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.

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Review of Lidl Deluxe Blackcurrant & Vanilla Tea

I have tried a few of Lidl’s teas and I have to say I’ve not been very impressed. When I saw that they had a deluxe range of tea I thought I best give them a try. I decided to try their deluxe blackcurrant & vanilla ones a try.
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I fell for the simple packaging. I liked the light purple packaging with pictures of cascading blackcurrants and vanilla flowers. There is a clear window which allows you to see the pyramid bags inside. To the back of the packaging the same design theme continues. The tea is described as being 15 blackcurrant and vanilla infusion pyramid bags with natural flavouring. On the list of ingredients interestingly only 1% is blackcurrant and 1% is vanilla.
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On opening the box the tea pyramids were sealed in cellophane. On opening this I was immediately greeted by a sweet aroma. If I’m honest I could only really smell blackcurrant, vanilla and maybe hibiscus. It was a pleasant aroma and a lot stronger than I thought it would be as I have personally found that other teas I have tried have lacked in the aroma department. On checking the pyramids I could see all the varying ingredients inside. Some however are very fine and had found themselves at the bottom of the cellophane packaging. I liked the good length of string attached to the pyramid allowing for easy steeping. Oh and they are also biodegradable which is a big positive.
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On placing the pyramid in the cup of hot water I was impressed by how quickly the tea infused and went a light purple colour. I immediately got hit by the sweet aroma from the tea. This was the same aroma I got on opening the cellophane but a lot stronger. I was still unable to distinguish the other ingredients in the tea pyramid. On sipping the tea I could clearly taste a subtle hint of the blackcurrant with the sweetness from the vanilla there was certainly an undertone of other flavours but I could really say what these were. I found the aroma of this tea sweet and pleasant the flavour matched this. I found it a pleasant tea to drink but slightly sweet. It recommends adding honey or sugar to sweeten but I personally think this is not necessary.
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So would I recommend these tea pyramids. They are certainly nicer than Lidl’s everyday teabags. They had a pleasant sweet aroma and infuse quickly with the hot water. I might not have been able to taste all of the elements within the tea pyramid, but the flavouring was pleasant. They make a nice budget friendly alternative to more expensive teas.

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Happy International Tea Day 2015

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Well I’m a girl who loves her cup of tea, so much so that I decided to add tea reviews to my blog. Over the last year I have been lucky to sample a variety of new teas from black, green fruit and herbal.
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Some I have loved others not so. One of my favourite tea discoveries is from Pukka Herbs three mint tea. I love that you can taste all three elements to the tea. I also find that it is calming on the tummy yet refreshing and is now a stale in my tea collection.
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Another surprise discovery was Sainsbury’s blackcurrant tea. A great value tea that has a great aroma and flavour and a real comfort tea for me.
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My disappointing tea discoveries have come from Lidl. Yes they may be cheap but both the mint and ceylon lack aroma and flavour. I ended up doubling the mint teabags to get a reasonable cup of tea.
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I hope you like my tea reviews and I would welcome and recommendations of tea to try. Right now I think it’s time for me to grab a cup of tea and take advantage of International Tea Day. What tea are you enjoying today ? I would love to hear from you ☕️ C.

Review of Tetley Peppermint Tea

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Whilst at a recent work conference I was one happy girl. Not only did I have a good choice of food for lunch and nibbles to enjoy but there was also a good selection of tea. So I thought I would try and work my way through the choices during the day. I have been trying to reduce my caffeine intake so opted for mint tea. The brand available was Tetley, to be fair I can’t remember the last time I had a cup of Tetley tea. The teabags were individually packed and you helped yourself to the hot water. What I first noticed was the feint aroma of mint. I had to subtly sniff the tea to notice this. I was a little disappointed by this. I like my mint tea fairly strong and it’s not uncommon for me to leave the teabag in the cup so it continues to infuse with the hot water. I left the teabag in the cup as it seemed to take a long time for the water to change colour. On sipping the tea a minimal mint flavour was noted in fact it was pretty bland, week and non descript. It reminded me of the peppermint teabags from Lidl. So like those if I had another Tetley teabag in the future I would have 2 in one cup to try and get some flavour and aroma.

I’m sorry Tetley but these teabags just weren’t for me. I was disappointed by both the flavour and aroma. I’m afraid that I won’t be recommending these teabags.

Review of Knightsbridge Ceylon Tea from Lidl

On my ongoing mission to find new teas to try I found myself in a Lidl supermarket. I have tried a couple of their teas and reviewed these on my blog and to be honest I’ve not been that impressed. I didn’t let this deter me and picked a few more of their teas to try. I thought I would start with their ceylon first. The teabags come in a box of 50. The box is mainly black with a picture of 3 blue elephants to the front. The teabags are described as being a fragrant tea blend with a lively delicate flavour. The ingredients list only states 100% black tea, so pretty vague. It recommends leaving the teabag in for 3-4 minutes for a stronger brew.
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Now, I have all my teas milk free due to my dairy and lactose free diet. On opening the box I noted no aroma coming from the teabags. I placed a teabag into a mug and added the hot water. I have personally found the other Knightsbridge’s teas that I have tried pretty weak in flavour, so left the teabag in for 4 minutes as instructed for a stronger tea. It took a little while for the tea to infuse with the hot water and change to a medium brown colour. Even though I left the teabag to infuse with the water as instructed I was unable to smell any aroma coming from the tea.
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On sipping the tea I found it to be pretty bland and non descript in flavour. It reminded of a cheap tea you get at work where the teabags come out of a large value bag. The only difference being that the ceylon seemed to be a lot weaker. I know that these are cheap teabags, but I was personally very disappointed with by both the aroma and flavour. These are now at work as an emergency tea as and when needed. I am afraid that I wouldn’t recommend these, sorry Lidl.