Twinings of London

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I posted elsewhere that, having been on the road for a week, the hotel tea was just not doing the job. Bigelow English Teatime, while perfectly acceptable, was not countering the long conference days and nights without my own tea in my own cup in my own jammies.

This kept me upright. Nashville is growing crazy fast—we counted nine high-rise cranes at work at once; mostly apartments. The completed buildings have nifty little trails and green space and parks behind them—and one full-size Publix underneath them! A friend and I just walked up and down the aisles to gawk and see what the city folks buy. (Cut me some slack. My little hometown is population 1,051). At any rate, they had Twinings, it was strong enough to counteract the Styrofoam-and-plastic cups and lids, I am one little plane ride away from home, and I am TIRED.

ashmanra

I hope you get cozy and have a delightful sleep as soon as you get home! Cuddle Tazo!

gmathis

He took care of that for me. I have had a furry black shadow all day and he’s currently keeping my knees warm. Back to day job reality tomorrow.

Mastress Alita

I rescued a blackie that also has a tea name. I have a staycation starting tomorrow and am looking forward to the extra snuggle time. <3

Shae

Love so much that you’re tea people AND kitty people!!

gmathis

Some days more than I care to be :) Hubby started feeding another hobo cat while I was gone.

Mastress Alita

KitTEA people _

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Sipdown!
Dry it smells of strawberries and blueberries.
Steeping you get more of the black tea and the fresh fruit smell is slowly going away.
Taste of strawberry medicine and sadly I am not a fan :( It smelled really good dry with the fruit and such but the black tea just overpowers it. It tastes like the traditional black tea with artificial flavoring.

Flavors: Artificial

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 g 10 OZ / 295 ML

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drank Support by Twinings of London
631 tasting notes

A good, affordable substitute for the Recover tea from Teavana, which I still miss at this time of year. The ginger and lime together remind me of Coca-Cola, although I got a note of coconut as well. It’s… almost Christmas-y. I quite like the smoother flavor of white hibby.

Flavors: Citrusy, Coconut, Ginger, Pleasantly Sour, Spices

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After a childhood of fresh ginger and lemon juice infusions, it was hard to imagine a tea bag living up to the rejuvenating flavour I love. But this one was quite good!

I’m still amazed at how real it tasted. It was like fresh lemon juice and zest with earthy ginger. I brewed it way too long the first time (3 minutes) and it was almost too strong to drink. 2:30 is about right to tame the acidity and fire.

It needs honey, a lot of honey.

The flavour isn’t amazing or even soothing… but it’s real. I respect that.

Also I’m noticing a huge difference in the boxes sold in the US and the UK. Not sure what acrobats with swimming hats has to do with lemon and ginger, but it’s nice to look at I guess.

https://www.immortalwordsmith.co.uk/twinings-lemon-ginger-tea-review/

Flavors: Earth, Ginger, Lemon Zest, Spicy

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 g 8 OZ / 250 ML
jazzyserenitea

I totally agree! I drink this one as well. Mainly for digestion after dinner. It’s not amazing taste wise, but it is helpful.

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I enjoyed this more than I expected. The flavor is mostly a light orange taste with a little bit of sweetness, but not quite enough. The spice is almost entirely absent. I have a bunch of orange teas that I would choose over this one, so I wouldn’t buy this, but having this one tea bag was nice enough, if a bit weak.

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This tea was surprisingly good! It brews a beautiful berry red colour and has a naturally sweet and tart flavour. The raspberry comes through first, with an exotic twist from the dragon fruit. I also noticed red berry undertones that gave a red wine-like quality to the tea – it’s quite drying on the tongue as well. I had no trouble finishing the whole cup.

If you can manage to find this range again from Twinings, I’d highly recommend giving it a go. I’m not a big fruit tea drinker, but it won me over completely! You can read my full thoughts in my tea review article for this blend https://www.immortalwordsmith.co.uk/twinings-raspberry-dragon-fruit-tea-review/

Flavors: Drying, Raspberry, Red Fruits, Red Wine, Tart

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 15 sec 2 g 8 OZ / 250 ML

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Sampler Sunday! I got these sampler teabags from a very nice volunteer in my department at the library, who remembered that I love lavender in my tea. Since today is a very grey morning, and my mood has been rather grey lately, it seemed the right time to make a teapot of lavender Earl Grey this morning. Finally drove my car to its utter death trying to “get by” with it waiting until my family would be coming back to state to deal with all the business involved with getting my grandmother into longterm care, at which point I can purchase her vehicle, the funds of which would go directly to her longterm care. But it didn’t make it… so I’m without a car at all for another week. Since it was totally dead, I only managed to get $200 for it after I’d put $1100 into repairs on it. Sad.

I gave the tea my typical brief CTC steep, though pushed it slightly longer (2 minutes) just because I wanted to make sure the lavender notes would come through. There is certainly a lovely lavender aroma wafting from the teapot… mmm. I’m also getting some lemony notes in the aroma. The tea doesn’t really hold a candle to my favorite Lavender Earl Grey from Angry Tea Room, but for a bagged tea, Twinings of London is still holding out on top for me. The bergamot is perhaps just a touch heavier than I tend to prefer but not as overbearing as most bagged Earl Greys which is why I typically avoid them; it tastes a bit on the citrusy lemon side, and there is a noticable lavender note that blends well with the bergamot because of that lemon note, and is soft and relaxing. The base tea is quite smooth, perhaps because I steeped this so briefly, so I don’t have any bitter or astringent notes in my cup. The base is a mellow malt allowing the flavors to take precidence.

This can’t really replace the loose lavender Earl Grey I keep in my cupboard, but if I found this in a restaurant or needed some cheap teabags for travel, I’d gladly take this along.

Flavors: Bergamot, Citrus, Floral, Lavender, Lemon, Malt, Smooth

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
tea-sipper

That angry tea room lavender EG IS really good. I’m so sorry about your grandma and your car.

Mastress Alita

Thanks. Sadly because of weather and my aunt coming down terribly ill my dad had to cancel his trip, so the hits just keep coming. I’m uncertain at this point if there is any way I’ll be able to get my grandmother’s car, which is stuck out of state, and I need family to get to it since moving it will require a second driver… sigh. Right now I’ve been stuck for a week with no transportation at all, in a small town that offers no real public transportation alternatives, and it’s really starting to wear me down, and that’s just on top of the stress and grief of my grandma’s health. Feels like we just can’t catch a break at all.

tea-sipper

Ah, terrible. I know all about middle-of-nowhere “transportation”. Hopefully something works out soon.

tea-sipper

Hope you’re doing okay.

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Teabox Tuesday! I was in quite a rush this morning, so I grabbed this single-serve teabag I took from the Discovery Teabox and did a quick minute and a half steep in 350ml of water in my work thermos before rushing out the door, which has so far been working for my particular tastes well with crushed-to-a-pulp CTC bagged black teas so they don’t get really astringent and bitter. And since I didn’t have any time this morning, I really didn’t have time to steep a full leaf tea, anyway. Thanks so much to Skysamurai for organizing the box and all participants!

Many of the reviews for this are leaning on the tannic/bitter/astringent side… but I can only guess they brew it the suggested 3 or more minutes rather than “3 minutes or to taste”, and my taste happens to be a minute and a half, so I’m not getting any of that. Maybe the tea is much weaker than it is supposed to be, but I appreciate dodging that bullet, as I’m getting a surprising marzipan sort of flavor I haven’t had in a black tea before. There is a malty/toast base, but I’m getting notes of honeyed almonds and cherries, particularly toward the end of the sip. It’s quite complimentary, especially since it’s natural rather than that sickly syrupy sweet flavoring you get in blended teas.

I have to say, I think every bagged Twinings of London tea I’ve tried, I’ve liked, especially compared on average to other grocery store brands. If I were going to stock some bagged teas to take on vacations or to grab to quickly steep “out the door” for mornings like today, this would probably be the one I’d go with.

Flavors: Almond, Cherry, Honey, Malt, Marzipan, Smooth, Toast

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 350 ML

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This tea is one I commonly drink at work when I need a little caffeine boost. I like starting my day with coffee, but after that, it’s tea all the way. I keep some at home so I can benefit from it there as well. It comes in tea bags. I steep mine for the recommended four minutes. The color is a dark amber. It has the smell of a strong-brewed black tea. The taste is intense and slightly bitter with a dry finish. It feels a little heavy in the mouth which gives it a nice richness. I feel like the strong flavor works well with the high caffeine level to help perk you up. It also seems to warm you up on the inside in a way I would compare to the internal warmth you feel from the spiciness of a chai. Definitely a good cold-weather tea.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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This tea had an interesting flavor to it! The flavor reminds me of cough drops in some way, it is not the sweetest flavor in it’s natural state but I still enjoyed it. I looked up the benefits of this tea was very happy to see how healthy it is. So although it may not be a favorite I do admire it and will come back to drinking it every now and then. It was really cool to learn that this tea is a member of the Fabaceae plant family in South Africa.

Flavors: Bitter, Eucalyptus, Plants

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drank Turkish apple by Twinings of London
2766 tasting notes

A nice flavourful black tea with apple flavouring. It happens to be a nice dried apple flavour rather than the dreaded green apple, red delicious apple skins, or candy flavours I taste in many other apple teas. I’m not usually big on apple flavours, but this one is mellow and warming. No spices, either, (most apple teas run the risk of having cinnamon shoved in front of it) so just a nice black tea and dried fruit.

Flavors: Apple, Dried Fruit, Tannin, Tea

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 5 min, 45 sec

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drank Prince of Wales by Twinings of London
2766 tasting notes

I don’t taste any smoke like others have tasted. I get a typical smooth malty but slightly brisk black tea flavour. I had this with a touch of vanilla soy milk and that may have drowned out subtle notes.

Flavors: Malt, Tannin

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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Not terrible but very lacking. It tastes like a watery orange PEZ candy dipped in orange oil with a tiny bit of cinnamon. Where’s the rooibos?

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 10 OZ / 295 ML

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Sampler Sipdown September! My monthly theme this month is to work through my plentitude of smaller samplers to try to clear out some much needed cupboard space! Since I am having a blistering migraine today and my triptan didn’t work, forcing me to leave work early today, I grabbed this single teabag that a former coworker gifted me that I have yet to try. The migraine nausea is pretty bad, and ginger tends to help with that.

This is so much better than the Stash Lemon Ginger I revisited not long ago, which had a really artificial tasting lemon flavor to me, and a really overbearing ginger flavor. If I ever decide I need to have some quick bagged Lemon Ginger tea around, this is certainly the brand I’ll go with from now on. The lemon flavor in this tea is more tangy and citrusy, reminding me more of lemon juice, it’s a bit tart but since I’m fine with tart/tangy notes I find it really nice. But most importantly, the ginger is very reasonable, leaving just a little bit of spice at the finish but no lingering unpleasant heat. It comes off more strongly in the lemon than the ginger, and for my personal tastes, that’s just how I like it.

Flavors: Citrus, Ginger, Lemon, Pleasantly Sour, Spicy, Tangy, Tart

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 13 OZ / 370 ML
derk

I’ll be sipping down September with you. Hope you feel better soon.

tea-sipper

I’m sorry if I’ve suggested it before, but have you tried any no caffeine mint teas for migraines? Mint usually helps me with headaches. Something like Teavivre’s mint would probably be best.

tea-sipper

Oh goodie, I can even include a Teavivre mint sample in the teabox for you.

Mastress Alita

I sometimes drink mint instead of ginger for the nausea, which is equally as useful against the nausea. But no tea helps the head pain, and I’ve tried countless so called “headache blends”. Nothing helps when the triptan fails, I just have to wait it out, and it can last up to four days. I have severe chronic migraine and have done everything from snake oil therapies to homeophatic treatments to every medication on the market (aside from the new expensive treatments that my insurance has flatout denied me “due to the cost”)

tea-sipper

That does not sound fun at all. I should have known you would have tried many things. I’m sorry nothing is working for you! I will add some Teavivre mint to the teabox anyway. I hope you feel better.

Mastress Alita

Thank you guys. After several decades I’m a bit used to this but it is still comforting (I wish my workplace was so understanding). It’s a neurological disorder but the truth of the matter is most people still think of it as “just a headache” so it… is what it is when having to deal with coworkers, friends, and family sometimes (and again, something I’m pretty used to at this point). I’m actually sipping on iced mint tea right now so I can eat a little something before going back to bed. Mint and ginger are absolute blessings on the stomach and I recommend them to anyone with nausea!

tea-sipper

Yeah, it never sounded like “just a headache” to me, and I should not have suggested mint like you hadn’t thought of it! You probably have everyone suggesting stuff to you all the time that just doesn’t work for you.

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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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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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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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Flavors: Campfire, Roasted, Smoke

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Flavors: Campfire, Roasted, Smoke

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