Twinings

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drank Four Red Fruits by Twinings
1 tasting notes

I bought this tea as it appeared to be a healthy alternative to black tea with milk.
However when I read the packet and realised it contained 8% flavourings I checked several websites but couldn’t find out what the flavourings were.
I wrote to Twinings and this is their reply:
This particular product contains 4 separate artificial flavourings which make up the 8% flavourings stated on the packet. I realise this percentage may appear high, but when developing the products we have to take into account that each tea bag contains only 2g of the blend, which is then diluted by approximately 100 times (i.e. 200ml) by water. You are right, it is likely that the ingredients of the 8% flavourings give the tea a strong aroma.

The flavouring materials used are the intellectual property of our suppliers, so the specific recipe that makes up the 8% flavouring is confidential to them. However, if there is a certain ingredient you would like to avoid please let me know and I can try and get more details for you.
So the warning is don’t drink this tea if you don’t want a dose of unknown artificial flavourings. Unfortunately if you are concerned about your health the best place for this tea is in the bin.

Flavors: Artificial, Berry

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Smells amazing, tastes quite lovely, although that syrup “flavoring” didn’t add anything that I noticed. Drying as the cup cooled. It’s good, but not in love.

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drank Lady Grey by Twinings
15 tasting notes

A nice tea, but not one I’ll re-stock. I don’t care for Bergamot, but the lemon and orange help balance that out for me. My brother gave me a box of this, and I’ve been trying to drink it down. There are so many other teas I enjoy more though, that this is not one I reach for.

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65

It is a very light tea, in my opinion. It’s only the second time I’ve steeped this tea but I do like it even if it is very heavy on the lemon flavour. As I’m normally not a lemon fan it seems a bit odd I do enjoy these lemon teas a fair bit. Otherwise the ginger does give it a strong kick as an aftertaste and all in all a nice relaxing cup to have before bed.

Flavors: Ginger, Lemon

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 45 sec 2 g 8 OZ / 250 ML

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Flavors: Ginger, Lemon

Preparation
Boiling

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drank Lime and Ginger Sensation by Twinings
1157 tasting notes

Really liking this, although it’s more lime than anything – even with a steep so long, the water is ice cold. There’s a hint of ginger, but not enough for me to say, “YES! GINGER!” I loves me my ginger. Would I drink this again? Definitely. Likely often, if I had access to it.

Flavors: Ginger, Lime, Sweet, Thick

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

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drank Apple Crunch by Twinings
1157 tasting notes

This definitely tastes like a crisp, green apple. If you like apple tea, I’d put this at the top of the list to try, especially at the price point. Apple tea isn’t terribly high on my list though (unless perhaps it’s a baked apple crumble), so my rating is just okay.

Flavors: Green Apple

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Kittenna

Sounds good, but the ingredient list looks frightening, haha.

OMGsrsly

Wait, white hibiscus, what?!

MissB

Yea, both white and regular hibiscus listed in this one.

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80

I don’t know why but I really like this one. Finally went to Target to get it last night, my Wal-Mart and Superstore don’t carry it. The taste of it is just so smooth and has a slight sweetness. Chamomile is really the only thing I taste, with the vanilla and honey just eing undertones. I don’t mind that, but I do wish they would be more prominent. I still think this is going to be one of my favourites until I start on loose leaf.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 45 sec 2 g 10 OZ / 300 ML

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drank Morning Detox (Detox) by Twinings
1157 tasting notes

Hm. It’s okay. I mean, for an herbal tea that’s meant to be medicinal as opposed to tasty. Really drying on the tongue, smells a bit like lemon, sweetened has a faint hay-like lemon taste.

Flavors: Hay, Lemon

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Pure Peppermint by Twinings
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Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 g 350 OZ / 10350 ML

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drank Earl Grey by Twinings
1876 tasting notes

Just an okay Earl Grey. I bought the sample pack out of curiosity and my curiosity is satisfied. It wasn’t horrible and I am not scarred for life or anything, but it was just tea, nothing special. I have purchased these while on vacation with minimal teaware and it sufficed, but Twinings has much better tea available than this one and I take loose leaf with me and find a way to make it work now! Their Blossom Earl Grey is preferable to this one for me.

On another subject, Steepster seems to be glitching horribly. I went to several friends pages and there are dozens, if not hundreds, or reviews that I have “liked” that no longer show it! Seriously, I am reading your notes and liking them, but for some reason it gets removed! I comment now and again, but I don’t know if those are being erased or not. :(

K S

The trouble with this one is the base is just too meh. It is a wallflower. Nice and polite but I couldn’t pick it out of a lineup.

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I had this at my in-laws house yesterday. It was pretty good. Relatively mild for a ginger tea, and the lemon complemented the ginger well. I do wish the lemon flavor had been a bit stronger. This is probably not my favorite lemon and ginger tea, but it’s definitely one I would be willing to drink again.

Flavors: Ginger, Lemon

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Flavors: Honey, Sweet, Vanilla

Preparation
1 tsp 5 OZ / 150 ML

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drank Cherry & Cinnamon by Twinings
213 tasting notes

Still fluey, and as such staying away from anything that will a) give me caffeine jitters; and b) takes milk. This is a nice one that I don’t feel guilty about drinking in abundance because it’s also pleasantly cheap. But it’s got that nice sort of cherry jam flavour that reminds me of making Hungarian crepes, and filling them with cherries, topping with sour cream, sugar, and cinnamon, and baking until it goes all delicious. Basically the best food ever.

And consequently a nice brew to enioy when I’m sat on my bum at work and 90% sure there are loads of things I ought to be doing, but I can’t think of any.

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drank Assam by Twinings
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One of the best Earl Grey tea

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 7 g 5 OZ / 150 ML

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drank English Breakfast by Twinings
10 tasting notes

Perfect classic English Breakfast

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 7 g 5 OZ / 150 ML

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drank Peppermint tea by Twinings
213 tasting notes

I’ve been horrifically ill with flu since I was on the train back from Manchester on Saturday afternoon, so this has pretty much been all I’ve been drinking.

And my sense of taste is such that I can only tell you that I think it probably tastes like a standard cup of peppermint tea, probably?

In less tea-related news, I decided on a wedding dress, providing that 2 months of the 5:2 diet and a pair of spanx work their magic and I manage to get it zipped up on the big day, and tonight I get to go home and review the special features for this past series of Doctor Who. Special features are my favourite thing about television.

But mostly I miss being able to properly taste stuff. Like, I genuinely had a cup of this tea yesterday, and if I hadn’t made it myself, might not even have guessed it was peppermint. Stupid sense of taste. COME BAAAAAAAAAAAAAACK

carol who

Boo on feeling sick! Yeah on finding a dress! Yeah on DW specials! Boo on loss of sense of taste!

Hope you feel better soon.

K S

I wish we could get BBC America. I miss Doctor Who. Best of luck with the dress and the wedding. Feel better!

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59

Okay, I just don’t understand how this brand is so popular and yet their chamomile tastes like Vaseline xD
I really need to sip this one down. xD Don’t think I dislike anyone enough to pass this one on haha!

Fjellrev

HEY, maybe people like drinking Vaseline? ;)

Anlina

Someone else might love it? I’ve had some teas I found so awful I felt bad about the idea of passing them on to someone else, and then had other people really enjoy them.

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59

Got this one with my Iherb order so I could reach the free shipping minimum xD
Not sure if I like this one of the Celestial Seasonings version better…
this one reminds me a lot more like chapstick. Not the good flavored kind, but the crappy unflavored kind. That’s what the texture is like…it’s really weird. Maybe that’s Twinning’s version of “vanilla”, because it smelled a lot like a fake vanilla anyway. But its just weird.
It’s definitely a calming tea, and I will definitely drink it all because I need to drink more chamomiles but, wouldn’t ever buy it again, I don’t think. xD

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drank Green Tea & Lemon by Twinings
40 tasting notes

This thing actually was my first touch to world of green tea, it was a mistake. No wonder if someone hates green tea because they’ve tasted this. Color is not even green it is brown or something and this artificial lemon. And those leaf bits in that bag, yuck. Also it is reeeally bitter if done with 100C like the bag suggests, do it with 80C and it’s not THAT horrible.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Christmas Tea by Twinings
10 tasting notes

My 2nd favorite tea (a close 2nd to Constant Comment). Will be drinking this after Sunday dinners out of Grandma Sherrill’s Christmas tea set soon!

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