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This cup is tart but that’s exactly what I think of when I see pomegranate and raspberry. It does taste juicy but I’m not really picking up on any fresh raspberry flavor. Maybe this one is meant to be more pomegranate, but it’s really more of a general berry flavor. I can also smell and taste the hibiscus. It’s sweet though so I’m enjoying it.
Flavors: Berry, Hibiscus, Tart
A coworker/friend of my husband’s is staying with us for a short period of time until he gets his new apartment. He doesn’t drink coffee, and apparently loves steeped tea from Tim Horton’s and all I have for tea is loose leaf greens/herbals. So I decided to pick up a variety pack from Wal-Mart of different black teas from Twinning’s (it came in a 20 tea bag variety where as other black teas were told in 72 tea bag varieties… I only drink black tea on occasion and there is no way I’m going to go through that much black tea before it goes stale).
So, I was at work and my loose leaf green tea spilled out of my tea filter on the inside of my purse so I decided to steal one of the earl grey tea bags. I know I over steeped it a little bit (probably for around 3 min) when I would have preferred it being less than 1 min. Either way it’s still decent: good amount of bergamot and not too astringent. I can only drink this on occasion due to a sensitive stomach, but it’s a nice “treat” when I can. Still not as good as loose leaf of course, but decent for a bagged tea. And its good to keep around for company as well :).
Flavors: Astringent, Bergamot
Not a bad tea bag. I was sad to see that the teabag itself said “not real almond” though. There are hints of marzipan type flavoring on a strong black tea with a bit of spices – mostly getting licorice with hints of cinnamon at the top of the cup. Nice to try. I’ve certainly had worse from Twinnings (not my favorite teabag brand.)
I pulled out a bag of this a few days ago, because I wanted some caffeine and I wasn’t in the mood for something tart. I was afraid the water was too hot, but it was actually quite pleasant to drink. Definitely tart, though I couldn’t really pick out any individual fruit flavors, except maybe raspberry. Overall, I enjoyed it, but not enough to crave it.
I just made a big pot with the last five bags I had. I see I stretched it out not to make it last, but because it wasn’t all that great by itself. Normally I would use it one or two bags at a time combined with other fruity or herbal teas, to make the flavor fuller. All by itself it seems lacking, like there should be more flavor than there is, even after long steeping. I get the flavor of red generic berries, rather than a crisp cranberry note. It’s neither sweet nor bitter—just sort of blah, really. I will say the flavor perked up more once I had added sugar. I liked it better than Teavana’s Sweet Cranberry Black, but that’s damning with faint praise. There are many teas better than this one, though it blends well with other teas.
Flavors: Fruity, Red Fruits
Bold? Depends what your measuring. As far as flavor is concerned there is nothing bold about this. I can’t detect any flavor (Hello flavor.. Where are you?), and I don’t use much milk.. Tasteless and very disappointing. I won’t trust the Twinings strength meter ever again (first world problems lol).
Wow, this actually tastes like gingerbread! Not overly gingery (the same as I find gingerbread) and instead, nicely spiced and bready. I wasn’t really expecting to like this, honestly, but it was a nice surprise! I just kind of wish the base was something other than green (maybe oolong?!) – not that it affected the flavour, I just have a bias against flavoured greens because they’re finicky. Thanks for sharing this, MissB!
Tried this at work since I saw the box in the cupboard. I boiled the water, let it cool off for longer than needed (I was busy at the desk- I probably let it cool for 30 min until it was more warm than hot), then steeped for about 1 min. When I got to drink it it was warm, not hot. But, it was not bitter at all and there was a good amount of jasmine flavour that came through. For a bagged tea, I was overall impressed. I do wonder, though, how this tea would hold up even under 160 degree F water, which is the lowest setting on my variable temp kettle (as in, would it get bitter fast due to it just being fannings?). Perhaps I should sneak a bag home and give it a try..
Hello steepster! So it’s been another month again! I knew I wasn’t going to have much time for steepster of late, but am hopefully going to be able to write up notes more often now. I’ve had to admit defeat and apply for extenuating circumstances with my remaining work, which means that if it’s granted I won’t be graduating this summer, but in November instead. ):I’m moving out of my student flat at the end of June, and want to have less tea to pack when I do move, so I’m going to be concentrating on sipping down a lot of teas! This was one, because I’d been saving the last bag to review and the box was taking up room. It had been a while since I drank this tea, and was actually only down to the bottom of the box because I’d been palming it off on Frank, so I couldn’t really remember how it tasted. The bright red liquid and slightly sour smell instantly screamed ‘hibiscus’ to me, and I added a sweetener stupidly without trying the tea first. This was a mistake. The tea was so sweet I could barely bring myself to drink it! Had it not been the final cup I think it would have been dumped. Blech. Although having said that, had I not added the sweetener I think this would have been very pleasant. It’s not often I come across a bagged fruit tea which isn’t overwhelmed by hibiscus. The strawberry comes across strongly and is very much at the fore of the sip, with the mango being almost undetectable – merely a whisper in the background. It does add another dimension to the tea than if it were simply a strawberry tea, but I’m not entirely convinced that it’s a dimension that I like, or is needed. The flavours also come across as somewhat artificial, which I’m not too surprised about from a basic Twinings tea. I actually think this would be quite enjoyable if I wasn’t so spoiled by good teas, and Frank seemed to like them.
Twinings suggested that if I like a stronger flavour, let it steep for longer than 4 minutes. Well, I think I’ll just do that. Did a tea no-no, and left the tea bag in the cup, and didn’t find any adverse effects from doing that. Tart green apple flavour is on point. This is quite tasty, and the next time I’m in the grocery store, I just might pick some up!
How i got it: Tried it and got a bag from my sister-in-law house, beginning this year
Experience: It has a nice and very natural aroma, something that’s not always the case in berries-flavored teas. Maybe I could describe it as a mix between La Teteria’s Berries Silvestres and Basilur’s Winter Tea, in the sense that the main scents seems to be the strawberry and the blueberry ones. In the taste side, the sip begins with a mild acidic touch that introduces a mix of strawberry, raspberry and, as other users noticed too, some apple-like notes of flavor. Simple taste, mainly well-defined and relatively lasting (the aftertaste tends to a flavorless, watery sensation). As I’ve said other times, I’m not really a fan of tart blends, but despite that, this tea managed to be slightly above the average.
Would i buy it?: It wasn’t that bad, but my answer would be ‘no’.
Grocery store teas often deserve more credit than they are sometimes granted by those who graduate to better teas. Are there better Earl Grey teas out there? You bet. Is this, when doctored up a bit with some cream and sugar, a reasonable tasty beverage? It is.
Disclaimer out of the way, this Earl Grey has just enough of a (vaguely lemon’ish) bergamont to carry a single steep in a small cup. After that you’re left with a one-note black with very little aroma and too much astringency.
Once again, it is time for purse sample teabag day!
I was not expecting it to stay cool and overcast today, so the large jug of iced tea I cold brewed the night before was just not doing it for me. I pulled this one out on a whim and brewed it up.
The black tea base is so nonexistent it makes me so sad. I do get some astringency in this brew. The orange is a very familiar orange. Think orange hard candy, not the fruit. 5 or 6 years ago, I would have gone grapenuts for this tea. I used to love the combination of orange and black tea. I think I still would if it was a better tea with natural citrus/raisin/cocoa notes, and a better flavoring.
1 teabag used
Brewing tea aroma has a pineapple-tropical fruits aroma
Good pineapple flavour. Interesting mouthfeel that I would describe as “slippery”. Good balance of flavour. Lychee note present. Flavour is a bit dilute.
Thanks to MissB for sharing with me!
From the lovely MissB! This wasn’t in the Steepster database so I just whipped up a very quick page for it – maybe I’ll add a picture later? It’s looking pretty sparse though…
I added some milk to mine because what goes better with chai than milk!? I think it might have been too much though ‘cause I had a very hard time picking out any of the notes from the tea itself. Some cinnamon, maybe a bit of ginger? But it mostly faded into the milk I’d added. Not a memorable experience; probably my own fault though so I’m not gonna rate this one…