Twinings of London

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88

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.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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95

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

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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74

This is a chamomile based night time blend. It tastes quite pleasant but it isn’t my favorite tea in this category.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more 9 OZ / 266 ML

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72

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31

Tastes like very watered down, warm sunny delight, gross.

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78

Very nice basic green tea. The jasmine flavour is not very strong, but it adds a bit of interest. I’m generally more of a black tea person, but I’d easily reach for this again to change things up.

Preparation
2 min, 0 sec

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75

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

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30

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

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89

Twinings was the first Earl Grey tea I ever had. Something about that flavor so intrigued me I fell in love immediately. I have tasted other Earl Grey blends, enjoyed some more than others. But Twinings Earl Grey is imprinted on me. I enjoy it any time I have brewed it, and love the fact it’s decaffeinated, too.

Flavors: Bergamot, Lemongrass

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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So apparently Twinnings does OP in a k-cup. I had no idea…
Being my first day at work though, I gave it a try. Not terrible overall, I’d say. I don’t mind overly strong black tea as long as there is milk and sugar around. It always reminds me of the way my friend who descends from Ireland makes tea. Ie he lets tetley steep forever. and ever. ha. Wait, did I just compare Twinnings to Tetley? Ooops.
Anyhow. Always feels like bad luck bringing tea from home on my first day. It never goes well when I do, people look at you funny.
If you do it once settled in, nobody pays attention. But on the first day? yeah, not a great first impression, though I haven’t figured out why just yet!!

CelticBrew

Tea has an inherent aspect of coziness for me. Maybe we’re not supposed to feel so cozy on our first days somewhere? Hope your second week goes well and you settle into bringing your own tea.

Indigobloom

Hmmm that’s a fair point CelticBrew! They have free coffee at the very least :)
I’m only there for three weeks, sadly. It certainly has been interesting so far!!

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70

Has a good taste!

Flavors: Rooibos

Preparation
4 min, 0 sec

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67

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67

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.

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84

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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84

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Flavors: Artificial, Astringent, Floral, Green

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 5 min, 30 sec

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29

No time for specific taste details right now, another brewing later.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec 15 g 41 OZ / 1200 ML

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80

Dricker det just nu faktiskt! Ganska gott och luktar gott :-) Blommigt!

Flavors: Flowers

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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100

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

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 250 ML

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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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