141 Tasting Notes

90
drank Irish Breakfast Tea by Twinings
141 tasting notes

I forgot to take the bag our and steeped this for over 8 minutes. I thought it would turn out undrinkable, but I was pleasantly surprised. I added milk and sugar, and the flavor was nice, though it has an astringent drying after taste I don’t like and which seems to be characteristic of Assam teas.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more

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50
drank Gold Blend Tea Bags by Barry's Tea
141 tasting notes

Barr’y Gold had a pleasant, mild, though somewhat bland flavor (with milk and sugar), even though I steeped it for five and a half minutes. It also had an unplesant drying, astringent affect on the tongue and palate.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 30 sec

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75
drank English Breakfast by Twinings
141 tasting notes

Rich and flavorful, but not bitter, though it dries the tongue and palate too much.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 15 sec

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35
drank Winter Spice by Twinings
141 tasting notes

The tea has a too sweet apple taste, and it drowns out the cinnamon and cloves. I added some cinnamon to improve the flavor. It helped, but it was not enough to make me really like it. I much prefer the taste of their Christmas tea.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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67
drank Prince of Wales by Twinings
141 tasting notes

A very mild, pleasant tea, not bitter, a bit drying on the tongue and palate (I did not experience this when steeped for only 3 minutes). It is a subtle flavor, perhaps better without milk or cream, which can make it taste bland. I prefer the more flavorful Ceylon Orange Pekoe.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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50
drank Lapsang Souchong by Twinings
141 tasting notes

I am not sure whether I like this tea or not. I have never had a smoky tea before – it tastes like liquid smoke added to boiling water. The aroma is stronger than the taste, and I put the teabag back in to steep more after a taste. A little milk is fine, but sugar changes the taste and makes it more ordinary. It might be good with smoked meats or barbecue.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 45 sec

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87
drank Darjeeling by Twinings
141 tasting notes

I’ve had this tea several times over the past few days, with varying results. If oversteeped, it can have a bitter edge I don’t like, and milk and sugar does not overcome it. The first time, and this last time, I think I got it right, about 3 minutes, 15 seconds steep time, and the taste is sweet, a little flowery but not perfumy. I might call it a dessert tea. It does have a drying after-affect on the tongue and palate, however, like Assam teas.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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2
drank Tetley Tea Bag by Tetley
141 tasting notes

Had this a couple of days ago. 2000 perforations let the flavor out all right, before you even make the tea. Bland and flavorless, like Lipton.

Preparation
4 min, 0 sec

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2
drank Lipton Black Tea by Lipton
141 tasting notes

I made this tea yesterday, and after a couple of sips, I dumped it down the drain. Bland and tasteless. My parents always drank Lipton, so I thought I should try this again. I wonder if they went to an even lower grade of tea dust, if that is possible.

Preparation
4 min, 0 sec

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92
drank Ceylon Orange Pekoe by Twinings
141 tasting notes

After about five or so cups of this tea, I find I like this the best of Twining’s teas. I taste no astringency or bitterness (as with Twining’s Irish and English Breakfast), so I wonder if others have steeped it too long). There is a pleasant orange flavor that is neither faint nor overpowering. The orange is not as “citrusy” as Lady Grey, but neither is it as mild as Prince of Wales.

Preparation
3 min, 30 sec

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I am a part time college instructor and also work in human resources in a family company. Apart from a rare cup of Lipton I drank in my parents’ home, I am a newbie to the world of tea. I have enjoyed Twinings and Ahmad bagged teas over the past month, and I am now just beginning to try loose leaf teas from Teavivre, Adagio, and Della Terra.

So far, I prefer black tea to green tea, and prefer to add cream or milk and sweetener to black tea. Unless the tea is white, green, or herbal, you can assume that I have added cream/milk and sugar to the tea in my reviews/ratings.

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