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76
drank French Vanilla Chai by Twinings
1490 tasting notes

Thanks to tea-and-cats for these tea bags! This smells so good. I don’t end up tasting much vanilla, though I suppose there may be some. I do taste a lot of warming chai spices. It’s decently well-balanced and tasty. Actually, it reminds me of cookies, and the person I shared it with said it reminded them of graham crackers. So this one was popular, but didn’t really taste like it was supposed to exactly.

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35

Unremarkable. I don’t really taste much of anything.

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76
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

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

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30
drank Pure Ceylon by Twinings
335 tasting notes

Very bland and lackluster tea, even for a big company bagged black. There’s absolutely nothing that would stand out in it.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 g 11 OZ / 330 ML

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85
drank Decaffeinated Chai by Twinings
734 tasting notes

Head fuzzies this morning. Hoping it’s not the onset of a migraine, although it feels that way. Advil and tea is how I choose to stave this off, whatever it is (the result of too much craft beer and Spanish wine this weekend, probably).

As far as bagged options go, Twinings is hard to argue with. This chai is well-balanced, tastes exactly how you’d want and expect it to, is low-maintenance, and takes milk and honey well. Twinings’s decaf black tea base is also done very well with this blend; it doesn’t have that horrible flat chemical aftertaste that so many other grocery store decaf options do. I’m sure it’s the wonderful, warming spices that are helping hide it, but whatever gets the job done is fine.

Flavors: Cardamom, Cinnamon, Cloves, Ginger, Nutmeg, Spices

Shae

I hope the tea and Advil get the job done. Feel better!

gmathis

I haven’t tried the decaf version, but you can almost always find the regular version in somebody’s stash at work. It’s absolutely acceptable!

teaqueen

Thanks… I decided to just take a half day off work and go back to bed. I woke up feeling much better today. Although I may make more of this decaf chai anyway (it really hit the spot yesterday!).

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80
drank Irish Breakfast by Twinings
1490 tasting notes

I’m always surprised by how much I enjoy this one. It’s a little mild, but it’s a nice combination. Pleasant black tea, good with milk. I wouldn’t buy it, but I’d always say yes to a bag.

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60
drank Irish Breakfast by Twinings
93 tasting notes

This one has been hanging out in my cabinet for some time. I’m not sure where it came from. Maybe a tea gnome snuck it into the house. I’ve had this many times before as its a staple found in many restaurants but I’ve never sipped it with thoughtful intention.

I prefer it over the English Breakfast Tea. It is smooth and malty. Would drink it again, if it was offered. Probably wouldn’t purchase because I have become more intrigued in the huge variety of teas out there!

Fun to read over the reviews from the last 12 years. Noted that no one has reviewed it in the last 5+ years!

Flavors: Malt

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 15 sec
gmathis

I should help you remedy that. Love this one, drink it reasonably frequently, just don’t mention it much!

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100

This is more delicate than I thought it would be, it reminds me of a tea I use to drink years ago but can’t recall the name.
Can’t wait to try this one iced with sugar

Flavors: Orange, Tangerine

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drank Lady Grey by Twinings
2 tasting notes

Such a tasty tea with so many levels of flavour. I especially like it with sugar and milk.

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100
drank Buttermint by Twinings
38 tasting notes

I like this one alot, nice creamy minty flavor. Nothing too harsh about it. Tastes great with or without sugar hot or cold

Flavors: Creamy, Mint, Vanilla

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70
drank Peppermint Cheer by Twinings
1490 tasting notes

Thanks for the sample, tea-and-cats! I’ve been drinking a lot of mint teas lately, and I’ll be honest, not much sets them apart from each other. I taste peppermint and a little creaminess. It’s pleasant, but not super special. I’m enjoying it cold, and I’d drink it again, but there’s no reason to choose it over any other similar blends. It’s similar to the buttermint flavor.

Mastress Alita

I love that Buttermint tea!

gmathis

Is the Buttermint a Twinings variety, too? (I love the Peppermint Cheer!)

AJRimmer

Yep, it’s Twinings too! There seems to be some buttermint in every TTB I take part in, and I always grab a few for the road.

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drank Chai Spiced Apple by Twinings
1166 tasting notes

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91

1/28/22
One of my favorites before bed. Not as robust as the regular Earl Grey, so i tend to steep it a little longer and hotter.

Flavors: Bergamot

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML
Shae

I didn’t like this one too much for the same reason, so I started steeping with two teabags in 6 ounces of water and it’s perfect.

Shae

Sorry, that’s meant to be 8, not 6 ounces.

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33

A friend gifted this to me because it’s one of her favorites. I don’t care for it. It just has too much lemon and not enough tea taste. Perhaps I would feel different if it was loose leaf. The tea bag was typical dusty bits of leaf.

Flavors: Lemon

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65

Drank 1/14/22
A Christmas gift from my friend Caleb! I have several boxes of the Twinings Chai in the pantry, but I had never tried the decaf version before. I’m not a huge fan of decaf in general as it tastes flat and empty… like someone added notebook paper to the cup. This one, however, isn’t that bad! The spices overpowered that decaf taste and made a nice cup of tea. I would probably not buy it myself, but I would drink it again if it came my way.
I don’t think it would work well with milk as it was rather weak.

Flavors: Cardamom, Cinnamon, Clove, Paper, Pepper

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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76
drank Winter Spice by Twinings
1490 tasting notes

Thanks to tea-and-cats for this tea! The chamomile base is really pleasant, and the spices are light, but really nice. I’m enjoying a cup of this warm. It’s a little fruity. I taste a nice chamomile, a little apple, and a mild warm spice. I’d consider getting a box of this for work!

gmathis

Even though it’s mild, I have really been enjoying this of an evening.

Lexie Aleah

I liked this one a lot too!

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90
drank Lady Grey by Twinings
1 tasting notes

Beautiful commercial blend for making London Fog Lattes. (measurements given reflected as such, not as normal brew instructions.)

Flavors: Bergamot, Lemon Zest, Orange Zest

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 5 OZ / 147 ML

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84

This is one of those teas that’s been in the back of my pantry forever. Finished off the last of the teabags (I hope!) This is a nice flavored black tea either hot or iced (I chose iced today). It’s not potent, but just a good basic tea. I think I have a newer version of this tea in my stash as well as a tin of loose leaf somewhere else hiding. It just multiplies when I’m not looking.

Flavors: Black Currant, Tea

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec 5 tsp 40 OZ / 1182 ML

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25
drank Irish Breakfast by Twinings
153 tasting notes

Just another plain black tea

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drank Gingerbread Joy by Twinings
2576 tasting notes

I had my note half-composed for this Twinings holiday variety, but paused to read the (currently) only other review from AJRimmer and then broke out laughing because my planned comments were nearly word for word! Great minds and all that. Therefore, claiming the “fair use” copyright law technicality and with my thanks to the original author:

It really tastes like gingerbread! Perfect light ginger flavor with other spices and something genuinely like baked goods. I’d drink this one again for sure! I had it with milk, and it’s one of the best takes on gingerbread I’ve seen in a while.

Precisely.

AJRimmer

Ha perfect! I recently acquired a few extra bags of this and am very excited to have some more!

gmathis

I’m enjoying the little Twinings assortment that was gifted to me.

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drank Christmas Tea by Twinings
2576 tasting notes

Our buildings & grounds director (a tea guy himself) brought me a little variety box of four different Twinings holiday teas. (I have enough Winter Spice now to get me through three winters ;) Two I have tried previously; this one is new to me and is very pleasant on a chilly morning. The cinnamon and clove are mellow and fresh (vs. bitter, dried-out spice cabinet dregs) and I’m getting some orange rind as well. Another reviewer likened this Christmas tea to Constant Comment, only a bit milder. That hits the nail on the head.

Leafhopper

I envy all these holiday teas you guys are posting about! I’ve checked the two grocery stores near me and my Shoppers Drug Mart, and no festive teas are to be found. :( Are there any good options in Canada that don’t have ridiculous shipping charges or huge free shipping thresholds?

gmathis

Here in SW Missouri, our grocery stores often buy one or two of those seasonal cardboard kiosks to set up at the end of an aisle, and when they are gone, they are gone. Celestial Seasonings most often; sometimes Twinings; very rarely, Bigelow. This bundle was mail order from a vendor called “By the Cup.”

derk

I have seen zero winter/Christmas teas around here.

Leafhopper

Gmathis, I haven’t seen that here, though maybe they do it in larger stores like Walmart and Target, which aren’t near me.

Derk, I guess you share my disappointment. Bah! Humbug! :)

Martin Bednář

Note: Send Christmas/winter teas to the Cali and Toronto next year.

Leafhopper

Martin, I wish we’d done our swap a little earlier instead of waiting until the new year!

Martin Bednář

If only Czech customs weren’t working that awfully slow!

ashmanra

None in our grocery stores and we did used to get the cardboard display. Saw some at World Market and that’s it.

Leafhopper

Martin, I think everything is slow right now, particularly because it’s the holidays. I’ve been waiting over a month for a package from China.

Ashmanra, it seems that the dearth of festive teas is widespread. I’ll have to plan better next year. I don’t want a whole Advent calendar, just a few small packages of seasonal tea that won’t stay in my tea museum for years.

Maddy Barone

That sounds very nice. The only Twinings Christmas tea available where I live (yes, I looked, even though I am NOT BUYING ANY MORE TEA) is the Winter Spice, which I didnt’ particularly care for.

Evol Ving Ness

Leafhopper, Loblaws, Sobey’s, Metro, and often No Frills usually have Celestial Seasonings’ Holiday flavours. Also, bulk stores such as Bulk Barn often have flavoured teas by weight. Depends on neighbourhood. downtown might have more options. Even Winners might have something worth drinking. And Holt Renfrew for high end teas.

Evol Ving Ness

Oh, and that new-ish expensive chef’s market, the name escapes me.

Leafhopper

Evol Ving Ness, it’s too bad none of those stores is near me. In a normal year, I’d go downtown and have a look, but I don’t think it’s worth the risk right now.

Evol Ving Ness

Understood. I am not budging much either although I have a couple near-ish enough. With potential Christmas crowds, not worth it.

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It smells amazing but the taste is entirely weak unless you add milk

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drank Winter Spice by Twinings
1269 tasting notes

You know what is worst? I have prepared this tea in a family pot and I was feeling that miserable, that I wasn’t able to enjoy it fully.

But noone was complaining it has got chamomile base. Actually, they rather liked it.

As for me, and as much I was able to notice, it was indeed nice mild tea with light sweet and red apple flavour complemented with cinnamon, but the spices were quite muted in my opinion. Age-related thing? My sickness? Dunno. Thank you anyway derk!

Flavors: Chamomile, Red Apple, Spices

derk

You’re welcome. Take care of yourself.

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71
drank Lady Grey by Twinings
16 tasting notes

I ran across 3 unopened bags of Lady Grey this morning and set them aside for this afternoon to finish them off. I thought I had finished these along with the Twining’s Earl Grey which were two of the six different varieties I bought to begin my first ever foray into the lands of Earl Grey.

Lady Grey is rather lemony by design with the added lemon peel, but not too strong. It’s very pleasant, actually. The tea is quite drinkable.

I could see buying this again when traveling or something and having to rely on getting something at the store. It’s nice and rather refreshing, especially considering it’s in a bag!

For anyone so inclined, Lady Grey and Earl Grey together are pleasurable as well. I couldn’t decide if I preferred two Ladies and one Earl, or the other way around. They work well together in my opinion.

Flavors: Bergamot, Lemon

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 18 OZ / 532 ML
Cameron B.

I tend to love Earl Grey with extra citrus added, especially orange! ❤

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