Review of Dandylion Black Teas

I’m an avid tea drinker and of my favourite teas has to be earl grey. I am always on the lookout for new brands and varieties of the classic earl grey tea to try. So when I was lucky to be approached by Dandylion teas to try their and a selection of their teas which included three black teas how could I say no.
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The first tea that I had to try was Contessa Grey. I liked its description a touch of regal splendour with a tea fit for a countess, well that is so me. I checked the ingredients and it contains Sri Lankan black tea, lemon peel, orange peel, orange flowers and bergamot oil. No allergens are highlighted in the ingredients list. On opening the sealed packaging I got an aroma of a strong quality black tea. I struggled to smell the citrus and bergamot elements even on my close up sniff test. What I did like about these tea pyramids was the ingredients inside they were clearly distinguishable and inviting. I may not have been able to smell all of the ingredients but I was able to clearly see them.
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I placed the tea pyramid in my cup and added the boiling water and let the tea infuse for three minutes as instructed. The hot water soon changed to the medium dark brown colour a little stronger than I personally I like. There was a strong aroma from the Sri Lankan black tea noted. I struggled to smell the citrus and bergamot element. I did my close up sniff test and struggled to smell the citrus and bergamot. On sipping the tea again the Sri Lankan black tea seemed to overpower the other flavours to this tea. There was a subtle undertone of citrus noted but no bergamot. I personally found the black tea to be dominant in the flavour of this tea blend it was too strong for my personal taste. So would I recommend this tea I am really sorry Dandylion but if you like to enjoy a medium weak earl grey tea milk free like me it’s a no. The black tea element was just a tad overpowering for me and I felt that this impacted on the other flavours in the tea.
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The second tea I tried was the Dandy afternoon tea. It says it’s just the thing to revitalise your afternoon. I checked the ingredients and it contains Sri Lankan black tea, and Indian first flush Darjeeling black tea. No allergens are highlighted in the ingredients list. On opening the sealed packaging I got an aroma of a strong quality black tea. I have to confess to not being able being able to distinguish between the two teas even on my close up sniff test. What I did find strange was its aroma seemed to be a little weaker than the Contesssa Grey.
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I placed the tea pyramid in my cup and added the boiling water and let the tea infuse but not for the three minutes as instructed. This would have been far too strong for me. The hot water soon changed to the medium dark brown colour. There was a nice comforting aroma coming from the tea. It reminded me more of a Darjeeling tea. This did not change of my close up sniff test. On sipping the tea again the Darjeeling seemed to be the prominent flavour. I personally liked this as I can find this tea to be lighter and more delicate in flavour and works well milk free. So would I recommend this tea yes I would. I found it to a nice light and refreshing tea. I preferred this to the Contessa Grey which really surprised me.
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The final tea that I tried was the Classic Black. It is described as a full bodied traditional blend that can be enjoyed at any time of the day. I checked the ingredients and it contains Indian Assam black tea and Sri Lankan black tea. No allergens are highlighted in the ingredients list. On opening the sealed packaging I got an aroma of a very strong quality black tea. The Assam element was the definitely the predominant aroma to this tea. This did not change of my close up sniff test.
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I placed the tea pyramid in my cup and added the boiling water and let the tea infuse but not for the three minutes as instructed. I just knew that this tea would be too strong for me if I had. The hot water immediately changed to the medium dark brown colour. There was a nice subtle Assam aroma with a subtle hint of Sri Lankan coming from the tea. It reminded me of good old fashioned Yorkshire tea. On sipping the tea again the Assam seemed to be the prominent flavour. I found this tea to be comforting rather than refreshing as it is stronger than the teas that I normally try. So would I recommend this tea yes I would. It would make for a great everyday quality strong black tea. If however like me you have your milk free it works really well as a weak black tea. You still get the flavour from the tea and you can re steep your tea pyramid a couple of times.
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So thank you Dandylion for sending me these samples to try. It has made me realise that I need to try some stronger varieties of black tea because they can work well weaker and milk free. I look forward to trying your fruit and herbal teas.

Dandylion tea sent me samples of their tea to try. All of the opinions included in this post are my own and are not influenced by this.

4 thoughts on “Review of Dandylion Black Teas

  1. Thank you for your kind, honest review. We’re thrilled you liked the teas overall. You are very correct in that our teas are sourced to a premium level of quality and grading. We take “no half measures” and wish to deliver to the consumer a decadent, everyday experience.

    We are in select retailers- which you’ll find listed in our website; However it is possible to order direct from us at http://www.dandyliongroup.com

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