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I loved this blend, its super sweet, creamy and gentle. I’m just a little sad that it didn’t cold brew well as it would have been perfection for summer. No matter. Still great hot and I don’t mind telling you it pairs faultlessly with milk chocolate. Tried and tested. ;)

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Flavors: Cream, Orange, Vanilla

185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 15 sec

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A very malty Assam tea. It tastes almost as good as loose leaf, which is surprising for such a decently priced tea bag tea. My advice is to brew it in non-hard water – filter it if you can. I have yet to try it in hard water.

The taste is fairly strong, pleasant and the aftertaste is gentle and pleasant. I very much recommend this tea, and shall try it loose leaf sometime.

My last tip – brew it for 4 minutes at least for maximum taste

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First to note is that I’m drinking from the tea bags and not the loose leaf, however I do think it’s worth reviewing it in bag form. This tea is quite simply marvellous. It might not be as fine tasting as a more expensive tea such as teapigs, or, but is certainly a measure above other teas in this price bracket. It is strong and malty, with a rich aftertaste and a very pleasant sensation post-drinking.

Be careful not to stew though. It can be too bitter when stewed.

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ctc tea. mix of assam/kenya black tea.
best in the world IMHO.
very smooth, no tannine. strong, comforting cuppa.

cannot be without. buy per 500gr/1 kg.
order next batch when less than 150 gr. left in my home.

no 1. on my take-with-me-on-a-desert-island list!

195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 15 sec

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I’m going to be doing a bunch of possibly pointless, definitely uninteresting to anyone but me, notes about straight-up strong black Irish/English blends. No ratings for the time being, but at some point.

This — I find confounding (though it’s not alone, as everything about this applies to a couple of Bewley’s teas that aren’t in the database yet). I don’t get a loose leaf tea that’s – as far as my understanding goes – made to be a perfect teabag tea. This is tiny CTC tea – possibly the tiniest bits I’ve come across, and the only way I can make a decent cup of tea is to put it in a teabag. Otherwise, too much dust and you can’t strain it well, and it gets bitter & overly astringent in a flash. So I’m getting a very high quality teabag, by filling one of the huge ones – plenty of room for leaves to move – but I’d rather get a loose-leaf tea when I buy a loose-leaf tea! Taste is good if not mind-blowing, and it is nice and strong.

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Just finished the last of this off and will have to do a few, “let me be fair” type comments to qualify my meh rating. First thing is that I was probably looking for – not a replacement – but an everyday, cheaper version of Yumchaa’s Chilli Chilli Bang Bang. That’s just not fair to most teas! Also, silly of me to try this one probably, as I’d never put orange biscuits in my gingerbread. Had it had any noticeable ginger flavours, a bit of orange might have been okay, but all I got from this was a rather faint generic citrus fruit. It should have had more taste, as there really are big bits of almond, peppercorns, and ginger is hardly an expensive ingredient to add to your gingerbread tea! (Actually, my bad again for not thinking harder about that ingredient list.) I’m guessing Yumchaa’s rooibos base is a lot better too, as if I weren’t looking at the tea, but drinking on a blind taste test, I don’t think I’d know it was rooibos.

All in all, not offensive in any way, but not something I’ll buy again.

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The ingredient list is a bit odd – not sure what “China Sencha” is, for one thing. But this is a nice tea all the same. Smells just like creamsicle in the tin, sweetly creamy and vanilla-orangey! And it is a pretty tea, if not quite as elegant as the picture on the website would suggest. That may be a good thing though, as a piece of orange that big and full of peel might add a bitterness the tea doesn’t have at all. Taste is more flavoured green tea than creamsicle, which is a good thing, and it’s a nice smooth tea base, whatever it is. Still doesn’t taste quite as good as it smells, though it’s very tasty. I’ll keep experimenting, and will be reordering when I finish the small size order I got first.

175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec

I got a few chinese sencha based teas. I think it is sencha like tea but not made in Japan and as such cheaper. I am a bit divided about it, some chinese sencha is not so nice, BUT I am a peasant who often thinks japanese teas are too oceanic (that is fishy or seaweedy. really)


Interesting – the kind of naming the EU would clamp down on instantly, by the sound of it! I’ll have to have a root through my Jane Pettigrew and see if she mentions any Chinese senchas. I will definitely be looking out for fish and/or seaweed notes in my next sencha drinking. :)


There is a pretty precious tea shop in Portugal which specializes on japanese teas and they describe sometimes some teas as having seaweed notes which is truly offputting (though why? spinach note is almost a cliché for some chinese greens).

About denominations, I dunno! I think sencha might also be the type of tea, or if it´s steamed or roasted or whatever…

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Name: Assam Harmutty Second Flush
Supplier: The Kent & Sussex Tea & Coffee Company
Origin: Harmutty Tea Estate

Notes on Tea When Dry: Very small leaves with alot of golden tips.

How Prepared: 3 heaped tsp in ball infuser for pot
Water Temperature: 90ºc/195ºF
Steep Time: 4 mins

Colour: Pours Dark Golden
Aroma: Malty

Tasting Notes:

195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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An excellent black tea. A lovely blend of Assam and Kenya tea. It has a very smooth taste. Very pleasant as a breakfast tea.

175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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