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When I think of mint tea with a spike of vanilla, I really don’t want to think of it as “musky”, but that’s what Twinings Buttermint has brought me to. The “Natural Flavour Vanilla Type” was ominous, and after drinking it, I’m convinced that the vanilla type flavor here was modeled after a glandy beaver. It’s a mediocre peppermint tea with an odd, waxy, musky artificial vanilla kick to it. However, that hasn’t stopped me from buying and drinking two boxes of it, because I always forget just how bizarre it is.
Flavors: Artificial, Peppermint, Vanilla
This tea reminds me bit all others Earl Greys from Twinings I had few days back.
It wasn’t bad but nothing extra. It had fresh flavour of bergamot, and jasmine was bit weaker. It was there. Base tea wasn’t great too. It was just black tea without any malt, or tannic flavours – it was just… okay. Not distinctive.
Overall the tea is – very strong as of bergamot, little of jasmine and no tea. Maybe fresher tea would do the trick.
Flavors: Bergamot, Jasmine
Same series as Blossom Earl Grey. So apparently – 7 years old limited edition tea.
Same steeping parameters, 4 minutes, 300 ml boiling water into cold cup.
Brews bit darker than previous one, with strong rose aroma – but it’s not artificial or soapy. It filled my room pretty well and quickly. But in brew? Yeah, it’s there – quite well present! And same, not (much) soapy, not artificial. Hmm, taking more and more sips and I feel like it is soapy. Weird. The tea base is stronger somehow, on the sweet and malty side.
Not my everyday drinking tea – well, it was limited after all, but… it wasn’t so bad as I was afraid of.
Flavors: Malt, Rose, Soap, Sweet
I wasn’t impressed when I saw “limited edition” on the bag, and reviews 7 years old. Actually, I was rather shocked, because I remember these tea bags as “new” in collections few years back. But it is, apparently already 7 years. Time flies!
I found out one thing. When my life is mess, my desk is full of mess. So, just check my desk and you will see how I am doing recently. Yep, messy.
But to the tea. Although old, the dry bag was quite aromatic, I mean I have noticed something similar to jasmine. And maybe bit of “tea” smell too.
But brewed tea is completely different story and it is nice bold tea; although not much of “tea” flavours. Not tannic, malt, or something. It is rather floral, light – enjoayble. I think they added oranges into this blend, because it is what I notice on first sip, maybe that jasmine I notice too, bergamot is there too and for sure, black tea used is some mellow one. They did not share actual one on the tea bag.
Nice surprise :)
Flavors: Bergamot, Jasmine, Orange
I’ve not had a chamomile like this before so that’s cool. Honeyed straw aroma. Tastes like straw with typical chamomile floral and, I swear, fleeting citrus and a cooling sensation. Aftertaste stronger than the flavor. There is a drawback — I can taste the paper teabag and in the aftertaste, too.
Song pairing, perhaps my first to a nighttime cuppa chamomile:
Prince — Controversy
I think I have this one from Izzy; thank you Izzy!
And tea brews deep red colour. Aroma is artificial strawberry and I could not find any mango notes in aroma. When brewed it is still artificial and it really does not taste good. It was tart, artificial, strawberry, something. No mango in taste at all. They used a lots of energy to wrapping, which is indeed amazing, but as tea it is dismal.
Flavors: Artificial, Strawberry, Tart
Well, I ran out of the Earl Grey Creme, and the store I went to yesterday didn’t have the Teavana stuff, so here we are. It isn’t exactly what I wanted, but it will have to do for the time being.
I brewed up a cup of this yesterday but didn’t review it so I decided to do so today. Flavor without sweetener is a nice black tea base with a strong bergamot flavor. The citrus is powerful here and the flavor is bitter – but not “black tea” bitter. I’m pretty sure it’s the bergamot that is making it bitter.
Two splendas later and MMM much better. The sweetener gets rid of the bitterness while allowing the sweet citrus to shine through. It’s still far FAR harsher than my usual Earl Grey Creme (there’s no creamy vanilla to temper it), but I like it. It’s something new.
All in all, this is a decent tea. I love strong citrus tea, and this doesn’t let me down. I will likely keep exploring the various types of Earl Grey as I go along. I hope to try some Lady Grey, as well as possibly a Double Bergamot one. But, for now, this will do. There are better out there, but for grocery store tea? It’s pretty darn good. Recommended.
Flavors: Bergamot, Biting, Bitter, Citrus
My roommates keep giving me tea bags of the tea they’ve picked up as part of their groceries because they know how much I like it, which is very sweet and thoughtful. The problem is that the teas they’re giving me are generally really awful quality grocery store bagged teas – and I don’t know how to ask them not to give me them since they’re just garbage teas/not usually at the quality that I’m typically drinking…
This has been the best one so far – but more because the vanilla flavour in this tisane is quite nice and creamy. The mint is rather muddy, and not the crisp and menthol forward mint I’d prefer to drink. Thankfully the vanilla flavouring has really been packed in here so it mostly covers the bulk of the peppermint’s imperfections. Plus, it does feel like a very festive flavour combination for this time of year so there’s that.
Delicious! I’m not usually a fan of herbal or mint teas, but this is refreshing and smooth. It has a good amount of strength and flavour (I really dislike light/weak tea) Hints of vanilla with a cool taste of fresh mint. I add milk so cant comment on how it tastes clear, but with milk and sweeteners it tastes delicious!
Flavors: Cream, Creamy, Peppermint, Smooth, Vanilla
idk why but Mint tea always smells like farts to me. I think I always associate Mint tea with being sick so I’m not the biggest fan of it.
Wanted to do an herbal tea tonight since I already had my Jasmine but I don’t actually own a lot of herbals. Had this in my random teabag stash so I figured I’d give it a go!
It tastes like your traditional mint tea. Nothing pretty special about it. Just… mint.
Now I do not know if I get this one from Izzy, from exchange, or “huge bags section”. If from Izzy – then thank you!
Aroma is indeed quite tart as others mentioned, brew is red and clear.
Taste is, unfortunately, quite watery, tart, mostly cranberries, not much of raspberries. I do not notice too strong licorice, but my taste buds still notice that awful tea from morning.
Flavors: Cranberry, Raspberry
I’m making an attempt this week to go through some of my bagged teas. We have so many that they are overflowing into a basket on the floor. I’m hoping to at least drink enough to store everything inside the tea cabinet.
I’m sensitive to caffeine so sometimes I like to reach for a decaf tea if I’m feeling a bit off. I try to keep a few options on hand so I don’t have to rely fully on rooibos or herbals when what I really want is a strong black tea. Earl Grey is a favorite and I have a soft spot for the Twinings version since it basically kicked off my tea journey. I have to say though, this cup did nothing for me. The bergamot flavor was weak. I don’t like it to be overpowering (that’s only happened for me once), but I would like for it to be firm in its commitment as an Earl Grey!
This is not going to be a keeper for me, I’m afraid. It’s too bad because there really is a shortage of great decaf black teas. Does anyone have teas you would recommend in this category?