Review of New Tetley Super Teas


As a lady who loves who loves a nice cup of tea I am always on the constant lookout for new brands to try. So when I was lucky enough to get the chance to review Tetley Super Teas I couldn’t wait for the parcel to arrive. On opening my parcel I was greeted by three four of tea each of which contained 20 teabags. The first tea I choose to review was the lemon and ginger mainly because I love this flavoured tea and it is perfect for the colder months.

Super Fruits Lemon & Ginger

I liked the design of the packaging with this tea. It has a bright and vibrant yellow background with a pictures of lemons and ginger surrounding a teacup. Above this in bold letter is the word immune with the phrase helps support your immune system underneath. On the back of the packaging the tea is described as being a lemon and ginger fruit infusion with added vitamin c.

Onto the ingredients this surprised me a little if I am honest. I didn’t expect there to be so many ingredients in addition to the lemon and ginger. Rosehip, hibiscus flowers, apple, ginger root (10%), orange peel, sweet blackberry leaves, natural flavourings. Liquorice root, vitamin c (1.5%) and lemon peel (1%) are listed). There are no allergens highlighted or any may contain warnings listed. On opening the box I was immediately hit with a subtle aroma of ginger with a hint of lemon. On my close up sniff test this aroma didn’t intensify and remained the same. It weakened slightly on smelling an individual teabag.

I placed the teabag in my cup and added my freshly boiled hot water. The hot water soon changed to a pale yellow colour. I left the tea to infuse with the hot water as instructed. Onto the aroma I could predominantly smell the ginger with a subtle undertone of lemon or I would prefer to describe it as citrus. However, as the tea continued to infuse this changed to a predominantly citrus aroma. On sipping the tea its flavour matched its aroma. Despite ginger being the more predominant ingredient it tasted more citrusy. My taste buds initially seemed to get hit by lemon followed a subtle hint of warming ginger which seemed to have a soothing effect on my stomach. I personally preferred this I can find ginger to be a little too strong and overpowering. So would I recommend this tea? Yes I would even though the majority of the ingredients to this tea were overtaken by the lemon and ginger it really didn’t matter on this occasion. I enjoyed this tea it was refreshing yet soothing at the same time. Did I notice any benefit to my immune system? I’m afraid not.

Super Fruits Blueberry & Raspberry

I liked the design of the packaging with this tea. It has a deep purple background with a pictures of blueberries and raspberries surrounding a teacup. Above this in bold letter is the word boost with the phrase helps reduce tiredness and fatigue underneath. On the back of the packaging the tea is described as being a blueberry and raspberry fruit infusion with added b vitamins.

Onto the ingredients this surprised me a little if I am honest. I didn’t expect there to be so many ingredients in addition to the blueberries and raspberries. It seemed to be never ending. Hibiscus flowers, rosehip, orange peel, apple, natural flavouring, roasted chicory root, liquorice root, blueberry (1.0 %), raspberry (1.0 %), vitamin B Complex (1%) nicotinamide, pantothenic acid, folic acid, vitamin B2, vitamin B6, vitamin B1, biotin, vitamin B12, mannitol (wheat). There is one allergen highlighted which is wheat. There is no may contain warnings listed. On opening the box I was immediately hit with a subtle aroma of hibiscus and apple with a hint of raspberry. On my close up sniff test this aroma didn’t intensify and remained the same. It weakened slightly on smelling an individual teabag.

I placed the teabag in my cup and added my freshly boiled hot water. The hot water soon changed to a deep purple colour. I left the tea to infuse with the hot water as instructed. Onto the aroma I could predominantly smell the hibiscus intermingled with a hint of raspberry and hint of apple. I was unable to smell the other elements to this tea and was hoping for a hint of blueberry which was a shame. On a positive note the liquorice root didn’t overpower the other ingredients to this tea which is important to me as I can personally find this an overpowering ingredient and has impacted on the aromas of other teas that I have tried. On sipping the tea it was just like its aroma. The hibiscus took centre stage. It was definitely a hibiscus tea with undertones of raspberry and apple noted. It was a shame that I was not able to taste all of the ingredients to the tea especially the blueberry. So would I recommend this tea? I am sorry but the answer is no. The hibiscus just seemed to take centre stage with both the aroma and flavour. This is a shame because I do like a raspberry based tea and was looking forward to enjoying it intermingled with blueberries. Did I notice any benefit to my energy levels or metabolism? I’m afraid not.

Super Green Tropical

I liked the design of the packaging with this tea. It has a deep purple background with a pictures of pineapple and mango surrounding a teacup. Above this in bold letter is the word immune with the phrase helps support your immune system. On the back of the packaging the tea is described as being a flavoured green tea with added vitamin C.

Onto the ingredients list green tea(88%), natural pineapple flavourings with other natural flavourings (5%), vitamin C, natural mango flavouring with other natural flavourings (1%), There is are no allergens highlighted in the ingredients list and there is no may contain warnings. On opening the box there was an aroma of a grassy meadow which I associate with green tea undertones of what I would describe as being like a tropical fruit squash. On my close up sniff test this aroma didn’t intensify and remained the same. It weakened slightly on smelling an individual teabag.

I placed the teabag in my teacup and added my slightly cooled freshly boiled hot water. I left the tea to infuse with the hot water as instructed. The hot water soon changed to a light green colour. The aroma from the tea intensified only slightly even on my close up sniff test. On sipping the tea I was able to taste the subtle grassiness with the pineapple and mango taking centre stage. All of which made a surprisingly light and refreshing tea which I would certainly recommend. Did I notice any benefit to my immune system? I’m afraid not.


Super Green Detox

I liked the design of the packaging with this tea. It has a deep purple background with a pictures of pineapple and mango surrounding a teacup. Above this in bold letter is the word immune with the phrase helps support your immune system. On the back of the packaging the tea is described as being a flavoured green tea with added vitamin C.


Onto the ingredients list tea green tea (82%), natural mint flavouring (12%), peppermint leaves (5%), seleniumn. There is are no allergens highlighted in the ingredients list and there is no may contain warnings. On opening the box there was an aroma of a grassy meadow which I associate with green tea undertones of what I would describe as being like a tropical fruit squash. On my close up sniff test this aroma didn’t intensify and remained the same. It weakened slightly on smelling an individual teabag.

I placed the teabag in my teacup and added my slightly cooled freshly boiled hot water. I left the tea to infuse with the hot water as instructed. I left the tea to infuse with the hot water as instructed. The hot water soon changed to a light green colour. The aroma of the tea intensified as the tea infused with the hot water. There was a faint grassy aroma with subtle but stronger aroma of mint noted. On sipping the tea I could taste both the delicate grassy and mint elements to this tea. It was nice to experience a lighter green tea which had the bonus of subtle mint flavour. It was a nice refreshing delicate tea that somehow had a nice soothing and comforting effect as I drank it. I would certainly recommend giving this tea a try.

Disclaimer: I received a sample of this tea in return for an honest review. All of the opinions are honest and my own.
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Review of Newburn Bakehouse Tiger Artisan Bloomer

It is often difficult to dash into a shop and pick up a loaf of bread when you follow a dairy free and or gluten free diet. You have to spend time checking the labels to make sure that the bread is indeed safe to eat. I recently discovered that Newburn Bakehouse bread is both dairy free and gluten free. So this meant that it was the perfect bread for both my mum and I to try. I personally prefer a granary or a wholemeal loaf but I do enjoy a tiger loaf as a treat. So when I discovered that they also made a tiger bloomer I just had to pop it into my shopping basket.

I liked the simple clear packaging allowing you to see the bread inside with its darkened crust inside. Sometimes simple is best I just wanted to dive in and give it a try. 

Onto the ingredients list. The front of the packaging is clearly labelled as both gluten free and milk free. The only allergens highlighted on the back of the packet is egg. It is also labelled as being suitable for a vegetarian diet.

On holding the bloomer it felt lighter when comparing it other gluten free breads. I undertook a crafty squeeze test and it was soft and quickly returned to its original shape. On opening the packet there was a delightful aroma of what I describe as a familiar smell you get with tiger bread. This did not change on my famous close up sniff test. The bloomer was a good size and the crusty looking topping that you get with a tiger loaf looked even more inviting. The bread was light bouncy to touch and my finger didn’t sink into the bread when did another crafty squeeze test. It was easy to cut into the bloomer, the loaf kept its shape and size and there were loose pieces of crumbled bread. More impressively it looked like as mum described it a “normal” slice of bread. Oh and there were no large holes which can be the case with some gluten free breads. On biting into the bread I experienced a combination of textures the crunchiness from the crust followed by a light airy springy texture. This was not dry or powdery in texture which can be the case with gluten free bread. The bread kept its consistency when made as part of a sandwich and didn’t get soggy or gooey in texture. It tasted like a regular tiger loaf. The most important factor for my mum was that you didn’t need to toast it to be able to it as regular sandwich.

So would I recommend this bread if you follow a dairy free, gluten free or vegetarian diet? Yes I would. We were really impressed by its light springy airy texture and the fact that it didn’t need toasting to make a sandwich. This makes it stand out from your average gluten free bread. So thank you Newburn Bakehouse for producing bread that both my mum and I can enjoy.

Review of Fruiteatox 14 Day Detox Tea

Now I am a girl who loves her cups of tea. Not a day goes by when I don’t help myself to a cup of tea. It’s fair to say it’s an integral part of my daily routine. Blogging has enlightened my tea palate encouraging me to try a variety of new teas. So when I was Fruiteatox contacted me and asked if I would like to try their 14 day Teatox programme I of course said yes. Fruiteatox is a UK based detox tea company born out of a passion to live a healthy stress-free lifestyle. The teas are made from 100% natural ingredients using real fruit. The 14 Day Teatox includes a pouch of Lemon Daytox Tea containing 14 pyramid teabags to be drunk every morning for 2 weeks and a pouch of Orange Sleeptox Tea containing 7 pyramid teabags to be enjoyed every other night before bed for 2 weeks. All ingredients are naturally sourced, gluten free and suitable for vegans. The teas are said to support weight loss, promote radiant skin and boost your metabolism as part of an active and healthy lifestyle. I have to admit to being a tad unsure of what to expect. To be honest I just wanted to enjoy the teas and if I noticed any of the health benefits this would be a bonus.

Onto the packaging the tea is packed in a simple brown packages. To the top centre is their brand logo and to the bottom it is clearly labelled as either the Daytox or Sleeptox on a white background. Simple but effective. I also liked the ability to easily re-seal the packet to keep the freshness of the tea. On the back of the packets there is information about the tea, how to make your tea and a disclaimer.


Onto the ingredients list. For the Daytox ginseng, ginger root, yerba mate, liquorice root, tie kuan yin oolong, lemon grass, fennel seed, lemon peel is listed. There are no allergens highlighted in the ingredients list. There is a warning that the tea is packaged in a factory that handles nuts. For the Sleeptox chamomile, senna, valerian root, hawthorn leaves, lavender, orange peel, and orange oil are listed. There is a warning that the tea is packaged in a factory that handles nuts.

On opening the Daytox packet I was greeted by vibrant lemon which was very inviting. This remained the same on my famous close up sniff test although weakened slightly on smelling an individual teabag. I added freshly boiled water to the tea and infused as instructed. The water soon changed to the light yellow colour. As the tea infused with the water a delightful and inviting lemon aroma was produced. It reminded me slightly of a Lemsip I mean this in a positive way. I was unable to smell the other elements to this tea and was hoping for a hint of ginger but this really didn’t matter. More importantly the liquorice root didn’t overpower the other ingredients to this tea which is important to me as I can personally find this an overpowering ingredient and has impacted on the aromas of other teas that I have tried. On sipping the tea it was just like its aroma. The lemon took centre stage. It was definitely a lemon tea with faint undertones of ginger root and liquorice noted. It was a shame that I was not able to taste all of the ingredients to the tea, but on this occasion it didn’t matter. It was a comforting soothing yet refreshing tea with a lemon kick.

On opening the Sleeptox packet I was greeted by a mixed aroma of chamomile senna and orange. The senna was quiet overpowering and slightly off-putting. This remained the same on my famous close up sniff test although weakened slightly on smelling an individual teabag. I added freshly boiled water to the tea and infused as instructed. The water soon changed to the light yellow/brown colour. As the tea infused with the water an uninviting senna aroma with faint undertones of chamomile and orange was produced. I was unable to smell the other elements to this tea and was hoping for a hint of lavender. I found the aroma to be quiet off-putting and if I am honest I struggled to start sipping the tea. On sipping the tea I was a little surprised it wasn’t really like its aroma. It was flavour was pretty nondescript-descript and slightly bland. I was able to taste the chamomile but it wasn’t the nicest I have tried, this was intermingled with a very faint hint of senna and orange.

So did I see any benefits from undertaking the 14 day Fruiteatox? I am afraid not. I did not notice any weight loss. I thought it may have initially helped with my bloated stomach but this fluctuates and it was certainly present half way through. As for my skin no change there either. I certainly didn’t have an improved sleep pattern or an extra burst of energy either. On a positive note I really enjoyed drinking the detox lemon. I had it first thing in the morning and I enjoyed its aroma and flavour and found it to be a refreshing yet comforting tea. It was not a tea that I would normally choose to start the day but after this I would certainly purchase daytox lemon tea on its own.

Disclaimer: I received a sample of this tea in return for an honest review. All of the opinions are honest and my own.
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Review of The Protein Ball Co New Vegan Flavours

Ok so I am a creature of habit when it comes to my mid-morning snack. I tend to have Nature Valley cereal bars. I like their flavours and find them to be filling. I have tried various other snacks bars but nothing seems to beat my favourite cereal bars. In fact I often sneak them into the bar at the gym to enjoy with a nice cup of tea. So when I visited The Free From Festival in London last year I came across The Protein Ball Company and tried their vegan protein snacks. I was suitably impressed and now enjoy them with a cup of tea at the gym. So when they contacted me and asked if I would like to try their new vegan flavours I of course said yes.

I like the simple design to the packaging, with its cream background and the large log in the centre of a coloured circle to suit the flavour of the snack inside. The top and bottom of the packet is also in the same colour of the circle. To the back of the packaging they are labelled as being gluten free, vegan, and having no soy or dairy. Onto the ingredients list for the raspberry brownies cashews are highlighted as an allergen. There is a warning that the product is made in a factory that handles peanuts, nuts, milk and egg. For the peanut butter and jam peanuts are highlighted as an allergen. There is a warning that the product is made in a factory that handles peanuts, nuts, milk and egg.




On opening the raspberry brownie I was greeted by a slightly sharp berry aroma intermingled with dates. This strengthened slightly on my famous close up sniff test and weakened on smelling an individual ball. The balls were of a good size and were slightly shiny in appearance with intermittent red flecks from the raspberry and the nuts. On touching the ball they were smooth yet firm with slight hard bumps from the nuts. On biting into a ball I liked the texture, it was initially firmer than similar snacks that I have tried followed by a soft slightly gooey texture. As for the flavour it tasted predominantly of dates and cashews with a slight tartness from the raspberry which if I am honest I am not sure I could distinguish as being raspberry. I was a little disappointed as I was expected to taste something similar to a chocolate brownie dessert with a strong raspberry flavour and this just wasn’t the case. I felt that the flavours were put together with good intention but that it just really didn’t work. So would I recommend the raspberry brownie flavour? I am afraid not, I liked the texture but the flavour just let the down. Instead I may try making these no bake chocolate balls as an alternative instead

On opening the peanut butter and jam I was greeted with a peanut butter aroma intermingled with a delightful summer berries. This strengthened slightly on my famous close up sniff test and weakened on smelling an individual ball. The balls were of a good size and were slightly shiny in appearance with intermittent small red flecks and nuts. On touching the ball they were smooth yet firm with a few slight bumps from the nuts. On biting into a ball I liked the texture it was initially firm followed by a soft slightly gooey texture which had a pleasant intermittent crunch from the peanuts. As for the flavour it tasted very similar to peanut butter intermingled with a hint of sweetness from the dates and a slight tartness from the raspberries. Once I had finished a ball I got a slight salty aftertaste which was very similar to what I have experienced when I have eaten chocolate that has contained Himalayan salt. I have to admit by pretty surprised by these balls. I loved the combination of both aroma and textures. The flavour was different to what I had anticipated. I loved everything about the flavour it was like I was eating a peanut butter and jam sandwich with a little piece of salted chocolate for dessert. So would I recommend the peanut butter and jam balls? Definitely I loved everything about these little balls but it was the unexpected combination of flavours that sold me. I shall be putting a request in with my gym to stock this flavour.


Disclaimer: I received theses protein balls in return for an honest review. All of the opinions are honest and my own.
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Review of Grizzly’s Adventure Blends Peppermint Forest Tea


As a lady who loves who loves a nice cup of tea I am always on the constant lookout for new brands to try. So when I was lucky enough to get contacted by Fraser at Grizzly’s Adventure Blends and asked if I would like to review their tea I of course said yes. Grizzly’s was created by Fraser a life long outdoor enthusiast and mountain climber who one day had enough of poor quality tea, he decided he could do it better, better packaging and better quality tea. After having multiple metaphorical doors slammed in his face, and being offered the usual ‘pallet of generic tea’ he decided he needed to work closer to home. This would mean he could meet the suppliers, get to know them and see the tea in production. Place smaller orders and keep everything as fresh as possible, maybe even create his own blend. Well that is what happened. The tea comes from a local family run tea importer with over 15 years of experience who uses traditional blending and packing methods. No artificial flavouring is used and the expense is on proper tea leaf rather than fancy packaging. What really impressed me was their personal touch. Fraser had kindly taken into account allergies and intolerances and suggested which of their teas would be suitable for me to try. As a lover of mint tea I opted for the peppermint forest tea.

Onto the packaging the tea is packed in a simple brown biodegradable package. To the top centre is their brand logo and to the bottom on a white background is the tea type in bold black writing. Simple but effective. I also liked the ability to easily re-seal the packet to keep the freshness of the tea. On the back of the packet there is information about peppermint tea, storage instructions and how to make your tea. Onto the ingredients list. Peppermint is listed. There are no allergens highlighted in the ingredients list and there is no may contain warning.

On opening the parcel which contained the tea packet I was greeted by a surprising menthol aroma. I like a strong mint tea and I had high hopes for this tea. On opening the actual tea packet the menthol aroma intensified and was very inviting. This remained the same on my famous close up sniff test although weakened slightly on smelling an individual teabag. I added freshly boiled water to the tea and infused as instructed. The water soon changed to the light brown/greenish colour. As the tea infused with the water a delightful subtle yet inviting menthol aroma was produced. On sipping the tea I have to admit to being a little surprised as the menthol flavour was not as strong as I had expected. I was expecting to be hit full on by a strong menthol flavour due to the initial strong aroma that I had experienced. Instead it was a lighter more delicate menthol flavour that was highly refreshing. As I continued to sip on the tea the menthol had a slight warming yet soothing effect to the back of my throat. This continued all the way through the way through to my stomach. It is not that often that I experience this from a mint tea so I was suitably impressed. I have also learnt from tasting this tea that is strong is not always best when it comes to a peppermint tea.

So would I recommend this peppermint tea? Gosh definitely. It is one of the nicest peppermint teas that I have tried. It is a light delicate refreshing tea mint tea that has the perfect balance of both aroma flavour. So thank you Grizzly’s Tea for producing a nice quality peppermint tea that I can enjoy.

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I’ve made it into the Waitrose weekend newspaper

Ok so today I normally publish a food review as part of my Thursday’s new food review feature. However, there has been a sudden change of plans. I just wanted to share my excitement of having my blog mentioned in the Waitrose weekend newspaper. In fact I am still in a state of shock and didn’t really believe it until I picked up the paper myself. Last week I published a review of Waitrose chilli salsa tortilla chips which I have to admit were pretty delicious. Subsequently I was contacted and asked if I could be interviewed for the ‘Story Behind The Tweet’ feature in the paper, I of course said yes. I was pretty nervous but I was certainly made to feel at ease. I then found myself In Waitrose today to grab something for lunch and picked up the weekend paper on the way out. To my utter surprise on page two there was the Twitter feature and it was all about my humble little blog. I am so glad that my mum encouraged me to start blogging. I am proud of how my blog has evolved and the opportunities that it has given me. So here’s to more food and tea reviews on Pinkiebag.

Review of Capacitea Infuser Mug

As a lady who loves who loves a nice cup of tea there is nothing better than enjoying a cup of tea from a teapot. Sadly, I recently broke my beloved Bodum infuser teapot. I am now on the hunt to replace this. I decided to try an infuser mug as alternative as it is only me that uses a teapot. So when I was lucky enough to get the chance to review Capacitea infuser mug I couldn’t wait to give it a try



Onto the packaging. The mug is placed securely in bubble wrapping inside a strong cardboard box. On the box is as a picture of the mug and simple picture instructions on how to use it. I liked the simple design to this glass mug, you have the subtle brand logo underneath and deep blue handle. More importantly you can clearly see the colour of you tea inside. As I often say sometimes simple is best.


The mug itself is very light, inside you have the infuser element which you can either place tea leaves or a teabag. You simply add the freshly boiled at the appropriate temperature place the lid on and infuse the tea as required. You then simply remove the lid and infuser to add milk if required prior to drinking. You can replace the lid to help keep the tea warm if you know that you might get distracted like me.

Onto the tea taste. I initially tried the mug with tea leaves. I placed these inside the infuser and added this to the mug and added the lid. I removed these after the relevant brewing time. The first thing I checked was for any rogue tea leaves inside, which I can sometimes got into the tea when I have used other infuser mugs. There weren’t any so a big thumbs up there. The second test was the handle I was concerned that this may have been hot but it was not affected by the tea inside, perfect. What I also liked about the handle was that it felt light and delicate. The glass in which the mug was made from was also delicate just like the handle. It therefore made for an enjoyable drinking experience, not quiet the same as drinking out of a teacup but not far of this. The lid certainly helped the tea keep its heat. That said I tried the mug without this and the tea remained hot for around 5 minutes, not bad.


One element I do not enjoy when using an infuser is cleaning it. Even when you tip away those tea leaves some can get left behind even after a quick rinse. This was not the case with this infuser, the smaller holes in it’s design seemed to prevent this. Another problem I have when cleaning any teacups or mugs is that I have all my tea milk free frequently leaving a stain behind. The ease of removing this varies from each cup or mug. There was minimal staining which was quick and easy to remove with this mug. I also the mug in the dishwasher all elements cleaned perfectly, so that was a massive thumbs up from me.

So would I recommend this infuser mug? Definitely it is easy to use and clean, and keeps the tea hot even without the lid. This mug will now be taking residency at work in the hope that I will be drinking more teas which are hot not like warm.

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