TWG Tea Company

Recent Tasting Notes

This is the second Chai I splurged on. I prefer this one to the Black Chai right now. It’s like a combination of Davids Tea Pure Chai and TAZO chai lattes. What would take it to the next level is if it had more spice to it. I find the chai I’ve tried so far by TWG have been slightly unbalanced. They have been spiced, but not spicey. I like a little bite in my chai. I’m not sure how to accomplish this in the tea but, it is a good candidate. One thing I need to do is brew these teas for less time. I will evaluate it next time I have it.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Spices

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 20 OZ / 600 ML

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drank Milk Oolong by TWG Tea Company
150 tasting notes

I had this tea upon visiting Urban Tea Merchant. I’d never had a milk oolong before, but I’ve seen enough tasting notes on various other bands to see that there is something special about it.

I only had the first steeping, but it was smooth. So smooth! I got the creamy taste as well. It goes down easily and isn’t overly powerful or fragrant. When you smell the dried version, it smells of kind of a sweet and sour milk, not buttermilk necessarily, but maybe something you might smell while enjoying bubble tea? Maybe condensed milk?

I enjoyed it and it’s going on my wishlist. If anyone has any brands of milk tea they would recommend please let me know.

Flavors: Creamy, Milk

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 20 OZ / 600 ML

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drank Black Chai by TWG Tea Company
150 tasting notes

The quest for Black Chai tea continues.

Bought this along with two other TWG teas yesterday when I was downtown. I steeped this too long and it was bitter and astringent. The ginger really comes through though. This is definitely a tea that is better with milk and sugar to enhance the spices that are in the blend. Right now it’s not on their website because it’s a new tea so I can’t even get the info on it. I will give a better review of this tea when I steep it properly.

At first sniff it smells like ginger, with spices in the background. I am not getting that sweet, spicy smell that I usually like in a chai. I’m not going to lie, I didn’t buy this based on smell when I was in the store. They made me a sample of it and I didn’t mind the taste of it (it was served straight, so not my usual preference for black tea.)

It has promise!

Flavors: Ginger

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 17 OZ / 500 ML

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After reading the description, I’m not sure why I chose this tea. I do like ginger. Maybe it was the combo of different types of teas? Maybe I’ll never know what I was thinking. I ended up steeping it at a low temp for a short period to avoid bitterness from the green and white tea, but not all of the leaves uncurled.

The ginger is odd here! Usually I find ginger to be a very bright high flavor, but it has a lot of depth to it here. My brain first thinks smokey and then I realize there is no smoke flavor. Adding sugar makes the ginger a little more crisp, but doesn’t do anything other than that. Cream really doesn’t add to it either. I get a hint of a hearty black tea that I didn’t taste before. It isn’t a bad tea, it just isn’t meeting my ever rising bar of expectations. I might try it cold steeped before I totally give up on it.

Overall, Istanbul is kind of boring. I think I might spend my weekends elsewhere.

  • edit * Second steeping at 195 for 3min is better. Ginger seems a little perkier. Still not wowing me.
Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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First sip was a little green and bitter. I couldn’t make out the flavors at all. The subsequent sips are much better! I get the green base mixed with the strawberries first and then the mint comes in at the back and rides out the aftertaste. I don’t think I have ever had strawberries and mint, which is why this tea sounded so intriguing. Adding sugar really amps up the berry flavors! It is almost floral at the front of the sip, then I get sweet berries, then more floral and mint in the aftertaste. I must try this cold brewed and iced sometime! I bet the mint would perk up quite a bit! So far I like this!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Follow Me Tea by TWG Tea Company
474 tasting notes

Cold brew is the way to go on this! I cold brewed the tea bag overnight with some sugar added in (a little too much sugar) and it is way better than it was hot. The pineapple flavor really comes out nicely, but there is still that dirt/ginseng flavor. Don’t think I’m a ginseng hater, I like it and it’s alkaline taste, but it is a little odd mixed in a fruity tea. It blends okay with the pineapple at the beginning of the sip, but the aftertaste is all ginseng and reminds me of when I was younger and would get the liquid ginseng shots from some of the Asian markets near where I worked. I loved the little bottles they came in. As I get closer to the bottom of this cup, the ginseng seems to fade or maybe my brain is just muting it out, but the pineapple is more prominent and that is nice. I like this a lot better now! I still don’t feel like it is something I’d pick out and buy, but I’m glad to have tried it.

Preparation
Iced

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drank Follow Me Tea by TWG Tea Company
474 tasting notes

I was sniffing this tea bag while waiting for the kettle to heat up and was trying to pin the familiar scent. Pineapple. It smells like pineapple candies I used to have when I was young. It still smells faintly of that once steeped and the pineapple comes out well in the flavor. I first get the pineapple flavor and when that trails off at the end of the sip, the ginseng creeps in and tastes a little like alkaline desert dirt, which is oddly nostalgic this time of year with the big burn in the desert coming up and all my friends who build the city posting that they are off to the playa already. Even so, it’s an odd aftertaste that I’m not exactly at peace with. Adding sugar perks up the pineapple, but also amplifies the ginseng, which isn’t what I was hoping for. Adding cream changes the whole thing again! Pineapple at the front of the sip is gone, but creeps in a little at the very end leaving just a suggestion of pineapple and the ginseng is really muted. I don’t get any berries in this like the description says. This tea is interesting, it makes me consider trying more pineapple teas in the future, but I certainly wouldn’t follow it to the check out lane and invite it home with me.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Geisha Blossom by TWG Tea Company
474 tasting notes

Summer fruits they say? Smells like peaches to me! It tastes very peachy, but there is something else in there too. The peach flavor reminds me of Lupicia’s Momoko, which is the first peach tea I have had that I like and tastes like real peaches. This tea is like that, but is a slightly less intense in both peach and cream. I’m having it without anything added and it is really nice. The green tea is hidden behind the peach and is pretty smooth. If I hadn’t tried Momoko, I’d be pretty ecstatic about this tea. As it is, Momoko is less expensive, easier to obtain and has a slightly better flavor. Even so, it’s still a great option if you are looking for a good peach tea!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec
TeaBrat

where do you get your TWG teas?

Dustin

I ordered 12 off of urbantea.com. Canadian company with free shipping when you spend $100. They gave me 5 free samples and a personalized note. I was impressed! I also bought one at a recent trip to a Dean and Deluca, who also sells online. UT sells in bulk so I think the prices are better, but there are a few teas that D&D has that are exclusive.

TeaBrat

Interesting, thanks! They sure are pricey.

Dustin

I was surprised that they weren’t crazy expensive when I was looking at the loose tea 50g options. Most were around $10 which seems really reasonable after the sticker shock on the tins!

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drank Midnight Hour by TWG Tea Company
474 tasting notes

This tasted a little tart when I first sipped it. I may have put too little water in it, but cream and sugar fixed it right up. I’m getting mostly fruit in this cup, but I can’t say what kind. I can’t really pick out the tea in there. The aftertaste is floral, smooth and nice.
It’s a nice tea, but it’s boring and doesn’t make the cut. I’m glad to have tried it tho! Yay for free samples with my Urban Tea Merchant order!

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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I may have found the first TWG tea that is definitely not for me! I’m getting mostly bitterness, but I’ll try cream and sugar to see if it mellows out. OMG, that is so much better. It still has a harsh edge to it, but it is drinkable now. I’m getting a little maltiness in there and it is smooth at the end of the sip. Still… I don’t like it.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
yyz

Try reducing the temperature and reduce the leaf. My Ceylons can be sensitive to both of these. I use 1tsp/8oz and keep the temperature under 95°C.

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I got a free sample of this with my Urban Tea Merchant order! It smells really good… almost like a lemony custard dessert. I think I didn’t add enough water because the tea has a little bite to it, but the lemon is really nice. I don’t get red berries at all like it says in the description. Adding a little cream and sugar mellows out the bite. Mellow creamy lemon goodness!

This is a really nice cup! The heartiness of the tea balances out well with the fruit… what ever kind of fruit it is. This is a tea I could see ordering in the future!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Saicho by TWG Tea Company
474 tasting notes

I must have chosen this tea because of the pomegranate blossoms. It’s the first time I have heard of them being used for anything and I have no idea what flavor they are. The tea is nice and well balanced. The green base is even, but hidden behind floral flavors. I can’t pin what type of floral (probably because I have no reference for pom blossoms), but it is pleasant. My mouth feels a little dry after I sip the tea.

It’s nice, but not a rebuy.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Number 4 by TWG Tea Company
474 tasting notes

It seems like a few of the TWG teas I ordered don’t have Steepster profiles which is always surprising!

I bought this one because of the pomegranate. It isn’t a fruit I have come across in tea before so I wanted to try it. It smells like rich tart fruit. I added a little sugar to perk it up. When I taste it I can pick out the cherry blossoms and a little of the pom, but the aftertaste almost has a cranberry like flavor to it. It is interesting, it’s nice, but it isn’t captivating. I could take it or leave it. I added a little cream to the last of my cup and it did nothing for it. I’ll have to try it cold brewed next.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec
TeaBrat

TWG is not easy to find!

Dustin

I just ordered 12 from Urban Tea Merchant. They are in Canada but have free shipping to the US once you hit a certain price point. They gave me 5 free samples too, which I’m super excited about! I also picked up a tin recently at Dean and Deluca who sells online too. :)

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This has a bergamot kick to it! More than I was expecting. I can pick out a light chocolate taste which rounds out the bergamot nicely. The tea base is plesant and rich. I’m having it with a little sugar and am now adding some cream.
Huh, I’m not sure I like this with cream. It dampers the bergamot and I can ’t really taste the chocolate.

It’s a really nice cup and so far I’m impressed with TWG. Their teas haven’t been mind blowing at this point, but they have been solid, consistent and interesting.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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Oooooh! I like this! I’m getting a heavy base, which I’m guessing is the black tea. I always compare tea to perfume where you have base, mid and high notes which together make for a well rounded scent. There are higher notes, ginger I’m guessing. It reminds me of Mariage Freres’s La Route Du Temps, which I have never been able to get an awesome cup out of. It was always all high notes and kind of sharp. This one is very well rounded. I’m enjoying it with a little bit of sugar.

Deciding how to brew it was a little tricky since it is a green and black blend. In the past I have had success cold brewing blends like this, but this time I decided to go with a lower green temp and it worked out pretty well.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Crème Brûlée by TWG Tea Company
474 tasting notes

I ordered ten TWG teas from The Urban Tea Merchant for my birthday and they are here to greet me on my return home from summer travels! Happy birthday me! :)

This is the first one I have tried. It smells very rich with a slight caramel scent and a touch of strawberry. I’m getting mostly strawberry for the taste, but it is very mellow and doesn’t have the sharp edge that a lot of strawberry greens have. There is something else there, maybe the caramel? I’m imagining this would be really good with some sugar to perk up and round out the dessert flavors, but for now I’m enjoying this cup plain.

So far I like this, but I’m not really getting the crème brûlée that the name suggests. To be continued and further explored!

Tuscanteal

Strange, Creme Brulee with strawberry notes… I would think caramel and toast sugar would be at the forefront, but I bet with milk and sugar it would perk it up as you said. I love UTM!!

Dustin

Does UTM = TWG? :)

Tuscanteal

Urban tea merchant lol

Dustin

I have been missing a lot of obvious in my life lately. It is a recent curse.

TeaBrat

Happy belated birthday!

Dustin

Thanks! I was the best birthday I have had in years.

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drank Tea Party by TWG Tea Company
69 tasting notes

What a perfect little afternoon treat! I could imagine myself drinking this at high tea with scones (the classic British kind) smothered in cream and strawberry jam, cucumber sandwiches and shortbread (ok must now head to World Market to pick up Walkers Shortbread ASAP). Upon opening the cutesy little container you’re met with the prettiest mix of black tea and long golden marigold leaves and a sugary, candied, buttery aroma. Upon brewing it has the perfect little kick of sweetness to it thanks to the inclusion of vanilla. The perfect afternoon pick me up!

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The woman working at Dean and Deluca spoiled me with a couple samples of tea! TWG’s Moroccan Mint was one of them! They aren’t kidding when they say the mint is strong, it really is! The sip starts out smooth and mellow, but when you get to the back of it the mint really takes hold and kicks in. I’m guessing this tea would be amazing cold too. Just added a little creamer and it is really quite nice. It mellows out the highest point of the mint kick while still letting the minty flavor be dominant. This is a really nice tea! If the price was right (and this brand tends to be on the pricier side of things) I could see keeping this in stock.

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Today I’m having this with cream and sugar. I’m still getting the solid breakfast background with the chocolate coming through part way through each sip. It’s really nice and I have apparently drank a decent amount of it in the past two months judging by how much of the tin I have gone through. It does remind me of New York since that is where I bought and first tried it. It’s neat having that association with this tea!

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

Does it have any “coffee” notes? Coffee is, I believe, endemic to New York in a way tea can only dream about.

Dustin

No, no coffee that I can pick up on. Just a malty breakfast tea with chocolate.

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This smelled the most intriguing out of the six TWG tea I sniffed yesterday, so it came home with me. It smells chocolatey and maybe a little malty. I’m getting a good solid breakfast tea base in the flavor, topped with mild yet present chocolate. I’m having it unsweetened and I wonder how much the chocolate will round out with sugar. As it is, this is a really smooth tea! I may have overleafed, but this tea seems forgiving and I got a nice cup out of it. Well done TWG!

TeaBrat

yummy. I’ve always wanted to try some TWG teas!

Dustin

Me too! I think D&D is the only place in the states that sells their teas, so the gal working there was really excited I had heard of them. Tea nerd points scored!

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I’m not sure if we are tasting the same tea. Mine came in a sachet. I truly love the scent; pleasant, light, not overpowering. Not a connoisseur or expert. Just at entry level here. But i certainly do enjoy this concoction.

Preparation
3 tsp

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drank New York Breakfast by TWG Tea Company
5059 tasting notes

and because it’s getting fun to say…. Another tea for Cavo! ah hah hah hah hah ha!

yes, had a lovely cup of this today and the rest of the sample is off for cavo to try since she needs more chocolate teas in her life. This one’s not too bad…closer to a milk chocolate than a dark chocolate and pretty tasty, though given the price and the distance, likely not one i MUST HAVE! Thanks again for sharing charlotteZero

mj

Really, who doesn’t need more chocolate teas in their life?

Sil

haha well cavo might not want more teas lol

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drank New York Breakfast by TWG Tea Company
5059 tasting notes

This was a pretty tasty cup tonight as we worked out a group order from Lupicia. Not something I need to restock, but I am a fan. I appreciate charlottezero sending me some of this to try out.

Final Count: 138 (tooooooo slow!)

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drank New York Breakfast by TWG Tea Company
5059 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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