I know Twinings is a popular tea, mainly because it’s accessible. Being on every supermarket shelf, it’s obviously difficult to compete in popularity with less available and more expensive teas. They also market themselves in a nice way so consumers believe the tea is somehow better than average.
I bought this commemorative blend purely on the packaging. I liked the tin. I don’t usually drink tea bags, but these were paper wrapped and being a blend of assam and yunnan, I thought it couldn’t fail to be palatable. I was wrong. It was bitter, almost poisonous. My husband and I tried to drink it, we persevered before throwing the two cups down the sink and starting again with an assam and darjeeling Irish blend from Kusmi instead.
This tea (and Twinings tea in general) is instantly very dark in colour when hot water is added – I assume due to fannings/tea dust.
It was comparable in price to tea from Fortnum & Mason, making me question why I even tried it. I was a fool for being tempted by the nice commemorative tin!