Believe it or not, I got it at Ross! I’m in Northern California for the holiday season and my wife wanted to do a little shopping. Ross is a very interesting place. Mostly clothing, but some furniture, household decor products and kitchen items. I was surprised to find some off-branded tea there. I bought this tin of 50 bags for @2.69US (I took the photo because I couldn’t find it ANYWHERE online). Since I’m a Ceylon freak, I was excited to try it.

Let’s just say I’ve added it to my “don’t-ever-buy-this-again” list and tossed the brittle leaves into my mother’s garden. I tried three different steeping times, but all were equally horrendous. Overly bitter and lacking any Ceylon character whatever. Neither milk nor sugar added any solace to this disappointing brew. Thank goodness that my mother knows I’m a Bigelow and Tetley fan. She has plenty of both!

Addendum: I discovered that Nottingham is actually a pseudo-brand by Amazon called “Tea for Life.” I find that description to be accurate since this tea is now helping my mother’s garden grow. :)

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British-born supporter of the Monarchy and of traditional tea times (including quitting work at 4:00 everyday!). I’ve no patience for herbal infusions as my palette was trained with blacks and greens. I’ve traveled extensively whilst in the Royal Navy and have had ample opportunity to sample some of the world’s best teas. I import several varieties and spend alot time blending.


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