25 Tasting Notes

67

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:)

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 45 sec
AnnaEA

Twinings is my goto for grocery teas beyond the basic black. I haven’t tried PoW, so I’m glad to hear about it. Thanks!

gmathis

Everybody needs a wardrobe of good, reasonable, easy-to-steep grocery store stuff.

Josh Buteau

Absolutely and you really can’t beat the price:)

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68

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:)

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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78

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
Effect, enjoy!!!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 15 sec
gmathis

On occasion, to fight off head cruds, I’ve been known to drink tea strictly to sniff, not to sip.

Josh Buteau

I’ve thought of that as a definite possibility, that’d be a good mix, some type of eucalyptus tea… Not necessarily menthol, that could be a bit to medicine-y. I’ll probably start looking for some fragrant tea for cold season. Thanks for the idea… Always looking for some reccomendations.

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26
drank Irish Breakfast by Twinings
25 tasting notes

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.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 4 min, 15 sec
gmathis

This time of year, a cup of gloom is exactly what we don’t need. Sorry it didn’t work for you!

AnnaEA

Try 2 bags/8oz with a shorter infusion at a higher temp. I do just boiled for 1.5 to 2 minutes. Fannings tea can still be okay when the fannings are from a good base leaf, which twinings generally is. It just infuses hard and fast.

AnnaEA

Or was this their loose tea?

Josh Buteau

This was the loose tea. I looked over it again last night and realized the strength chart that Twinings adds to the side of their tins, and this obviously is meant to be a stronger cup, but I think the flavor just wasn’t there. I took the time to steep at different temps for different periods of time, still it’s just a flavor profile not the steeping time. But thanks for the inquiry.

AnnaEA

Gotcha.

Lynxiebrat

You could give Harney and Sons Breakfast teas a shot. They have several variations. And a quite extensive section of black teas in general. I have not tried any of the breakfast blends, but adore Earl Grey Supreme, Tower of London, liked Pomegranate Oolong. They have fair priced samples for the majority of their stock, too.

Josh Buteau

Thanks for the idea, I may have to give them a try for sure.

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91

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!

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Just a normal guy that gave up the normal daily coffee for a healthier, more flavorful, more intrinsically complex beverage. Being a US marine and deploying on the regular makes enjoying a decent cup of tea difficult at times but shows that even the “rough” guys can enjoy a great cup of tea.

Here are my rating categories, FYI:
100-90: Absolutely awesome! I don’t know why i’m spending time typing about them instead of drinking!
85-89: pretty damn delicious, and will keep most of them in the permanent collection, but they’re not quite as spectacular as the cream of the crop.
84-80: Tasty teas that I enjoy and would drink again when i can find it, but more than likely will not make a second appearance except for freebies and samples.
79-70: Teas that I would probably drink again, but wouldn’t seek out. They don’t quite do it for me in one aspect or another; often just not quite my style
69-50: Teas that I don’t really enjoy all that much and wouldn’t drink another cup of.
49 and below: The unfortunate bottom category. This tea is just disgusting to me.

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