25 Tasting Notes
I was pleasantly impressed with this blend. I expected a mash up between Twinings Earl Grey and their English breakfast blend, but it lent more toward a smooth less fragrant earl grey with the stronger note of a heavier black tea. I didn’t notice any overpowering essences which can sometimes come from a more mainstream loose leaf small cut tea. I tried a second steep, and though you lose some of the more pronounced flavors inherent in the cup you gain a new, and different subtle floral taste. Different and interesting for twinings. Good for the price and the tea drinker on a budget:)
The first time I tried the Darjeeling, I just didn’t give it the steeping time for this delicate tea. I think I was waiting to experience fireworks from the “champagne of teas”… But I didn’t get that:( however, when I drank it for what is was worth and adjusted a bit longer steeping time…. I got it!! Wow, such subtle flavor, but such wonderful mouth watering bloom of flavor almost flower like and fragrant I can almost enjoy it in my nose… If that makes sense:) now I’m sure Twinings isn’t the premier Darjeeling but not bad for mainstream:)
What a nice refreshing end to a crazy week. The aromas coming from the leaves the self just had me practically sticking my nose into the carafe as the tea was steeping! The mix of mellow reshreshing green tea combined with the perfect amount of mint, wow! It just lends to a great crisp sinus opening, relaxing cup of tea. Perfect with honey or even by itself… Only one word of caution, let this little guy steep too long and you may feel like someone mixed some hot water in your toothpaste, generally a little less than a boil and a shorter steep time seems to be
Now normally I am a fan of Twinings for its simplicity, budget friendly nature and tea flavors… But I am a bit disappointed in the Irish breakfast line. I may have gone from several robust sensory excitements of prior teas to this and I could lend some fault to that but I think it left more to be desired overall. The mouth feel was a bit heavy, and the heaviness carried on into the taste, just felt like a gloomy cloudy morning in a cup. It wasn’t what I need in the morning to start my day. I figured maybe it was just one of “those mornings” so I gave it another try later on… Same thing, after I went to dump out the leaves, even that was disappointing, there really wasn’t. Much to them, as one of my friends refers to bag leaves, it was just “tea dust”. I’m Irish through and through, but I guess some mornings when it’s cold dank and wet a cup of tea is just something to get you going, but I think I need a bit more.
This particular variety of Russian earl grey is very aromatic before the water even begins to mix with the leaves. Once your leaves are introduced you are hit with the pleasant notes of lemongrass and citrus. Obviously should be expected as they are two of the main ingredients, but it brings you to a new place where you forget about the tea and indulge in the calming effects of this fusion between stout black tea and elegant extras that the group at Culinary Teas were so kind to expertly take the time to perfectly blend. With a normal steeping time of about 4-5 minutes. The dark amber color begins to show, the leaves and other ingredients begin to rehydrate and blossom. This being said I am adding my water at just below a boil, as to give the cup a chance to cool as it steeps. The taste instantly mixes the scents of Earl Grey with the Asian flare of lemongrass and just an extra touch of Spanish orange but as not to overpower the now more subtle nuance of bergamot. The group at Culinary Teas really put a lot of effort into this one and every time I smell the scents coming from my cup, I can just tell. Enjoy!