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Seems the main complaint with this one is its bitterness. Can’t say I disagree. It’s a very dry, papery, bitter flavor, but with a little sugar it mellows a bit. It’s not bad, and for a bagged tea it’s a decent option, one that I’ve purchased more than once. However there are better Orange Pekoes out there. Oddly enough I like the Stop & Shop brand OP tea better, it’s a little lighter and not as dry.
Tastes pretty good, I made it in a two litre flask and drank it iced. Beautiful honeyed green tea flavor with a nice mellow floral effect, but I can’t help but think it’s an artificial floral flavor because it’s so consistent with the aroma and frankly doesn’t taste very natural. Nevertheless, it tastes really, really nice.
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Flavors: Artificial, Astringent, Floral, Green
Twinings English Breakfast is my all-time favourite tea, but this new flavour was introduced to me by my mum and now I think it’s my new fave. I still include milk and sugar because the flavouring isn’t strong, but has delicate honey and vanilla scents. I love it!
Flavors: Honey, Vanilla
1) Initial Impressions: Full red color and aromatic bush taste make this something I a excited to try. I like Twinings because their Earl Grey is among the few bagged version I don’t hate.
2) First Taste: There’s a bit of saltiness I get first. And earthiness. Not at all what I was expecting.
3) Second Sip: I don’t know if it’s actually salt water in the brewing process or just crappy bags? This is not good. Like…it’s bothering me how much it’s not good.
4) Final Thoughts: This might smell similar to rooibos, but it in No way tastes like it. It’s damn near awful. I doubt it is a dud bag too. Bummer.
Flavors: Dirt, Salt
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
I’m surprised by how low this tea is rated on here. Of course it’s not the best tea in the world, but, in my opinion, it’s a nice basic black tea. I enjoy drinking this in the late afternoon…it doesn’t have the strength of the morning Irish or English Breakfast Tea, but it’s pretty smooth for an inexpensive bagged tea. To be honest, I’ve never tasted a Ceylon I didn’t like, and this one is no exception.