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So my mom went to Taiwan and came home with various samples of tea. This was one of them. This is a good tasting earl grey. It was not bitter and did not need any honey or lemon. It steeped to a nice golden brown liquor. The bergamot is perfectly blended. It gave me a good caffeine kick and helped with this cold I am having. Good tea overall.
I don’t know what I did, but this cup isn’t right. I get some nice mint, but the rest of it is just blah. I have a feeling that this will be excellent cold steeped.
Oh wait! I added a little cream to this before I dumped it and it seems to have come alive! I taste more green with some cooling mint and a little red fruit in there. Hello!
Oh! This is strange! I don’t have any tasting notes for this, so I’m not sure that I ever tried it. It may have been a casualty of having too much tea! It took me a minute to place the flavor at the front of the sip as rhubarb, but it is definitely there now. There is a slight bite at the sides of my tongue at the back of the sip. I wouldn’t say I like this tea at this point, but it has caught my attention and will be spared from the get rid of pile for the moment.
Self, if you are reading this… try cold steeping next time!
I’m not big into oolongs, so I’m not quite sure how I ended up with this tea. It may be one of my husband’s, but I don’t know for certain.
It has a nice light oolong scent. Smooth flavor on the start of the sip with mild notes of grass in the background that come out a little stronger in the aftertaste. It has a nice richness that feels sweet at the back of the sip. It’s nice for an oolong, more enjoyable than a lot that I have tried, but it isn’t going to be something that I reach for.
This is strange. Today I’m tasting something savory… like curry. Cumin? This can’t be right? The scent from my cup is so light that it is hard to tell by anything other than taste. Did my cup not get washed well enough in the dishwasher? I’m confused, but on this cold morning anything that is warm is welcome.
Ginger and strawberry? Is that what I’m tasting? I didn’t realize this tea was a white/oolong and steeped it at black temps. It has a slight green tang to it. It is reminding me of Mariage Freres La Route Du Temps, which is also a ginger green tea, but has a little more kick than this tea. So far this tea is okay, but I’ll have to try it at different steeping parameters.
I’ve had this poor tea for several years and never made a tasting note! :( I must have tried it when I first bought it, lured by the promise of anise and fruit. Now that it is undoubtedly past it’s prime, I’m digging it out of my cupboard and revisiting it. Once steeped it smells a little like NY Breakfast, one of my three favorite TWG teas. The malty scent with the promise of something richer. The sip falls a bit flat with a little malt flavor on the back. I could taste fruit on my first few sips, but I’ve lost that now. I think I can imagine a little anise? I added a bit of cream mid cup and that seems to have destroyed all the nuances that were left in this ancient tea. The Weekend In _____ teas seemed so intriguing that I ordered several, but I don’t recall any of them standing out as a really enjoyable amazing cup. I still have a bit of this left in the bag, so maybe a cold steep would do it some good.
A gift from my friend. I love this tea. I usually go for stronger black tea (English Breakfast is my favorite), but this green tea is awesome. I put half a teaspoon of sugar (or one spoon) in it, and it just melts my bones and muscles. Sometimes it comes out a bit bitter when you leave the tea in the water for too long (like dry wine), but it’s still great.
Flavors: Caramel, Spices
The caramel flavor really comes through with this tea. It is so caramelly it felt a bit weird to drink it. The taste of the green tea itself is almost lost. I had a love-hate relationship with it as I drank it near the start of my tea journey, in which I was just getting used to flavored and blended teas, so my judgement may not really be fair. Overall, it is good specifically for people who love the smell of caramel. Will I buy it again? Probably, but not in the near future.
One of the strongest full-bodied black tea I have ever tasted. Compare this to your average lipton and you would probably understand why there’s a huge price gap although both are basically just black teas. This feels like concentrated essence of black tea. A very good breakfast tea to jolt you alive, and an equally good one to keep you awake through late nights. Not for the faint-hearted.
Flavors: Bitter, Roasted
This blend smells better in tea leaf form than when its boiled into a cup of tea. It has a strong malty chocolate-y scent which, unfortunately, translates only partially into a cup. Nonetheless it is still quite a delicious tea to have. Steep longer than needed to get most of its scent into your cup of tea.
Flavors: Chocolate, Malt
Currently my favorite tea. The leaves give off a strong perfume of flowers and berries which translates into the cup of tea. The thing is, its so aromatic I feel its better to drink this on its own than try to pair it with food. Overall a delightful tea. Will buy more.
Flavors: Berries, Floral
Very lovely tea that smells and tastes amazing, and is definitely a favorite out of all the teas I have. It feels delicate for a black tea, but the flavors are definitely present. It’s slightly sweet on its own, with floral tones and what I believe is apricot. Even with milk and sugar, it is still amazing.
Flavors: Apricot, Floral, Fruity
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.
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