Review of Marks & Spencer Rwandan Rukeri Teabags

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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.

6 thoughts on “Review of Marks & Spencer Rwandan Rukeri Teabags

  1. Rwandan teas are often used as the basis of a blend so I can understand that having it ‘solo’ might be a bit disappointing and bland. African teas and Indian teas are often blended to make ‘breakfast blends’ which tend to be quite strong anyway. If you enjoy dairy-free tea (because this tea really asks for milk!), consider going ‘Continental’ and make your tea European-style: no milk. Settle for Earl Greys, Darjeelings, China black teas (ie. Yunnan) and oolongs and, at most, Ceylons. These can all be steeped gently for a more moderate cup. Stay away from the African and Assam teas!
    Thanks for your review, am excited that Marks and Spencers has a range I didn’t know about!

    • Hi, thank you for your helpful information. I got fooled by the number 2 strength and had hoped it wouldn’t be to strong. I have earl grey or lady grey most days as these work really well milk free. I also enjoy darjeeling but must try done oolongs. Thank you for your kind suggestions. I hope you can pop into an M & S and pick some of their teas up to try, Chloe.

  2. for those who are not a fan of strong black teas, like us, we wouldn’t enjoy it no matter what is the rating of flavor strength. i’m assuming if you had steeped it longer to the suggested time, you probably would detect better flavor notes, giving it a better flavor profile on your palate. but yeah, black teas in general, regardless if they are ceylon or assam or pu-er or english breakfast type of tea base, would have that astringent and bold earthy flavor. very much unlike tisane teas that i assume you prefer. in my case, the only black tea i enjoy is loose-leaf darjeeling, as they tend to be lighter, floral, and sweet. unlike the tea bags type, as they tend to be more earthy and flat.

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