Review of Sainsbury’s Taste The Difference 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. I was pleasantly surprised by Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference earl grey tea. As I was running low on earl grey tea I decicided to try their decaffeinated version.


I Liked the purple and grey packaging simple but it somehow caught my attention. Onto the ingredients decaffeinated tea and natural bergamot 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 would describe as regular every day black tea. 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 to smell the aroma of bergamot. 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 very faint 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 an every day black tea with a very faint hint of a slightly chemically bergamot flavour noted.


So would I recommend this earl grey tea?  I’m afraid not I simply didn’t enjoy anything about this tea from its aroma through to its flavour. Sorry Sainsbury’s but this tea just wasn’t for me.

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Review of co-op 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 have recently been trying a variety of green teas as it is a great tea to be enjoyed milk free so it is therefore perfect for dairy free me. As I was in my local co-op picking up a few essentials I thought that I should give their green tea a try.

I liked the simple design of the packaging with this tea. It was pale green with picture of cascading green tea leaves. Onto the ingredients well I found this a little strange as I couldn’t find one. To the front of the packet is labelled as fair trade green tea. As a result I could not see any allergens highlighted or any may contain warnings listed.

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 I was greeted by a subtle a faint aroma of a grassy meadow with very undertones of smokiness that I associate with green tea. This remained the same 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 green colour. The aroma from the tea intensified only slightly even on my close up sniff test. On sipping the tea I was able to taste the subtle grassiness with the smokiness element intermingled with this. This was slightly weaker compared to other green teas that I have tried. However, this resulted in a nice light and refreshing green tea.

So would I recommend this green tea, yes definitely. I liked the slightly weaker grassy and smoky aroma and flavour of this tea. So if you fancy a milk free tea, why not give this green tea a try. So thank you co-op for producing a nice light refreshing green tea.

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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.

Review of Pret A Manger Earl Grey Tea

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After a cold and wet morning in London I was desperate for a nice comforting cup of tea. I needed a cup of earl grey tea. As we were due to get the train home I popped into Pret for my tea. Now I’ve never had a cup of tea from here before so I wasn’t sure what to expect. I requested my black tea and grabbed the takeaway cup to drink on my journey home.
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On opening my cup I was pleasantly surprised. There was a large muslin style teabag in the cup. I was immediately hit by nice comforting aroma of bergamot. I had to remove the tea from the cup so that it didn’t become too strong for me to enjoy. On studying the tea I could clearly see the different elements to the tea leaves inside, pretty impressive. I merryingly sipped on my tea trying not to spill as the train bumped up and down. I could clearly taste the bergamot interlaced in this tea. It was spot on, not to strong or artificial but just enough to entice my taste buds.
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I found the tea to be highly refreshing and it certainly hit the spot. In fact it was one of the nicest cups of earl grey that I have drunk from a coffee shop chain. I had a quick look at their website and it is described as an organic ceylon black leaf tea which is infused with a delicate organic bergamot flavour. It is also fair trade, which is always a bonus.

I would definitely recommend that if you like a nice cup of tea like me that you give this tea a try. So thank you Pret for producing a really nice cup of earl grey tea. I will certainly be back for more in the future.

Review of the co-operative fair trade double mint herbal infusion teabags

On a recent holiday I found myself without any teabags. This was soon remedied by a quick visit to the local co-op. I was in a hurry and grabbed the first box of mint teabags that I saw. These just happened to be co-op’s own brand fairtrade double mint herbal infusion. I have yet to try this and was looking forward to giving them a try.
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The packaging is simple, I found it to be slightly calming to look at. A pale green box with pictures of varying colours of leaves. The teabags contain two types of mint, spearmint (75%) and peppermint (25%).

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I was looking forward to opening the box and smelling the aroma from the teabags as I had yet to try a mint teabag whereby the main ingredient was spearmint. On opening the box there was a nice light refreshing aroma of spearmint it smelt a little like mint sweets. I was unable to distinguish the peppermint element. The aroma didn’t change on removing an individual teabag and giving it a subtle sniff.

I placed the teabag into a teacup and added the hot water. I wasn’t hit by an immediate aroma of mint which has been common place with other mint teas that I have tried. As the teabag infused with the water it produced a faint subtle spearmint aroma. As with opening the box I was unable to smell the peppermint. The water took a little longer to change to the green / brown colour that I expect.
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On sipping the tea I could only taste the spearmint, even though peppermint is also an ingredient. I liked the light subtle taste to this tea and found it to be a nice and refreshing. I didn’t get the soothing sensation In my stomach that I have experienced with other teas. This did not bother me because I really enjoyed the light refreshing element to this tea that I had not experienced previously with other teas. I even decided to give it a go cold and it worked really well as it kept its flavour and remained refreshing.

I enjoyed this tea as a light refreshing drink. I think it’s great to be able to have a mint tea that is not to strong and overpowering but just provides your palate with a subtle hint of mint. So would I buy this tea again, yes because I love my mint tea and this makes a refreshing alternative to most of the teas that I drink.

Oh no, no tea

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After an 8 hour journey down to the lovely St Ives all I could think about was catching up with friends and having a nice cup of tea. Our friends helped us unpack the car which was then parked in the designated space. I had safely packed a small collection of teabags just for me as an emergency if needed. The kettle was dutifully put on for me with a mug so that I could relax and enjoy a nice cuppa before going out. Disaster struck, my secret pack up of tea was nowhere to be found. I frantically emptied all of the bags which were rechecked but nothing. So instead I had a mug of hot water before heading out.

Once in town the plan was to have a few drinks before going out for a meal. My friends waited whilst I made a mad dash into the local co-op to get some tea. We were only in St Ives for a few days but this girl has to have her tea. I found the section straight away, luckily there was a good selection. I grabbed 2 boxes of Twinings one earl grey for me, english breakfast for everyone else and a pack of co-op’s own double mint fair trade tea to share.

We then went on to enjoy a few drinks in the local pubs before heading out for our meal. During this time I had my co-op carrier bag full of tea with me. After a lovely night out we arrived back at the house where I immediately put the kettle on. I emptied the carrier bag then enjoyed a nice cup of tea with my friends before retiring to bed.