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84

I love this tea!

I first started drinking Darjeeling about a year ago, and I went through a few different types, including some non-blends. When I saw this blend for about £7.50 in a nice tin I wasn’t expecting very much, but I was pleasantly surprised – it’s actually a very pleasant, smooth, easy-drinking tea that I can (and do) enjoy any time of the day. It quickly became my go-to Darjeeling to have in.

It brews a lovely, light, golden colour and has a subtle aroma. There is very little bitterness and it goes down smoothly. It also holds up to multiple brews very well; I always get three, sometimes four.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 250 ML

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84

The dry leaf smells like cola.

Great combination of flavours. I enjoy the use of honeybush as the base to the subtle mix of spices. I’m tasting the note of cola that I could smell in the aroma. I find the slight rose note to be a great addition. The cinnamon has a nice warming tone to the flavour. This is not the flavour profile that I would traditionally associate with a chai but I really enjoy this particular mix. Mouthfeel is very thin, which would be expected from a herbal brew.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Rose, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 13 OZ / 375 ML

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85

This was the first Dian Hong I tried, and it really got me hooked on Chinese Tea. The richness beats any Assam in my book. I was not expecting the complexity and caramel notes. Sweeter than Canton Tea Co’s offering- a treat. I found 3.5min was the best balance of sweetness and robust flavour.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 250 ML

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50

I received this tea as a sample alongside my gaiwan and metal tea caddy birthday gifts. I was very excited as I had recently become fond of green tea after owning my own pouch of Thailand Bai Yai Assamica Green Tea from What-Cha. That tea was truly a taste experience and it would be hard to compete with.

I hadn’t actually tasted jasmine flavours before so wasn’t so sure what to expect. The sample pack smelled so amazing and sweet, but I wasn’t so sure if I’d like that smell as a taste. The packet recommended 2 minutes brewing time, however my cup was quite large and it wasn’t very strong so I brewed it for 2 minutes 20 seconds.

After taking a small sip of the tea, the overwhelming taste of jasmine hit me in the face (or mouth…). The flavour was very one-dimensional and incredibly floral. It was nice, however I did expect more than just feeling like I had stuffed a bunch of jasmine flowers in my mouth. This is my first experience of jasmine so I could have brewed it incorrectly, but even so I couldn’t really taste much but flowery notes. I guess it’s nice if you like that sort of thing, but I think I’ll give flowery teas a miss in the future.

Flavors: Floral, Flowers, Jasmine

Preparation
2 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 14 OZ / 400 ML

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