Review of Sainsbury’s Lemon & Ginger Infusion Tea

I am lady who loves her cups of tea. Sometimes I can be a little naughty and find myself having a bit too much caffeine. Despite this I am still on my mission to reduce my caffeine intake continues and I am always on the look out for a new caffeine free tea to try. I tend to find lemon and ginger a nice comforting tea so when I popped into Sainsbury’s recently I decided to grab a box of their lemon & ginger tea to try. I fell for vibrant deep autumnal orange colour of the packaging of this tea. To the bottom of the packet is a black teacup decorated with orange segments flowers and leaves again in autumnal colours. The tea is clearly marketed as being naturally caffeine free.

Onto the ingredients list. Apple, apple pulp, ginger root (20%), flavouring, rosehip, lemongrass, chicory root, lemon peels (0.5%). I am always personally put off by generic flavourings and would like to know exactly what this means. There are no allergens highlighted in the ingredients list and there are no may contain warnings.

On opening the cardboard box foil packaging I was immediately hit by a very fairly strong aroma of lemon and ginger. This remained the same on my close up sniff test and was even noticeable on sniffing an individual teabag. I placed my teabag into my teacup and added my freshly boiled water as instructed. What immediately struck me was the immediate ginger 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 distinct aroma of lemon with subtle undertones of ginger noted. This slightly intensified on my close up sniff test. On sipping the tea I was initially hit with the lemon element followed by the faint subtle undertone of ginger. I wasn’t able to taste the apple or chicory but this didn’t bother me as I only really wanted to taste the lemon & ginger. I found this tea to be refreshing yet comforting and soothing on my stomach at the same time. I have personally found it to be a little hit and miss with the previous Sainsbury’s teas that I have tried. I have to admit to being pleasantly surprised by this tea.

So would I recommend this lemon & ginger tea, yes I would. I liked everything about this tea from its aroma through to its flavour. It was a refreshing yet comforting tea, perfect for the cooler months. So thank you Sainsbury’s for producing a lovely lemon and ginger tea.

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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 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 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 Tesco’s Finest Earl Grey Tea

Earl grey is one of my favourite teas and I am always on the look out to try new varieties to make the perfect cup of tea. Whilst shopping in Tesco recently I spotted that they had sold earl grey teabags in their Finest range so I had to give them a try.
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I really liked the design of the packaging and was drawn to the words fragrant and refreshing. It had a mild strength rating of 1 and on the brewing instructions to the back it states leave to brew for 4-5 minutes and either add milk or have if black with a slice of lemon. This was perfect for dairy free me as I personally choose to have all my teas milk free. I couldn’t wait to give this earl grey tea a try.
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Inside the box I was found a sealed foil package with the wording finest earl grey. On opening the foil I was greeted by a medium strength aroma of bergamot. This was slightly weaker than other teas I have tried and had a less orangey undertone noted. However, at least it was strong with an artificial chemically aroma that I have experienced with other earl grey teas that I have tried.
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I placed the teabag in my favourite tea cup and added the freshly boiled water. The teabag immediately infused with the water to produce a light brown colour. I drink all my tea milk free and was worried that if I left the teabag in as instructed it would be to strong for me to enjoy. The tea continued to infuse and went a darker brown colour. Interestingly the aroma of the tea didn’t seem to intensify and remained pretty much the same as it did on removing it from the foil packet. As for the taste I could taste the subtle undertones of an orange bergamot flavour although this was a little weak and not as strong as I hoped. However, that said it was a nice refreshing tea to enjoy.
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So would I recommend this earl grey tea. If I am honest probably not. It’s flavour and aroma don’t quiet match up to its description of having a distinctive hint of citrus. It was however a light and refreshing tea. It might therefore be suited to those who like a weak strength earl grey tea. I personally preferred Sainsbury’s Taste The Difference earl grey tea and Twining’s earl grey tea. Sorry Tesco’s but this earl grey tea just wasn’t really to my liking.

Review of Sainsbury’s Raspberry & Apple Infusion Tea

I have reviewed a few of Sainsbury’s teas recently on my blog and really enjoyed them. Sainsbury’s contacted me as a result and asked if I would like to receive some free samples to try. So of course I jumped at the chance. I received 3 sample packets of their tea to try, lemon & ginger infusion, raspberry & Apple infusion and their fair trade green tea with mint flavour. In the time that lapsed between me contacting Sainsbury’s to accept their free samples I had already written a further review of their lemon & ginger infusion tea and it had been published on my blog. Being fairly new to blogging and receiving free samples to try and review I know now to mention this in the future.
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I decided to try and review the apple & raspberry infusion first. My initial impression was that I found the packaging really appealing, the warm red colours on the box, with a pretty teacup in the corner with pictures of raspberries and apples on it. One teabag in 200mls of hot water contains 5 calories. The teabags contain: Apple pulp (35%), hibiscus, rosehip, flavourings, Apple (7%), liquorice, and raspberry fibre (0.5%). On opening the box, I could smell the aroma of the raspberry which was sweet, but struggled to smell the apple. You can clearly see the difference elements of the tea in each teabag. On picking the teabag up I could definitely smell the raspberry element again, but struggled to sense the apple.
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I infused the teabag in the hot water for the minimum of 3 minutes as instructed. Although personally with fruit and herbal teas I like to leave the teabag in the mug or cup most of the time. The hot water started to infuse with the teabag quickly with the hot water turning a nice red colour. On doing so I noted a nice aroma of the sweet raspberry combined with a subtle hint of apple.
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I enjoyed the fruitiness of this tea, it was clearly evident on sipping it. The raspberry element was defintley the dominant ingredient but this worked well with the subtle hint of apple. It was spot on without it tasting too overpowering or artificial in taste. I found the tea to be nice a refreshing and at the same time a little soothing. I will be definitely buying some in the future for work to reduce my caffeine intake. Would I recommend that you try this, yes. It’s a good alternative tea to have if you have your tea milk free like me. Or if you don’t and fancy trying a caffeine free fruit tea.

Disclamier: Sainsbury’s kindly sent me these teabags as samples to try and review for my blog. No payments was received.