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If Twinings wanted to reach the crowd that says ‘idgaf about health benefits, give me something that tastes good’, they might have luck renaming this
Ginger Spice Mojito.
And in this moment, I realize mojitos have spearmint, this does not. It however tastes remarkably like a mojito.
Licorice is the second ingredient — Don’t be fooled! It gives that slight hint of syrupy taste and body like I’d get in a mojito. The lime and ginger are well balanced, the clove and cinnamon are perfect touches. White hibiscus? Has anybody here had it before? Maybe it provides some tangy tart? Twinings call this uplifting and I agree!
I did a thing and took the last bag from the tea drawer. And I don’t regret doing it.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Citrus Zest, Clove, Ginger, Licorice, Lime, Tangy
Update: tastes better with milk, but still not worth it
The usual ones are better and cheaper.
This one, I have to say, is plain (just the little bitterness), it is relatively strong though (not sure if it’s because the size of each teabag is larger with this one), as they said on the package, but I have hoped for a better flavouring profile with such price.
The aroma comes out mostly when it’s just brewed and becomes difficult to detect later. It feels like a stronger version of breakfast tea but is different to Scottish breakfast (not floral, maybe because it’s Assam), I can’t see what the golden tip brought. However, the good point is that the liquid itself is very smooth and silky.
Makes me believe more than half of the money probably went to the packaging design.
P.s. one of my teabag broke apart from its string when I unroll it, not ok twinings
Big thank you to my GeekSteep partner in crime Marika for bringing this tea back from the states for me to try – I couldn’t find it at any of the physical locations here in Canada where I’ve seen the other flavours, and watermelon + mint is such an appealing combination that I just had to know what it would be like…
It definitely different than I expected. Both titular flavours are present but neither are the strongest flavour!? In fact, it’s almost like a strawberry/generic red fruit taste that takes over the sip and it’s reminding me a little bit of those red jello snack cups? Once you get past that note, it’s easier to enjoy the watermelon (which is more of a tart/sour watermelon candy) and then the cooling minty finish. I think this is one of those teas that I’ll enjoy more on the second tasting, now that I have a better sense of what to expect…
I didn’t expect anything from this bag I grabbed from a tea box, but actually, it’s totally delicious. 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.
Ok I want a STRONG rich milk tea and this is the closest one I’ve got so far:
1tbsp+1tsp tea (~9-10g I guess) with ~225mL water and 50mL milk (adjustable)
You’ll get a very nice copper colour and a burst of flavour, malty or caramel like.
This was so good I haven’t tried drinking it straight before I ran out of a tin..
Bag from the tea box. The mint is so tasty, and it goes really well with the green tea. It’s mild and delicious. I usually drink herbal mint teas, but here, mixing it with the green tea does add a special something – a bit of complexity maybe. I also like that this is decaf. I don’t know that I’d order it, but I wouldn’t mind a few more bags.
Happy birthday to my bestie Todd! And Happy National Mojito Day! Today the prompt is to drink a tea with either lime or mint flavor notes. At one point in time I actually had a lime and mint “mojito” inspired tea, but it has been long gone from the cupboard now. I couldn’t find any teas in my current stash that combined both, so I’ll be drinking a mint tea and a lime tea today!
I’ve had this box for a while, after my local grocery sent me a dollar off Twinings coupon and I felt the need to use it, but this is my first time breaking into it. I do like mint tea to soothe my tum on bad GI days, and was curious how I’d feel about this one that mixes a vanilla flavoring with peppermint, as opposed to just plain peppermint whole leaf or a good peppermint/spearmint/lemongrass blend.
A single teabag in 350ml of 205F water, left soaking. I really enjoy the aroma coming off the cup; there is a sweetness to the peppermint that does remind me of a peppermint candy or the namesake, a buttermint.
Mmm… yes, this is quite nice! It isn’t as crisp as drinking a full leaf peppermint herbal (this is peppermint fannings with a lot of the mint taste coming from flavoring), but the mint flavor is pleasing and I do like how it pairs with the vanilla flavoring. Neither flavor is overbearing and they meld together nicely. As my cup cools a bit and I continue to sip, I have a nice cooling sensation building on the back of my tongue and throat, and the sweet vanilla does lend a sort of sweet cream note that really does remind me of a buttermint.
Flavors: Candy, Cream, Mint, Peppermint, Sweet, Vanilla
I bought a box of this a long while ago and didn’t remember that I didn’t like it until I bought another box. Brewing this hot is rather uninspiring if you’ve had a good smoky and smooth Lapsang Souchong. I don’t mind trying a bagged tea as they are easier for traveling and go cups.
I also don’t drink a lot of iced tea, its not something I gravitate towards, it seems un-natural to water down my tea. But we’ve had some hot days here and we started boat tours this week so I need something cool to sip on while I blather on about the history, rocks, plants and big horn sheep in our canyon. So I gave this a shot, brewed it hot in my go cup and added ice to the top. Wow that mellowed this tea out. Now its just mildly smoky and can stand up to 8 oz of ice. Not bitter at all. I’ll finish what I have, but won’t be buying again. Iced its not that bad, hot its barely drinkable.
Following the directions, I used cold water and let steep for five minutes. After the five minutes were up, there was about a centimeter of tea-colored liquid at the bottom of the glass. The rest of the cup was still clear. Not what I expected. I dunked and swirled the bag a bit so that it would mix, but it still looks pretty light. Letting it steep a bit longer.
Ended up steeping for several more minutes and finally just decided to sip with the tea bag in. Interestingly, it tastes a little like orange flower water. So slightly floral. Overall, I’m not a fan. It wasn’t strong enough for an iced tea, in my opinion, and the flavor wasn’t anything special.
This is the last of the bags from my swap with Devon Bartholomew – so fun to try some new-to-me bagged teas!
Flavors: Drying, Floral, Orange Blossom
A very busy afternoon/evening yesterday and a somewhat busy morning today has lead my body to decide it will no longer respond to my demands. It’s achy, sore, and sleepy, so I’m having one last caffeinated beverage this afternoon to push me through until bedtime. I’m so tempted to take a nap, but I have to wake up earlier than usual tomorrow for work and I want to be sure I can sleep tonight.
Just a short 3-minute steep for this one and it brewed up much darker than I expected. The flavor is solid and a bit lighter, which I would expect from something that is more of an afternoon blend. It’s probably not one I would purchase, but it’s certainly one I’m enjoying. Thanks, Devon Bartholomew, for letting me sample all the bagged teas!
Very unusual for me to crave anything than proper tea/ coffee/ alcohol but it could be perfect storm of weather and lack of vegetables. All fruit is there so it must be absence of vegs in diet that make someone appreciate true herbal tisane. Isn’t that why dark teas are so prevalent with nomads, to compensate their mineralless diet with microbiology ? Anyway, I had access to company car during first few weeks of pandemic, more accidentally so, and was forced to shop closer to stone layer arteries. Result – raiding shelves with herbals. Some teas didn’t arrive so had to brace for the worst. Since then I casually check supermarket shelves for those. The last one, only got because delayed regular heicha restock, and knew there would at least few days of fermented detox overlay. But the taste is kind of wintery. That’s why I am surprised that I am enjoying it. Maybe there is a portal to Australia. Normally, anything with turmeric tastes dusty to me. This one, probably because of star anise, is sublime. Always cautious of licorice but this is less common and not as heavy. Orange bit in would have dismissed but maybe there is a variety that glided into this soup. This is the 2nd blend from this brand that I actually consciously keep in mind between reboils. Maybe I should start making my own blends, like stuffing melons with tian jian. Should have patented this before the supply of both was disrupted by you know what. Will have to wait for next big calamity like alien invasion event. I’ll be ready then with my digital copyright alibi.
Light scent, almost floral orangey. It doesn’t taste as bitter as Earl Grey if you oversteep it by accident (Tend to leave it in my teapot as I drink 2 to 3 cups of it at a go). I add milk to it, as it has a light bergamot, orange note. Refreshing.
Flavors: Bergamot, Orange, Orange Zest
Brought this one into the office yesterday for a coworker to try because she was curious about this flavour – it was the only one she hadn’t been able to find at her local grocery store. I steeped up a cup for myself later in the afternoon and it was absolutely mesmerizing watching the compressed flavouring in the blend steep/dissolve in the chilled water. After five minutes I had a gorgeous gradient in my mug with the deep pink flavouring at the bottom of the mug fading out into the clear water at the top. Gave it a swirl, and then just enjoyed the sweet blueberry flavour. It’s a very nice blueberry flavouring that’s been used.
This time I doubled up on the tea bags to try and get a richer/stronger flavour and I’m really happy with how that turned out. Very sweet and saturated blueberry notes with undertones of fresh and juicy apple. Definitely leans sweet and bordering on “candy fruit” but ultimately not bad at all. Very convenient/quick too. Now I need to try two teabags for the other flavours, I suppose!
This was my favourite of the cold infuse teas but that shouldn’t be a surprise – I am a notoriously big fan of blueberry teas and this was a nice sweet, juicy blueberry flavour complimented by the hints of apple and hibiscus. The strawberry actually did give it a little bit of a run for its money though, I’ll admit.
Part of why I liked this one so much though, flavour aside, was that it was the least thin and watery tasting of all four of the flavours. It might just be the pinkish colour that made them stand out/pop more against the small cut ingredients but, I think this had the most compressed flavouring of all four of the teas so maybe that’s part of why?
Nice regardless, though!
Lemon & Ginger is definitely not the first flavour I would have thought to make for a product line of cold infuse teas because, to me at least, that’s more of a “sick tea” that you drink hot – maybe with honey? That said, I was pleasantly surprised. The lemon here is much, much stronger and sweeter than what’s used in the Strawberry Lemon and the ginger is at a strength that I personally enjoy. So, that is to say, fairly light. I still think I’d like this more as a hot tea, but it was nice!
I guess I’m just not feeling the mango/passionfruit combo right now because this was definitely my least favourite of these four cold infuse teas. It was tangier than the others with some of the sour and sweet notes of the passionfruit coming out and a juicier mango than I expected – but relative to other mango or passionfruit teas that I own I just thought it was thin in mouthfeel and a bit unbalanced. Still not bad at all, though! Very drinkable.