Review of Marks & Spencer Decaffeinated Earl Grey Tea

I am a girl who loves my cups of earl grey tea. It is my tea of choice and I am always on the lookout for new teas to try. On a recent trip to Marks & Spencer I yet again found myself in their tea section. I was running low on earl grey tea so I decided to grab a box of their decaffeinated earl grey tea to try.


I Liked the brown cardboard box style of packaging with the white box to the centre describing the tea. The simple light green stripe in this box and running down the centre was simple but somehow caught my attention. Onto the ingredients black tea 97.5% and bergamot flavouring is listed. No allergens are highlighted and there is no may contain warning. The tea is also clearly labelled as being fair trade.

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 package there was an aroma of what I can only describe as a slightly artificial bergamot. This didn’t change on my close up sniff test. However, on smelling an individual teabag close up this aroma seemed to be significantly weaker. I was a little disappointed by this as I had expected the aroma to be stronger.

I placed my teabag in my teacup and added the freshly boiled hot water to let the tea infuse with the hot water for the recommended brewing time. The tea infused with the hot water and turned to a medium brown colour. But what about the aroma? It predominantly smelt like an everyday black tea with only a hint of bergamot noted. On my close up sniff test the aroma didn’t change. If I was doing a blind test I’m sure that I wouldn’t have been able to distinguish as being an earl grey tea. On sipping the tea it tasted like a reasonable quality medium strength black tea, with a very faint hint of bergamot noted. That said it was one of the nicer decaffeinated teas I have tried as it didn’t taste to chemically which has been the case with other decaffeinated teas that I have tried.


So would I recommend this earl grey tea? This is a tough one if I’m honest. As an earl grey tea no. I’m afraid I simply didn’t enjoy anything about this tea from its aroma through to its flavour. As a decaffeinated every day tea probably as it is one of the nicest ones that I have tried so far.

Review of PG tips Lemon & Ginger Herbal 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 was doing my weekly shop on Ocado I noticed that PG tips lemon & ginger herbal infusion tea was on offer. So I decided to order a box to give it a to try.

I loved the packaging it is the same as all of the other PG tips tea that I have had. It has a picture of a cute monkey to the back and pictures of tea leaves and orange and yellow circles to represent the lemon and ginger. There is also a comment is a about the zestiness of this perky tea’s citrus and spicy notes is sure to put a spring in your step.

Onto the ingredients list. Ginger (30%), apple, rosehip, chicory, cinnamon, orange peel, liquorice, flavourings, lemon peel (1.9%). 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.

As with all the teas in the fruit and herbal range each box contains 20 tea pyramids. I like the design of these nifty pyramids they are designed to allow the tea to infuse easier with the hot water. I personally leave all my fruit and herbal teas bags or pyramids in my cup to allow it to continue infusing with the water. If you choose not to do this the pyramid has a nifty string attached resulting in easy removal from the cup.

On opening the cardboard box I was immediately hit by the aroma coming from the packaging once opened. There was a very strong and pleasant aroma of ginger and lemon. This remained the same on my close up sniff test and was even very noticeable on sniffing an individual pyramid. I was suitably impressed as with many teas that I have tried this has simply not been the case. I placed my tea pyramid 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 5 minutes. On removing the pyramid there was a distinct aroma of both ginger and lemon noted which was eveningly balanced. This slightly intensified on my close up sniff test. On sipping the tea my taste buds were hit with what I can only describe as an equal or the same balance of flavours from both the ginger and lemon. I found this to be a very pleasant change as often it is one flavour that dominate so to have an equal balance was great. I found this tea to be comforting and soothing on my stomach and refreshing at the same time. I have personally not always been suitably impressed with PG tips other teas that I have tried but this I have to admit surprised me.

would I recommend this lemon and ginger tea? Yes I would. I liked everything about this tea from its aroma through to its flavour. It was a nice refreshing tea which also provided a soothing sensation to my stomach. So thank you PG tips for producing a lovely lemon and ginger tea.

Review of Twinings Thoroughly Minted Infusion Tea

One of my favourite caffeine free teas has to be mint. I drink it most days as way to reduce my caffeine intake. So when I recently popped into Tesco’s and saw that Twinings thoroughly minted infusion tea was on offer I just had to grab a packet to take home and give it a try.

I personally liked calming light green colour scheme which consisted of white and green swirls. The front of the packaging is partially clear allowing you to see the loose leaf pyramids inside. To the top is a seal which can be reused enabling you to keep the tea fresh inside.

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

On opening the plastic packaging the loose leaf pyramids pyramid emitted what a very pleasant mint aroma. I found it difficult to distinguish between the two mint elements to this tea. I was a little disappointed by this though as it was a lot weaker than I expected compare to similar teas that I have previously tried. The aroma did intensify on my close up sniff test  but did seem weaken on smelling an individual loose leaf pyramid. I placed a pyramid into my teacup and added the freshly boiled hot water. The water soon changed to the light brown / greenish colour. It took a while for teas aroma to develop. It was very pleasant and significantly lighter compare to other mint teas that I have tried. On sipping the tea, it was definitely one of the weaker mint teas that I have tried. The peppermint was the prominent flavour and worked well with the subtle undertones of the spearmint. Although this teas aroma and flavour were weaker compare to other mint teas that I have previously tried it made a refreshing change. I would describe it as a light, delicate and refreshing tea when comparing its taste to other mint teas that I have tried. Overall I found the tea to be very refreshing and despite it being a lighter more delicate tea I still got that warm comforting sensation in my tummy as I sipped it.

so would I recommend this tea? Yes definitely. It has a nice delicate aroma and flavour. I personally prefer this. I think it would make a nice introduction to mint tea for someone who has not tried it before. So thank you Twinings for producing a nice mint tea that I can enjoy.

Review of Harney & Sons Mint Verbena Tea

One of my favourite caffeine free teas has to be mint tea. I drink it most days as way to reduce my caffeine intake. On a recent trip to America I found it quite difficult to get a cup of tea. So I have to admit being a little surprised when I was offered Harney & Sons mint verbena tea to try after a meal. I of course just had to give it a try. Now the good thing I noticed about being in America was that you tended to get given two packets of tea. This meant one to have after my dinner and one to take home. I liked the packaging of this tea with its light green colour the integrated star pattern to the right. It was larger that the packets of tea you tend to get at home and wanted to open the packet to see what the silken sachet was like inside.

Onto the ingredients list I personally found this to be a tad annoying and disappointing. There are no ingredients listed. It is just described as caffeine free mint with lemon verbena. There were no allergens highlighted and there is no may contain warning.

On opening the foil packaging the packet the silken sachet emitted what I can only describe as a pleasant peppermint aroma. I was expecting maybe a subtle citrus undertone to this tea due to the lemon verbena. This did not change on my famous close up sniff test. I placed the silken sachet into my teacup and added the freshly boiled hot water. The water soon changed to the light brown / greenish colour. It took a couple of minutes for the teas aroma to develop but once it had it was it had it was very pleasant. The mint was the predominant aroma, but faint undertones of grassiness and lemon or citrus became apparent.

On sipping the tea it was apparent that this was slightly different to the many mint teas that I have tried before. My taste buds got hit predominantly by a light refreshing mint which was then intermingled by grassiness and citrus. None of these elements were strong or overpowering. It was almost as if I was get three teas in one, mint, camomile and lemon and ginger (just the lemon element). All three flavours complimented each other perfectly and made for a well rounded light refreshing tea.

Would I recommend this mint tea? Gosh definitely. It is one of the nicest mint teas that I have tried. I liked everything about this tea from its aroma through to its flavour. I am now going to see if I can get this tea in the UK. So thank you Harney & Son for producing a nice peppermint tea that I can enjoy.

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.

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.

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.