319 Tasting Notes

74

Delicious! Nutty and light, with just a suggestion of sweetness without being artificial-tasting. Perfectly balanced, perfectly blended. Made me feel like I was doing something naughty.

I can’t wait to make this one again!

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86

Tried this one again, and gave it much less steep time. I think I only steeped it for about a minute thirty.

MUCH, MUCH BETTER! The flavor is so mild and citrusy, and the black tea base is so light that you almost can’t taste it. The lemon, bergamot, and orange are perfectly balanced this time around. THIS is the Twinings I know and love.

So yeah. Definitely drink this tea. Just don’t over-steep it. In fact, the SECOND the water turns amber-brown, take that teabag right out. I wouldn’t exceed two minutes.

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76

I made a pot of this tea and let it cool, then refrigerated it.

I like it SO MUCH BETTER cold! It really allows the chocolate to come out, and in fact has totally changed my opinion of this tea altogether. It tastes so much richer… I feel like I’m having dessert!

DRINK THIS STUFF COLD. You won’t regret it!

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86

Interesting, mixed experience with this one. I plan to try it again, and maybe give it less steep time. This is generally why I stay away from Earl Grey blends; a few seconds more or less of steep time makes or breaks the whole cup. But I wanted to give this one a go, because I’ve been looking for a good decaf black blend, and I usually have a good experience with Twinings.

To be totally frank, the first few sips tasted like cleaning chemicals to me. I was eating leftover Chinese food, which had quite a bit of garlic in it at the same time though, so I decided to wait until I had finished eating before passing judgment on the tea.

It did get better after I let it cool. The black tea base is very light, as promised on the box. I feel like having bergamot AND orange in the same blend is a nice idea in theory, but in practice can be a bit overwhelming.

Verdict: I ended up liking this tea for the feeling that it left me with, more than for the experience of actually drinking it. I’m going to give it another go, but for now:

I’d recommend ditching the tea bag sooner rather than later when making a cup of this tea.

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100

As soon as I received a sample of this tea, I knew I was in the presence of tea royalty. It looked beautiful and inviting, just sitting there in its little plastic bag, waiting to be scooped into my infuser.

I wasn’t disappointed when I brewed it. The light, pleasant scent of cantaloupe filled my nostrils, and when I took my first sip, I was in heaven!

I don’t know how they did it, but Butiki has actually blended a tea that melts in your mouth! I added nothing to this tea, but its mouthfeel had a heavy, creamy quality to it. And it tasted just like cantaloupe. I couldn’t taste the base tea at all.

I was legitimately sad to finish this cup. Good on you, Butiki!

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100

Everything about this tea is so beautiful! The dry leaves are gorgeous, it smells fantastic, and once it’s steeped, the taste is unbelievable.

It really does leave a bubbly feeling on your tongue! The rose is what I taste the most, and it lingers very pleasantly after each sip. I’m really glad I got to try this flavor! It was a total delight.

keychange

I loved this tea as well,and am always bugging stacy to make more florals. There are never enough out there as far as I’m concerned.

teaqueen

So true! I’d be especially thrilled to try more floral blends from Butiki as well.

keychange

Try the rose violet calendula. It changed my life!

teaqueen

Ooooo that sounds amazing! Will do.

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88

These blooming teas are just an absolute delight to the senses. They smell beautiful, they look beautiful as they open, and the taste is simply wonderful- floral, and very rich and satisfying. The tea is also delicious cold, if you don’t feel like consuming the whole pot of it in one sitting.

Making a pot of this tea is a sure way to win new friends and strengthen previous friendships! It’s an experience worth having. A beautiful invention!

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73
drank Amandine Rose by Teavana
319 tasting notes

This is a delightful tea! The smell is heavenly- the rose, candied violet, and cinnamon are the strongest components that I can taste. The black tea base works really well with the nutty, earthy almond flavor. It’s just a total delight of the senses.

It also makes the whole room smell beautiful when it’s steeping. I’m so sad that they’re discontinuing this flavor!

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69

The dry leaves smell very strongly of blackberry- they actually made my whole room smell like it!

Steeping- I’m unsure how much tea to use per cup- I feel like you need to be very exact, because it’s very easy to make it too weak or too strong. Of the two traps to fall into, this tea is better off too strong than too weak, at least to me. The leaves can be reused with no problem or significant change in steep time.

Taste- Surprisingly, this is a very light tea. The black tea is there without taking over, and it’s not bitter, which is always a plus. The blackberry flavoring isn’t too powerful, either- this tea smells stronger than it tastes! But it is still a nicely-balanced blend.

Would I buy this again? Perhaps. I don’t hate it, but I’m not exactly over the moon about it either.

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76

Delicious! The chocolate covers the smokiness of the mate, which I must admit that I still haven’t fully adjusted to.

The tea itself has a very light flavor- I’m unsure whether I’m using enough leaves and steeping it long enough. That’s really my only caveat, though. If you’re willing to invest the time experimenting with it until you get it perfect, it does make for a nice cup of wake-up tea.

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Hello! I’m a recent college graduate, trying to find my way in the world. I love literature, politics, and tea.

Favorites: black, oolong, and white teas (anything with chocolate, vanilla, nutty, or spice notes!); pu- erh, yerba mate, chamomile, tulsi.

I like green teas as long as they are blended with fruit and/ or spices, and I LOVE them when they’re floral.

I have a love-hate relationship with kombucha, and I’m very picky about my chai- It has to have a high-quality black tea base for me to really enjoy it.

Dislikes: Plain green teas, rooibos, honeybush, fruity herbals, hibiscus in high quantities, plain peppermint. (Although I am not opposed to trying blends that cross into these neighborhoods if they come from reputable companies.)

I’m not a swapper, but I hope we can still be friends :)

90-100: Perfection and heaven and magic, all in one cup.

70-89: Good.

50-69: Meh.

49 and below: Blerg.

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