t go wrong with this tea. I left it brewing far longer than I normally would, and it still tastes wonderful. I love afternoons like this, in their understated way

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My first impression of this is actually quite good. It’s not really “tea” in my book. It’s an infusion or a tisane or whatever you want to call it and I don’t usually go for those. However, it’s quite pleasant, not disgustingly sweet, and has gone down very well with my housemates. Thanks Ellie!

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That’s the last of it. So I’m going to brew the leaves again and again unil I can’t taste it an more (or forget and let the leaves go mouldy). One of my housemates is actually leaving soon to move to The South, and he loves it so it’s good that it has not run out until now. Pretty delicious – a really good Ti Kuan Yin… not that I have tried hundreds, but it’s the best one I’ve had


I can’t bring myself to carry on after the fourth steep. The first two tasted the same almost, the fourth and final one was more than water, but not a whole lot more, and I’m happy to throw it away after that. I suppose I could have brewed it more if I had not left almost a day between each brew. I don’t know how these things work though. Does a second steep taste any different if it is made an hour after the first steep compare to a second steep that is made after 12 hours?

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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.
<50: Glad I tried it, but it’s not very nice.


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