Written on: 14/09/2004 by Mr Tea (2 reviews written)
Subtle but robust flavour, lasts well in the pot.
Horrid little round teabags for the bagged variety.
Brooke Bond is an excellent blend, and one of my long term favourites. The rich, complex taste is welcome at any time of day, and it brews well with hard or soft water. Most impressive is how long a pot of Choicest Blend retains a satisfactory flavour. A cup poured 45 minutes after the pot was made can taste almost as good as one poured as soon as the tea has brewed.
The one serious flaw with this brand is that the spacious, rectangular teabags formerly used in the bagged version have been replaced with diminutive round bags that are too small to let the leaves brew effectively. Unilever, the owners of this brand, have made it clear that the change was made to shave costs off the production process, and not to improve the product. It's ironic that PG Tips, Choicest Blend's mass-market stable-mate, is packaged in 'pyramid' bags - surely the penthouse suite of teabags - while the more refined blend languishes in the janitor's closet.
A great tea, but if you're going to try it, do yourself a favour and buy it loose.