Everyday Green Tea from Rington’s Premium English Teas

EverydayGreenTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Green

Where to Buy: Ringtons

Tea Description:

Naturally easy to drink with a mild, mellow flavour. Very refreshing! From our ‘Speciality Teas’ family of teas.  Gas-flushed. 2 x 50 tea bags. 200g/7oz.

Our modern version of green tea. The unfermented tea leaves are processed gently, encouraging the mellow tea flavours to come through to give a smoother flavour with no harshness. Ideal with or without milk! 

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

Being a huge green tea fan, I thought for sure I would not love this tea.  To be honest, I thought my tea snob would come out and say No- I will not like you.  You are a tea bag.  Mind you, I have been drinking tea bags from Paper Box Goodies all week but I still had that feeling.

Yep, my inner snob was shut up right quickly with one sip of this tea.  I am surprised how good this is.  Clean and refreshing green tea.  No fuss.  No mess.  Just a solid smooth almost sweet green tea with a hint of vegetal going on here and there.

I prepped this tea up using just the water spout on our coffee maker at work and VIOLA! Green tea on the go and in a flash! This tea saved me in a meeting that I thought for sure I was going to fall asleep in.  This tea is a great every day kind of tea.  One that I could drink all day every day!

Nicely done Ringtons.  This is the first tea I’ve had from them and I can say it won’t be the last.  Tasty!

 

Rington’s Kenyan Gold Tea from Rington’s Premium English Teas

kenyanRingtonsTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black,

Where to Buy: Rington’s Tea

Tea Description:

Kenyan Gold is a luxury, top quality tea. Bright, golden with a full, refreshing flavour. From our “Extra Fresh” family of wholesale teas. This includes two cup Kenyan Gold tea bags that are flavour locked for freshness and shipped from the US.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

It is always nice to have a steadfast bagged tea to grab quickly as I am trying to join the rat race on time in the morning.  I am NOT naturally a morning person. The irony is that I start my commute at 6am.  Bagged tea is my friend on those mornings when the snooze button was just too tempting…like this morning.  Fortunately, Ringtons Kenyan Gold was there for the rescue!

Kenyan Gold is a lovely amber gold in the cup.  The smell of the liquid is of lightly toasted biscuit and malt, which are my favorite notes in tea…so I was pleased that the smell translated wonderfully into the taste in the cup!

There is a slight astringency that touches the back of the tongue and adds to the “brightness” of this tea, but not so much that it leaves the tongue feeling dry.  This tea accepted a touch of milk graciously and and deliciously as well.  I steeped this for 3 minutes and it was “Goldilocks” strength….not TO strong and not TO weak.  Just right for the tea drinker who likes a cuppa as a boost to their day, but not enough to knock their socks off.  Ringtons Kenyan Gold is a bright and pleasant way to start your day, and I’m glad I did!

Traditional Black Tea from Rington’s Premium English Teas

traditionalTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  Rington’s Premium English Teas

Tea Description:

“Our Traditional Tea Blend contains some of the best teas produced from around the world, selected predominantly from our long standing relationships with family businesses in East Africa and India. Our expert tea blenders taste and choose each individual tea that goes into the blend, ensuring you always receive that unique, refreshing and lasting flavour that makes Ringtons Traditional our most popular blend in the US.”

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

Since I’ve returned from my trip to the UK, I have been on a bender with Breakfast Blend teas. I am obsessed with them, always choosing them from my tea cabinet over high price single estate teas. They have reminded me of the gorgeous comfort they bring when it is 45 degrees and raining sideways for days on end. I love the kinds of teas that can hold up to that type of weather, like a stout umbrella. Yesterday, I received a sample of a few of Rington’s teas in the mail and couldn’t have been more pleased….so guess what’s in my cup this morning?

Rington’s Traditional English Breakfast is a bagged tea, which as far as convenience goes, can’t be beat. On first sip, the dark amber brown liquid give a lovely mouthful of the flavors that should come with a breakfast blend….the first is a toasty baked grain note from the Kenyan tea, then the round maltiness and a touch of citrus that the Assam brings to the blend. There is a bit of astringency here from the Assam, but nothing that another sip won’t easily fix. If you have a penchant to add a bit of milk to your tea, there is no problem here. This tea’s full bodied flavor profile supports even the milkiest tea drinkers!

This is not a complicated tea, but that is exactly the point. A great breakfast blend from the UK has just a few jobs to do. One is have enough flavor to stand up to breakfast, whether that be a full cooked breakfast of eggs, sausages, baked beans (etc.) or a bowl of oatmeal. The second job is to stoke up that inner sunshine so that the chilly sideways rain and the mood it brings is held at bey. Rington’s Traditional English breakfast does both with aplomb….and of course, I’m going back for a second cup.

Organic Tea from Rington’s Premium English Teas

organicTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  Rington’s Premium English Teas

Tea Description:

As you can imagine, organic tea cultivation is time consuming and requires careful attention. Over the last 10 years we have worked closely with selected organic tea gardens where careful crop husbandry and leaf quality is at the heart of everything they do. Our selected blend delivers a classic smooth flavour with a golden colour.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

After having tried several of Rington’s Premium English Teas offerings, I can honestly say that I’ve enjoyed a few and there have been a few that I wasn’t too crazy about.  And then there are some that I was kind of just ‘meh’ about.  That is to say that while I didn’t dislike the tea, it wasn’t something that had me jumping out of my seat with excitement either.

This Organic Tea from Rington’s falls into the latter category.  I don’t dislike it, but it’s not got me all giddy with joy either.  I’m feeling just sort of ‘meh’ about this tea.

It’s got a rich flavor:  earthy and robust.  It has notes of leather and fruit.  The finish is moderately astringent.  Not overly so, but I notice that the dryness from the astringency seems to build as I continue to sip.  On the down side, I can also taste the paper from the teabag.  Not my favorite flavor profile.

The tea isn’t ‘bad’ or unpleasant.  It’s just sort of boring.  It tastes like a bag of tea fannings which is essentially what it is.  The problem is, I’m not wild about a bag of fannings and generally, when I drink a bagged tea, I’m looking for something that doesn’t taste like a bagged tea.  I want something that convinces me to think twice about bagged teas – but this one isn’t doing that.   This is the kind of bagged tea that makes me feel like a tea snob because it makes me realize just how inferior a bagged tea can be.

Northumbrian Blend Loose Leaf Black Tea from Rington’s Premium English Teas

northumbrianblendTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  Rington’s Premium English Teas

Tea Description:

Our oldest and most traditional tea for original strength and flavour.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

The cut on this Northumbrian Blend Loose Leaf Black Tea from Rington’s Premium English Teas is a very fine chop.  It’s a very finely cut CTC, so when you’re brewing it, you want to take that into consideration and measure out a little less tea.  The smaller the leaf, the more surface area that’s exposed to the water – so therefore it brews faster and stronger than a whole leaf tea would.

But that doesn’t mean that CTC teas aren’t good.  Sure, I’ll be the first to tell you that whole leaf teas are some of the best teas you can get, but a finely chopped CTC doesn’t mean that it’s not a good tea.  I’ve tried many CTC teas that I’ve quite enjoyed.  It just means that you need to be mindful of the size of the leaf when you’re preparing the tea.

So when I brewed this, I measured out a bamboo scoop of the leaf and then I shook the scoop a little to let some of the leaf fall off the scoop and back into the package.  I ended up measuring two ‘scant’ bamboo scoops of tea into the basket of my Breville One-Touch.  Each ‘scant’ scoop is about 3/4th of a scoop.  Maybe just a little more than 3/4th scoop.  Then I added 500ml of water into the jug of the tea maker and set the settings for 205°F and 2 minutes.  Again, because this is a smaller cut, I went with a slightly lower temperature and a little less time to avoid a bitter cup of tea.

Did it work?  Yes it did.  The tea is rich and what I want to call ‘stout.’   It’s a hefty, strong tasting tea.  It’s not quite as ’round’ as some other teas that I’d call hefty or strong.  It’s not quite as full-flavored and well-rounded, but it’s still a mighty bold cup of tea.

It’s got notes of earth and leather as well as some floral background notes.  Toward the end I pick up on citrus notes.  There is a fair amount of astringency to it but it’s not bitter.  I would like to say though that if I had oversteeped this tea – it would definitely be bitter so don’t let that happen!

This tea would take the additions of milk and honey well should you wish to add them.  I drank it straight up and found it enjoyable, although the second time that I drank it, I did so with a drop or two of cream and found it a much more enjoyable drink.  The touch of dairy (not a lot, a little less than a teaspoon) helped round out the tea and as a bonus, it softened the astringency a bit.