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I have been clinging to this unpretentious morning tea like a security blanket over the past two unrelentless, frigid weeks-that-feel-like-months. It needs nothing, asks nothing, doesn’t get unpleasantly stout with neglect, accepts milk without complaining, has no flavor outliers that make you have to think. PG Tips, you’ve got competition.
(Pooh. I’ve tried four times to get an image to stick to the tea description. It’s a box. It says Ty-phoo. It’s gold. How’s that?)
After a couple of un-winters in our little corner of Missouri, we’re due for a week of bona-fide real winter this week (highs by Friday might make 10 F), and I am going to need significant quantities of unleaded fuel at work. The fun started yesterday with improperly unpredicted freezing drizzle that chilled me through and made me weak. And the Tuesday Morning staff looked a little gloomy and lonely. So I bought this box to cheer them up. (That’s the story I am sticking with.)
I regret nothing. The online product pitch mentions African teas, but I would swear the box itself threw “Assam” into the combo, and you know Assam is my magic word. Whatever voodoo Typhoo do, they do it well. No rogue acidity, no bottom-of-of-the-bin bitterness, just one beautiful cup of dark, smooth, slightly bready morning tea.
Found some old tea bag again in huge bags of tea bags. No idea about age. No idea how the box looks like because Google search have not found any. No idea where is Oaks estate as I have found nothing about it.
But tea is good. Not really great, but maybe because of age. It is malty, bit of citrus zest flavour, drying. I wish getting it fresher – but I have not found any sources.
Flavors: Citrus Zest, Drying, Malt
I had pretty much already decided that this is THE decaf unflavored tea. The only one you will find with any indication of meat and muscle to it. A friend of mine, formerly from the UK, validated my opinion.
No nuances, no hints or tingles of fruit, fiber, whiskey barrels, or venison jerky, but you can Taste The Tea. Very work friendly, and even when I top off the bottom half of my Lucy Van Pelt mug (with her mouth open; anniversary gift from my husband) with extra hot water because it’s cold in my office, you can still Taste The Tea. I must never run out.
This year’s back porch experi-mint is lemon mint; I potted my starter plant two or three weeks ago, and it has grown like gangbusters.
So, for my first attempt at using it as an additive, I needed “just good tea” that wouldn’t interfere. This was it. Those of you who are overwhelmed by the full-face brick-on-the-head effect of unleaded Ty-Phoo or PG Tips might like this one. The bass notes are prominent; it is not brassy or acidic.
And as for the lemon mint, it was more lemony than minty—quite nice. A good pairing.
This is fast turning into a favorite. Quick and easy decaf that doesn’t taste watery or chemically, and a kitten-teeth size bite that makes it clear you’re still drinking tea.
Rabbit chasing: was watching a Call the Midwife rerun yesterday—I just love Sister Monica Joan and her rabid, unfulfilled sweet tooth. As she welcomed a new nurse, she said resignedly, “Were it up to me, I would offer you China or India tea—alas, we have nothing but Ty-phoo.” (This may be a fans-only chuckle, but I sure did.)
Another review of this calls it “The king of bagged decaf black tea." Not sure about king, but I’d certainly dub it an Earl. Maybe a Viscount. (Isn’t that what Edith’s Downton Abbey sweetie is?) After a five minute steep, it was dark like a good morning builders’ tea…with a recognizable bit of sharp builders’ tea flavor. Well done, Ty-phoo!
this tea delivers a smooth cup with almost no aftertaste and the caffeine content seems higher than average too. however, i am honestly not sure how to describe the flavor of this one. it surely has a flavor because even with extra sugar, the tea flavor remains unaltered and the sweet flavor i want never shows up. perhaps the word for the flavor is whatever the opposite of malty is, unsure, but it is definitely not weak. i made 3 full pots and 2 more cups of varying strength and steeping time. i simply could not find a combination i would want to drink everyday. i also sent it to my girlfriends house who lives with 2 other tea drinkers and the only person who drank it more than once in that house was me and it was only because she kept making it for me since she thought i wanted her to do so…
further, this blend is made without any teas from africa and i am wondering if that may be what is missing for me in the flavor. (i ended up combining the remaining 5+ tbsp with an equal portion of taylors of harrogate pure assam and then added a small amount of scottish breakfast as well.)
I like to keep bagged black tea for the mornings that I can have with milk and sugar, and after trying so many brands, I thought I should finally give Typhoo a try. Well, it’s not bad at all. Nothing special about it, but nothing to complain about either. Standard black tea seems to be a good description. I like this better than PG Tips, which had a woody aftertaste that I was not very fond of.
When I ran out of PG Tips (which I often drink for my morning tea when I am not interested in subtlety, but just need to wake up), I saw a small box of this at the tea shop and decided to give it a try to compare. I’m gonna stick with PG Tips. This is decent, basic black tea in the same sort of style, but it doesn’t have as much flavor to me. I’m just more fond of the PG Tips.