120 Tasting Notes
I picked this up on my vacation last week. First I want to say I love Twinings tea, always have and no doubt always will. Twinings got me started as a tea person and while I have branched out to many different types of tea, this company holds a special place for me.
I am an undisputed fan of black teas. Especially Assam. Pairing the Assam with Yunnan takes the malty edge off, and makes for a more refined and regal cup of tea. Remaining true to English tea heritage, the Assam is present, just tempered a bit in honor of the Queen. It steeps up the color of coffee and lingers long on the tongue post sip. A hint of maltiness at first descends to a mellow, easy Yunnan finish. My only regret is that I bought but one tin in blue. Should have purchased the pink and green as well.
Long live the Queen!
Thanks to Angel at Teavivre! I tried this today and I must say, I am impressed. Steeped Gongfu style, it provided a much needed calmness to my morning.
Dry the leaves give faint notes of cream. The liquid color is pale yellow. I went 5 steeps on this and only the 5th was noticeably less in flavor. Still good, the 5th steep was just lighter. As Dinosara noted, it lacks the intensity of ATR, owing mostly to the stated fact that ATR uses TQY. I hadint known that before but it makes sense now.
I have been a devoted fan of ATR’s Milk oolong but I think for the price, I have a new favorite.
An order will be following.
The Ceylon teas I have tried up to this time (not that many) have been far less interesting to me than the Darjeelings, Assams, Keemun’s and other blacks. This one, however, really intrigues me. The berry notes are present during steeping and after. I liked that, it actually drew me to the cup from arms length at my desk to take it in. It is a little astringent, but that is ok with me. Each sip finishes very clean and sharp. There is a depth to this one that seems familiar, but I am having trouble placing it. I may have to track more of this down and figure it out. For now, it will remain a mystery to me. Thanks to Indigobloom for the chance to try a little of this!
Another holiday bargain I have yet to log. This tea helps me understand how the British Empire was instrumental in hooking the world on tea. There is power, restoration, vigor, and a sense time honored tradition in every cup of this tea. Did I mention it is bagged? ((gasp)) I have to remind myself that good things can come in bags…and usually at a better price. Right gmathis??? :) If you like an English Breakfast or Afternoon tea, this is a good one. I am about to make a second cup to enjoy with my grilled ham and cheddar on rye with some horseradish mustard. Bon A petite’ ya’ll.
On a road trip for the holidays I neglected to bring green tea so I picked this up out of convenience. I was impressed. It is a very solid grassy green and easy to make on the run. I have tried a few from this brand and overall I like what they do. You get a good value as well 50 bags for 10.00 or so. Not bad. Not having any experience with Matcha, I can’t speak to that aspect. I will say, the cloudy nature of the tea, the bright green color, and rich flavor make this a winner in my book. Not fancy and no bells or chimes ringing, but I find no fault in it.
This is one of the most interesting teas I have tried and I had never heard of it before today!
It is complex to say the least with slight honey and nut flavor, silky feel, and unmistakable
Darjeeling influences (it is from the region without a doubt). Almost the best of both worlds, oolong and Darjeeling. I would say it is lighter on the oolong side but a very good cup of tea. I will be considering this in the future. Thanks Indigobloom! Your samples have given light to some dreary January days of late…
Another sample from Indigobloom. Thanks be!
I love Darjeeling and the more tea I drink, the more I love Darjeeling. I choose it, want it, yes even crave it sometimes. This is deep, full and as already stated fruity. That vintage fruit is one of the things I love about a good Darjeeling. This is definitely one of them.
This one lingers long on the tongue after the sip is gone almost begging you to take another and another…
I love oolongs, and this is yet another that would make my list. I had no reference at all for this, I love it when I have no previous knowledge of a tea and can taste it unbiased. The vanilla stood out to me, but it took a little while to be sure. So I would say it is understated, which is never a problem with vanilla flavor. Admittedly, I didn’t notice a high floral content, again, like the vanilla it was subtle. Thanks to Indigobloom for another new and different tea to try!
First, I am thankful to Indigobloom for sending some of this my way. I LOVE the subtle flavor of coconut in this tea. Sometimes coconut teas can make you feel like you just drank your suntan lotion by mistake but not this one. It is a perfect balance of oolong and coconut. I have been waiting for a chance to try this. To me, it is silky like a milk oolong with the added extra deliciousness of the tropics. I bet this would be good iced, but I doubt my sample will make it to warm weather. :) Thanks again Indigobloom!!!
Picked up a little of this yesterday at the natural foods store. I like it.
There is a fair amount of spice, not too much or too little. I was not sure the spice and green would play well together but they do. I now have another local tea that is decent I can get without an online order, postage, shipping, handling, and the perils of the US Mail.