2 Tasting Notes

drank Pure Green Tea by Twinings
2 tasting notes

I keep meaning to try more green tea, but shy away from spending lots of money on what feels to my black tea sensibilities like a weak, unsatisfying brew. So my green tea expedition started at the supermarket.

This is serviceable. It has a light taste, not very flavorful, and finishes with an astringency that irritates me more often than not. I can see drinking it if I’m more in the mood for water than tea but still need a little caffeine boost.

In the meantime, the search continues for a “gateway” green.

Brews: up to 4 at 5m apiece

200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Lady Grey by Twinings
2 tasting notes

Lady Grey is my default breakfast tea. I almost always take my tea black, but especially can’t stand milk or sugar in the mornings. This pleasant, comforting tea is sweet, but strong enough to wake me up and make me feel better from the first waft of the aroma to the last sip. It has a gently refreshing edge to it that the Earl Greys don’t have, and though I am a fan of Earls, they’re not something I want on a daily basis.

Most notes mention strong citrus, but I can smell the citrus more than I can taste it. The orange peel comes out more in the dry scent, while the aftertaste is lemony. I do wonder if the muted citrus has to do with my loose-leaf tin, since it was a rescue from the back of someone else’s cabinet and by now is several years expired. It still tastes fine, though, if not quite as vivacious as reputed.

Total brews per tsp: 3 total at m3-6-12. Additions: none.

Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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