English Afternoon

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Brand:Twinings
Style:Black Tea
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Region:?????
Loose/teabag:Teabag
Product page:English Afternoon

This tea's info last updated: Jan. 8, 2018

Commercial Description

First started as a much needed refreshment between lunch and dinner, afternoon tea is now an important fixture of British life. Twinings English Afternoon Tea is bright in color with a brisk and refreshing flavor. Perfect as an afternoon pick-me-up or whenever you need a little revitalizing, this tea is best served with milk and sweetener to bring out the optimal flavor.

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Reviewer pic55 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
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The box says that it's a blend of Keemun and Ceylon teas. There are notes of cocoa and dark bread crust and the flavor's quite complex for grocery store tea, but it's too bitter and astringent.

The tea gets better and mellows a bit as it cools. The cocoa becomes more pronounced and I can taste the sweetness from the Keemun. The tannins are becoming more pronounced. By the end of the cup, it's not as harsh tasting as it started, but it's still unbalanced and unpleasantly astringent.
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Reviewer pic50 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
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It's good! But weaker (not my preference) than the English Breakfast. Less flavor, same extent of bitterness - it's just not memorable to me.
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Reviewer pic65 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
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I was excited to try this tea the afternoon I purchased it. Everything was going well. The aroma was great, the color was pleasing, and I could tell off the bat that this wouldn't be a knock off of Twining's English Breakfast Tea. As I took my first sip, I Way disappointed to say in the least. the flavor was rather peppery and sour. As I continued drinking, I developed a better appreciation for it, but still I feel that this tea is mediocre at best. It's quality is that of Lipton's generic cold brew tea and even with milk is rather rough and unsatisfying. If your looking for a good quality black tea, I'd recommend Twining's English Breakfast tea, or for citrus lovers, Earl Grey tea by Twinning's as well!
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Reviewer pic53 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 3/5
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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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