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I’m new to teas, really. Just getting into it, and waiting for my loose leaf teas to come in, but while I was waiting I nabbed this from the local grocery store. I tend to go for a more robust, bitter tea, but this was rather pleasant. It was warming, the cinnamon was not too overpowering, and the orange was more of a smell than a taste. Definitely not bad for a cheap, easy tea.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Orange
This is pretty much a standard in Canada and Great Britain.
It’s a good cup of green tea . They also sell 200 bag boxes, which really makes it a value, if you can find them.
Each one is individually wrapped.
Twinnings probably has the best blenders in the world. They deal with so much tea.
It’s better than the Walmart Brand here, as well.
Next time I get another box, I will update this.
Date: 17.05.2016. – 06.06.2016.
Place of obtain: Konzum, Ulica Lavoslava Ružičke 32; Zagreb, Croatia
Price: 29,99kn – 1,20kn/teabag (4,41$ – 0,18$)
Teabags: 25 * 2g = 50g
According to price and prestige, I expected more! But it was ok Earl Grey tea.
So this is my first tea rating, and with only 15 years of experience on earth, my tea knowledge is not all that it could be. All in all, I quite enjoyed this. I brewed it for four minutes and let it get fairly dark. I then drank it and quite liked it. without any milk it is fairly strong but I don’t find the flavours overpowering.
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I tried the loose leaf version of Twinings’ Earl Grey, and I can assert it is perfect for a morning tea.
The bergamot is a little too subtle for my taste but the tea is very fragrant nonetheless.
The leafs are small and not very high quality, but for the price, I would recommend!
Flavors: Bergamot, Earl Grey
I came here to kick butt and review tea, and I AM ALL OUT OF BUTT TO KICK.
After a spectacularly productive morning of cat-sitting, dog-walking, and plant-watering, I was ready for a little bit of time with tea and a book.
Am I stereotypical and pretentious? Yes. Yes, I am.
This tea, Lady Grey, is the tea that first made me think “hey, this could be a thing I do. I could become a tea person.”
Now that I’ve become a “tea person,” I return to the original.
I find this to be a bit astringent (bitter, mouth-drying) and over-flavored with bergamot and orange. I’ve discovered other things that I like more.
However, this is still a solid basic choice. I’d never turn it down. A part of me will always love it.
Flavors: Astringent, Bergamot, Drying, Lemon Zest, Orange
I was skeptical about this one—it’s not the flavor profile I usually go for, and I only threw a bag of it into my purchase at the Twinings shop last month to make it to the required minimum of 15 miscellaneous teabags. But I’m actually enjoying it quite a bit. It tastes quite strongly of lime, which is a bit off the beaten track in the herbal tea world. It’s pleasantly tart, but it doesn’t taste especially strongly of hibiscus. I can’t say I can really pick out the blood orange or pineapple, but it does taste pleasingly of tropical fruits in an abstract sense. I might pick up a box of this one sometime to mix up my usual berry-based lineup.
It’s time for “impulse buys at Netcost” again! I was there to stock up on Ahmad’s Apple Refresh tea, since it’s so hard to find just plain apple-flavored teas lately and no other store around here has it, when I spotted this on the shelf. I figured hey, why not try it? If I like lavender Earl and rose Earl, another floral Earl can’t steer me wrong.
It doesn’t really smell or taste that different from Twinings’ regular Earl Grey. Maybe a little lighter due to the inclusion of the jasmine green. There’s a little bit of floral aftertaste to it, but maybe I’m just imagining things.
It’s a nice lighter alternative to their regular Earl. Just don’t go into it expecting much in the way of jasmine flavor.
This is a decent blend for what it is. The green base is pretty meh, but there’s a strong note of sweet, syrupy lychee to make up for it. It’s got nothing on the greats of the lychee world, like Butiki’s magnificent and much mourned Lychee Oolong. It’s not a particularly complex blend, or an outstanding one, and I don’t think it’ll be a restock. Still, not bad for less than £2 on special.
This one is nice and gingery, and while it’s more spice than fruit the rhubarb comes through decently. I could’ve done without the liquorice root, though—this is sweeter than any rhubarb tisane has a right to be, and I suspect I would’ve liked it better without this stealth addition. It’s not bad, and I won’t rule out restocking it given the price, but I think I prefer Teapigs’ take on this flavor combo.
This one just tastes generically sweet and creamy to me, not like fudge or chocolate. Which may be for the best; green tea and chocolate don’t strike me as a wonderful flavor combination. In fact, this blend has got a lot in common with Twinings’ Salted Caramel. And it really is quite sweet, bordering on excessively so. It’s okay, but definitely not something I’ll go out of my way to drink again.
Why are Twinings’ UK teas and tisanes so much better than their US counterparts? From the infinitely stronger and more flavorful breakfast blends to the exciting herbals they don’t carry back in the States, it’s almost as if they were two separate entities. Anyway, on to the tisane, another of the teabags I picked up at the Twinings shop a few days ago. It’s mostly blackcurrant, with some hibiscus undertones. The blackcurrant flavor is very pleasant; I only wish the rhubarb came through. I suppose the hint of sourness from the hibiscus hints at it, but that’s all. This blend seems very similar to Twinings Blackcurrant and Blueberry, and I think I like them both about equally. I’ll definitely purchase one or the other again.