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This really is an all right green tea. I didn’t expect anything of it, but it’s mild and pleasant and a little fruity. It’s certainly not matcha, but I had a good time drinking it cold. I also didn’t detect lime specifically, more like general fruitiness. I had this cup over the course of three days, and I really am enjoying it.
Thanks to tea-and-cats for these tea bags! This smells so good. I don’t end up tasting much vanilla, though I suppose there may be some. I do taste a lot of warming chai spices. It’s decently well-balanced and tasty. Actually, it reminds me of cookies, and the person I shared it with said it reminded them of graham crackers. So this one was popular, but didn’t really taste like it was supposed to exactly.
This is a comfortable, reliable, familiar Earl Grey. It’s like an old sweater that may no longer be the height of fashion but still keeps you warm and snuggly. It’s the Earl Grey with which I’m most familiar, and I find myself returning to it time and again. It’s readily available and affordable so I tend to default to it, but that doesn’t take away from the fact that I do like it and enjoy drinking it.
Flavors: Bergamot, Citrus, Malt
Head fuzzies this morning. Hoping it’s not the onset of a migraine, although it feels that way. Advil and tea is how I choose to stave this off, whatever it is (the result of too much craft beer and Spanish wine this weekend, probably).
As far as bagged options go, Twinings is hard to argue with. This chai is well-balanced, tastes exactly how you’d want and expect it to, is low-maintenance, and takes milk and honey well. Twinings’s decaf black tea base is also done very well with this blend; it doesn’t have that horrible flat chemical aftertaste that so many other grocery store decaf options do. I’m sure it’s the wonderful, warming spices that are helping hide it, but whatever gets the job done is fine.
Flavors: Cardamom, Cinnamon, Cloves, Ginger, Nutmeg, Spices
This one has been hanging out in my cabinet for some time. I’m not sure where it came from. Maybe a tea gnome snuck it into the house. I’ve had this many times before as its a staple found in many restaurants but I’ve never sipped it with thoughtful intention.
I prefer it over the English Breakfast Tea. It is smooth and malty. Would drink it again, if it was offered. Probably wouldn’t purchase because I have become more intrigued in the huge variety of teas out there!
Fun to read over the reviews from the last 12 years. Noted that no one has reviewed it in the last 5+ years!
Thanks for the sample, tea-and-cats! I’ve been drinking a lot of mint teas lately, and I’ll be honest, not much sets them apart from each other. I taste peppermint and a little creaminess. It’s pleasant, but not super special. I’m enjoying it cold, and I’d drink it again, but there’s no reason to choose it over any other similar blends. It’s similar to the buttermint flavor.
A Christmas gift from my friend Caleb! I have several boxes of the Twinings Chai in the pantry, but I had never tried the decaf version before. I’m not a huge fan of decaf in general as it tastes flat and empty… like someone added notebook paper to the cup. This one, however, isn’t that bad! The spices overpowered that decaf taste and made a nice cup of tea. I would probably not buy it myself, but I would drink it again if it came my way.
I don’t think it would work well with milk as it was rather weak.
Flavors: Cardamom, Cinnamon, Clove, Paper, Pepper
This is one of those teas that’s been in the back of my pantry forever. Finished off the last of the teabags (I hope!) This is a nice flavored black tea either hot or iced (I chose iced today). It’s not potent, but just a good basic tea. I think I have a newer version of this tea in my stash as well as a tin of loose leaf somewhere else hiding. It just multiplies when I’m not looking.
Flavors: Black Currant, Tea
I had my note half-composed for this Twinings holiday variety, but paused to read the (currently) only other review from AJRimmer and then broke out laughing because my planned comments were nearly word for word! Great minds and all that. Therefore, claiming the “fair use” copyright law technicality and with my thanks to the original author:
It really tastes like gingerbread! Perfect light ginger flavor with other spices and something genuinely like baked goods. I’d drink this one again for sure! I had it with milk, and it’s one of the best takes on gingerbread I’ve seen in a while.
Our buildings & grounds director (a tea guy himself) brought me a little variety box of four different Twinings holiday teas. (I have enough Winter Spice now to get me through three winters ;) Two I have tried previously; this one is new to me and is very pleasant on a chilly morning. The cinnamon and clove are mellow and fresh (vs. bitter, dried-out spice cabinet dregs) and I’m getting some orange rind as well. Another reviewer likened this Christmas tea to Constant Comment, only a bit milder. That hits the nail on the head.
You know what is worst? I have prepared this tea in a family pot and I was feeling that miserable, that I wasn’t able to enjoy it fully.
But noone was complaining it has got chamomile base. Actually, they rather liked it.
As for me, and as much I was able to notice, it was indeed nice mild tea with light sweet and red apple flavour complemented with cinnamon, but the spices were quite muted in my opinion. Age-related thing? My sickness? Dunno. Thank you anyway derk!
Flavors: Chamomile, Red Apple, Spices