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One of our younglings at work brought me a sample bag today. While my standard conclusion is generally “chamomile is always going to taste like chamomile, no matter what quality the tea,” I’m going to back off a little and compliment Twinings on a nice balance that isn’t too heavy-handed on either the flowers or the flavor. The honey and vanilla are convincingly naturally sweet and set off the chamomile quite nicely.

And if it improves the quality of tonight’s rest even by a degree or two, so much the better!

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I love these Cold Infuse Twinings teas! This one is really fruity and the flavour is pretty strong/intense. It’s like a punch in the face from a mango/passionfruit. Haha The two fruits mingle together well and it’s like a “taste of summer” with it’s definite juiciness. It has a tropical vibe and I think it would be perfect for sipping on those sunny patio days.
It couldn’t be any easier to use either. Fill up a large glass or jug or thermos with cold water and drop the tea bag in. Let it sit, stir and enjoy!
I try to stay away from pop or sugary drinks of any kind so these are perfect for me. I bought 4 different varieties and after trying out this one tonight, I have high hopes for the others!

Flavors: Mango, Passion Fruit, Sweet, Tropical

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drank Heartea by Twinings
1592 tasting notes

This tea isn’t great. The combination of hibiscus and other flavors didn’t really work for me. It’s not too tart, just a weird combination of fruit, flavoring, and stevia. It needed more delicious flavor and intricacy instead of flat strangeness. Glad I only had the single bag from a TTB.

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I love fruit and hibiscus teas and the liquorice and chicory added a nice complexity

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drank Mango Chili Chai by Twinings
2778 tasting notes

When the month began I had neither a lime tea nor a mango tea to fulfill the next prompt. Then a neighbor offered me a box of this tea because the shop where he works has decided not to carry it. I initially turned it down because I don’t like spicy tea, but decided to give it a try and share the rest.

I drank very little of it because I didn’t want to get hyped up by the rhodiola root. The aroma is sooooo fruity – all mango! The taste is what I expected more or less – so much ginger heat, with chili pepper heat right on its heels. I did one or two sips hot and flash chilled the rest because it is miserably hot and humid, and if the mango was the lead flavor I would have loved this. Instead, it was a cold sip followed by unwanted hot spices. Down the drain it went, but chili chai lovers will probably like it. I tasted no lime, but I didn’t take the time to try.

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I was gifted a single teabag of this blend. Very glad it was given to me, as I never would have purchased it on my own- I’ve been burned by honey/chamomile blends too many times before. They always have stevia (blechhhh) or licorice root so strong it dominates the entire cup. Luckily, this one has neither and made for a really lovely evening blend. The chamomile is most dominant, with a bit of honey and vanilla balancing the chamomile out nicely.

Actually quite a nice bedtime blend and one I would purchase in the future.

vallhallow

I like this one a lot with a little extra honey for an unexpected sore throat remedy.

teaqueen

This one is dreamy and perfect for the pre-bedtime ritual!

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drank Christmas Tea by Twinings
1592 tasting notes

This tastes like orange and mild spices, maybe clove. It’s decent with milk. The orange and black tea go together really well. There are plenty of other teas like this, but this one is decent. I think this one is from tea-and-cats, so thank you!

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This really is an all right green tea. I didn’t expect anything of it, but it’s mild and pleasant and a little fruity. It’s certainly not matcha, but I had a good time drinking it cold. I also didn’t detect lime specifically, more like general fruitiness. I had this cup over the course of three days, and I really am enjoying it.

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drank French Vanilla Chai by Twinings
1592 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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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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drank Pure Ceylon by Twinings
337 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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drank Decaffeinated Chai by Twinings
735 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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drank Irish Breakfast by Twinings
1592 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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drank Irish Breakfast by Twinings
98 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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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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drank Buttermint by Twinings
40 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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drank Peppermint Cheer by Twinings
1592 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
1187 tasting notes

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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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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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