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drank Nargila by TWG Tea Company
15 tasting notes

ohhhhh this is a weird one. smells a bit like a cosmetics drawer but better, definitely a powdery vibe. The base is heavier on a light green tea note instead of the black, but the black is adding a bit of extra structure to support all the powdery fruit. The mint cut through the sweetness.

It really is a bizarre tea. But in a good way……like that quirky person that you work with that maybe others may make fun of but you find intriguing, and the more you get to know them the more interesting they are. This tea definitely has personality and I wouldn’t pair it with anything. The development and taste need to be taken one sip at a time with nothing else interfering. I usually put milk in my tea but did not add it to this, I did add a touch of sugar but not much. The scent is enough to register as floral sweetness. It remind me of a green tea rose marshmallow but somehow it’s more than than.

Definitely one to check out and unlike any other tea I’ve tried yet.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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This is by far my favourite TWG tea. Introduced to me during a decadent afternoon tea with a friend, and I came home with a 50g bag.

The earl grey is light on the bergamot with an aromatic scent of cocoa that carries over to its taste. It’s great for the days that you want something “chocolate-y” but you are trying to refrain from actually eating chocolate. This is the only “chocolate tea” that I have tried that retains a cocoa flavour without adding artificial flavouring or actual chocolate chips. The cocoa shells do the trick!

I love it hot with a splash of milk.

Flavors: Bergamot, Chocolate

Preparation
3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Alfonso by TWG Tea Company
1 tasting notes

I tried many flavored tea and it’s the only one that I can’t swallow the other half of cup.
It’s very much like a fruit drink, sweet and smooth.
Don’t buy.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Macaron Noir by TWG Tea Company
1898 tasting notes

Hmm, there’s not really much that’s macaron-like about the flavour, it’s too robust for one. A proper macaron should be light and delicate with a hint of almond. This tea does have a very nice, toasty, slightly bitter, cocoa flavour that goes well with some milk. It actually makes a nice breakfast tea.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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My husband and coworkers love this tea. It’s very floral. However, I find it a bit too powdery for my taste. I’d much prefer a more traditional Japanese Sakura green. (Rest of review incomplete because buttons not working)

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l love English Breakfast. But I love more New York breakfast than English breakfast. It is the most valuable blend for milk tea.

Flavors: Bitter, Chocolate, Malt

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec 3 g 8 OZ / 250 ML

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It’s not bad but very mild. I can barely taste the bergamot.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 0 tsp 7 OZ / 200 ML

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This was a lovely tea! When I tasted this tea it had passed the expiry date for more than a year. Yet, its freshness was not affected, thanks to the beautiful, air-tight tea tin!

There’s only black tea on the ingredient list but I strongly suspected that flavouring had been added because it tasted of creamy chocolate! Smelled really great but didn’t taste too sweet. It would probably be perfect with milk :)

Flavors: Chocolate, Creamy

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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Ah. I’m taking another one of my birthday teas for a spin today. This one came in classy packaging: a fancy box, well-made tin with outer and inner lids, and a cool little brass handle fastened to the middle of the inner lid. When I navigated through this packaging and opened the inner lid, I was struck by a forceful sweet chocolate aroma.

The instructions said to brew this tea in “simmering” water for three minutes. I don’t know what temperature equals simmering, but I took that to mean 195 degrees.

The brewed odor also carried forth distinct sweet and chocolate characteristics. The color was a rich amber.

The flavor had sweet overtones with another hint of chocolate. The taste was also very smooth with no inkling of astringency.

I usually maximize the recommended brewing times and temperatures to pull the most flavor possible from my teas. In this instance, I followed the recommended stingy time and temperature to the letter and was pleasantly surprised by the potency of the taste.

The aftertaste was also just right. It lingered on my palate pleasantly and gently.

I like this tea a lot. Not only will I happily look forward to swilling the entire tin, but I will DEFINITELY put this selection on next year’s birthday wish list.

Flavors: Chocolate, Smooth, Sweet, Tea

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 32 OZ / 946 ML
ashmanra

How did you fare in the hurricane, Stoo?

Stoo

Hi ashmanra! We didn’t have any problems since we are about three hours from the coast. We had some gusty wind and a full day of rain but we were fine. Thanks for asking! I hope all is well with you!

ashmanra

I thought you were in Charleston. Our city was one of the hardest hit by flooding and it followed right on the heels of flooding a week before, but my house never lost power, just water, then a week of boil advisory. Still lots of roads washed out. The flooding was brutal.

Stoo

Yes, I saw that. Sorry to hear that you got hit hard by flooding. Are things back to normal for you now? I’m in the upstate near Fort Mill.

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It is a good tea with mint but it isn’t a standout. It reminds me of Moroccan mint blends that include peppermint in them, like the one that Dilmah has. I can taste the stronger flavors of the black tea but mostly as an aftertaste. If you’re looking for a little higher caffeine level on a tea blended with mint, this is probably your brew.

Flavors: Astringent, Mint

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 17 OZ / 500 ML

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I’m used to Earl Grey Teas having a black tea base but I’ve tried an Earl Grey green tea before but I did not like it very much. The bergamot scent was too strong and overpowering. The Earl Grey Buddha is light and refreshing though. It is grassier in flavor and a lighter alternative to the usual Earl Grey. I’m more of a green and white tea drinker now and it’s a delight to know there’s a Earl Grey green tea blend that’s not too overpowering. You can enjoy the lightness of green tea and the scent of bergamot at the same time.

Flavors: Astringent, Bergamot

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 27 OZ / 800 ML

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I’m not a fan of mixing tea and chocolate but this blend does it well. It’s a great pick-me-up in the morning and the chocolate does not overpower the black tea. I enjoy the flavor of the mix of the malt and the chocolate flavors.

Flavors: Astringent, Chocolate, Malt, Sweet

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 17 OZ / 500 ML

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drank Tea Party by TWG Tea Company
36 tasting notes

Highly drinkable vanilla-flavored black tea. I like the yellow flower petals floating around in it, though I’m not sure what flavor they impart. It smells and tastes great!

Flavors: Honey, Sweet, Vanilla

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drank Milk Oolong by TWG Tea Company
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Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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drank Oud Night by TWG Tea Company
424 tasting notes

I got this one as a sample. I didn’t think they’d give out expensive tea samples! I just mentioned that it’d interested me for a while but was WAY out of my price range. It’s a ridiculously generous sample to.

It smells like a sort of thick woodsy amber—amber like the perfume scent amber—almost bordering on babypowder, I guess? Very perfumy. I looked into it, and oud is a type of heartwood that they let get attacked by a fungus, producing a strongly scented resin. This is a mixture of that (I think), cedar and tea flowers. Can only see the dried resin bits, though. Weirdly, no where on the wiki page does it say oud/agarwood/calambac is used in foods.

It’s surprisingly smooth tasting, with the oud/calambac sitting in the back of your throat after each sip. It does kind of overpower the taste of tea. It’s hard to describe, because it feels very one-note since I have no experience with… uh. ‘Oud’. There’s the slightest astringency on the back of the tongue, and something like cedar on the forefront.

I do like it, actually. But I’m not about to dump the money to get a few ounces. I drank it at five minutes earlier in the week (didn’t log), but four minutes smooths it out much more. Maybe I’ll try five minutes again next time to try and get a better idea of the profile.

Flavors: Cedar, Resin

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Xxxxx

I have to wonder if the company used real oud in the blend. First, it’s endangered and second it’s extremely expensive and as you said, not something generally used in food. The scent of oud differs greatly, depending on age and other factors, but it is never amber-y. It can smell like petrol or smoke, but there is nothing sweet about it, even the cheaper grades. Nevertheless, this was an interesting and thought provoking review that makes me want to try the tea myself!

AJ

I wouldn’t be surprised if they didn’t. Their sites rarely list proper ingredients.

No smoke, but I could describe it as petrol; definitely not sweet. Amber might not be the right word, because I haven’t smelt enough of it.

Sorta like pine and cedar sap, though.

Xxxxx

Pardon me while I scent nerd out…
I collect vintage perfume and am a certified aromatherapist. Oud (aka oudh) has gotten ‘trendy’ in perfumery over the past several years and nearly every house has something with oud in it. Undoubtedly 99.9% of it is from the laboratory, not the heart of a tree. Why someone would claim to put it in tea (or put something oud-like in tea for that matter) puzzles me. Of course, perhaps the promise of ingesting such an exotic ingredient has market appeal.

Amber (in perfumery) has a soft, powdery, vanilla-ish scent. It is created using combinations of labdanum, benzoin resin, copal (itself a type of tree resin used in incense manufacture), vanilla, Dammara resin and/or synthetic materials. It is not the stuff that prehistoric insects get trapped in, nor is is whale vomit-ambergris.

AJ

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That definitely fits the bill for TWG. They have teas with gold dust or flakes for no other reason than so it can cost $30/oz.

No actual wood chips present in this one, though:

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It’s got a sort of powderyness to babypowder that makes me think of amber without the full on vanilla.

Xxxxx

I’m shaking my head. The picture is lovely. If nothing else, I loved your description and this also gave me a chance to enjoy a lot more of your past reviews.

AJ

Thank you.

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This is one of many samples I originally received from OMGsrsly and the generous MissB. It lived in neglected district of my tea cabinet for quite a while, but since I’m going to Singapore in a few weeks I thought it was high time to pull it out.

This is definitely one of those teas that doesn’t deliver when steeped up but smells amazing. Think floral cherries and candied red fruits.

Sweet and slightly bitter, the flavour goes into the dry, grassy side of the vegetal spectrum, and the cherry hazards into artificial (cough drops, candy, McDonald’s cherry sundae). Still, the tea makes me happy and nostalgic; along with genmaicha, my first looseleaf was a cherry green that tasted like this one. It reminds me of my first year in Victoria. I can’t help but like that a little.

Flavors: Candy, Cherry, Grass

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 1 min, 15 sec

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drank Follow Me Tea by TWG Tea Company
2354 tasting notes

Here’s Hoping Teabox – Round Six – Tea #16
Additional notes: I’m glad I didn’t just throw this oldie out of the teabox. I drank it instead of throwing it out and I’m glad I did — two deliciously pineapple steeps. I just wish another teabox participant had tried it. Upping the rating from a 77 for its sheer teabox survival skills. :D I’d buy this one.

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drank Follow Me Tea by TWG Tea Company
2354 tasting notes

Here’s Hoping Traveling Teabox – Round #5 – Tea #14
I wasn’t expecting much from this, since it’s in a thin baggie, but it’s actually quite good. Sencha, pineapple and ginseng. A big piece of ginseng went in the infuser and plenty of pineapple flavor came out. I love a pineapple tea. Both steeps were nice, fruity, refreshing. Hopefully someone else enjoys the last serving…

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