141 Tasting Notes
I forgot to take the bag our and steeped this for over 8 minutes. I thought it would turn out undrinkable, but I was pleasantly surprised. I added milk and sugar, and the flavor was nice, though it has an astringent drying after taste I don’t like and which seems to be characteristic of Assam teas.
A very mild, pleasant tea, not bitter, a bit drying on the tongue and palate (I did not experience this when steeped for only 3 minutes). It is a subtle flavor, perhaps better without milk or cream, which can make it taste bland. I prefer the more flavorful Ceylon Orange Pekoe.
I am not sure whether I like this tea or not. I have never had a smoky tea before – it tastes like liquid smoke added to boiling water. The aroma is stronger than the taste, and I put the teabag back in to steep more after a taste. A little milk is fine, but sugar changes the taste and makes it more ordinary. It might be good with smoked meats or barbecue.
I’ve had this tea several times over the past few days, with varying results. If oversteeped, it can have a bitter edge I don’t like, and milk and sugar does not overcome it. The first time, and this last time, I think I got it right, about 3 minutes, 15 seconds steep time, and the taste is sweet, a little flowery but not perfumy. I might call it a dessert tea. It does have a drying after-affect on the tongue and palate, however, like Assam teas.
After about five or so cups of this tea, I find I like this the best of Twining’s teas. I taste no astringency or bitterness (as with Twining’s Irish and English Breakfast), so I wonder if others have steeped it too long). There is a pleasant orange flavor that is neither faint nor overpowering. The orange is not as “citrusy” as Lady Grey, but neither is it as mild as Prince of Wales.