Review of Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference Double Mint Tea

One of my favourite caffeine free teas has to be peppermint. I drink it most days as way to reduce my caffeine intake. So when I recently popped into Sainsbury’s to top up my tea selection I stumbled across their Taste the Difference double mint pyramid teabags. My supply of mint tea was running low so I just at grabbed a packet to take home and give it a try.

Onto the package of this tea. Well I personally calming light green colour scheme which consisted of leaves. To the bottom of the front of the packaging is a small clear window allowing you to see pyramid teabags  inside. To the top is pictures of the mint leaves.

Onto the ingredients list peppermint (70%) and spearmint (30%) are listed. There are no allergens highlighted and there is no may contain warning.

On the packet I was greeted by a sealed packaging. I was intrigued by this as I am used to seeing foil. I guess this didn’t work with the design of the packaging. On opening the plastic packaging the pyramid teabags emitted what I can only describe as a very strong but very pleasant mint aroma. I found it difficult to distinguish between the two mint elements to this tea. This aroma intensified on my close up sniff test  but did seem weaken on smelling an individual pyramid teabag. I placed a pyramid teabag into my teacup and added the freshly boiled hot water. The water soon changed to the light brown / greenish colour. It didn’t take long for the teas aroma to develop. It was very pleasant and continued to strengthen and became quiet strong. In fact stronger than I had anticipated. On sipping the tea, it was definitely one of the stronger mint teas that I have tried. The peppermint flavour was fairly strong but worked well with the subtle undertones of the spearmint. It was very pleasant and when comparing its taste to other mint teas that I have tried. Overall I found the tea to be very refreshing and I got that warm comforting sensation in my tummy as I sipped it.

so would I recommend this tea? Yes definitely. It has a strong but very pleasant aroma and flavour. I personally prefer this. If you prefer a weaker peppermint tea just infuse the  pyramid teabag for a minute and re steep it later to have another cup of tea. So thank you Sainsbury’s for producing a nice mint tea that I can enjoy.

Review of Dragonfly Earl Grey Rooibos Tea

Now I’m a girl who loves her cups of tea especially earl grey tea. I have been doing really well in reducing my caffeine intake. Sometimes those cups of earl grey can lead me a little astray. I was recently taking part in a tea hour chat on Twitter when somebody suggested that I try Dragonfly’s earl grey rooibos tea. So I found a packet in my local supermarket and popped it into my basket to try.
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I liked the simplicity to the packaging of this tea. The white box with a purple circle with a white dragon fly inside. The tea is described as having a fragrant finest oil of bergamot. Onto the ingredients list, premium grade rooibos and natural oil of bergamot are listed. There are no allergens listed and there is no may contain warning.
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I opened the packet and was immediately greeted by a delightful aroma that I recognised as rooibos. It was slightly more intense than other everyday rooibos teas that I have previously tried. The aroma was smoky and slightly grassy with a faint undertone of bergamot noted. I was a little disappointed with this. I love the bergamot aroma that you get from earl grey tea and I had hoped that this would be a little stronger. So onto my close up sniff test. The smokiness from the rooibos intensified on my close up sniff test with the faint undertone bergamot remaining the same. This aroma weakened on sniffing an individual teabag but was still present. I placed my teabag into my teacup and added freshly brewed hot water. I was soon hit with the aroma that I associate with rooibos. This tea appeared to be more smoky compared to other everyday rooibos teas that I have tried. I left the tea to infuse as instructed. The smokiness aroma remained the same but the subtle undertone of grassiness and bergamot became more apparent. This remained the same on the close up sniff test. On sipping the tea my taste buds immediately got hit by its smokiness intermingled with a hint of grassiness. This was proceeded by a citrusy undertone from the bergamot. All three elements worked really well together. I sometimes personally find some rooibos teas too strong but the flavour of this tea was subtle and not overpowering which was just right for me. It made for a nice comforting and refreshing tea. In fact it is one of the nicest everyday rooibos teas that I have tried. It made a great alternative as a caffeine free version of my beloved earl grey tea.
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So would I recommend this rooibos tea? Yes I would as it is a delightful rooibos tea with delicate bergamot aroma and flavour intermingled within it. So thank you Dargonfly for producing a nice tea that I can enjoy.

Review of Marks & Spencer New Ultimate Mint Infusion Tea

One of my favourite caffeine free teas has to be peppermint. I drink it most days as way to reduce my caffeine intake. So when I recently popped into Marks & Spencer to stock up on their dairy free chocolate I accidentally walked into their display stand. On the corner of the stand were packets of their new ultimate mint infusion tea. So I just at grabbed a packet to take home and give it a try.
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Onto the package of this tea. Well I personally calming light green colour scheme which consisted of leaves. To the bottom of the front of the packaging is a small clear window allowing you to see the tea pyramids inside.
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Onto the ingredients list peppermint (66%) and spearmint (34%) are listed. There are no allergens highlighted and there is no may contain warning.
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On the packet I was greeted by a sealed packaging. I was intrigued by this as am used to seeing foil. I guess this didn’t work with the design of the packaging. I personally struggled to open the plastic packaging on doing so the tea pyramids emitted what I can only describe as a very strong but very pleasant mint aroma. I found it difficult to distinguish between the two mint elements to this tea. This aroma intensified on my close up sniff test and but did seem weaken on smelling an individual tea pyramid. I placed a tea pyramid into my teacup and added the freshly boiled hot water. The water soon changed to the light brown / greenish colour. It didn’t take long for the teas aroma to develop. It was very pleasant and continued to strengthen and became quiet strong. In fact stronger than I had anticipated. On sipping the tea, it was definitely one of the stronger mint teas that I have tried. The peppermint flavour was fairly strong but worked well with the subtle undertones of the spearmint. It was very pleasant and when comparing its taste to other mint teas that I have tried. Overall I found the tea to be very refreshing and I got that warm comforting sensation in my tummy as I sipped on it.
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so would I recommend this tea? Yes definitely. It has a strong but very pleasant aroma and flavour. I personally prefer this. If you prefer a weaker peppermint tea just infuse the tea pyramid for a minute and re steep the pyramid to have another cup of tea. So thank you Marks & Spencer for producing a nice mint tea that I can enjoy.

Review of Twinings Redbush Tea

My mission to reduce my caffeine intake is now going well after a little blip at the end of last year. 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 tried some new rooibos tea to enjoy with my mum. I happened to stumble across some Twinings redbush tea at a recent buffet breakfast. So I have to confess to taking a packet home to try.
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I liked the vibrant orange colour of the packet with the orange, yellow and white leaf design. Onto the ingredients nothing was listed on the back of the packet. So I popped online and checked the Twinings website. Very disappointing no ingredients were listed. So onto the Amazon website I went. Only pure redbush is listed and there is no may contain warning.
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On opening the packet there was a nice woody aroma was noted, or what I would expect from a good rooibos tea. This did not change on the close up sniff test. The teabag was a little darker in colour than I expected with a slight red tinge to it. I added the teabag to my teacup and added the hot water and let it infuse as instructed. It didn’t seem to take long for the tea to infuse with the hot water. It soon turned a dark cherry/brown colour. Onto the aroma of this tea a subtle woodiness was noted that was spot on. This didn’t change on my close up sniff test. On sipping the tea there were subtle undertones of both woodiness and grassiness noted. This was lightly stronger than I had anticipated but was a big plus for this tea as it was no to strong and overpowering. It was quiet pleasant and overall was a nice refreshing tea.
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So would I recommend this rooibos tea? Yes I would. It is one of the nicer everyday redbush teas that I have tried. It had a pleasant aroma and flavour and was a nice refreshing caffeine free tea. So thank you Twinings for producing a nice redbush tea that I can enjoy.

Review of Teapigs apple & cinnamon tea

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My mission to reduce my caffeine intake continues to prove successful. I am still discovering lots of caffeine free teas, fruit and or herbal infusions. So I was a little excited when I was lucky enough to receive a free sample of the Teapigs apple & cinnamon tea. I couldn’t wait to dive in and give them a try as it seemed like the perfect autumnal tea.
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As it was a sample there were no ingredients listed on the packaging. So I went straight onto the Teapigs website to check that they were safe for me to try. The tea primarily contains apple (38%), cinnamon (25%) alongside apple pomace (20%), roasted chicory root, citric acid, sweet blackberry leaves, and natural flavourings. There are no allergens highlighted in the ingredients list. It is highlighted that they are made in a factory that handles nuts. They are labelled as being both dairy and gluten free and suitable for vegans.
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On opening the packaging I was greeted by the sweet aroma of both apple and cinnamon. The intensity of this didn’t intensify on the close up sniff test. It reminded me of a nice apple crumble. I was really looking forward to giving this tea a try. I just hoped that the lovely aroma remained the same or intensified on infusing with the hot water. I have tried and reviewed several teas when the aroma and flavour seem to diminish once the tea is added to the hot water. Fingers crossed this wouldn’t be the case.
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I placed the tea in my cup and let it infuse with the hot water for 5 minutes as instructed. The water soon changed to a light orange / brown colour. The aroma from the tea seemed to weaken as it infused with the water. It was only on my close sniff up test that I could smell a hint of apple and cinnamon. On sipping the tea the flavour was weaker than I had hoped. I could taste the subtle flavours of both the apples and cinnamon, but these were weaker than I had hoped. I was anticipating a refreshing yet comforting tea, but sadly this wasn’t the case. It was a light refreshing beverage that had a hint of apple and cinnamon. Completely different to the warm comforting autumnal tea that I had hoped for in both aroma and flavour.

So would I recommend this tea. If you want a light refreshing tea with just a hint of apple and cinnamon than this could be for you. If however, you want a tea that reminds you of an apple crumble then I think you may be a tad disappointed. I’m sorry Teapigs but this tea just wasn’t for me.

Disclaimer: I received a free sample of this product. All of the opinions in this review are honest and my own.

Review of Morrisons Zingy Purple Berries Tea

My mission to reduce my caffeine intake has been a great excuse to try new teas. Over the summer I was particularly keen to try fruit tea. I recently visited a Morrisions supermarket and purchased a selection of their teas. So I decided to try their zingy purple berries first.
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I liked the purple themed packaging with big strawberries with the berries cascading towards a teacup. The description of the tea is very inviting describing the sweetness from the blueberries and tartness from the blackberries and acai berries. The tea is made from a variety of ingredients with hibiscus listed as the first ingredient followed by various other fruit ingredients which include blackberries and blueberries. No allergens are highlighted in the ingredients list. Although please not it is labelled as being suitable for vegetarians.
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On opening the box I greeted by a sealed foil packet. Inside this hid the teabags. On opening the foil packaging I was hit by what I would describe this as a subtle aroma of hibiscus. On my close up sniff test it smelt like a fruit tea which consumed of a cross between blackcurrant and raspberry. I was intrigued by this as they are not in the ingredients list.
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On taking a teabag from the foil packet the initial aroma I got on opening the box had disappeared. I tried to not let this out me of. I placed my teabag in my teacup and added the hot water. I left the tea to infuse with the hot water as instructed for between 3-5 minutes. The tea immediately produced a lovely deep purple colour. There was a subtle aroma of what I would describe as being similar to that of a blackcurrant tea. I struggled to smell the blueberry and acai elements to this tea. On sipping the tea I wasn't sure what to expect because I had been a little confused by the aroma. Initially my taste buds were hit by the hibiscus, this was proceeded by a flavour I can only describe as being very similar to blackcurrant but not as strong. I really couldn't distinguish between the three flavours of tea as described on the packaging. That said I enjoyed this subtle fruity flavour to this tea. I wouldn't describing as a refreshing tea, but more of a comforting tea.
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So would I recommend this zingy berry tea ? Yes I would as an everyday value tea. I may not have been able to taste the individual berries, but it tasted very similar to a nice blackcurrant tea. It’s a nice comforting tea. It would be a great tea to drink in the autumn. So thank you Morrisions for producing a nice everyday fruit tea.

Review of Tazo Chamomile Tea

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I popped into a local hotel the other day with a friend to catch up and enjoy a nice hot drink. The hotel had a Starbucks my friend had her usual coffee and I opted for their Tazo chamomile tea. I am not really sure why I chose this particular tea. I am still trying to reduce my caffeine intake and normally in the afternoon I would opt for a mint tea, but this tea just seemed to grab my attention.

I tend to have the small mugs in Starbucks as they are always seem large to me but as I knew that we may be a little while I opted for their large mug.

The teabag looked a little disappointing compared to other chamomile teas that I have tried. It looked similar to other cheap brands of chamomile tea to me. Perhaps this is a tad harsh but I have had other Tazo teas which I have really enjoyed and high expectations with this tea. What was also noticeable was the lack of aroma, there really wasn’t one even one. I was disappointed by this I know that I was having a large mug, but I kept the teabag in the mug to infuse with the hot water and it made no difference. I sipped the tea and well there was no real flavour evident it was bland and weak. I regularly enjoy a chamomile tea but this I would struggle to say it smelt or tasted as a chamomile tea should. I am sorry to say that I found this tea to be a tad bland.

I’m sorry Tazo but I was really disappointed by this chamomile tea. It simply lacked any aroma or flavour. It just didn’t compare to your other teas that I have tried. I therefore wouldn’t recommend it to anyone who wishes to try a chamomile tea.