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My final interview leftover. I actually drink this one quite a bit at events, purely because it makes a change from Earl Grey and English Breakfast. The selection is sadly that limited. I will say that I don’t mind this one too much. It smells deliciously fruity, and it tastes okay given that it’s a bagged, finely chopped monstrosity of the worst kind. I gave it 3 minutes in boiling water.
The resulting liquor is a pale red, although not as dark as I expected given that there’s a fair amount of hibiscus packed in here. The main taste is raspberry of sorts, but it’s fairly tart and somehow flat tasting, and lacks the sweet/sharp balance that I typically enjoy in a raspberry tea. Once the initial raspberry has faded, which doesn’t take long, this one is hibiscus all the way. The end of the sip is a little drying on the palate.
This isn’t a tea I’d actively seek out, but it’s one I don’t mind in a pinch. Its drinkable, but it doesn’t rock my socks.
How i got it: Bought it (Twinings’ Classics Collection Pack)
Experience: After all that Basilur, let’s begin now with a new pack of Twinings teas. This English Breakfast smells very similar to a Ceylon, but without its typical fruity/crisp notes, somehow going more to the Kenyan side. It has a smoother taste than other Breakfast blends I’ve tried, too, and doesn’t show the soft-bitter notes i usually notice in them, but keeps the character and the body. As in the aroma, its flavor is very similar to a Kenyan tea. Mild intensity. I can sense some caramel/nutty-like notes too. Not a very complex tea, but a nice one however. Quite good.
Would i buy it again?: It has some possibilities. (Maybe I’ll get the whole pack again, hehe)
You know, I absolutely love this tea. I don’t know why, it’s not THAT good, I have so many amazing high end first flush darjeelings in my cupboard. But it was the tea that got me really in to tea drinking as a kid. Its delicate but has a bit of the astringency that I crave, courtesy of my English roots. I like this tea, it’s easy to drink and I can buy it in the grocery store.
This teabag was left over from an interview I hosted last week. Never one to pass up a tea opportunity, I pocketed it for later consumption. It helps that I like darjeeling, although my tastes err towards loose leaf first flush. It’s been a long time since I tried a bagged variety. In any case, I gave this one 2 minutes in boiling water. No additions. The bag contains very finely chopped leaves (really almost dust), although there is some green to be seen, which is mildly encouraging. The resulting liquor is a medium amber, and the scent is fresh and mildly floral.
The first thing that strikes me about the flavour is, unfortunately, the bitterness. There’s a small wash of pleasing flavour before the bitterness kicks in, but it’s undeniably fleeting. The very beginning of the sip is lightly grapey, and carries a hint of orchid. It has the potential to be pleasant, but the overwhelming bitterness puts an immediate stop to that. The end of the sip is highly astringent, and very drying on the palate.
Sadly, this isn’t the darjeeling for me. I think perhaps cooler water or a much, much shorter brew time would be required to make this one even remotely palatable. I’m not too sad that I don’t have another bag to experiment with, though. There are better darjeelings out there for a fact.
I have this tea in my camping box…I bought it years ago on a trip to London and I’ve kept it nice and dry ever since. It is Intense, like a really good English Breakfast on steroids…A really good Intense. I take it camping because it can make any water palatable and it has the OMG wake up in the morning effect :)
I am a Twinings enthusiast. Whether it is their Lady Grey or their Lapsang Souchong I am almost always pleasantly surprised. That has not been the case with their Darjeeling. I don’t find it repulsive. I just don’t find it anything. I don’t have a problem with mild teas, I would just like a bit more of the muscatel flavor you may find in more pungent varieties. I don’t mind the bitter tannic quality of this tea… I just found it devoid of character.
Brewed tea has a strong warm apple cider aroma with clove spice. I can also detect a type of soft smoothness/creaminess that I think is coming from the black tea. Fruity notes in the brewed aroma.
3.5 minute infusion may have been a bit too long for this one. I’m sensitive to the bitterness here. I would also consider infusing at a lower temperature Seems to be a very nice mix of flavours. I would definitely give this one another try in the future.
Thanks to MissB for sharing a sample with me!
I’m surprised by how low this tea is rated on here. Of course it’s not the best tea in the world, but, in my opinion, it’s a nice basic black tea. I enjoy drinking this in the late afternoon…it doesn’t have the strength of the morning Irish or English Breakfast Tea, but it’s pretty smooth for an inexpensive bagged tea. To be honest, I’ve never tasted a Ceylon I didn’t like, and this one is no exception.
Can’t remember where I grabbed this solo teabag from. It’s a decent earl grey with more of a light feel to it (grapefruit, maybe?) although it’s definitely a black. Zero floral notes, thankfully. A tiny bit malty and creamy.
Flavors: Earl Grey, Grapefruit, Malt
This is my third and final sample from Twinings. This smelled cloyingly sweet coming out of the package but has tamed a bit after steeping. The aroma is somewhat like cider but much softer. There is also a hint of citrus. I can taste the chamomile which is nice, but it’s also a touch bitter at the end of each sip. Overall it’s not great and, if lacking fresh cider, I would more readily grab a box of powdered cider mix than a box of this tea.
Flavors: Bitter, Citrus, Sweet
Overall, this is a nice cup of tea. I don’t know if I’ve just become used to strong Assams, but the strength was a little lighter than I expected…strong enough for the morning, but maybe not for the first cup. However, it is very smooth, and, as with other Twinings products, great for the price that you pay.
I also got this as part of a Twinings sample thing. Meh.
First impressions: Smells like fake smoke and leather. There’s also something that’s vaguely reminding me of the beach, but I can’t put my finger on it. And I just brought it out to my desk at work and everyone’s going to hate me when they walk by because the smell is so strong. Oh, well.
It tastes pretty much how it smells. I’m not a fan. This is the first lapsang souchong I’ve ever tasted, though. I’m sure there are better ones out there. At least I didn’t pay for this one.
Edit: I only managed two sips and had to throw it out. The smell is too much. And now I can’t get the smell off of my hands. Ugh.
Flavors: Leather, Smoke
This is the second of three samples I received from Twinings a couple of weeks ago. I followed the steeping parameters listed on their website and, while the dry tea smelled nice, the brewed tea is quite bitter. I added a good bit of honey to it, but it’s not really helping. This is better once it cools though still too bitter for my taste. Perhaps a lower temperature might help, but I don’t plan on buying more any time soon to find out.
This tea is always, ALWAYS in my cupboard. We were so sad when this limited edition’s time was up and it disappeared off the supermarket shelves.
The day we spotted it on our weekly shop with the banner proudly proclaiming “Back and Here To Stay” was truly high-five worthy. It’s robust, slightly sweet and perfect any time of the day.
As with all my black teas, white with one, thanks love.
A mild tea that smells and tastes mainly of slightly tart apple. Normally I only crave chamomile tea when I’m sick (like right now) but this would make for a good evening tea.
Found one last envelope from the box I bought in Montreal three years ago. Haven’t seen it in the USA but I haven’t been really been looking.
Flavors: Green Apple, Sweet
Much better left to steep quite some time than just steep and drink it. I find this quite mild with both the ginger and the lemon, although it’s still nice… it’s a “nice” ginger and lemon, not a “no-holds-prisoners” kinda ginger and lemon, which I much prefer.
Flavors: Ginger, Herbaceous, Lemon
Let it steep overnight to see if that made it even more “intense”. Well, yes, it did, but not in a good way. The mint got sharp and a touch bitter, so I didn’t enjoy it nearly as much. Lesson learned. I mean, it’s still spectacular, just not as much so. That’s okay, because frankly, I’ll just make another cup soon that’ll erase away that taste. :)