On a recent trip to Marks & Spencer I happened to notice that their tea section had expanded. As a girl who loves her cups of tea I had to investigate further. I was literally spoilt for choice. After a few minutes I decided to pick up three different packets of tea, one fruit, one herbal and one black tea. The black tea I opted for was their Rwandan Rukeri teabags. I choose it because it was a new blend of fairtrade tea and its strength rating was 2 so it wouldn’t be to strong for me to enjoy.
I liked the simplicity of the packaging. The brown box with just the name of the tea in a green box, the little new label and its strength indicator. On opening the box there was a sealed foiled package with the name of tea on. Inside the foil packaging were the round tea bags. On sniffing inside if I’m honest it smelt like a run of the mill everyday black tea. This disappointed me I’m not what sure what I expected but I had hoped for something a little extra.
I placed the teabag in my teacup and added the hot water. It didn’t take long for the water to turn a light brown colour. I didn’t let the tea infuse for the suggested three minutes as I thought it would be to strong for me. I personally choose to have all of my teas milk free. I noted a subtle aroma as the tea infused with the hot water. This was the same aroma as the one I smelt on opening the foil packaging. It was like an everyday basic black tea. On sipping the tea it seemed to lack any real flavour. I’m not sure again what I really expected but it tasted like an everyday black tea, nothing special. It was also a little stronger than I had anticipated as it was rated as a No.2 in strength I naively expected a slightly lighter tasting tea.
I am afraid that this tea really wasn’t for me. Maybe I expected a little too much and fell for the packaging and the ‘land of a thousand hills’ as part of the quote on the front of the packaging. I’m sure that if I did a blind tea taste with other run of the mill black teas I wouldn’t be able to tell the difference. In my personal opinion the flavour of this tea just didn’t meet its description of brilliantly bright and golden, with a mellow flavour and fresh vibrancy. I’m sorry Marks & Spencer but I didn’t enjoy this tea and wouldn’t recommend it as a tea to try.