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 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 Asda Strawberry & Forest Fruits 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 quest to find new caffeine free teas to try. I have not tried as many fruit teas as I had hoped. So when someone work bought some Asda strawberry and forest fruit tea to share I just had to give it a try.
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I loved the design of the packaging with this tea. It was what I would describe as a cream box with pictures of strawberries, raspberries and cranberries outside the red box with the tea’s description inside. The tea is described as sweet and fruity. To be honest this description didn’t win me over as I am more of a savoury person and I don’t like a sweet tea.
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Onto the ingredients this surprised me a little if I am honest. I know that it is a less expensive tea but didn’t expect there to be so many ingredients in addition to the strawberry. That said there were 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 subtle apple aroma followed by what I think was hibiscus. This surprised me as I was expecting an aroma that I associate with summer fruits. I was unable to really smell the strawberry and blackberry element to this tea. On my close up sniff test this aroma didn’t intensify and remained the same.
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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 deep purple colour. I left the tea to infuse with the hot water as instructed for between 3-5 minutes. I left mine to infuse for 5 minutes as I personally like this type of tea strong. What was interesting with this tea was its aroma. Initially I could predominantly smell the blackberry with a subtle undertone of strawberry. This was different to the apple and hibiscus that I initially smelt. On sipping the tea initially I could taste the blackcurrant element with a hint of strawberry. As the tea continued to infuse this later changed to becoming predominantly strawberry with a hint of blackcurrant and apple. No hibiscus though. I loved the way both aroma and flavour of this tea changed as I sipped from my teacup. It’s often not one that I experience.

So would I recommend this tea? Definitely it was nice to have a tea that’s aroma and flavour changed as I drank it. This made for a comforting everyday winter tea. I know this sounds a bit strange for a strawberry tea but the blackberry element made it a bit like a hug in a mug. I shall be buying this tea when I next visit an Asda. So thank you Asda for producing an enjoyable an everyday fruit tea that I can enjoy.

Review of Tetley redbush tea

If I am honest my mission to reduce my caffeine intake has not been as good as it should be lately. I am personally a little disappointed with this so I am trying really hard to get back on track. 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 Tetley redbush tea whilst I was shopping in Waitrose the other day. As it was on offer I decided to give it a try.
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I loved the vibrant red packaging with a picture of Gaffer to the middle holding out two mugs of the redbush tea. It is clearly labelled as a caffeine free tea to the front of the packaging. Onto the ingredients only redbush is listed and there is no may contain warning.
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When I opened the box a woody aroma was noted, or what I would expect from a rooibos tea. This did not change on the close up sniff test. The tea bags were a darker in colour than I expected with a slight red tinge to them. I added the teabag to my teacup and added the hot water and let it infuse as instructed. 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. I was little disappointed by the aroma of this tea it was pretty weak. I was only really able to smell a faint woodiness on my close up sniff test. On sipping the tea it tasted like a light version of a rooibos, there were faint undertones of both woodiness and grassiness, but nothing that made my taste buds go wow. If anything I thought the tea tasted slightly fruity similar to blackberries strange as this may seem. On a positive note I did find it to be a nice refreshing tea perhaps because of its weaker flavour.
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So would I recommend this redbush tea? Probably not. I have personally tried much nicer rooibos teas but as an alternative to a cheap everyday black tea yes I would. I think this tea will be one of my emergency back up teas at work. I would also suggest leaving the teabag in your cup or mug to try to make the most of its flavour. This is not normally something that I would suggest as I personally enjoy my teas medium weak in strength. Sorry Tetley but this tea just wasn’t for me.

Review of The London Tea Company Winter Wondermint Tea

One of my favourite teas has to be peppermint. I drink it most days to reduce my caffeine intake. So when The London Tea Company contacted me and asked if I would like to try and review some of their teas I said yes. What I didn’t expect was to receive a sample packet of their Winter Wondermint tea in addition to their teabags. So I decided to give this a try first. Onto the ingredients list I checked their website and peppermint and peppermint flavourings are listed, no allergens are highlighted and there is no may contain warning.
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On opening the foil packaging the tea pyramids emitted what I can only describe as a very strong but very nice peppermint aroma. It was a lot stronger than other peppermint teas that I have tried. This didn’t intensify on my close up sniff test and didn’t seem to really weaken on smelling an individual tea pyramid. I placed my tea pyramid into my teacup and added the freshly boiled jot water. The water soon changed to the light brown / greenish colour. What was very noticeable was the kitchen soon filled with the peppermint aroma from the tea. Now I have tried a lot of mint teas and I have experienced this once before. On my closer sniff test it smelt a bit like a version of Vics menthol rub. I mean this in a very nice way but it is the only way to describe it. The menthol was very strong indeed. Oh and it certainly helped to clear my nasal passages which I viewed as an additional benefit.
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On sipping the tea, it was definitely one of the strongest peppermint teas that I have tried. The menthol 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. Due to the strength of the tea I was able to re-steep the tea and experience another cup of tea. What was unique with drinking this tea was the warmth as I sipped on it. It is hard to describe this in a positive way that it was. It felt like it was warming my throat due to its strength and this warmth continued all the way to my stomach. It was a warm comforting and soothing feeling.
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So would I recommend this peppermint tea? Gosh definitely. It is one of the nicest quality peppermint teas that I have tried. It is certainly very strong on both its aroma and flavour. I personally prefer this. If you prefer a weaker peppermint tea just infuse the tea pyramid for a minute and re steep and you can enjoy a couple of cups of tea. I will be buying some of this tea to enjoy over Christmas after those large meals. So thank you London Tea Company for producing a nice peppermint 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 Tetley Camomile Tea

My quest to reduce my caffeine intake is currently continues. Sometimes it doesn’t always go to plan and I end up having far too much earl grey tea. I recently met up with an old friend for food cups of tea and a good old fashioned gossip. It turned out the venue we met had a buffer style unlimited cups of tea. What can I say except that I was very happy indeed. I started of with my usual earl grey and grabbed a selections of tea to try. Sadly, time just seemed to fly by and I ran out of time to try all of the tea. So I took some home to try at a later date. One of these teas was Tetley camomile tea.
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Now onto the tea itself I liked the simplicity of the mellow yellow packaging. I checked the back of the packet and no ingredients were listed. It is just described as a naturally sweet fragrant camomile. I checked on Tetley website for the ingredients it only contains camomile flowers so no allergens highlighted and no may contain warning.
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On opening the packet I have to admit to being a tad disappointed. There was only a very faint grassy aroma coming from the teabag. On having a good old fashioned close up sniff there was a faint aroma didn’t intensify. I placed the teabag in my cup and added the hot water. It took what seemed like a long time for the tea to infuse with the water resulting in a pale yellow colour. On infusing the tea produced a very faint grassy aroma that I associate with camomile tea. This didn’t change on my close up sniff test. Even though I let the teabag infuse with the hot water for the recommended time. In fact I left it in my teacup. On sipping the tea it had a light mellow taste which was slightly grassy. It was light, and refreshing but the flavour was no where near as strong as I had hoped. I personally find that most camomile teas provide a slightly comforting and soothing sensation in my stomach. Sadly, this was not the case with this tea.
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So would I recommend this camomile tea? I’m afraid not I have tried nicer brands it just seemed to lack any real aroma or flavour. I’m sorry Tetley but this tea really wasn’t for me.
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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.
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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.
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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.