Green Tea with Jasmine /Taylors of Harrogate . . . .

I’m pretty stoked to review this particular tea because I’m about 5 boxes into this particular one, so I’m fairly confident about the recommendation I’m about to make based on the 100 cups of it I’ve already had.

I got this tea originally to try to replace the Numi kind that I liked a lot but I’m not made of money so I had to find other options if I wanted to drink jasmine green on the reg.

I really like green tea, and especially jasmine green. I think it’s super good with Asian food, and I usually try to drink my greens with food because they tend to be a little bit hard on my stomach and make me nauseated.

The thing about greens is that if you get a bad one they can be astringent and sometimes the jasmines can be hard to balance right. Too little and you miss it, too much and it gets bitter. I had a fancy white tea with jasmine that was called something like Dragon Phoenix Pearl Jasmine and if you didn’t be super careful with the steep then it got to be a bit too much for me. It smelled great, though.

This one is a dainty green with a noticeable, but not overpowering or bitter jasmine flavor. You get a little green and also a little jasmine. This is definitely not a strong green, if you really like your greens to punch you in the face then this is not it. This one is nice and also super easy because you can buy it in bags at the grocery store so it’s a cinch to keep around. It comes in a papery bag but I don’t find it gives the tea a papery flavor, which is a thing I notice with this type of bags sometimes. I put a lemon slice in a lot of the time and that’s very good too. I never add sweetener or milk. I use the 176°F setting on my kettle for my greens but I’m lazy and don’t remove the bag after the steep.

Taylors is in the UK import section at Harris Teeter so it’s kind of expensive, whereas at Lowes Foods it’s just slapped in the regular tea section and it’s more regular tea price and also goes on sale sometimes, so if you’re looking for it just be mindful of that if you see it’s $7 or something and that seems shocking, it can run from $4.50-$7.50 per box of 20 bags depending on where you buy it.


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Leaf Type:  Green

Where to Buy:  Taylors of Harrogate

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English Breakfast from Taylors of Harrogate. . .

I needed a basic black tea for breakfast one morning – nothing fancy, just something to wash down an everything bagel with whipped cream cheese and chives. Now I’ve gone and made myself hungry!

I grabbed a tea bag of this that I had been given, and not without some misgivings. I just don’t do bags most of the time and I don’t add milk and sugar to my tea, and sometimes the bagged stuff is pretty rough and needs to be tamed. But I wanted to be quick so I could join my daughter for breakfast and hers was already ready. I threw the bag in my Kamjove steeper and hoped for the best.

As it turned out, I needn’t have worried. I steeped it using 205F water to be safe and kept the time short at just under three minutes.

It was a decent cup of tea. I don’t plan to go out and stock up, and it isn’t earth shattering or life changing. What it was, was a decent enough cup of tea that went well with my food, didn’t give me a stomach ache, and didn’t pucker up my mouth and dry me out. It was only lightly brisk and maybe slightly malty.

Overall, it was a decent cup that I wouldn’t pass up if it was offered at a restaurant or hotel. The bagel was definitely star of the show at breakfast, and that’s how I wanted it.


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Leaf Type:  Black
Where to Buy:  Taylors of Harrogate

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Green Tea With Jasmine from Taylors of Harrogate. . . .

My daughter has recently gone mad for Taylor’s of Harrogate Green Tea with Jasmine. When an opportunity came up to review it, how could I pass it up? I don’t do many tea bag teas, but I love jasmine and I want to see what all the fuss is about.

These bags are individually wrapped – a MUST for freshness, in my opinion – and when I turned the wrapper over to tear it, I saw prominently printed on the back, “We are a member of Ethical Tea Partnership.” Okay, points from the start!

The instructions say that for a perfect cup I should boil fresh water and let cool for one minute, then infuse for one to two minutes. Since I have a variable temp kettle, I heated the water to 175F and infused for two minutes because I am a brave soul.

Steeped in my biggest, fanciest mug, I am not disappointed. I am being treated to an event of spa-like proportions. This is not green tea scented with artificial jasmine flavor, but rather green tea leaves that have been mixed with jasmine flowers and left to infuse with the flavor overnight.

I understand why my daughter loves this one and buys it in bulk now. It is easy to make at work, eco-friendly packaging, and it is a really decent cup of tea. It has just enough of the green tea flavor to make it a nice pairing with lunch, and enough sweetness and smoothness to make it very drinkable on its own. It lacks the sour taste that so many bagged jasmine greens have. This is a great choice for easy to make, easy to drink tea. No sweeteners needed, and doesn’t need milk to soften any astringency.


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Leaf Type:  Green
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Organic Chamomile from Taylors of Harrogate. . . .

I’m a lover of chamomile blended teas, but surprisingly I had not tried chamomile on its own until I received this tea. The idea of it never seemed like something I would enjoy because I don’t love plain, “flowery” teas. However, I was interested to see how I would like this one because I’m a fan of the sweet, rich notes that chamomile usually brings.

Brewed up, this tea smells lovely, a bit like honey, and had a sweet and smooth flavor to match. The notes I picked up on most were honey, apple and a bit of that “flowery” flavor. I don’t think that it would replace my beloved blends, as I like to have a bit more in terms of flavor. That said, for something that’s simple, soothing and high quality, this fits the bill.

I do also have to point out that this got some brownie points in my book for being a high-quality sachet. I prefer to drink loose leaf teas, but in the evenings I don’t always want to mess around with an infuser.

I was very impressed by this tea, as it was great quality and very fresh, which isn’t always easy to find when it comes to bagged teas. For that reason, I will definitely be taking a closer look at Taylors of Harrogate.


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Leaf Type:  Herbal
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Decaffeinated Breakfast from Taylors of Harrogate . . . .

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.


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Leaf Type:  Black
Where to Buy:  Taylors of Harrogate

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