I like to keep bagged black teas on hand for when I need a no fuss cup of tea. I’ve really enjoyed Taylors of Harrogate in the past, so I was anticipating a high quality bagged tea that was smooth.
This tea did, in fact, start out that way. It was bright and refreshing, as stated on the packaging. However, as I got to the back of the sip, I was met with an unpleasant aftertaste. It tasted like something had spoiled. It wasn’t an over-steeped black tea taste, as this was steeped at 212 degrees for 4 minutes. It was something I have never tasted in a tea before. While I did finish the rest of the cup, I don’t think I would drink this again.
It is worth noting that I don’t add anything to my teas and I also have never had a decaffeinated black tea prior to this. I don’t know if this the taste was foreign to me because it was decaf, or if I would have enjoyed it more with sweetener. The tea is not all bad, but for me, the taste was overwhelming and not one of my favorites.
If you do pick up this blend, I recommend using sugar, milk or lemon to cut through some of the harsh taste at the back of the sip.