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Thank you ToiToi, for this neat tea bag! Impressively vibrant strawberry start but a muddled astringent finish. Almost like a less exciting Marco Polo; it’s the red fruit notes and the strength of the black. The smell reminds me of the Strawberry Shortcake toys I got to play with as a kid. Strawberry is hard to pull off with tea but this succeeds moderately. I think Ceylon is a great choice for a base and potentially gives it some pointy fruitiness.
Edit- I forgot about my cup an hour ago and this is very good cold! It’s like the strawberry kiwi juice I was living off of at the end of last semester. The aftertaste is realistic citric strawberries! If it was summer and I had more than this tea bag it would be one of my picks for an easy and quick iced tea.
At first I was really glad that I started the morning with this tea because it’s aromatic and had the sweetness of fruits. But as I continued to drink, my mouth got increasingly dry, and I realized that it was a very astringent tea. There’s no bitterness though. It’s a tea of good quality, it’s just that I didn’t enjoy astringent tea much.
I have become a fan of Dilmah since I tried their Exceptional series some years ago. But it seems that their line of cheaper bagged tea is not even half as amazing as the Exceptional series… this tea had a really lovely honey aroma when brewed, so I had high hope before tasting it. To my disappointment, there’s NO trace of honey in the tea and the tea was NOT sweet at all. It was quite spicy (and slightly bitter despite the short steeping time)- perhaps even too spicy given the total absence of honey. The spiciness did resemble that of ginger, but still it seemed unnatural to me because I couldn’t smell that spiciness. I couldn’t really enjoy this tea given the dissonances… I just think they should use higher-quality flavouring for the tea… :(
Had this at the office, to try.
There was no lipton yellow available to compare it directly; but those two teasare rather similar to my opinion;
The taste of the Dilmah Premium might be a bit less generic, but it remains a black tea with only very tiny pieces of leaves in the bag. I tried a second steep and got slightly colored hot water; with a Lipton, the second steep was weaker but still tea.
I’ve got to bring something to drink my good teas instead of those craps.
I’m really sad that this box is now done! It’s hard to believe some tea fairies have stolen my tea in the middle of the night and now I’m left longing for more of this wonderful cup! :) Seriously, I’m pretty sure that I didn’t even share this tea, other than a second steeping with the kiddos. I was such a hoarder. It will be missed, at least until I can get some more. One of the best, smoothest Indian teas that I have ever had. IMO – it’s a cupboard keeper or must.
See my first tasting note for further info or description on this tea.
This tea has a lower astringency with a medium boldness. The aroma is an excellent balance between the mint and pure Ceylon black. The spearmint is clean and the honey brings an extra sweetness.
This is my first tea from Dilmah Exceptional and found this to be a very nice tea. They even provide a small tri-fold brochure, stating the company’s dedication to single origin from Sri Lanka and it’s quest, along with commitment of seeing “the return of real tea.” Not completely sure of it’s proclaimed, “world’s first fully vertically integrated family tea company” and “the finest tea on earth…also the world’s first Ethical tea”, however I love how that all the profits flow back to the community as they share with their workers. Sounds like a lovely company.
It’s not a terrible bagged earl grey, but it was the only kind of tea they had in Belize while I was away. So naturally I came home with a whole box.
Plain, regular earl grey. Not spectacular. Not terrible. Again, the only tea that was really available. Not that you wanted hot tea in a hot, hot country.
From the touching founder family story insert, photos of lush fields dotted with happy faced tea pickers to foil lined envelopes, Dilmah rules on tea marketing.
I inherited the emerald box from a friend on maternity leave and I gotta say I can’t wait until she due!
I feel bad like 100% ceylon single source bad. Slightly sour to almost taste-less, I’m not even sure if its tea in the bag or they grind up their green boxes into powder.
But don’t take my word for it, its cheap enough to buy and try yourself.
Best serve this one cold with lots and lots of strawberry-kiwi Koolaid.
Thanks Will Work For Tea for the generous package of tea this was included in! I definitely wouldn’t call the steep color of this amber! It is a strong black tea. When I tasted it, I could tell this was a ceylon before I looked at the description here. I’m proud of myself – I just figured out the ceylon flavor a couple weeks ago! haha. To me, the ceylon has a very strong flavor, almost too strong to add any other flavors to. I couldn’t really taste any almond here. There were TWO sips that there was a bit of almond. That’s weird. Even when the tea cooled, I couldn’t taste any other almond. But it works as a black tea anyway!
This is my second mention of this tea.
Nothing new to add, really, I just wanted to say that I’ve been making it before work a lot. (It turns out, it’s good even when it isn’t brewed for eight minutes, haha!) Iced and sweetened in a to-go cup, as usual. It has served me well.
Picked up a box at Big Lots for $2 today, thinking for the price, it could be terrible and I wouldn’t care. I just needed some Earl Grey to hold me over until my teas from KeenTeaThyme got here…
I put two bags in a mug to steep for iced tea, set the timer for four and a half minutes, and then my phone rang. I ended up forgetting all about my tea and spent about eight minutes on my balcony talking to a friend who had just broken up with his girlfriend. Oh dear.
When I returned, it smelled delicious but very strong, and a little on the sharp side. It was dark, but not as dark as I would have expected. I sweetened it, hit it with ice, and hoped for the best. It’s actually not bad! The bergamot is more lemony than what I’ve had recently, but it doesn’t taste like Pinesol, so I’m happy. The actual Ceylon aspect is a little milder than what I would have hoped, but it’s going to keep me satisfied for a while. If I were broke and in a pinch like this again, I might lean toward Tazo since they add lavender, but this will do.
I was given a single sample of this tea and now I always have it in my cupboard. I’ve always had it with milk and while it is a little weak for my taste the almond flavour makes up for it, the taste is almost like eating marzipan or an almond biscuit with a plain cup of milky tea. However I would definitely recommend seeping the tea bag for as long as possible.