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A hearty go-to breakfast tea.

Flavors: Floral

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Sample comes from MissB!

Man, the pear in this is a total lie. I cold brewed my sample hoping for something that tasted like the nice cinnamon dusted, poached pear-like rooibos blends I enjoyed around winter this year but this is kind of a flop. It’s taken me almost all of the day to even half finish it; and it’s not disgusting or anything but there’s just no appeal either.

Here’s a flavour breakdown for you guys:

33% Chamomile (bleck!)
33% Cinnamon (which is just too much cinnamon)
33% Wood Chippy Rooibos Base

And… 1% Pear

I’m gonna toss the rest I think; it’s taking way too long to finish this.

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Thank you MissB for the sample! I’ve never actually seen Twinings sachets before, and this was a pretty cool flavour. I like sachet teas a lot; you’ve basically got the quality of loose leaf, but the convenience of bagged teas. What’s not to love?

This was definitely very nutty; I tasted the hazlenut but more so I thought it was rather peanutty? Except, I don’t think that’s actually one of the ingredients but I swear I was totally reminded of chocolate coated peanuts which are the bomb. The chocolate itself was pretty good; reminded me of baker’s chocolate because it had a very slight bitterness to it. Not a lot of distinct flavours from the base itself; maybe some super light malt notes?

Sadly, I made the mistake of letting the last 1/4 of the cup sit while I showered for work and when I came back it was a cup of unholy bitterness; so drink this one hot!

Big Brother Canada Live Feeds have been up since Wednesday night, so there goes my life pretty much. Honestly, the only reason I haven’t posted tasting notes and stuff since my last day off (Tuesday) is pretty much I’ve just been watching feeds non stop. When Big Brother’s on, it kind of rules my life. THIS IS MY SHOW.

I’m so disappointed; so many of my picks have turned out to be problematic as fuck (homophobic, misogynistic, and racist) – it’s BB15 all over again. UGH. However, some of them (Sarah and Naeha) are absolute iconic Goddesses! Especially Sarah; she’s everything I could have wanted from a house guest – she’s strategic, liberal/open minded, and actual BIG fan of the game, aware of her privilege, LGBTQ, hasn’t said anything homophobic/ableist/against anyone’s religion/sexist/racist (it’s so sad this has to be said, though), and is just PERFECT in every way. I think she’s an overwhelming fan favourite right now…

But here are my House Guest standings:

Absolutely Love: Sarah, Naeha

Like: Brittnee, Sindy, Jordan, Bobby

Impartial/No Opinion Formed: Bruno, Pilar, Zach, Johnny, Kevin, Ashleigh

Dislike/Totally Hate: Willow, Godfrey, Graig

…And Risha doesn’t really matter currently ‘cause she’s evicted. But she probably would’ve fallen under “like” if she was still around. Disappointed in Godfrey/Graig for being misogynistic slut shaming douchebags (and racist in Graig’s case) who instantly formed a “Bro Pack” mentality and rather unoriginal formed a guys’ alliance when they were two of my favourites really early on. BOO ON YOU! Some of the other guys have kinda come close to being this shitty; but these two are the worst IMO.

There’s a reason Live Feeders have taken to calling him Craigslist…

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Didn’t mean to grab the decaf version, but it’s turned out all right. The lemon scent and flavor are very bright—in fact, the tea doesn’t really stand up to it, unlike a standard Earl Grey. I’m running low on it, so clearly that’s not a big deal to me.

Flavors: Bergamot, Lemon

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drank English Breakfast by Twinings
30 tasting notes

This is a lovely everyday tea for my morning commute. I purchased the loose leaf tin at my grocery store and served the tea hot with a splash of milk.

After a 5 minute steep, this tea was very dark in colour and some particles had escaped my tea strainer (which is unusual). I enjoyed 2 cups nonetheless.

Flavors: Smooth

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 32 OZ / 946 ML

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Got this tea in one of the three free samples they were sending out in a promotion a while back. I love me some peach and iced tea season is right around the corner! In the summer, I can pack away 2 liters of cold-brew tea a day. So I thought that this would be a great idea for emergency iced tea.

That is, until I read the ingredients.

Yes, I know, flavorings run rampant at Twinings. That’s fine. I am okay with that. I am, however, a little perturbed at this particular list. Tea is still the first ingredient (no specifics though, just… tea) and there are the natural and artificial peach and tea flavorings, tea powder, and ….
Water.
Yup. The last ingredient in this teabag is water. Dehydrated water? The assumption that this is to be brewed in water? I cannot be sure.
So I brewed this according to directions, because now they had caught my interest. I put this bag in 8oz of cold water and waited for 5 minutes. The brewed tea sat heavily at the bottom of the cup, all the color and flavorings sitting there, waiting to be stirred.
Tasting this freakish cold-brew, it tasted just like peach flavoring and basic boring black tea. It is exactly something that I could buy in a can. Not bad, not good, nothing i’d really try again if I can help it.

Mikumofu

Lol water? Sounds mysterious…

Stephanie

LOL what???

M

Hahahaha dehydrated water.. too funny!

Amanda 'SoggyEnderman' Wilson

dehydrated water? HA! That is one of the best ingredients ever…what would that even be?

BezoomnyChaiVeck

Guess you don’t need to steep it yourself. It’s good as is. :)

TheLastDodo

I knew I should have just sucked on the dry teabag!

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drank Irish Breakfast by Twinings
54 tasting notes

Was okay. Picked this up during a trip overseas. I think I prefer Irish Breakfast from other suppliers, though.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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Preparation
4 min, 15 sec

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drank Christmas Tea by Twinings
2565 tasting notes

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Cold brewed this one thinking it was the other Christmas Twinings blend from MissB – but it turned out ok overall because the flavours in this one were pretty suited to cold brewing too. I drank 25 oz. of it during my 15 min. break at work today, and it was definitely refreshing. Basically it was like a light, watery orange drink with notes of cinnamon heavy pie crust. I get the “Christmas” tie in for sure.

Today’s word was “teem” which means: ‘to become filled with many of something : abound’. Not a new word for me, and an easy one to use at work.

Interesting work thing: I sold about $120 worth of frozen frog legs to someone today. Pretty sure he bought out all the store’s inventory. I didn’t even know we sold frogs legs; but it sure was a lot of them.

Ubacat

I only got to 7. Not very good!

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drank Jasmine Earl Grey by Twinings
2831 tasting notes

Backlog.

Hahaha, this sounds like Sil’s nightmare tea! Thanks for this one, MissB! I’m not a huge fan of either jasmine or bergamot, but don’t mind either in most circumstances, and often enjoy them separately, so it was interesting to try them out in combination! Sadly, I mostly tasted bergamot – the jasmine either blended in so well that I didn’t notice it, or the bergamot was too overpowering for it. It wasn’t bad, but was fairly strong – milk and sugar would have been ideal additions, though I drank it plain.

OMGsrsly

How about adding some lavender and rose to that combo. ;)

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I’ve been down with a light cold/cough for a while now, so while I was out shopping for a family dinner I decided to pick up a box of this tea to see if it would help.

This tea is absolutely amazing and I don’t normally like most chamomile! The honey and vanilla gave it a little pop and the chamomile is surprisingly soothing. I don’t know what type of chamomile is in the blend, but I bet I would like this one straight.

I did add a little bit more honey to make it sweeter, but even when it is plain there is a pleasant taste of honey. This is probably going to be my go-to tea for a while. I think I am going to try it cold too.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Pure Green Tea by Twinings
630 tasting notes

Meh.

We have some of this in the house and I drink it when I’m in a rush in the morning. Not horrible, but definitely nothing exciting either. Kinda cardboardy, actually.

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drank The Earl Grey by Twinings
8 tasting notes

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drank Lady Grey by Twinings
8 tasting notes

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drank Lady Grey by Twinings
70 tasting notes

How i got it: Bought it (Twinings’ Classics Collection Pack)

Experience: LG is the last tea left to try in the Twinings’ pack. Its smell is very unusual, like orange pancakes, or orange jam, with some hints of ginger and cinnamon. On the flavor side, it follows the line of the aroma: i can taste mainly orange with some cinnamon in the background. Not a bit acidic, this blend results in a enjoyable mix, though the base tea is almost imperceptible and the orange scent lacks some naturality. Aside from that, I’m surprised… this tea turned out better than I thought.

Would i buy it again?: Has some possibilities.

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drank Vanilla Black Tea by Twinings
1859 tasting notes

Haha. Reading your review, I wonder why you foisted this one on us, MissB!

At any rate, it wasn’t completely terrible. Would I buy it again? No. Would I drink it again? Only if someone made it for me and provided milk and sugar. I had it with milk today beside a vanilla matcha ‘snickerdoodle’ and in that context it worked. :)

Thank you for sharing, even if it wasn’t as excellent as some of the others I’ve tried.

(Seriously this page works worse on an android using chrome than it did on the iPhone using safari.)

2 bags, 16oz, 195f, 2:30.

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drank Christmas Afternoon by Twinings
541 tasting notes

Very subtle flavour. Something in here that reminds me of bergamot. I can taste the vanilla note a little bit but it isn’t accompanied by that authentic vanilla creaminess

Thanks MissB for sharing!

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 13 OZ / 375 ML

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1 teabag used

Notes of cotton candy and pineapple in the brewing tea.

Sencha green tea taste. I might want to try brewing this at a lower temperature. Cotton candy note.

Flavors: Cotton Candy

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 13 OZ / 375 ML

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drank Winter Wonderland by Twinings
1859 tasting notes

Hmm.

I’m not sure if me not tasting anything is because of my cold or because of the tea not tasting like anything.

Mostly I get rooibos, then cinnamon. There’s chamomile in here? And pear? I don’t get those at all!

It’s too bad, because it smelled quite lovely dry. Lightly spiced yum.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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I think I got it.

Blackcurrant and Rhubarb “Flavour Infusion”. First tea from the box of DOOM that Sil and MissB have shared. Thank you so much tea friends!!!

It smells super blackcurranty, yay! I’ll add a little honey to this as I’m still recovering.

There is definitely a lot of hibiscus in this both in flavour and in looks. However, I don’t really mind that too much. It might be better aka more balanced as a cold steep, but I’m happy to drink this as-is. I don’t get a lot of rhubarb, but there is SOUR so that could be rhubarb. :)

I think maybe the blackcurrant and vanilla might be more my style, but this is good too.

Thanks so much to MissB, for sharing this. (There’s only one of each Twinings and they’re all mine! ALL MINE! grabby hands)

1 tea bag in 10 oz, 3 minutes at 195F.

Sil

LOL that is TOTALLY your perogative as a box organiser :)

OMGsrsly

:D This is super fun, but it’s taken over my sewing table. As I try, I’m going to pack the rest up for Bear With Me and CrowKettle.

MissB

Yay! Glad it made it to you. I can still easily get a lot of these (Twinings) if you want me to send more of the loved ones.

OMGsrsly

I think I’ll be good. :) So much tea! Wow!

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