22 Tasting Notes

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I’m a big Earl Grey fan, my normal everyday tea is a mix of 3/4 black tea with a 1/4 Earl Grey and its magic every time.

Twinings seemed to have cracked it with this blend as the bergamot isn’t overpowering nor is it lost amongst the tea itself.

Really a top blend and my preferred premium Earl Grey.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Pure Camomile by Twinings
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I have heard so much about the amazing effects and soothing qualities of Camomile so I thought I would give it a go.

Well the flavour was really watery and it reminded me of how you dilute down squash for toddlers. Not really anything there except a slightly bitter and herbal flavour. As my mum would put it, its a ‘lawnmower tea’.

Decided that that may have been a fluke or bad bag so tried again but with honey this time to sweeten it a bit. I reasoned that the flavour may use the sweetness to bring itself out. The honey made it slightly more drinkable.

Maybe its an acquired taste but this really isn’t the tea for me.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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drank English Breakfast by PG Tips
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Now this is a brand that I unfortunately I don’t like, which is a rarity with tea.

Now I’m not the biggest fan of tea bag teas but this is a lot worse than others. Its a bit too general, if that makes sense, there is nothing to make this tea different. Its just a homogeneous cup of ‘brown’.

I now it has a big fan-base so I won’t pile abuse on it but I will just say that I won’t buy it again.

I think the best thing about this tea are the adverts. Monkey*in Johnny Vegas’ husky voice*!!!!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank English Breakfast by Typhoo
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Found these on offer, which is sadly the way I find most my teas, and now I have a whole bag of them left over.

Not my cuppa tea. Its reasonably strong but that’s is about all it has going for it. The flavour can only be described as brown. Nothing to make me go ‘OO’ in this tea bag.

Since I know so many people like this brand I won’t slate it awfully as I may get tea related hate mail or worse. Anyway this is not really what I was expecting or wanted when I saw the bags going cheap.

Oh well, not too much of a dent in my wallet and maybe I can palm them off onto a mate that likes it a bit more than me.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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A tea that I was pleasantly surprised by. The first thought as I opened the box was, toothpaste. I knew it was wrong to think it and if there are any Moroccans out there sorry but it really smelt like toothpaste. Although I’m sure Moroccans would buy their tea in teabag form or purely because it was going cheap at the supermarket.

However as I made the tea and I began to steep I could detect something both it taste and smell that was deeper than the Colgate scent. It was the herby green smell of fresh mint. Thankfully this more authentic mint taste overrode the mouthwash flavour which made for a very nice drink. Had two sugars in it as I think its supposed to be sweet and the sweetness did help the flavour of the tea, which was a first.

Not my usual cuppa and I don’t think it will be but nice all the same. Prehaps would be better on a hot summers day. Maybe with a hookah pipe and some old guys playing backgammon. But now I’m getting ahead of myself

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 15 sec

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Found this tea on offer at my local TFC (Turkish Food Centre) so had to pick it up. I have never really thought about the Turks as being big tea drinkers but I then realised I don’t really know that much about Turkey.

Anyway to the tea. Its a very light and pale tea that would seem to better suit the warm climate of Turkey more so than the sporadic sunshine here in the UK. However I do really like this tea its a nice refreshing alternative to my usual black or green teas.

The first time I tried it (and the times till about half way down the bag) I just made it as if it were regular black tea. Although I stumbled upon this gem as I was trying to research this seemingly elusive tea, instructions on how to do it the ‘right’ way.

‘How to make Turkish Tea?
Measure a dessert spoon of Turkish Tea per person per tea cup
Add enough water to the large kettle based on how many cups you plan to serve
1) To make the Turkish black tea like the Turks do you will need a teamaker with two kettles of different sizes. Fill the large kettle with water and place it on the stove.
2) Add the black Turkish tea on the small kettle and place in over the large one. Please note that there is no water in the small kettle at this time.
3) Bring the water to a boil. Add a portion of the boiling water (1/3rd) to the small kettle at this time.
4) Lower the heat and let it simmer for 15 minutes for the tea to cook to the right consistency
5) Using Turkish Tea cups, serve the tea by pouring about 1/3rd from the top kettle and filling the rest with hot water. This ratio totally depends on your taste and can be adjusted. Use sugar to taste.’

Both ways tasted fine and there wasn’t a whole lot of difference between them.

Will be stocking up on this in the future.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 30 sec

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drank Tchae Jasmin by Lipton
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I’m not sure if this range is defunct from Liptons as I have had the teabags for ages.

A really interesting one this. It’s got that sought after jasmine flavour that I do love and find really refreshing but I think Liptons have gone too far (or went too far if the range has stopped). After the intial sip its a bit like drinking essence of pot pourri. A soapy, highly perfumed tea. Maybe its because I wasn’t expecting it to be that strong, maybe it got stronger with age but it just seemed a bit excessive.

Not an unpleasant tea, I doubt such a thing exists, but its not going to be a firm favourite of mine. I have a few more bags left and I will drink them at some point, but I will really have to be in the mood.

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

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A good ‘wake up’ tea, a lighter tea than I normally drink but its perfect to clear away the cobwebs. I don’t think I have tasted the maltyness mentioned but then I have never really looked for it.

Quite a, and I hate to use this term, meaty tea, it’s a substantial tea that won’t disappoint and its often one of few English teas readily supplied when you go abroad. Not that I’m saying I won’t sample the local teas as well its just that most hotel through it in for free, and I’m not one to turn down free tea.

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

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A very respectable redbush tea, even more so when you consider it comes from a teabag. The caramel flavour is a nice touch and blends well with the naturally caramel and sweet notes of the redbush.

First noticed it as I walked round my local Lidl and got the tea drinkers urge to give it a go. Glad I did. Now pick up a box every time I go. My staple redbush teabag. Not as nice as loose but as good as I can find, plus it won’t break the bank.

A tasty tweak to redbush.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 15 sec

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drank Redbush by Tetley
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A lower end Redbush in my opinion. Its an ok tea but lacks the refreshing flavour of better Redbush teas. However it is nice to see that Redbush has got the attention it deserves and maybe with some work Tetley can crack it.

One for someone looking to try Redbush without leaving their comfort zone.

A shade brighter and shade better than regular Tetley’s

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 6 min, 0 sec

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