There’s a new flavour in town tasting Lime & Ginger Sensation

10 January 2014

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If you like Twinings Lemon & Ginger, you're sure to love the more intense Lime & Ginger. It's got notes of spice, citrus, tangerine and sweet nectar. And you can definitely taste the sweetness that you can smell.

So today we're taking a tasting journey into the new Lime and Ginger Sensation, which will be out in the shops this autumn. Just as well too. With the colder weather coming we need a little warming spice!

Break open the beautiful new box with its quilling design and you're in for a treat. And if you didn't know about quilling, it's worth an aside.

Quilling is the art of rolling, folding, twisting and shaping slim strips of paper into beautiful, intricate designs, which you can see on our new Lime & Ginger pack. The technique dates back some 500 years and was originally developed to imitate gold and silver filigree work - which looks similar, but costs a whole lot more.

Today, quilling is back in fashion all over the world breathing fresh new life into this craft. And it's still very much a handcraft, as machines cannot do the same job. You still need the same amount of patience, skill and dexterity - just as you would have hundreds of years ago.

Now on with the tasting! As before, our team of freshly taught Tea Ambassadors will be talking about the Appearance, Aroma, Mouth Feel and Flavour of the blend.

Appearance

We start with inspecting the dry tea. The tea bits are small and have many different colours - which tells us that this is a blend, and the texture is crumbly.

We boil the kettle but let the water rest for a few minutes. We leave ours for five. The reason for this is that pouring freshly boiled water on to the bag can bruise the tea and stop the flavours and aromas from wafting out. It's a bit like burning your own skin - and this is particularly true with herbal, floral and fruit teas.

As we pour the water over the teabag, the water first turns a pale green, then a golden honey colour. We then let it brew for two to three minutes. Letting it rest for the full time really pays off because you get the full aromas and deeper flavours. 

Aroma

Lovely citrusy and earthy notes jump out, followed by slightly sweet, spicy ones.

Mouth feel

Very round and smooth, but as the flavour lingers on the tongue we get a faint, sharp and gently spicy, tingly finish. It's a lovely, complex blend.

Flavour

If you like Twinings Lemon & Ginger, you're sure to love the more intense Lime & Ginger. It's got notes of spice, citrus, tangerine and sweet nectar. And you can definitely taste the sweetness that you can smell. But not the grassy notes. It packs a surprising zesty little nudge at the end of each sip.

Flavour wheel

Take a look at the flavour wheel below. Are you a Lime & Ginger tea drinker? Would you like to be one of our home tea tasters? Just fill in the form on the right and get started!

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