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Received this tea from someone at work who knows how much I love rose in tea (if that wasn’t apparent from the MANY rose flavoured teas I had this week…) and I’m really appreciative of their generosity and thoughtfulness to share a tea with me that they knew I’d like. They were of course correct, this has an amazing rose flavour! Sweet, delicate and fresh – a bit more perfumey that some of the rose I experienced this week, but not in a bad way!

I actually made three mugs of this tea day I tried it out; I have a new roommate (one of the other two moved out last week) and for her first weekend in the apartment we all kind of sat down and got to know each other over a mug of tea – and that cleaned the apartment together as a group. It was actually a really nice activity and she seems really nice! I’m excited to have a new roommate who is maybe more sociable than the last, who also seems to have an appreciation for a cup of tea!

Kawaii433

Yay for a good roommate :D

Kittenna

Sociable roommates are great (as long as they understand boundaries)! I lived with some fantastic people in my time renting in Ontario.

Kawaii433

@Kittena I hear that! I’m a really quiet to myself type of person, and having an over social person around wears me out lol.

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drank Geisha Blossom by TWG Tea Company
14 tasting notes

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drank Honey Tea by TWG Tea Company
434 tasting notes

This’ one I’ve been coveting for a while, since the Urban Tea Merchant switched over to a ‘TWG Branded’ store. It came with a new lineup of employees, not the regulars I knew, and at first they didn’t have all of the teas in… Later I realized the main manager there just wasn’t fond of serving anyone who didn’t look ‘ritzy’ enough to make a reservation. Bluh. I tried a few times, but he couldn’t be bothered to check (I could physically see the tin labelled ‘Honey’). This time around I was the only one in the story, so got his attention long enough to grab this one (had an odd back-and-forth ‘Honey tea? No.’ ‘Oh, you’re sure?’ ‘Oh, honey tea, yes.’), but wasn’t able to inquire after anything else before being ushered to the till. Welp.

Anyhow—rant over, this smells STRONG, floral, like sweet pollen. The taste is more… waxy. Sweet, but not ‘sweetened’. I assume what honey MIGHT taste like if you stripped away the ‘sweet’. Sort of like… biting into a beeswax candle, almost. Waxy and floral. It’s different, and lives up to the weird hype I was building in my head in anticipation of trying it.

Not the weirdest tea I’ve tried from TWG… Honestly don’t know why more tea companies don’t carry a honey tea? I assume it must be a difficult flavour to source, and get right (I wonder how much like ‘honey’ this would taste with a sweetener added; an experiment to try, although I’m at that point where I straight up dislike sugar in my tea).

Edit: Forgot to add, very reminiscent of DavidsTea’s Wild Honey Matcha. Same flavouring? Feeling like I should buy some and try them together.

Flavors: Floral

Preparation
2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Good tea. Half way (balanced) between strong English Breakfast and Earl Grey. Not as tanic as the English Breakfast, not as aromatic and citrusy as the Earl Grey.
Indeed for breakfast; I don’t like it with milk. It doesn’t need it. Very appropiate to drink in the russian way, very strong and adding hot water along the way. My wife likes it very, very strong and loaded with sugar.
Many TWG’s teas are gimicky, but this one isn’t. It is indeed a breakfast tea with a recognisable Russian flair.

Flavors: Bergamot, Dark Wood

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec 5 g 20 OZ / 600 ML

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drank Alfonso by TWG Tea Company
2 tasting notes

It is difficult to find the mango advertised. Instead, it smells and tastes like peaches.

Very similar candy-like tea as other offers from TWG (Wedding party, Tea Party, etc). This one is more direct to the fruit (peach/apple) and less balanced. I didn’t like its light body but that makes it good for some contexts. It is an enjoyable infusion to share in a light and playuful mood.

Flavors: Almond, Green Apple, Mud, Peach

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 20 OZ / 600 ML

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drank Follow Me Tea by TWG Tea Company
4529 tasting notes

Sipdown! 9/365

Dang. Waited too long on this for sure. It’s noticeably stale, or at least, I think that’s the flavour I’m getting out of it. I can also taste the metallic tang of a too-old green tea base. I think I can get a whiff of pineapple if I sniff the tea really hard, but the staleness overwhelms anything in the flavour. Too bad, this is probably one of the only cups of tea I’ll actually dump out. I even drank yesterday’s Sencha because it had some redeeming qualities… this has none. Oh well. At least there was only a cup’s worth.

ETA: I see from other reviews that there is ginseng in here. I’m not overly familiar with ginseng in tea, but it’s possible that it’s contributing to the flavour I dislike here.

Mastress Alita

I don’t like the taste of ginseng, myself. Was the taste you found unappealing sort of musty/earthy/medicinal-tasting? That is what ginseng tstes like to me.

Kittenna

It was musty, possibly earthy. I’ve had ginseng oolongs before and only recall them being sweet and pleasant. This was downright bad. I can honestly say that other than some teas where the coconut has gone off, this was probably the worst-tasting tea I’ve had!

Mastress Alita

Ya, I have a ginseng oolong, but usually they are powdered in licorice, so they taste… sweet and pleasant. Not musty and downright bad. The ginseng oolongs that look like the little pebbles are the only ginseng teas I can drink, but then, I am a huge licorice root lover. :-P The sweetness and the oolong base tempers out the ginseng grossness in those.

Kittenna

I bet that’s it then. I dislike ginseng! I actually did not know that it was powdered licorice on the ginseng teas I’d had before (I’ve only had the tiny, powdery, pebbled version, and only a couple times, I think). For science, though, I think I’ll need to try another ginseng tea… :/

tea-sipper

Aw, I tried this tea when it was older from a tea box and I really liked it… I just just tasting a great pineapple flavor.

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I thought it was just green tea but it’s not. Smelled like strawberry and even after drinking I felt like I’m in the middle of the berry garden. The best fancy tea ever!

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drank Silver Moon by TWG Tea Company
14 tasting notes

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I was on a Singapore Airlines flight the first time I had this tea. I immediately fell in love with it. I love strong teas and I thought the aroma captured very well the Paris-Singapore romance. I can’t describe it any other way. I have tried other TWG blends, but my favourite by a far is the Paris-Singapore blend.

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

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Smell like dried mango, pineapples and berries. Taste pineapple, young dates, and barley.

Flavors: Pineapple, Tropical

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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Flavors: Dried Fruit, Tropical

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 15 sec 2 g 10 OZ / 300 ML

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very lightly aromatic. beautiful early in the morning. i drink it first thing when i reach office. the cornflowers give a nice flowery aroma to the tea. i drink it just with hot water, without any milk or sugar. i dont think the tea can stand up to the fat in the milk.

Flavors: Fruity

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec 6 OZ / 180 ML

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A very lack-lustre earl grey. You can barely taste the bergamot, and the underlying Darjeeling is particularly disappointing. Overpriced for a subpar cup of tea.

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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.

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Still need to try this iced. I think I’ll dump the rest into a pitcher and stick it in the fridge. Having it hot with cream right now and it’s not bad for a tea that has been languishing in my cupboard for several years. The mint is mellow and there is an undefinable fruitiness to it followed by a flatness on the finish. Not bad, but not one I’ll buy again.

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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!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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Mistakenly steeped this green at black temps. It’s surprisingly not bitter considering my abuse of it, but I’m not getting much flavor from it either. A little grassy, a little buttery and flat. I kept this tea hoping I’d find a way to love it, but it’s over between us. Welcome to dumpsville, WIHK.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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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!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Ti Kuan Yin by TWG Tea Company
1045 tasting notes

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.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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As a huge fan of passionflower and green tea, this blend is one of my favourites!

Flavors: Floral, Fruity, Green, Summer, Sweet

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec 5 g 17 OZ / 500 ML

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drank Dragon Gate by TWG Tea Company
1045 tasting notes

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.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Dragon Gate by TWG Tea Company
1045 tasting notes

I did it again. I didn’t read previous tasting notes and steeped this like a black tea. It’s still pretty nice tho. Mild ginger with strawberry. Might be nice cold steeped as summer seems to have arrived early February this year. :/

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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