47 Tasting Notes

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It smells good, if you like hazelnut. The predominant scent is hazelnut but you can smell vanilla as well. I just tried my free sample from Adagio, and I’m not very impressed with this one. It is a tad bit bland.

However, it was my first try, and I might be biased since I just realized that I am not a huge fan of hazelnut flavor (except with chocolate). I will give it another try, and also try it with milk.

Janefan

you would like Florence by Harney&Sons then -it’s chocolate and hazlenut.

Gander

Oh yeah, that sounds good… on my shopping list, haha.

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drank Pyramid Teabags by PG Tips
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So this morning’s formula was: 200ml boiling water with two tea bags (approx. 6g) for two minutes, 200ml warm milk plus a cube of La Perruche brown sugar. Not bad. It makes me want to sweeten a little more, add ice and tapioca to make my own bubble tea.

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drank Pure Green Tea by Twinings
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I don’t dislike green tea, but it’s not my favorite. I can appreciate a good cup when I’m invited or when I receive one as a gift, but I rarely invest myself. However, there are times when I want that clean, distinct grassiness, straight in warm water without no additives.

Today I had something slightly greasy for dinner, and wanted a cup of green tea to cleanse it out. Usually I go for Puerh or Oolong, but I didn’t have any on my cupboard. Instead I tried this complimentary tea bag I just got from my last Twinings order, and it does its job. Steeped for a minute and a half, light and just right for my taste.

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drank Pyramid Teabags by PG Tips
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I first tried this from my friend, whose English boyfriend converted her to a tea drinker (but then again, she didn’t like coffee all that much so maybe it’s not so much of a conversion). This is his daily morning tea with a splash of milk, and now it is hers too.

While this is not my favorite morning cup, it is quite affordable, and feels… sturdy. It’s strong, a little bitter when straight, but with the addition of milk it makes a hearty cup. I also like that the pyramid tea bag infuses better than standard ones, and that it has 3g of tea as opposed to 2g. Overall, I wouldn’t mind having a 40 count box on my cupboard.

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drank English Breakfast by Twinings
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Note: This is a review for the bagged version.

I like Twinings English Breakfast with milk, and sometimes a brown sugar cube as well. But this time I decided to try it straight, and it didn’t disappoint. It’s not a fabulous morning cuppa that will blow your mind, but a reliable and affordable (this is very important because I drink a lot in the morning, esp. with milk) breakfast blend.

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Last night I stepped on nasty sheet of ice without realizing, fell down, and almost broke my nose. Well, I didn’t break my nose, but I woke up this morning to find out that my right foot is too swollen to fit into my clogs even half way. Every step was painful and getting from the bed to the kitchen was such a chore, and I was limping at the speed of a sea turtle at a dune.

Why am I bothering to write this misery in this steepster-verse full of happiness and joy and kindness and tea? Well, because I did make it to the kitchen, and while making myself an ice pack, I boiled some water so I can make myself a cup of tea to make me feel better. And this Prince of Wales was the one I chose. Usually this is too mild for breakfast, but I was aching and cold, and just wanted mild, soothing tea past my throat.

This tea is like an everyday friend, not overly friendly or gorgeous or welcoming, but calm and elegant, always ready to give a smile when you’re feeling somewhat down. Not a cheer-up tea, but a tea that makes you think that it isn’t all so bad. Oh, and “everyday” includes the price tag. Likely to be a staple on my cupboard.

Janefan

oh my, I hope you’re feeling better and that your foot has gone back to normal size. Wonderful how comforting a cup of tea can be though, both for mind and body.

Gander

Haha, thank you. Now it fits in my shoe… And I look less crippled when I limp, haha.

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Let’s see, this is my fourth cup of tea today and second cup of Prince of Wales. And I have to say that for a tea bag, this does the job very well. It’s a mild Chinese black good for cold late mornings or in the afternoons.

Since I am not very adventurous when it comes to Chinese Blacks (I tend to stick to one or two for a long time), this may be a staple on my cupboard for quite a while. When I run out of tea bags, I’ll order some loose leaf.

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drank English Breakfast by Twinings
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Note: This is a review for the bagged version.

This time I had it straight. Just standard English Breakfast, nothing special, but not bad. I added a little bit of warm milk to finish up the latter half because it turned a little bitter, and that rounded it out. If I’m actually having breakfast with this tea, I will drink it straight, but otherwise I will add a bit of milk. Overall, a solid budget tea, like most other Twinings tea. I prefer Irish Breakfast, though.

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My second time trying this tea. This time I tried it with honey before adding ice, and though I am not a fan of ice tea or fruit flavored tea, I might occasionally do so once summer comes. Still mostly peach, and ginger is more of a supporting role, cutting the sweetness from being unbearable. Not my favorite tea, but something I might have once in a while for a change, especially since my local bakery cafe (Panera Bread) carries it.

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drank Earl Grey by Twinings
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I see why lots of people don’t like this tea. I sent some to my friend, and she immediately texted me “it smells heavenly,” only to text me “I feel like I just drank perfume, yuck.”

I always have mixed feelings about earl grey. I have to be in the mood for it. I don’t like this Twinings tea bag straight, but it’s a very convenient and affordable base for my tea latte. With foamed milk and vanilla syrup (or other sweetener), this becomes a “London fog latte,” which can be very soothing. There are better EGs out there, but I like to have half dozen of these on my cupboard for when I suddenly feel like fixing myself an aromatic tea latte.

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