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Intriguing even bit mysterious, romantic tea. It has smoky, woody aroma to it and smells like tobacco, honey. Mild taste and mild strenght. Good for late afternoons. One of my favorites all purpose tea.
Flavors: Drying, Dust, Honey, Malt, Tobacco, Wet Wood
hmm, this made an interesting coldbrew. Grassy, vegetal, lightly nutty notes with some seaweed. It tastes like a typical sencha. This is the type of green tea I don’t care for, but I’m working on finishing up the last few teabags I have. It did taste very fresh and high quality. Even the lingering astringency was a little bit pleasant.
Flavors: Grass, Nutty, Seaweed, Soybean, Vegetal
This is a very inoffensive Oolong, and a very light one at that (the box even shows it to be not very strong by Twinings standards, showing two leaves). I can see how some people would find it offputting as the flavor leans green. I like my tea strong so after the first cup I used two bags, but it didn’t seem to make all that much difference. I’d give this an average score.
I’ve never been a huge fan of straight black teas, but as a St. Patrick’s Day baby I felt inclined to give an Irish Breakfast blend a go. My coworker is a big fan of English and Irish Breakfast teas and donated a bag of this Twinings of London bagged tea so I could review it on my blog. I’m not particularly a fan of bagged tea, either, but she claimed it was a “better brand” and I wasn’t going to turn down some free tea.
The scent of this tea brought back so much childhood nostalgia… I was instantly transported back to my grandmother’s house! It occured to me, that growing up as a small child, I associated a single scent as the “smell of tea,” much like one might associate a single scent with the smell of coffee, and that “tea smell” always made me think of my grandma’s house. Of course, now that I’m grown and have become an avid tea drinker, I know that each tea has a very unique aroma, but now I know… my grandma must have been drinking an Irish or English Breakfast blend!
As far as the taste, it wasn’t as bad as I remember. Usually straight blacks just come off too harsh for me so I prefer flavored blends with some sort of desserty or spicy or fruity taste, but trying it “English style” with a bit of milk and sugar, I actually found it quite pleasant! Perhaps my palate has just changed over the years, or maybe I just needed to take it English style to balance the astringencies.
I’m sure I would enjoy a looseleaf variety more, but as far as bagged tea goes, I was pleasantly surprised!
Flavors: Astringent, Malt
This is a review of the sachet version (not sure if it is offered any other way)
My Twinings sipdown continues as I work through more samples. The tea smells very fruity (green apple), with some notes of nectar and tropical fruit. I’m not actually sure what elderflower tastes like, but I really like this tea.
This produces a very light coloured green-yellow brew with notable floral, green apple, nectar, and green tea notes. It is a bit herbaceous (green apple + elderflower pieces + green tea all contribute I think). I like the light fruit and floral flavours combined. It does best with a short steep (2 minutes) or a short coldbrew. It resteeps well and takes milk well (but is best enjoyed plain).
Flavors: Apple, Floral, Fruity, Green, Green Apple, Herbaceous, Nectar, Perfume
A nutty, toasty green tea with notes of bok choy, seaweed, and mulberry leaf.
The salt and caramel are really well done. I don’t know if this is the base I would use (too vegetal), but it does make a nice cup.
Flavors: Bok Choy, Caramel, Salt, Seaweed, Toast, Vanilla, Vegetal
This is my least favourite of the indulgant teas. Green tea just doesn’t suit it at all, black or oolong would have been a much better choice.
I don’t get any fudge/chocolate from this, but I do taste some generic creamy and sweet (condensed milk), lemon, floral notes, and something really difficult to place. I think it closely resembles incense or a scented candle shop? It is actually a bit off-putting. The flavours seem to conflict and have nothing to do with fudge.
The green base really comes through, it is vegetal, but also has floral notes and pepper?, something resembling seaweed/ocean. It is just such a weird mixture of flavours, what were they thinking with this blend?
Flavors: Artificial, Bok Choy, Citrus, Floral, Green, Lemon, Milk, Seaweed, Sweet
mmmm this is a delicious and true-to-the-name dessert tea.
The green tea is nice and buttery. I forgot about the teabag and steeped it 3.5-4 minutes, which turned the green a bit astringent. It isn’t bitter or astringent when resteeped for the recommended 2 minutes.
I get lots of overripe cherry, vanilla, marzipan, shortbread, almond, butter. Also some notes of brown sugar, cherry blossom/something delicate and floral, peach, and pastry. I would have preferred less almond/marzipan (not a fan of almonds or marzipan), but this is excellent hot and cold (let the tea chill for the second steep). I wouldn’t hesitate to buy a box of this is I made a future Twinings order (or found it in stores).
TL;DR Everything you could want and more, really good hot and iced
Flavors: Almond, Butter, Cherry Blossom, Marzipan, Nutty, Overripe Cherries, Pastries, Vanilla
This is a nice herbal. I enjoyed trying to figure out the different herbs in it-I could pick out the lemon verbena (thought it was lemon mint and lemon grass), chamomile, lavender, and spices. Apparently there was cinnamon, hops, linden leaf, and vanilla bean. The recipe is quite interesting, but worth trying.
Flavors: Hay, Herbs, Lemongrass, Medicinal