Review of Marks & Spencer Organic Green Tea With Lemon Infusion

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 recently popped into Marks & Spencer and noticed that had a variety of green teas I thought it was rude not to give them a try. I decided to try their organic green tea with lemon infusion first as I do enjoy a citrusy tea.

I liked the design of the packaging with this tea. It is light green with pictures of tea leaves and lemons. To the bottom right there is a small teacup with a teabag falling into it. The tea is clearly labelled as being fair trade. Onto the ingredients Chinese green tea (96%) and lemon flavouring are listed. I personally wish that the details of the flavouring was more detailed. There are there no allergens highlighted or any may contain warnings listed.

On opening the packet I have to admit to be a tad disappointed I was greeted by the grassy aroma that I associate with green tea. I was hoping for a slightly grassy meadow aroma intermingled with a hint of lemon. This didn’t change 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 soon became noticeably different. The grassy meadow aroma intensified but this was overtaken by a strong lemon aroma. This remained the same, even on my close up sniff test. I couldn’t wait to try this tea. On sipping the tea I could definitely taste the lemon which was the predominant flavour with delicate grassy undertones noted. That said it still tasted like a nice green tea with the bonus of added lemon. This made a pleasant change to other green teas that I have tried. It was nice to experience a lighter green tea with a citrus kick. It was a nice light refreshing tea. I have to admit to being pleasantly surprised by this tea.

So would I recommend this green tea, yes definitely. I liked the citrus aroma and flavour of this tea. It was a light refreshing green tea with a citrus twist. So if you fancy a milk free tea, why not give this green tea a try. So thank you Marks & Spencer for producing a refreshing citrusy green tea.

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Review of Marks & Spencer redbush tea

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 a box redbush tea whilst I was shopping in Marks & Spencer the other day so I decided to give it a try.

I loved the vibrant black and red packaging with an interesting pattern which I would describe as being like mini space invaders. It is clearly labelled as a caffeine free tea to the front of the packaging. I was intrigued by its description as being sweet and mellow with a bright yellow colour.

Onto the ingredients well interestingly there doesn’t seem to be any. All I could see was 40 redbush teabags. There is no may contain warning with regards to possible allergens.

When I opened the foil packet I was  greeted by a woody aroma that I associate with a rooibos tea. This did not change on the close up sniff test and was still present on smelling an individual teabag.I added the teabag to my teacup and added the hot water and let it infuse as instructed. I was immediately hit by a slight woody and faint grassy aroma which became more apparent as the tea continue to infuse. There wasn’t much difference noted with the aroma on my close up sniff test. I didn’t expect this and was pleasantly surprised. 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 not the bright yellow colour described on the packaging. On sipping the tea it tasted like a good quality rooibos, there were undertones of both woodiness and grassiness that I associate with a nice redbush tea. I found the tea to be comforting yet slightly refreshing at the same time. I was pleasantly surprised by this tea as if I am honest it has been a bit hit and miss with the previous teas I have tried from marks & Spencer and didn’t expect it to be a nice as it was.

So would I recommend this redbush tea? Yes I would. I enjoyed everything about this tea from its flavour through to its aroma. It is a nice everyday redbush tea. So thank you Marks & Spencer for producing a nice redbush tea that I can enjoy.

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 Marks & Spencer Lemon, Ginger & Ginseng Infusion Tea

I found myself in Marks & Spencer’s the other day looking for something to have for our dinner. So of I course accidentally I ended up in the tea aisle. So what else could a girl do but pick up a couple of boxes to try. As I am still on my mission to reduce my caffeine intake one of these boxes was lemon, ginger & ginseng infusion teabags. I decided on this variety of teabags as I tend to find lemon and ginger a nice comforting tea.
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I fell for the packaging of this tea. The greenish brown colour reminded me of autumn and the pictures of the lemon just grabbed my attention. The tea is clearly marketed as being caffeine free. Its description of being a warm and uplifting infusion just made want to get home and give this tea a try.
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There are no allergens highlighted in the ingredients list and no may contain warnings. As well as the tea containing lemon and ginger, lemon grass and cassia bark are amongst its ingredients. Above the ingredients list there are simple instructions on how to make the perfect cup of tea. I like the tip about only using freshly boiled water, I only ever use this.
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On opening the cardboard box foil packaging is revealed, great for keeping the teabags fresh. I was immediately hit by the aroma coming from the foil packaging once opened. There was a very strong aroma of lemon. I initially struggled to smell the aroma of the ginger or ginseng. On my close up sniff test I could distinguish the ginger element but not the ginseng. I personally found the lemon element slightly overpowering and artificial in smell. Yet somehow it invigorated my nasal passages.
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I placed my teabag into my teacup and added my freshly boiled water as instructed. What immediately struck me was the lack 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 disappointing lack of aroma noted. I had to do my close up sniff test where I noted the lemon and a very faint aroma of ginger noted. On sipping the tea I was initially able to taste the citrus element from the lemon followed by the ginger element. I was unable to distinguish between the lemongrass to this tea. I found this tea to comforting and soothing on my stomach. It was also light and refreshing.
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So would I recommend this lemon, ginger and ginseng tea, yes I would. The flavour may not have been as strong as the initial aroma on opening the tea and I may not have been able to taste all of its ingredients. But it was nice to have a lemon and ginger tea that was lighter in flavour as some can be a tad overpowering. It hit the sot nicely and provided a soothing sensation to my stomach. So thank you Marks & Spencer for producing a lovely lemon and ginger tea.

Review of Marks & Spencer Rwandan Rukeri Teabags

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On a recent trip to Marks & Spencer I happened to notice that their tea section had expanded. As a girl who loves her cups of tea I had to investigate further. I was literally spoilt for choice. After a few minutes I decided to pick up three different packets of tea, one fruit, one herbal and one black tea. The black tea I opted for was their Rwandan Rukeri teabags. I choose it because it was a new blend of fairtrade tea and its strength rating was 2 so it wouldn’t be to strong for me to enjoy.
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I liked the simplicity of the packaging. The brown box with just the name of the tea in a green box, the little new label and its strength indicator. On opening the box there was a sealed foiled package with the name of tea on. Inside the foil packaging were the round tea bags. On sniffing inside if I’m honest it smelt like a run of the mill everyday black tea. This disappointed me I’m not what sure what I expected but I had hoped for something a little extra.
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I placed the teabag in my teacup and added the hot water. It didn’t take long for the water to turn a light brown colour. I didn’t let the tea infuse for the suggested three minutes as I thought it would be to strong for me. I personally choose to have all of my teas milk free. I noted a subtle aroma as the tea infused with the hot water. This was the same aroma as the one I smelt on opening the foil packaging. It was like an everyday basic black tea. On sipping the tea it seemed to lack any real flavour. I’m not sure again what I really expected but it tasted like an everyday black tea, nothing special. It was also a little stronger than I had anticipated as it was rated as a No.2 in strength I naively expected a slightly lighter tasting tea.
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I am afraid that this tea really wasn’t for me. Maybe I expected a little too much and fell for the packaging and the ‘land of a thousand hills’ as part of the quote on the front of the packaging. I’m sure that if I did a blind tea taste with other run of the mill black teas I wouldn’t be able to tell the difference. In my personal opinion the flavour of this tea just didn’t meet its description of brilliantly bright and golden, with a mellow flavour and fresh vibrancy. I’m sorry Marks & Spencer but I didn’t enjoy this tea and wouldn’t recommend it as a tea to try.