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This is the Canadian version which is made with Ceylon and Indian Teas. I bought this one at Walmart for $8 Canadian.
Looking at the dry leaf, you will notice that it looks like it has been all ground up. Hopefully, the lighter colour are tips and not twigs etc. A quick tip: if you roll the bowl of leaf around a bit, you can get an idea of how much dust there is in the tea. There is little aroma in the dry leaf. The brewed leaf has juat a little tea aroma.
The brewed cup is just as unexciting. I tested two David’s breakfast teas yesterday and this one and they were all like this.
My advice is to find a good quality Ceylon.
Strangely, I have a package of Twinings English Breakfast in Teabags that has been sitting around for two years and it is better than this as well. A nice clear reddish brew that I have drunk without milk and sugar. Note that the Brits get a different blend in their home country as well.
I decided to brew this morning as well in a more concentrated form, because I had watched Twinings brew it this way. I measured out a teaspoon (3 grams) and 200 mL of water for 3 minutes. The tea was more brisk this morning. There was almost a metallic taste on the tip of my tongue. My tongue now feels furry and a numb.
Fiancee and I have affectionately nicknamed it the “Prodigal Son of the most noble House of Grey,” as its flavour lies somewhere in between Twinings’ Earl and Lady Grey blends. If the Earl and Lady had a smart, bright, witty son with a good head for business who can write poetry and ride horses, likes ships, and will soon be taking over the father’s company and refresh it with vigor and vibrancy while still keeping with tradition where it’s needed, that son is this tea. Robust but not overpowering, not as delicate as Lady.
Unfortunately I haven’t seen it available in the US where I’m at, but it’s my tea of choice when I’m up in Canada with my fiancee. A bit pricey, and each box only contains 15 bags(the nice pyramid type, though). Nevertheless a wonderful brew.
I taste lots of cinnamon and spice, a sweet dried fruit flavour, and orange zest. I steeped it in almost boiling water until the liquid was a medium brown. The cinnamon or orange zest makes it a tiny bit bitter, which is odd, but I like the spice combination. It tastes a lot like a cough drop.
Flavors: Apple, Bitter, Cinnamon, Dried Fruit, Orange Zest, Spices
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I have a friend who really loves strong black teas. I’ve seen her steep black teas known to be tannic for more than 5 minutes. I’m going to recommend this tea to her because it steeps fast and strong.
I accidentally left the teabag in for about 5 minutes in warm (but not hot) water, however I found the brew much to strong and had to dilute it to half water/half tea. I recommend steeping for 2 minutes and then accessing the strength before continuing to steep. This is a flavourful and tannic blend that I found astringent but fairly pleasant. I think this would make a very nice latte because it would be strong enough to taste good through the milk.I didn’t taste malt at all like some other users did, however I found the flavour complex with a lot of interesting undertones. It almost tasted aged or processed differently than I expected. This was a pleasant surprise because I expected this to be very generic.
Flavors: Astringent, Tannic, Tannin
Oh, this tea. Everything about this tea is pure love.
The chamomile and the spearmint are so well combined and balanced, with just a tiny hint of lemongrass. This one is tea you can serve to one of those “I hate tea, I only drink coffee” people and they WILL like it.
Flavors: Lemongrass, Spearmint
I really like this combo because it doesn’t have any acidic herbal teas like most assorted boxes do. The cinnamon spice one is my favourite. The others are quite good as well. For the price, this is a really nice set to buy if you are like me and need variety.
Flavors: Floral, Fruity, Herbs, Mint, Spices
This is the third Twinings product I bought in the last week. I nabbed it along with a box of Prince of Wales and a box of Darjeeling while all were on sale. It is my least favorite of the three so far, but that being said, it really is not all that bad.
In the glass, this tea is lovely. It shows a warm, dark orange-tinged amber. The nose is fairly nondescript. I can just pick up faint aromas of dried grass, straw, toast, malt, honey, and perhaps a bit of almond. In the mouth, the tea is on the lighter side of medium in terms of body. A crisp, clean entry reveals fleeting impressions of toast, almond, dried grass, malt, and straw with a hint of honey. Even though there is not a ton going on flavorwise, this tea is clean and smooth in the mouth with little bitterness or astringency. The finish is clean and clipped, imparting a touch of almond, honey, toast, and grass flavors.
With an addition of cream, the tea completely transforms. As expected, it becomes smoother in the mouth. The light maltiness and nuttiness of the tea becomes more pronounced while the honey sweetness and dry, crisp grassy notes take a backseat. I imagine that this would be even better with both cream/milk and honey. I will have to give that a try sometime.
In the end, this tea is okay. Truthfully, I am not the hugest fan of most Ceylon teas, and in general, I find orange pekoe to be kind of a basic tea. What I mean by that is I’ve just never found a pekoe that really sticks out to me. In my opinion, pekoe is good to give a blend body and a little bit of crispness, but in terms of flavor, I find it to be too soft, clean, and sterile to really stand up on its own. This product does virtually nothing to change my opinion of pekoe, but then again, it could serve a purpose as an easy drinking breakfast tea to pair with food. Even though it doesn’t do much for me, I guess I’m just not willing to write it off completely.
Flavors: Almond, Brown Toast, Dry Grass, Honey, Malt, Smooth, Straw
When I was much younger (think single digit age), this tea was a treat. Now that I am buying my own, this is my basic tea. It’s strong enough to go with copious amounts of milk, or as a cold strong lemon tea. It still tastes good even when over-steeped by my fiancé who always leaves the bag in the cup. It’s basically my pantry staple. I buy the tea bags.
I had a long work training today from 8-4:30. It seemed to last an eternity, but thanks to Twining’s Prince of Wales, I managed to get over the four hour hump in the middle of the meeting.
I had thirty minutes to run to a cafe or eat lunch, and my boss said that this coffee house in downtown Akron had great coffee and teas. So, I went.
While she was looking at the coffee display-case, I happened to find a small wall of teas. There, I found Twining’s Prince of Wales. I asked the barista to make a cup, and bought two ounces of the loose leaf. It was excellent.
I just had it on its own. I must say that it was naturally sweet, smooth, light and mellow. It was soothing for an afternoon tea, and it helped the remainder of the meeting to go by nicely. Before I headed home, I made another cup with a pot of hot water provided by the trainers.
Let’s just say that the 4:30-5 o’clock traffic wasn’t too bad with a cup of tea.
Flavors: Smooth, Sweet
This reminds me very much of an herbal tea served at relaxation acupuncture I attend. A very soothing blend of chamomile and mint with a mild citrus background. It’s uncommon that my husband should ever drink any herbal tea, but after trying a sip of this, he requested one of his own.
Flavors: Citrus, Floral, Mint
I had to struggle through this tea. This is the only Rooibos I have tried (and likely the only one I will), so I don’t know if it is the brand or if I just don’t like Rooibos. It was like drinking watered down cough syrup with some earthy notes. The real problem for me came afterward though, I think I am possibly allergic to this as I ended up with breathing difficulty and a flushed face. My rating reflects the flavour only, as for me personally it was a 1 and I think it’s best I never try Rooibos again.
Flavors: Earth, Medicinal