3021 Tasting Notes

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First off, these teabags from MissB are really pretty. Especially the Twinings sensation blends. So, even if I don’t love the tea, I can still admire them.

Anyways, when it comes to the tea itself, this one definitely delivers on what it promises. The sip starts with refreshing lime but then quickly warms up and ends on a spicy ginger kick. For those that don’t love ginger in tea, such as myself, this could be too strong but for those who enjoy these flavours, it is a must try because they mesh well together while simultaneously standing out on their own. Thank you MissB for sending this to the wonderful Sil who kindly passed it on to me. You guys are awesome!!

TeaNecromancer

lime and ginger sounds tasty!

Sil

it’s fun exploring these

MissB

The Twinings, I think, are the best finds so far. Go to the Twinings store in London when you’re there! You can buy them in one-offs.

VariaTEA

Of all the teas I have tried, I think I am most wanting to go to the Twinings store which is a particularly weird sentiment because when I think of Twinings, I tend to think of the boring, run-of-the-mill flavors they sell in our grocery stores and not the interesting combinations I have been tasting as of late.

MissB

It’s definitely a different experience in England than in Canada. Almost like a different company.

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drank Paris-Singapore by TWG Tea Company
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Another that just doesn’t work for me. I’m getting cough medicine and grass. Definitely NOT something you would want in a tea. Thank you MissB for the chance to try it but this is one I will be avoiding in the future.

MissB

Yea, I can’t for the life of me figure out why it’s so expensive. Bleh.

OMGsrsly

I’m chortling about your comment, MissB! That was my opinion about the store here. Lovely, but why so expensive?

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drank Baked Apple by RiverTea
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Thank you Christina for sharing this tea. It is quite nice as it captures the apple flavour well. The rose adds some sweetness while the nut adds a slight baked good element to the cup. However, it’s really just another apple tea. Nothing makes it stand out from all the other apple teas out there so though I am enjoying it now, it’s one I will likely forget soon enough.

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drank Sweet Chili by Yogi Tea
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Bleach. Sorry MissB but this is definitely not for me. All I am getting is weirdly sweet anise (think aspartame type sweetness) with a slight chili kick every now and then. I am just not a fan though I am happy I got to try it and see for myself. Thank you for the chance to do so!

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So I get the ginger and I can certainly taste the jasmine but what’s the “Hawaiian” element in this blend? It’s an okay tea but really nothing memorable or strong. However, I’m not rushing to throw it out which is more than I expected seeing as I’m not a lover of green tea, jasmine, or ginger.

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drank Christmas Afternoon by Twinings
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The orange is strong in this tea. I am not sure what Christmas cake is supposed to taste like but this is mostly orange but with vanilla cake notes. It’s actually quite nice though I’m not sure how quickly I would reach for it again and again. Still, I am grateful to MissB for sending some of this all the way from Europe!

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As soon as the hot water hit the tea bag, the smell of maple took over my kitchen. However, as it continued to steep the camomile became stronger. I was a little hesitant when I started drinking as camomile is not my favourite but luckily the maple and vanilla are what stand out. All the flavors combine to make a very sweet cup and though it is tasty at first, it does quickly start bordering on cloying as the tastes build up on your tongue. I would be interested to try this iced as it may tone down the sweetness which would really help this shine. Thank you MissB and Sil for the share!

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I think this is the blend I have and I am pretty sure it came from OMGsrsly. If I’m wrong, I’m sorry!

Anyways, as I sip, I am tasting the earl grey first and foremost. There is some blueberry and if I concentrate, I can occasionally detect the caramel notes but mostly it’s the blerg and a slight bitterness. Oh well. At least this is one more tea I can check off my list and I am so grateful for that chance!

OMGsrsly

This is the one with white tea? Haha. I love it, but I understand some people have huge issues with the blerg.

VariaTEA

I believe so. I wanted to love it but it just wasn’t for me. Still, I am happy to have tried it :)

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drank Choco by Yogi Tea
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I’m not a chai lover and I didn’t like cacao so I am probably not the target audience for This tea. Still, as I sip this, I can see it being a favourite among those who do enjoy those teas. When I took my first sip, I immediately thought Mexican hot chocolate. However, it goes beyond that. The barley base keeps this from being too dense but also contributes a nice roastiness. The vanilla is also a nice touch as it adds a touch of brightness to the cup. There is also a nice warmth from one of the spices, I’m thinking it’s ginger but I might be wrong about that. Overall, it’s not something I would reach for but it’s a tea I would certainly recommend. Thank you MissB and Sil for the opportunity to try it out!

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Another tea courtesy of MissB and it is really nice, especially for a bagged tea. The peach flavor smells and tastes like fuzzy peaches, minus the sour/tart element. The base is maybe a little heavy for the summer-like peach flavor but it is still a pleasant beverage. Thank you for the share, MissB!!

MissB

Fortnum & Mason is another must-see when you go to London. The tea area is a bit of a zoo, and they do sell loose leaf but only in 100g quantities. Inexpensive tea though, and very Royal… pretty sure it’s the one with the Royal Seal, but I could be wrong.

VariaTEA

I shall try my best. And if I do go, I will take pictures and hopefully grab some tea we will see how that goes though seeing as my bag gets weighed at each leg of the trip :P

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My cupboard has grown exponentially since joining this site and I have a lot to share. Feel free to snoop through my cupboard and message me if anything interests you – I am always happy to swap!

For me, flavored teas are definitely my sweet spot. I will most often reach for black teas and rooibos or honeybush blends but I do keep some flavored whites and greens around for when the mood strikes. I have a few herbals/tisanes but most of the time I find myself disappointed by them as they often smell deliciously sweet and then end up tasting tart/sour. I have a little bit of an aversion to pu’erh and oolong teas. I am also wary of florals, earl greys, and chai teas. I do not like overpowering citrus flavors nor do I usually like hibiscus, licorice or chamomile. I love dessert teas – caramel, vanilla, toffee, cookie, cream, and other sweet flavors make me smile. Fruits like strawberry, peach, mango, and pineapples will often catch my attention as well.

I have also realized that although I really enjoy adding frothed milk to some of my teas, if I do not like the tea with zero additives (just in plain water without milk or sugar), I probably won’t drink it. The one exception is flavored matchas which I will happily drink in cold milk if I do not like it mixed with hot water. My theory is if the tea can’t stand on its own then it is not for me and I will more than likely try to swap it out for something else.

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