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Royal Air Force

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Edit tea info Last updated by Lainie Petersen
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205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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13 Tasting Notes View all

  • “The cups are sipping two-by-two hoorah! Hoorah! The cups are sipping two-by-two hoorah! Hoorah! ... The cups are sipping two-by-two - another down - another one brewed...The cups are sipping...” Read full tasting note
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  • “Uber-fresh tasting black blend. Very proper "British" style black tea that would probably go very nicely with milk and sugar. If you like your tea strong enough to make your spoon stand up, Royal...” Read full tasting note
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    lainiep 596 tasting notes
  • “I needed a good - no - a GREAT kick in the rear this morning as I got up FAR earlier than I usually do and I have no idea why. Its cool and the wind is crazy today - leaves falling - perfect cuddle...” Read full tasting note
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  • “I was really excited when a friend in the UK sent me a tin of this tea. It's been on my wish list for a while. The leaves are highly mechanically processed. The leaf fragments are very uniform...” Read full tasting note
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    paulmtracy 141 tasting notes

From Rare Tea Company

It’s a very traditional British tea of the like we haven’t seen for many years. It comes from two beautiful, independent tea gardens; the Makaibari Estate in Darjeeling, India and Satemwa Estate on Thyolo Mountain in Malawi. Both are committed to creating the finest tea using sustainable practices to benefit both the land and the people who live on it.

These teas were made by farmers, not by vast agri-businesses. They were not processed by machine but crafted by skilled men and women. The producers go to extraordinary lengths to make this wonderful tea. When you taste it I hope you’ll agree that it is a tea we can be really proud of.

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13 Tasting Notes

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6770 tasting notes

The cups are sipping two-by-two hoorah! Hoorah! The cups are sipping two-by-two hoorah! Hoorah! … The cups are sipping two-by-two – another down – another one brewed…The cups are sipping two-by-two hoorah! Hoorah!

See previous notes :)

Claire

This made me smile! :)

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596 tasting notes

Uber-fresh tasting black blend. Very proper “British” style black tea that would probably go very nicely with milk and sugar. If you like your tea strong enough to make your spoon stand up, Royal Air Force should do the trick nicely.

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807 tasting notes

I needed a good – no – a GREAT kick in the rear this morning as I got up FAR earlier than I usually do and I have no idea why. Its cool and the wind is crazy today – leaves falling – perfect cuddle up and sleep all day type of day. HOWEVER I grabbed this sample from LiberTEAS and thank goodness this is a strong bold cup! Exactly what I needed!
Malty, oatmeal aroma, some strange fruit notes. When I wake up I will be doing a full review on http://sororiteasisters.com/

LiberTEAS

I really liked this one.

Azzrian

Me too and THANK YOU for sharing it with me!!! :)

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141 tasting notes

I was really excited when a friend in the UK sent me a tin of this tea. It’s been on my wish list for a while.

The leaves are highly mechanically processed. The leaf fragments are very uniform and almost appear to be ground. There’s an even mix between dark and light leaf particles. The fragrance is clean and crisp; almost citrusy.

Once steeped, this tea produces a very dark, almost black cup. The fragrance takes on a more malty and caramel character. In flavor, this has a medium body and astringency and is well balanced, but the finish leans more towards a darjeeling.

I don’t dress my teas, but this could take some additives. It also stands up to multiple infusions. Pick some up if you make it to the other side of the pond.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec
teawing

Any history of it? Just curious…

JacquelineM

teawing. This is a pretty neat company – here is a little more about this tea:

http://www.rareteacompany.com/Royal-Air-Force-Tea.php

teawing

Oh my goodness! Proceeds supporting the RAF Museum and the chance to ride in a Spitfire…wow. I wonder how I can order some here in the states…
Bet they don’t sell much to yanks. :)
Thank you JacquelineM for the info!

JacquelineM

They sell internationally on the website – I haven’t priced the shipping, though.

teawing

I sent them an email, asking about shipping to the US. I will let you know what they say.

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OK, you HAVE to watch this video: http://raretea.m6.artlogic.net/news-and-reviews/videos/xaqGK6UTTQY Don’t worry, it’s short. But, it’s very funny.

And this tea is delicious. It does taste like tea. Delicious tea.

Rich, bold, malty, but I can taste the sparkling notes of the Darjeeling in this too. High fruit notes with a hint of muscatel. Very enjoyable!

Azzrian

Great Video!

LiberTEAS

I laughed out loud for a good three minutes after watching it for the first time.

Roughage

Marvellous video. I’m off to my local Sainsburys to buy some. Can’t honestly say I have seen it in there, but I don’t spend much of my time down the tea aisle because I get most of my tea online. Especially loved the comment about SHI Tea.

JacquelineM

Did you order it from England? I’ve been wanting to try her teas desperately, but keep hesitating because of the shipping. I should just bite the bullet!

Missy

haha! great video. I was going to watch it last night but my nook wouldn’t load it. Glad I came back to see it. :D

CHAroma

OMG!! HAHAHAHAAA!!! That video is hilarious! Is that an old commercial or a new commercial that they just made look old?

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I’m only just getting started out on my loose leaf tea adventures, with possibly only a dozen and a half loose leaf teas currently in my possession, but this tea has definitely made itself a firm place on my tea shelf.

I bought this tea to try out of curiosity, mostly; I wanted to know whether the price of the tea signified the quality. The answer is YES! This tea has both firm flavours and gentle (but not too subtle) complexities. It is a little light for my taste if not steeped for a while but it’s fruity and if you are wanting a well bodied but not bland black tea to enjoy then this definitely gets my vote. It is, so far, the only tea that has always been a pleasure to drink and has always fit my varying moods/tastes.

I will be trying other teas from the Rare Tea Company based purely on the outstanding quality of this tea.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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11 tasting notes

An excellent example of a traditional style black tea blend – sweet and crisp, with a good body that takes milk well. Equally good without milk – some citrus and floral notes are apparent, especially in the mid-palate. Slightly buttery on the finish.

Takes multiple infusions well.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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