42 Tasting Notes
A very drinkable Earl Grey. Should not be steeped for more than about five minutes, as the bergamot flavour starts to become bitter after prolonged immersion.
The scent of a wood-burning fire and the taste reminiscent of a fine single-malt whiskey — this was the Lapsang Souchong that took me from a fan to a convert. Dense, earthy, smokey, delicious.
An almost perfume-like taste shows the presence of icewine flavouring in this bagged tea. The icewine adds a faint note reminiscent of Darjeeling, though to be more accurate it falls somewhere between the aftertaste of raisins and cream sherry. Probably not a tea I will seek out again, but good experiment for a few bags’ worth of variety in the daily cup routine.
Peppermint tea with a bit of a kick in the form of additional fragrant herbs such as tarragon. May be overwhelmed by most kinds of food, so probably best consumed on its own, but works well for late nights when caffeine is out and a little mood boost would be more than welcome.
As a longtime fan of Lapsang Souchong, I know that people either love it or hate it. For those who’ve never had it before and are interested in trying it, Twinings provides a budget-friendly Lapsang that showcases its essential flavours — the distinctive smoky scent and the earthy taste (like a single-malt whiskey). A suitable introduction to this unique tea.
It’s organic, it’s peppermint, it’s organic peppermint tea. There’s not much else to say about it. Useful for the evenings when even the slightest hint of caffeine would leave you staring at the ceiling all night.
Black tea and rose petals create a refined and undeniably floral-scented tea. Be careful not to over-steep it — the rose petals don’t take well to extended immersion in water, and the tea can start to smell like a corked wine if the leaves are left in an infuser for too long. Seasonal, and therefore not always available through the RoT catalogue, but worth trying when it’s in stock.
A fine if relatively unremarkable green tea, suitable for the daily cup at work or in the evening. Good value for the price.
The jasmine scent is a little overwhelming at first, but it brews a serviceable cup of green tea.
A fine oolong with an appropriately nutty flavour. Deceptively strong, however — unless you have a cast-iron stomach, drink it with a snack or a meal.