The Tea Makers of London are an award-winning UK tea brand, that offers a wide selection of teaware, pure tea and blended tea. I've had the privilege of tasting their sencha and so was excited to dig into their blends!
Ingredients: Green Tea, Ginger Pieces, Blackberry Leaves, Apple Pieces and Flavouring.
Tasting Notes: The aroma is mouthwatering! Think sweet juicy apples! Yum! I steeped this one first; I hadn't sipped on a flavoured green tea in sooo long and the fruity, sour notes were calling to me! The packet suggested brewing for 5 minutes at 90°C which seemed ambitious! I had a hunch that the tea would become tannic and unpleasant. Instead, I checked the website and the instructions were completely different! They were more in line with how I would normally brew a green tea and so pursued. The flavour was tasty, much of it is sweet apple. There's the faintest ginger note, but it's hard to find, particularly amoung the background of green tea flavours. I'd prefer a stronger ginger hit, but the fruity notes do hit the spot!
Ingredients: Apple, Candied Pineapple, Candied Papaya, Beetroot, Cinnamon Sticks, Raisins, Coconut Chips, Roasted Almonds, Popcorn and Flavouring.
Tasting Note: This is such a weird blend! The pink steeped liquid emulates a creamy spiced scent, filled with cinnamon, nuts, fruit and coconut. Whilst the flavour is mildly fruity, sweet, earthy and unsurprisingly, has a popcorn twist. It should be great, but somehow the flavours aren't harmonious.
Ingredients: Pai Mu Tan White Tea, Darjeeling, Fog Green Tea, Sencha, Lung Ching, Gunpowder Green Tea, Jade Pearls, Candied Mango, Candied Papaya, Orange Peel, Strawberry, Red Currents, Cherry, Apricot and Natural Flavouring.
Tasting Notes: Opening a packet of Eastern Sunset is sure to make your mouth water because you'll be hit with a fruity aroma! The flavour is more subtle though. The fruit notes are still present, but they lay beneath the general flavours of green tea, disappearing into a dry finish and light hint of citrus. I was torn on this one. It's disappointing that the strong aroma isn't reflected in the flavour, but it also a really tasty tea with the gentle notes that it has.
I'm really torn. The blends, which I had expected so much from, ended up being really hit and miss. I was also disappointed in the inconsistency between some of the brewing instructions on the website versus on the packaging. The website seemed more accurate, the packet a little overreaching. Gotta admit I had expected a little more from the Tea Makers.