Friday, December 28, 2012

Thumbs up for new Twinings teas

Months ago, I saw a magazine advertisement offering to send readers three free samples of Twinings teas. The fun part was, you got to select the specific ones you wished to try, so I e-mailed my choices and promptly forgot about it.

Until this great flyer arrived in my mailbox the other day with three Twinings teabags tucked inside!

I opted for an herbal tea, a green tea and a black tea. First was this Honeybush, Mandarin and Orange tea. It had a wonderful citrusy scent and a taste to match. Loved it!

I've tried lots of cranberry flavored teas but never, to my recollection, a cranberry flavored *green* tea. This one was a real winner, with an almost creamy taste and none of the "grassyness" you sometimes experience in greens.

Finally, the tea I was most eager to try was this orange flavored black tea, Orange Bliss. Now back when I was a tea newbie, I used to wonder why I could never taste the orange in my "orange pekoe." Of course I soon learned that "orange pekoe" referred to a grade of tea and not a flavor. But I do love oranges—and have eaten quite a few of them while grating zest for Christmas recipes—and this tea did not disappoint! The black tea was a nice brisk one, with very little astringency, and I could indeed taste the orange. It appears that Twinings is upping its offerings in this country, and as a longtime fan of their teas I couldn't be more pleased!

13 comments:

Joy said...

Yum! They all look and sound wonderful!

Marie said...

MMMMm- new teas. They all sound great. I am not overly fond of green tea (although I know how good it is for you)...I think it is the grassiness that you mentioned that puts me off. So I will have to try these new ones. Love chai and love cranberries. Seems like a lovely combo.
Thanks for sharing the news with us.

parTea lady said...

I ordered this sample too with English Afternoon, Green Tea with Lemon and the Chai.

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

Your blog if definately THE go-to place for tea related research and recommendations.

I always appreciate your feedback to new items tested and hope these companies see to use your expertise more and more to come.

Thank you, Angela, can't wait to try based on your recommendations.

loralie said...

thanks for the reviews. I'll have to watch for these teas.

Jenny said...

I love Twinings & have ordered from them so they sent this offer to me in the mail. I chose Chai almond, Balck tea - pomegranate delight & Fujian Chinese pure white tea.

I don't think I enjoy trying new teas because I'm so set on my favorites but when it's a brand I love as much as Twinings I'm excited for the free samples.

Susan said...

Twinings teas are very good. I received some free samples through the mail. I am now sold.

Lavender Cottage said...

They all sound good Angela. I like a green tea with orange that comes in a triangle bag - can't remember the brand so orange flavour in a black tea would be enticing as well.
Judith

Marilyn said...

The Orange Bliss does sound yummy! Thanks for the review~

Ginger said...

I've bought 2 of the 3 before and enjoyed them. I'll have to look out for the other one. Thanks for the review.

Linda at Friendship Tea said...

Orange Blis sounds like one I would enjoy.

Susie Q said...

I got mine last week! I wish I had taken a picture of it... I took it to work with me since it's much easier to drink bagged tea than loose tea at work.

I choose a mixed berry black tea (like your orange one), a mint green tea and I'm blanking on the third one.

Yay for free tea!

Nancy Carr said...

There are so many favorites. I would like to order from Twinings. Happy New Year!