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100

This is my very favourite tea, and has been for a few years! This was the first black tea I would drink enthusiastically!

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4

THE RUNDOWN
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

Preparation
1 g 10 OZ / 295 ML

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66

Interesting damp, woodsy taste and aroma. Beautiful red color. Would like to let this one grow on me. New to herbals and rooibos.

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80

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.

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40

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.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 10 OZ / 295 ML

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90

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

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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55

Good. Wanted to like it more than I did, but it served well as a plain, uneventful black tea to spend the day with.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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90

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

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 g 8 OZ / 250 ML

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70

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!

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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60
drank Prince of Wales by Twinings of London
1294 tasting notes

There is absolutely zip about this tea that is memorable, interesting, or unique. The name perhaps? I grabbed it somewhere along my travels, just one bag… so that’s another off my list to try. It’s really just a super mild, straight black.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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87

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

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86

The first time I’d had any breakfast tea, and I loved it. Great to have in my desk at work.

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71

Final cup of tea at work. Much better than that Tazo Orange garbage-this one tastes like Chamomile and Mint. Not bad. I have to deduct points for the added “spearmint flavour” though; what’s that about?

Flavors: Mint

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 15 sec

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84

I love the full bodied nature of this tea. I highly recommend the loose leaf over the bagged — the tea doesn’t taste metallic like some of the English Breakfast tea bags I’ve tried. Great for any time of the day!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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90

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! :)

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85

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. :)

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80

It’s alright, but I wish the flavour was a bit stronger. As usual, I add raspberry syrup or honey (depending on my mood).

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68
drank Lady Grey by Twinings of London
29 tasting notes

I prefer this to Earl Grey sometimes because the taste is more delicate and citrusy.

Flavors: Bergamot, Citrus

Preparation
4 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 250 ML

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65

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

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 11 OZ / 325 ML

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70

Overboard TTB

This smells amazing but has a medicinal flavor that I don’t enjoy. The orange and cinnamon seem fairly well balanced. I really wish that medicine-y taste wasn’t there. I think I’d like this herbal a lot without it.

gmathis

Have you ever tried Bigelow Constant Comment? It’s clove-ier, but sounds a lot like this.

Veronica

I actually have never tried Constant Comment. If it’s orange, cinnamon, and clove I need to try it. I really like that combination.

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