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 stronger 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 The London Tea Company Winter Wondermint Tea

One of my favourite teas has to be peppermint. I drink it most days to reduce my caffeine intake. So when The London Tea Company contacted me and asked if I would like to try and review some of their teas I said yes. What I didn’t expect was to receive a sample packet of their Winter Wondermint tea in addition to their teabags. So I decided to give this a try first. Onto the ingredients list I checked their website and peppermint and peppermint flavourings are listed, no allergens are highlighted and there is no may contain warning.
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On opening the foil packaging the tea pyramids emitted what I can only describe as a very strong but very nice peppermint aroma. It was a lot stronger than other peppermint teas that I have tried. This didn’t intensify on my close up sniff test and didn’t seem to really weaken on smelling an individual tea pyramid. I placed my tea pyramid into my teacup and added the freshly boiled jot water. The water soon changed to the light brown / greenish colour. What was very noticeable was the kitchen soon filled with the peppermint aroma from the tea. Now I have tried a lot of mint teas and I have experienced this once before. On my closer sniff test it smelt a bit like a version of Vics menthol rub. I mean this in a very nice way but it is the only way to describe it. The menthol was very strong indeed. Oh and it certainly helped to clear my nasal passages which I viewed as an additional benefit.
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On sipping the tea, it was definitely one of the strongest peppermint teas that I have tried. The menthol flavour was nearly as strong as the aroma. It was very pleasant and when comparing its taste to other peppermint teas that I have tried it was certainly one of the strongest and nicest that I have tried. Due to the strength of the tea I was able to re-steep the tea and experience another cup of tea. What was unique with drinking this tea was the warmth as I sipped on it. It is hard to describe this in a positive way that it was. It felt like it was warming my throat due to its strength and this warmth continued all the way to my stomach. It was a warm comforting and soothing feeling.
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So would I recommend this peppermint tea? Gosh definitely. It is one of the nicest quality peppermint teas that I have tried. It is certainly very strong on both its 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 and you can enjoy a couple of cups of tea. I will be buying some of this tea to enjoy over Christmas after those large meals. So thank you London Tea Company for producing a nice peppermint 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 Tesco’s Peppermint Infusion Tea

I have recently undertaken a few visits to Tesco’s mainly to stock up on their free from treats. So I thought I should investigate their own brand teas and somehow a few packets accidentally jumped into my shopping basket. One of these packets was their peppermint infusion tea. I think I must have been drawn to the light green packaging with what I can only assume are pictures of mint leaves. There is also a cute picture of a little green tea cup with leaves on. Onto the ingredients 100% peppermint, perfect nothing added. It was looking promising.
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On opening the box there was the sealed foil packaging inside. On opening this there was what I would describe as a medium level aroma of peppermint being emitted. Again very promising. I just hoped it wasn’t going to be a tea where the aroma seemed to be added to the packaging at a later date and the tea lacked any flavour. On adding hot water to the tea bag it didn’t take to long for the tea to change to a light green / brown colour. The instructions recommend infusing the teabag for 3-5 minutes depending on personal taste. I let mine infuse for 5 minutes. There was a faint aroma of mint noted which was pleasant but I couldn’t distinguish this as peppermint. Sadly, the aroma seemed to stay in the foil packaging. On sipping the tea there was a faint undertone of mint but nothing spectacular. In fact this may sound very strange but it also seemed to taste slightly milky. I tried the tea a couple more times and left the teabag in my cup to continue infusing with the hot water. This led to a slightly stronger mint flavour but did not change its aroma.
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So would I recommend this tea probably not. Yes it is a cheaper mint tea but it seemed to lack any real aroma or flavour. I have had much nicer own branded supermarket mint teas. Sorry Tesco’s this tea just wasn’t for me.

Review of Hope & Glory Peppermint Tea

One of my favourite teas has to be peppermint. I drink it most days in an effort to reduce my caffeine intake. So when I was lucky enough to win Hope & Glory’s tea Twitter competition I have to confess to being a tad excited. My tea arrived in a metal tea caddy which of course will be reused numerous times. Inside this I discovered sealed packets containing the peppermint tea leaves. Despite the tea leaves being in a sealed foil packaging there was still a subtle aroma of peppermint being emitted from inside the tea caddy. I had very high hopes for this tea judging by the aroma and couldn’t wait to make my cup of tea.
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On opening the foil packaging the tea leaves emitted what I can only describe as a powerful but very pleasant aroma. It was a lot stronger than other mint tea leaves I have tried before and trust me I have tried a fair few. My instinct told me to just put a few tea leaves into my infuser as this was going to be strong. I placed my tea leaves inside the tea infuser and added the hot water. The tea leaves infused with the hot water almost instantly. The water soon changed to the light brown / greenish colour. What was also very noticeable was the room soon filled with the aroma from the tea. Now I’ve never experienced this before. On my closer sniff test it smelt like a stronger version of Vics menthol rub. I mean this in a very nice way but it is the only way to describe it. The menthol was very strong indeed. It worked wonders on my nasal passages which I viewed as an additional benefit.
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On sipping the tea, it was definitely one of the strongest mint teas that I have tried. The menthol flavour was nearly as strong as the aroma. It was very pleasant and when comparing its taste to other mint tea leaves I have tried it was certainly the nicest. Because of the quality of these tea leaves I was able to re-steep the tea leaves several times and still experience a very pleasant cup of tea. What was unique with drinking this tea was the warmth as I sipped on it. It is hard to describe to this in a positive way that it certainly was. It felt like it was warming my throat due to its strength and this warmth continued all the way to my stomach. It was a warm comforting soothing feeling. It felt like it was settling my stomach so a big thumbs up there.
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So would I recommend Hope & Glory’s peppermint tea, gosh definitely. It has to be one of the nicest quality mint teas that I have tried. It is certainly very strong on both its aroma and flavour. So if you are lucky enough to try it just add a few tea leaves initially so you can gauge its strength. I am so glad that I got to try this tea. So thank you Hope & Glory for my Twitter prize.

Review of the co-operative fair trade double mint herbal infusion teabags

On a recent holiday I found myself without any teabags. This was soon remedied by a quick visit to the local co-op. I was in a hurry and grabbed the first box of mint teabags that I saw. These just happened to be co-op’s own brand fairtrade double mint herbal infusion. I have yet to try this and was looking forward to giving them a try.
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The packaging is simple, I found it to be slightly calming to look at. A pale green box with pictures of varying colours of leaves. The teabags contain two types of mint, spearmint (75%) and peppermint (25%).

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I was looking forward to opening the box and smelling the aroma from the teabags as I had yet to try a mint teabag whereby the main ingredient was spearmint. On opening the box there was a nice light refreshing aroma of spearmint it smelt a little like mint sweets. I was unable to distinguish the peppermint element. The aroma didn’t change on removing an individual teabag and giving it a subtle sniff.

I placed the teabag into a teacup and added the hot water. I wasn’t hit by an immediate aroma of mint which has been common place with other mint teas that I have tried. As the teabag infused with the water it produced a faint subtle spearmint aroma. As with opening the box I was unable to smell the peppermint. The water took a little longer to change to the green / brown colour that I expect.
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On sipping the tea I could only taste the spearmint, even though peppermint is also an ingredient. I liked the light subtle taste to this tea and found it to be a nice and refreshing. I didn’t get the soothing sensation In my stomach that I have experienced with other teas. This did not bother me because I really enjoyed the light refreshing element to this tea that I had not experienced previously with other teas. I even decided to give it a go cold and it worked really well as it kept its flavour and remained refreshing.

I enjoyed this tea as a light refreshing drink. I think it’s great to be able to have a mint tea that is not to strong and overpowering but just provides your palate with a subtle hint of mint. So would I buy this tea again, yes because I love my mint tea and this makes a refreshing alternative to most of the teas that I drink.

Review of PG tips peppermint herbal infusion tea

Now I am a girl who loves her cup of tea. I try to enjoy a variety of teas on a daily basis especially those which are caffeine free. One of my favourite teas is mint and I am always on the lookout to try new varieties. I happened to stumble across PG tips peppermint tea and thought I should give it a try.
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I have to confess to being drawn to the packaging. The size of the box was perfect I liked the simplicity of the green leaves and blue circles around the PG logo to the front of the box. I couldn’t resist the picture of the monkey and the verse next to him on the back. On the side of the packaging there is a simple picture illustrating how to enjoy your little tea pyramid.
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On opening the box I was surprised by the strong scent of peppermint, which was invigorating to my senses. I personally liked this but I think others may find its strength to be a little overpowering. Inside I was greeted by the individual pyramid teabags and not being a drinker of PG tips I found this to be a nice change to a regular teabag. I popped the pyramid into a mug of hot water awaiting for the tea to infuse with it. The instructions advise leaving the pyramid in the hot water for 4-5 minutes. However, it did not take long for the water to soon change to the green / brown colour that I expected. There was a faint mint aroma noted but this weaker than I expected due to the strong aroma on opening the box.
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On sipping the tea I could clearly taste the peppermint although it wasn’t as strong as I was expecting. On a positive note I think that this was a good thing as it was not an overpowering artificial flavour as I thought that it might be due to the strong aroma coming from the box. I found the tea to be very refreshing. I got a slight warm comforting sensation in my tummy, although this was not as pleasant as other mint teas that I have tried. So would I recommend this tea, yes definitely. They will make a nice cup of caffeine free tea to enjoy at work. So thank you PG tips for producing a nice peppermint tea that I will be purchasing these again in the future.

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.