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I received some of this loose tea from a lovely friend who swears by this tea as being the best Earl Grey tea available. Now that is a very big claim to stand up to so tonight I shall be the judge.
Colour: Reddy brown
Smell: Sweet jasmine (or if not jasmine then something very similar)
As well as smelling like jasmine it also tastes like jasmine which is a twist on your average Earl Grey. It seems to be jasmine instead of bergamot so it has a floral and slightly bitter taste, almost citrus bitter (similar to lemon rind). I don’t think this is really classed as an Earl Grey under my classifications (due to lack of sweetness) but it is a nice jasmine tea, nice not spectacular.
I will try this again soon and see if my score changes at all but I think overall it’s just an average cup of tea which sometimes is all that I really want.
Visiting family in a neighbouring city and upon my departure from home I grabbed a hand of random tea bags and have chosen this. Mint does wonders for my digestion and as I have not long finished dinner and have a bit of an uncomfortable stomach I am in need of a little bit of help.
You can smell the camomile in this tea before the mint which suggests it’s going to be a chamomile tea with an additional flavour of mint instead of the other way around. Colour wise it reminds me of lemongrass, a gentle and mellow green.
The spearmint itself is light but noticeable with a clean and refreshing finish. A nice balance and suitable for those who prefer subtle flavours and like the easyness of a pre bagged tea.
Overall this is pleasant but I prefer a stronger mint tea.
A gift from my mother from a holiday.
My husband and I are off to a funeral later on today and I felt it would be a grand time to try this out. We could both use a good strong cup of tea.
The tea itself has been blended down to very small bits of leaves that look almost like dark mixed herbs which I am lead to believe will decrease the steeping time (slightly).
I used one and half tea spoons of tea per cup (as we wanted a strong cup) and have only used a little bit of milk (no sugar).
The tea is strong in flavour but freshly mellow and not bitter and a little nutty. Great for your standard black tea and perfect to serve to friends and family. Even after half the cup there is no bitterness and the strength remains the same so it is very balanced. Lovely.
I just used the last of this tea to make a big jug of ice tea to help cool me down in this hot English summer weather. I think this tastes much better as ice tea rather than hot because the apple is subtle behind the black tea and cooling the tea down brings out more of the apple flavour and makes it much more refreshing. Even my husband loves this tea and he is more of a coffee person.
This makes a beautiful ice tea. I simply boil 4 tea bags per jug and wait for the mixture to cool down before placing into the fridge. Then it can be used as a strong drink or you can add cold water to make it more refreshing and serve with ice and a slice of lemon. Perfect.
It’s rather hibiscus(sy) but the tartness is similar to cranberry so it’s forgiveable. As for the orange it’s more in the background and tastes like peel rather than juice so it is a little bitter. This is not my favourite fruit tea by Twinings but it does the job.
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Earl grey tea is the perfect drink for the morning with it’s combination of strong black tea and citrus sweet bergamot.
I find that one way to tell a good Earl Grey tea apart from a not so good Earl Grey tea is the smell of the bag or loose tea before it’s actually brewed. Good tea’s (such as this one) will have a strong yet fresh smell with notable bergamot fragrance which is enhanced once brewed and creates a perfect blend.
Smell (once brewed): Sweet and tangy (almost like orange which is the bergamot).
Colour: Dark brown (I don’t have milk)
Taste: With our smell test done that leaves the taste and waiting an average of 3-4 minutes for this beauty to brew is well worth the wait. The black tea gives your body charge while the bergamot awakens your senses. Each mouthful is naturally sweet with strong earthy tones from the black tea and it leaves a beautiful and somewhat perfumey after taste.
Due to it’s natural sweetness it’s perfect for those of us on a diet as it helps keep our calories to a minimum. I also love that this tea is yummy with or without milk so you can either go for strength or smoothness.
A beautiful and refreshing blend of mellow green tea with soft fruity pineapple and a touch of orange. I could drink gallons of this and never be bored of it’s sweet and refreshing golden liquid. Delicious.
My mother came back from holiday with 25 bags of this tea in a wonderful tea caddy just for me :) What a lovely gift.
Tested with a milk/creamer.
It has the unmistakable fragrance of a nice Earl Grey (sweetly bergamot with strong black earthy tea) and also smells very fresh. Taste wise the bergamot is very subtle and to be honest I would say this tastes more like a standard black tea rather than an Earl Grey. I drink Twinings Earl Grey every day as my standard tea and compared to that this tea is very bland. So bland that my husband could not even tell that it was an Earl Grey.
As an Earl Grey tea I would not pick this one often if at all. Rated as a standard black tea I would say this is refreshing and ever so slightly sweet from natural sources (which in this case would be the tiny amount of bergamot).
Overall I would say this is a nice strong black tea that is perfect for every day use for a pick me up.
Checking previous notes and I forgot that I wanted to try this tea iced so I will have to remember to do that tomorrow. I have a cup of this hot at the moment but am finding it a little bitter today for some reason. Oh well it still makes a nice change to have a bit of flavour as something that I don’t usually drink.
I have tried this tea both hot and cold and must say that I adore this lemony goodness. I love lemon is wonderful hot when you are looking for a bit of a boost in the morning or during the day. Then on days like today I love lemon is perfect iced when you want to relax and chill in the sun.
Overall this tea (either way ie hot or cold) is lusciously lemony with a good balance of sweet and sour lemon tones. The lemon does taste fresh and very natural and with all of the multi tones of lemon flavour from lemon peel, lemongrass, lemon verbana etc it creates wonderful depths in flavour.
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I made a previous note about this as a hot tea but today with what is turning out to be a super strange weather day (rain, sun, hail, sun, rain…and it’s not even 12pm!)and I felt it’s about time I tried this one as an iced tea.
One thing I never do is put sweetener into an iced tea, ever. I like iced tea’s to be naturally sweet and with a gentle and refreshing flavour, preferably fruity. This was my reason to believing this would be a wonderful iced tea, it’s strongly peachy but as it cools down it tastes more and more refreshing.
This is a little sweet, a little fruity, very light, very refreshing, and a little floral. Perfect for iced tea, any time, any where.
For a detailed review of this tea please read my previous notes.
Chosen at random again from my big bag of samples.
Colour: Reddy brown
Smell: Sweet and earthy
Super sweet with a deep earthy after taste. This tastes somewhat citrus sweet with a bit of spicyness. I like this mixture of flavours, it’s certainly an adventurous rooibos that’s for sure. This is supposed to be a relaxing tea and while I am not certain it’s making me any more relaxed than I already am I can still appreciate it’s unique flavour.