Ever contemplate buying those scrumptious Twinings (of London) Tea Boxes? Read my review of how the different varieties of Twinings tea compare.
To Tea Bag or Not to Tea Bag
Whether you prefer tea bags or loose tea is a matter of preference. Connoisseurs (such as those I met on a recent trip to Sikkim) will scoff if you demand tea bags. Tea bags, according to them, contain the worst dregs of tea leaves possible.
However, people like me simply can’t be bothered with the fine art of brewing and straining tea. Boil a cup of water and dump the tea bag. Wait for a minute and be done with it all — sip, sip, slurp. 🙂
You can, I have to admit, taste the difference between fine quality tea vs tea in a tea bag. We bought a 100 grams of Castleton 1st Flush from Sikkim and it was incredible: there were almost musical notes in the way the flavour profiles varied with each sip of tea. Any tea bag, including Twinings, falls pale in comparison.
Nonetheless, for a healthy everyday drinking habit, I heartily recommend Twinings Tea!
Flavours of Twinings Tea
Here are some of my favourite flavours of Twinings.
Twinings Classic Earl Grey
This is my go-to drink. It comes in an elegant pale-yellow box (25 tea bags for Rs 270). The tea is quite light and extremely flavourful (with the flavour of Bergamot, a citrus fruit). It’s a black tea and great to sip throughout the day. I wouldn’t recommend added milk or sugar to it.
Twinings Green Tea & Lemon
Twinings Green Tea & Lemon is another favourite of mine. It’s extremely light (green tea) and has to be brewed for longer in hot water than Earl Grey. The flavour is quite surprising (in a nice way). A very strong, overwhelming lemon, hiding the shades of the green tea to be honest. Again, please don’t add any milk or sugar!
This is not a favourite of mine. The lemony flavours are overwhelming. i think it would be better in an ice-tea format with sugar.
Twinings Classic Assam Tea
This is apparently a ‘strong flavour strength’ tea. However, I didn’t find it too potent. The aromas were quite bland and the flavour profiles didn’t strike a note with me. I prefer Earl Grey.
Twinings Darjeeling Tea
Another light tea from the foothills of the Himalayas. Twinings Darjeeling tea has a very delicate flavour, a little too delicate and simple for my tastes. The notes are very flat in this tea, when you have it without milk and sugar. I think it would be better with some milk. Buy Twinings Darjeeling on Amazon.in.
There are some other flavours of Twinings tea including Elaichi Tea, Jasmine & Green Tea, Strawberry & Mango. Since I haven’t tried them, I’m not sure how good they are.
To re-use a tea bag or not?
I enjoy my tea very light with no milk or sugar. I literally brew my tea only for a minute in hot water so that there is just a hint of the tea-flavour. And hence, yes, I do re-use my teabags quite often (upto 3 times). You can taste the difference with each dip, though. Earl Grey is my favourite for re-dipping because the flavours are quite strong despite multiple dips.