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87

A really solid tea for on-the-go mornings. The sachet has no flavour and gives the leaves room to expand. This Darjeeling is fabulous-definitely one of the best I’ve had.

Lightly sweet, malt, never bitter or acrid. Very smooth.

Flavors: Malt, Smooth, Sweet, Tannin, Thick

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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67

This is a good basic green tea. Nothing fancy, but sometimes that’s what you need, especially when you don’t feel good and want tea but don’t want to waste the good stuff. I can’t really describe the flavor beyond “green tea” but it is nice and inoffensive. Also, bonus points for the fact that there are nice sized pieces of leaves in here instead of being tiny flakes like most of the other loose offerings from Twinings.

Preparation
Iced 2 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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40

It was okay. The nutty flavors were very strong, and although I’m usually a sucker for all things nuts, this one wasn’t a favorite. I liked the orange taste very much, but they really ought to have had less of a nutty taste.

Flavors: Nutty

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85

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Flavors: Campfire, Roasted, Smoke

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85

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Flavors: Campfire, Roasted, Smoke

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80

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Flavors: Earth, Floral, Grass, Green, Jasmine

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86
drank Pure Rooibos by Twinings of London
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Flavors: Honey, Rooibos, Wood

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87

I enjoyed this tea more than I anticipated. Most coconut teas are overwhelmingly coconut and not much else. Some are soapy, most go off very quickly, some leave an oily residue. They can be tricky.

This tea manages to balance the coconut with the cocoa and hides the green base nicely. The coconut is very toasty and creamy (think coconut cream pie), buttery, thick, sweet. It reminded me a bit of milk oolong. The cocoa wasn’t as strong as it could have been, but I was happy with the creamy toasted coconut. It was very rich and satisfied the dessert/rich aspect I was looking for.

Flavors: Chocolate, Cocoa, Coconut, Cream, Creamy, Sweet, Thick, Toasted

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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51

Very mild tea. Bergamot flavor is elusive, hidden, smothered. Smells like bergamot, but tastes like rose flakes sprayed with fresh spring rain. Sweet and comforting. Somehow it lacks body, strenght and character. Good choice for late evenings or for kids. Actually I find it difficult to describe how this tea taste like. It has flat yet complex. Although I give it strong 5 on a 10 point scale, this tea is worth trying. I will give it second chance.

Flavors: Citrus, Marshmallow, Orange Blossom, Rose, Sweet, warm grass

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 45 sec 2 tsp 7 OZ / 200 ML

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88

Very gentle, smooth and easy going green tea. It has no astringency nor biterness. There is a hint of sweetness in the background. I recommend this green tea for people who dislike green tea for its distinctive taste.

Flavors: Seaweed, Smoke, Smooth, Umami, Vegetal

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 7 OZ / 200 ML

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95

077/365

I heard good things about this one, so I decided to pick a box up on my last trip to the supermarket. After my disappointment with Salted Caramel, I’m glad I did – this one is so worth it! Twinings surprise me sometimes. I mean, a lot of their teas are fairly low-quality bagged affairs; very heavy on the hibiscus if they’re fruit blends, and pretty much always fannings if they’re black. I don’t mind their Everyday as exactly that – a gap filling “normal” tea that I can drink without concentrating and not feel bad about, but they’re hardly renowned for producing brilliant tea. They’re a supermarket brand, after all.

Some of their green teas are a different story, though, and sometimes it feels like they’ve concentrated all their effort on those at the expense of other parts of their line. They can still be hit and miss, but the hits (and there are some) are really worth trying. This is one of them. It absolutely nails lemon drizzle cake, beginning with a sweet lemon flavour, moving into beautiful creamy, spongy pound cake notes, and finishing up with a heavy dose of icing sugar. It’s a brilliant dessert tea, and a flavoured blend that really and truly lives up to its name. Lemon can be a hard flavour to get right – sometimes it tastes like bathroom cleaner or cough syrup, and that’s hardly desirable. Here, it manages to walk a line between artificially candy-like and too sharp/sour, resulting in a pretty perfect lemon flavour. It’s like lemon you might have baked into a cake, tempered by the sweetness it’s surrounded with, but not overpowered by it. The cake and icing sugar flavours could rival any produced by high-end boutique or gourmet brands, but what it makes me wonder is this:

If they can flavour teas like this, why aren’t they doing it all the time? There’s a lot of filler among the killer in Twining’s range, and this blend proves that they can do better than they let on. Unless it’s just a happy accident, but somehow I doubt that.

Make more teas like this one, Twinings!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec
Zoebug

you do such a good job of explaining the teas essences, I’m not even a fan of lemon flavored tea and you are making me want to try this one

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Preparation
4 min, 45 sec

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86

A nice cup of Earl Grey. Fragrant, floral but delicate aftertaste. No astringency, no bitterness so common in many Earl Grey teas. Good tea for someone who isn’t into strong flavors.

Flavors: Citrusy, Floral, Orange Zest, Rose

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 240 ML

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Preparation
3 min, 0 sec

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100

This tea was even better than I expected. The lemon was delicious, but the cake flavour was unbelievable. Very creamy, buttery. It was very distinctly cake. It actually reminded me a lot of a lemon pound cake. The icing sugar, cake, butter, cream, and lemon are an amazing combo.

Flavors: Butter, Cake, Citrus, Cream, Lemon, Powdered sugar

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Arby

It is really, really good.

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80
drank China Rose by Twinings of London
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I really like this tea for its potent (but malty) black base. The rose is very present, floral, and quite delicious. This brews up really fast. 1.5 minutes was actually a bit too much for me, so I added soy milk. It was already lightly sweet with a very thick mouthfeel, so the creaminess of the milk was perfect.

Flavors: Floral, Malt, Rose, Sweet, Thick

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C

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65

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!

Full review: https://teatimetuesdayreviews.wordpress.com/2017/03/14/tea11/

Flavors: Astringent, Malt

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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82

Nice flavor, little weak( may have overwatered), but all in all not a bad wind down tea.

Flavors: Honey, Vanilla

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec

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86

This is the spiciest ginger tea I’ve ever had, and I absolutely love it. This would be a nice tea to keep around for when you are sick. It also does well cold (I imagine iced with honey or agave would be excellent) or with milk. Really, I find ginger very comforting (even when it is burning my throat).

Flavors: Ginger, Spicy

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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70

According to the Twinings website, this is 70% peppermint and 30% spearmint, but I’m getting mostly a sweet peppermint vibe. It mostly just tastes like peppermint. It is a good cup, but nothing special.

Flavors: Drying, Menthol, Peppermint, Sweet

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66

Wow this tea has a long name, but it doesn’t taste nearly as complex as the name would have you believe. I get mostly chamomile-hay, citrus, maybe hints of dried fennel seed, but unfortunately not as much fennel as I was hoping for. This mostly tastes of chamomile.

Flavors: Citrus, Dry Grass, Fennel Seed, Hay, Herbs

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 7 min, 45 sec

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