24 Tasting Notes

drank Finest Brazilian by Twinings
24 tasting notes

I really enjoyed this black tea. It’s important to note this is a CTC tea, so don’t expect full leaves.

This Brazilian blend has a very subtle sweetness too it, predominantly from a hint of coconut in the background. I find it represents it’s Brazilian heritage very well. I’m a big coconut fan, but I would expect black tea with a lot of coconut would not work well. This is spot on though, and leaves the mouth feeling quite refreshed and ready for more. I took it with a little milk, it doesn’t want too much because it isn’t too strong.

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I’m not a massive orange fan, but I like the scent of this tea. It reminds me of an orange squash flavour rather than a pure orange juice. It’s that balance of pure orange against sugary sweetness that creates a smoothness to the tang of orange.

I found that, even after steeping for longer than usual, the green tea wasn’t as strong as I had hoped. However, the orange and mandarin come in subtly as an after taste which is enjoyable. Definitely not overpowering.

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I like this tea a lot. It does have a very summer smell out of the packet, although the rose isn’t as distinguishable from the fruit as some might hope from the tea’s name. This probably explains some of other reviewers feelings.

I have found the taste varies a lot depending on steep time. The longer you steep the more the rose influence is lost to the black tea. Because of this I usually taste a spoonful along the way to get the right time to finish steeping.

I drink this tea on my own at home, and therefore I only make enough for one cup. I’ve found the taste of rose and fruit can vary a lot depending on what you get on the spoons you put in, so if I can’t see much rose going in I will add a bit more to try and keep each mug balanced.

I find the taste has the correct balance of floral and sweet tones rose, and it’s a great way to pick the mood up over a very wet winter.

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drank Caramel Vanilla by Lipton
24 tasting notes

This has the most incredible smell, an intense mix of sweet vanilla and caramel. Thankfully the taste is not as sweet as I believe it would be too overpowering. I found that when piping hot the flavour of tea against the caramel and vanilla were a little at odds with one another. However, when it cooled a bit they balanced very well.

I didn’t try this with any milk, which may have been a mistake. I think the addition of the milk would help to bind the flavours better.

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