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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Twinings of London Teabag Black Tea 'French Vanilla Chai'

Tea Information:
Tea: French Vanilla Chai
Type: Black Tea
Packaging: Teabag
Company: Twinings of London
Purchase: Here
Description: Fine black tea perfectly balanced with the flavors of vanilla and savory spices of cinnamon, cardamon, cloves and ginger.

The finest black tea expertly blended with the enticing flavor of sweet vanilla and the savory spice flavors of cinnamon, cardamom, cloves and ginger to deliver a delicious tea with a warm soothing aroma and smooth, creamy taste.

Ingredients: Black Tea, Natural Chai, Cinnamon & Ginger Flavours With Other natural Flavours, Arificial Vanilla Flavour, Cardamom, Clove, Vanilla Pod Powder.

Steep Information:
Amount: 1 teabag
Water: 160°F hot spigot water
Steep Time: a little over 3 minutes
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: sweet, cinnamon, vanilla, clove, and something else I can not quite figure out
Steeped Tea Smell: vanilla, cinnamon, sweet, cardamom
Flavor: mild black tea, vanilla, cinnamon
Body: Medium
Liquor: Translucent green-brown

Gift from a co-worker who loves strong black teas.

I am shocked by the mild nature of the black tea in this blend. It relaly takes a back seat to the cinnamon and vanilla.

Post-Steep Additives: one honey stick. Now the flavor is a nice mellow sweet cinnamon, with hints of vanila.

Just too mild for me. It was a nice sipping tea, but I want my spiced black teas to have a kick.

Rating: 2/4 leaves

Leaf system:
1=Bleh! not again if it were free
2=Acceptable, if it were free or there were limited other tea options
3=I might purchase this tea from time to time, or select it while out
4=A staple in our cupboard from now on, I will purchase and keep purchasing

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