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This is my favorite of the blackcurrant teas I’ve tried. Such a rich and happy flavor. There are many many many black tea flavors out there. But of all that I have tried so far the Blackcurrant black tea has my number one spot. Blackcurrant is a species of berry resident to central and northern Europe and northern Asia. It is a dark purple color and very high in vitamin C.
My brother bought this and I’m too broke to buy tea lately so I figured I’d try it! I’ve had most of the other Twinings teas before and they weren’t really stand out. This is probably the best one I think. I am getting a rather malty Assam flavor which I like. It left behind a sweetness that lingered in my mouth for about 10 minutes. Didn’t need any sweetener or anything creamy.
Flavors: Malt, Molasses
Oldie but a goody. The perfect, quick companion for late-night binge-reading for class. The book I’m reading is The Enchantress of Florence by Salman Rushdie, so I can’t complain.
Lemony, orangey, not very complicated, and caffeine-free. I must try the caffeinated version of this sometime, because I bet it tastes slightly less chemically, the way that decaffeinated tea leaves tend to.
I took this one with me when I went out to eat. It’s always sort of risky since you never know how water temp or time… but it worked out well. I wanted an herbal because it was nighttime. This was very pleasant cup. It was smooth and sweet even without sweetener. The mandarin was very upfront and aromatic. I enjoyed it so much I asked for another cup of water and steeped another cup. Very nice!
I wanted a green mug for this tea, and that meant I had to go ginormous. So that may have thinned out the taste a bit, but oh well. It’s worth it.
The tea mainly tastes tea-y on its own, perhaps with a touch of liquorice. Adding milk and sweetening is suggested, so I’ve put milk and honey in after my primary tasting. It seems to be working with the taste of the honey — complementing it. Very smooth and harmonious. Nothing too stand-out, but decent, good, and friendly.
Would I have this again as a morning cuppa? You betcha.
This is another one that’s hard for me to evaluate because I bought it not for flavour, but because I’ve been feeling really gross and bogged down and eating too much of the wrong foods lately, and I thought it might help to have something around to help combat my stomach feeling all poorly.
Seriously, a giant bowl of (admittedly delicious) mac and cheese for breakfast this morning was probably not the wisest choice. But did I mention it was delicious? Yeah.
So, anything with hardcore aniseed flavour isn’t going to top my list of yummy things, but for what it is, I actually don’t find it as awful as I thought it would. I added the teensiest squizzle of honey and I think that actually made it kind of good, especially if you sort of chug it while it’s hot rather than letting it cool down too much. There’s not much else I can say as far as a review, because really, if you know what fennel seed tastes like, it tastes exactly like that. I’m just hoping it does what it says on the tin with regard to making me feel less bloaty and awful.
I might be inclined to lay off the macaroni as well, while I’m at it, if I have to, I suppose.
I’ve been having trouble sleeping lately, so I’ve lowered my caffeine intake to before 6PM, meaning I have to drastically expand my caffeine-free stash. This was a one-off teabag I took from a hotel room, as I thought it was worth a try but don’t really drink chamomile often enough to buy it. It just doesn’t do it for me, if I’m having a caffeine free tea, I’ll usually go for a rooibos. As it was free, there’s not harm in trying it!
The bag itself smelled kinda funky, nearly like feet, so I wasn’t exactly excited about it. However when brewed, the feet smell dissipates (thank heavens!) and leaves a kind of honeyed floral smell instead, which is SO much more pleasant.
I’m still not a huge fan of chamomile, but this is a lot nicer than others I’ve tried, and a lot nicer than I was expecting. It’s a more rounded flavour than I’m used to in chamomiles, and the flower somehow tastes more mature (?). I’m not even sure what I mean by that, but it’s less sharp and more ‘friendly’ than your average chamomile. Very calming. I added a teaspoon of honey and it added a smoothness as well as sweetness to the taste, and made it a drink which I would happily turn to as a nightcap.
I should also mention that the sachet this came in read ‘calming chamomile’. Since I could not find any information about that one, and it is by the same company as this one and contains exactly the same things, I assumed they’d just changed the product name, maybe to fit in as part of a set? It seems to be the same thing, anyway.
Today, we went to a bakery for the cutest little cupcakes in a jar. So we sat down with our jars of cupcakes and some tea. They had a large selection of mediocre bagged teas, so I opted for my default- English Breakfast. I’m finding that this bagged tea + paper cup = cardboard-y and bitter (bitter mostly because they always let it steep for so long before giving it to you). Anyway, the flavor was mostly drowned out by my extremely sweet cupcake, so I guess it worked itself out.
I can’t wait to get back to Canada where my collection of tea awaits me…I brought a few teas with me thinking that if I was moving to China there would be plenty of options for buying tea….well, no where close to me! There are supermarket teas that I can’t read and don’t particularly trust. And there are some that I recognize – like this one, which has become a staple for me as I try to ration my favourites that I brought along!
My favourite thing about this tea is that I find it wonderful for an upset stomach, which, unsurprisingly, is fairly common here. It’s a bit weaker than I’d like – if I was home I’d use two teabags, but I try not to go through it too quickly. Ginger is one of my favourite flavours – I’m a huge fan of homemade ginger beer so any tea that is gingery (Davidstea Super Ginger for example) is great for me!
I do find that the bag breaks apart sometimes and I end up with floaty bits of ginger in my timolino. Not a huge deal for me at all but it might bother some people.
A friend brought me two new teas to try from Taiwan – I can’t read the packaging but I think one is a green and one is an oolong. Lemon and ginger is nice but I’ll be happy to switch it up!
I blame TheTeaFairy. I had to skillet toast a PBJ this evening. I had it with Twinings Chai. It stood up to the challenge better than I imagined. Maybe someday I will actually learn to appreciate chai. This bagged one is nicely flavored with cardamom and clove. it is lighter on the cinnamon and ginger. Not bad. One day soon I will have to try a stove top version prepared with milk.
Though I am feeling much better, I still dont want to risk my lovely teas on this remaining cough.
This only proves my firmly held belief that I should always have some good quality bagged tea in the cupboard, for just an eventuality. And its even better with a little lemon, too sooth the throat.
Its very welcome, as my voice is practically gone, after the class I taught this morning. Ah well. Tea!
This lemon tea is just the right thing as I emerge from illness back into humanity. Cough cough.
I’ve got rid of most of the pain, but I’ve still got a whopper of a cough, so this tea is proving particulaly soothing.
A nice, basic black, with a touch of lemon that is not at all bitter. But not a precious or wonderous tea. Excelent for sipping on while sick.
Illness continues on. I do think I’m turning the bend, however, and so I’m keeping the soup and tea coming.
Lovely boyfriend has come over, to ply me with hot beverages, and to use my sewing machine. (he’s adding velcro to his fencing uniform. He’s got a tournament tomorrow. )
Its very domestic around here. Hack, wheeze.
This is a good tea for this. Nice, but not special. And the lemon helps sooth the painful swallowing.