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.

Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  Black
Where to Buy:  Taylors of Harrogate

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Lola from Sicilian Tea Company. . . .

This blend will makes you feel like singing, or humming along to your favorite pop song, comforting, pleasing, and drinkable. It’s a rooibos blend, so it’s decaf and full of feel-good antioxidants. There also warming cinnamon and a hint of relaxing lavender. Licorice root brings smooth, natural sweetness, almost fruity, like apples, which compliments the caramel tones of the red rooibos.

The rooibos is the dominant flavor, and if brewed strong, it will overwhelm the other flavors with the almost-medicine floral taste. This blend strong enough that it’s best brewed twice, for two full cups of flavor. This is a versatile tea, and can also be brewed ice with a splash of milk for a creamy, faux-caramel latte.

This is the perfect cup for when you need something sweet, easy, and comforting. Not to mention is will get the pop song stuck in your head… lalalalala Lola…

Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type: Rooibos
Where to Buy: Sicilian Tea Co.

Lola is a sweet treat that’s safe to have before bedtime. South African Red Rooibos is rich in antioxidants. Organic lavender, licorice root and cinnamon make for a yummy treat (without the guilt).

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Winter Wonderland from Simpson & Vail

winterWonderlandTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Green Rooibos

Where to Buy: Simpson & Vail

Tea Description:

“Sleigh bells ring, are you listening
In the lane snow is glistening
A beautiful sight, we’re happy tonight
Walking in a winter wonderland…”

A wonderful blend of green rooibos with cacao and cinnamon and flavored with Bavarian chocolate, cinnamon and hazelnuts. When we sampled this in our store we heard “Best rooibos ever!”, “A new favorite”, “Great everyday tea”. It brews to a golden cup with the delicious aroma and taste of cinnamon baked goodies (we were reminded of apple fritters). Smooth and warming, this blend has the more pronounced taste of cinnamon and hazelnuts, while the Bavarian chocolate is an underlying taste that rounds out the other flavors. Delicious in every season!

Ingredients: Organic green rooibos, organic cacao nibs, organic cinnamon pieces, flavoring, white and blue cornflower petals

Learn more about this tea here.

Tea Description:

I adore and love green rooibos blends. I have considered red rooibos my arch enemy for some time but there is something fresh, soothing, and delightful in green rooibos blends.  I’ve had several Simpson & Vail blends but I have had my eye on their holiday blends for some time.  So when they offered a chance for me to review them, I jumped all over the opportunity!

This particular blend is a green rooibos base with chocolate, cinnamon, and hazelnut.  Um. . .sign me up!

I brewed this up at work and shared a cuppa with a fellow co-worker.  5 minutes later, we were each enjoying this treat.

First sip in and I was looking up and trying to justify buying more of this tea. For 2 oz at $4.25- this tea is a steal!

This flavor profile for this tea is this lush amazing decadent dessert tea that keeps you wanting more and more. My co-worker said it reminded her of apple pie.  Me-it reminded me of a slightly honey cinnamon sweetness with hints of the hazelnut and chocolate towards the end of each sip.  The more the tea cools the more hazelnut and chocolate become pronounced. There are subtle hints of a coconut goodness as well.  Such a great mix of flavors.  And just so good. This would be great to share and enjoy a cuppa with family and friends over the holidays. Another fantastic tea from Simpson & Vail. I really don’t think they have a bad tea to offer! Off to get another cuppa.  This is going to be one I need to have on hand regardless of the time of year! Looks like I’m going to have to stock up on this delight!

Decaffeinated English Breakfast Tea from Choice Organic Teas

Tea Type: Black Tea (Decaf)

Where To Buy: Choice Organic Teas

Product Description:

A traditional British blend of Indian teas decaffeinated using carbon dioxide, the only certified organic method. The taste of this tea is hearty and satisfying, yet bold and brisk.

Tasters Review:

If you are looking for a nice English Breakfast that is Decaf and in a tea bag – Choice Organic Teas is a Must Try!

This is a decent bagged decaf English Breakfast!  It’s organic, fair trade, Non-GMO Verified, a Wind Power Company (, and Kosher!  And I think that is WONDERFUL!

It’s not overly strong in taste – I would say a more mild English Breakfast but that taste is good and doesn’t leave an aftertaste.

I, personally, prefer this one ICED but it’s very satisfying both hot and cold!