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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
2193 tasting notes

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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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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85
drank All Day Decaf by Twinings of London
2193 tasting notes

Super malty, slightly sweet, and delicious by itself or as a latte. No bitterness at all, and lots of flavour. While it is a generic malty black tea, I do get some baked bread and creamy notes. This is one of the better bagged black teas I’ve had, and I can taste how fresh it is (probably this year’s harvest).

I’m really impressed with how fresh and tasty the teabags are from Twinings in the UK. The ones available in stores in N.A, are not even close to as fresh + usually have a lower quality base. The teas I’ve tried that I ordered from the UK Twinings site have been as good as looseleaf, while the bagged teas I can buy on Amazon or in a grocery store are of lesser quality. If you want to try Twinings teas, buy directly from the UK site and pay a few bucks more for shipping. The quality and freshness are really worth it.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Cream, Malt, Thick

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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90

This actually does taste a lot like garden mint (like the English mint or Spearmint you would pick out of your garden). I’ve experimented with drying my own mint leaves or brewing them fresh, but both taste completely different from bagged teas. Finally I have found a bagged tea that is super fresh and exactly like my experiences with homemade dried mint leaves. I really enjoyed how bright this tea is-it almost has hints of lemon (lemon mint?) in it. Very tasty and possibly the freshest mint tea you can find.

Flavors: Lemon, Mint, Spearmint, Sweet

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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74

This is a really nice rooibos. Smooth, vanilla. delicious red rooibos. As a latte it was a great desserty drink for the end of the day.

Flavors: Creamy, Rooibos, Smooth

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C

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81

Refreshing lemon aroma over an earthy background.
Solid maltiness in taste, no bitterness, delicate lemon undertones, no tartness.
Really good lemon black tea.

Flavors: Earth, Lemon, Lemon Zest, Malt

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

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53

I feel like it says all that I feel about this tea when my thought today was “well, might as well finish this off today.”
Nothing special, and quite frankly I bought it for its Beauty and the Beast themed packaging (weirdly the only one that had Mrs. Pots on it. Surely someone was missing some brilliant marketing there, eh?)
Well, another sipdown! One closer to my goal.

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53

I’ve had a couple of cups of this, more out of a desire for hydration than a desire for this tea. Its also nice to help combat the dreaded tickle in the throat.
Hmm. I shall be through this very soon, but I doubt I’ll have much more to say than that.

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53

Ok, so this tea. This tea is almost entirely ignorable. I have drunk many, many cups of it, and after each one I say to myself “I really should log this” and then I just wander away, blissfully and utterly unconcerned.
Its that sort of brew.
If it was bad I would log it. If it was good I would log it. If I was conflicted I would log it. Never before have I just so entirely given only meh in its direction.
Poor tea. More hot water than impression….

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53

So this weekend I was out on a little trip, meaning I was away from my teas. I brought some bagged things, and this was one of them. I thought it seemed holiday-ish.
Its a war between the orange and the cinnamon. Not unpleasant, but the two flavors are not layering quite as I expected them to do. I expected it to taste very Christmas-y, but it was more like orange juice with cinnamon in it.
Better than it sounds, but not brilliant, flavor wise.
Hmm. More cups are needed for futher analysis. Fortunatly, I have some of those.

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50
drank Berry Blush by Twinings of London
2193 tasting notes

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