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I’m actually not normally a fan of fruity teas. A lot of them use rosehips and similar flavors that I don’t like. This one has a lighter fruity taste. It smells really good and it also has a light, pleasant herbal flavor. I can only subtly taste the ginger, lemongrass and fennel. All of the flavors complement each other well and I think it’d be great as an iced tea too.
Flavors: Blueberry, Fennel, Ginger, Lemongrass
Well, I was going to save Tasting Note #2000 for something extraordinary, but as I have a few minutes to share What One Learns From Steepster After This Many Tasting Notes, I’ll just make my observation about this humble and tasty little English Breakfast #1 on the list:
1. Sometimes the ordinary stuff is just as satisfying as the not-so-ordinary stuff. Sometimes even more.
2. I fritter away far too much time online.
3. Everybody needs a stash of solid, no-frills, can’t-ruin-it tea that requires absolutely no brains to steep.
4. Steepster people, you are fascinating, kind, creative, funny, insightful, well-read, and great fun to hang around. I have never (not counting spam) had an unpleasant or unkind encounter here.
5. Rating and reviewing tea scientifically is beyond me. I rely on weather and whimsy. You precise and consistent people amaze me.
Count your blessings, friends. A good cup of tea is one of them, but daily you are surrounded by ones that matter more.
I do not really drink black tea on its own, or at all. But this is the best black tea to use for iced sweet tea – Southern style. Just steep it (or use a tea maker), and then add your sugar in the pitcher and pop it in the fridge. Once it’s cooled down and you pour it over some ice, it’s the perfect flavor combination to take you home.
As decaf black teas go, this one is actually one of the better ones. Many decaf teas feel like they are lacking in flavor, like they are watered down or missing something. This tea, while not spectacular, seems to suffer from this decaf tea flavor problem less than most.
Taught properly, a week of VBS with 4th graders should wear you out—you take part in the wet sponge wars, goalie the crazy-rules soccer games, dispense Band-Aids like candy and learn all the song motions. You could’ve poured what was left of me into a teaspoon after Family Night on Friday. A happy teaspoon, but ohhhhhhhhhh, my aching everything…
Couple that with a 100 degree heat spell and I just needed simple tea all week. COLD simple tea. This wasn’t bad. I wasn’t brave enough to fridge steep it—green teas always go bitter on me when I do—but I made a pot, chilled it, and wet my weary whistle. Smooth. The lemon is complementary, rather than overpowering. Must make more.
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Flavors: Creamy, Mineral, Rooibos, Sweet, Vanilla
I had a coupon for this, so I picked it up at the grocery store. It’s actually pretty good. It’s in the vein of Rose Red or PG Tips, but perhaps not quite as bright. Still, it’s a recognizably British flavor and with 80 teabags in the box, I’ll be set for tea at work for some time.
Okay for making Southern style sweet iced tea. Outstanding for a sunburn/windburn soothing soak.
The package I have has extremely large bags, making 4 cups worth at a time. Convenient when making iced tea for a group. Or running a lukewarm bath to take the sting off a nasty sunburn.
Not as astringent as some of the other US Supermarket bagged black teas for iced tea.
Flavors: Tannin, Vinegar
The last sample I got from Tetley. When I read that there was hibiscus in here I was really skeptical, but the peppermint and spearmint overwhelms the cup and that’s all I taste. Nice. The write up on this tea says there is a floral finish and I can kind of see that as well. Mostly mint taste though, which is a good standard.
Another sample (which actually led me to buying a container)
This is actually what I wanted out of Turmeric glow from DAVIDs. Nice warmth and kick from the ginger, turmeric and other spices followed by a herbaceous blend. I wouldnt steep more than 4min lest it be crazy spicy. A good blend.
Flavors: Ginger, Spicy
Received two tea bags as a sample. I’ve been looking at different bagged teas that are easy to bring to work and wanted to try some out so I contacted tetley and they gave me some samples :).
This tea is alright, kinda standard. Main taste is cinnamon followed by licorice root. Would drink it, dunno if I would buy it.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Licorice