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82

Strong caramel flavor from this one. A good ‘dessert’ tea. The caramel is so strong I did not taste much of the green tea.

Flavors: Caramel

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 250 ML

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75

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.

Flavors: Caramel

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 250 ML

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85

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

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 250 ML

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85

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

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 1 tsp 8 OZ / 250 ML

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90

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

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 250 ML

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100

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

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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73
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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90

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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76
drank Macaron Noir by TWG Tea Company
1905 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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