Review of Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference Double Mint 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 to top up my tea selection I stumbled across their Taste the Difference double mint pyramid teabags. My supply of mint tea was running low so I just at grabbed a packet to take home and give it a try.

Onto the package of this tea. Well I personally calming light green colour scheme which consisted of leaves. To the bottom of the front of the packaging is a small clear window allowing you to see pyramid teabags  inside. To the top is pictures of the mint leaves.

Onto the ingredients list peppermint (70%) and spearmint (30%) are listed. There are no allergens highlighted and there is no may contain warning.

On the packet I was greeted by a sealed packaging. I was intrigued by this as I am used to seeing foil. I guess this didn’t work with the design of the packaging. On opening the plastic packaging the pyramid teabags emitted what I can only describe as a very strong but very pleasant mint aroma. I found it difficult to distinguish between the two mint elements to this tea. This aroma intensified on my close up sniff test  but did seem weaken on smelling an individual pyramid teabag. I placed a pyramid teabag into my teacup and added the freshly boiled hot water. The water soon changed to the light brown / greenish colour. It didn’t take long for the teas aroma to develop. It was very pleasant and continued to strengthen and became quiet strong. In fact stronger than I had anticipated. On sipping the tea, it was definitely one of the stronger mint teas that I have tried. The peppermint flavour was fairly strong but worked well with the subtle undertones of the spearmint. It was very pleasant and when comparing its taste to other mint teas that I have tried. Overall I found the tea to be very refreshing and I got that warm comforting sensation in my tummy as I sipped it.

so would I recommend this tea? Yes definitely. It has a strong but very pleasant aroma and flavour. I personally prefer this. If you prefer a weaker peppermint tea just infuse the  pyramid teabag for a minute and re steep it later to have another cup of tea. So thank you Sainsbury’s for producing a nice mint tea that I can enjoy.

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 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 Marks & Spencer New Ultimate Mint 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 Marks & Spencer to stock up on their dairy free chocolate I accidentally walked into their display stand. On the corner of the stand were packets of their new ultimate mint infusion tea. So I just at grabbed a packet to take home and give it a try.
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Onto the package of this tea. Well I personally calming light green colour scheme which consisted of leaves. To the bottom of the front of the packaging is a small clear window allowing you to see the tea pyramids inside.
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Onto the ingredients list peppermint (66%) and spearmint (34%) are listed. There are no allergens highlighted and there is no may contain warning.
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On the packet I was greeted by a sealed packaging. I was intrigued by this as am used to seeing foil. I guess this didn’t work with the design of the packaging. I personally struggled to open the plastic packaging on doing so the tea pyramids emitted what I can only describe as a very strong but very pleasant mint aroma. I found it difficult to distinguish between the two mint elements to this tea. This aroma intensified on my close up sniff test and but did seem weaken on smelling an individual tea pyramid. I placed a tea pyramid into my teacup and added the freshly boiled hot water. The water soon changed to the light brown / greenish colour. It didn’t take long for the teas aroma to develop. It was very pleasant and continued to strengthen and became quiet strong. In fact stronger than I had anticipated. On sipping the tea, it was definitely one of the stronger mint teas that I have tried. The peppermint flavour was fairly strong but worked well with the subtle undertones of the spearmint. It was very pleasant and when comparing its taste to other mint teas that I have tried. Overall I found the tea to be very refreshing and I got that warm comforting sensation in my tummy as I sipped on it.
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so would I recommend this tea? Yes definitely. It has a strong but very pleasant 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 the pyramid to have another cup of tea. So thank you Marks & Spencer for producing a nice mint tea that I can enjoy.

Review of Nando’s and being dairy free

I have to confess I can not remember the last time I visited Nando’s. On a recent shopping trip to Bluewater I fancied chicken for lunch. Nando’s was the obvious choice. I explained to the member of staff that I required the allergy menu as I was dairy free. He politely explained that the manager would be over to see me with the allergen menu. The manager was very helpful and explained that I used the regular menu to make my choices and then the allergen menu to check that they were safe to eat. The allergen folder was comprehensive and very user friendly.
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I opted for half a chicken coated in the lime and mango sauce with chips and a corn on the cob. On ordering my lunch the lady behind the till informed me that she had to get her supervisor to check what I was ordering. The supervisor was very helpful and explained that once she knew that I was dairy free aka milk free it was policy to check all of the dishes that I had chosen in the allergy folder. After doing this and confirming that the food I had chosen was safe to eat she personally spoke to the chefs in the relevant areas to explain that I had a milk allergy. I was also informed that my food would be cooked separately. This information was also placed on the ticket other for the chefs reference. On top of this the lady behind the till also did the same. I was suitably impressed. I then had an indicator placed on our table to alert the server that I had a food allergy.
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My lunch arrived and the server checked who had the food allergy and explained what I had ordered. This was promptly followed by the supervisor who checked the allergen menu on ordering my lunch. Ok, at this point I was more impressed with the knowledge of food allergies and reassuring the customers with regards to this. Now all I had to do was tuck in and enjoy my food. Firstly, the chicken. This was piping hot and covered in a generous topping of the lime and mango sauce. The chicken was nice and tender and slightly moist. There was just the right amount of sauce covering the top. The sauce itself had a little kick to it and I could taste both the mango and lime. A great choice if I might say so myself. The chips well they were like any other big standard chips I have tried. In fact they reminded me of oven chips. They weren’t the best chips I have had and I expected a little bit better. Maybe my hopes were to high, sorry Nando’s. Finally, the corn on the cob. This was piping hot and slightly charred just how I like it. On biting into the sweetcorn it was nice and fresh and crisp and didn’t last long a bit like my chicken.
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Now onto my drinks. For those of you that don’t know Nando’s when ordering most drinks you get free refills and help yourself. Now I rarely have fizzy drinks so it’s not something I would personally choose. So I opted for tap water and ice again you help yourself and a mint tea. The tea was bought to me in a nice brown cup with matching saucer. It was a Mighty Leaf mint tea. The aroma of the mint immediately hit me. It was strong and fragrant and I just wanted to take a sip even before allowing time for the tea to infuse. On sipping the tea I could taste the mint, this was both strong and refreshing whilst being soothing on my stomach. It was one of the nicest mint teas that I have drank in a while. I will be googling to see if I can buy some just for me at home.

So will I be going back to Nando’s again, yes I will. Their staff knowledge about food allergies was impeccable as was their service with regards to this. If I had to complain about something it would be my chips not being as nice as I had hoped, but hey there are other sides I can try. So if you suffer from a food allergy or intolerance I would definitely recommend a trip to Nando’s.

Zizzi vegan menu review

When I heard on social media that Zizzi’s new vegan menu included cheese I like many others no doubt let a little Yelp of excitement. I like pizza but quiet often it simply isn’t an option for dairy free me even without cheese when eating out. On arriving at Zizzi I requested the allergen menu which incorporated the new vegan menu. I explained to the waitress that I was dairy free due to an allergy. The waitress was very helpful and explained that the chefs would be made aware of this and pointed me in right part of the allergen menu. I explained that I was very excited and that I would be opting for a pizza from the vegan menu so I could have cheese on mine. She informed me that she had other customers who had also been excited by the new menu.
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As for the vegan menu it was very user-friendly and clearly labelled. There was even an option for a gluten free pizza base. I had already decided that I was having a pizza and the gelato for dessert. However, on seeing the menu in person and another diner enjoying the bruschetta I changed my mind. The bruschetta looked so nice and I had eaten a couple pieces of cake already in the week, so maybe savoury was the way to go. I spent what seemed liked ages making a decision. Luckily my friend was very understanding as she knew how excited I was to be having a pizza with cheese on. I opted for the vegan bruschetta for starters and the vegan marghetia pizza with two extra toppings of fire roasted peppers and roasted red onions.
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When my bruschetta arrived it came with a little sticker to the side of the plate marked vegan. The bruschetta looked very delicious and I was surprised by the sheer quantity of tomatoes. It looked to large for one so I shared it with my friend. The tomatoes were really juicy and had a slightly sweet taste. Underneath was a light fluffy bread which was coated in the juices from the tomatoes. The bottom of the bruschetta was nice and crunchy. All three combinations of textures complimented each other nicely. If I was being really picky there were perhaps a little to many tomatoes.
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Now onto the highlight of the night my vegan pizza which had cheese. I still can’t believe it as I write this post. Where do I start. The pizza just looked so inviting and was cooked just how I personally like it, slightly well done around the edges. The colours of the pizza again looked very tempting on the eye. What surprised me the most was the generous quantity of cheese on the pizza. As for the aroma it smelt different to the other pizzas, this being because of the cheese on it. Zizzi use Mozzarisella. I first discovered this cheese a couple of years ago at the Allergy Show, London. I later managed to get some in a specialist health shop, but boy is it hard to come by.
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On biting into the pizza I got the initial crunch from the pizza base followed by a nice light texture from the dough. This was preceded by a generous scattering of cheese intermingled with the tomatoes with a scattering of the extra onions and peppers. The cheese was light and creamy but not at all greasy and the tomatoes were slightly juicy. Both the peppers and onions had a subtle crunch noted. I really liked the char grill flavour of the peppers. I was really impressed with my pizza from its texture is generous serving of cheese and the flavour of my extra toppings. I was determined to finish it and I’m pleased to say I did.
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Due to managing to eat all of my pizza I was full and despite wanting to try I had no room for dessert. So I opted for a nice cup of tea instead. I choose Zizzi’s fresh mint tea. It came in a nice glass cup of hot water with fresh mint leaves to the top. There was a nice strong of aroma of mint noted. The tea had a subtle taste of mint and it was highly refreshing. The perfect tea to end the meal.
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So will be going back to Zizzi again to try more items if the vegan menu, yes definitely. I couldn’t fault it and exceeded my expectations. The staff from the waiting staff through to the manager in the Guildford restaurant were all very helpful and knowledgable about food allergies / intolerances. We visited early on a Wednesday and it was packed. So thank you Zizzi Guildford for a very enjoyable meal I will be returning soon.

Review of Starbucks Chamomile Blend Herbal Infusion Tea

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I popped into Starbucks the other day with a friend to catch up and enjoy a nice hot drink. My friend had her usual coffee and I opted for their peppermint tea. I am trying to reduce my caffeine intake and find their peppermint tea hits the spot nicely. Instead what I got was a green spearmint tea, er not quiet the same. I explained the error to the barista who apologised and explained that they had run out of peppermint tea and I had been given this instead. I politely explained that I had hoped for a caffeine free tea and opted for their chamomile instead.

I tend to have the small mugs in Starbucks as they are always seem large to me. The tea looked promising I could clearly see all of its various ingredients in the teabag. What was noticeable was the lack of aroma, there really wasn’t one even one. I was a tad disappointed by this. I sipped the tea and well there was no real flavour evident it was bland and weak. I do like a chamomile tea but this I would struggle to say it smelt or tasted as a chamomile tea should. I left it for a few minutes to allow the tea to infuse with the hot water. Still no aroma from the mug, I even got my friend to give it a sniff and they noted the same. There was however a faint taste of chamomile slightly grassy is how I would describe it, but nothing that excited my taste buds. I found it to be a tad bland.

I’m sorry Starbucks but I was really disappointed by this chamomile tea. It simply lacked any aroma or flavour. I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone who wishes to try a herbal or caffeine free tea. I will be sticking to your peppermint tea, it is so much nicer.