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Note: I used the bagged tea.
Apparently Twinings has changed its Earl Grey blend in the last few years. I’m inclined to agree, as some of the older reviews complain about the absence of bergamot notes. The bergamot is the overwhelming flavour in the new blend, whereas the black tea is quite weak. This makes for a useful to-go bagged tea, as it takes much longer for the black tea to noticeably over-steep and produce a bitter flavour— on rushed mornings I can throw together a travel mug right before stepping out the door, without having to worry about removing the bag in-transit.
The bottom line: a convenient, easy to make, but weak Earl Grey.
Assamic tea, similar in flavour to Twinings’ Everyday. However, this is a bit lighter, so a good blend to drink in the morning or afternoon.
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So I was wandering around London and I came across the original Twinings merchant store, from 1706! Inside they have a little bit of a museum and of course a fairly awesome store, and the tea lover in me was in heaven! Even though I don’t usually drink Twinings, I can recognize their importance in tea’s history!
Anyway, in all honesty, I bought this one because it comes in such a pretty tin, and I really like pretty tins…I wasn’t expecting to be a huge fan as I rarely am of blacks that are not super fruity or super chocolatey, but in my loose-leave deprived state I got a lot of enjoyment out of this cup! It is a mild and smooth black with a yummy malty finish. No astringency (which I can’t stand in a black), just good old yummy tea!
I had a craving for Irish Breakfast tea today so I brewed it the way I usually do. Two bags, 5 minutes, no milk, raw sugar. It comes out looking like espresso. Very malty with a fruity raisin note. There is a bit of astringency. Perhaps more than most would like but I love it like that. I will always compare every Irish Breakfast tea I have to the lovely Irish Breakfast tea from Butiki but, in the absence of that, Twinings will do just fine. And I can brew this one just as crazypants as I want without feeling guilty.
DUH, I accidentally grabbed the decaf version! Oh well, maybe that’s the universe telling me to cut down on caffeine. I hope it tastes the same! I tried this tea after a friend told me about it, she said it’s one of her favorites. I was looking for an easy bagged tea to use at work when I’m in a hurry and hopefully this fits the bill. I guess it is a little late for caffeine anyways…
I’m having a little treat with my tea today — macarons! I splurged a little to make up for working late. (Not that I’m working hard, here I am logging a tea). One huge plus for this tea, before I even try it, is that it is so cheap! I’ve been on a luxury tea kick and I almost laughed out loud at how cheap this box was. I’m hoping it can replace Anastasia by Kusmi as my favorite black tea blend — I can’t afford that much per box all the time.
First thoughts: this is a dusty tea bag. It smells good, though! When I started steeping it I smelled Bergamot strongly. Macaron break while I wait? Don’t mind if I do…
Steeped, waiting for it to cool. It does not smell awesome now. Gosh, I’ve written so much and haven’t gotten to the tea yet? Is anyone still reading?
Hmmmmmmmm… this tea is… a little disappointing. I’m going to let it cool down a little more and see if this helps. I had a tea recently that tasted much better after cooling down a little!
It does taste better a little cooler. I’m not tasting the citrus notes which drew me to this blend. It tastes like a standard earl grey to me — black tea and bergamot. Don’t get me wrong, that’s a great mix, but I was hoping for more from this Lady. This is in no way a replacement for my beloved Anastasia!
Backlog – I think this is the tea I had at work today that I brought from home last week LOL I finally scouted out the kettle and decided to try it with this tea. Not too bad, a nice sweet aftertaste, which was a bit strange for a white tea, but I needed tea so badly anything would be good. I have yet to try the Keurig, it only has some bigelow green tea for it though, which I used to like, before I found all this AMAZING tea. Ah well, I will eventually bring my loose teas. For now, bags. And hey, I can use up some stuff in my cupboard maybe lol.
One of my very favorites
notes I made but never posted from April 24:
This smells like menthol. Not necessarily a bad smell, but it reminds me of being sick and using vaporub. It tastes, well, minty. Even though it’s just mint, it doesn’t feel as overwhelming as the mintiness of the Wissotzsky mint tea that I found so unpleasant.
notes from today:
This is really nice when you actually are sick. The peppermint is relieving some of the sinus pressure and tastes very nice. There’s a touch of sweetness on the back end that leaves a pleasant aftertaste as well. This is a tea to keep on hand for colds, allergies, and possibly headaches (if I remember to buy it…).
I like the idea of this tea … but subtlety can be taken too far. This tea’s barely there … If you weren’t looking at your cup you wouldn’t know when to stop drinking it.
Twinnings tastes so weak to me!
Before this tea I was drinking some all natural and eco packaged herbal peppermint tea, which was ‘okay’. This tea isn’t much different than others, besides the fact that it is very strong, in an amazing way, and it does not go stale while waiting to be sipped (I keep my teas in their own tins). I would say the best steeping time is 5-6 minutes, with water around 175 degrees F. Add a teaspoon on honey, and it is perfect! <3
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Great red color, fairly dark when steeped. Fruity aroma, hard to describe. Light fruity aftertaste as well. Smooth and easy to drink. A nice evening drink, no caffeine. Sweet and slightly buttery.
I agree with many of the other reviews here – it isn’t the most subtle Earl Grey, nor is it the best quality, but it was one of my first loves, and “tastes like home.”
I used to keep a tin of it and a slotted spoon in my locker at school, and it was a reward at the end of the day. There is a singular flavour to it that I’m in the mood for sometimes, and the finer Earl Greys don’t have the same effect.
In my school yearbook, I was voted “Most Likely to move to the U.K. and live off croissants and Earl Grey Tea.” My tea tastes have changed, and I prefer scones these days, but although they meant it in jest, they were right about me.
This is not a tea I’m crazy about. I’ve only tried it hot, both with and without honey, and neither time it was too great. I might give it a try iced, maybe that will help it.
Somehow, I got away from drinking this as regularly, as I used to do. Preparing for the day with a big pot of it helps.
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So being a lazy college student, I never add milk to my tea, and I never have a problem with the tea I drink. I ran out of tea and snagged some Irish Breakfast from a friend, and did not enjoy the first sip. However, after adding some milk, I found it very enjoyable. There really is a first time for everything.