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Hmm.

Ok, so I impulse-bought this on the way into the office because the only thing I’m keeping permanently deskside at the moment is a pair of oolongs, and neither go with milk, and sometimes you just want something milky, and it was Monday morning, and I was weak.

I’m sure I should have checked the ingredients before buying, because I sure as heck don’t see any chunks of spices in this, as I’d expect in a chai – whole cloves, bits of cinnamon bark, ginger pieces, cardamom seeds, whatever – and the ingredients list reads “black tea, vanilla, spice, and syrup flavourings (26%).” Huh. Syrup flavouring?

Bananas. Oh my god, what’s with the bananas. This is the second time I’ve had something that calls itself a chai that my brain just tastes as lightly spicy bananas. Like, straight out of the bag I get this REALLY strong whiff of bananas. It smells like the tupperware of banana oat muffins I ate my way through last week. There is no mention of banana on the ingredients list. Why am I getting banana?

There’s a coffee shop in the city centre that does gorgeous coffee and lovely loose-leaf teas from a local company I’m normally fond of (indeed, their Bombay Chai has added bay leaf and tastes like it’s got whole spices in it) but I suspect this might well be what the cafe uses for their vanilla chai latte, because the banana-ness is identical.

Because it tastes like it’s supposed to be a banana tea when I drink it too, either that or somebody stuck a banana in the tea leaves and let it ripen. I’ve done it as per the package directions, hot and very milky, and it’s a bit sweet and creamy and there’s some spicy warmth, but not really any specific spices I can pick out. Maybe the syrup flavouring is uncannily like banana? I have no clue, but as a banana tea goes I’d probably still go for Bluebird’s Monkey Chops or Banana Bake from T2. And I wasn’t looking for a banana tea today, I was looking for a chai, so this is disappointing on all counts. It’s drinkable inasmuch as it’s sweet and milky and not wholly offensive, but man, it’s otherwise just kind of weird.

Twinings, no.

Memily

Hahahahaha oh Twinings. Bless.

Fjellrev

Omg that banana chai has come back to haunt you.

Sami Kelsh

Seriously, whyyyyyyyyyyyyyy D:

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72
drank Lady Grey by Twinings
2 tasting notes

Really good if you don’t have time to steep a proper pot of tea or if you want an afternoon pick-me-up that won’t shoot caffeine through your veins like a hardy English Breakfast. It’s especially good with a splash of milk.

Flavors: Citrus, Honey

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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27

I found this tea super disappointing. It tastes to me mainly of artificial vanilla, and I had really liked another of Twinings’ chai offerings.

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Eh, it’s okay for a straight rooibos. It has that earthy, dry smell and feel in the throat. Umremarkable. I’d drink it again, but wouldn’t buy it.

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Refreshing, but doesn’t hold up against loose leaf teas. It’s worth spending an extra couple of pounds to buy a better quality equivalent.

Flavourwise, the additions of tangerine and grapefruit remind me more of a citrus Lady Grey than traditional Earl Grey, but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

Flavors: Citrus

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84
drank Lady Grey by Twinings
613 tasting notes

Post breakfast while watching The Paradise. There is a nice scent of bergamot and other fruit. Perhaps grapefruit. The flavour is a bright citrus.

It would be good with cookies.

Flavors: Bergamot, Citrus, Cookie, Lemon, Orange

KiwiDelight

I like eating shortbread cookies with Lady Grey.

Lynxiebrat

Shortbread cookies are great with nearly any tea.

Lariel of Lórien

I like shortbread with Scottish Breakfast, and I guess Grey blends too.

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Not bad. Toasty, a bit caramel, a bit salt. But the green tea is just so… green. I’d infinitely prefer this as a black tea.

Thanks for sharing, MissB!

tigress_al

I’m with you on that, most of the time, I think “why couldn’t this be a black tea?”…. Green…bleh. Unless it’s Jasmine

OMGsrsly

I find it frustrating to not like green teas, because there are so many neat flavours that end up being green! I guess it does prevent me from buying a lot, though. :)

tigress_al

Ha I guess you’re right and this means I can’t buy ALL THE TEA!

rosebudmelissa

I prefer black teas as well. Have you tried Bigelow’s Salted Caramel? I quite like that one.

OMGsrsly

Bigelow doesn’t seem to be available here anymore.

Fjellrev

And the very few Bigelow teas I have seen here in Canada have only been like EG and/or some breakfast blend.

OMGsrsly

I used to get a really nice pomegranate green… not seaweedy, just nice and flavourful and sweet. But no longer.

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82
drank Lady Grey by Twinings
4 tasting notes

Drank this tea this morning with a splash of grapefruit juice! I very much enjoy this tea. It’s such an easy cup to sip in the morning. Something comfortable and familiar about the tea base. It doesn’t make a bold cup but somehow that works with the lemon overtone. This tea will always be an easy choice for me.

Preparation: Bagged tea. Honey to sweeten. Splash of grapefruit juice. (confession: I left the bag in the cup and drank around it)

Flavors: Citrus, Grapefruit, Lemon, Tea

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 10 OZ / 295 ML

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100

Great Gunpowder green tea leaves were uniform and consistent.Great Quality! Great Taste

Flavors: Flowers

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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80

One of the better white teas I’ve had. I’d drink it again, but wouldn’t keep it on hand, simply because I prefer black teas.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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83
drank The Earl Grey by Twinings
3 tasting notes

Best when mixed with a little cream. Sweet and earthy with just enough bergamot to linger.

Flavors: Bergamot, Earth, Spices

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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87

Now that I have a kettle at work, I can bring better teas to drink during the day. Man, did I ever need a hot cuppa when I walked in this morning, too! The winter wind is enough to take your breath away. This is the first of probably many mugs of tea that I will consume today.

And what a delicious one it is, too! The base is definitely Ceylon, which mingles with the very high quality bergamot oil and gives the liquor the scents of cherry, cranberry, and citrus. I concur with the other reviews— this is a totally different animal than its bagged counterpart by the same company.

Upon sipping… The bergamot is there and is genuine, but does not overpower the cup. I get notes of orange, milk chocolate, and something metallic— iron? That might be due to my use of a metal tea ball infuser. It’s a finely blended and delicate tea, nonetheless. Excellent value for the price.

Flavors: Bergamot, Cherry, Chocolate, Cranberry

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71
drank Earl Grey by Twinings
31 tasting notes

The bergamot is quite subtle, it doesn’t dominate.

Flavors: Bergamot, Citrus, Citrus Zest, Earth, Floral, Malt, Nuts, Wood

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 g 8 OZ / 250 ML

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43
drank Four Red Fruits by Twinings
31 tasting notes

I am suprised to see such positive reviews. This tea jsut doesn’t cute it for me, perhaps it requires a smaller amount of water to be brewed, but there was simply not enough taste in the tea to satisfy me. Though I was calling out for more of the strawberry flavours, it just did not deliver. I feel as though I should really enjoy this tea, as I like all of the ingredients. perhaps it comes down to quality, rest assured I will not be buying this any more.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 30 sec 300 OZ / 8872 ML

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85
drank Lapsang Souchong by Twinings
21 tasting notes

I re-purchased this tea a few weeks ago, not remembering if I liked it or not. And I do. It’s very smoky, “meaty,” and campfire-esq. It would be a great tea for a winter afternoon or while camping.

It’s smoky and delightful.

I shared a cup with my Dad, who said that it was “no different than eating burning firewood.” So, yes, it’s an acquired taste.

It took me a few sips to finally decide whether or not it’s right for me, and I’ve decided that it’s a grand tea. I will be buying more from Twinings and other places.

(Side Note: It’s too strong on its own, but I really like it with a dash of cream and a teaspoon of sugar.)

Any suggestions on where I could find a quality Lapsang from, other than Twinings?

Flavors: Campfire, Smoke

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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24
drank Orange Bliss by Twinings
28 tasting notes

Not very memorable. Too orange-y and not enough tea. Would not buy again.

Flavors: Orange

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16

One teabag used for ~350 ml. Not very flavourful. Faint berry taste. Very mild hibiscus. Nice little bloom on the aftertaste. It might be nice as a cold brew or iced at a very strong concentration.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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65
drank Christmas Tea by Twinings
1488 tasting notes

Yep, theres almost something citrusy in here. I’m not complaining, as I like citrus and spice.
Its far from the rich and heavy Christmas tea I was expecting, but that’s not a bad thing!

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65
drank Christmas Tea by Twinings
1488 tasting notes

As this was a gift from my new boss for Christmas, and it bagged, it was an easy choice for a work tea, and I drank the first of it this morning.
I thought this would be darker, somehow. More intense spices. As it is, it was light, and surprisingly sweet to me.
Enjoyable, but a perfect work tea. I could enjoy the sips I could pay attention to, but didn’t mind igoring it when I had work to do.

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drank Lady Grey by Twinings
2164 tasting notes

There are too many options for this tea on Steepster, so I picked this one to write a note under.

It’s an EG. It’s not the earliest greyiest of earl greys, but it is one. And I took a sip and made the “yuck” face. But now that I’ve adapted to the thought that I’m drinking an earl grey, it’s not bad. I mean, it’s caffeine. It’s warm. It’s citrusy. Yep, it’s tea.

Thanks to whomever sent this over. MissB? Sil? I am so confused about samples at this point…

OMGsrsly

Tea wasn’t doing it for me. Dumped half the cup and got coffee. Mmm, coffee. With chocolate in.

Sil

blech

OMGsrsly

:P Sometimes EG is nice. Just not this morning.

Equusfell

This is my preferred “can’t destroy this at a conference in a paper cup” teabag. It is just this side of generic, which is much more tolerable than whatever Tazo hibiscus crap or lipton they usually have at coffee hour.

OMGsrsly

Haha. True! But when I’m out and about, EG is my standard because I generally know I can expect floor polish and not just cardboard. When I’m at home, I’m super picky with my EGs. Paris by H&S, and the Grapefruit EG from Bayswater are my preferred home-teas. :)

Sil

gross

OMGsrsly

This just means I need to search out some more EG for you, Sil! :P

Sil

gross. i hate that you guys know i’ll try nearly anything lol

OMGsrsly

Hahaha. Sorry?

rosebudmelissa

I didn’t care for this one because I prefer more floral earl greys and am not a big fan of citrusy black teas. I much prefer Twining’s Earl Grey to their Lady Grey

OMGsrsly

Twinings EG = tea of my childhood. :) That and Red Rose and a plain peppermint, although I can’t do plain peppermint anymore.

rosebudmelissa

My mom usually kept peppermint tea and green tea around the house. I don’t think I’ve ever had a tea by Red Rose. I don’t think I’ve even heard of them before.

OMGsrsly

You’re, uhh, not missing much. :)

tigress_al

Haha when I was a kid, I thought Red Rose and peppermint was the only tea there was. They were the only tea that I had ever seen in our small town grocery store

Equusfell

Paris is good, never tried the grapefruit, but one of my favorite teabags was Twinnings Orange Blossom Earl Grey, so I feel like it would be compatible! I quite liked the Earl Grey Creme from Upton as well. I mean, I didn’t really love it, but found myself craving it, which is a weird relationship to have with a tea. I also found it was very popular with generally non-tea-drinking guests.

OMGsrsly

Yep. Sometimes only an EG will do. :)

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