Review of Marks & Spencer Festive Classic Tea

I know that it’s a tad early for a Christmas review but I decided to start very early this year. Whilst on a day out shopping at Bluewater my mum and we decided to pop into Marks & Spencer food hall to pick up a few treats. I’ve not tried any Christmas teas so far this year so when I saw a packet of festive classic tea in Marks & Spencer I grabbed a box to try.

Onto the packaging I liked the deep colour of the box red. I found the picture with a single Christmas tree branch above a cup with a teabag hovering above a tad dull. Onto the ingredients Kenyan and Rwandan teas are listed. No allergens are highlighted and there is a no may contain warning.

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 an aroma of an everyday black tea, nothing special. It certainly didn’t remind me of Christmas. The aroma did not change on my close up sniff test. 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 / dark brown colour. I let the tea infuse for 3 minutes as instructed despite normally having my tea medium weak and milk free. The aroma from the teacup was pretty non descript it smelt like an everyday black tea. On sipping the tea it tasted like its aroma and I was unable to distinguish between the two elements to this tea. It just tasted like an everyday black tea. I was a tad disappointed by this to say the least.

So would I recommend this Christmas tea? As a festive tea definitely not. It lacked any ingredients that you associate with a festive tea. It was just like regular tea in a festive themed box. A bit of clever marketing which I sadly fell for. Sorry Marks & Spencer but this tea just wasn’t for me.

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Review of Sainsbury’s Lemon & Ginger Infusion Tea

I am lady who loves her cups of tea. Sometimes I can be a little naughty and find myself having a bit too much caffeine. Despite this I am still on my mission to reduce my caffeine intake continues and I am always on the look out for a new caffeine free tea to try. I tend to find lemon and ginger a nice comforting tea so when I popped into Sainsbury’s recently I decided to grab a box of their lemon & ginger tea to try. I fell for vibrant deep autumnal orange colour of the packaging of this tea. To the bottom of the packet is a black teacup decorated with orange segments flowers and leaves again in autumnal colours. The tea is clearly marketed as being naturally caffeine free.

Onto the ingredients list. Apple, apple pulp, ginger root (20%), flavouring, rosehip, lemongrass, chicory root, lemon peels (0.5%). I am always personally put off by generic flavourings and would like to know exactly what this means. There are no allergens highlighted in the ingredients list and there are no may contain warnings.

On opening the cardboard box foil packaging I was immediately hit by a very fairly strong aroma of lemon and ginger. This remained the same on my close up sniff test and was even noticeable on sniffing an individual teabag. I placed my teabag into my teacup and added my freshly boiled water as instructed. What immediately struck me was the immediate ginger aroma coming from the tea. I infused the tea with the hot water as instructed for 3 minutes. On removing the teabag there was a distinct aroma of lemon with subtle undertones of ginger noted. This slightly intensified on my close up sniff test. On sipping the tea I was initially hit with the lemon element followed by the faint subtle undertone of ginger. I wasn’t able to taste the apple or chicory but this didn’t bother me as I only really wanted to taste the lemon & ginger. I found this tea to be refreshing yet comforting and soothing on my stomach at the same time. I have personally found it to be a little hit and miss with the previous Sainsbury’s teas that I have tried. I have to admit to being pleasantly surprised by this tea.

So would I recommend this lemon & ginger tea, yes I would. I liked everything about this tea from its aroma through to its flavour. It was a refreshing yet comforting tea, perfect for the cooler months. So thank you Sainsbury’s for producing a lovely lemon and ginger tea.

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Review of Tetley Indulgence Gingerbread Tea

As a tea blogger I am on the constant look out for new teas to try. As the nights are now drawing in and autumn has well and truly arrived I decided to find some new spiced teas to try. Whist shopping I stumbled across Tetley’s new Indulgence range of teas. I saw a packet of gingerbread tea within this range so decided to give it a try.

Onto the packaging I liked the design of the packaging its colour scheme just reminded me of autumn. I liked the little designs integrated into the packaging the cheeky gingerbread man, heaters stars and circles again in autumnal colours. It certainly caught my attention. Onto the ingredients black tea (91%) and natural flavourings are listed. On a personal note I wish that there was more detail as to what exactly the natural flavourings is. No allergens are highlighted and there is a no may contain warning.

On opening the box I was greeted by 20 individual wrapped bags. I like this as it means that you place one in your bag and have it on the go. Or as an alternative when you politely decline an everyday tea. On opening the tea wrapped bags I was a little disappointed to say the least. I was expecting a delightful aroma of gingerbread instead all I got was the aroma of everyday black tea. The aroma didn’t change on my close up sniff test.

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 2 minutes as I have my tea medium weak and milk free. I was soon hit with the aroma that I associate with gingerbread biscuits. The aroma from the black tea was slightly overtaken by this but for me personally this really didn’t matter. The aroma slightly intensified slightly on my close up sniff test. On sipping the tea it tasted like a nice every day black tea with definite undertones of the gingerbread noted. This was very pleasant without it being to strong or artificial. I have to admit to being pleasantly surprised by this tea my initial disappointment on opening the wrapped bags soon disappeared. The aroma and flavour of this tea just reminded me of autumn.

So would I recommend this gingerbread tea? Yes I would. Its aroma and flavour make for a nice everyday tea with a twist that it is perfect for the colder weather. So thank you Tetley for producing a nice every day tea with a twist that I can enjoy.

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Review of Bigelow Constant Comment Black Tea

One of the teas that I like enjoy during the autumn and winter months is chai. I find it a comforting tea that I associate with Christmas. On a 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 was offered Bigelow Constant Comment tea as an option. It was completely different to any of the other teas that I had been offered so of course just I had to give it a try. Now the good thing I noticed about being in America was that you tended to get given two packets of tea. This meant one to have after my dinner and one to take home.

Now onto the tea itself I liked the simplicity of the packaging, with the bold red colour with a black strip scheme to the top with constant comment to the centre. I checked the back of the packet where the ingredients were listed as black tea, rind of orange, sweet spice and natural flavour. The tea is also labelled as being gluten free 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 sweet spice aroma coming from the teabag with a faint undertone of citrus noted. On undertaking my famous close up sniff test the sweet spice aroma remained the same but the citrus element intensified. 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 light/medium brown colour. On infusing the tea the predominant aroma was the black tea but both the sweet spice and orange were fairly strong. The aroma remained the same on my close up sniff test. On sipping the tea I have to confess to being surprised. It tasted like a nice every day black tea however the sweet spice and orange added a chai element to this tea. This impacted more on its flavour than I had anticipated and as a result made for a much nicer drinking experience. I gave the tea another try at home to ascertain if it tasted any different with freshly boiled water and in a nice teacup. It’s aroma and flavour were just the same as I remembered.

So would I recommend this tea? Yes I would it is nice to have an everyday black tea with a chai twist. The overall combinations of aromas and flavours complimented each other nicely. I liked everything about this tea which I have to admit being pleasantly surprised. So thank you Bigelow for producing a nice black tea.

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Review of English Tea Shop 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. So when I received an English Tea gift box full of a variety of teas I just had to try the earl grey tea first.

I liked the colour of the deep blue packaging with a picture of a teapot with tea leaves and citrus fruit on it and coming out of the spout. Onto the ingredients list organic and fair trade Ceylon black tea (95%), natural flavourings (5%) are 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.


On opening the package there was an aroma of black tea with 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 a nice Ceylon black tea with only a hint of the tantalizing 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 Ceylon black tea with only 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.

So would I recommend this earl grey tea? I’m afraid not. Yes it was a light and refreshing tea Ceylon black tea that just seemed to lacking the bergamot aroma or flavour. I was a little disappointed by this tea. I have tried nicer earl grey teas. Sorry English Tea Shop but this earl grey tea just wasn’t for me.

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Review of Sainsbury’s Peppermint Infusion Tea

One of my favourite caffeine free teas has to be peppermint. I drink it most days as way to reduce my caffeine intake. So when I recently popped into Sainsbury’s I found myself in the tea aisle and decided to give their peppermint infusion tea a try. I personally liked calming light green and teal colour scheme to the packaging, with a picture of a teacup to the right with an integrated teal leaf design. Under the lid of the box to the middle is a slight perforation which allows you to reseal the box allowing you to keep the tea fresh inside.

Onto the ingredients list I personally found this slightly difficult to find. Peppermint is listed under the ingredients list. There are no allergens highlighted and there is no may contain warning.

On opening the packet the tea bags emitted a faint but pleasant peppermint aroma. This was slightly weaker than I had anticipated compared to other supermarket own brand teas. This didn’t intensify on my close up sniff test and but did seem weaken on smelling an individual teabag. I placed my teabag into my teacup and added the freshly boiled hot water. The water soon changed to the light brown / greenish colour. It took a couple of minutes for the teas aroma to develop but once it had it was pleasant but fairly weak. This didn’t change on the my famous close up sniff test. On sipping the tea, it was definitely one of the weaker peppermint teas that I have tried. There was only a slight peppermint flavour just like the aroma. It was a little disappointing when comparing its taste to other everyday peppermint teas that I have tried. It was certainly one of the weakest that I have tried. I also only got a very slight warm comforting sensation in my tummy as I sipped it. A little disappointing really.

So would I recommend this peppermint tea? I’m afraid not. It just seemed to lack any real peppermint aroma and flavour. If you prefer a weaker peppermint tea you may well enjoy this tea. I probably won’t be buying this tea again. Sorry Sainsbury’s but this tea just wasn’t for me.

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Review of Tesco’s Finest Chai Tea

As a tea blogger I am on the constant look out for new teas to try. I have tried a few chai teas but tend to have these in the colder months as I associate the aroma and flavour with Christmas. As the nights are now drawing in and autumn has well and truly arrived I decided to find some new chai teas to try. As I was picking up a few essentials in Tesco’s I saw a packet of their finest chai tea so decided to give it a try.

Onto the packaging I liked the design of the packaging with the red, white and yellow symmetrical patterns against the black background. It certainly caught my attention. Onto the ingredients black tea, ginger root (10%), cinnamon (8%), Ginger (7%), cloves (2%), cardamom (2%) and allspice (2%) are listed. No allergens are highlighted and there is a no may contain warning.

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 each of the other individual elements to this tea but combined they complimented the cinnamon and the allspice. The aroma of this tea did not change on my close up sniff test. However, on smelling an individual teabag it weakened but was still present.

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 4 minutes as I have my tea medium weak and milk free. I was soon hit with the aroma that I associate with a nice chai tea. The aroma from the black tea was slightly overtaken by the cinnamon and the allspice. There were faint undertones of the other flavourings but I was unable to distinguish these individually. The aroma slightly intensified on my close up sniff test with a hint of cloves and ginger noted. On sipping the tea it tasted like a nice every day black tea with definite undertones of the cinnamon and ginger, clove and all spice noted. If I am honest I struggled to taste the cardamom but this didn’t really matter. The aroma and flavour of this tea just reminded me of Christmas.

So would I recommend this chai tea? Yes I would. Its aroma and flavour make for a nice everyday chai tea that it is perfect for the colder weather. So thank you Tesco’s for producing a nice every day chai tea that I can enjoy.

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