Chip wrote:OK, moved this one to black tea, there is a shadow under Other for the moment.
It has been quite a few years since I had RC, it was one of my earliest teas, I liked it, then all of a sudden I developed an aversion for overtly smokey teas. Recently I have attempted to be open minded to RC and Lapsang Souchong.
I can't say it is a tea I like, possibly because I don't care for the taste of Lapsang Souchong, which is part of the blend.
On the point of blends, it has to be said that there are no hard and fast rules.
Manufacturers and retailers do seem to vary their blends to suit own ideas of what it should be like.
My comment above is to illustrate that while we may have opinions on a blend from a supplier, it doesn't mean that it can be equally applied to another suppliers product as the blends are likely to vary.
For 20+ years I have been using The Tea and Coffee Emporium of UK for my supplies.
I like them as they do give advice without prejudice.