31 Tasting Notes
I’m sorry to say but when I first opened this box and caught the smell of the tea, I didn’t touch it for over a week. The smell was so strong, like a floral potpourri, that I couldn’t even imagine that it’d taste good.
I finally decided to try it though, expecting the worst. The smell is definitely lessened as it steeps, and the liqueur is a festive, deep reddish-purple.
The problem is the taste. It’s so strong that the first sip made my mouth tingle. The sweetness is the first thing you taste, followed by the slightly offensive taste of spices; most notably, the cinnamon. The aftertaste reminds me of cinnamon gum.
I was very generous in my rating of this tea, because I haven’t given up hope that there’s a way to improve the flavor. At the very least, I think it’d made a nice simmering potpourri for the holidays.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Plums
I’ve been dying to try this tea for a few years now but could never find it anywhere. Lo and behold, I finally found it at my local Publix and grabbed a box.
The smell of this tea is to die for. It’s so sweet, buttery, and warm – just like a real sugar cookie! The liqueur was a pretty pale blonde, much like cookie dough. By itself, the flavor was lacking a little but it was improved by adding a little vanilla soymilk for a little extra sweetness and creaminess.
I was thoroughly impressed with this tea and will be buying a few more boxes to tide me over until next year. This is a great holiday tea, but works just as well to sip as a dessert tea.
Flavors: Butter, Vanilla
I’m a big fan of Twinings but had never heard of this tea until I happened to spot it at my local Publix. In my experience, cinnamon-heavy teas are a little hit or miss, so I didn’t expect much out of this tea.
Upon opening the box for the first time, I was instantly hit with a scent that was very reminiscent of orange rolls. My hopes increased a little! As it steeped, it was easy to pick up both the cinnamon and orange, as well as a hint of sweetness. The liqueur was a dark brown-orange.
I was very impressed as I sipped it, noticing how balanced the orange and cinnamon were. Nothing tasted overpowering or artificial. It was simply subtle and warm. I’ve had many cups since my first and am currently in love with this tea. It’s the perfect tea to drink on a cold winter day.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Orange
I’m a little on the fence about this tea. When I bought it, I imagined it being sweet and warm, but after having a cup, I think the flavor and overall impression is slightly underwhelming.
Upon open the box, the smell is very strong and slightly artificial, like a berry cinnamon potpourri. After steeping for five minutes, the smell seems a little diluted, though you can definitely still identify cinnamon and berries. The liqueur is a pretty pinkish-red.
Much like the scent after steeping, the taste is somewhat diluted. It’s slightly sweet and the most notable flavors are artificial cranberry, cinnamon, and hibiscus. I don’t detect any traces of vanilla or rooibos at all.
I’m not sure if I’d recommend this tea, though I wouldn’t steer anyone away from it. There’s not much to this tea, but I’m sure there are some who would enjoy it, so I’d encourage anyone who’s interested to at least give it a try. You never know!
Flavors: Cinnamon, Cranberry, Hibiscus
I love Celestial Seasonings Peppermint, so I knew I would love this one too!
It smelled wonderful as I first opened the box, like a very sugary candy cane, but as it steeped, I mostly picked up the obvious peppermint smell. The taste wasn’t as minty or sweet as I thought it’d be, but it was still very good. The most obvious, though subtle, flavors were mint, vanilla, cinnamon, and a hint of green tea.
I think I still prefer Celestial Seasonings other mint tea, but I won’t pass this up when I see it during the holidays. I’d definitely recommend it to others.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Peppermint, Vanilla
I think this is the first tea I’ve ever had that I was very on the fence about. On the one hand, this tea smells nice, like a mild, sugary vanilla. Drinking it though was somewhat disappointing. The black tea was definitely in the background, but the vanilla did a poor job of shining through.
Overall, the tea was very mellow and just a little dull. It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t great either. Maybe it would be better with sweetener and milk or cream, but I’ve yet to try that. I wouldn’t recommend this, but I would certainly suggest this to someone who is looking for something mildly sweet to sip after dinner or before bed.
This was my first loose leaf tea ever, as well as only my second taste of rooibos. The first was a very poor bagged tea, so how happy I was to find that it wasn’t rooibos that I found unpleasant but just the poor brand and quality of the previous tea.
Caramel is the dominant smell, but the taste is a wonderful combination of sweetness, caramel, and a hint of actual rooibos that I would liken to a good quality tobacco. It’s a heavy tea with a full flavor, which has been comforting during these colder months. I found that sugar wasn’t needed, as it was sweet on it’s own, but I think it’d be nice with a dash of milk or cream.
The only reason I didn’t rate this higher was because I found it almost too rich. One cup was enough for me, and I feel that this would be a “once in awhile” tea. If you really love caramel though, you may end up drinking this every day!
Flavors: Caramel, Rooibos, Tobacco
In my own experience, fruit teas are hit or miss. Some are great, some are horribly artificial. This tea happens to fall into the ‘amazingly great’ category.
Both the smell and the taste reminds me of strawberry candy, though neither are overpowering to the senses. Despite it being decaf, there is nothing off about the taste and no bitter aftertaste, as long as you don’t steep it too long.
When I first tried this tea, I loved it so much that I had to make another cup right away. It’s just a very good tea, and doesn’t even need sugar or milk to make it better. It’s great just as it is.
Even if you’re on the fence about fruit teas or worry that it’ll taste artificial, give this one a try.
Earlier this month was the first time I’d ever had chai. I bought a small box of concentrated decaf chai latte made by Tazo. I had nothing to compare it to, but it was wonderful. When buying this box of chai tea, I thought I’d have a similar experience, especially considering that most Twinings teas are pretty good.
I tried not to expect much, because it is a decaffeinated tea after all, which can be pretty hit or miss, but despite this, I was still a little disappointed. Upon steeping, the smell was that of an overpowering artificial cinnamon. It reminded me a lot of Red Hots candy. To prepare it, I added 2 teaspoons of sugar and a dash of milk.
The taste with my additions was still much like Red Hots. There was also an artificial sweetness in the background as well. I couldn’t really taste the tea or any other flavors, save for a hint of cloves. I wasn’t so bothered that I couldn’t finish my cup, but I don’t think I will be buying this again once I’ve finished the box. I’m sure there are better decaf chai teas out there. Sadly, this one wasn’t as wonderful as I had hoped it’d be.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Cloves