55 Tasting Notes

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English breakfast teas are not necessarily very fragrant nor distinctively tasty, but tend to be easy to enjoy in the morning, and especially combine well with a hearty breakfast. Delhaize´s English Breakfast is a tea that doesn´t turn bitter with (steeping) time, but it doesn´t thrill me either…I tried it a few times, changing steeping time and water temperature, but the resulting cup was always a rather neutrally tasting brew. I guess I will finish the box and find another English breakfast tea to enjoy!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Earl Grey by Waitrose
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I only opened this tea this week, as I was eager for a nice cup of Earl Grey, and I thought this loose tea would make a nice pot. Well, I must say the first observation was really positive : the tea is indeed very fragrant…as is indicated on the box, I now notice. But the fragrance doesn´t translate in a tasty cup, which is a shame. As a matter of fact, the tea when served in a mug could be any easy going cup of tea, and not necessarily you will taste it´s an Earl Grey either. What a disappointment!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 700 OZ / 20701 ML

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Almost thought I had lost this tea when moving houses last time. Getting to the end of the tin though. The loose tea had already lost a bit of its aroma, but fortunately, that isn´t the case for the steeping tea. Made a pot to have a real afternoon tea, including Devon scones! The floral aspect of the tea accompanies the scones (filled with some “endrina” jam -> “endrinas” are the berries used in northern Spain to prepare an anisette licor called patxarán, and after having given colour and taste to the patxarán, I make a jam with them) very well. The tea doesn´t turn too bitter either when finishing the pot.

Flavors: Floral

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 24 OZ / 700 ML

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drank China by Delhaize
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Not too keen about green teas as in general they don´t seem to give me the necessary full flavour I get from black teas, but I like jasmine tea : not only how it smells, but also the rich taste of it. Delhaize offers a very decent jasmine/green tea in high quality tea pyramids, and I really enjoyed drinking it. Maybe not as good as the jasmine tea I once had in a tea house in one of the gardens of Suzhou, but when you just want to make yourself a quick cup, this is a sure pick!

Flavors: Green, Jasmine

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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Herbal infusions are by far in the minority in my tea cupboard, probably because during my childhood my mother used to prepare me all sorts of herbal teas she put together with herbs she had previously picked and dried, and I have already had enough for an entire lifetime ;-) But ginger is very useful when you´re suffering from a sore throat, so I decided to give this infusion a try. Very often, whenever ginger is added to a dish or a drink, it overwhelms it completely; therefore, I prefer to be careful using it. The tea makers of Taylors of Harrogate seem to have had the same care, as the ginger is balanced very well by the lemongrass. As far as I am concerned, the resulting herbal tea is rich, tasty and perfectly alright to please people who not normally drink herbal teas. it managed to convince me!

Flavors: Ginger, Lemongrass

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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Loose tea from Delhaize´s “So Dessert” collection. The spiced tea addition (cinnamon, orange peel etc) to this rooibos infusion makes it tastier than standard rooibos tea, as far as I am concerned. Cinnamon is not overwhelming, which is a good point. More than a dessert tea (indicated on tin) a winter tea, but it can also be used to add a taste to boiled milk or cream when making ice cream or a pudding (didn´t try this). Better than I had predicted.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Orange Zest, Rooibos

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 5 OZ / 150 ML

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drank White tea by Delhaize
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I´m one of Delhaize´s tea ambassadors and got sent a few different teas from Delhaize´s new tea collection. This “White tea” is part of the “100% for tea lovers” subdivision.
As stated on the label, the tea has a wooden, soft character with subtle presence of licorice.

Flavors: Licorice, Wood

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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That´s it…not too fond of the lemony taste, so I gave the box to a friend who could appreciate it more.

Flavors: Lemon

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drank india chai by Delhaize
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I´m not a huge Chai tea fan, to say the least : every single time I drink a Chai tea I seem to get fed up with the cinnamon taste after 2 sips, because I rather like cinnamon…in very small doses! I received these tea bags as a surprise gift over Christmas and although this Chai is quite “weak”, I think it might be enjoyable with a piece of chocolate cake, but that´s about it.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Tea

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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Definitely one of the better bagged teas I’ve drunk recently. The label says " strength : no.2 medium" and I say “hurray”, as it has a definite taste, which might convince some people to add milk. I particularly like its finish, deep and full (confirmed by its fragrance), and not at all the bitterness one often finds with stronger bagged teas. A perfect alternative for coffee if you are on your own.

Flavors: Tea

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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Introduced to tea by my sister-in-law in my country of birth = Belgium more than 30 years ago, I still love tea, mainly black, which I enjoy without sugar or milk. Having lived in UK, near good tea shops (e.g. Betty´s all over Yorkshire), I tend to buy most of my tea in bulk from tea shops (as such, most of these are not represented in my on-line cupboard). Nowadays, I live in Spain where tea gives me another sensatory bliss (as wine or beer or coffee can give me too).

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