Tea: English Afternoon

A Black Tea from Twinings

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Style:Black Tea
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Review of English Afternoon

6 of 102 of 53 of 553 of 100

I received this as one of the three samples in Twinings free samples program. One thing I like about using a program like this is that I can be sure that the bag is fresh--which isn't always the case if I obtain the tea bag in a trade or sample it when out at some event or at another person's house. Twinings only gave me one teabag, so I didn't have the opportunity to experiment with brewing. I was careful to brew this properly--I warmed up the mug and used boiling water, steeping for exactly 3 minutes. In retrospect, perhaps 1 minutes would have been better because I liked the resulting cup's aroma more than its flavor.

The dry teabag has a mild and relatively flat, but pleasing aroma.

Upon pouring water over the bag though the aroma develops more, a typical black tea aroma with both malt, like Assam, a faint hint of smokiness, like Keemun, and a lightness that I associate with Darjeeling or high-grown Ceylon teas.

The flavor is disappointing relative to the aroma. I found it a bit harsh (read between the lines--Twinings says "this tea is best served with milk and sweetener" and that may mean that it is a bit harsh when drunk straight), although significantly smoother than Lipton. It also had a cardboard-like taste when drinking, and left a slightly unpleasant peppery sensation on the palate.

I set aside a small amount and tried it with milk, although not with any sweetener, and I agree with twinings that it was better with milk. I do not usually enjoy tea with milk though.

I thought this one was a bit more complex than Twinings Ceylon, but I think I would still prefer that tea to this one.

Somewhat enjoyable, and I think one of Twinings' better teas. I certainly preferred this to their English Breakfast. But I can't imagine drinking this when I had access to loose-leaf tea or even better tea bags.

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Kelci wrote:
on November 23rd, 2013

I tried to sign up for the sample program, they said that they had an overwhelming response and their pantry is bare. Here is the link: http://pantry.twiningsusa.com/ I was bummed.

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