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I used to drink coffee every morning but I wasn't a fan of the after taste that coffee leaves behind even after brushing my teeth. Once I went to a holiday and staying at this B & B by the countryside and they serve this tea bags and I decided to try this Assam tea. I was immediately hooked to that strong and fragrant taste. So, I decided to switch my coffee with tea in the morning, partly due to the fact that tea has lower calorie compared to coffee.
I went looking for Assam tea bags and there actually aren't many brands at my local Tesco. However, I saw this Twinings Assam tea box and I decided to try this out and I have been hooked ever since. Twinings advertise Assam as the 'Strong & Mighty' tasting tea and I have to agree with them. I paid about £ 2.50 or 50 tea bags in a box. This is certainly expensive if I compare it to other teas like Tetley and PG tips but I really like strong tea.
I almost always have a cup of this Assam tea every morning and it is also perfect with biscuits or cake in the tea time. The way I make tea is that I put one tea bag and a teaspoon-ful of sugar and pour hot water in the cup. I leave the tea to brew for a couple of minutes, depending on if I have the time or if I need to rush, and then I pour milk on top it. Personally, I prefer strong tea so I usually leave the tea bag in my big tea cup. Due to this, despite putting in a teaspoon-ful of sugar, it gives me a residual bitter taste that greatly complements any sweet snacks like biscuits or cookies.
Certainly this Twinings Assam tea is expensive compared to other brands but I personally would willing pay the extra for a deep and strong flavour this tea delivers. I just bought a bigger tea box with 100 tea bags for £ 3.00 from Tesco the other day, so I usually look out for promotions to balance my spendings.
Overall, I would recommend this Twining Assam tea to those who loves the strong taste of coffee and want to try out tea once in awhile. I have been having this Twining Assam tea for more than a year and I really enjoy the taste.
Thank you for reading and reviewing. :) x
Twinings tearoom in the Strand, London was estabished in 1706 and they have occupied the same premises to this day. Founded by Thomas Twining.
Twinings are a founder member of the Ethical Tea Partnership, which works to improve tea workers' welfare and the environment in which they live.
Twinings 'Gets you back to you'.
All natural ingredients.
No artificial flavourings and only 4 calories a cup.
Comes in black box by Royal Appointment to Queen Elizabeth II.
Has image in sepia of plains, mountains and elephants.
Elephants are a big part of everyday life in India In the tea growing area of Assam elephants do lots of heavy lifting and carrying.
Deep amber tea.
Goes with brunch or after dinner instead of coffee.
Brew for 3-5 minutes and serve with a splash of milk.
Made with 100% black tea.
50 teabags - normally £2.73 at Tesco
Twinings are a well known manufacturer and seller of various specialist teas. These come in either loose leaf or teabags.
These teabags are more expensive than the normal ones I usually buy in the supermarket where I can often get well known brands for about a quarter of the price of these teabags (when they are on discount anyway) so I was expecting something special from these teabags.
As per the instructions I made sure I brewed these for long enough and did not give them a quick dunk in the boiling water as I often do with my usual teabags.
The colour was 'amber' as the box stated but then so is tea anyway, whichever bags you use.
I used a little sugar and milk as normal - and found the tea - well sort of bland.
It was just a cup of tea - no special body or taste or flavour. In fact it tasted sort of 'flat' to me - without any body at all - and quite weak and watery - which was strange as I left it to brew for about five minutes which is way longer than I normally do.
I can see people liking to buy this brand for the name that comes with it but for everyday use I do not see any difference to the taste which would warrant paying the premium prices. In fact I think my normal PG or Typhoo have more flavour.
===Would I Recommend?===
This is a loose leaf tea rather than the tea bags, though Twinings do also sell Assam tea in tea bags for those who do not want to get the teapot out or need to brew in a mug.
Assam is an Indian black tea and often forms part of a Breakfast Tea blend as it is strong, malty and delicious. This is the really good tea from the breakfast blends on its own straight to your cuppa.
As such a good quality tea it is not cheap. I paid £1.95 at my local Sainsbury's but as it is so packed with flavour one packet does go a long way and this does make it good value for money.
As a loose tea, this is a standard one teaspoon plus one for the pot if you like a strong brew. If not, it is a robust enough tea that you can get away without adding the traditional pot's share. Either way, I let it stand for three minutes before pouring. If you like a stronger brew you just need to let it stand for one or two minutes longer.
You will need to pour the tea from the pot through a strainer to catch the loose leaves. Though if you are brewing a pot of tea for fortune telling by tea leaves, this is a fine choice of tea as the leaves are large and the tea itself very tasty to drink.
I drink it with milk, as I drink most black teas and as it is a strong flavourful tea it complements it very well. You can drink it without milk without taking the enamel off your teeth as while it is a strong tea the maltiness of the flavour offsets the bitterness of the tannins.
A great tea for cold and miserable days.
This is a caffeine containing tea and without milk costs negligible calories and is such a warming, flavour packed, malty tea you won't regret trying it.
This is yet another sample that I received recently in terms of tea bags, only this time my sample teabags were from the Twinings speciality collection. I'm not a fruit tea drinker at all, and simply like a regular cup of tea, so I was pleased that my sample had this Assam 'traditional tasting tea' in it, which is part of the Twinings classic collection of speciality teas. Although I got a sample of this tea, a box of 100 tea bags will set you back a costly £3.99. I say costly in comparison to your everyday teabags such as punjana or tetley.
Twinings promote this particular tea bag as an 'after dinner tea' to replace the the after dinner coffee that many take. We usually have a cup of tea after our dinner and so we weren't actually replacing coffee by sampling this. Twinings state that this tea is a 'rich, deep amber tea, ideal with elevenses and throughout the day' as well as making a 'good alternative to coffee after a meal'. Like most teas it can be served black or with some milk.
Assam tea is actually derived from North east India, where the high humidity, rainfall and low elevation in the valley work together to create the particular flavour that is associated with this particular tea.
The directions that come with the tea bag state that one tea bag should be used per person, and I can see why. I didn't find that there was a lot of strength to the tea when I put it into the water, and felt that I really had to let it stew to get any decent colour in my husband's tea. I like my tea weak anyway so it didn't bother me so much, but every often we could get four or five cups out of a normal tea bag, even with him preferring strong tea, but certainly not with this particular brand. Therefore it cannot really be considered to be a strong tea, and so unless you are willing to use one tea bag per person, and thus very quickly go through a pack of tea bags, anyone who likes strong tea may need to look at another.
In terms of taste, I didn't think there was anything exotic or outstanding about this tea, and in fact I don't think I would have noticed any difference in terms of taste had I not known that it was this particular tea bag being used. There is a slight sweetness to the tea that even my husband commented on, but nothing sickly or overpowering.
All in all, although I liked this particular tea, I wouldn't say that I noticed a huge difference between it and a regular tea bag. I didn't taste anything exotic or vastly different, and I don't therefore think it merits that much steeper price tag that regular tea, when you are not really get much difference in terms of taste. Also the fact that you need to really use one tea bag per person to get a strong cup of tea should be considered as you therefore go through a lot more teabags in a week. I do like the tea, but I just don't think that it is outstanding.
Assam is not for the baby tea lover. So if you scare your water with the tea bag, perhaps consider a darjeeling for a more fragrant flavour. If, however, you enjoy a heavily steeped blend with several layers of flavour, Assam is for you. Great as a one cup or pot for many, Assam provides the level of flavour you would expect to find from a tea that has been left to sit for some time, without the lengthy wait.
It's the kind of tea I can smell brewing from the top of the stairs, the inviting smell I hope for when someone puts the kettle on. The colouring is extremely desirable, and for best results, I would advise using filtered water to avoid tainting the flavour. Unrefined sugar or honey is an addition that does not ruin the overall effect, and in my humble opinion, compliments it gracefully.
I'm not all that keen on tea without milk, but Assam is a blend I'd happily forgo that addition with. It's definitely a day time brew, not one for the morning.
I'm a tea drinker through and through, and I love a good cuppa. I trust the Twinings brand to be of a high quality and have recently been trying out some of the different varieties that they have on offer. These Assam tea bags are available from most supermarkets and cost me £2.38 for a box of 50 bags. There is also a loose leaf tea available if you prefer to make your brew this way.
ORIGIN: Tea from Assam - North East India
FLAVOUR & OCCASION: Grown in the Bramhaptra valley, the low elevation, high rainfall and humidity are the conditions that create the unique taste of this tea.
A rich, deep amber tea, ideal with "elevenses" and throughout the day.
Assam makes a good alternative to coffee after a meal.
The tea bags come in a cardboard box, and are sealed within a foiled packet within that. The outer packaging can be recycled, and the plasticy/foily inner wrapper is biodegradable and can be composted. The tea bags are the ordinary flat square shape, and contain black tea leaves from the Assam region in North East India.
Brew for 3 to 5 minutes. Best served with a little touch of milk.
I make most of my cuppas in the same way, allowing the tea bag to brew for a few minutes and then adding both milk and sugar to lighten and sweeten the flavour. This tea has a nice rounded flavour to it that is traditional and compares well to most other black teas. I think the only problem is that there is nothing particularly unique about the taste, and it doesn't stand out above any of the other brands or blends that have a similar taste.
Twinings Assam has a comforting, pleasant taste that is not too strong but is still packed full of flavour. I don't think these would ever become my first choice for tea bags, as there is nothing really different to any other ordinary black tea and I get the same enjoyment from regular, and cheaper brands. This is a nice tea but there are cheaper alternatives out there that give a good tasting cup of tea. Twinings are undoubtedly high quality, and I think it's great that all of the packaging can be recycled or composted (including the used tea bags themselves) but this does not stand out from the crowd.
I've never been much of a tea drinker, always saying no to them offered by mum's friends and out with friends at cafes and places. I don't even know why I decided to have a tea one day, I just did! As this is my mum's favourite, well ONLY tea I should say, it was the one I came across in the cupboards when I decided to venture.
The Assam teabags my mum gets are from Tesco, square in shape with roughly two-thirds of the bag taken up by tea leaves. I think the ones from Asda and Morrisons are round, but all are found quite easily in the Tea aisles - they have different boxes depending where they're bought though, so you may have to look the first time buying! A helpful hint is that all boxes are black. I don't know what mum pays but in Morrisons it's £2.28 for 50 and £3.99 for 100 - they're not cheap, but it doesn't stop mum drinking them like water!! The prices tend to fluctuate (I saw them at just £1 for 50 in Morrisons at Xmas) and as this is a premium quality tea you should expect these prices but know that it really is worth it! Unfortunately I haven't the money to stock up on them again for a few days so I'm stuck without for a bit - no!
Taking them out of the box they smell like any other teabag - I know because I've managed to get a Tesco's own and Assam mixed up through smell, and my mum was the one who ended up with the cheap one! - and feel like any other teabag too, so I'll assume they work just like any other teabag! The good thing about them is they don't need to be left to stew for long, but the longer you leave them the stronger the taste you get. I tend to go for as long as possible but that's just me!
Now I've had this tea black and white and it tasted nice both ways. I'll admit I needed a spoonful of sugar when having it black, but it still tasted nice, the sugar just took the edge off it a bit. With milk it tastes sweeter anyway so I don't have a need for the sugar. It's also a really lovely amber with milk in it, but that may be down to how much milk I have! I don't think I'd be able to describe the taste... I've only really had Assam, Tesco's own and Yorkshire Tea, and I must admit that Assam really do taste the nicest! Tesco's own taste horrible for obvious reasons, and Yorkshire tea I've found to be a bit bland, needing sugar AND milk at the same time. Assam has it just right.
Another added bonus of the tea is that helps keeps you regular - my mum has IBS and, coupling this tea with 2 Fybogel a day, she hasn't had a problem with it since she started drinking this tea! (Touch woods!!) I've also found it can help give a boost in the morning too, but I shall not disgust you with anymore on that!
A great tea to have no matter the time of day, be it with breakfast, lunch, dinner or even with biscuits as a snack - Digestives taste just amazing with this tea!! Nice with milk, nice without milk, doesn't always need sugar, and to me it just tastes perfect. I always look forward to my cup of Twinings and really can't wait until I have the money to buy myself a rather large boxful as I'm quite missing it right now!
This is my favourite ever tea! Despite being a little bit more expensive than soething like Tetleys (which is the only other tea I will drink), I always always buy this.
It is strong but not bitter, it doesn't leave any sort of after taste in your mouth and if you make a pot with one bag, it will do about four or five cups. My parents use the leaves which suits them as they have enough room to throw the dregs outside and not worry about them filling up the bin or clogging up the sink.
Twinings deliver consistently good quality tea and at about £2 for 50 bags, you can't really complain. Compared to some blends which taste like they've been swept off the floor at the end of the day.
If you like your tea milky (bleugh!) then this blend would be wasted on you but for those who like a good strong builders tea that is just a little bit more refined and robust than economy blends, this is for you.
At work, we get the choice between "Builders" which is assam, and earl grey- I probably don't need to tell you which one needs refilling more often!
If you have tea with no sugar (or if you use sweeteners), the tea is actually quite high in Fluoride naturally which means it's good for your gnashers! You may see a recurring dental theme in my reviews but I'm all about education so if you've any questions please ask!
This gorgeous blend of tea is mainly for the stronger tea drinkers of us . It has a strong mellow taste that can only be described as inspiring. I drink this on a cold winter morning, a cold afternoon and really anytime when i feel a little bit chilly. It blows the cobwebs away in the morning and tasting this tea for the first time is a whole new experience. You would never imagine tea to be as strong with milk in it. It smells nice, all fresh. The box is very appealing with a black and gold design which draws you to what's inside the box and the smell and taste you are about to discover !
He rolls over towards me in bed, kisses me gently in the nape of my neck, and whispers provocatively and huskily in my ear, “ Ay Ooops Chuck! Time to get the kettle on, it’s Assam time!” It’s the same every morning. I slip on my silky robe, go downstairs, tune in to Radio 4, check the heating, gather the daily paper, put the kettle on, and while its coming to the boil, make a roll-up. Its Assam time. It’s the same every morning. I reach for my white, bone china, six cup tea pot and when the kettle is about to boil, I warm the pot and put seven heaped tea spoons of Twinings loose leaf Assam tea in, then pour the fast boiling water over the dark, aromatic, rich tea leaves and replace the lid. No tea-cosy! Its Twinings Assam time. It’s the same every morning. I sit at my pine kitchen table, glance at the paper, finish my roll-up and wait for the tea leaves to infuse. Four minutes is perfect. Two large, white, French breakfast size cups are sitting on the worktop waiting for the rich, malty, liquid tea to be poured through the tea strainer. I pour. Its Twinings Assam time. It’s the same every morning. The strong, heady, dark essence hits my nostrils. One tea spoon of dried, low fat powdered milk. Yes! Milky is no good! Two sweeteners in each. Yes! Tea, any tea, has to be sweet! I check my face in the large pine mirror for any signs of overnight ageing, and slick some lip gloss on my lips. Its Twinings loose leaf tea Assam time. It’s the same every morning. My man is waiting for me. He’s full of longing, anticipation and desire. I wont disappoint him. I climb the stairs and enter the bedroom. “You look radiant Babe” says my man. His eyes lingering lustfully on the two white, smooth, gleaming shapes I have in my hands. I pass him one large steaming breakfast cup and slide into bed next to him
. We say nothing, words aren’t necessary. Its actions that count. We sip the biting, flavoursome, and revitalising, hot, sweet, penetrating liquid as one. We sigh simultaneously. “Hey Babe” says my man, “ You’ve excelled your self again, “ This tea has life saving properties. I can feel it coursing through my veins” We finish our rousing cups of Twinings Assam loose leaf tea and the real benefits of this luscious, strong, dark brew kick into action……………..Later, much later, its coffee he wants. I want that post activity roll-up, but that’s another opinion, the coffee, not the roll-up, or indeed, the activity. Its Twinings Assam time, but----Its not the SAME time every morning! By Appointment to her Majesty Queen Elizabeth 11 Established 1706 Strength 3 www.twinings.com R. Twining and Company Ltd Southway, Andover, Hants, SP10 JAQ
Brand: Twinings / Black Tea