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I bought this decaf version on accident, but then I was glad because I needed a nice Earl Grey type tea that I could drink at night, instead of my regular herbal time-for-bed stuff. The soft citrus smell is heavenly. I could drink this forever. A really lovely variant of Earl Grey.

Flavors: Lemon, Orange

Preparation
Boiling

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This is a queued tasting note.

Thanks to MissB for the sample! I’m almost through with the teas you sent my way – and honestly, this was probably the least exciting of all the ones I’ve tried.

That’s not to say that the concept for the flavour was unexciting – I feel like I’m actually one of few people who actually likes Christmas Loaf/Fruit Cake (so long as there are no raisins) so I thought it’d probably taste pretty good. And, it’s not so much that it tasted bad either – what it really boils down to is that it just, well, ’didn’t taste’.

Seriously, this must be super subtley flavoured because I just tasted weak, mid-quality black tea up until the end of the timolino and then I got the faintest little whisp of vague generic fruit. I didn’t think my expectations were that high for this one, even if I was excited – they were so far from being met though. I finished it because it was definitely drinkable but out of everything I’ve tried from MissB’s treasure trove of blends so far this is the least shiny and memorable.

Oh well; on to the next blend I suppose…

Cheri

no raisins is a requirement!

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drank Jasmine Green Tea by Twinings
496 tasting notes

This is pretty mediocre. Not bad per se, but the jasmine tastes artificial and the base isn’t much to write home about. Thankfully I only had the one bag because it was a company sample.

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This is one of my favourite Twinings teas. It has a stronger flavour than the Twinings English Breakfast. It’s great hot, but it’s also very good iced.

Preparation
4 min, 0 sec

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Got this bag from a freebie sampler in the mail awhile back, decided to do it up today at work. thank goodness for emergency teas!
I was only able to enjoy the first half of my mug before the boss man dumped it out. He has a habit of tossing any drink left unattended as soon as he comes in. I also have a habit of leaving mugs of tea unattended for enough time for him to dump it out. Luckily, I rarely use our mugs at work so I am usually safe from good tea getting tossed down the drain :P
This tea was very mild in all of it’s aspects. I don’t think it was my method of preparation, I think it was just the bag. I used just boiling water, and steeped for 4-5 minutes. What I got in return was a generic teabag chai. There was a French vanilla coffee mate powder sense to it, and the chai was strong on the cloves and cinnamon. I like to avoid cloves at all costs, so this was a loss for me. The black tea base was there, the same way the water was “just there.”
Ah well, at least I didn’t have to dump it myself?

Flavors: Artificial, Cloves, Vanilla

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drank Lady Grey by Twinings
78 tasting notes

I’m in a horrible cycle with this tea. I drink it, I love it, and then as a few days pass I start to think I don’t like it and I avoid it until the mood strikes me. I blame my avoidance of Earl Grey—though the two are far from similar.

Impossible to ignore the similarity to Froot Loops, in a nice, not overpowering way. A buttery, lemony tea with maybe a hint of orange. Though I’ve yet to try it iced I feel it would really shine. Remarkably refreshing, this may be a summer favourite once the weather takes a turn.

Flavors: Butter, Lemon Zest, Orange Zest

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

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drank Cranberry & Raspberry by Twinings
1882 tasting notes

Oh man… OH MAN. If this didn’t have licorice root in it, it would be PERFECT.

It’s ultra tart and hibiscusy, definite raspberry and cranberry flavours – like jam, really. But then the licorice sweetness builds and builds and by the end of the cup it feels like I need to scrape it off my tongue.

So disappointing, Twinings! This could have been awesome.

Thanks so much, MissB, for sharing!

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drank Nutty Chocolate Assam by Twinings
1882 tasting notes

From MissB. Thank you again!

So this is a tea that I think needs more leaf and less water. I did 1 bag in about 8 oz, but it doesn’t have the punch I was expecting from the assam base.

It does smell really nice. Nutty and chocolate, just like the name. :) The chocolate is nice and natural, and the nuts are pretty true – walnut and almond, I think. There’s a bit of bitter walnut skin taste in the steeped tea.

I’d keep the other two bags to try over leafing this tea, but I think it needs to be shared.

Thanks so much!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 45 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Christmas Afternoon by Twinings
1882 tasting notes

Another tea from MissB! Thank you. :) There will be quite a few more of them over the weekend as I’m packing things up for CrowKettle and Bear With Me.

This was actually pretty good with some milk added. A little citrusy, reminded me of Mandarin Spice or whatever it was from Celestial Seasonings. Only WAY more delicate and with a black base. Even though these Christmas teas from Twinings are heavily flavoured, I quite like them with some cream.

Thanks, MissB! I’m keeping some of this one. :)

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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A hearty go-to breakfast tea.

Flavors: Floral

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Sample comes from MissB!

Man, the pear in this is a total lie. I cold brewed my sample hoping for something that tasted like the nice cinnamon dusted, poached pear-like rooibos blends I enjoyed around winter this year but this is kind of a flop. It’s taken me almost all of the day to even half finish it; and it’s not disgusting or anything but there’s just no appeal either.

Here’s a flavour breakdown for you guys:

33% Chamomile (bleck!)
33% Cinnamon (which is just too much cinnamon)
33% Wood Chippy Rooibos Base

And… 1% Pear

I’m gonna toss the rest I think; it’s taking way too long to finish this.

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Thank you MissB for the sample! I’ve never actually seen Twinings sachets before, and this was a pretty cool flavour. I like sachet teas a lot; you’ve basically got the quality of loose leaf, but the convenience of bagged teas. What’s not to love?

This was definitely very nutty; I tasted the hazlenut but more so I thought it was rather peanutty? Except, I don’t think that’s actually one of the ingredients but I swear I was totally reminded of chocolate coated peanuts which are the bomb. The chocolate itself was pretty good; reminded me of baker’s chocolate because it had a very slight bitterness to it. Not a lot of distinct flavours from the base itself; maybe some super light malt notes?

Sadly, I made the mistake of letting the last 1/4 of the cup sit while I showered for work and when I came back it was a cup of unholy bitterness; so drink this one hot!

Big Brother Canada Live Feeds have been up since Wednesday night, so there goes my life pretty much. Honestly, the only reason I haven’t posted tasting notes and stuff since my last day off (Tuesday) is pretty much I’ve just been watching feeds non stop. When Big Brother’s on, it kind of rules my life. THIS IS MY SHOW.

I’m so disappointed; so many of my picks have turned out to be problematic as fuck (homophobic, misogynistic, and racist) – it’s BB15 all over again. UGH. However, some of them (Sarah and Naeha) are absolute iconic Goddesses! Especially Sarah; she’s everything I could have wanted from a house guest – she’s strategic, liberal/open minded, and actual BIG fan of the game, aware of her privilege, LGBTQ, hasn’t said anything homophobic/ableist/against anyone’s religion/sexist/racist (it’s so sad this has to be said, though), and is just PERFECT in every way. I think she’s an overwhelming fan favourite right now…

But here are my House Guest standings:

Absolutely Love: Sarah, Naeha

Like: Brittnee, Sindy, Jordan, Bobby

Impartial/No Opinion Formed: Bruno, Pilar, Zach, Johnny, Kevin, Ashleigh

Dislike/Totally Hate: Willow, Godfrey, Graig

…And Risha doesn’t really matter currently ‘cause she’s evicted. But she probably would’ve fallen under “like” if she was still around. Disappointed in Godfrey/Graig for being misogynistic slut shaming douchebags (and racist in Graig’s case) who instantly formed a “Bro Pack” mentality and rather unoriginal formed a guys’ alliance when they were two of my favourites really early on. BOO ON YOU! Some of the other guys have kinda come close to being this shitty; but these two are the worst IMO.

There’s a reason Live Feeders have taken to calling him Craigslist…

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Didn’t mean to grab the decaf version, but it’s turned out all right. The lemon scent and flavor are very bright—in fact, the tea doesn’t really stand up to it, unlike a standard Earl Grey. I’m running low on it, so clearly that’s not a big deal to me.

Flavors: Bergamot, Lemon

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drank English Breakfast by Twinings
33 tasting notes

This is a lovely everyday tea for my morning commute. I purchased the loose leaf tin at my grocery store and served the tea hot with a splash of milk.

After a 5 minute steep, this tea was very dark in colour and some particles had escaped my tea strainer (which is unusual). I enjoyed 2 cups nonetheless.

Flavors: Smooth

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 32 OZ / 946 ML

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Got this tea in one of the three free samples they were sending out in a promotion a while back. I love me some peach and iced tea season is right around the corner! In the summer, I can pack away 2 liters of cold-brew tea a day. So I thought that this would be a great idea for emergency iced tea.

That is, until I read the ingredients.

Yes, I know, flavorings run rampant at Twinings. That’s fine. I am okay with that. I am, however, a little perturbed at this particular list. Tea is still the first ingredient (no specifics though, just… tea) and there are the natural and artificial peach and tea flavorings, tea powder, and ….
Water.
Yup. The last ingredient in this teabag is water. Dehydrated water? The assumption that this is to be brewed in water? I cannot be sure.
So I brewed this according to directions, because now they had caught my interest. I put this bag in 8oz of cold water and waited for 5 minutes. The brewed tea sat heavily at the bottom of the cup, all the color and flavorings sitting there, waiting to be stirred.
Tasting this freakish cold-brew, it tasted just like peach flavoring and basic boring black tea. It is exactly something that I could buy in a can. Not bad, not good, nothing i’d really try again if I can help it.

Mikumofu

Lol water? Sounds mysterious…

Stephanie

LOL what???

M

Hahahaha dehydrated water.. too funny!

Amanda 'SoggyEnderman' Wilson

dehydrated water? HA! That is one of the best ingredients ever…what would that even be?

BezoomnyChaiVeck

Guess you don’t need to steep it yourself. It’s good as is. :)

TheLastDodo

I knew I should have just sucked on the dry teabag!

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drank Irish Breakfast by Twinings
54 tasting notes

Was okay. Picked this up during a trip overseas. I think I prefer Irish Breakfast from other suppliers, though.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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Preparation
4 min, 15 sec

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drank Christmas Tea by Twinings
2610 tasting notes

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Cold brewed this one thinking it was the other Christmas Twinings blend from MissB – but it turned out ok overall because the flavours in this one were pretty suited to cold brewing too. I drank 25 oz. of it during my 15 min. break at work today, and it was definitely refreshing. Basically it was like a light, watery orange drink with notes of cinnamon heavy pie crust. I get the “Christmas” tie in for sure.

Today’s word was “teem” which means: ‘to become filled with many of something : abound’. Not a new word for me, and an easy one to use at work.

Interesting work thing: I sold about $120 worth of frozen frog legs to someone today. Pretty sure he bought out all the store’s inventory. I didn’t even know we sold frogs legs; but it sure was a lot of them.

Ubacat

I only got to 7. Not very good!

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drank Jasmine Earl Grey by Twinings
2848 tasting notes

Backlog.

Hahaha, this sounds like Sil’s nightmare tea! Thanks for this one, MissB! I’m not a huge fan of either jasmine or bergamot, but don’t mind either in most circumstances, and often enjoy them separately, so it was interesting to try them out in combination! Sadly, I mostly tasted bergamot – the jasmine either blended in so well that I didn’t notice it, or the bergamot was too overpowering for it. It wasn’t bad, but was fairly strong – milk and sugar would have been ideal additions, though I drank it plain.

OMGsrsly

How about adding some lavender and rose to that combo. ;)

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I’ve been down with a light cold/cough for a while now, so while I was out shopping for a family dinner I decided to pick up a box of this tea to see if it would help.

This tea is absolutely amazing and I don’t normally like most chamomile! The honey and vanilla gave it a little pop and the chamomile is surprisingly soothing. I don’t know what type of chamomile is in the blend, but I bet I would like this one straight.

I did add a little bit more honey to make it sweeter, but even when it is plain there is a pleasant taste of honey. This is probably going to be my go-to tea for a while. I think I am going to try it cold too.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Pure Green Tea by Twinings
631 tasting notes

Meh.

We have some of this in the house and I drink it when I’m in a rush in the morning. Not horrible, but definitely nothing exciting either. Kinda cardboardy, actually.

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