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76
drank Chai by Twinings of London
1664 tasting notes

Sipdown! Pretty good chai with lots of spicy cardamom, clove, and cinnamon. The base is decent (as is usual with Twinings tea), but not amazing. No malt, nothing creamy. If you want to take it up a notch, try coldbrewing this really strong and adding vanilla soy milk and a shot of espresso.

Flavors: Cardamon, Cinnamon, Clove, Spices, Spicy, Tannin

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 24 OZ / 700 ML

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33

The aroma is rather faint, sweety, with only traces of blackcurrant and some hints of vanilla.
The taste is watery, slightly sweet, not a lot of blackcurrant.
Certainly drinkable, but that’s it.

Flavors: Black Currant, Sweet, Vanilla

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 g 8 OZ / 250 ML

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Quick Review

I was trying to brew this gongfu style, but i feel that I messed it up. It could be that the water was too hot (170 F) or that it’d be much better off Western styled. I’ll have to play around with this while I still have some. Perhaps I’ll brew it Western style at work and add a second review…

Notes: Bitter & astringent

Rating for the session: 60/100

eastkyteaguy

I’m never really sure how to approach gunpowder teas myself. I’ve tried to gongfu them before, but the results haven’t been great.

S.G. Sanders

eastkyteaguy I’ll definitely try it Western. It should be better that way, I think!

Kirkoneill1988

it tastes the same to me western style and gongfucha

MrQuackers

I drink this tea western style. You can use 3 steepings of 2 minutes each.

eastkyteaguy

I think I had this one in the 60-61 range myself. In truth, it’s not an exceptional tea, but it is kind of a touchstone for a lot of people when it comes to the more basic, familiar Chinese green teas. Normally, I do a 2 minute infusion followed by a 3 minute infusion.

S.G. Sanders

Thanks for the advice, MrQuackers and eastkyteaguy!

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82

I’m celebrating ninety days of not drinking beverages other than tea. What better way than to reward myself with a cup of some high quality, custom blended…but what’s this? A stray bag of POW in the cupboard? I can’t recall ever drinking this before (I likely did without taking notice) so I buzz up the kettle.

As the bag steeped, I read some Armenian poetry (in English) and reflected on my life of loss and love. Damn, I’ve forgotten my tea! Although it was brewed a bit too long it was still an enjoyable cup. To my palate it is sweet, like candy. I wouldn’t enjoy it so much without tea biscuits or other food. It’s actually quite smooth (considering I drowned that bag for way too long) and had a slight dusty aftertaste, not to be unexpected with bagged tea.

I liked it and could see buying it to take on camping trips to enjoy with s’mores.

Flavors: Almond, Caramel, Dust, Nutmeg, Smoked

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 45 sec 2 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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75
drank Chai by Twinings of London
67 tasting notes

This is the first chai tea I ever tasted and when I realized that I love chai tea. For the price of this tea you really can’t go wrong and this little tea bag sure does brew a punch! The cardamon and clove are predominant in this tea followed by the cinnamon. I like to drink this one black with 1 teaspoon of sugar.

Flavors: Cardamon, Cinnamon, Clove

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61

This is one tea that I have been meaning to review for some time. I ended up with a ton of it several months ago and have been working on polishing it off ever since. In a way it is kind of a difficult tea to evaluate fairly. Compared to most gunpowder green teas it is very simple and light in terms of aroma and flavor, yet it is also attractively full-bodied with a comparatively thick texture in the mouth. It isn’t the highest quality leaf in the world, yet one must also understand that the quantity and quality relative to price are both more than fair. Overall, you sort of get what you pay for with this tea, but for what you’re paying you could do worse.

I prepared this tea using the two step Western infusion process I tend to favor for many Chinese green teas. I started off by steeping one teaspoon of loose tea leaves in 8 ounces of 175 F water for 2 minutes. I then followed this infusion with a 3 minute infusion at the same temperature.

Prior to infusion, the dry tea leaves emitted light scents of char, hay, and grass. After infusion, the aromas of char, hay, and grass remained and were joined by aromas of roasted vegetables and lemon. In the mouth, I detected mostly muted notes of lemon, roasted Brussels sprouts, hay, grass, and char. The second infusion was somewhat milder than the first. The lemon and char aromas and flavors were slightly more pronounced and there was a very subtle mineral presence on the finish.

I’m not certain that I can justify a high score for this tea, but I will say that I think this is a good tea for when one is looking for something simple and straight-forward. Since it lacks complex aroma and flavor profiles that change significantly over the course of multiple infusions, I would also expect it to pair well with a range of dishes. It has its uses and it is somewhat appealing in certain ways, but it is also not the sort of tea about which I can get excited. Still, I would encourage anyone interested to try it if and when you are looking for something affordable, basic, and filling.

Flavors: Char, Grass, Hay, Lemon, Mineral, Roasted, Vegetables

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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70

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

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75
drank Chai by Twinings of London
31 tasting notes

Not an exciting chai, but It’s warm and comforting with milk and sugar. I’ll make room for it in my tea drawer at work.

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80

Taking a break from GCTTB teas this morning, as my boss has asked me to taste test two earl grey teas he recently purchased to see which one I like better/deem higher quality. I was flattered that I am seen as the tea expert in the office, but I have so many other teas to taste in a limited time that it couldn’t have been worse timing! But, I am intrigued with the challenge, so here it goes.

I had this one when I came into work this morning. I must say, I really like the design of the box. It’s really quite lovely and definitely a different standard than the regular Twinings packages. I assume this one is the more expensive tea I am comparing (the other will be Tazo Earl Grey). A past reviewer mentioned that the flavour profile is something in between Twinings Lady Earl Grey and regular Earl Grey, which is a pretty accurate description. Although, I would say that in addition to that, the black tea base definitely has more body and flavour to it, with a hint of smokiness that almost makes me think they used keemun in this blend, though a mild variety. The tea was definitely taking cues from Lady Grey with its citrusy lemon notes, and only a mild aroma of bergamont. Overall I quite enjoyed it, I was just a little put off by the strong black tea base which I wasn’t expecting.

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70

This tea gives off a wonderful scent of the farm. Tan in color. The tea dries out my mouth just a little after sipping, but despite that it’s a comforting flavor.

I wonder if I should steep it in slightly cooler water (I let the kettle sit a minute after boil with about 24 oz in the kettle). Also I let it sit for 4 minutes after steeping to cool down a bit.

Flavors: Barnyard

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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71

This tea is fairly tasty, considering the price and that it’s decaf. I’m getting a bit of a malty note but also a bit of a fruity note. This could become something I drink in the afternoons. It’s good for when I can’t have caffeine.

Steeped two teabags in a 16oz mug for 3 minutes with 200 degree water.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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85

Has a nice bitter taste, unfortunately even with a bit of sugar added- I rather like sweet things- so this isn’t the best thing I’ve ever had. However, it did taste pretty nice, and even though I never added any, the flavour surprisingly had hints of honey (don’t take my word for it, however, my taste buds aren’t the smartest.) To sum it up, if you like more bitter tea, I’d reccomend it, along with a nice book and a fireplace. If you like sweet things like me, give it a chance, you might like it!

Flavors: Bitter, Honey, Jasmine

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec

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This is the Canadian version which is made with Ceylon and Indian Teas. I bought this one at Walmart for $8 Canadian.

Looking at the dry leaf, you will notice that it looks like it has been all ground up. Hopefully, the lighter colour are tips and not twigs etc. A quick tip: if you roll the bowl of leaf around a bit, you can get an idea of how much dust there is in the tea. There is little aroma in the dry leaf. The brewed leaf has juat a little tea aroma.

The brewed cup is just as unexciting. I tested two David’s breakfast teas yesterday and this one and they were all like this.

My advice is to find a good quality Ceylon.

Strangely, I have a package of Twinings English Breakfast in Teabags that has been sitting around for two years and it is better than this as well. A nice clear reddish brew that I have drunk without milk and sugar. Note that the Brits get a different blend in their home country as well.

I decided to brew this morning as well in a more concentrated form, because I had watched Twinings brew it this way. I measured out a teaspoon (3 grams) and 200 mL of water for 3 minutes. The tea was more brisk this morning. There was almost a metallic taste on the tip of my tongue. My tongue now feels furry and a numb.

Dry Leaf:

https://www.instagram.com/p/BJqLAFLhBSQ/

Brewed Leaf:

https://www.instagram.com/p/BJqMJjKhCzx/

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100

Fiancee and I have affectionately nicknamed it the “Prodigal Son of the most noble House of Grey,” as its flavour lies somewhere in between Twinings’ Earl and Lady Grey blends. If the Earl and Lady had a smart, bright, witty son with a good head for business who can write poetry and ride horses, likes ships, and will soon be taking over the father’s company and refresh it with vigor and vibrancy while still keeping with tradition where it’s needed, that son is this tea. Robust but not overpowering, not as delicate as Lady.

Unfortunately I haven’t seen it available in the US where I’m at, but it’s my tea of choice when I’m up in Canada with my fiancee. A bit pricey, and each box only contains 15 bags(the nice pyramid type, though). Nevertheless a wonderful brew.

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec

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69

I taste lots of cinnamon and spice, a sweet dried fruit flavour, and orange zest. I steeped it in almost boiling water until the liquid was a medium brown. The cinnamon or orange zest makes it a tiny bit bitter, which is odd, but I like the spice combination. It tastes a lot like a cough drop.

Flavors: Apple, Bitter, Cinnamon, Dried Fruit, Orange Zest, Spices

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 15 sec 24 OZ / 700 ML

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30

Not my favorite. Can’t tell if that’s because I don’t like Ceylon or if it’s because I don’t like this tea: it’s sharp, muddy, bitter, and easy to oversteep.

Flavors: Bitter

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63

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Flavors: Tannin

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 45 sec 15 OZ / 450 ML

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56

I have a friend who really loves strong black teas. I’ve seen her steep black teas known to be tannic for more than 5 minutes. I’m going to recommend this tea to her because it steeps fast and strong.

I accidentally left the teabag in for about 5 minutes in warm (but not hot) water, however I found the brew much to strong and had to dilute it to half water/half tea. I recommend steeping for 2 minutes and then accessing the strength before continuing to steep. This is a flavourful and tannic blend that I found astringent but fairly pleasant. I think this would make a very nice latte because it would be strong enough to taste good through the milk.

I didn’t taste malt at all like some other users did, however I found the flavour complex with a lot of interesting undertones. It almost tasted aged or processed differently than I expected. This was a pleasant surprise because I expected this to be very generic.

Flavors: Astringent, Tannic, Tannin

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 6 min, 0 sec 15 OZ / 450 ML

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100

Oh, this tea. Everything about this tea is pure love.
The chamomile and the spearmint are so well combined and balanced, with just a tiny hint of lemongrass. This one is tea you can serve to one of those “I hate tea, I only drink coffee” people and they WILL like it.

Flavors: Lemongrass, Spearmint

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 30 sec 29 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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70

Fairly standard black tea. Better with a little honey.

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75
drank Lady Grey by Twinings of London
19 tasting notes

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Preparation
4 min, 0 sec

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100

I really like this combo because it doesn’t have any acidic herbal teas like most assorted boxes do. The cinnamon spice one is my favourite. The others are quite good as well. For the price, this is a really nice set to buy if you are like me and need variety.

Flavors: Floral, Fruity, Herbs, Mint, Spices

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 45 sec 12 OZ / 350 ML

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40

This is the third Twinings product I bought in the last week. I nabbed it along with a box of Prince of Wales and a box of Darjeeling while all were on sale. It is my least favorite of the three so far, but that being said, it really is not all that bad.

In the glass, this tea is lovely. It shows a warm, dark orange-tinged amber. The nose is fairly nondescript. I can just pick up faint aromas of dried grass, straw, toast, malt, honey, and perhaps a bit of almond. In the mouth, the tea is on the lighter side of medium in terms of body. A crisp, clean entry reveals fleeting impressions of toast, almond, dried grass, malt, and straw with a hint of honey. Even though there is not a ton going on flavorwise, this tea is clean and smooth in the mouth with little bitterness or astringency. The finish is clean and clipped, imparting a touch of almond, honey, toast, and grass flavors.

With an addition of cream, the tea completely transforms. As expected, it becomes smoother in the mouth. The light maltiness and nuttiness of the tea becomes more pronounced while the honey sweetness and dry, crisp grassy notes take a backseat. I imagine that this would be even better with both cream/milk and honey. I will have to give that a try sometime.

In the end, this tea is okay. Truthfully, I am not the hugest fan of most Ceylon teas, and in general, I find orange pekoe to be kind of a basic tea. What I mean by that is I’ve just never found a pekoe that really sticks out to me. In my opinion, pekoe is good to give a blend body and a little bit of crispness, but in terms of flavor, I find it to be too soft, clean, and sterile to really stand up on its own. This product does virtually nothing to change my opinion of pekoe, but then again, it could serve a purpose as an easy drinking breakfast tea to pair with food. Even though it doesn’t do much for me, I guess I’m just not willing to write it off completely.

Flavors: Almond, Brown Toast, Dry Grass, Honey, Malt, Smooth, Straw

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 15 sec

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