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Good straight forward flavored tea. I would have not known it is decaffeinated had it not been on the label. A nice English Breakfast tea option that I can have in the evening before bed.

English Breakfast is not a favorite tea of mine, but this one was enjoyable. I added a slight amount of milk to it, which is something I don’t typically do with teas, but I enjoyed it with this one. Not a necessity, though, as there is enough flavor to drink without any additives.

It would be a tea I’d recommend to friends who are looking for a decaf along this lines.

Flavors: Herbs

190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Today drinking this grandpa-style in a big 350ml mug. Gives a nice thick black liquid, tastes earthy without any off notes or getting too strong. The leaves sink to the bottom once they soak through, making it easy to drink with it straight in the mug. I got two mugfuls out of this, with a third that was quite watery but not all the way back at water.

Fine for a day with a cold! (So I wouldn’t have noticed anything subtle going on). 1 mini tuo varies from 4.5 to 5.5g.

I’ve had it gongfu style previously – it was much better in longer steeps (1 min plus) and I note there was a little sweetness at one point. That’s why I had it down as a candidate for trying again in a mug.

Flavors: Earth

205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more 5 g 12 OZ / 350 ML

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drank Pure Rooibos by Twinings of London
2243 tasting notes

So there are fires near enough to where I live that the smoke fills the air. (I am in no current danger from the fires, they are just close enough to wreck the air quality.) So I am sniffling and coughing and full of gunk and have been pouring hot water down my throat at a rapid pace.
This is perfect weather for herbal teas that I don’t particularly care for! Even for ones that I do like, honestly, but the don’t care-for-ems are particularly great, as I’m drinking big quantities of them.
Which is all to say that I drunk this bagged rooibos sample down without much care that it was only a basic rooibos, just glad to have a warm beverage to sooth my throat.
And its a sample sipdown! Huzzah!

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I would say this tea compares a bit unfavorably to the Trader Joe’s English breakfast tea bags. The Twinings is more expensive and less flavorful. The Twinings is an adequate cup of tea, but definitely lacks the crisp and bright flavor that one seeks in a cup of tea in the morning.

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So I have made an oops.
I was doing so well on the sipping down, and feeling good about the shape of the cupboard, that I got a little soft.
I was reading an article about Jane Austen, and it was saying that she was in charge of the tea chests in her family, and in charge of the ordering of tea from Twinings. How neat! So I may have wandered over onto the Twinings website, and seen that they had special edition packaging of some teas, tying in with the Beauty and the Beast movie. And as I love tea, and as Beauty and the Beast is my favorite fairy tale, and I love almost all versions of it, and those teas are all non caffeinated and I’ve been wanting to drink more tea in the evenings and…..
Well. Ooops.
In addition to my new herbal teas they also sent along sample sachets, ballooning the cupboard totals up again, and argh, whoops, oops.
Fortunatly, single sachets are great for the office, and I brewed this up to help with the headache.
Its a basic but quite decent breakfast blend. It doesn’t make my taste buds sing or my mind fall into rapture, but nor does it bore or repel me. Its basic, solid, and perfectly pleasant in many ways.
I enjoyed my cup, but will not run out and buy any, and I am pleased to have another tea to knock out of the cupboard.

Evol Ving Ness

Whoops, ooops—-you are adorable. :)

Ballooning cupboard totals—-I hear ya. Loud and clear.


Ummm….headed over to Twinings to Christmas shop now!

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drank Chai by Twinings of London
1811 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

Iced 8 min or more 24 OZ / 700 ML

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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

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


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!


it tastes the same to me western style and gongfucha


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


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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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

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

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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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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

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

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

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drank Chai by Twinings of London
32 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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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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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

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

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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.

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

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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

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:

Brewed Leaf:

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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.

5 min, 0 sec

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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

Boiling 4 min, 15 sec 24 OZ / 700 ML

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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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