Posts Tagged ‘Oolong’

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Produced by: Tealux

Price: £6.20 p/50g

Another Oolong in the back of my box – this time from Tealux but i’m afraid this isn’t one for me in the slightest. I brewed this up as per the instructions and watched as the little pellets unfurled into lovely sized green leaves but upon tasting it is where the enjoyment factor stopped.

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It may have been handcrafted and roasted etc etc but this just was not an enjoyable drinking experience. I can’t quite describe how it tastes but there is no way I would buy this again. It really confirms my belief that Oolongs are a hard tea to get into, some you might love and others you may hate and this is in the latter category. Strictly one for oolong lovers only.

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Produced by: Whittards

Price: £9.00 per 50g

Hmmm oolongs… Like the red wine of the tea world for me, there used to be some that I loved and some that I wouldn’t use as a drain cleaner and so is the case with my on/off love of oolong teas. So this morning I tried something that had been sat in my collection for a while, primarily to finish the last of it off. 

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Brewing it up for a few minutes at around 90 degrees, the little green pellets unfurled into lovely nice sized leaves and this is an oolong that sits closer to the green tea end of the scale. Taste wise it does take on a green tea flavour but with that certain something that tells you it is in the oolong family. No distinct flavours seem to leap out at you when drinking, it is pleasant but not something that I would buy again.

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REVIEW: PMD Tea

Posted: November 21, 2013 in Uncategorized
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Well you all know my adoration for Ceylon teas by now – there is something about teas from that island that you just don’t seem to get anywhere else. when I don’t need the bulldozer strength of an assam or the pretentions of the latest darjeeling then I find Ceylon offers me the greatest black tea out there. So finding a company that specializes in Ceylon tea and has a great history of doing so, well I wanted to try a small order.

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On first glance, the PMD website doesn’t strike you as a retailer, there is plenty there to give you their history, a lovely photo gallery, information on the tea itself and a great brewing guide that is pure simplicity. Boil your kettle – pour in pot and leave for 90 seconds and then add your oolong tea. For a person that believes in simplicity, this tells me clearly what to do to get the best taste from my tea.

PMD also carry teas that I have never seen before hence my interest so I started off with a two tea order not knowing what to expect. As I came to the payment page it stated I needed to use paypal as a payment option but this isn’t an issue if you don’t have an account with them. Then disaster struck as it wouldn’t direct me to paypal so I contacted the site for information and within a couple of hours I had a response apologizing, saying they were in the process of updating the site but that they could take payment via BACS. They asked about what tea I wanted, supplied me with details so I could pay via my online banking and by the end of the day had shipped me out my teas which were posted through my door the next day.

Ordered Monday, here on Tuesday. Spot on

Ordered Monday, here on Tuesday.
Spot on

What I also found a lovely touch is that they care about their customers. They asked about what is what that I liked about Ceylon teas, what had I tried so far and offered me other suggestions and then put me a free sample pack of one of their teas in with my order. Customer service is one thing but customer engagement is the next step up from that and to take an interest in me and my tastes as a consumer really sticks with me.

The teas arrived by first class post and were well packaged in resealable bags with a clear description of the tea and how to brew it. This is important for me as a new person but also when I am happy to spend good money on tea the last thing I want to do is for it to be spoiled by not knowing how to brew it correctly.

Step by step instructions

Step by step instructions

All things considered my experience with PMD Teas was excellent from start to finish, even when hitting a snag when ordering they were quick to remedy that and were helpful along every step of the way. I believe that as customers we are very quick to criticize but never acknowledge good service when it is given. Well today I absolutely commend the lovely people at PMD tea and once I finally get rid of feeling unwell I will give you my thoughts on the teas themselves.

Packaging – 9 / 10

Sound and reseals just fine

Information – 10 / 10

Gives you everything you need to know with more info on the site

Price – 8 / 10

I don’t mind paying for something that is decent quality.

Service – 10 / 10

The best so far. Really set the bar with this one.

Delivery – 10 / 10

Ordered mid morning. Dispatched that afternoon. In my house next day!

 

PMD Teas = 47 / 50

http://www.pmdtea.co.uk

REVIEW: TeaLux UK

Posted: November 20, 2013 in Uncategorized
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My third online order came from TeaLux – all the way over in Montreal, Canada! First impressions of the website give nothing away to indicate its origins, from its co.uk domain name and the fact that all the teas and teaware are priced in GBP. I came across TeaLux at there was a particular tea I was looking for (Hong Yu – Red Jade) and a particular oolong and both of these were sold on their site. Nice little bonus.

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Pricing seems pretty reasonable (it was the cheapest place for the Red Jade) so all was going well. Pricing was pretty decent and a nice cheeky little 10% off your first order comes in handy too. The website is clear to navigate with the different tea types headed near the top of the page, when you click on the tea you want you see the different pricing options, an enlargable image of the tea plus a nice little write up of the tea itself.

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However (isn’t there always one of these!) when ordering from TeaLux you need to factor in the delivery time. The order was placed on Friday 8th October and was delivered on Saturday 16th so if you are not in a hurry for your tea then ordering from TeaLux shouldn’t be an issue.

The packaging is pretty sound, nice colours and clear brewing instructions adorn the back, advising you the measurements per 200ml of water used, from this I learned my glass bodum mug meant upping the amount of tea used by 50%. A nice addition is the caffeine counter too which demonstrates the caffeine level of each tea.

Lovely packaging with plenty of info

Lovely packaging with plenty of info

TeaLux isn’t the cheapest out there but they do have teas that I haven’t found elsewhere or where they do exist then TeaLux has better pricing too. Just don’t forget to factor in that delivery time when ordering.

Packaging – 10 / 10

Look at the above picture. Reseals just fine.

Information – 8 / 10

Uses symbols and gives you the brewing instructions and amount of tea per 200ml so you can judge it to your own cup / pot

Price – 7 / 10

Four decent teas, 50g packs plus delivery = £30 ish

Service – 7 / 10

Kept informed during the order process as it happened through to the dispatch date

Delivery – 1 / 10

Too slow for me.  Would be nice to have an idea how long deliveries usually take.

 

TeaLux (UK) = 33 / 50

http://www.tealux.co.uk