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.
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Review of Waitrose Peppermint 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 Waitrose I found myself in the tea aisle and I seemed to be drawn to their peppermint infusion tea. So I thought that I would give it a try.
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 a pure peppermint infusion. I am guessing that it means that it only contains peppermint. I therefore checked the Ocado website which I shouldn’t have to do. Peppermint is listed under the ingredients list. There were no allergens highlighted and there is no may contain warning.
On the packet I was greeted by a sealed foiled packaging. I personally like this as it keeps the tea nice and fresh. On opening the foil packaging the teabags emitted what I can only describe as a very strong but very pleasant peppermint aroma. It was a lot stronger than I had anticipated compared to other supermarket own brand teas. This didn’t intensify on my close up sniff test and but did seem weaken on smelling an individual teabag. I placed my teabag 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 and continued to strengthen and became fairly strong.
On sipping the tea, it was definitely one of the stronger peppermint teas that I have tried. The peppermint flavour was nearly as strong as the aroma. It was very pleasant and when comparing its taste to other peppermint teas that I have tried it was certainly one of the strongest and nicest that I have tried. I found the tea to be very refreshing and I got that warm comforting sensation in my tummy as I sipped on it.
Would I recommend this peppermint tea? Gosh definitely. It is one of the nicest everyday peppermint teas that I have tried. It has a strong but very pleasant peppermint aroma and flavour. I personally prefer this. If you prefer a weaker peppermint tea just infuse the teabag for a minute. I will be buying these teabags again. So thank you Waitrose for producing a nice peppermint tea that I can enjoy.

Review of Tea Leaf NO.17 London Rooibos Blend Earl Grey 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. So when Tea Leaf London contacted me and asked if I would like to try their NO.17 London Rooibos Blend Earl Grey as it was a caffeine free tea I of course said yes. The sample packet was clear so I could see the pretty purple pieces intermingled with the delicate rooibos. Onto the ingredients list. Rooibos, corn flower and natural flavourings are listed. There are no allergens highlighted in the ingredients list and there is a may contain warning for nuts. From a personal point of view I wish it listed exactly what the natural flavourings are.
On receiving the sample I opened the packet I was immediately greeted by a delightful aroma that I immediately recognised as rooibos. It was more intense than other rooibos that I have previously tried. The was aroma was smoky with a slightly grassy undertone noted. I was unable to smell the fresh citrus and bergamot. I was a little disappointed with this as I love the citrus and bergamot that you get from and earl grey tea. So onto my close up sniff test. The smokiness from the rooibos intensified on my close up sniff test and became even more inviting. Sadly, I was unable to distinguish the citrus or bergamot. I added the tea to my infuser and added the hot water. I was soon hit with a delightful aroma that I associate with rooibos. This tea appeared to be more smoky compared to others that I have tried. I left the tea to infuse as instructed. The smokiness aroma remained the same but the subtle undertone of grassiness 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 slight citrusy undertone. All three elements worked really well together. Did it remind me of an earl grey tea? Not as much I had personally hoped. I was expecting a stronger citrus and bergamot element to this tea in both aroma and flavour. To be honest this didn’t really matter. 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 tea. In fact it is one of the nicest rooibos teas that I have tried. The fact it wasn’t meeting my expectations of being a caffeine free version of my beloved earl grey just didn’t matter.
So would I recommend this tea? Yes I would as it is a delicate and delightful rooibos tea that I will continue to enjoy.

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

Review of Mighty leaf organic earl grey tea

Our first part of our journey on the California Zepher started in Chicago. We got complimentary use of the lounge whilst we waited to board the train. My friends went exploring to find out what food and wine they could sample I went straight to the hot drinks section. To my amazement there was a little selection of teas and it wasn’t Lipton. It consisted of earl grey and decaffeinated breakfast teas from a company called Mighty leaf. As you can as you imagine I was a little excited. So I got a cup added the hot water and grabbed a teabag, or silken package as I later found out.
I Googled the Mighty leaf website to check the ingredients and it consists of organic black tea leaves and organic bergamot oil. No allergens are highlighted in the ingredients list and there is a no may contain warning. It is also listed as being gluten free and suitable for vegans.
On opening the package there was a delightful aroma of bergamot intermingled with a slightly strong black tea. I was unable to work out what tea this was. Not only was this a posh teabag it smelt wonderful. This was looking promising. It had a recommended brewing time of 4 minutes, so I let the tea infuse with the hot water for this time. What I noticed was the lack of aroma it had simply disappeared, even on my close up sniff test it just about smelt like a weak everyday black tea. On sipping the tea it tasted like a reasonable quality black tea, what had happened to the bergamot ? I was a little disappointed to say the least. On a positive note I preferred it to the Lipton tea that had been on board the train on our trip from New York. So I had another cup as I knew that I was about to embark on a long journey with limited access to tea. I also grabbed an extra one to have on the train after my dinner. I put this somewhere so safe that I couldn’t find it. I found it once I had unpacked at home. So I gave it another try to ascertain if it tasted any different with freshly boiled water and in a nice tea cup. Sadly, its the aroma and flavour were just the same as I remembered.
So would I recommend this earl grey tea ? I’m afraid not. The initial exciting aroma just seemed to disappear and I was unable to taste the bergamot. Sorry Mighty leaf this tea just wasn’t for me.

Review of Breakfast at the Beefeater Grill Restaurant

I don’t often eat out for breakfast so when I was invited along to breakfast out with friends how could I refuse. It was decided that we were going to try the Beefeater. I didn’t get to check the allergen menu in advance. However, I have eaten at the Beefeater on several occasions and had enjoyed several safe meals there. I had also read other reviews from fellow dairy free bloggers who had a good experience. I was quiet excited to be eating out with no advanced planning. On arrival I explained to the server that I had a dairy allergy. They were great and very knowledgeable. I explained that I wished to have the full English breakfast. He explained that I would not be able to have all of this, so it would be minus the hash browns and mushrooms. He also informed me that I would not be able to have the toast that was available in the continental breakfast. I would have toast that would come with my breakfast. The chef was also informed of my food allergy and my breakfast would be cooked separately. When having the full English breakfast at the Beefeater this includes the continental breakfast. Again our server politely explained to me that I couldn’t have any pastries, or bread. I could have certain cereals, fruit salad and fresh fruit. I even got offered soya milk to have with my cereal and tea.
Whilst waiting for the cooked breakfast we headed for continental breakfast. It was mainly pastries which looked and smelled delicious. I had a bowl of corn flakes without the soya milk because sadly it never arrived and I couldn’t grab a server to get this. In a way this worked out well as I topped my corn flakes with sliced banana and apple instead.
As for drinks to have with my breakfast there was a good choice of fruit juices, tea and coffee. Of course I opted for the tea. There was a good selection of Twinings teas, it was great to be spoilt for choice and you could help yourself to as many as you liked. As it was breakfast I opted for breakfast tea, very unusual for me. I didn’t let the tea steep to long in the hot water and hit the spot nicely. I had several more cups despite having a great selection of teas to choose from.
Our breakfasts arrived mine came separately. The server explained that this was because it had been cooked separately. I then had a separate plate on which my white toast arrived. I had a little bit of breakfast envy at this point although my breakfast was a good size it looked depleted compare to my friends. I totally understand I had less due to my food allergy but it would be nice to have an extra piece of bacon or sausage instead. Onto the food itself it was piping hot and freshly cooked a great improvement on other establishments I have eaten at. The sausage was of a good quality and again nicer than others that I have tried when having breakfast out. I enjoyed the bacon and this was cooked perfectly. The eggs were hit and miss, but I could still dunk so that was ok. I really enjoyed the baked beans and the tomatoes these were full of flavour and juicy. The highlight of my breakfast was the toast. I enquired who made it apparently they use Genius bread. This surprised me as it looked of a larger size than what you can buy and it was hole free. Oh and what about my soya milk. Well this is clearly marked in the menu as an alternative option. I asked again and got it in a dedicated little silver pot. They currently use Alpro soya milk. I made my friends try it as I had already had my cereal and have all my tea milk free.
So Would I recommend the Beefeater if you are dairy free or have food allergies or intolerances for breakfast yes I would. There is an allergy menu which is very concise and the staff appeared to be very knowledgeable about food allergies. The breakfast was freshly cooked especially for me and of a good quality. The option of soya milk is a nice bonus. Oh and the great selection of Twinings tea is a nice touch for a tea lover, like me. So thank you Beefeater for an enjoyable breakfast, I’m sure I will be returning in the future.

Review of PG Tips Smooth Green Jasmine Tea

Now most days I enjoy a nice cup of earl grey tea. I am a creature of habit. I seldom drink green tea. I am trying to be more adventurous and am slowly drinking more green teas. So when someone at work bought a box of PG Tips smooth green jasmine tea I just had to give it a 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 purple circles to represent the jasmine. Under the deliciously smooth there is a comment about being pampered so that certainly won me over. Onto the ingredients I was a tad disappointed by this, green tea with flavouring. Erm…. This could mean anything. I put this disappointment aside and went to dive into the box.
On opening the box there was a subtle fragrant undertone noted. I wouldn’t describe this as either green tea or jasmine, but it was pleasant. On adding the hot water to the tea pyramid the tea soon infused with the water. The water turned a light / orange colour. I left the tea pyramid as instructed for 2 minutes. I noticed a subtle jasmine aroma and didn’t to have to do my close up sniff test to enjoy this. On sipping the tea I was immediately hit by the jasmine flavour. It was stronger than I anticipated. It had a slightly bitter undertone to it. That said it was an alternative to the black teas that I normally enjoy.
So would I recommend this tea, no if I am brutally honest. If you wish to have a budget jasmine tea and are not worried by what the contents of the flavouring are then you could give this tea a try. I recommend is that you let the tea infuse with the hot water for around a minute. The jasmine flavouring is quiet strong and some may struggle with this. If I am honest I much preferred PG Tips camomile and mint tea and will be sticking these instead for my afternoon teas, sorry PG.