Punjana (Thompson's Family Teas)

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100

I ordered this tea along with some of the Irish Breakfast tea. The Original is great for an everyday breakfast tea. It’s got a warm, smooth flavour and can be diluted by using only one bag or made stronger by using two bags. With one tea bag being enough to fill an entire large teapot, I find that I got a lot of bang for my buck and that the tea will last me a long time. I definitely recommend this tea and will buy it again when I run out.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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100

I first saw the name on it and since Thompson is my surname, I just had to order some of this tea. I saw a review of the tea on Steepster and decided to place an order. I love drinking black tea for breakfast, but I can be very picky on which ones I’ll keep buying. I placed an order and got two boxes of the Irish Breakfast. One tea bag is enough for a full large pot of tea, so I find that I got a lot of bang for my buck. The tea will last a long time since I’m using only one bag per day. The tea has a lovely mellow smooth flavour. I enjoy it a lot and will definitely keep buying this one. That says a lot, because I don’t often have favourites. I highly recommend this tea if you’re looking for a great daily breakfast tea.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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95

I started out drinking only green tea, branching out to many loose teas of all kinds. Oddly I got into black tea years later, and in the last few years have really begun to enjoy British black tea blends. They can be very comforting, tasty, and unpretentious. My every day brew has been Yorkshire or Yorkshire Gold for several years. But I enjoy comparing it to other offerings of all companies, always coming back to them.

I never really expect any of those I try to surpass it, but for my tastes, Punjana does. It’s a blend of Assam and Kenyan leaves, much like many others of its kind. Somehow it tastes fresher though. Punjana is blended by the Thompson Family in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Many reviews of teas say they’re strong, but not bitter. I’m always skeptical when I read that, but to me it applies for this blend. In short, I have a new everyday tea to enjoy(and always lots of other teas to always try too.) I recently tried their Signature Blend and will do a separate review for it some time, but my taste buds like this one a little better.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
gmathis

We see this once in a while at our local Big Lots, which is always potluck…what you get is not necessarily what you’ll get next week But it’s on my short list to grab next time I see it.

quietcreation

I’ve seen the Irish Breakfast in the green bag at mine. But when I went to get one finally, it was gone. Mine suddenly cut back on that selection. My best cost option was ordering straight from them. I recently messaged them on Facebook asking a question and they sent me a free mug all the way from there. Very cool. I’d definitely recommend it and hope it’s to your taste!

quietcreation

I just realized we’re both in Missouri. I’m close to KC though.

gmathis

Southwest corner here.

eastkyteaguy

I have a huge soft spot for both Yorkshire and Yorkshire Gold from Taylors of Harrogate. I would probably like this if it displays any similarity to either of those blends.

quietcreation

I still very much like those and think anyone that appreciates them would like this too.

gmathis

Second that. Very similar to Yorkshire; maybe a little less sharp around the edges.

quietcreation

I’d say that’s accurate. Good to hear you got some.

gmathis

Oh, good grief..dementia is sneaking up on me. I read “Thompsons” and interpreted it as “Barry’s.” (So easy to mix up the similar spelling, eh?) No, I haven’t rousted out any Thompson’s yet. Just call me Miss Daisy and grab my driver’s license before I do some real damage :)

quietcreation

Haha nice. I do also like Barry’s.

quietcreation

I honestly dont know if I like this or Yorkshire Gold more. They’re different but I may like them equally. Which is still saying a lot.

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60

I really wanted to like this tea, because I love all other teas that I have bought from Punjana (Thompson’s). Sadly, I can’t say I like this one at all.

First steep: The floral and vanilla notes were overpowering. I couldn’t smell the tea at all, neither hot nor cold. I could only smell the artificial vanilla fragrance. When I tasted it, the sweetness of orange and vanilla came first, then came a bitter note from the green tea.

Second steep: The vanilla note was not as strong as in the first steep, but still there. The floral note was still overpowering. The bitter taste was absent from the second steep, however any “tea” taste was absent as well. And I have lost interest in making a third steep now…

Flavors: Artificial, Floral

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 0 sec 3 g 4 OZ / 110 ML

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84

This is a light floral Earl Grey, it tasted more like a Lady Grey.
I like it for late afternoon or early evening.
Perfect for a relaxing cuppa after work.

Flavors: Bergamot, Floral

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 3 g 8 OZ / 240 ML

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90

I love it!
This is basically apple juice without all those fattening sugar.
I can have a cup of this tea anytime!

Flavors: Apple, Black Currant, Floral

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 7 OZ / 220 ML

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92

Dad replaced the water filter yesterday.
My morning cuppa builder’s tasted weird and weak today :(

I better run the tap for a few minutes before I use it for my tea.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 3 g 8 OZ / 240 ML

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92

I have been drinking this tea every morning. I am liking it more and more.
I imagine a good traditional English breakfast tea tasted exactly like this.
Strong, bold, with a good kick of caffeine.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 240 ML

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92

This is the perfect blend to make Builder’s Brew.
Strong and bold. I love it!

Flavors: Caramel, Dark Bittersweet

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 240 ML

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64

I always brewed with 2 bags, but this tea was never as strong as I wanted it to be. The only brews that came out strong enough had loose leaves from the top and bottom of the stack. The flavor was basically what I would expect from an Irish breakfast tea, just too weak.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 12 OZ / 354 ML

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100

Dark non bitter double cup or pot full, it is worth the price @ $3 per 80 bags. The bag is large and will make a small pot of tea about 3-4 cup size. I’m not an expert tea taster but this is a winner in every sense. Even after refilling a cup 3x it never tastes metallic or bitter. A fine mixture of subtle but defined varieties of leaf from assam and Kenya. The difference is noticable and notable.

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec 0 g 1 OZ / 32 ML

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75

I discovered this tea while shopping at Ocean State Job Lot (a local discount store). I love teas from the U.K. and Ireland, but it’s difficult finding decaf versions of many of them. Thompson’s is located in Belfast, Northern Ireland, which is why this tea caught my interest, and I picked up a package of 80 tea bags for only $3.99. For a decaf tea it has a really robust flavor, and while it isn’t the best I’ve had, I’ve still been enjoying it. Amazingly, after taking a closer look at the bag to add it to the Steepster database, I noticed the “best buy” date on the bottom was “Jul.13.” Still tastes pretty good! It’s best when steeped for only a short period of time; otherwise it tastes a little bitter. It would probably be good with a little milk (I usually drink my tea without.) I’m not sure what the difference is between this and Thompson’s “Decaf Everyday Tea” – could just be the packaging.

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 0 sec

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97

I completely adore this tea. It’s such a lovely blend – perfectly balanced, not too bitter or too acidic. It has a rich, almost smokey flavor. And it really is the perfect pick-me-up in the morning. Or any time, really. I always have mine with milk and sweetener, and it’s just a dream.

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Great Irish Breakfast, maybe a lil acidic for me, but still an awesome morning tea

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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93

A wonderfully smooth, hearty blend of Indian teas. One of my favorites to wake up to, or for a relaxing evening.

Don’t expect tang, but instead a warming embrace.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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94

This tea always brings me right back home! A truly excellent cup of tea. I always like the comforting feeling of knowing this is a family run business – it somehow makes it taste better haha!

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100

Thompsons Terrific Tea! haha this was the blend that first introduced me to the Thompsons family! The memories! I always have a pack in my cupboard – just wouldnt feel right without it! This is my go-to tea, always hits the spot

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98

Wow. Just wow. I was about to go on, and on, about how much i like this tea, but then i read “3 Gold Stars from the Guild of Fine Foods 2012”….need i say more? Thoroughly deserved of this unprecedented achievement.

Preparation
Boiling

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97

Fantastic!!! It’s hard to beat the Thompson’s Family Teas Original blend, but by George does this come close! Very refreshing, but thats hardly surprising when you can see the gardens they pick and blend from. As i say, you can always rely on a family business to maintain high quality. The Thompsons have been delighting the lovely people of the UK for 3 generations of Thompson’s now – and long may this continue!!

Preparation
Boiling

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94

Ah yes…this was the tea that introduced me to the blends the Thompsons family had to offer. I never would have guessed a wee factory in Northern Ireland was where this delicious tea was blended! A popular tea in Northern Ireland, i cant imagine it will be long before word spreads all over the world. I never go anywhere without first smuggling a pack of Punjana into my case. Its true what they say, once you’ve tasted Thompsons you can never go back!

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 15 sec

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