Lifeboat Tea from Williamson Tea

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  Williamson Tea

Tea Description:

Lifeboat Tea is a lovely full-flavoured, family-owned tea that has been created to provide sustainable funding for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) – the charity that saves lives at sea.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

I had my misgivings about this – especially since I did recently have another Kenyan black bagged tea.  I didn’t want to compare the two, because they are two separate teas, from two separate tea companies.  Even the bags look different – these are the round tea bags without a “fetch-string” or tag on it, looking a bit like a rescue ring buoy.  No, it’s not colored bright orange or anything, it just kind of evoked that image given the name of the tea.

This really isn’t so bad, though.  I find it to be quite robust with a pleasant malty tone.  A nice sweetness to it too.  It is not unpleasantly bitter, but I suspect that had I oversteeped it, it might be.  It has just a hint of bitterness to it, suggesting to me that if the teabag had been left in the water a few more seconds I might have a bitter cup of tea.  But as it is, it is certainly not unpleasant, and I find the slight bitter tone to it gives a nice contrast to the overall cup.

This is not a bad cup of tea – but again, I must say that I’d rather it be a loose leaf tea rather than a bagged tea.  But, because it is bagged, it does make a great choice for cold-brewing for iced tea.  Even though it’s getting cooler (autumn is finally here!) I do still enjoy a glass of iced tea in the afternoon and with my meals, and this tea – iced – is really lovely.  Particularly nice with a thin slice of lemon.


Anne (aka the Mad Tea Artist) has celebrated her 29th birthday for many years now. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her hubby and her youngest daughter. Her oldest daughter is married and has bestowed Anne with the proud title of “Gramma” and her grandson is about the cutest boy you ever did see.

Anne started her journey with tea as a casual drinker and became more serious about her tea drinking when she realized that she couldn’t drink coffee. Shortly thereafter, she started becoming obsessed with the beverage and she started creating small-batch, artisan blends of tea that she sold online as LiberTEAS. After a few years, she realized she wasn’t cut out to be the sole proprietor of a business so she closed LiberTEAS and started reviewing teas online. She met Jennifer through another blog that they both reviewed for and they decided to start their own review blog. This review blog!

Throughout her journey as a tea reviewer, she discovered 52Teas and became enamored with the idea of creating a new tea every week. When the founder of 52Teas decided he wanted to move on, he offered the business to Anne but knowing that she wasn’t cut out to be a sole proprietor, she instead offered the company to her oldest daughter who employs her as the Mad Tea Artist for 52Teas!

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