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Ok, I’m making a concerted effort to not forget about these teas this Christmas, particularly as I don’t have much else to do. Christmas Afternoon for dessert with milk and sugar (and some shortbread, because Christmas!). Definitely getting vanilla, a bit of cinnamon? Seems like a nice mellow black with a kiss of flavour.
This will always be a staple in my collection. It is definitely my go-to tea when I am running out of others or when I can’t decide what I want. I think the flavor is also great considering it’s a decaf tea. I love this tea plain just as much as I like it with a splash of milk.
Flavors: Bergamot, Lemon, Orange
You can always count on Twinings. This is a nice tea, lighter and less smoky than other gunpowder teas I have tried, but enough smokiness and sweetness to make for a very enjoyable cup. I steeped it 3 times, and probably could have gone at least once more.
I was very tired and decided to have a cup of tea to wake myself up. This is my first time trying Lady Grey. It’s very similar to Earl Grey but lighter. Very nice and I’m certainly feeling more awake and relaxed :)
Flavors: Bergamot, Citrus
This tea is decent tea. It is not spectacular but it is tasty. And for the price I paid it is better than I was expecting. It’s got a nice flavor, not sure if you would call it muscatell like an expensive Darjeeling. In any case it is good enough to drink again.
I steeped this one time in a 16oz Teavana Glass Perfect Tea Maker/Gravity Steeper with 3 tsp leaf and 200 degree water for 2 minutes. The leaves of this tea are very very fine so I guessed it would steep fast and gave it less time.
This was never added to my cupboard, but it is about a 2 year old teabag I finally sipped down at work today. Sipdown being a relative term..I actually am throwing out the rest of the mug because it was just too bitter and blech for me. The lavender and EG really did not mix well for me, or I brewed it too strongly haha. Whatever it was, not my cup of tea! Ah well, it’s gone now! No rating in case it was just me brewing it too long (I don’t really pay attention to brew time at work haha).
Was going through my tea cupboard and found a sachet of this. It smells very fruity and lovely in the sense that it’s sweet. I may have tried this once before, but I can’t remember. The first thing I taste is sweet orange, and its very good. I added a little sugar to enhance the taste, although I’m sure it could go without. I just really love orangey kind of teas. I haven’t found many of them so far.
The only thing I don’t like about this tea is there’s a weird aftertaste I cannot place. It has been sitting in my cupboard, so maybe that’s it. But it’s nothing I can’t handle. This tea is still sweet and fruity goodness.
Flavors: Fruity, Orange, Sweet
Yours truly (J) was excited to try his first Twinings loose leaf tea, received as a gift from J’s work. It is described as a breakfast tea that is a blend of leaves from British Commonwealth countries to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday.
It doesn’t have any added flavors, so it’s just a black tea blend, which is exactly what the first steeping (1tsp / 8oz / 4min ) tasted and smelled like. It was pleasant but boring: Somewhat light in flavor and in tannin, and without any signature flavor or scents. I’m new to detecting subtle flavors, so that could be the reason I’d just call it ‘tea’.
Second steeping (6min) added milk until beige (1-2 tsp) to simulate the British experience. The milk drowned out a lot of the tea flavor, so next time I would use less milk or only add it to the first steeping.
The best part is the tin. It’s decorative and festive; fun while remaining pretty classy.
This stuff is not bad considering the price I paid. It has a note of malt and a slightly unpleasant aftertaste. Overall it is goof for the price of the tea.
I brewed this once in a 16oz Teavana Glass Perfect Tea Maker/Gravity Steeper with 3 tsp leaf and 200 degree water for 3 minutes.
This is a fairly nice tasting tea for the price. It is by no means spectacular. The main note seems to be malt, but subdued. If I had paid a lot for this I would have been disappointed. For $4.99 it’s not bad.
I steeped this one time in a 16oz Teavana Glass Perfect Tea Maker/Gravity Steeper with 3 tsp leaf and 200 degree water for 3 min. I you decide to order from Twinnings or see it in your local market it is at least worth a try.
Bought this because a couple other Twinnings teas I bought were fairly good. This one I am unsure about. I ruined my taste buds with lunch right before this and I think I am still tasting the cashew butter and jelly sandwich I made. So I will have to reevaluate this at a later time.
I brewed 3 tsp leaf in 200 degree water in a 16ozTeavana Glass Perfect Tea Maker/Gravity Steeper for 3 minutes.
This is a very sweet caffeine free herbal. So sweet I almost regret adding sugar. Can’t really discern one berry from the other in this they all meld together. It is very nice for an herbal and would probably be good iced.
I steeped two teabags in a 16oz cup with boiling water for 5 minutes.
While not overly complex this is a fairly tasty decaf tea. It is somewhat malty and very smooth. It was only available from Twinnings as a tea bag, not as loose. And it is nice for a time of day where I cannot have caffeine. If Twinnings hadn’t been running a special for free shipping I wouldn’t have bothered with the order.
Brewed two teabags in a 16oz mug with 200 degree water for 3 minutes.