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      05.10.2012 20:24
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      Great tea which gives you a great cuppa at a price to prove it.

      This is an expensive brand of tea but is one that is worth it, especially for those of us who like a good strong but not teeth stripping cuppa. It sells itself as 'a proper brew' and it is an ideal one for those cold, wet winter evenings.

      Yorkshire Gold is the luxury blend and costs the brass - to use the Yorkshire phrase - to prove it. A box of eighty tea bags sets me back £3.30 at my Sainsbury's Local, though as this is in Central London and in a 'Sainsbury's Local'. Other supermarkets and the larger Sainsbury's do stock it at less. It is also available online, though Amazon can be even pricier.

      But what you get for your hard earned brass is a very, very good blend of tea. For those who find Assam a bit too strong, the addition of Sri Lankan tea adds a brightness to the brew while the addition of East African tea gives great colour and backbone without turning the whole blend too tannic.

      As a premium blend the tea bags are not packed out with tea dust. Accordingly the tea itself does not tend to produce the bits or scum which can float on top of the brew from cheaper, tea dusty tea bags. I do still get some with this blend, though that is due to the very severe limescale in the water in my area.

      The Hard Water blend does not have this problem and is the one I get when I can, though ridiculously for Central London my Sainsbury's Local does only stock the Gold option and the big Sainsbury only puts the Gold option on offer and never the one I really want. However, if you filter your hard water this blend will produce a good, strong, tasty brew even in hard water zones.

      This is a black tea and is best enjoyed with milk. Those with milk issues could drink this tea without the white stuff but would need to use less tea bags for the pot or dunk the tea bag for a lot less time to get a weak enough brew to drink.

      I do only use one bag in my tea pot as I don't like tea I can stand a teaspoon up in, but I do still get a good, dark but bright tasty cuppa from that one bag. As the tea itself is good quality - which produces a strong but not aggressively tannic cuppa so you do not need to add extra to the pot to get good tea from - this makes it better value for money than the price would otherwise suggest.

      The tea comes securely packaged in a recyclable cardboard box wrapped in plastic to ensure cleanliness and safe arrival to your tea pot.

      It is made by a Family Firm based in Harrogate and is being very widely advertised at present. Don't hold the ads against it; this is really good tea and despite the price, really good value.

      May be cross-posted to Ciao.

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      16.01.2011 02:22
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      Well worth a try!

      I drink a lot of tea, but I have become quite fussy after imbibing large quantities of it over the years. I'm not too keen on the national favourites, such as PG Tips and Tetley, and I find myself trying different brands to experience a bit of variety, and also to find new favourites.

      I enjoy standard Yorkshire Tea, and thought that Yorkshire Gold Tea was likely to be even nicer. It's priced at £2.74 for 80 teabags from Sainsbury's, Tesco and Asda; it's also available from many other shops. It can also be purchased in loose-tea variety, but at the moment I prefer teabags for convenience.

      Yorkshire Gold Tea is best brewed in a teapot for only 2 to 3 minutes. If it is left to stand for much longer than that, then it can become rather overpowering. If it still seems too weak after 3 minutes, a quick stir with a spoon will release more flavour, as with other brands of tea.

      I like to take tea with a small amount of semi-skimmed milk. Yorkshire Gold Tea is a rich, amber-like colour, and it tastes very pleasant and refreshing. It is hard for me to pinpoint what makes it vary from other brands such as PG Tips and Tetley, but it is somehow fresher and less 'acrid' than those types of tea can be even when not over-brewed; the flavour is a bit lighter, but by no means insipid.

      The box is decorated with pleasant Yorkshire scenes, and will look perfectly nice in the kitchen. It's an ideal tea to serve to anybody; I think all tea-drinkers would enjoy it.

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      09.11.2010 21:05
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      Blend of tea suitable for all places

      A nice cup of tea! The Brits really like their tea, but strangely enough there are 4 more nations that drink more tea per capita than us!

      I gave up drinking ordinary tea a few years ago when I went onto decaffeinated coffee and fruit infusions but recently I have been having a few cups of tea and it hasn't made a lot of difference health wise, but which tea should I buy? The choice is vast and I have been sampling different cuppas. As we live in Scotland, it made sense to buy a Scottish blend, but as I am married to a Yorkshire man he suggested I try a box of Yorkshire Gold teabags.

      I was slightly concerned about taste as Scottish water is really soft and this tea is called Yorkshire whose water is quite different.

      Made by Taylors of Harrogate, who also make coffee which I have tried, I gave in and bought a box as they have been tea merchants since 1886, so I guessed they knew how to blend tea by now.

      The tea bags are made in pairs and separate easily, when flat the square looks reasonably full of tea, but when held up the tea only fills a third of the square bag.

      On the box is some information to read whilst the kettle is boiling and I discovered a few interesting facts. Taylors say it worth paying a little extra for their luxury blend which combines the smooth malty flavour of top quality Assam teas with the fresh lively character of peak season teas from the highlands of east Africa. Rwandan tea is a vital part of this blend and they work with the farmers there to grow tea just for them. Taylors also care about trees and with help from everyone they have planted over 3 million trees around the world. They also have a rainforest project and are trying to save an area the same size as Yorkshire. With every box of tea sold they pledge to save a tree.

      Well the kettle boiled and I warmed the pot whilst busy reading the facts, tipped out the water and popped in a tea bag and added some water. By the time I had got out mugs and put the milk in the tea was ready to pour. It smelled like most teas and was a lovely dark golden colour. I'm a bit fussy about tea, I hate it too weak and milky - what I call "Baby tea" but equally can't stomach strong stewed tea. Yorkshire gold was just right for me and was delicious and refreshing. Hubby who normally drinks coffee all the time thought as he persuaded me to try Yorkshire tea he'd better sample it and was pleasantly surprised, so has a had a few cups since then.

      Normally when he is drinking coffee I just make "Tinkers tea" when I pop the tea bag in the cup and add the boiling water, I then fish out the tea bag and add milk. It is quite strong this way so I have to take the bag out quickly, and two cups could easily be made this way.

      I have tried cheaper teas but they don't have as good a flavour as this blend. I have discovered I do like a cup of tea in the afternoon and it helps pick me up when I feel I'm flagging.


      If I use the teapot and any tea is left it is good to use to make a Tea loaf, by pouring over the fruit and sugar and adding egg and flour later, or leave it to cool and water your house plants - they thrive on a cup of tea!

      The box is quite easy to spot on the supermarket shelves as it is gold and pictures of rural Yorkshire, with the name Yorkshire Gold. Available in boxes of 40, 80, 160 and 240. Yorkshire Gold tea won the Two Gold star award for great flavour in 2009. My box cost £2.74 for 80 bags, which is just over 3 pence a bag and as you can get at least 2 mugs of tea from one bag, I think it is a bargain. The shelf life is good too, my box has a Best before date of December 2011.


      Taylors, your Yorkshire Gold makes a cup of liquid gold that revives me. Thank you.

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        05.12.2009 22:30
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        Friendly.

        Today I woke up at 16:40 after a late night with the lads. We stayed up playing drinking games and engaged in deep conversation which I no longer remember. Because of this I woke up feeling wonderful, like I had achieved all possible parameters and filled all my life times goals. Of course I am being sarcastic, and I actually hit the tea straight away.

        What better way to start the day as they say. As of late I have been drinking Yorshire Tea by Taylors of Harrogate. I started on this product because of it's ethical & friendly Rainforest Alliance Certificate. They are working with Rainforest Alliance because they care about the things that have always mattered to them. The farmers of the tea and their families are treated with respect and their tea is grown sustainably and the environment is well looked after. There is no arguing with that logic! I love Fair Trade and Rainforest Alliance so this was the tea for me.

        The tea taste does not disappoint. I have to say, without naming names, a lot of tea requires two bags otherwise it is too weak and boring. Where is the suprise in that though? The blenders taste hundreds of teas every day to find the top quality Assarn and East African teas that makes Yorkshire tea a grand tea in my opinion.

        The price is right as well, there isn't much difference between different tea brands but this plays the price near the bottom end of the market.

        It tastes nice as a black tea or with a gulp of milk, this is the best there is, please try prove me wrong!

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        27.10.2009 09:41
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        Comfort in a cup!

        There are times in life when nothing will do except a good, strong cuppa. At such moments, the tea must be very, very strong; the milk must be very, very creamy and the chair must be very, very soft.

        Taylors of Harrogate's Gold Tea is the perfect brew for such moments.

        The tea comes in traditional teabags and costs a bit more than the supermarket own brand, at between £3 and £4 for a box of 80 teabags. That's still less than 5p a cup though - hardly bank-breaking! Don't be put off by the appearance of the packaging: yes, it is covered in scenes of olde worlde Yorkshire, sometimes including the Union Jack. And yes, this does make it feel like the tea equivalent of a Stannah stairlift, something that would be out of place in the home of anyone under the age of 65. You just have to get through the embarrassment by hiding it underneath something more trendy in your trolley.

        The tea itself tastes gorgeous. Unlike many other teas, it's strong enough to cope with being bagged, so you don't get that horrible acidic taste of the paper filling your mug. As soon as you pour boiling water over it, the aroma of assam fills the room. Leave it to steep for a good 5 minutes, pour in a dash of milk and you have a tea that is truly golden in colour - a beautiful, warm, rich brown like proper English tea should be. The brew is pleasantly strong, but the taste is rounded - not too nutty, not too acidic - so you can happily drink it with or without sugar.

        All in all, this is truly comfort in a cup - something we all need on long winter's nights!

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        21.08.2008 09:31
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        A refreshing drink anytime.

        I was in India about ten years ago. One of the many things that really amused me when I was there, was the amount of adverts for Yorkshire tea. They were all telling me that nobody in Britain ever drank anything else, or words to that effect. Up until then I had never heard of it and there I was being given it to drink! (when I was lucky.)

        When I came home I noticed it arriving and being sold in more and more places. I am a confirmed Lancashire lass and the thought of tea coming from the type of place illustrated on the tea box really tickled me. I had visions of rows of delicate tea plants competing with the sheep for space on the moors and fells. Once I got this incongrous vision out of my mind I really began to appreciate the taste of the tea. It is good.

        The box is very attractive and sturdy and the lid flips open for easy access. It is recyclable which I like.

        The tea is a blend of Indian and African leaves. It is fairly bright in colour with a lot of depth to the taste. The teabags are quite strong and you certainly don't need "One per person and one for the pot!" as the old adage goes. It's a refreshing drink as all tea should be.

        Inside the box are little tokens which you can cut out, save up and send for free goodies. The fruit loaf is a particular treat. If you want to you can save the tokens and use them to sponsor tree planting. If you work with a few people who drink the tea, the tokens can mount up quickly. Now that's not a bad idea is it? You can help save the planet with your afternoon tea break! :)

        The tea is not particularly cheap, it works out at just over 2pence a tea bag. I reckon that's about a penny a mugfull which isn't too bad. (when you consider that fresh coffee comes out at roughly 10p a go.) Of course, the larger the box you buy the less you pay per teabag. Some supermarkets now sell bags of 1,000 Yorkshire tea bags for £9.99 which is amazing value, particularly if you have family or friends you can split the cost with. Then everyone gets it at half price and you know you will get a decent cup of tea when you go to call on them. That can't be bad either!

        The tea is blended and sold by Taylors of Harrogate. They are a very reputable firm who have been in the business for a long time. They obviously knew what they were doing when they produced this blend. They were pretty clever when they managed to export it back to India and a large part of the rest of the world too.

        Give it a try and see what you think.

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          21.11.2002 14:36
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          I used to be a confimend coffee drinker and always went for a cup of coffee when asked if I wanted a brew. Things have now changed and here I am sat at my computer with a loverly cup of Yorkshire tea. I first started to drink tea a couple of weeks ago as I wanted to cut down on the number of coffee?s I was drinking, sometimes late at night I wouldn?t be able to sleep because I?d had a cup of coffee to late on in the evening. I was sent samples of Yorkshire tea to distribute in my area, as you know this is my job and so whilst my house was full of these boxes of tea, I decided to try it. I?m hooked now and have managed to cut the coffee down to just one cup in the morning to wake me up. I don?t drink as many brews now and so my sugar intake has gone down too, this is great for my diet and I am already losing weight. Yorkshire tea comes in a fancy packet with pictures of scenes about things to do with Yorkshire. Cricket, The dales and a farmer and his sheep are on the front. There?s an orange stripe down the middle of the packet with Yorkshire tea written across. I am not 100% sure but the price of 60 tea bags is around 1.75 this may seem pricey, but one tea bag in a small teapot will make two loverly cups of tea, so you don?t need to use them as quickly as other brands. Yorkshire tea is quite strong and any tea drinker will love the refreshing taste. I have noticed a lot of elderly people buy it in the shops. I like to nosey at what people have in their baskets, just a little habit of shopping I have picked up, it?s a good way of telling which brands are popular. The sample packs that I have contain 10 tea bags and you can get your free sample from www.yorkshiretea.co.uk there are also other products from the Taylors of Harrogate merchants who make Yorkshire tea. It says on the packet that this is a full bodied tea, a proper cuppa and I agree. There?s definitely a difference between this tea and the others you
          can buy. I think its time for the kettle to go on don?t you?

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            13.07.2001 20:34
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            Yorkshire tea makes tea how it is supposed to taste. Yes it is a bit more expensive than supermarkets own brands of teabags but you save in the long run as you have quality taste not quantity. With Yorkshire tea you can buy the teabags that are most suitable to the area you live for the water. If you have really hard water buy Yorkshire tea for hard water. If you have soft, medium or even medium to hard water then Yorkshire Tea with the red stripe down is for you. They even do Yorkshire gold which is their speciality tea. Dont know what water you have? telephone their free number (08000 929920) and they will send you a free sample of their tea and they will also send you a free water testing kit. The tea itself is from Yorkshire Dales and one bag makes two cups of tea. It is rich, refreshing tea. Dont forget to save the tokens as you can collect them for "Trees for life" 6 sent to them and they pay 50p to save a tree

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            21.04.2001 18:58
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            As anyone who has read my other opinion on tea will know, I’m an addict! When Boy George said he’d prefer a cuppa to sex, he knew what he was talking about. While some people know their wines, I know my teas. So when I saw a free offer for some samples of Yorkshire Tea on a website, I thought that’s just my, erm, cup of tea! I was also interested in them offering different types of tea depending on where you lived. Apparently, we live in a hard water area, so my free sample was a little box of six free tea bags, especially made for hard water. Now admittedly, six cups aren’t many for a test, but I often find my ordinary tea bags get a surface of foamy stuff on the top sometimes, which I believe is due to the limescale and hard water. This didn’t happen with the Yorkshire Tea. Six perfect cups of tea. Brilliant. The tea bags are rectangular and slightly bigger than I am used to. They make an ideal strength too and the tea is very tasty, not smoky at all, but with a bit of a tang. Hard to describe really. (I feel like that awful blonde woman from the Food and Drink programme, swilling it round my mouth and trying to find new superlatives!) But, believe me, it does make a great cuppa! The packaging is very traditional, emphasising the Yorkshire aspect of its origin, with drawings of cricketers, a shepherd with a flat cap, quaint village scenes and a beautiful stream. Then again, the company are Taylors of Harrogate and I must admit, Harrogate is pretty. Not sure about the flat caps though. The image of the tea is also that it is traditional, proudly declaring Family Tea Merchants since 1886. The free samples came with a little booklet detailing some of the company’s history. Charles Taylor was the founder of the company and he went on to open a chain of tea and coffee shops in Yorkshire. Yorkshire Tea remains a family business and has continued to be based in the county. Yorkshire Tea is
            available in Orange (regular), Gold (‘finest quality blend’) and Green (hard water areas). If you don’t know whether you live in a hard or soft water area, you can ring a freephone number to find out – 0500 418898. You can also obtain a newsletter about tea from the same number. The company’s address is Taylors of Harrogate, Pagoda House, Prospect Road, Harrogate, HG2 7NX.

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            Premium blend of black teas. This traditional and refreshing tea has won the loyalty of customers throughout England. Origin - East Africa and India. Liquor Color - Golden. Taste Features - Very bright, good quality liquor. Serving Suggestions - With milk, any time of the day.