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65
drank British Blend by Tetley
17 tasting notes

Very strong – unlike other black teas, becomes too bitter for my taste when left to steep in the cup indefinitely. But great with some milk.

Flavors: Bitter

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5

Very strange flavor.

Flavors: Alcohol, Apple, Strawberry

Preparation
Iced

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80
drank Blueberry and Apple by Tetley
44 tasting notes

One of my favorites cold teas (and it also works well as a hot tea).

Flavors: Apple, Blueberry

Preparation
Iced

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80
drank Strawberry and Mango by Tetley
44 tasting notes

One of my favorites cold teas (and it also works well as a hot tea).

Flavors: Mango, Strawberry

Preparation
Iced

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64
drank Earl Grey Extra by Tetley
18 tasting notes

Tetley Extra Earl Grey.
Bergamotte taken to a higher level.

Flavors: Bergamot

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58
drank Orange Pekoe by Tetley
4975 tasting notes

This is the only tea my mom owns. It is one if the first teas I tried and I hated it. For years I thought I hated tea because of this and Red Rose.

Well today I was supposed to get on a train back to London but I missed it and will now be taking a train tomorrow morning. As such, all of my stuff is packed and still in the back of the car, including my tea. That’s why I decided to revisit this.

Honestly, while it is much more palatable than it was when I was a child, it still isn’t my favorite. It is smoother than I recall (probably because I actually know how to brew tea and didn’t drastically oversteep it) but also much more boring. A slight bit of malt and a slight floral-ish quality but not much more.

Maddy Barone

The only tea my mom ever drank was Lipton. I grew up thinking all tea a bitter and astringent. I’m so glad I decided to give other teas a try.

Shanie O Maniac

I feel you. For years I thought that all black tea tasted like Lipton and all green tea tasted like… well GREEN Lipton. Based on years of bad grocery store brew experiences, I thought tea was disgusting. It wasn’t until I got to college and started trying some of my roommates CS teas (which are still grocery store, but better than lipton) that I realized all tea wasn’t awful.

Of course, now I am way WAY beyond most CS tea! LOL

Mastress Alita

I remember finding a bunch of bagged green teas hidden in the back of my cupboard years after I’d “become one of the teaple” and couldn’t believe there had ever been a time I had drunk such swill. It wasn’t even Lipton, but some generic grocery store stuff. Flavorite, I think. Out of curiosity, I brewed a cup and couldn’t believe the color and smell coming from the cup. One sip and I gagged.

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47

Nothing special for me (neither 1st nor 2nd steep), quite characterless.

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drank Earl Grey by Tetley
4 tasting notes

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80
drank British Blend by Tetley
1 tasting notes

This is my go-to basic black tea for daily morning drinking. It brews up strong enough that milk and sugar don’t overwhelm it, but can be drunk plain. It brews decently at under-boiling temps from the office cooler, and also can make a good sun-brewed ice tea.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 g 12 OZ / 354 ML

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63
drank Orange Peach by Tetley
648 tasting notes

Don’t let the name fool you, it’s an hibiscus tea (a hibiscus tea?).

But it’s pleasant enough. Aroma is mostly tangy hibiscus and citrus, some peach and a cinnamon base note. I think I might get some of that dried apple, too, or it might be an association with the cinnamon aroma. This tea is BRICK RED, hibiscus is the first ingredient after all. Tart and tangy but not overly so, I get orange and floral peach flavorings that taste a bit contrived, very light cinnamon and apple and I think the chicory gives a hint of a roasted bass note. Lingering tart aftertaste. This might be better cold-brewed and I wonder, despite my preference for not sweetening teas, if a little sugar would help that peach pop. Now that I’m typing this review, I’m noticing a surprising cooling sensation coming up from my esophagus. Whoa. Must be one of the “natural flavors.” I like but it’s odd.

So, one neat thing about this tea is the design of the bag. When I first looked at it, I thought, “What is all this string about?” Then I looked at the back of the envelope where there were instruction printed on how to use the teabag. The string is one of those that you’re supposed to pull out of the bag, know what I mean? but there’s a perforated tag at the top joining both the ends of the string. When you’re done steeping, you tear the paper tag and pull both ends outward and that draws more string out of the bag, squeezing the teabag in the process. While it’s not a tight squeeze, it’s pretty handy for those that feel compelled to squeeze the last drops of life from… teabags… but don’t have a spoon or don’t want to use their fingers.

That was a really long and wordy explanation. There’s probably a 3-second Youtube video showing the process more efficiently than reading that novel :P

So yeah, the tea, it’s ok. Too bright to be sipping on near midnight, though.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML
Todd

Sounds tasty. I would say “a hibiscus tea” if you pronounce the “h” like an American, “an ’ibuscus tea” if you pronounce it like a Brit. :)

Martin Bednář

Well, I guess it is just okay-ish fruit tea bag.

derk

Martin: that’s about how I feel.

gmathis

Ever yank the string completely out of those confounded teabags?

derk

Half the time they seem to be made for the sipper of delicate touch.

Martin Bednář

I just prepared this one today and I have to agree with everything you wrote. Even with rating, I find it bit bland, slightly acidic, nothing distinctive. For evening okay, for daily drinking not so good.

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60

I caught some common cold, so I took some fruity tea. This should increase my metabolism, but I don´t care. I just wanted something easy drinking.

Aroma is really blueberry and raspberry as on sample (actually coupon) bag written.

Colour – clear and deep red.

Taste is quite medicinal, hibiscus and rosehips and fruits. Probably mix of blue/raspberry. At least it is fruity and not artificial. Or well done artificial.

In conclusion, quite good, not so sweet, fruit blend.

Flavors: Blueberry, Hibiscus, Medicinal, Raspberry

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 10 OZ / 300 ML

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drank Tetley Tea Bag by Tetley
1088 tasting notes

Daily, I cart three to four steeped travel tea mugs full of tea wherever I go. Yesterday, I had a full day meditation thing and as usual, I brought my tea.

When we have tea breaks, my meditation place sets out three or four big teapots of various bagged teas for the meditators.

Usually, the pot of black tea is Red Rose, but yesterday, it was Tetley black which to me tastes pretty much like Red Rose. I poured myself a cup and added a hefty glug of milk.

Despite being a tea snob, at meditation days, this and Red Rose taste like ambrosia. I carted my travel containers home, full as they were when I arrived.

I’ll just go with that.

tea-sipper three to four mugs at the same TIME?! Whoa. haha
Evol Ving Ness

Usually when I leave the house, I am gone for several hours or all day, so three or four mugs are much needed. It seems crazy to me to purchase cups of mediocre tea out in the world when I have mountains of the good stuff at home.

tea-sipper

OH that makes sense then. :D

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70
drank English Breakfast by Tetley
68 tasting notes

Solid sturdy English Breakfast, which is exactly what English Breakfast needs to be IMHO.

Flavors: Earth

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drank Pure Green Tea by Tetley
1789 tasting notes

Basic tea. Nothing special but it’s not bitter and it’s still definitely green and I’m lazy and tired so it’s easy to make and it’s exactly what I was craving right now.

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I really love it. It is of very good qulity.

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67
drank Chai Tea by Tetley
2 tasting notes

I found this at my local grocery store while looking for a convenient option for morning-time rush, and my eyes quickly settled on this. I vaguely remembered a friend mentioning it as her favourite, so I bought it. I have a problem with impulse buys, but that’s okay. Anyways, when I got home I immediately put my groceries away and set about brewing this tea. It was very quick, and I added some sugar and milk as per the instructions. The first sip was a little bland, but the predominate note was definitely cinnamon. As I went through the cup, the flavour became stronger, and I could taste limited amounts of other spices. Overall, my favourite thing about this tea was the interesting way it made me feel. It made me feel very sleepy, despite being a black tea, and like my stomach was heavy and full. It was quite pleasant as a whole, and I would recommend it for after a particularly difficult bout of studying and such.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Spices, Sweet

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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95
drank Earl Grey by Tetley
2 tasting notes

This is my go-to tea for after a workout. Actually, it’s one of my go-to teas at any time, for good reason. Not only was Tetley’s Earl Grey one of the first teas I really enjoyed drinking. The tea is slightly bitter and has a warm bergamot taste – more subtle than a lot of other Earl Grey teas I’ve tried – but is still unmistakably black tea. If you can find the loose leaf in stores, it’s well worth the extra couple dollars, but a pack of tea bags works (for this) in a pinch.

Flavors: Bitter

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 15 sec 10 g 16 OZ / 473 ML

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86

Refreshing

Flavors: Anise

Preparation
2 min, 45 sec 4 tsp 17 OZ / 500 ML

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75

I can’t stop drinking this, and it’s become a daily NEED, rather than a want.

I usually make it as part of my butter/coconut oil tea (a la Bulletproof Tea style) every morning. So, brew the tea until it’s strong as molasses, then add 2 TB of coconut oil, sometimes some protein powder, and stevia. Blend – drink.

I adore turmeric teas, which is why I got it initially. Plus, I think it was on sale. Turmeric, ginger, tulsi… it’s literally the perfect combination for kapha-based folks (like me), or those that need some lovin’ in the heat/warmth department within their bodies. My partner, who is a Vata through and through, loves this stuff as well. He says it eases his joint pain.

Yes, it’s bagged tea, and yes, it’s Tetley. Still love this stuff, and can’t seem to make my own version of it that’s just as tasty.

it gets a 75 rating – it’s not GREAT, world-class tea (it’s really just herbs and spices) but it’s a go-to in my house.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Ginger, Smooth, Spicy, Tulsi

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Lexie Aleah

I’ve being trying to figure out my type for a few years. It’s definitely really interesting to read about. How interesting I wouldn’t have expected Tetley to sell something like that. I’ll have to look for some of it next time I go to Canada.

MissB

Lexie – years? It’s not that tricky. Most of us are a combination, not just one. Many free online tests can help you. As for purchase, I got it originally on the US. I’m sure it’ll be in the UK, too.

Evol Ving Ness

I tend to make my black chai blends into bulletproof concoctions. Thanks for the turmeric tea tip. I’ll give that a whirl too.

MissB

@Evol – me too. It’s my go-to! I find the chais are the only ones that can stand up to the oil/butter, and then the blacks… well… they’re strong and full-bodied, usually. Although if I’m honest, I’ve used many a tea that I dislike to blend into my bulletproof concoctions, just to get rid of it.

Evol Ving Ness

Exactly what I do. But with the black chai blends that are less than stellar, the coconut oil benefits them. And with the ones that I already like, they become magnificent with that treatment.

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20
drank Golden Black Tea by Tetley
259 tasting notes

Very mellow, watery taste, with nothing to focus on. Drinkable, but way too bland.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 g 10 OZ / 300 ML

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64
drank Chai Tea by Tetley
12 tasting notes

Not the best chai, but vertainly a good option when you just want a bit of spice. It is a good go-to, not expensive, easy to find. Not something I would carefully prepare or drink, but a nice anyways. Good overall!

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87
drank Rooibos Vanilla by Tetley
12 tasting notes

Beautiful tea. I have had periods in which I cannot stand sweeteners/milks in teas amd periods in which I prefer to add a little something. However, this is tea is perfect as it is. I am not a vanilla flavoured person since I do not think its flavour is usually gotten right, so I do appreciate when I see a good vanilla- and this definitely fits that cathegory! Definitely recommend.
Also it has a very nice red color!

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100

I love Tetley’s green and black tea, as It has five times more antioxidants than any other tea brands

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85
drank Orange Pekoe by Tetley
8 tasting notes

Delicious black tea, good on its own but ideal with a bit of milk and some honey.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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