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 the True Tea Club Subscription Box

Now I am a girl who loves her cups of tea. Not a day goes by when I don’t help myself to a cup of tea. It’s fair to say it’s an integral part of my daily routine. Blogging has enlightened my tea palate encouraging me to try a variety of new teas. I have heard of tea subscription boxes but hadn’t really thought about giving it a try. So when I was lucky enough to receive a free monthly subscription box of The True Tea Club teas I admit to being a tad unsure of what to expect. The True Tea Club is a York based company who pride themselves on their huge selection of loose leaf teas, striving to discover new teas from around the globe to help them keep creating unique blends. The box itself was a brown letterbox sized cardboard box that had True Tea Club on it. The size of the box is perfect as it fits nicely through the letterbox which is always a big plus for me.

Onto the contents within the box. You get as four packets containing four tea different blends, four reusable tea bags and information cards and leaflets. I personally liked the leaflet with the generic brewing instructions for the different types of tea. Specific steeping instructions for each tea are found on the front of each tea packet. I have to say the reusable teabags got a big thumbs up for me as it meant that I could take the tea to work. I was very kindly sent the True Tea Club February 2017 box, which contained: Earl Grey Rebel Loose Leafed Tea, Rainbow Chaser Peppermint Tea, Mighty Mango Green Tea, and Vanilla Cupcake Rooibos Loose Leafed Tea.

Earl Grey Rebel Loose Leaf Tea
I choose this tea first as it is one of my favourite teas. It is described as having a rich taste of Assam leaves mixed with bergamot and orange flavouring. There are no allergens highlighted in the ingredients list or no may contain warning. On opening the packet I was greeted by a strong citrus aroma from the orange and lemon. I struggled to smell the bergamot or cornflower. I added freshly boiled water to the tea and infused as instructed. I was a little disappointed by the aroma even on my close up sniff test I struggled to smell the bergamot that I associate with earl grey. On sipping the tea it was sadly the same. The citrus element overpowered the bergamot but this was still quiet weak. I love a cup of a nice cup of earl grey but this simply lacked any really flavour or aroma.

Rainbow Chaser Peppermint Tea
It is described as a magical concoction of apple pieces, blackberry leaves, peppermint, and orange peel. There are no allergens highlighted in the ingredients list or no may contain warning. On opening the packet I was greeted by a pleasant peppermint aroma but struggled to smell the other elements to this tea. I infused the tea as instructed a long time compared to most teas that I drink. I was a little disappointed by the aroma even on my close up sniff test I was still unable to smell the different ingredients to the tea just a light delicate aroma. On sipping the tea it tasted like a light peppermint with a slightly sweet undertone noted but I was unable to distinguish and specific flavours. I think it would be the perfect tea if you like a mild mint tea and have a sweet tooth.

Mighty Mango Green Tea
It is described as being like a Californian beach, the sencha base is surrounded by bright sunflower blossoms which relaxes in harmony with the fruity mango flavour. There are no allergens highlighted in the ingredients list or no may contain warning. On opening the packet I was greeted by a pleasant sweet mango aroma this took me by surprise as I was expecting a grassy aroma that I associate with green tea with a subtle undertones of mango. I added freshly boiled water to the tea and infused as instructed. I was greeted by a delightful strong aroma of mango this seemed to impact on the green tea and sunflower blossom as I was unable to smell this even on my close up sniff test. On sipping the tea it was the same. That said the tea was very enjoyable. It was sweet and made for a nice refreshing tea. It would make a perfect iced tea for the warmer months.

Vanilla Cupcake Rooibos
It is described as an exotic and smooth rooibos that provides a velvet mouth feel mixed with a dash of banana chips to amplify this infusion. There are no allergens highlighted in the ingredients list or no may contain warning. On opening the packet I was greeted by a pleasant woody aroma with subtle vanilla undertones noted. I added freshly boiled water to the tea and infused as instructed. The subtle sweetness from the vanilla and banana worked perfectly with the slight woodiness that you get from a rooibos tea. I have tried a few vanilla rooibos and found them to be a little artificially sweet, but it was the complete opposite with this tea. This is one of the nicest rooibos teas that I have tried and I would definitely recommend it if you are looking for a new rooibos to try.

So would I recommend this subscription box? Yes I would. I really enjoyed the opportunity to try a diverse range of teas that the True Tea club Offers. The size of the subscription box is perfect and the four reusable teabags are practical but mean you also have fun making your own teabags. Yes the flavours may not have all been to my liking, but that’s part of the fun of a subscription box. If you don’t like a particular type of tea just let the company know by leaving a note at checkout and they will tailor your box for your preferences. If you would like to find out more about the company just click on the link where you can currently get 50% off your first box with the code ‘LOVE’ Click Here.
Disclaimer: I received a free sample of this tea to try all of the opinions are honest and my own.

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I’ve Made It Into The Top 100 Tea Blogs


When I found out that I had made the Feedspot Top 100 Tea Blogs I was completely taken by surprise. I was amazed that my humble little blog had made it in the top 100 let alone being number 49! I initially started blogging about being dairy free I then decide to add my love of cups of tea to my blog. I use my blog as a platform to share my thoughts and opinions on the tea that I try. It has opened a great new world of opportunities for me and I would be lost without it. Tea has now become by far the most popular aspect of my blog and I hope to expand on this in the near future. If there any teas that you would like me to try and review in the future please let me now. In the meantime I will be proudly displaying the medal on my blog.

Review of Ace Tea London Royal 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. 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 Ace Tea London contacted me and asked if I would like to try and review their royal mint green tea I of course said yes.
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I liked the packaging of this tea from its light green theme with an ace to centre of the front of the box. I liked the touch of the ace cut out to the side of the box and allowing you to see the tea stockings inside. Onto the ingredients list mint leaf and green tea are listed. No allergens are highlighted and there is no may contain warning.
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On opening the box it emitted a strong but very pleasant mint aroma. I had yet to open the plastic packaging in which the tea was stored. On opening this the aroma of mint intensified slightly. It was a lot stronger compared to many other mint teas that I have previously tried. This didn’t intensify on my close up sniff test however I was able to smell the grassy undertones from the green tea. On smelling an individual tea stocking both aromas weakened but were still quiet noticeable.
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I placed my tea stocking into my teacup and added the freshly boiled hot water. The water soon changed to the light brown / greenish colour. I expected to be hit immediately with a strong mint aroma but this wasn’t the case. Perhaps I am being a tad unfair here as I had high expectations from this tea after initially opening the box. I infused the tea for the recommended steeping time what was noticeable was a grassier slightly woody aroma that I associate with green tea. However, on my close up sniff test the mint became the predominant aroma. On sipping the tea I expected my taste buds to get hint with mint due to the initial strong aroma that I experienced. Instead I initially experienced a subtle grassiness that I associate with green tea followed by strong refreshing mint. I personally have found some green teas to be slightly too bitter, but the subtleness of this was spot on and didn’t impact on the strength of the mint flavour.
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So would I recommend this mint tea? Definitely. I liked the subtle aroma to this tea. The mint flavour perfectly balances with the slight bitterness from the green tea resulting in a nice refreshing tea. So if you are either a green or mint tea fan why not give this tea a try. So thank you Ace Tea London Tea for producing a nice mint tea that I can enjoy.

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

Review of Jadu China 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 was lucky to receive samples of Jadu China Green tea from the Top Draw Show I couldn’t wait to give it a try.
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I liked the design of the box. It was a simple black box with a simple label to the middle and a bow keeping the box sealed. The actual tea boxes on the Jadu website are a blue suede style box and look like that they are aimed at the luxurious tea market. Inside my sample box I had two samples of this tea. They were in clear sealed packaging but allowed you to see the teabag and its contents inside.
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There was also a card inside the sample box which described the teas and detailed their ingredients. What was interesting was the short expiry date that the tea had to be used by, evidence that only fresh ingredients are used in these teabags. I checked the ingredients to the teabags and the only ingredient was green tea. Please note though that tea is blended and packed in the UK and made in a factory that handles nuts.
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On opening the packet I was immediately hit by the aroma from the tea. It smelt like a grassy meadow with a subtle hint of smokiness. It was a really inviting comforting aroma. This aroma remained the same on my close up sniff test. I just wanted to make my cup of tea.
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I placed the pyramid in my cup and added the boiling water and let the tea infuse for two minutes as instructed. The hot water soon changed to a light green colour. The aroma from the tea did not intensify and remained the same, even on my close up sniff test. I was personally surprised by this, but didn’t mind because for me the aroma was already spot on. I think if it had intensified it may have become a little too strong. On sipping the tea I could taste the grassy element with the subtle undertone of the smokiness intermingled amongst this. It was a nice refreshing tea that somehow had a nice soothing and comforting effect as I drank it. I never expected this from a green tea.
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So would I recommend this green tea, yes definitely. I fell in love with its subtle aroma which didn’t intensify on steeping the tea. It was a light refreshing yet comforting and soothing tea. So if you fancy a milk free tea, why not give this green tea a try. So thank you Jadu for producing an exquisite green tea. 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.

National Iced Tea Day

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Now I have to confess that for a long time I had always thought that tea should only be enjoyed as a hot beverage. I had tried the occasional iced tea whilst on holiday in America. Sadly, it was not an enjoyable experience cold black tea with lots of ice and added sugar.

Since blogging about my love of tea I have been lucky enough to try a variety of fruit, herbal and green teas. By default I have drunk some of these cold and found them to be pleasant and refreshing. So I thought that I should experiment and try more of my teas chilled. My favourite teas so far that I have enjoyed chilled are Clipper raspberry leaf, Twining’s camomile, co-op double mint, Pukka elderberry & echinacea, and Sainsbury’s blackcurrant.

I have even set up a Pinterest board dedicated to this so that I can be more adventurous. If you have any iced tea ideas that I can try please let me know. I hope that you enjoy National Iced Tea Day.

Review of Clipper Organic Raspberry Leaf Infusion Tea

My mission to reduce my caffeine intake is proving successful. I seem to be on a roll at the moment trying various fruit and herbal teas. I am particularly keen to try fruit teas especially now that the summer is fast approaching. One of my favourite fruits has to be raspberries so when I saw a box of Clipper raspberry leaf infusion tea it had my name on it.
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I liked the three tone colour of the packaging. The warm inviting tea cup to the front with the raspberries just made me want to grab my kettle. The tea is made from organic ingredients and contains raspberry leaf, hibiscus, nettle, rose hip, natural raspberry flavouring with other natural ingredients. There is a note under the ingredients list about seeking medical advice before drinking the tea if pregnant, and that it should be avoided in the early stages of pregnancy. On opening the box I was greeted by a sealed foil package inside this were the teabags. I was immediately hit by the aroma of what I would describe as a strong fruit tea. It was slightly sweet but I wouldn’t describe it as being raspberry.
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I placed my teabag in my teacup and added the hot water. It didn’t take long for the tea to infuse with the hot water. The tea produced a deep pink / purple colour. I left the tea to infuse with the hot water as instructed. There was a delightful aroma coming from my teacup. I didn’t need to do my close up sniff test to smell this. I would describe this as a fruity summer fruits smell, but not that of raspberries.
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On sipping the tea I was again hit by the aroma coming from this tea. I would describe the flavour as being like a warm summer fruits squash but with a predominant flavour of blackcurrant. I thought this was a tad strange. As we like to share our tea at work I asked my work colleague to describe the flavour and they thought it tasted of blackcurrant. The tea was certainly warm and comforting as I sipped it. If I’m honest I felt a tad disappointed that the tea didn’t taste as raspberries as I expected. That said I really enjoyed this fruit tea from its aroma through to it’s comforting soothing effect.

So would I recommend this raspberry leaf infusion tea, yes I would. It is a nice comforting soothing tea which has a delightful aroma and a nice fruity taste. So thank you Clipper for producing a nice fruit tea that I will indeed be buying again.