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13 Tasting Notes

73

Drank it black – steeped for 4 minutes – no sugar. Pleasant slight astringency, almost smoky flavour but far from being as pronounced as my usual favourite – Russian Caravan (or Lapsang! ) Straw colour. A refreshing drink.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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66

Described as a “Rich and smooth heritage-style loose leaf tea”. I was expecting more than the tea delivered. Colour – bright and golden. Taste – ok but nothing to distinguish it from other run of the mill teas. Not going to be a repeat purchase..

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96

Like it says on the packet – its a rich dark and complex tea. Colour is light straw and slightly yellow. This is deceptive because rather than being a light delicate tea, which the colour suggests, the flavour explodes in the mouth from the first sip. Hard to pinpoint exactly what flavours because there are so many in the overlapping complexity of different tastes. Brewed a second time the flavours were no less pronounced, but easier to separate on the palate. An all round wonderful tea and worthy of exploration. as a foot note – the tea was described as “organic” by Ringtons.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Rachael Kelly

rich, dark and complex…….a bit like you then!

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93

Described as having an exquisitely honeyed aroma and a light fragrant taste of ripe green muscatel grapes – this tea does not disappoint. I could see where Twinings were coming from with the aroma, but to me it was more soft straw than honey. Taste was subtle; almost Champagne like in terms of a light but focussed taste. After hints of grapes, just as described on the box. A gorgeous tea to be drunk in the finest of china cups. Black – no sugar and served just 3 minutes into steeping.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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66

Its what it says on the box a blend of Assam/Ceylon and African Teas.I’d say it’s mellow and the colour is a deep gold. Taste – nothing to write home about. An every day tea for drinking all day while you wish you’d bought a packet of Ringtons classic 1907 blend instead.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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94

Twinings describe this as a rich and robust tea with a delicious malty flavour. They also recommend it with Sausages and Mash. I can’t help but think they have the wrong tea. When made with 1 measure of tea in a pot with boiling water, infused 3 minutes and drank black this tea has a delicate smoothness with a nose of slight caramel. The taste is powerful but subtle and it lingers on the palate. No hint of the astringency that I usually associate with Assam. This is really good tea and worth the premium price tag for 2nd flush.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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27

Light gold colour quickly deepening to mahogany in a short time of brewing. Drank it black with no sugar. Usual sample of one tea spoon of tea to a pot; boiling fresh water added and steeped for three minutes. The Actual blend not disclosed by blenders, but tastes like it’s a a mix of Assam and Kenyan. Light flavoured tea, with a slight astringency. A general purpose tea which is supposed to be blended to accommodate the water in this part of the World. (I’m not sure what difference this does actually make to this particular tea.)

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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75

Steeped to three minutes and drank without milk. I enjoyed this tea as a refreshing thirst quencher. That said, if you are looking for subtly, forget it. This is a bold tasting tea with an almost overpowering Jasmin taste. If I didn’t know this to be an unadulterated tea, I’d suspect it to have added flavours. What I did like about it was it’s scent and the way from very first sip, it took me back in time to the flowery days of the ’60’s when I drank tea like this from trendy little cups to the sound of Sitar music. Ahh happy days…

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34

I drink it black with no sugar. One standard tea caddy spoonful of tea to lightly boiled water. A fairly mild tea in my view – but rated 3 out of 4 by Sainsbury’s in terms of strength. Taste is non descript – but there’s an astringency to it which is pleasant. Nothing to write home about this tea.

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