Tea In Tenerife


I have just recently been lucky enough to experience a few days away in the winter sun. Our destination was Tenerife to an all-inclusive hotel in Costa Adeje which had all the facilities you could ever need including vast quantities of tea. What I didn’t realise until we arrived at our hotel was that it was primarily occupied by the British. This meant that there was lots of tea on offer and that my emergency teabags that I had packed stayed in the suitcase. I loved the fact that the hotel had a selection of Lipton teas placed on your table for breakfast and dinner. All you had to do was request a pot of hot water and fresh milk to accompany it. If I am honest I was a little disappointed that this was missing at lunchtime and if like me you wished to have a cup of tea after your meal you had to go to a bar separate from the restaurant.

At the hotel where we stayed there was also classic wooden tea chests with the various varieties of Lipton teas to choose from. These were placed at various bars around the hotel and you could just ask staff for whatever tea you wished to have. I was in tea heaven.

The first tea of choice for me just had to be earl grey. It wasn’t the easiest of the teas to find so when I did I grabbed a few teabags so that I didn’t miss out. 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 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 everyday black tea with only a hint of 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 black tea with a 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.

Next I decided to try the peppermint tea. On opening the packet the teabag emitted a fairly strong aroma. This was slightly stringer than I had anticipated especially when compared to other teas that I have tried whilst abroad. This didn’t intensify on my close up sniff test. I placed my teabag into my teacup and added the freshly boiled hot water and infused as instructed. The water soon changed to the light brown/green colour. It didn’t take long for the aroma to develop once it had it was fairly strong. This didn’t change on the my famous close up sniff test. On sipping the tea the peppermint flavour was just like the aroma. It was spot on and just the right strength and highly refreshing perfect to be sipped in the sun by the pool. I even got that warm comforting sensation in my tummy that I get when I drink a nice mint tea. I really enjoyed this tea and lost count of amount of cups that I drunk.

As I really enjoyed the peppermint tea I decided to give the green mint a try. On opening the packet I have to admit to be a tad disappointed I wasn’t really greeted by any distinguishable 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 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 a subtle mint flavour. It was a nice refreshing delicate tea that somehow had a nice soothing and comforting effect as I drank it. I think that I may have drunk more of this than my beloved earl grey.

Onto the green tea. On opening the packet I was greeted by a subtle a faint aroma of a grassy meadow with very faint undertones of smokiness that I associate with green tea. This remained the same 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/brown colour. The aroma from the tea intensified only slightly even on my close up sniff test. On sipping the tea I was able to taste the subtle grassiness with the smokiness element intermingled with this. This was slightly weaker compared to other green teas that I have tried. It resulted in a nice light and refreshing green tea that was perfect to enjoy by the pool.

Towards the end of our holiday the forest fruits tea caught my attention, so I just had to give it a try. On open ring the packet I have to admit to being pleasantly surprised. I was greeted by a delightful sweet summer berries aroma. On my famous close up sniff test this intensified and the summer berries became more apparent. I wasn’t really able to smell the black tea. I placed the teabag in my teacup and added the freshly boiled hot water. I left the tea to infuse with the hot water as instructed. The hot water soon changed to a medium brown colour. It didn’t take long for the aroma to develop it was predominantly strawberry with a hint of raspberry with a faint undertone of everyday black tea noted. On sipping the tea the favour was the reverse the tea tasted like an everyday black tea with a faint hint of summer berries intermingled with this. A little disappointing really because the flavour just didn’t match the aroma.

I had a lovely week relaxing in the winter sun and never thought that it would be possible to drink soo many cups of tea by the pool. I would love to return and leave this cold weather behind, maybe next year……..

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Review of Twinings Thoroughly Minted Infusion Tea

One of my favourite caffeine free teas has to be mint. I drink it most days as way to reduce my caffeine intake. So when I recently popped into Tesco’s and saw that Twinings thoroughly minted infusion tea was on offer I just had to grab a packet to take home and give it a try.

I personally liked calming light green colour scheme which consisted of white and green swirls. The front of the packaging is partially clear allowing you to see the loose leaf pyramids inside. To the top is a seal which can be reused enabling you to keep the tea fresh inside.

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

On opening the plastic packaging the loose leaf pyramids pyramid emitted what a very pleasant mint aroma. I found it difficult to distinguish between the two mint elements to this tea. I was a little disappointed by this though as it was a lot weaker than I expected compare to similar teas that I have previously tried. The aroma did intensify on my close up sniff test  but did seem weaken on smelling an individual loose leaf pyramid. I placed a pyramid into my teacup and added the freshly boiled hot water. The water soon changed to the light brown / greenish colour. It took a while for teas aroma to develop. It was very pleasant and significantly lighter compare to other mint teas that I have tried. On sipping the tea, it was definitely one of the weaker mint teas that I have tried. The peppermint was the prominent flavour and worked well with the subtle undertones of the spearmint. Although this teas aroma and flavour were weaker compare to other mint teas that I have previously tried it made a refreshing change. I would describe it as a light, delicate and refreshing tea when comparing its taste to other mint teas that I have tried. Overall I found the tea to be very refreshing and despite it being a lighter more delicate tea I still got that warm comforting sensation in my tummy as I sipped it.

so would I recommend this tea? Yes definitely. It has a nice delicate aroma and flavour. I personally prefer this. I think it would make a nice introduction to mint tea for someone who has not tried it before. So thank you Twinings for producing a nice mint tea that I can enjoy.

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.

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.