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90
drank Connoisseur tea bags by Ringtons
331 tasting notes

Had a cup of this with a chocolate muffin from my favourite bakery, diet be damned, while my mam and I watched the last three episodes of How I Met Your Mother, which we started probably close to a year ago, if not more. This is an age for me in TV-time, but my mam is not a seasoned binge-watcher like myself. This tea was a huge comfort as I sobbed and hiccuped my way through the last 2 1/2 episodes.

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90
drank Connoisseur tea bags by Ringtons
331 tasting notes

I’ve had a super busy day today and this was the only tea I managed to get around to drinking. This is exactly the kind of day which I will always keep this tea in my cupboard for. Tasty, caffeinated, and quick to drink. Reliable as always.

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90
drank Connoisseur tea bags by Ringtons
331 tasting notes

This is my Old Reliable, my fail-safe, my Willow Rosenberg of teas. I drink it when I’m in a hurry, or when I can’t find any of my tea-brewing apparatus, or just when I can’t be bothered with the clean-up, and it never lets me down. These teabags have never left my cupboard in the almost three years that I’ve been on Steepster, because they’re always replaced before they run out. The fact that the company brings teas, coffees, biscuits and jams to your own front door does help, but I know I would actively seek these out even if they were less readily available. They’re strong and malty and perfect for breakfast time, and they take milk and sugar really well, though I prefer to drink mine with just a splash of skimmed milk. It would take something mighty special to replace this as the go-to tea in my household.

ETA: I just noticed there’s been a lot of geek references in my notes lately; if you get sick of them, I’m sorry. I’m probably not going to stop.

Preparation
Boiling 10 OZ / 295 ML
Memily

Whedon references are always acceptable references.

Nattie

I feel very strongly about that man.

Roswell Strange

@Memily Especially when they’re BTVS ones.

Dustin

BTVS… eh. Dr. Horrible… ALL MY LOVE FOREVER!!!

Nattie

I can honestly say I’ve loved everything in the Whedonverse, but Buffy has had my undying love since I was 7

Dustin

I think I was too nomadic when Buffy was on air to be able to watch it and get hooked. I did catch and thoroughly enjoy the musical episode tho!

Roswell Strange

I’ve got two BTVS tattoos, so I suppose you could say I’m a fan ;)

Nattie

@Dustin if you’re ever looking to have 100+ hours of your life sucked into the TV before you know they’re gone I highly recommend giving it a go!

@Roswell What are they?! I would love a Buffy tattoo… one day!

ohfancythat (whatshesaid)

@Roswell are there photos of these tattoos anywhere!? Would love to see them!!

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65
drank Kenyan Gold by Ringtons
1804 tasting notes

Kenyan Gold Black is a bagged tea from Ringtons, a UK tea company. At first glance, it looks like a typical bagged black tea.

Read my full review here: http://sororiteasisters.com/2015/09/22/ringtons-kenyan-gold-tea-ringtons-premium-english-teas/

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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90
drank Traditional Black by Ringtons
1804 tasting notes

Traditional Black is a bagged tea from Ringtons, a UK tea company. At first glance, it looks like a typical bagged black tea. It’s in a square paper bag, and is about half full with finely shredded leaf. The scent is typical “black tea”. I used one bag for my cup, and gave it 3.5 minutes in boiling water. It brewed up to a fairly dark golden-brown, so I added a splash of milk.

Read my full review here: http://sororiteasisters.com/2015/09/19/traditional-black-tea-ringtons-premium-english-teas-2/

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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90
drank Breakfast Blend by Ringtons
1804 tasting notes

The first thing I have to say about this one is that it really surprised me. I don’t drink a lot of bagged tea at the moment, but it generally seems much of a muchness to me when I do. At least in the UK, the flavour profiles of “breakfast blend” style black teas seem very similar – sweet, malty, strong, and otherwise fairly nondescript. Until now.

Read my full review here: http://sororiteasisters.com/2015/09/17/breakfast-blend-black-tea-ringtons-premium-english-teas/

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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70
drank Pure Peppermint by Ringtons
1804 tasting notes

Peppermint is a classic herbal if ever there was one. It’s hard to go wrong with something so simple, and it’s a good stomach settler to boot.

Read my full review here: http://sororiteasisters.com/2015/09/13/pure-peppermint-herbal-tea-ringtons-premium-english-teas/

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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78

After talking about black tea’s this morning I got a craving for a big mug of this. Sometimes nothing beats a strong and simple black tea. With one sugar and a splash of milk this wonderful tea is perfect to give you a kick in all the right places.

(Being drank while reading The Curious Incident of The Dog in The Night Time by Mark Haddon.)

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
ScottTeaMan

I agree…….sometimes I like drinking a decent cup, without having to think about it too much. How’s the book??

KittyLovesTea

Great actually so far (around 120 pages in which is almost half way). It’s about a dog that gets murdered and an autistic teenager tries to find out what happened. The book itself is written from the teenagers point of view and is very interesting.

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78

I only found out about the Ringtons company who deliver tea and coffee to your doorstep a couple of days ago. My mothers friend gets them to deliver to my mother house (as my mother is in all of the time) once a fortnight and I was lucky enough to be over when they knocked on the door. Taking advantage of the tea part I asked what sorts they carried and found that they are all own branded. As soon as he said Connoisseur I was hooked in and bought them to try as an every day tea.

I must say that after trying a lot of everyday tea and disliking a lot of what I have tasted (Tetley’s, Yorkshire, PG Tips etc) I was very impressed with what this tea had to offer. This tea has no bitter after taste, is strong without being ridiculously so and remains fresh in the cup even as cooling. I am used to drinking Twinings every day tea and I must say that this is a competitor when it comes to taste and value.

Over all I would say that I am very happy with this tea and shall continue to buy it in the future to vary my everday drinking tea’s to two brands. I would recommend to anyone that is a fan of fresh and strong tea.

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

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68
drank Mint Marrakech by Ringtons
1812 tasting notes

The last of this is going toward a pot of iced tea. Good memories.

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68
drank Mint Marrakech by Ringtons
1812 tasting notes

This is actually almost the last of an old container that I purchased in Canterbury, England over three years ago. Therefore, I am hoping that an extended steep will be able to dredge some good flavour from it.

The verdict? Not too bad.

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87

V. nice, light and refreshing while still flavourful.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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85

My favourite mint tea. The mixture of peppermint and spearmint is nice, and the white tea rounds the flavour out (I find pure mint teas can be one sided and ‘hollow’, for want of a better word.) Refreshing without being overpowering, I tend to make a pot of it when I’m going to be eating spicy food.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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92

The very last of this tea…I am sad I bought so little when I did, but it brings with it wonderful memories of trips overseas.

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89
drank Strawberries & Cream by Ringtons
50 tasting notes

I was dubious at first because when I smelt the dry mix there was a strong smell of off milk laid over the fruity scent, but that vanishes completely when steeped.

This is nice. Extremely fruity and quite tart, but there’s a vanillary taste that stops the tart from becoming sour. Very drinkable. I haven’t tried sugar in it yet, I’ll try that next, and I think this will taste really good iced (I’ll update when I try that.)

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
SoccerMom

“Vanillary”? :)

SoccerMom

When you actually say vanillary out loud is sounds like a cross between Vanilla and Celery.

Mac

::must not dip celery in vanilla extract to see what it’s like, must not dip celery in vanilla extract to see what it’s like::

SoccerMom

Don’t worry I wasn’t going to try celery and vanilla. I am sure vanillary sounds better with a heavy English accent but doesn’t sound so dignigified with my little southern (Texas) drawl. :P

Mac

::giggles:: Well my English accent is North York Moors, so it’s kinda slow and a little undignified.

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99
drank Organic Bird of Paradise by Ringtons
50 tasting notes

I really, really love this tea.

It’s light and refreshing but still has taste, it’s sweet without being cloying, the aftertaste is fruity and well flavoured with no trace of chemicals like I get from some other ‘scented’ teas. I’ve found myself reaching for it a lot.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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98
drank CLASSIC 1907 by Ringtons
13 tasting notes

This tea reminds me of the tea i used to drink at my aunts many many years ago when I was quite young. Its exactly how it’s described by the blenders Ringtons – strong, dark and malty. I drink it without milk or sugar – as I do with all teas. One spoon full of tea to a pot is quite enough for drinking it “neat”. It has a deliciously long after taste. Hard to obtain sadly – mail order only unless you live in the North of England where they actually deliver it to your door.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
Rachael Kelly

Just sipping a cupful of the aforementioned Classic 1907 by Ringtons, on the recommendation of Sir Robert Heaven, above. Annoyingly I have to agree that it is indeed a splendid cup of tea. Even without the evocative childhood memories that he describes, it is still an excellent choice being full in flavour with a pleasantly lingering concomitant wallop.

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75

I love the slightly sweet note to this tea with the full bodied smokiness, but absolutelty no astringency!

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