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.

Here’s the scoop!

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.

Here’s the scoop!

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

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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Assam Tea from Taylors of Harrogate and the Brands of Britain. . . .

I’m a little groggy from a night of nightmares in which my husband WOULDN’T STOP TALKING DURING TV. Not just any program: a reboot of my favorite childhood TV show (Space Cases). I kept whining “YOU KNOW WHAT THIS MEEEEEEEEEEEEANS TO ME. STAAAAHHHHP.”

I need to stop drinking.

So here I sit, hoping that this assam tea will wake me up.

The bag says it’s “strong and malty black tea,” but what I’m mostly picking up here is an English Breakfast kind of flavor. It’s a little bit astringent and raisin-y. It’s pretty good tea, in an English Breakfast tea. As an Assam, it’s not fillin’ the bill.

Am I being pranked?


Oh, Ashton. You SCAMP.

I was thinking about Ashton Kutcher/Steve Jobs this morning, actually. (I can’t quite remember what Steve Jobs looked like, so Ashton tends to fill it in.)

Bagged tea is the iPhone.

Follow me on this.

Did you know that there was a time when I had a flip cell phone AND an iPod? I had to carry them both around in college. It was a hellish and inconvenient time.

Bagged tea is the one-step solution to tea. It’s CONVENIENT. Like checking movie times literally anywhere. Or listening to music and having it gracefully fade down when someone calls. Or looking in the face of someone on the other end of the country.

Loose leaf tends to have flavor on its side, but there are times when I can’t bear to portion it out, fill the steeper, wait, push the button, clean the steeper, etc.

If getting tea-punk’d every once in a while is the price I have to pay for ease on mornings like today, I’ll pay it. Just like my outrageous phone bill.

Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  Black
Where to Buy:  Brands of Britian
Assam in north-eastern India grows exceptional tea in the lush soil of the Brahmaputra valley  and we pick ours at the peak of the season from some of the region’s finest estates during the second flush harvest. It’s rich, strong and full-bodied with malty notes.
Strong & Malty
This product is made with 100% tea from Rainforest Alliance Certified™ farms. For more information, visit
Ethical tea foundation
Ingredients: Black tea (100%)

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Yorkshire Tea from Taylors of Harrogate

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black, Assam, African

Where to Buy: British Isles

Tea Description:

A proper tasting cuppa. Pure and simple.

Founded in 1886, Taylors of Harrogate is an independent family business, dedicated to the pleasures of good tea and coffee. The family business has been buying and blending fine teas for over a century.

In every cup of their tea you can taste the skill, creativity and craftsmanship of Taylors’ tea blenders. Taylors’ employees visit tea estates personally to select only the finest seasonal hand-plucked teas.

By investing in long-term partnerships and paying fair prices, Taylors is able to make a positive difference to the quality of the teas and the lives of the growers. The company is a member of the Ethical Tea Partnership and is committed to the ethical sourcing of tea.

Every year Taylors donates at least £100,000 (approx. $190,000) to environmental and community projects overseas. Since 1990 Taylors has planted over 3 million trees across the world with the charity Oxfam.

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Taster’s Review:

This is quite simply the perfect English tea! 

A very dear friend of mine, from the UK, sent me a huge box of this tea awhile back and I was surprised when I discovered it was not just some regular ol bland black tea! Imagine my shock and horror that a bagged tea could be so rich, malty, and delicious!

This tea also does come in loose leaf so I provided links to both, but if you look around the site a little you will find you can get it in different quantities as well. My b

ox has 160 bags and on those days when I just can’t seem to navigate my tea stash, let alone, proper brewing, I grab a bag of Taylors and Harrogate Yorkshire and all is right with the world!

This tea is rich, complex enough, and has just the right amount of malty flavor to kick me into high gear in the mornings. It has a rich full mouthfeel and the tea itself is quite robust! Yet, it is not bitter whatsoever and the astringency that exists within the cup is the right kind of astringency that should be there in a fine black tea!

Of course being a good bold tea it can take well to cream, milk, sweeteners, anything you may want to add to it.

Now I did link one of many places to purchase this tea, however it can be found in many places both online and in stores. I have seen it in many of my local markets, as well as at our local British Shop.

If you are looking for the perfect English style tea to sever for a tea party, a cream tea, high tea, ANY kind of “tea” situation or celebration, get some of this. Its just as they say, “A proper tasting cuppa. Pure and simple.”