Suggestions and Reviews
Suggestions and Reviews
I’ve had great pleasure discovering your teas. Every one of them has a distinct character, so the joy for me has been in the experimentation.
With all the subtle variations in aroma, colour, body and flavour, simply making a cuppa is a mini-adventure.
Breathing in the aroma is rewarding in itself. And, to my taste anyway, most of these teas really don’t need anything added, no milk, no sugar. There’s a freshness and sharpness to your teas – so I just savour the flavour and let the pressures of the world lift away.
Amazing to think that all of this variation can be achieved with humble leaves. There’s evidently great skill here in selecting and blending, and good taste behind every decision.
(OK, the packaging and branding could do with a lift but hopefully between us we’ve got that in hand!)
1 Uva Highlands
Loved this when I did a tasting with you in Sri Lanka and it’s still my favourite of the single estate teas. When brewed it comes up dark and coppery. Quite a subtle aroma but it’s the taste I like – bright, it picks me up.
2 Ceylon teabag (broken orange pekoe)
Reminds me of the Ceylon tea my grandmother used to serve in fine bone china. Great colour and a good fresh tea with a bit of a kick. Satisfying, refreshing. It’s been a hit with the studio at NB too.
3 Golden Tips
When you infuse these pretty leaves there’s a beautiful golden colour with a slightly pinky hue. The aroma is subtle, oaky, quite earthy in fact, with hints of grape. The flavour is surprisingly strong, not at all harsh although it lingers on the tongue long after a sip.
4 Lovers leap
The name is evocative and these fine leaves brew up to a light orange glow with a raisin scent. You get a pronounced tang on the palate and a long aftertaste with lots of tannin. Could it work as the basis of an iced tea?
5 Silver Tips
I love the look and aroma which reminds me of walking out on a dewy morning in the English countryside. The flavour is quite subtle and delicate – possibly an acquired taste (that I haven’t quite acquired yet!)
6 Earl Grey
Complex aroma, very pronounced bergamot, almost medicinal with hint of pine. More natural tasting than the Earl Greys I’m accustomed to here in Britain. No harsh aftertaste.
So it’s tea time. No matter what season, it feels always good to have a cup of Senok tea. In summertime, when you get tired with the burning heat, Senok tea cheers you up. In autumn and wintertime, Senok tea is an excellent warm-up. Coming home, get tea water boiled – and there starts the problem: which taste to choose? The fruity mango flavoured Premium Ceylon Black tea – or rather the fine Jasmine flavoured? Or the pure Broken Orange Pekoe Fannings? Or Pure Ceylon Green tea?
Let me show you my personal “guideline”: My best friend always goes for Pure Ceylon Peach and Abricot. My daughter enjoys Pure Ceylon Green Tea – in summertime the mint flavoured. In springtime, the Ceylon Black Tea with fruits of the forest announces summer feelings with its taste of strawberry, raspberry and blackberry. In autumn afternoons, I adore the pure tastes of Uva Highlands Pekoe, Elteb Broken Orange Pekoe Fannings or Lovers Leap Pekoe.
If I can’t decide, I take at least two cups – of different tastes.
Stockholm (loose leaf)
This was one of my personal favourites! I liked this because it had a taste that wasn’t too strong or weak and it has a lovely after taste. It was also a touch fragrant, which I liked.
English Breakfast tea (tagged bag)
We had loads of this. You gave us the individual tea bags with tags. It was a general cuppa! The taste was so much better than anything we can get off the shelf here, but it got strong quickly and was much darker that the tea we normally have with milk. We got good on the timings though – it was a quick submersion in hot water that achieved our favoured colour and taste.
Brunswick (loose leaf)
We liked this. It didn’t seem as strong as the Stockholm and was lighter in colour, but it did seem to have a stronger after taste.
Uva Highlands (loose leaf)
I loved this in the afternoons. It was a little lighter and more mellow than the others.
Earl Grey (loose leaf)
Our very own Earl Grey (Simon) drinks bucket loads of this tea and loved your version.
Jasmine Green Tea (loose leaf)
We weren’t fans of this one – sorry! The taste and aroma of Jasmine was way too potent for use. It was like we were literally eating Jasmine flowers!
Apple & cinnamon
The girls in the studio drink a lot of this flavour normally. They thought the taste was OK. They thought it was like the other apple and cinnamon teas available on the UK market (particularly Twinings), but they felt the apple and cinnamon aroma of this tea was a little synthetic.
We thought this had a soft lemon flavour, but that stayed in the mouth for a while.
This tea has a very potent smell. The team thought it didn’t taste as fresh as some of the other peppermint teas they drink.
The overall flavour was sweet, fruity and floral. The aroma was a little overpowering and synthetically perfumed to be relaxing (normally associated with a Jasmine tea).
The team drink a lot of Chai, but felt this didn’t taste like the chai they were accustomed to. They found the aroma of the raw tea leaves, a tad pungent and synthetic.
So in summary, the generally quality is better than we are used to, but for us the favourites were the teas that hadn’t been flavoured.
Thanks again for your generosity – I hope from our comments you don’t think us Brits are tasteless philistines!
I would like to thank your for the variation of the SENOK’s Teas which I and my family greatly appreciate. The taste is unique and the variety of flavors guarantees pure enjoyment in every situation.
“The Senok Tea brand has a very wide variety of teas & their packaging ensures the tea remains fresh. The tea leaves are of excellent quality & their flavor infusions are very unique. I particularly enjoy their mint green tea & decaf flower teas.”
As an Englishman I take drinking tea seriously. A special moment to be savoured. I have tried many Brand’s and blends, but have to say Senok tea is among the finest I have ever experienced. The subtle Flavours are sublime, the range an adventure and their heritage and expertise second to none.
It was a great pleasure to meet you and your family on Sri Lanka. I have with great pleasure celebrated life with my wife drinking your excellent Senok Tea, thank you very much for this small but very nice gift from beautiful Sri Lanka.
Hope to be back early next year 2017.
Hope you are well and it has been quite some time since we connected personally.
We remember you and Senok every morning and in the evening when we keep sipping the Senok teas!
My wife and I are literally addicted now for years to Senok tea and we don’t know a situation when this can become a scarcity!( sure this situation may not arise thanks to Senok growth and focus in the tea sector! )
Be it BOP or the fragrant teas (taken in late night) or the pure black flavoured teas- the quality is really rich and enjoyable anytime of the day.