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Intense busy day at work, after sleeping only 4 hrs. Anyway after downing a much needed energy drink earlier today (don’t judge!) I wanted something…calming…relaxing in the last hour or so before leaving work and this was perfect – no cleanup being in a teabag and in the mood for something on the sweet side. I don’t know if one rooibos is really that different from another, but this seemed great to me especially for a bagged tea – slightly sweet with woody, warm, honey apple flavour, something I would repurchase. Rooibos also doesn’t seem to oversteep, left it in the cup for a good while, and I also took the bag with me in my travel mug for a 3rd infusion all the way home and it was just fine.
As it cools, the pine notes come out. When it’s warm, there’s smoke and campfires. Astringency, yes, and sugar isn’t helping. I can’t sweeten the smoky aroma. There’s nothing wrong with it. It’s a mild tea with a heavy dose of smoke that doesn’t balance the intensity of the smokiness.
The 4/10 is for the fact that the smoke seeped out of the package and made my entire tin of mixed teabags smell of smoke. I’m airing out the tin so I can re-close it.
Mild, smokey tea that has a hint of malt to it. I found this bagged in a Cost Plus World Market in Pentagon City, and haven’t seen it anywhere else I’ve looked (not in London, Brighton, Boston, SF Bay Area or NYC). It was the first time I’ve encountered this tea, and I enjoyed how it doesn’t become bitter with a longer steep. It is likely going to become a favorite of mine. I plan to get the loose leaf, if I can get ahold of it. I’ve only had it black, which was delicious, but will be back to add more to this review once I have it with milk, iced, or sweetened.
Flavors: Campfire, Caramel, Fireplace, Malt, Smoke, Smoked
Oh wow, here’s a black tea I could drink every day. I bought this as a gift for a friend in London but didn’t buy any myself as bergamot has never really been my thing; I went over to their place this evening, tried a cup, and fell in love. This is wonderfully light. Very heavy on the citrus—I noticed the lemon peel first, then the orange. The bergamot and black tea in this are more in the background, but still nicely present. I just realized the dry leaf does kind of smell like Froot Loops though. I think this would be wonderful hot or iced. If I get the chance I will certainly pick up some of this.
Flavors: Bergamot, Lemon Zest, Orange Zest
Twinings generously sent out 3 samples of my choice (selected last fall, arrived a couple weeks ago) and this was the one I most looked forward to trying, so I’ve saved it for last.
I brewed to their suggestion of 3 minutes with recently boiled water. The liquor is a lovely, deep color – so dark you can’t see through it even an inch. The aroma is a warm, dark caramel. Almost malty.
The flavor is much milder than I anticipated, especially with a full 3 minute infusion and the dark color of the liquor. It’s so mild, I find it hard to pinpoint what flavors I’m picking up… rich, loamy earth… dry, but full of life.
Overall, I think this might become one of the rare teabags I start to keep in my cupboard. It will be an excellent option to bring along while travelling and, based on some of the reviews, I’d like to try it iced over the summer as well!
How i got it: Bought it (Twinings’ Classics Collection Pack)
Experience: In the aroma side, Prince of Wales has a spiced-nutty smell that reminds me to a Yunnan tea, but without the smokey notes. Could it be that actually this is the typical aroma of Chinese teas like Keemun? On the other hand, its flavor is light and slightly nutty, similar to Twinings’ Russian Caravan, but a little more sweeter and herbal. I miss a little bit more of duration in its taste, but anyway, very good tea.
Would i buy it again?: Has good possibilities
Solid everyday tea…good strength and flavor, what most people are looking for when they see “English Breakfast Tea.” I usually go to it for my second cup of the day, after starting with a stronger Assam. I haven’t had this one in a while, just commenting on it now because I’m looking forward to adding it back. I have a lot of it back in North Carolina, and I’m heading back the end of the week. I’m definitely planning on starting my first day back to work with this one! :)
This could definitely be added to the regular rotation as a nice afternoon black tea. It has the Yunnan flavor, but a little lighter than I expected…so it’s not one I’d grab in the morning when I’m looking for a stronger black tea. It’s really smooth, which also adds to the enjoyment. You can’t go wrong with Twinings for quality inexpensive teas. :)
I decided to try this tea on my then boyfriend, now husband’s recommendation. This is the first lapsang souchong I’ve ever tasted and so far it’s the only one. The flavor came to me as a bit of a shock. It’s very smoky. Like drinking a campfire smoky. And the black tea base is very strong. I know it’s probably not the best lapsang souchong out there but given the bold flavor I have to say it’s definitely an acquired taste. I can only drink it when I’m having Chinese food, and only when I’m in the mood for it with my meal.
Flavors: Astringent, Burnt, Smoke
I use the teabag form – gasp!
I drank again at work today. There’s just something about their chai. It’s slightly flat, but I really love the combination of flavors. In fact, surprisingly, I still haven’t found another chai – loose leaf included that quite rivals it. On the search, because I know it’s out there. And, ya know, being a chai fan, I really MUST have a divine loose leaf chai.
Wasn’t terribly sure about this one, so I only grabbed one bag for myself at the Twinings store in London. (How I wish every tea company offered the same!) Sadly, this means I don’t have an ingredient list, although there are no strawberries in it… this I checked.
Regardless. Wasn’t a fan at all of this hot. The dragon fruit flavor was surprisingly strong, and while I don’t mind it, I prefer raspberries. Cold however, this tisane sung, and I could have easily had a liter of it. Tart yet sweet, very authentically raspberry with the dragon fruit only coming in a bit at the end. I could see making this iced all summer, if I had easy access to this tea.
Flavors: Raspberry, Tart