Review of Harney & Sons Chamomile Tea

One of the teas or herbal infusions that I like enjoy on a regular basis is chamomile. It is often a tea that I tend to drink later on in the day. 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 found a selection of Harney & Sons chamomile tea in the hotel lobby to enjoy whilst in New York. I of course just had to give it a try. I have to confess to taking an extra packet to try again once I was back home in the UK.

I liked the packaging of this tea with its light cream colour and the integrated star pattern to the right. It was larger than 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 herbal chamomile with the scent of green apple. There were no allergens highlighted and there is no may contain warning.

On opening the packet I have to admit to being a tad surprised. There was a fairly strong grassy aroma that I associate with chamomile coming from the silken sachet. Sadly, the scent of green apple seemed to be missing. On undertaking my famous close up sniff test this didn’t change. I placed the teabag in my cup and added the hot water. It didn’t take long for the tea to infuse with the water resulting in a pale yellow colour. On infusing the tea produced a nice subtle grassy aroma but that scent of green apple was simply lacking. This didn’t change on my close up sniff test. On sipping the tea it had a light mellow taste with a subtle grassy undertone noted. It was light, refreshing and provided a slightly comforting and soothing sensation in my stomach. I gave the tea another try at home to ascertain if it tasted any different with freshly boiled water and in a nice teacup. Its aroma and flavour were just the same as I remembered for a split second I was back on my holidays.

So would I recommend this camomile tea? Yes I would it is a nice everyday chamomile tea. I liked everything about this tea from its aroma through to its flavour. It’s a shame that the scent of green apple missing but to be honest I don’t expect this with a chamomile tea anyway. So thank you Harney & Sons for producing a nice chamomile tea.

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Review of Twinings Mint 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. I am starting to drink more green tea as it is a great tea to be enjoyed milk free and is therefore perfect for dairy free me. I have tried a couple of brands of green tea of varying qualities. I recently stayed in a hotel for the weekend and saw several packets of Twinings tea. So I grabbed a few packets to try with my breakfast. I am afraid that I got a little carried away and wasn’t able to try all of them. So I took a packet of the Twinings green mint green tea home to try at a later date.

I liked the packaging of this tea from its light green theme with a mint left to the far right hand bottom corner. Onto the ingredients list I personally found this to be a tad annoying and disappointing. There are no ingredients listed. So I checked on the Twinings website and green tea, peppermint leaves (10%) and flavourings (7%) are listed. There were no allergens highlighted and there is no may contain warning.

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. As for the mint it simply just wasn’t present. 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 of the tea intensified or should say became apparent as the tea infused with the hot water. It was a faint grassy aroma with subtle but stronger aroma of mint of noted. On sipping the tea I could taste both the delicate grassy and mint elements to this tea. 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 which had the bonus of subtle mint flavour. It was a nice refreshing delicate tea that somehow had a nice soothing and comforting effect as I drank it.

So would I recommend this green tea? Definitely. I liked both the subtle aroma and aroma to this tea. The mint flavour perfectly balances with the slight grassiness from the green tea resulting in a nice light refreshing tea. So if you are either a green or mint tea fan why not give this tea a try. So thank you Twinings for producing a nice green tea that I can enjoy.

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Review of co-op Earl Grey Fairtrade 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. My mum recently got me a box of co-op fairtrade earl grey tea to try because she knew that I had yet to try this tea. So of course I had to pop up to my mums to give it a try. It may not have been in my blog teacup, but this didn’t matter as mum always makes the best cups of tea.
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I liked the colour of the purple packaging with a picture of a teacup filled with tea and a slice of lemon. It looked just like my perfect cup of tea. Onto the ingredients list fair trade tea and natural flavouring is listed. No allergens are highlighted and there is no may contain warning. On a personal note I wish the natural flavouring was in more detail.
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On opening the package there was an aroma of black tea with a hint of bergamot intermingled with this. This didn’t change on my close up sniff test. I was a little disappointed by this as I had expected the bergamot 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 a little disappointing if I’m honest. On my close up sniff test the bergamot intensified a little but not much. On sipping the tea it tasted like a reasonable quality weaker strength black tea, with a very faint hint of bergamot noted. On a positive note it was light and refreshing and worked well milk free. It might also be suited to those who like a weak strength earl grey tea.
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So would I recommend this earl grey tea? I’m afraid not. Yes it was a light and refreshing tea everyday black tea that but just seemed to lack either the bergamot aroma or flavour. I was a little disappointed by this tea. I have tried nicer supermarket branded earl grey teas. I personally preferred Sainsbury’s Taste The Difference earl grey tea. Sorry co-op but this earl grey tea just wasn’t for me.

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Review of Morrisons Pure Camomile 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. I am really enjoying my renewed quest to find new caffeine free teas to try. One of my favourite teas at the moment is camomile. So when someone at work bought some Morrisons camomile tea to share I just had to give it a try.
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I liked the design of the packaging with this tea. I personally found the yellow colour theme with a variety of yellow and white swirls to be calming. The tea is described as being a golden infusion with fragrant camomile flowers.
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Onto the ingredients 100% camomile is listed. There are no allergens highlighted or any may contain warnings listed. On opening the box the teabags were in a sealed foil packaging. This is always a positive trying to keep the tea fresh and seal the both flavour and aroma in. On opening the foil packaging I was immediately hit with a stronger than expected grassy aroma that I associate with camomile tea. On my close up sniff test this aroma intensified. This was significantly weaker on sniffing an individual teabag, but was still present.
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I placed the teabag in my cup and added my freshly boiled hot water. The hot water soon changed to a golden yellow colour. On infusing the tea it immediately produced a faint subtle grassy aroma that I associate with camomile tea. I have to admit this took me by surprise as this has not been the case with other everyday camomile teas that I have tried. On sipping the tea it had a light mellow taste subtle grassy undertones noted. The flavour was stronger than I had experienced with other everyday camomile teas and made for a very pleasant change. I also found it to be slightly soothing on the stomach which is always a bonus for me. Overall it was a light and refreshing tea.
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So would I recommend this tea? Definitely I enjoyed everything about this tea from its aroma through to its flavour. It is one of the nicest everyday camomile teas that I have tried. I shall be buying this tea when I next visit Morrisons. So thank you Morrisons for producing an enjoyable an everyday camomile tea that I can enjoy.

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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 Chai Teabags

I found myself yet again in Marks and Spencer food hall grabbing an emergency sandwich and having to pass their tea section to get to the tills. I fancied some chai tea so grabbed a box to try. I had recently finished my Marks & Spencer Fair Trade Christmas Spiced Tea which I really enjoyed and hoped that this may be able to replace it.
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Onto the packaging well this grabbed my attention its black design with pink four leave clovers over the top of this. It is described as having a carefully balanced blend of spices with black tea. Whilst being highly aromatic with distinctive flavours of warming ginger and sweet spice. Onto the ingredients black tea, all spice, cassia bark, liquorice root, and ginger flavouring. No allergens are highlighted and there is a no may contain warning.
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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 a delightful aroma of cinnamon intermingled with all spice. I was unable to smell the ginger element to this tea. The aroma did not change on my close up sniff test. However, on smelling an individual teabag it had virtually disappeared.
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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 brown colour. I let the tea infuse for 3 minutes as I have my tea medium weak and milk free. The aroma from the tea was pretty smelt a lot weaker than the initial aroma on opening the foil packet which was a tad disappointing. That said the cinnamon element was still present. On sipping the tea it tasted similar to its aroma and I was unable to distinguish the various elements to this tea. It just tasted like an everyday black tea with a faint hint of cinnamon and all spice. I just didn’t experience that warming ginger that was promised on the front of the box.
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So would I recommend this chai tea? No I wouldn’t. Its aroma and flavour was simply lacking. I have tried much nicer chai teas. Sorry Marks and Spencer but this tea just wasn’t to my liking.

Review of Marks & Spencer 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 to try.
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I found the colour the of the grey packaging with its stripes a little dull if I’m honest. If I hadn’t need to stock up on my earl grey I wouldn’t have given it a second glance. Onto the ingredients black tea 98.5% and flavouring is listed. No allergens are highlighted and there is no may contain warning. On a personal note I wish the flavouring was in more detail.
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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 an artificially strong bergamot with a hint of lavender intermingled with this. This didn’t change on my close up sniff test. However, on smelling an individual teabag close up this artificial aroma seemed to virtually disappear. I was a little disappointed by this as I had expected the aroma to be stronger.
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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 the lavender had simply disappeared. 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 weaker strength black tea, with a very questionable hint of bergamot noted.
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So would I recommend this earl grey tea? I’m afraid not. I’m afraid I simply didn’t enjoy anything about this tea from its aroma through to its flavour. I have tried nicer own brand earl grey teas. Sorry Marks & Spencer but this earl grey tea just wasn’t for me.