Velvety Vanilla Chai from Twinings. . . . . . .

A dear friend who lives in England sent me some teas in the mail, and they’re all teas I’ve never had. The first tea I decided to try is of course Chai. I can never resist a good Chai. With a name like velvety vanilla, how could I not try it? It is a Chai made with black tea, but I threw my caffeine caution to the wind and brewed a cup. This morning was grey and cool so I needed the extra lift anyway.

Awhile back I tried a vanilla Chai and the vanilla flavor tasted very chemical-y. It tasted like the imitation vanilla flavoring with alcohol in it. That is not the case with this vanilla chai. The vanilla flavor is natural tasting and perfectly balanced with the other chai spices. And the vanilla doesn’t overpower the other spices, and vice versa. This was absolutely delicious, I have no complaints at all. It was as close to a perfect cup of tea as you can get.

This flavor is a limited edition flavor, and I really wish it were widely available year round. It is really a special and delicious tea, and it was worth every drop of caffeine! There are a few online shops selling this delicious flavor, and I can’t recommend it enough! It’s definitely my new favorite chai. Because of the vanilla, I only added a splash of coconut milk and no sweetener and it was still perfectly sweet and delicious. It’s also mildly spiced, so for anyone sensitive to spice this would be perfect!


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  Black
Where to Buy:  Twinnings
Description

A limited edition indulgent Chai Latte blending fragrant Indian spices with velvety vanilla from the new Loose Leaf Pyramid range. The resealable bag contains 12 loose leaf pyramid tea bags.

Ingredients: Black tea, vanilla, spice and syrup flavourings (26%).

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!

Intensely Buttermint from Twinings. . . . .

This tea is a personal favorite of mine. I tried a sample sent by a tea friend and when I went to London, I knew I needed more. I actually had to cross a marathon just to get to the Twinings shop and it was 100% worth it.

It lives up to the “intensely” in its name, being incredibly flavorful. Though that is not the only way it lives up to its name. This tea is both buttery and minty.

The butter element providing a great deal of creamy sweetness while the mint keeps everything fresh and interesting. The flavors together are so rich that they create an almost caramel-like taste. And since it’s a caffeine-free teabag, it is easy to make and can be enjoyed anytime.


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type: Herbal
Where to Buy: Twinings
Description

Ah the seductive taste of Buttermint! So refreshing. So homely. And now brought to life in this delightful infusion.

We’ve taken peppermint leaves – in all their fresh tasting glory – and blended them with aromatic vanilla for a dreamy satin-soft buttermint finish. Intensely, dreamily delicious… it’s just ever-so-slightly reminiscent of the sweet shops of olde.

 

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!

The Full English from Twinings

TheFullEnglishTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy: Twinings

Tea Description:

This tea is not available on the US Twinings website. 

Learn more about Twinings Black Tea options for the US here

Taster’s Review:

I am on a quest.  A quest to drink down some tea.  My tea cupboard has gotten outrageously out of control.  So I am now honor and duty bound to drink some up before this coming fall season when there will be pumpkin spice and apple pie teas tempting me to gobble and snatch them up!

The first one I grab is one that isn’t available in the US.  This is something that I have always been confused about. Twinings has a US store and an international store.  The international store has an amazing selection of teas that make me drool thinking about them.  But alas,the same selection isn’t available on the US site.  Eventually one of these days, I’ll order form the international store and deal with the higher shipper cost.  For now, I’m happy I was able to try this one.

The Full English is a tea I believe I picked up from a Steepster member who was putting together some pretty amazing boxes from her travels.  I couldn’t resist.  I kept reading these amazing reviews from teas she had picked up from other Steepsterites and I wanted to be part of the club!

I say this with my head low but this is the first time I’ve even cracked into the box.  I know! Shame on me.  Like I said, my tea cupboard is getting out of control.

I brewed this up like a traditional black-212F-3 minutes and pulled the tea bag out.  I didn’t want to leave this one in which turned out to be a good thing.  At 3 minutes this tea was already turning bitter.  The first few sips were just plain lovely black unadulterated black tea.  Nothing fancy, just good. But as this starts to cool, the bitterness is swooping in.

For a tea at work, this one would do, but I would be afraid that I would constantly have an issue with the bitterness.  This is definitely one you don’t want to forget about. I can just picture this one being lovely when at a tea party or enjoying a spot of milk in it along with a treat.  Yum!

Green Nightly Calm® from Twinings Tea

GreenNightlyCalmTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Green

Where to Buy: Twinings Tea USA

Tea Description:

A comforting green tea perfectly balanced with soothing chamomile, cooling spearmint and the subtle flavor of lemongrass.

Learn more about this tea here

Taster’s Review:

Ever had that kind of day that you just couldn’t wait to get home to make yourself a cuppa and veg? That is the sort of day I have been having all week.  I am ready to pop my feet up and watch some Big Bang Theory, Elementary or Daredevil with my boyfriend.

One of my favorite rituals that my boyfriend and I do is that each night I make up a pot of tea for us to enjoy while we watch our shows.  He isn’t picky.  I always ask him what he wants and he always tells me to pick something good. So tonight, I went the easy way out and threw 3 teabags into my Breville and hit the green tea option.  About 3 minutes later I was filling our mugs.

I like this one for a bagged tea.  The green tea flavor is first and foremost. It isn’t the best green tea I’ve ever had but it is decent.   It seems to have a more grassy green tea flavor profile versus the rich buttery flavor I usually enjoy.  The chamomile and lemongrass are lightly there and the spearmint is the last flavor I’m coming across. All in all it is good.  I can’t say that I will always need to have this on hand but when I come across it at the store I will probably grab a box or two.

All my boyfriend said about this one was that it tasted like Wrigley gum.  I’m not sure if that is a good thing or bad.

This is just an easy tea to make after a rough day where you don’t have the energy to make a proper pot.   And now its time to relax and watch Elementary.

Lady Grey® Black Tea from Twinings of London

LadyGreyTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  Twinings of London

Tea Description:

Lady Grey® is offered exclusively from Twinings. This light black tea is perfectly balanced with the citrus fruit flavours of bergamot, orange and lemon to deliver a delightful tea with a refreshing taste and uplifting aroma.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

After my less than exciting experience with Earl Grey tea from Twinings of London, I found myself skeptical about this Lady Grey® Black Tea from Twinings of London.  So, my hopes and expectations were not high when I brewed this tea.  I guess it’s a good place for me to start with a tea because it’d be difficult to be disappointed by it, right?

And fortunately, with low expectations, I’m finding this much more tolerable than I found the Earl Grey tea.  I guess when I say “Earl Grey” I get excited because I love me some bergamot and so my expectations are immediately set pretty high and that tea really let me down.  This one doesn’t disappoint me and I’m not sure if that’s because it’s a tasty tea or because I wasn’t expecting all that much from it.

I like the combination of lemon, orange and bergamot.  I like the way the other citrus flavors bring out the flavors of the bergamot.  That said, the black tea is still kind of blah.  It tastes stale.  It tastes boring.

Not horrible, just boring and blah.  I can’t help but feel like the flavors would be much better suited for a better tea leaf.  Or perhaps a tea company that actually cared about its product to not mince it to dust and stick it in a tea bag.

Ahh … I feel the tea snobbery steeping into my soul!