This is the last of these I’ve yet to write a note for, so I decided now was as good a time as any. I haven’t been over impressed with the Twinings Sensations range so far, although they’re by no means terrible. I think I’d prefer them iced, but it’s just too cold for that at the moment.

So. Double Mint Sensation. So called because it contains mint oil as well as peppermint leaves. On first removing the bag from the sachet, I’m not overwhelmed by the scent of mint. Not like, say, Teapigs Peppermint Leaves. That’s a seriously minty tea. The scent of this is quite delicate, obviously peppermint, but perhaps slightly dank smelling. My hopes are not high.

I put it in a cup regardless, and brew for the recommended 3 minutes. It smells a lot mintier now, although it still has a flat, bruised scent to it, almost as if the leaves have been squashed rather than dampened. Maybe because they’re chopped so finely?

To taste, this is minty, but it’s nowhere near the mintiest tea I’ve tried. I’m not picking up on the mint oil at all, so I can’t comment on what that might or might not be contributing. This’ll be a good mint tea for days when I don’t want an overpoweringly strong toothpaste effect, but these days I generally expect a bit more from my mint teas than this is offering. It’s a perfectly adequate, bog-standard peppermint tea bag, just don’t expect miracles. Eminently drinkable, but no stunner.

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Hi :) I’m Sarah, 29, and I live in Norfolk in the UK. My tea obsession began when a friend introduced me to Teapigs a good few years ago now. Since then, I’ve been insatiable. Steepster introduced me to a world of tea I never knew existed, and my goal is now to TRY ALL THE TEAS. Or most of them, anyway.

I still have a deep rooted (and probably life-long) preference for black tea. My all-time favourite is Assam, but Ceylon and Darjeeling also occupy a place in my heart. Flavoured black tea can be a beautiful thing, and I like a good chai latte in the winter.

I also drink a lot of rooibos/honeybush tea, particularly on an evening. Sometimes they’re the best dessert replacements, too. White teas are a staple in summer — their lightness and delicate nature is something I can always appreciate on a hot day.

I’m still warming up to green teas and oolongs. I don’t think they’ll ever be my favourites, with a few rare exceptions, but I don’t hate them anymore. My experience of these teas is still very much a work-in-progress. I’m also beginning to explore pu’erh, both ripened and raw. That’s my latest challenge!

I’m still searching for the perfect fruit tea. One without hibiscus. That actually tastes of fruit.

You’ve probably had enough of me now, so I’m going to shut up. Needless to say, though, I really love tea. Long may the journey continue!

My rating system:

91-100: The Holy Grail. Flawless teas I will never forget.

81-90: Outstanding. Pretty much perfection, and happiness in a cup.

71-80: Amazing. A tea to savour, and one I’ll keep coming back to.

61-70: Very good. The majority of things are as they should be. A pleasing cup.

51-60: Good. Not outstanding, but has merit.

41-50: Average. It’s not horrible, but I’ve definitely had better. There’s probably still something about it I’m not keen on.

31-40: Almost enjoyable, but something about it is not for me.

11-30: Pretty bad. It probably makes me screw my face up when I take a sip, but it’s not completely undrinkable.

0-10: Ugh. No. Never again. To me, undrinkable.


Norfolk, UK

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