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76
drank Macaron Noir by TWG Tea Company
1884 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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100

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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60

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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86

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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90

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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70

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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85

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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83

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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60
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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81
drank Milk Oolong by TWG Tea Company
27 tasting notes

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Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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drank Oud Night by TWG Tea Company
412 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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83
drank Follow Me Tea by TWG Tea Company
2243 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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83
drank Follow Me Tea by TWG Tea Company
2243 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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95

I finally cold brewed this one the other day because I was in need of a refreshing treat, and it was amazing!! I stuck two tea sachets in a 13-oz tumbler filled with refrigerator-cold water, added some sugar, and took it with me to class. After steeping for about 20 minutes, it was perfect….light, fruity, and sweet without being too sweet. This is my new favorite tea to drink iced!!

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 13 OZ / 384 ML

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95

Drinking this tea right now, post-lunch. For the first time, I didn’t add any sweetener to it to see how that would alter the flavor. It actually tastes just as great without sweetener! I’m getting a stronger green tea taste and a stronger fruity taste, but no vanilla at all. When I add sweetener, I can pick up some vanilla flavor but the green tea and fruit flavors are a little weaker, so there are pros to both. Since I’m trying to cut down on the sugar I add to my teas, though, I’ll likely be leaving the sweetener out of this one from now on.

Preparation
2 min, 0 sec

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95

One of my dear friends just brought a box of these back for me from her trip to the Philippines! I’ve been wanting to try TWG for a while, so I’m quite happy.

This is a satisfying tea, mild on the green tea flavor with a light touch of both fruit and vanilla. Usually with light green teas that include vanilla, the latter is hard for me to taste (especially if I steep for two minutes or less to prevent the green tea from getting bitter). I’m glad to say that this one is an exception. I may try to steep an extra 30 seconds next time, to get an even stronger flavor.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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90
drank Pai Mu Tan by TWG Tea Company
9 tasting notes

I thought long and hard for two months before getting this tea. Finally got it last Christmas at $10.58 for 50 grams. Dialing back from Darjeeling Tea Boutique’s strong summer and autumn flush offerings, this cup was very subtle. At 4 minutes (the company recommends 7), there’s just a slight puckering of the tongue and no astringency (in the sense of bitterness). The colour in my cup kind of matches “jonquil” (I googled it just to check).

Very subtle. Or maybe it’s because I haven’t been practising my tea tasting recently. Shame on me! It’s got a… I’m not quite sure if it’s a vanilla-ish taste, or… if it’s a “tea” taste, if that makes any sense. I mean I’ve tasted that taste before, I’m not quite sure when. But it’s this underlying flavour I tend to pick up from TWG’s teas underneath their various blend flavourings.

So I guess it’s the purest “tea” taste.

That’s all I seem to be getting from this. And yet, that seems to be all I want. Maybe it’s a placebo effect of it being “white tea” or something, haha. I’ll be saving up for their Yin Zhen next time. It’s almost 60 bucks for 50 grams. But I really could tell the difference, looking into those two canisters.

The latter was nothing but beautiful white buds. Can’t wait to try it out.

But as for this one, definitely worth it. I’ll have to come back to it in the future, see what tastes I can get out of it. Once again, it reminds me how much I still have to learn about tea tasting.

Flavors: Tea, Vanilla

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 7 OZ / 200 ML

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84
drank Alexandria by TWG Tea Company
16 tasting notes

There’s quality in this tea no doubt which justifies the premium price I paid. When I first drank it, I thought the mint was strong to my taste (I’m not a “mint” person and) leaving strong minty after -taste. But a after a few sips, I got used to it and eventually liked it. Very rich in flavour, not watery and that’s one of the reasons I like it – premium quality.

Flavors: Mint, Vanilla

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 45 sec

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75

Still a good Early Grey, but the addition of plant tips make this tea too sweet for my taste. I prefer the regular TWG Earl Grey.

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90

Probably the best Earl Grey I have tasted. Getting the balance right between adding not too much Bergamot to overwhelm the underling black tea briskness and not too many tea leaf tips to make it too sugary is difficult. This TWG tea gets it right.

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