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I love drinking Earl Grey and Afternoon Earl Grey and decided to give this a try, heavens know why, I thought it might be similar in taste.
It is not exactly what I was expecting.
The blend was so different than what I was thinking it would be.
Afternoon tea caught on when ANNA MARIA DUCHESS OF BEDFORD began to invite friends around for tea after she enjoyed a cup of tea in the afternoon with some cake, which back in the 1840's was unheard of, personally I don't know how I would've survived back then.
One thing Twinnings do well is give lovely little back stories to the tea which are amusing.
This is definitely not a relaxing afternoon tea at all. The base of ths tea is black Ceylon with..wait for it... jasmine? and bergamot, which is an oil in every tea which is why it is good to offer to calm someone down or relax them.
I would say this is a strong vibrant tea with strong jasmine notes in.
Together this wasn't for me, it was too perfumery for starters and once left to brew the film that develops, first attempt in the teapot and then in the mug was very strong as was the tanin.
This is definitely better without milk, I did add milk by it went really gray., sugar is a major no!
This is available in leaf tea or teabags. I found that the leaf was a lot lighter than the teabag in taste
Character: High grown Kenyan teas skillfully blended with Assam and Ceylon teas. How and when to serve: Best drunk with milk, but can be taken without. This tea was created for the traditional English afternoon. Origin: Kenya, India and Ceylon. Strenght 3.