1349 Tasting Notes

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drank Lady Grey by Twinings
1349 tasting notes

Can’t remember where I grabbed this solo teabag from. It’s a decent earl grey with more of a light feel to it (grapefruit, maybe?) although it’s definitely a black. Zero floral notes, thankfully. A tiny bit malty and creamy.

Flavors: Earl Grey, Grapefruit, Malt

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Maddy Barone

I still have a few bags of that in the cupboard. My brother brought a box with him at Christmas. He likes Earl Grey and I like citrusy teas, so he thought it would be a good compromise for us each to enjoy. I agree with you, though. It’s not terrible. I don’t mind drinking it. But it is nowhere near a favorite.

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77

I keep on drinking this and not really paying attention. Bah! Had it yesterday and remember it being pleasant and sweet, almost too sweet. I do really love these though; green tea that I can’t seem to mess up and get all bitter and icky.

Flavors: Sweet, Tropical

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
DeliriumsFrogs

Another awesome-sounding Twinings. I love your tea notes while traveling, MissB. :)))

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73
drank Blackcurrant by Harrods
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No idea how I didn’t add this to the database when I originally grabbed it. Can’t seem to buy it on their website, and when I was in their store, it was only available as a bagged, boxed tea. With the Brits so fascinated by anything blackcurrant (I don’t get it), I thought it would be a decent addition to my fix. Had my bag the other day (pretty sure I sent off the rest to Sil to distribute), and it was… okay. Fruity, full bodied, nothing to write home about — although I guess with this review, I technically am writing home about it.

Flavors: Fruity, Thick

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
OMGsrsly

I love blackcurrant! :) I wish we had more available here. As it is, my mom gets us licorice-blackcurrant candies from an import store once a year and that’s pretty much it. I remember the Sun Rype blackcurrant juice boxes – my favourite. :)

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79

Bought a box of it, although a touch unsure of why I did now… it’s really good, it’s just not as amazing as some of the other blends from this line. Hm. I did see Salted Caramel at the store…

In good news though, I’ve yet to really ruin this tea, even with boiling water and oversteeps. It’s just… more cotton candy than gingerbread to me.

Flavors: Cotton Candy

Preparation
1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
whatshesaid

it’s too bad all of these fancy Twinings blends aren’t just hanging around in Canadian grocery stores!!

DeliriumsFrogs

WHATSHESAID!! (I’ve been wanting to use that for SOooooo long…. lol)

whatshesaid

hahaha glad I could finally assist in making that dream a reality for you ;)

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97
drank Intensely Buttermint by Twinings
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Let it steep overnight to see if that made it even more “intense”. Well, yes, it did, but not in a good way. The mint got sharp and a touch bitter, so I didn’t enjoy it nearly as much. Lesson learned. I mean, it’s still spectacular, just not as much so. That’s okay, because frankly, I’ll just make another cup soon that’ll erase away that taste. :)

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
gmathis

Oh, how I wish we had your Twinings selection in this part of the world!

OMGsrsly

I know, gmathis! I keep reading all these notes and drooling. :D Even when the teas might not turn out for everyone.

Fjellrev

I had no idea THEY HAD SO MANY. Wow.

MissB

In most British grocery stores, I’ve found at least two shelves of Twinings bagged offerings. I keep on finding more each time I go somewhere!

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70
drank Lemon and Ginger by Twinings
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Much better left to steep quite some time than just steep and drink it. I find this quite mild with both the ginger and the lemon, although it’s still nice… it’s a “nice” ginger and lemon, not a “no-holds-prisoners” kinda ginger and lemon, which I much prefer.

Flavors: Ginger, Herbaceous, Lemon

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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79

I’ve had this at least four times in the past week, as evidenced that I only have one package left. Boo. Still junky/fake food tea, but oh-so-yum.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 12 OZ / 354 ML
DeliriumsFrogs

Sometimes junky/fake is the best thing in the world. lol

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97
drank Intensely Buttermint by Twinings
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I don’t know how to tell you guys this, so I’ll just say it: this is one of the best teas on the planet. It tastes EXACTLY like a buttermint, like you’d expect one to taste. Creamy, dreamy vanilla and a hint of refreshing mint at the end. Like, well, a buttermint. Like a hard candy, but in liquid form… I’ve already had six cups today. It’s that good.

Flavors: Butter, Creamy, Mint, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Mikumofu

“Intensely” is a word you don’t often find in a tea name, looks like it’s accurate!

Anlina

Oh that sounds amazing. I’m not allowed to order more tea but here I am poking around Britsuperstore, contemplating an order.

MissB

I doubt I’ll have enough left over to share at this point, but I may need to grab another box.. so I might be able to send over a few, depending. Mikumofu, their entire Intensely series is actually quite good! Although, I didn’t have any of the chamomile ones, so perhaps they aren’t as amazing.

Mikumofu

This still sounds like the best Intensely of the lot! :)

Maddy Barone

That really sounds good!

Sil

Oh wow….

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61
drank Apple & Pear Green Tea by Twinings
1349 tasting notes

This be some weird ass tea. Hay and burnt apples, that’s what I get from it. Pear? Hm…. pushing it. I’ve cleaned the kettle of all limescale/hard water deposits, so I know it’s the tea. I might? save some for Sil & co to send back, but I’ll likely just leave it here for the family to try out, since tea isn’t terribly easy or cheap to get in Switzerland.

Flavors: Apple, Burnt Food, Hay

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
whatshesaid

so sad, they can’t easily get tea there!?

No one around here wants to try that weird ass tea anyway ;)

MissB

You can get tea here, just limited kinds, and event is crazy expensive. Dinner at the restaurant down the street, the cheapest item on the menu is 30 Swiss francs, which is about $40 CDN right now. It’s a nice place, but not that nice.

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69
drank Chai by T2
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The Australian family that I’m housesitting for loves this chai so much, they had their eldest daughter bring back a few boxes with her, to Switzerland. So, I had to try it.

It smells divine, although it has really large bits and pieces, which I never really find appealing other than to smell – it’s hard to brew a whole cardamom pod or anise star with a tea and not have it overtake the entire cup. I found it… okay. Underwhelming. Didn’t really get much chai anything out of it, and wondered if perhaps I should have brewed it longer? Also though, and this is notable, there’s a ton of limescale here in the water, and I’m sure it’s affecting the taste.

Glad I tried it, doubt I’ll ever go out of my way to again though.

Flavors: Clove, Paper, Spices

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
OMGsrsly

Oh dear. Yeah, the water can make a huge difference to the tea.

MissB

Agreed. Sadly, it’s the norm here in Europe more than anything. I’ve bought a bottle of vinegar now in every place I’ve housesat.

OMGsrsly

Yes, boil the kettle, temporarily stink up the house. :) I wonder if there’s a portable water filter (like those filtering water bottles?) that would work on your water…

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Teaholic! Currently loving flavored blacks, greens, whites, green rooibos blends, straight blacks and greens, and have a long-standing adoration for herbals/medicinals. Dessert teas top my list along with anything cocoa-y.

I own an obscene amount of tea, and am always happy to share. Just got back from a six month exploration of Western Europe, so I’ve got some pretty lovely tea that we just can’t easily find this side of the pond. Woot!

In addition to loving tea, I’m a dating columnist, nerd, and avid knitter. I read way too much, type even more, and spend my ‘free’ time exploring, playing board games, reading, hiking, hanging with friends.

Allergies: Strawberries and all grains. I’m having a mild allergic reaction to both lavender and some roses in tea, although for some reason the French seem to have figured out how to do this without making me ill. I also avoid sugar and Splenda where possible.

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