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94 Tasting Notes

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Did I get the same Twinings loose leaf Prince of Wales as everyone else? Because my experience with this tea could not be more different from everyone else’s reviews.

I first tried it last week, steeped 5-6 minutes in boiled water with sugar, and then some milk. I did not like it then but I had been sick so I refrained from passing any judgement.

I’m better now so I gave it a second chance. I steeped it only 2 minutes, 1 tsp for about 8 oz of boiled water. I added sugar, no milk.

I still don’t like it, got the same impression as before :-/ It’s too smoky for me, everyone says it’s lightly smoky but to me it’s too smoky, I never had smoky tea before this so I fear I might hate a tea that is really smoky. I can hardly taste the tea and the smoky aftertaste lingers in my mouth for hours, even after I brush my teeth.

Any advice from the Prince of Wales lovers on Steepster? Did someone at Twinings accidentally spill liquid smoke over my tea so it’s just the batch? Am I not preparing it right? I hate to give up on a tea, there are so few that I don’t like.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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74

I first tried a sip of this tea without any sugar or milk- BITTER! So I tried a teaspoon of sugar, followed by another teaspoon (More sugar than I usually have in tea), so much better. I also added a little milk.

I could taste a hint of chocolate, not as chocolatey as ETS Chocolate Mint but it’s there. The orange flavor is the strongest in this tea. It’s good but drinking this tea will probably give me a sugar high.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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95
drank Pumpkin Spice Chai by Twinings
94 tasting notes

I just got this tea today and even though it’s getting late in the day and I already had quite a bit of black tea today (Those following will notice this is my 3rd tasting note of the day, 6th cup of black tea altogether, I won’t sleep tonight) I’ve been wanting to try it for a while.

Steeped it 6 minutes, added a little sugar, a little milk. It’s pretty good, not as spicy as I expected it to be, not spicy at all for a chai. I do detect something that tastes like pumpkin. It gets sweeter as it cools so I think next time I will be adding less sugar.

I like it. Next time I think I’ll try steeping it with a cinnamon stick to spice it up a little.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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87

I got the chocolate lovers sampler from ETS today, a little annoyed that they decided to substitute Night of the Iguana with an extra pouch of Chocolate Mint… But onto this tea’s tasting notes.

When I opened the pouch I was greeted by a noseful of mint and slight hint of chocolate. When I smelled all that mint I was worried that it would wind up being like the Chocolate Cream mint overpowering disappointment from TeaSource. I first tried brewing for 2 minutes, thought it too weak and steeped for another 3 minutes. Added about a teaspoon of sugar, no milk or cream.

It’s not cocoa but so far it has been the best chocolate tea I have tried yet. The mint is there but is not overpowering, it is a good compliment to the chocolate I can taste on the sides of my tongue. The tea seems to grow sweeter and more delicately chocolate as it cools. I can barely taste the black tea.

Next time I make this I think I’ll try adding a little milk.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
LiberTEAS

It really irks me when a company decides to substitute a product without consulting with the customer. I think that if they do not have one of the products in the set, then they should give the customer the option of choosing the substitution (within reason, of course), rather than just assuming that the substitution will be fine.

Lazey

I also ordered the Earl Grey sampler and they substituted Scottish Breakfast for Dorian Grey >:( It would be nice to get a word in on substitutions.

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100

Got my order from the English Tea Store and in it were loose leaf Earl Grey samples. I decided the double bergamot Earl Grey would be good for breakfast.

It was really good Earl Grey, bitter (because of the double bergamot) but not overly so. Great flavor. I will be drinking this again.

I had added a little sugar, no cream, and thought it perfect. My mother on the other hand thought it was too bitter and added at least 2 teaspoons of sugar :o So if you’re sensitive to bitter teas you might want to stick to regular Earl Grey.

Later on I re-steeped the leaves for a little longer and it was a little weak but still a good cup of tea. The bergamot was not as strong either, making it taste like regular Earl Grey.

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Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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7

Blech… Not my cup of tea.

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Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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71
drank Peppermint by Twinings
94 tasting notes

Resteeped the leaves, a little weak for the second steeping of course but still good and had a nice pepperminty taste.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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drank Peppermint by Twinings
94 tasting notes

Got this as a free sample with some tea I ordered from the twining website (They have fast shipping!). Feeling a little sick to my stomach and it is a little late to have a black tea (Wanted to try the Prince of Wales I had gotten in the order) so I decided to try this herbal instead.

It is what it says it is, peppermint, nothing more and nothing less. If that is all you want you won’t be disappointed. It brews really dark. I saved the teabag and might try for a second steeping.

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Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
JasonCT

I enjoy their PoW tea. It’s on the lighter side as I recall and I quite liked that about it!
Hope you feel better!

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72

We had a tin of the pyramid sachets of this tea for a couple years and only recently was the last of it used.
This is the most cinnamony tea I’ve ever had, really the cinnamon is about all I can taste, hardly taste the tea much less the clove and orange peel. But when I’m in the mood for cinnamon this is a good tea to go for. I like it with a bit of sugar.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Christmas Tea by Twinings
94 tasting notes

I have an old box of this tea, and it’s really not bad. It tastes a little weak but that might be because the tea is old. (Though judging by other tasting notes maybe this is a weak tea.)
I usually drink it was just a little sugar, that way all I could taste was the black tea and spices, I tried adding milk and it brought out the orange flavor- which was an improvement.
I’ve also tried brewing this tea with other teas, like the Pumpkin spice from Scripture tea, this tea was weak and made a good blend.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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