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drank Typhoo Decaf by Typhoo
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I was hoping to find a straight decaf black tea to have on hand that would rival the strength of PG Tips. This one seemed to get really good reviews, so I managed to get my hands on a box. It was not an easy one to find for some reason. With all the trouble it took, I have to say that I’m no so happy with it now that I’ve made a cup. The flavor is light and sort of bland. Not complex at all. I know I probably shouldn’t expect much from decaf, but I know there are good decaf blends out there so I do. Might just end up using this one to mix with other blends.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
gmathis

I think I’ve finally accepted the hard truth that there is no perfect decaf black tea, although this one happens to be my favorite. I’ll be interested to see if you’re able to land on one that is your “best you can find.”

Shae

I think you’re probably right. I hope to try some of Harney & Sons decaf black teas since I do love their decaf blends. Maybe the Ceylon and/or the Assam when the samples are available again.

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drank Ty-Phoo Extra Strong by Typhoo
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I was quite pleased to find this barbarian beast locally, and even more pleased to find how tasty it is. Its strength doesn’t come from astringency; it’s smooth and deep like dark mahogany or cherry wood. Didn’t need milk, but took it quite nicely. I’m going to enjoy this when the temps finally drop.

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I was never a fan of bagged lemon tea before i had this tea. it offers perfect balanced taste and enough caffeine to get me going for the day.

Flavors: Lemon Zest

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 g 8 OZ / 240 ML
Retroseed Cafe

Check out the more detailed review of Refreshing Lime and Lemon Tea that we tested in our café. https://retroseedcafe.com/

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drank Typhoo Gold by Typhoo
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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.

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drank Typhoo Gold by Typhoo
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(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.

Cameron B.

Ha ha, I fixed the image. Let me know if a different one is better. :P

gmathis

Bless you! That’s it!

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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

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 10 OZ / 300 ML
Leafhopper

Camellia Sinensis or Vahdam might have tea from Oaks Estate, though I haven’t been on their websites in a while and you’d have to check. If you’re just looking for some good, relatively inexpensive Darjeeling, I’ve liked the ones from What-Cha, especially their Rohini Golden Buds. I’m not sure if any of these companies will ship to you.

Martin Bednář

Vahdam don’t have it. Camelloa sinesis I should check.
What-cha ships here, thanks for reccomodation.

eastkyteaguy

Oaks makes some good stuff. I think I’ve had at least one Oaks tea from each of the three major flushes. I know that Teabox carries stuff from the Oaks Estate. I recall being a big fan of their Oaks Classic Summer Chinary Black Tea. You also may want to try Tealyra. I know they occasionally bring in teas from Oaks. Keep in mind that I have no clue what shipping costs would be like to your area with either of these vendors.

Martin Bednář

Eastkyteaguy: Thanks for wodnerful answer, yep – I have found out that Teabox ships to CZ, but for 10 dollars shipping fee. That is quite steep for me. Tealyra do not offer Oaks now :)
At least I have something to explore :)

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drank Typhoo Decaf by Typhoo
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A lovely Sunday afternoon: much-needed rain, a basket of ironing to soothe and unwrinkle me, and Victoria and Abdul to make me smile (Judi Dench is priceless). It could only be capped off by a British/Indian alliance like good old Typhoo. I have absolutely nothing novel or original to say about it, it’s just become a good friend. For this version, Typhoo uses Assam teas that are muscular enough to survive the decaffeination process and leave a little bit of dark-toast-crust flavor behind. Lovely.

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drank Typhoo Decaf by Typhoo
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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.

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drank Typhoo Decaf by Typhoo
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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.

ashmanra

Oh, I haven’t seen lemon mint here. We have chocolate mint and pineapple sage in the nurseries. I was thinking about planting spearmint, inspired by you! It is similar to lemon balm? I have lemongrass and have made a tisane from that, which I like.

gmathis

My first thought is that it most closely resembles lemongrass, although haven’t used straight-up lemon balm before. I think the nursery brand of my apple mint and lemon mint is “Chef Jeff’s Garden” if any of your local nurseries have them.

derk

Did your apple mint overwinter in MO? I came across strawberries and cream mint out here. Plucked a leaf. It was strange.

gmathis

Since we do our gardening in large pots, with a little coddling (sheltered under the carport), our mint plants bounce generally back pretty well in the spring, apple mint included. Last year’s was so root-bound and woody from multiple seasons, though, we just did do-overs.

derk

That’s awesome. I’m intrigued by the apple mint. Never seen it out here. If you let it seed could I possibly trade tea for seeds?

gmathis

I will PM you regarding my garden ineptitude :) But I’m happy to give it a whirl!

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drank Typhoo Decaf by Typhoo
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Another Steepsterite reviewed this as follows: The king of bagged decaf black tea. Accept no substitutes! I believe I agree. Nothing fancy or subtle, but enough strength to make this a viable substitute for bop-you-on-the-head builders tea.

Shae

I’m always on the lookout for great decaf black teas. Thanks for sharing!

gmathis

The Great Panjandrum Pinnacle of All Decafs is just an illusion, I think (I keep hoping there’s one out there that will fool me 100%), but I think this is as good as it’s going to get.

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drank Typhoo Decaf by Typhoo
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Wow. Summer! And I am so glad I have found a close-to-foolproof decaf with some heft that tastes like tea, even when you ice it down. Pretty good stuff.

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drank Typhoo Decaf by Typhoo
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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.)

ashmanra

I wish I could remember what I watched recently in which a character asks “China or India?” when preparing tea for a guest. Possibly Sherlock? Something British, surely.

gmathis

That’s also the final line in one of my favorite detective novels—“The Limehouse Text” by Will Thomas. (Have I turned you on to that series?)

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drank Typhoo Decaf by Typhoo
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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!

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72
drank English Breakfast by Typhoo
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Preparation
Boiling

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drank English Breakfast by Typhoo
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Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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drank English Breakfast by Typhoo
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Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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72
drank English Breakfast by Typhoo
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drank English Breakfast by Typhoo
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77
drank English Breakfast by Typhoo
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Trying as many brands of British tea as I can right now. Next on the list is Barry’s Tea. Typhoo is ok, but I still prefer Yorkshire (best of the best) and PG Tips (second best). As a former coffee drinker I need to brew this extra strong, with 3 bags in the pot at least.

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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.)

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec 4 tsp 45 OZ / 1330 ML

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83
drank English Breakfast by Typhoo
53 tasting notes

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.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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100
drank Typhoo Decaf by Typhoo
111 tasting notes

The king of bagged decaf black tea. Accept no substitutes!

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81
drank English Breakfast by Typhoo
11 tasting notes

A very good everyday tea. I love it with two sugars and a splash of almond milk.

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81
drank English Breakfast by Typhoo
11 tasting notes

This is also a good everyday tea. Very smooth and even. Like it a lot.

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