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.


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  Green
Where to Buy: Taylors of Harrogate

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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
Where to Buy:  Taylors of Harrogate

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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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Lemon & Orange from Taylors of Harrogate. . . .

If you’re ever frustrated by teas that don’t taste like the thing they’re supposed to, turn to this tea. It’s “Lemon & Orange” and it is, true to form, Lemon. And. Orange. It streaks through your mouth like a Tazmanian devil of citrus.

Which is JUST the thing I needed this morning. It’s Monday AND it’s raining. I’m listening to a very fun playlist called “Sexy This Second” curated by Victoria’s Secret on Apple Music. It’s pumpin’, but it’s not ENOUGH. So I turned on my full-spectrum bulb. (It simulates sunlight.) Nah. Time to turn to tea.

I said to myself “what tea is basically a Pikachu here?” because I make my decisions like an adult. This one waved its metaphorical hand at me. Okay

Plus, it came in a bag. I don’t know about you, but there are days I just want that bag. The ritual of the gravity steeper and the lovely silver scoop makes me feel very special and important. Plus, loose leaf generally has an edge in the taste department. But there are so many PARTS. And then I have to CLEAN IT. The whole thing makes me want to flail myself onto the floor sometimes — especially on a rainy Monday.

So if you want to get down with a Tazmanian devil (older generation) or an electric-type Pokémon (younger generation), throw this one in the mug. Then throw the bag out. Boom. Easy-peasy, LEMON SQUEEZY. (See what I did there?)


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy:  Taylors of Harrogate
Description

Ancient Chinese blend with essences of fruits and flowers. Combination of black tea with the sweet, tangy flavor of citrus fruits. Use one tea bag. Add freshly boiled water and infuse for 3-5 minutes. Serve on its own or with sugar or honey. This product is used by many restaurants for serving tea. This is a great foodservice product because of the large pack size. Chefs love this product because foil sachets keep the product clean and fresh. This professional product is used by many restaurants and chefs. This package is also convenient for the office.

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