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I found a box I still hadn’t unloaded from moving in a year and a half ago, and I found some tea bags I got as wedding favors, from a wedding two and a half years ago. It included this, a Harney & Sons earl grey bag, and some Celestial Seasonings: Raspberry Zinger and True Blueberry, in 3-teabag plastic pouches.
The main flavor here is the bergamot, but I don’t find it overpowering. The citrus note from the bergamot lingers on my tongue. I don’t know how old the tea is, at least three years old, but it’s held up well. And it outlasted that marriage.
Flavors: Bergamot, Citrus, Lemon
Our annual Mother Daughter Tea with National Charity League was held virtually this year so we received a little package which included this tea, a honey stick and a few other goodies. The theme of the Tea ceremony this year was “Enchanted Forest” so I can see why this tea made sense. I went in with very low expectations, figuring that if we hated it we could enjoy a second cup along the same theme with Dammann Freres’ 3 Fruits Noirs or 4 Fruits Rouges. But I was wrong! I enjoyed this tea. We both did! We joined the zoom call, tea at the ready and it went down soooo easily that it was gone 15 minutes in. It didn’t resteep well, but it was very good the first time around. The berries came through and I didn’t find it too chemical tasting. The creamy vanilla rounded the flavor nicely. It was like the inside of a raspberry tart you can get in france: fruit forward and a little vanilla from the creme patissieres afterwards.I kept the packet in case we come across it later and ended up finding it on Amazon. Someone on there mentioned they had come across it at the Grand Floridian at Disney World, and that’s SO fitting. It’s soft and whimsical. Just the thing you would find at Disney.
You all know I am drowning in tea. And from today, I am on the bottom of the sea of tea.
But they got good internet connection there, so here is another tasting note.
Izzy (https://steepster.com/izzyscorner), who got really nice reviews last year had busy year so she decided to focus only on her blog and not Steepster in same time. She is doing fine though, so I am happy everything is alright in the UK from her part. She decided to send me, as a Christmas gift, a box full of tea bags (for my collection) and of course, most of them are full. There are some samples from a brand that haven’t started yet, some loose leaf samples… just lots of to drink (great, I don’t have any tea in the cupboards… (irony).
Ah, the tea.
I am quite happy to get tea bags, as I don’t have time or want to spend time with loose leaf. Of course, there is the less happy part — the tea bags are usually worse than loose leaf. As always I try to rate differently.
This tea, as a caffeine-free blend was nice today afternoon. Though something was lacking. The aroma was quite good, citrusy and tangerine, but unfortunately, kind of artificial note hits the spot as well. It wasn’t genuine soemhow.
On the other hand, the taste was quite flavourful, summer-y and citrus. Again mostly tangerine, which is probably expected flavour. It was quite juicy, but I was lacking some depth in this cuppa. It was too straightforward for me. I believe this tea would rock if iced!
Flavors: Artificial, Citrusy
I should feel romantic now. Not sure, but whatever.
Tea I got from postcrossing, directly from Japan. Postcard here: https://www.postcrossing.com/postcards/JP-1450698
Images downloaded from Twitter post. All of them, as I wasn’t able to find official website.
They suggest two minutes and I went for 2 minutes steep. It was alright! It reminded me apple pie, it was on the sweet side, very ripe red apples. Highly aromatic, but not annoying; sweet.
In conclusion: fine tea, with sweet apple taste, maybe too sweet for some. The base wasn’t noticeable at all, which is kind of sad.
Flavors: Red Apple, Sweet
A tea from Madeline as US version, but again, I think it will be pretty much same as UK, or international one. Thank you!
3 minutes were suitable instead of recommended four; it was really strong and bold almost biting and bitter. And tannic. I am not really sure it has got some other qualities than strong taste and probably high level of caffeine.
As always, drank plain. Not really call it smooth as they claim to be honest. And to be honest… it’s builder’s brew for sure. Won’t call it bad, but it’s not a tea I would look forward trying when seeing it somewhere. It’s common.
Flavors: Biting, Bitter, Tannic
It just felt like an EG morning today. I had this single teabag that I grabbed from a freebie pile at the Portland Tea Expo in 2019 — I’ve always liked the Twinings of London bagged teas I’ve had (I particularly like their Lavender EG, but it isn’t sold in my local store) but realized I had never tried their bog-standard. Brewed it up this morning. Smells delightful. I feel like I’m getting a bit more of a lemon-lime aroma from the bergamot this morning, but I might just have limes on the brain because I had a Coconut Lime smoothie for breakfast.
It’s good. Some bagged EGs are too astringent/sour for me, but this one is nice and smooth, at least with my typical 3 minute steep time. The bergamot is pretty strong and the cup is quite citrusy in its flavor notes… I am tasting a bit of lemon, lime, and grapefruit, with the lemon/lime note being more noticable toward the beginning of the sip, and the grapefruit being more prominent toward the end of the sip and in the aftertaste. The berg is present enough that I can’t really make out specific notes of the black base, but it is malty, warm, holds the berg well, and very smooth without any astringency after the sip. There is a little bit of dryness left on the tongue, but that seems to be from the strong citrus flavors.
Could easily drink more of this.
Flavors: Bergamot, Citrus, Drying, Grapefruit, Lemon, Lime, Malt, Smooth
I bought this on a whim for a women’s weekend away the weekend before the USA realized a pandemic was actually a thing to worry about. I’ve not seen it in the stores since. I truly do enjoy the tea. I find the flavors to be well balanced.
Flavors: Apple, Vanilla
It isn’t that long I have tried this tea for last time (apparently 3 months ago) and exactly same as previous steeping. 3 minutes, boiling water.
This time it is from Madeline though. Thank you!
I think it is pretty much same as the previous note, though I haven’t noticed any malty notes today. It was drying, bold black tea. Not sure about rich taste, as it was, for a change quite one-dimensional.
Good for mining (keeping this cute typo for morning), when I don’t want anything, but strong tea. Keeping the rating on 68.
Flavors: Biting, Drying, Tannic
There are several entries of this tea, as well Twinings and Twinings of London are same company I assume, so this will be hard to set it right, but I am sure there are people who will do that with pleasure.
Tea itself is postcrossing THANK YOU envelope 3/6.
Experience the bold, rich taste of this hearty tea
And again it is pretty much right. They suggest 4 minutes at least for steeping, I was okay with only 3 mins.
Tea was okay. Nothing spectacular but better than previous teas. Nice bold taste, quite tannic, rich and hints of malts. It was bit biting, spicy when colder too, certainly not that much one-dimensional as previous. I would not drink it on daily basis, but when I crave for strong black tea (hangover cure), it could work pretty well I assume.
I just hope that US and UK version do not differ too much.
Flavors: Biting, Malt, Spicy, Tannic
I have received this tea from postcrossing as thank you envelope from Florida, USA.
Ehhm, drank yesterday, but we had internet outage unfortunately, so I could not write anything down. Anyway, wasn’t much impressed.
First of all, there is almost no base (rooibos) in taste. I expected a tiny bit at least. Secondly, it is very, very aromatic of orange and cinnamon sweetness. And somehow herbal, my father picked up lavender, which is bit strange but okay. Thirdly, taste is full and round; but somehow “cinnamon spice” is overpowering, somehow unpleasant and not somthing I call enjoyable. It was just too strong and I wasn’t noticing oranges at all.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Herbs, Sweet
Twinings English Breakfast Tea is a simple, classic, and inexpensive tea, and has everything that is needed. The tea can be served in numerous ways. My personal favorite among the possible variations is to use the tea as a base for a beautiful jar of sweetened fruit tea.
Received from tea bag exchange last November. Since then it was in huge bags section.
I don’t really enjoyed it. It was easydrinking but meh. Red fruits in Italy probably mean big load of hibiscus and strawberry and raspberry flavours. They claim it is natural, but it is pretty artificial.
Natural flavour is an extremely vague term that really doesn’t tell us much about what’s actually in the product we’re eating (from Google search and quickly found)
Pretty much I understand it is that. Nothing and pretty artificial probably. There are no red fruits in ingredients.
And taste… come on Twinings, you can do better! Even in fruit tea category. Bleh, meh, only tartness from hibiscus and… little bit of strawberries. So little that maybe I just thought it’s there because of picture on tea bag.
Flavors: Hibiscus, Tart
I am always looking for a bagged tea to add to my travel stash, it’s just so much easier to brew on the go with a bag. And I try not to sacrifice taste too much. This Chai is very heavy on the clove with a second note of cardamon. I prefer more cinnamon or ginger in my chai, this one just seems a bit harsh and heavy to me. I do like that it is very forgiving, I can throw it in my travel mug and not worry about it getting bitter. I’m not sure that makes up for the overpowering clove, but maybe I should add another flavor teabag to make it more interesting.
Flavors: Cardamon, Clove