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From The Kent & Sussex Tea and Coffee Company

Pluckley Tea – Our world famous flagship tea. A strong bright, refreshing black tea for everyday use. An Assam Blend with top quality Kenya Teas.For 25 years the Smith family have been blending and tea bagging this tea especially for our customers. Our Tea factory and Tea Shop is at Pivington Mill in the village of Pluckley which by reputation is also the most haunted village in England… so enjoy " The Spirit of Pluckley Tea" Strong English Tea !

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I’m going to be doing a bunch of possibly pointless, definitely uninteresting to anyone but me, notes about straight-up strong black Irish/English blends. No ratings for the time being, but at some point.

This — I find confounding (though it’s not alone, as everything about this applies to a couple of Bewley’s teas that aren’t in the database yet). I don’t get a loose leaf tea that’s – as far as my understanding goes – made to be a perfect teabag tea. This is tiny CTC tea – possibly the tiniest bits I’ve come across, and the only way I can make a decent cup of tea is to put it in a teabag. Otherwise, too much dust and you can’t strain it well, and it gets bitter & overly astringent in a flash. So I’m getting a very high quality teabag, by filling one of the huge ones – plenty of room for leaves to move – but I’d rather get a loose-leaf tea when I buy a loose-leaf tea! Taste is good if not mind-blowing, and it is nice and strong.

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First to note is that I’m drinking from the tea bags and not the loose leaf, however I do think it’s worth reviewing it in bag form. This tea is quite simply marvellous. It might not be as fine tasting as a more expensive tea such as teapigs, or wearetea.com, but is certainly a measure above other teas in this price bracket. It is strong and malty, with a rich aftertaste and a very pleasant sensation post-drinking.

Be careful not to stew though. It can be too bitter when stewed.

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ctc tea. mix of assam/kenya black tea.
best in the world IMHO.
very smooth, no tannine. strong, comforting cuppa.

cannot be without. buy per 500gr/1 kg.
order next batch when less than 150 gr. left in my home.

no 1. on my take-with-me-on-a-desert-island list!

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An excellent black tea. A lovely blend of Assam and Kenya tea. It has a very smooth taste. Very pleasant as a breakfast tea.

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