Taste-wise, it is okay.
It’s funny though, how a non-decaf tea made me feel so relaxed :)
Can be used to make chai.
“Taste-wise, it is okay. It's funny though, how a non-decaf tea made me feel so relaxed :) Can be used to make chai.” Read full tasting note
“I drank several more cups of this over the last two days, 5 min steep in 205F water, taken with milk. My main complaint before was that the bitter was out of balance--too strong. Hot, and...” Read full tasting note
“It has a soapy aftertaste, and lacks bite.” Read full tasting note
“This tea isn't going to break any boundaries of new flavors. It isn't groundbreaking. It isn't fancy. But it's nice enough.” Read full tasting note
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I drank several more cups of this over the last two days, 5 min steep in 205F water, taken with milk. My main complaint before was that the bitter was out of balance—too strong. Hot, and especially with milk, the bitter is strong but I can enjoy it. There is no noticeable maltiness, and only faint sweetness. Every cup has a hint of cinnamon flavor and a faint rose aroma.
For a large box under $3, this is a really great tea. It is moderately flavorful, dark, and balanced if brewed properly: 3.5 minutes at 205F. I like my tea strong and usually brew at least 4 minutes, but with this tea anything past 3.5 mins and it gets very bitter. Brew 3-3.5 and it’s actually got some sweet notes, in addition to the classic English Breakfast flavor and “brightness”, but not much maltiness (TJ’s Irish Breakfast has that in spades, though). It’s got a beautiful dark red color and a nice nose. I actually own much better and more expensive black tea than this, but I find myself coming back to it on a regular basis. It’s a keeper.