Review of Fortnum & Mason Countess Grey 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. On a recent trip to London I accidentally found myself in a Fortnum & Mason tea shop. I was undecided as to what tea to try when I came across a selection of countess grey tea. It grabbed my attention as I immediately assumed that it would be an earl grey with a twist. I wasn’t wrong as it is described as a traditional bergamot infused blend lifted by a light orange. I just had to grab a packet and take it home to try.

I liked the design of the packaging with this tea. It is a light teal colour with darker teal and gold leafs with a flowery and star pattern. To the front centre of the packaging I was drawn to the vibrant pink stripe and the teas name. Onto the ingredients tea, flavouring and orange peel are listed. I personally wish that the details of the flavouring was more detailed. There are there no allergens highlighted or any may contain warnings listed.


On opening the packet you get 25 individually wrapped teabags. I love this as it means that you can take a teabag anywhere. On opening one of these packets I have to admit to be a tad disappointed. I was greeted by what I would describe as an everyday aroma black tea. I was hoping for a subtle bergamot aroma intermingled with a hint of orange. This didn’t change on my famous close up sniff test. I placed the teabag in my teacup and added my 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 colour. The aroma soon became noticeably different. The aroma of bergamot became noticeable but this was overtaken by a more citrusy aroma from the orange. This remained the same, even on my close up sniff test. I couldn’t wait to try this tea. On sipping the tea I could definitely taste the bergamot but the predominant flavour was the refreshing citrus element from the orange. I personally hoped that the bergamot would be the principal flavour but sipping the tea changed my mind. It was nice to experience a bergamot tea where the citrus element was the more predominant flavour. It made for a nice light and refreshing tea..

So would I recommend this tea Fortnum & Mason tea? Yes I would. I liked the citrus aroma and flavour of this tea. It was a light refreshing tea with a citrus twist. So if you fancy a milk free tea, why not give this tea a try. So thank you Fortnum & Mason for producing a refreshing citrusy tea.

Review of Lidl 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 I popped into Lidl the other day I though that it was about time that I tried their green tea.

I liked the simple design of the packaging with this tea. It was light green with picture of a green tea leaf and the Knightsbridge logo to the top. Onto the ingredients only green tea is listed. There are there no allergens highlighted or any may contain warnings listed.

On opening the packet I was greeted by a slightly grassy meadow with subtle undertones of smokiness that I associate with green tea. This intensified slightly on my famous close up sniff test. 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 grassy element with the smokiness element intermingled with this. In fact the smokiness element was slightly stronger compared to other green teas that I have tried. However, it did not result in bitter flavour which I have experienced with other green teas. It was a nice light and refreshing tea. I have to admit to being pleasantly surprised by this green tea.

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 tea. So if you fancy a milk free tea, why not give this green tea a try. So thank you Lidl for producing a refreshing green 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 Marks & Spencer Earl Grey 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 I recently popped into Marks & Spencer and noticed that they had a new earl grey green tea I just had to give it a try.

I liked the design of the packaging with this tea. It is light green with pictures of green, white and blue leaves. The tea is clearly labelled as being fair trade. Onto the ingredients green tea and flavouring are listed. I personally wish that the details of the flavouring was more detailed. There are there no allergens highlighted or any may contain warnings listed.


On opening the packet you get 25 individually wrapped teabags. I love this as it means that you can take a teabag anywhere. opening an individual packet I have to admit to be a tad disappointed I was greeted by the grassy aroma that I associate with green tea. I was hoping for a slightly grassy meadow aroma intermingled with bergamot that I associate with an earl grey tea. This didn’t change on my famous close up sniff test. 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 soon became noticeably different. The grassy meadow aroma intensified but this was overtaken by the bergamot aroma. This remained the same, even on my close up sniff test. On sipping the tea I could definitely taste the bergamot which was the predominant flavour with delicate grassy undertones noted. This made a pleasant change to the regular black earl grey teas that I normally tried. It was nice to experience a lighter and delicate earl grey tea. I have to admit to being pleasantly surprised by this tea.

So would I recommend this green tea? Yes definitely. I liked the both the aroma and flavour of this tea. This light refreshing green tea makes a great alternative to the classic earl grey tea. So if you fancy a milk free tea, why not give this green tea a try. So thank you Marks & Spencer for producing an enjoyable earl grey tea.

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.

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.

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.