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 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 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 Teapigs Chamomile Tea

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Well on my quest to reduce my caffeine intake I have been slowly working my through a variety of fruit and herbal teas. As I am currently on my holiday this has meant trying alternatives to my old faithful earl grey tea. A couple of the cafes that I have visited serve Teapigs tea. I often opt for their mint tea because I really enjoy it. However, I decided to take the plunge and try some of Teapigs other flavours. I opted for their chamomile flower tea as chamomile seems to be a tea of choice for me at the moment.

The first thing that struck me about the tea temple or the style of the teabag was the flowers inside. It was the first chamomile tea that I have tried that contained actual chamomile flowers as opposed to shredded leaves. On adding the hot water to the teacup the water changed to a pale yellow colour. I noted the typical grassy aroma that I use to describe chamomile tea. This was slightly stronger than other chamomile teas that I have tried. I choose to keep the tea temple in the hot water allowing it to continue to infuse. On sipping the tea I could clearly taste a delicate grassy flavour that was light yet refreshing. This was then followed by a soothing sensation in my stomach.

So would I recommend Teapigs chamomile flower tea temples yes I would. The tea has a pleasant aroma with a subtle grassy flavour. It was light and refreshing to drink and produced a soothing sensation in my stomach. It is one of the nicest chamomile teas I have tried. I will definitely be buying this tea again.

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.

Tea Chatter

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I was recently at a work conference. On arrival we were greeted by a selection of tea, coffee and cakes. On choosing my earl grey teabag another other candidate behind me was surprised by my selection. He then asked why I had chosen earl grey as it was not a common choice of tea. Our conversation then continued around tea. I explained that earl grey was one of my favourite teas. I loved the bergamot flavour and find it works well as a refreshing black tea as I have my tea without milk due to being dairy free. He was intrigued by this and told me the story of how he discovered earl grey tea. It was a long fascinating conversation. In a nut shell he was given it on a trip to Canada and wasn’t keen. He was there for a while and bought a box of tea and got earl grey by mistake and finished the box. By this time he had developed a love for the tea. I enquirered if he had tried it black with a slice of lemon he hadn’t but was intrigued by this combination. He then asked if I had any recommendations for brands of earl grey to try as I was obviously an avid tea drinker. I discussed a variety of brands of earl grey I had tried and what I thought. He took note and thanked me. I was glad to share my passion about my love for cups of tea that morning. I just wish I had directed him to my blog. I will remember this next time. In the mean time I hope you find my tea reviews helpful C😀.

Review of Sainsbury’s Lemon and Ginger Tea

I have to confess to not having this flavour of tea that frequently, although I know that I possibly should. I have been told by several people the benefits of drinking this tea. A work colleague introduced my to it several years ago, she loved it and thought it would be good to reduce my caffeine intake. I have to confess this was another brand, but it introduced me to a new tea that I would never have tried. The Sainsbury’s teabags come in a simple box which contains 20.
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On opening the box I was immediately hit by the strong aroma of both lemon and ginger. I personally thought that it was a lot stronger than other brands I had tried. This aroma stays once the box had been opened. I wouldn’t describe as being a strong artificial smell. The minute I placed the teabag in the hot water changed a pale orange colour. The aroma from the teabag appeared to become more subtle, but I felt I could still smell both the lemon and ginger. On sipping the tea I could the combination of the flavours, again subtle but just right for me. I left the teabag in the mug until I had finished the tea. I have not been able to this with other brands as I have found them too strong and overpowering on my taste buds. Oh I must mention I got a warm soothing sensation in my stomach on drinking this tea which lasted for a few minutes.
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I really enjoyed this tea and found it both refreshing and soothing. I would recommend anyone who follows a dairy, lactose or milk free diet and is looking to alternative to a black tea gives this a try. Infact anyone who wishes to try a herbal tea. Well done Sainsbury’s for producing another good herbal tea.