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TWG Tea Company

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drank New York Breakfast by TWG Tea Company
4043 tasting notes

I’m going to have to agree with CharlotteZero on this one in that it smells wonderful, but it one of those teas you have to brew cooler and for less time, lest it turn into a messy less amazing tea. All that aside though, this was pretty tasty, and i’m looking forward to playing with it a bit more before i land on a final rating :)

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Mildly spicey , floral.

Flavors: Flowers

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I have had bad luck with finding a chocolate tea that I really like. This one smells amazing (chocolate & cream), but when it’s brewed according to the instructions the cup is pretty tannic mid-sip. I think I may have over-leafed this, so perhaps it will turn out better next time. I might also try lowering the steeping temperature to see if I can make the tea taste more like the dry leaf smells smells.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 6 tsp 24 OZ / 709 ML

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drank Alfonso by TWG Tea Company
1167 tasting notes

It’s done! Finally!

Not a tea I’ve loved. The flavour is just way too much. I mean, it smells lovely but completely overpowering, and if overleafed at all it feels like I’m drinking mango perfume.

I think I like mango tea, but perhaps a milder mango tea.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Courtney

Ack mango perfume. I’ve finally come to accept I only like fresh mangoes. No tea has surpassed my ridiculous expectations. :P

Hello.Kiki

Mango seems hard to capture as far as taste and perfumes go. A lot of times it can smell too…. Ripe? If that makes any sense lol

OMGsrsly

I really don’t care for fresh mango, so the teas are a good alternative. :) Yeah, this one is like sniffing an overripe mango. That’s exactly it!

Dinosara

Did I send you any of Lupicia’s mango teas? I can’t remember now. I haven’t even tried them myself but some peopel really love them.

OMGsrsly

You did! An Alphonso mango one, even. :)

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This French earl gray by TWG is quite a disappointment. It is still a nice cup of tea. However, the aroma and scent of bergamot is very mild that it doesn’t qualified to be a nice cup of earl grey. Plus it is kind of expensive. So anyone who is looking for earl grey with a more than mild taste of bergamot, this shouldn’t be the choice.

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drank White House by TWG Tea Company
31 tasting notes

TWG finally managed to let me down, wow. I picked this up from Dean & Deluca instead of a TWG salon, just because I was there and I wanted to try a few new TWGs.

Looks like a shoumei white, leaves with no buds and brews fairly dark. This makes sense as well, since the characteristic TWG floral blend you find in a lot of their other main teas is present and pairs well with the lightly fruity crispness of the lower quality showmei whites. The strength of the floral and berry notes is dialed way down to make room for the tea to come through, but in my opinion is still too strong and the white tea is too low a grade to warrant their name being on the label or to even notice this is much of a tea at all. I think this is one of those “mass market/appeal/bulk” teas some larger firms pump out to milk their brand value to appease the accountants and shareholders, while keeping a portfolio of much better single-estate and higher quality blends to keep the connoisseurs and fans attached.

I’ll finish what I have, strip the label and keep the double-lid tin for future teas I buy and bring home from their tea rooms, but unless I find some for darn cheap it probably won’t make its way back into my collection.

Flavors: Berries, Flowers, Fruit Tree Flowers

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML

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drank Poetic Star by TWG Tea Company
31 tasting notes

Brewed leaves have a super-bright & fresh lemongrass smell with sweet pine notes. The tea is a bit more subdued version of that, but also earthy with creamy tree bark. After the assault of potent aromas from leaf to brew to liquor, the taste is unexpectedly smooth and the lemongrass mildly well balanced. The citrus/lemongrass flavor does seem to fade with temperature as the tea cools.

Not surprisingly, a slice of lemon goes really well with this tea. In an odd way, a slice of lemon actually brightens it to the point where it no longer needs any kind of sweetener like honey or stevia and it exhibits a “false sweet” I can’t describe. This vanishes once iced, so if you plan to ice it you’ll probably want to be adding stevia, honey, or some other sweetener.

Crisp, refreshing, different.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 350 ML

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drank White House by TWG Tea Company
31 tasting notes

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Picked up 100g of this at the TWG salon in Manila while on a trip and restocking my 1837. O..M..G… Absolutely, wholeheartedly, definitely my top #1 white tea of any kind, one of my top 5 teas of all kind, period. I had been a fan of whites and good/fresh silver needles before, but this just completely blew me away. The problem now is that I’m spoiled when it comes to silver needle white tea, and while I keep searching for that more affordable replacement I also don’t have to travel halfway around the world for, and some have revealed “hints” of this tea in the background, the closest I have gotten is maybe 60%.

The first time I brewed this I was a bit scared.. at over a dollar a gram, I wanted to brew it a bit more conservatively, but I followed the shop’s recommendations and went right to 190F / 4tsp-300ml / 8 minutes. Was not let down at all. The brewed leaves smell like a cross between a creamy custard and hazelnut coffee creamer. The liquor smells like sweetened and toasted almonds and egg shells, tastes wonderfully complex, sweet and smooth for a perfect evening drink-a-thon. There is not even a hint of grass unlike some other not-so-fresh silver needles, and I have put this through 5 infusions (8, 10, 15, 15, 20 mins) without much muddling of flavors or appearance of straw/hay notes or astringency. I have experimented with some other brewing methods including cooler temps and longer/shorter infusions but I keep coming back to what the twg folks recommended.

What really sets this apart has been only what I could describe as this very unique eggy-custardy-flan-caramel-vanilla-ish profile I solely associate with whites and silver needles now, and am very excited when trying a new white when I think I sense a faint note of that…. just because I hate the fact I have to travel really far and/or spend huge bucks to get this.

Really unique and prized in my collection.

Flavors: Caramel, Cream

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 8 min or more 4 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML

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drank 1837 Black by TWG Tea Company
31 tasting notes

This has got to be one of my all-time favorite black teas, I have yet to find something to replace this at my #1 spot, and although a few have come close nothing has de-throned it just yet. Being one of TWG’s signature teas, I usually pick it up at one of their salons while in Asia or UK and keep a good supply of it so I don’t run out. Awesome value for the price too, IMHO.

The brewed leaves smell of ripe forest berries muddled with black Vietnamese sugarcane, makes me want to eat them. The aromas of the liquor itself are a bit more subdued, kind of like a hot caramel was poured on top of said berries. The taste is very smooth, but surprisingly not fruity like you would expect based on the smell — center stage are some wood barrel notes, like ones used to age a berry wine or liquor. Although it is excellent unadulterated, 2-3 tsp of raw honey (per 300ml) makes the berries explode to the forefront while the caramelized sugarcane balances it out, reminds me of a dark berry creme brulee. Rockstar all the way.

Flavors: Berries, Caramel, Fruit Tree Flowers, Wood

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML

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100

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Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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77

Well I can’t believe what a 10 secs difference makes. It worked, tasted better, bergamot’s a bit shy but it’s presence lingers quite well & finally feels like it pairs well with the rose petals :D

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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88

I taste more of the bergamot than the rose and the jasmine. But all in all, a very elegant cup of tea. I enjoy drinking this in the morning or in the afternoon.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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84

nice spicey change.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Weekend in Venice by TWG Tea Company
354 tasting notes

This was a Christmas present… Over a year ago. I haven’t been very active on Steepster, so I never logged it when I first got it. This is my last cup, now.

I find it quite similar to Tea Desire’s Seven Green Treasures (which luckily I still have LOTS of); strawberry and pineapple in a base of green teas.

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec

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77

I’m disappointed. Super dark liquor. Ceylon base is neutral, a bit woody. I smell a hint of roses blended with citrous that fades to a minimum aftertaste. This is my second cup, so reading your reviews are keeping me hopeful, I’ll steep longer next time.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Alfonso by TWG Tea Company
757 tasting notes

Thanks for passing some Alfonso down to me, OMGsrsly! The whole bag smelled like… peaches, I thought, and not mango. I had to separate it from the other samples because all the plastic bags were fruitastic.

I seriously thought it was peach this entire time, though. Like peach juice crystals, or sugary peach cocktail. I agree with OMGsrsly’s tip to ice this, so I made a nice jug o’ cold brew.

I still say it’s peach and not mango. I happened to have some dried mango earlier today and the two are worlds apart. The base is also a little on the dry side. Don’t know how else to describe it.

To be honest, now that I think about it, I’ve never been a fan of peach-flavoured things even though I love fresh peaches. Peach yogurt? Gross. Peach cocktail? Eh. But FWIW, for anyone who does like their peach-flavoured drinks, this is a much healthier alternative.

OMGsrsly

Yeah, I probably should have tin foiled this one. Sorry about that!

If you go smell those small yellow mangoes, it’s quite similar. So floral.

Fjellrev

Ah, the Adolfo ones? I’ve had those before too but I just can’t get past the peach resemblance. And don’t worry about it! It was great to try one of their teas. :)

OMGsrsly

LOL. Yeah, I guess they’re kind of peachy, aren’t they. I don’t like the texture of mango, so I rarely have it. :)

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84

Mmmm mmmm mmmm good! I bought this tea for my sister-in-law as a bridal shower present. It smells and tastes delicious. Enjoyed it with some cream and sugar. So yummy.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Alfonso by TWG Tea Company
4043 tasting notes

huh…mango you say? I think not. I’m going to have to try this one again to see what i can make of it but colour me unimpressed with my first try of TWG teas courtesy of omgsrsly! :)

the science continues…

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This tea is very romantic. It’s also very expensive. I bought this without knowing the price and without knowing that it’s a decafe blend. It is 34.00/100g!!! Ouchie.

At first sniff: It is very floral and berry like. I love the smell of it. It’s very elegant, regal, decadent in a gentle way. The vanilla enhances all these smells. It’s what sold me on getting the tea in the first place. The tea is pretty plain but hidden in the leaves are some dried strawberries.

At first steep: It’s definitely floral, so for those of you who don’t like floral teas, you might want to turn in the other direction and walk towards another tea. I like it with a little milk and sweet. Today I had it without any sweetener. I’m letting the aroma do the talking. I wish it wasn’t decaf, it might be a little cheaper then. I’m not sure if I’ll restock once this 100g is gone, it’s lovely, but is it worth the price?

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

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drank Alfonso by TWG Tea Company
1167 tasting notes

Decided to have a batch of this since I’ll be heading down to the Urban Tea Merchant this week for some intel. :D

It’s… mango tea. I’ll have to cold brew some to see if it’s better that way. There’s loads of mango and vanilla, but it’s almost woody and seriously astringent, and it feels like I’m breathing perfume. I steeped at 195F for 4 minutes… it shouldn’t be astringent.

Sadly this doesn’t make me excited to try more of their teas. Especially considering the cost of some of them. However, I will go and get some stuff… FOR SCIENCE! And for a curious friend. :)

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Sil

Lol. You crack me up

OMGsrsly

Good! :) I emailed them as well. Their website SUCKS and it took about 5 minutes of clicking to get their support email, not their reservations email.

OMGsrsly

One of the teas is $557/25g, Sil. It’s coated in gold.

Sil

ThAt means it’s good right. ;)

OMGsrsly

snort PS. Check Facebook.

OMGsrsly

O you already did.

Sil

hahaha

Shmiracles

for SCIIIIIIENNNNNCE!!!

OMGsrsly

Looks like I don’t have to investigate, even for SCIENCE. I will double check one thing though.

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100

Room temp and Re-steep Note

Room temp – the tea is very subtle, it looses a lot of the kick to it that I love about it.

Re-steep – the citrus note when smelling it is much higher, compared to the first steep. It’s also weaker and I steeped it for 7 mins again with less water in it. I could probably get away with it if I steeped it for longer, so the flavour is stronger, but I find it’s a watered down version.

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec

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