Not my cup of tea either, honestly this one was just bitter and taste like asparagus, I have one more of these Twining’s samples to try perhaps I’ll like it.
Bought this out of curiosity after having my mind blown by Amethyst. Having it with a dash of half-and-half.
I can taste a bit of spinachy oolong, but it’s pretty timid. Not bad and I would drink it in a pinch but I think I’m already spoiled and will not buy this again when it’s gone unless it’s the only oolong I can find.
This is a sorry oolong and a terrible way for someone to be introduced to oolong tea. First off Twinings is probably confusing people and making oolong seem like a specific pure tea when its actually just a way of processing the leaf. It isn’t terrible and I would drink it over Lipton (but that isn’t saying much at all). It reminds me of tea from a basic Chinese restaurant, if you got some greasy food it will compliment that nicely with its hints of dust and generic tea taste. Teabags simply can’t do oolongs.
The aroma is slightly smokey, slightly sweet, but very subtle and light. Annoyingly subtle and light, actually.
The flavor is very weak, with a slight astringency. It is a very subtle smokey green taste.
It is indeed delicate, but also leaves too little to the imagination. I would say it is stronger than most run of the mill teabag teas, but not strong enough for a proper oolong.
As far as tea bags go, this one is not THAT bad.
I have always been a fan of Twinings before moving to my more rewarding loose-leaf tea days. Steeping just below boiling point and for 5 minutes, I can honestly say that it is decent. Yet, I am reluctant to go much farther than that. Where it is lacking is obviously in strength and subsequent flavor. I just cannot draw a lot out of it. With a lot of sugar, though, and that is perhaps the sad part, I can get my fix. Assuming that is a basic formosa oolong, it has a fine light coppery/murky liquor and and carries with it the usual toasty notes. Other than that, nothing unique about it.
For me, this is more of a go-to tea when I am home from college and do not have anything fancy to sip on. It gets me through.