Review of Marks & Spencer Festive Classic Tea

I know that it’s a tad early for a Christmas review but I decided to start very early this year. Whilst on a day out shopping at Bluewater my mum and we decided to pop into Marks & Spencer food hall to pick up a few treats. I’ve not tried any Christmas teas so far this year so when I saw a packet of festive classic tea in Marks & Spencer I grabbed a box to try.

Onto the packaging I liked the deep colour of the box red. I found the picture with a single Christmas tree branch above a cup with a teabag hovering above a tad dull. Onto the ingredients Kenyan and Rwandan teas are listed. No allergens are highlighted and there is a no may contain warning.

On opening the box I was greeted by a sealed foil package containing the teabags. I like this as it keeps the tea nice and fresh. On opening the packet I got an aroma of an everyday black tea, nothing special. It certainly didn’t remind me of Christmas. The aroma did not change on my close up sniff test. I placed the teabag in my teacup and added freshly boiled water. The teabag soon infused with the hot water and it changed a medium / dark brown colour. I let the tea infuse for 3 minutes as instructed despite normally having my tea medium weak and milk free. The aroma from the teacup was pretty non descript it smelt like an everyday black tea. On sipping the tea it tasted like its aroma and I was unable to distinguish between the two elements to this tea. It just tasted like an everyday black tea. I was a tad disappointed by this to say the least and was counting down the days until our works festive afternoon tea which I was hoping would be like this.

So would I recommend this Christmas tea? As a festive tea definitely not. It lacked any ingredients that you associate with a festive tea. It was just like regular tea in a festive themed box. A bit of clever marketing which I sadly fell for. Sorry Marks & Spencer but this tea just wasn’t for me.


  1. Tea and Tales1
    November 14, 2017 / 10:57 pm

    I would have imagined the smell would be wonderful with a name like that. I hate it when a tea lets me down!

  2. November 15, 2017 / 5:36 am

    Grrr I so dislike empty promises!!

  3. November 15, 2017 / 7:25 am

    It’s a shame it didn’t live up to your expectations. With A Christmas tea you’d expect it to be all festive and full of spices. #bloggersbest

    • November 16, 2017 / 6:04 pm

      Hi, you sure would but it had none of these.

  4. November 15, 2017 / 7:50 am

    How disappointing! I’m all for festive packaging but not if it implies it actually is festive in some way! x #BloggerClubUK

    • November 16, 2017 / 6:03 pm

      Hi, sadly it was not festive at all.

  5. November 15, 2017 / 9:55 am

    Ohh boo what a shame. I expected it to have some spice to it! Never mind eh? Thanks for sharing with #bloggersbest xx

    • November 16, 2017 / 6:01 pm

      Indeed no spice just regular tea, not festive at all.

  6. November 15, 2017 / 12:55 pm

    Oh how irritating! Thanks for trying this tea and saviung us all the disappointment!

    • November 15, 2017 / 12:56 pm

      ooops sorry – forgot to say I was here from #humpdaylinky 🙂

      • November 16, 2017 / 6:00 pm

        No problem I also do the same ?

    • November 16, 2017 / 6:00 pm

      Yes hopefully I have saved a few disappointments.

  7. November 15, 2017 / 3:41 pm

    How disappointing. I imagined lots of warming cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg etc.

    • November 16, 2017 / 5:59 pm

      So did I must read the ingredients before I buy a tea in the future.

  8. queerlittlefamily
    November 15, 2017 / 8:56 pm

    It’s never too early to try tea! Shame it was so disappointing. #bloggerclubuk

    • November 16, 2017 / 5:59 pm

      It sure was, nothing else to say really.

  9. November 16, 2017 / 5:05 pm

    I hate it when teas let me down! thanks for taking one for the tea team and letting us all know how disappointing this was – K

    • November 16, 2017 / 5:59 pm

      I like that the tea team, perhaps we should set up a little group ?.

      • November 16, 2017 / 6:04 pm

        We should! Inbox me on twitter and we’ll set something up – K

  10. Corinne and Kirsty
    November 16, 2017 / 5:12 pm

    It’s never too early to try out some festive teas. Too bad this one didn’t live up to expectations. xx corinne

    • November 16, 2017 / 5:58 pm

      Too bad indeed I am now on a mission to find some nice ones.

  11. November 16, 2017 / 5:31 pm

    How strange is this!!! I was wondering what ‘twist’ this tea was going to have… disappointing to see that there was no twist at all. How can they market it as FESTIVE? haha!

    Hayley | hayleyxmartin

    • November 16, 2017 / 5:57 pm

      I’m not sure really about the marketing, I should have checked the ingredients first.

  12. sophieheartsnet
    November 16, 2017 / 5:36 pm

    Oh thats such a shame! I always have high expectations of M&S so not very impressed that you were let down by this one- x

    • November 16, 2017 / 5:57 pm

      Me, to never mind I won’t fall for it again.

  13. Creative Nails
    November 16, 2017 / 5:39 pm

    I like the design of the box! But it’s such a shame that it let you down 🙁 hopefully you find some better ones in the future!


    • November 16, 2017 / 5:56 pm

      Hi, yes the packaging just didn’t match the tea on this occasion.

    • November 16, 2017 / 5:55 pm

      It sure wasn’t great or a festive tea.

  14. November 16, 2017 / 5:54 pm

    Awww what a disappointment and such a marketing BS cop out for them! Glad you’re letting the world know what’s up with this faux festive tea!

    • November 16, 2017 / 5:55 pm

      Hi, yes the only way to describe it is a disappointment.

  15. Katie Jane (@katietatieee)
    November 16, 2017 / 5:54 pm

    Nooo that’s such a shame, when I saw the title I got so excited, but so glad you wrote this post so we don’t all fall for the clever marketing too! X

    • November 16, 2017 / 5:55 pm

      Hi, I glad that you found it helpful and saved you some money.

    • November 16, 2017 / 6:06 pm

      Fingers crossed I will do, I am always as honest as I can be with my reviews.

  16. November 16, 2017 / 7:37 pm

    There’s nothing more annoying than buying a tea that sounds like it’s going to be lovely and it’s a letdown 🙁 I really like Sainsbury’s flavoured teas! x

    • November 16, 2017 / 8:30 pm

      Hi, yes it was a little annoying. I have tried a few Sainsbury’s teas and enjoyed MST of them. Are they that recommend that I try?

  17. November 16, 2017 / 8:32 pm

    How disappointing! I’d expect loads of flavour and scent in a festive tea – all cloves and cinnamon. I hope you manage to locate a better Christmas tea before the year is out! Thanks for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove

    • November 16, 2017 / 8:39 pm

      Hi, it was indeed disappointing, fingers crossed that I will.

  18. Victoria Nilsson
    November 18, 2017 / 9:31 pm

    It’s a shame the tea was a let down. If you need a good winter tea, I love vanilla or caramel rooibos with a splash of milk 🙂

    • November 18, 2017 / 9:36 pm

      Oh I really fancy a vanilla rooibos now ?

  19. November 19, 2017 / 7:39 am

    Nice review!! I expected it to have some spice to it! Never mind eh? Thanks for sharing with.

    • November 19, 2017 / 4:12 pm

      Yes the lack of the done car did disappoint hey ho more mince pies to try.

  20. November 20, 2017 / 4:50 pm

    That’s a shame! There are so many strong aromas and tastes associated with Christmas that work wonderfully in tea. Bit of a let down that it didn’t really represent that. #MMBC

    • November 20, 2017 / 7:10 pm

      Hi, it sure was a bit of a let down it could have just had one of those common Christmas aromas but nothing.

    • November 20, 2017 / 7:05 pm

      Indeed you could such a shame and a bit of a let down if I’m honest.

    • November 21, 2017 / 8:56 pm

      Indeed poor show Marks & Spencer.

  21. November 21, 2017 / 2:02 pm

    Oh what a let down. Anything festive is always exciting and sad when it doesn’t perform! Thanks for linking up with #TwinklyTuesday

    • November 21, 2017 / 8:56 pm

      Hi, yes a real let down sadly.

  22. November 21, 2017 / 8:41 pm

    Wow! Something different for the holidays! ☺☺

    • November 21, 2017 / 8:43 pm

      Hi, I wish it was sadly it lacked any aroma and flavour.

  23. November 28, 2017 / 12:15 am

    This is such a shame! I got so excited at the thought of the rich warm flavours you were about to describe…then nothing. The box is so cute too, I had high hopes x


    • November 28, 2017 / 8:22 pm

      Yes just a cute box, nothing else.

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