Review of Tesco’s Lemon & Ginger Infusion Tea

I am lady who loves her cups of tea. Sometimes I can be a little naughty and find myself having a bit too much caffeine. Despite this I am still on my mission to reduce my caffeine intake continues and I am always on the look out for a new caffeine free tea to try. I tend to find lemon and ginger a nice comforting tea so when I popped into Tesco’s recently I decided to grab a box of their lemon & ginger tea to try.

I fell for vibrant orange colour of the packaging of this tea. Its swirl patterns are the same to that found on Tesco’s other fruit and herbal teas. The tea is clearly marketed as being caffeine free. I personally liked that there was no fancy description about the tea, just its flavour and that it is caffeine free.

Onto the ingredients list. Ginger (38%), dried apple, rosehip, flavourings, lemon peel (3%) and lemon grass (2%). I am always personally put off by generic flavourings and would like to know exactly what this means. There are no allergens highlighted in the ingredients list and no may contain warnings.

On opening the cardboard box foil packaging is revealed, great for keeping the teabags fresh. I was immediately hit by the aroma coming from the foil packaging once opened. There was a very strong aroma of ginger and lemon. This remained the same on my close up sniff test and was even very noticeable on sniffing an individual teabag. I was suitably impressed as with many teabags I have tried this has simply not been the case. I placed my teabag into my teacup and added my freshly boiled water as instructed. What immediately struck me was the immediate ginger aroma coming from the tea. I infused the tea with the hot water as instructed for 3 minutes. On removing the teabag there was a distinct aroma of ginger with subtle undertones of lemon noted. This slightly intensified on my close up sniff test. On sipping the tea I was initially hit with the ginger element proceeded by the faint subtle undertones of lemon. I found this tea to be comforting and soothing on my stomach and refreshing at the same time. I have personally not been suitably impressed with other Tesco’s teas that I have tried but this I have to admit surprised me.

So would I recommend this lemon & ginger tea, yes I would. I liked everything about this tea from its aroma through to its flavour. It hit the spot nicely and provided a soothing sensation to my stomach. So thank you Tesco’s for producing a lovely lemon and ginger tea.

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Review of co-op raspberry jelly

I have always enjoyed jelly and it was often the only safe dairy free treat I could have at parties. I love the fact that you can easily pick up ready made jellies from supermarkets. I particularly like the ones that have fruit with the jelly. So when I saw that the co-op had a fruit jelly as part of their lunch deal I had to give it a go.

I liked the simplicity of the packaging. The jelly itself comes in a cup style plastic container meaning that you can see the jelly inside. It had a nice scattering of raspberries in the middle of the jelly. There were no allergens listed on its ingredients label it was therefore suitable for a dairy free diet. It is also labelled as being suitable for vegans.

On opening the lid and a very faint sweet artificial aroma which I wouldn’t describe as raspberry was noted. I placed my spoon into the pot. The jelly was of a medium gooey consistency with no real wobble noted. I had a couple of spoonful’s of the jelly before I hit the raspberries which was a nice change compared to the other jellies that I have previously tried. As for the flavour of the jelly it was a tad bland and I couldn’t really decide what flavour this actually was. If I was blind folded I wouldn’t have been able to tell you that it was raspberry. As for the raspberries these were a tad tart and added a little flavour to the jelly.

So would I recommend this jelly? I’m afraid not. The flavour was simply lacking and I certainly didn’t enjoy the texture. It didn’t really make a nice sweet treat on the go. Sorry co-op this jelly wasn’t for me.

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Review of Plenish Organic Hazelnut Milk

Well my mission to try some new dairy free milks has not been that successful. So I have been trying to make a real effort lately and try some new varieties of dairy free milk. So I headed onto Ocado and searched for dairy free milk. One milk that seemed to grab my attention was Plenish organic hazelnut milk. Now I’ve never tried hazelnut milk before so I decided to give it a try. I personally liked the simplicity to the design of packaging with 3 hazelnuts to the right bottom of the carton.

The ingredients list is on the back of the carton with water, hazelnuts 5% and sea salt noted. So I was a little disappointed by this. The hazelnut is clearly highlighted in bold as an allergen. There is no may contain warning. The milk is labelled as being dairy free and suitable for vegans. My only concern with this milk alternative is the lack of calcium. As someone who has been on a dairy free diet for a many years it is fair to say that this important factor for me when choosing a milk.

On opening the carton I was surprised that there was only a faint and subtle nuttiness aroma to the milk. In fact it smelt pretty neutral and did not change on my famous close up sniff test. This was a little disappointing if I am honest as I expected this to be much stronger being that it was a nut based milk. It poured easily into a glass it was a cross between a light brown and a dark cream in colour but. It was slightly thin and slightly watery in consistency. On sipping the milk it was slightly smooth but not creamy in texture. There was definitely a nutty element that tasted of hazelnuts to this milk, which was subtle but not to overpowering. I also warmed the milk for 90 seconds in the microwave ready for my famous Weetabix test. It microwaved well and did not separate or form a skin to the top of the milk. Its aroma seemed remained the same I had hoped that the aroma may intensify slightly, but this may be a tad unfair. The milk was absorbed easily by the Weetabix. On tasting the Weetabix it only had a faint hint of hazelnut and didn’t really impact on its flavour. I viewed this as a positive this may sound a little strange but a couple of milks that I have previously tried have made my Weetabix have an artificially slightly sweet flavour. I personally don’t like this and like to my Weetabix to be as plain as possible.

So would I recommend this hazelnut milk? Yes I would. Its subtle nutty flavour was spot on and made a pleasant change to the other milks that I have tried. It wasn’t artificially sweet and wasn’t too creamy. So if you follow a dairy free, or a vegan diet why not give this milk a try. So thank you Plenish for producing a hazelnut milk that I can enjoy.

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Review of London Tea Company Sencha Green Tea

As a lady who enjoys her cups of tea on a daily basis I am always on the lookout for new teas to try. Yet for some unknown reason I tend to drink very little green tea. This is strange as it is a great tea to be enjoyed milk free so it is therefore perfect for dairy free me. I have tried a couple of brands of green tea of varying qualities. So when London Tea Company contacted me and I asked if I wished to try some of their teas I said yes. One of the samples they sent was sencha green tea.

I liked the design of the packaging with this tea. It was light green with picture of the logo of the London Tea Company in the style of a table and chair. On top of the table is a cup of tea. Simple yet clever. Onto the ingredients only sencha green tea is listed. There are there no allergens highlighted or any may contain warnings listed. It is also labelled as being suitable for a vegan diet.

On opening the packet I have to admit to be a tad disappointed I wasn’t really greeted by any aroma. I was hoping for a slightly grassy meadow that I associate with green tea. There was a hint of this on my famous close up sniff test, but it was quiet faint. 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 brown/green colour. The aroma from the tea did not intensify and remained the same, even on my close up sniff test. On sipping the tea I could taste the delicate grassy element. This made a pleasant change to other green teas that I have tried which have had a stronger slightly bitter flavour. It was nice to experience a lighter green tea. It was a nice refreshing tea that somehow had a nice soothing and comforting effect as I drank it. I personally think that it would be a nice tea to be enjoyed in the afternoon.

So would I recommend this green tea, yes definitely. I liked the delicate subtle aroma and flavour of this tea. It was a light refreshing yet and soothing tea. So if you fancy a milk free tea, why not give this green tea a try. So thank you London tea Company for producing a light refreshing green tea. No doubt I shall be purchasing some in the near future.

Disclaimer: I received a free sample of this tea. All of the opinions in this post are honest and not influenced by this.

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Review of Lidl Deluxe Blackcurrant & Vanilla Tea

I have tried a few of Lidl’s teas and I have to say I’ve not been very impressed. When I saw that they had a deluxe range of tea I thought I best give them a try. I decided to try their deluxe blackcurrant & vanilla ones a try.
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I fell for the simple packaging. I liked the light purple packaging with pictures of cascading blackcurrants and vanilla flowers. There is a clear window which allows you to see the pyramid bags inside. To the back of the packaging the same design theme continues. The tea is described as being 15 blackcurrant and vanilla infusion pyramid bags with natural flavouring. On the list of ingredients interestingly only 1% is blackcurrant and 1% is vanilla.
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On opening the box the tea pyramids were sealed in cellophane. On opening this I was immediately greeted by a sweet aroma. If I’m honest I could only really smell blackcurrant, vanilla and maybe hibiscus. It was a pleasant aroma and a lot stronger than I thought it would be as I have personally found that other teas I have tried have lacked in the aroma department. On checking the pyramids I could see all the varying ingredients inside. Some however are very fine and had found themselves at the bottom of the cellophane packaging. I liked the good length of string attached to the pyramid allowing for easy steeping. Oh and they are also biodegradable which is a big positive.
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On placing the pyramid in the cup of hot water I was impressed by how quickly the tea infused and went a light purple colour. I immediately got hit by the sweet aroma from the tea. This was the same aroma I got on opening the cellophane but a lot stronger. I was still unable to distinguish the other ingredients in the tea pyramid. On sipping the tea I could clearly taste a subtle hint of the blackcurrant with the sweetness from the vanilla there was certainly an undertone of other flavours but I could really say what these were. I found the aroma of this tea sweet and pleasant the flavour matched this. I found it a pleasant tea to drink but slightly sweet. It recommends adding honey or sugar to sweeten but I personally think this is not necessary.
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So would I recommend these tea pyramids. They are certainly nicer than Lidl’s everyday teabags. They had a pleasant sweet aroma and infuse quickly with the hot water. I might not have been able to taste all of the elements within the tea pyramid, but the flavouring was pleasant. They make a nice budget friendly alternative to more expensive teas.

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Review of Eat Real Sea Salted Hummus Chips

Now I am a creature of habit and I tend to have Pom Bear crisps with my sandwiches for lunch. That said I am always looking for new dairy free crisps try as an alternative. I recently discovered Eat Real quinoa chips and really enjoyed them and may have had several packets since. For some reason I forgot to try their other chips. So whilst in Morrisons this week I picked up their sea salt hummus chips to try.
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I liked the simple white packaging with the splashes of purple. The pictures of the chips looked really appealing and I just wanted me dive in. Being in the free from aisle they are gluten free and labelled as suitable for vegans and therefore suitable for dairy free me. No allergens are highlighted on the ingredients list and there is no may contain warning.
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On opening the packet I was greeted by a fairly neutral aroma that I associate with a good quality packet of plain crisps. This aroma did not change on my famous close up sniff test. The chips or shells as I like to call them were of a good size and didn’t have an obvious scattering of the sea salt flavourings on them. On biting into the chips was a nice clean crunch was noted. The sea salt flavouring was spot on as it was very subtle and understated. After trying a few chips there was no greasy residual left on my fingers, just perfect.
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So would I recommend these hummus chips, yes I would. I liked the shell design of this savoury snack and enjoyed their crunchy texture. The very subtle understated flavouring has to be the best I have tried in a long time in a crisp style snack. These have to be the nicest in the Eat Real range that I have tried and shall I will be buying this as my savoury treat on a regular basis. So if you follow a dairy free, gluten free or vegan diet give these hummus chips a try. So thank you Eat Real for producing another savoury treat I can have.
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Review of Marks & Spencer redbush tea

My mum, who I have inherited my love of tea from enjoys her rooibos tea and drinks goodness knows how many cups a day. So I thought it was about time I made effort and tried some new rooibos as an alternative to my mint, lemon and ginger or camomile infusion teas. I happened to stumble across a box redbush tea whilst I was shopping in Marks & Spencer the other day so I decided to give it a try.

I loved the vibrant black and red packaging with an interesting pattern which I would describe as being like mini space invaders. It is clearly labelled as a caffeine free tea to the front of the packaging. I was intrigued by its description as being sweet and mellow with a bright yellow colour.

Onto the ingredients well interestingly there doesn’t seem to be any. All I could see was 40 redbush teabags. There is no may contain warning with regards to possible allergens.

When I opened the foil packet I was  greeted by a woody aroma that I associate with a rooibos tea. This did not change on the close up sniff test and was still present on smelling an individual teabag.I added the teabag to my teacup and added the hot water and let it infuse as instructed. I was immediately hit by a slight woody and faint grassy aroma which became more apparent as the tea continue to infuse. There wasn’t much difference noted with the aroma on my close up sniff test. I didn’t expect this and was pleasantly surprised. It didn’t seem to take long for the tea to infuse with the hot water. It soon turned a slightly dark cherry like colour not the bright yellow colour described on the packaging. On sipping the tea it tasted like a good quality rooibos, there were undertones of both woodiness and grassiness that I associate with a nice redbush tea. I found the tea to be comforting yet slightly refreshing at the same time. I was pleasantly surprised by this tea as if I am honest it has been a bit hit and miss with the previous teas I have tried from marks & Spencer and didn’t expect it to be a nice as it was.

So would I recommend this redbush tea? Yes I would. I enjoyed everything about this tea from its flavour through to its aroma. It is a nice everyday redbush tea. So thank you Marks & Spencer for producing a nice redbush tea that I can enjoy.

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