Taylors of Harrogate

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10

I don’t generally like this kind of tea, but Amazon sent it to me as a mistake, so I gave it a shot. Was even worse than I expected – had a bad sour taste, with some bitterness. Even adding milk didn’t really help. I ended pouring most of it out. This tea will live in the work kitchen for others to drink. It is a very fine loose leaf – would not recommend for someone using a normal tea ball, needs a very fine strainer.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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90

My favorite tea to date. Fantastic rich, strong flavor. Can be very bitter if steeped too long, but its fine otherwise.

Flavors: Dark Wood

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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100

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Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 7 OZ / 200 ML

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100

I’ve yet to find an Earl Grey that can topple this as my favourite. It’s not too rich, easy on the bitterness, and perfect on its own or with milk.

Flavors: Bergamot

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 7 OZ / 200 ML

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55

I found this a bit weak in flavor, and I don’t think it was my steeping, but it might have been that I have been drinking fuller flavored tea for a few weeks before this. I’ll have to give it another try. It was just meh for me on first tasting – good but not special.

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85

This is a tea I like serving to guests, since I think it’s a very approachable black tea. I find it malty, strong, and not bitter. It also takes milk and sugar well. It’s not fancy, I don’t find it to be very complicated in its flavors, but is hearty and servicable.

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79

Interesting flavor palate: bitter, malty, with a slight resinous taste. Very strong and filled with caffeine.

Flavors: Brown Toast, Malt, Marine, Resin

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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90

This is a tea that has that “classic” tea aroma when steeping. I would not know how to more precisely describe that smell, but I will add that it is lovely and evocative and reminiscent of long ago rainy mornings in early spring. As for the taste, when two teaspoons of sugar are added, the taste of this tea is absolutely solid, reassuring, traditional, malty delight. This is a tea you can really count on to give you that flavor, that boost, that comfort that you are looking for in your tea. I salute the makers of this tea!

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70

I normally don’t like this kind of breakfast teas, but this one was rather ok.

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80

Bright breakfast tea, with a light flavor.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 30 sec 50 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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60

Water: 8oz

Leaves: tea bag

Measuring Spoon: no

Steep: 5m

Aroma: Citrus

Color: reddish brown

Clarity: slightly cloudy

Taste:Wow, I haven’t done one of these in a while. I picked up this individual tea packet at my local British shop (I live in the US). I never tried a Taylors Of Harrogate Tea, so i thought why not at only $.50. Opening the foil packet I noticed the tea bag is quite large, bigger than your typical bag. The aroma of the steeped cup was citrus accompanied by a reddish brown hue.I let the cup go for 5 minutes as for the taste it was very bitter difficult to drink with out making a face. To see if this cup could be helped I added a packet honey pearls. It helped to greatly reduce the amount of bitterness without altering the flavor profile but not add much sweetness.Overall I didn’t enjoy this tea which also left a dry mouth feel once I finished my cup.

*update: I took the same used tea bag a steeped it in about 2 cups of water & it was much better than the first cup & very light in flavor with no bitterness.

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80

I’ve been taing this tea for a week now as an english breakfast tea, with a hint of mil and a dessert spoon of honey.

I’m a red version lover of this tea, simply amazing, so I wanted to taste this one.

The thing is that’s too wea for me to do a propper english breakfast, it’s more a more delicate tea, with less caffeine, velvety and weaker. espite all that, I thing that’s a really good choice for someone that wants just this.

I’ll have to taste it alone to see how it tastes without mil and honey.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 5 OZ / 150 ML

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65

Pretty good for a bagged tea blend. Has a pure taste—no additional flavors outside of the black tea fannings used in the blend. I can taste a bit of maltiness to the tea—not unusual for black teas sourced in India.

It was a gift and I enjoyed it, but don’t know if I’d go out of my way for it again.

Flavors: Malt

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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Somebody left a stack of these bags on the pay-it-forward table at work. I snagged them, chiefly because you don’t often see a bagged Assam that simply advertises itself as an Assam.

It performs as advertised. Not top shelf, but a decent bagged tea that isn’t sharp or acidic and behaves exactly as you expect with some low, sweet, bready flavor. Excellent choice for work or groggy mornings.

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100

My standard tea, a good strong brew. Clean tasting.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 45 sec

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75

Requires a longer steeping than package suggested. I went with 6 minutes and I could taste the tea. Any less than 5 and you just get smoke.
Light in body.

Flavors: Smoke

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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79

Sipdown 54/375! I’ve decided I want to try to get to 200 tasting notes by the end of the year, and under 400 teas in my cupboard by my 3rd Steepster birthday. Since I don’t know when I’m going to be working (zero-hours contract) and I have family over tonight for a pre-Christmas party, I’m trying to fit a couple of notes/sipdowns in now before it gets too hectic.

I made this the same way I did when I had the flu, and I’m pleased to report that it wasn’t just the illness making me think this tasted nice! Man I wish I’d brewed it this way more often. More concentrated with milk and sugar, the citrus flavour comes out way more and it isn’t just a lame-ass chai, it’s the embodiment of Christmas in tea form. Still, I’m glad we parted on a high.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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79

Ahh, that’s more like it! I think the flu might be helping to actually make this tea taste better than normal! I haven’t had a cup this good since I first received this tea, which was SUCH a long time ago that I really thought they would have no flavour left by now. This was a Christmas gift from my might-as-well-have-been-flatmate’s boyfriend when we did Secret Santa in my first year of uni (2012) which makes this tea almost exactly four years old and definitely the oldest in my cupboard. It’s a bagged tea rather than loose leaf, though I’m pretty sure it’s the same as the loose version, which might explain why it’s held onto its flavour so well. I used a small mug so the tea is fairly strong, and added a teaspoon of sugar and a splash of semi-skimmed milk and this is really tasty! The cinnamon and other spices are what I usually find most dominant in this tea, but today it’s super citrussy and the orange is definitely the stand-out note. I’m not sure what the base tea is in this blend but I suspect it might be something with natural citrus notes, as the flavour is more complex than just ‘orange’. The spices play around in the background, complimenting the orange and lingering after the sip. The cardamom is a little more dominant than I’d like, seeing as I’m not a fan, but I can live with it. I only have a couple of bags of this left now – I wish I’d figured out how to brew it like this sooner.

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 0 sec 6 OZ / 177 ML

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79

So, this is the last of the bagged Taylors of Harrogate teas I subsisted on in Lexington. Of the bunch, this was far and away my favorite. As a matter of fact, I plan on trying the loose leaf version just to compare the two.

I prepared this tea using the one step Western infusion process I tend to favor for non-Chinese black teas and many black tea blends. I steeped the tea bag in approximately 8 ounces of adequately hot water for 5 minutes. Again, I have no clue what the water temperature was, and I did not attempt additional infusions as I never reinfuse bagged teas.

After infusion, the dark mahogany tea liquor produced integrated aromas of bergamot, cream, honey, toast, caramel, and wood. In the mouth, I picked up on smoothly integrated notes of bergamot, wood, brown toast, honey, cream, malt, caramel, butterscotch, and cocoa. The finish was mild and slightly citrusy. The bergamot presence continued to shine, underscored by fleeting impressions of wood, caramel, cream, malt, and butterscotch.

I found this to be significantly better and more sophisticated than many of the bagged teas I have tried in the past. Unlike at least one previous reviewer, I did not note anything that seemed overtly artificial about this tea. For a bagged Earl Grey, it certainly was not bad. I could see myself reaching for this again in similar circumstances in the future. I am definitely planning on trying the loose leaf version soon.

Flavors: Bergamot, Brown Toast, Butterscotch, Caramel, Cocoa, Cream, Malt, Wood

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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37

This is another of the bagged Taylors of Harrogate teas I got to try during my stay at the Marriott Griffin Gate Resort and Spa in Lexington, KY. I know I have said it before, but I honestly tend to loathe bagged green teas. This one did not do much for me, but that being said, I did find it to be slightly more drinkable than most standard bagged green teas.

I prepared this tea using a one step Western infusion process. Again, I never attempt to reinfuse tea bags. I steeped this tea for approximately 3 minutes. I have no clue what the water temperature was. Even though the back of the packet suggested that the bag should be steeped from 1-2 minutes, I decided to go with 3 as I could not pick up much of an aroma after 2 minutes had elapsed.

After infusion, the straw gold tea liquor produced mild aromas of grass, straw, and honey. In the mouth, I picked up a substantial note of honey on the entry that was quickly chased by milder notes of grass, straw, and hay. There was also a slight floral note that was most apparent on the finish. It reminded me a bit of flower nectar.

All in all, I found this to be very boring, but then again, who really gets excited over bagged green tea these days? For what it was, it was pleasant, but not something I would reach for on my own unless I had no other options. I do not think I could move myself to recommend this to anyone.

Flavors: Floral, Grass, Hay, Honey, Nectar, Straw

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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64

While reviewing prior tasting notes for this tea, I noticed that the previous reviewers ended up drinking this tea during hotel stays. I am no different in that regard. I returned from a week long conference at the Marriott Griffin Gate Resort and Spa (nice hotel btw) in Lexington, KY yesterday evening. While there, I spent a great deal of time consuming complimentary glasses of Taylors’ Earl Grey, Pure Green Tea, and English Breakfast Tea. Each was the bagged version, and in all honesty, I came to the conclusion that Taylors of Harrogate does bagged teas pretty well.

I prepared this tea using a one step Western infusion process. I never attempt to resteep tea bags. I steeped the tea bag in approximately 8 ounces of adequately hot water for 5 minutes. I have no clue what the water temperature was.

After infusion, I noticed that the dark amber tea liquor emitted aromas of malt, toffee, toast, and butterscotch. In the mouth, I detected notes of cream, malt, oak, toffee, brown toast, and butterscotch. This was very smooth and mild for a bagged English breakfast blend.

This was far from the worst bagged English breakfast tea I have ever had. While it may not be something I would go out of my way to acquire again, I would drink it with no complaints in a similar setting. Of the three Taylors of Harrogate bagged teas I got to try over the course of the past week, I found this one to be the middle child of the bunch. I did not like it as much as the Earl Grey, but I liked it much more than the Pure Green Tea (I normally hate bagged green teas). In the end, I would say that this is a decent bagged breakfast tea. Hopefully, I will get the opportunity to try the loose leaf version of this in the near future so I can compare the two.

Flavors: Brown Toast, Butterscotch, Cream, Malt, Oak wood, Toffee

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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79

I recently did a gong fu style brewing of this tea, and I must say that after preparing it western style originally, it definitely has more flavor and character when prepared in the gong fu style.

Flavors: Fruity, Smoke, Smooth

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 0 min, 45 sec 5 tsp 19 OZ / 550 ML

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100

This… This was the best black tea, bagged or otherwise, that I’ve ever had. Oh my lanta. Drank it with a splash of skim. It tasted… it tasted like brownies. I don’t know how else to describe it. Chocolatey and earthy and rich and creamy and comforting.

It. Was. So. Good.
I need to buy some ASAP.

Flavors: Chocolate, Creamy, Earth

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85

This is possibly my favourite fruit blend. I usually really dislike fruit blends but the rose makes this drink excellent. Refreshing and comforting, great all year round. Always have a box of this with me

Flavors: Floral, Hibiscus, Lemon, Rose

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