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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Review: The English Tea Store’s Barry’s Gold Blend Tea

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The Subject: Barry’s Gold Blend Tea from The English Tea Store.


Water temperature: 212° F
Steeping time: 5 minutes

Tea type: Black blend
Scents, flavorings, etc.: N/A
Aroma, dry: Hard to tell thru hemp bag
Aroma in the cup, plain: Malty with hint of earthiness
Taste, plain: Malty, earthy, slightly bitter
Aroma in the cup, enhanced: Malty, caramelly
Taste, enhanced: Malty, hint of caramel, smooth

2nd Infusion: Didn’t do since is bagged tea

Chilled: Didn’t try but basic black tea blend should be good chilled

No wonder this tea is in 4 out of 10 teacups in Ireland. It’s perfect with milk and sweetener, bringing out both the malty character of the Assam plus the caramelly undernotes. Even plain, there is only a hint of bitterness and no unpleasant aftertaste.

See the story of Barry’s Tea on The Taste of English Tea Blog.

Hubby has been drinking Barry’s Gold Blend as his occasional cuppa, but now that I know how good it is, too, we’ve moved it to the status of daily tea alongside PG Tips and in place of Typhoo. As bagged teas go, these are among the best, in addition to Devonshire Tea, which we got to try recently. A good setting for enjoying this tea is a cozy corner, a good book like Ancient Irish Tales, and a big, hot cuppa Barry’s Gold Blend Tea.

We deducted a half teapot for this being a bagged tea. Since we still like Devonshire Tea better, we deducted another half teapot. Hope the elves in Ireland don’t get upset with us.

Disclaimer: We bought this tea. However, the rating of the tea and any opinions concerning it are always strictly objective.

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