31 Tasting Notes

drank Earl Grey by Twinings
31 tasting notes

This is a comfortable, reliable, familiar Earl Grey. It’s like an old sweater that may no longer be the height of fashion but still keeps you warm and snuggly. It’s the Earl Grey with which I’m most familiar, and I find myself returning to it time and again. It’s readily available and affordable so I tend to default to it, but that doesn’t take away from the fact that I do like it and enjoy drinking it.

Flavors: Bergamot, Citrus, Malt

Boiling 4 min, 15 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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I truly enjoyed Malachi McCormick’s brief book A Decent Cup of Tea, so when I learned that Harney had collaborated on a blend with him I had to try it. I’m glad I did.

It definitely has a slight malty & toasty flavor to it but is overall smooth & mellow. Whenever I prepare a cup, I bring the water to a boil, steep the leaves for approximately four minutes and then add about 1/2 teaspoon of sweetener and a splash of half & half. I have noticed that it can get a bit astringent if I let it steep too long but if I watch the time I get a wonderful cuppa tea. I usually get a second steep out of the leaves and the second cuppa is slightly milder but no less tasty.

Flavors: Astringent, Malt, Toast

Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Blackforest by English Tea Store
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I’m glad I finally found an English Tea Store tea that I still like. Lately, I’ve been finding that many of their blends which I once enjoyed now taste artificial and chemical to me.

Anyway, when making this tea I heated the water to about 200° and steeped it for 3-4 minutes. I then added 1/2 tsp of sweetener and some half & half. The tea was yummy. I definitely tasted chocolate cake and cherries with little artificial flavors. It reminded me of a black forest flavored snack cake, the kind sold in cellophane wrapped two packs.

I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t necessarily have a gourmet palate, but I found this to be an enjoyable blend and it scratched my itch for something sweet and dessertish.

Flavors: Cake, Cherry, Chocolate

Boiling 3 min, 15 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Where has this tea been all my life?!! Why did I not try this blend sooner? That I deprived myself if this wonderful blend for so long just devastates me!

All hyperbole aside, this blend is amazing! It’s light and citrusy with an almost fizzy twist. I usually drink it with a touch of sweetener and half & half but I’ve enjoyed it plain too. It’s fairly mild with little astringency, just a lovely uplifting blend.

I’m a big Earl Grey fan and will give most any variations a try. I think this blend with it’s lovely bergamot flavor has shot to the top of my list!

Flavors: Bergamot, Muscatel

Boiling 4 min, 15 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Another tea I had a strong liking for in the past but can no longer drink.

Considering this is now my second English Tea Store blend in which I find the artificial flavors amped up, I can only assume that my palate has changed since the last time I drank this. I can taste the tropical notes in it but they seem to be overwhelmed by an artificial quality that makes drinking it unpleasant for me.

I’m very disappointed because I was quite fond of this tea, but I guess now it’s time to come to a parting of the ways.

Flavors: Artificial

205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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I’m not sure if they changed the formulation of this tea or if my tastes have changed since the last time I tried it. I remember liking it and reordered it. I looked forward to drinking it only to be disappointed when I did.

For some reason, although I could taste the maple and some floral and fruity notes, the overwhelming taste I got from this tea was artificial and chemical. I tried it with different sweetener, with and without half & half, I tried different steep times and water temperatures but nothing made a difference.

I definitely liked this tea at one time but either it changed or I did and I no longer enjoy drinking it.

Flavors: Artificial, Fruity, Maple Syrup

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

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I found this to be a lovely, light tea with a nice fruit flavor. It reminded me of pears sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar. I drank it with just a touch of sweetener and nothing else. I really like this blend but after several samples I realize it’s not my cup of tea (sorry, couldn’t resist). I’m just not a fan of white tea. They’re too delicate and fussy for me. I prefer heartier, bolder blends.

So, if you’re a fan of white teas and enjoy fruit blends, this tea should be right up your alley. It’s delicious. If Harney ever releases this with a black tea base, I’ll be all over it!

Flavors: Cinnamon, Fruity, Spices

175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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This is my first white tea blend so I followed the steeping instructions closely. Once I finished the steeping, I added a little sweetener and half & half. I definitely tasted cocoa and vanilla flavors and an additional flavor I can only describe as toasty. Regardless of how I would describe this tea, the overall effect was delicious. Although I may never become a white tea aficionado, I truly enjoyed this cuppa and this tea will definitely go on my repurchase list.

Flavors: Cocoa, Toasty, Vanilla

180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 15 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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I’ve never heard of jackfruit before so I was looking forward to the opportunity to try this tea out. The aroma when I opened the tin was tropical. The description says this tea has notes of pineapple, mango and banana. I can’t say that I was able to identify individual flavors but the overall taste definitely sweeps you away to the tropics.

I used two teabags in a 14oz cup with sweetener and milk. It was delicious! It had a creamy mouthfeel and just brought to mind tropical breezes and palm trees. The tea did not seem overwhelmed by the flavors but it wasn’t overly bitter or astringent either.

I think when the warmer weather comes around again this tea would be awesome iced. I only wish it came in loose leaf as well as tea bags.

Flavors: Honey, Tropical

Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML

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