Review of Harney & Sons Mint Verbena Tea

One of my favourite caffeine free teas has to be mint tea. I drink it most days as way to reduce my caffeine intake. On a recent trip to America I found it quite difficult to get a cup of tea. So I have to admit being a little surprised when I was offered Harney & Sons mint verbena tea to try after a meal. I of course just had to give it a try. Now the good thing I noticed about being in America was that you tended to get given two packets of tea. This meant one to have after my dinner and one to take home. I liked the packaging of this tea with its light green colour the integrated star pattern to the right. It was larger that the packets of tea you tend to get at home and wanted to open the packet to see what the silken sachet was like inside.

Onto the ingredients list I personally found this to be a tad annoying and disappointing. There are no ingredients listed. It is just described as caffeine free mint with lemon verbena. There were no allergens highlighted and there is no may contain warning.

On opening the foil packaging the packet the silken sachet emitted what I can only describe as a pleasant peppermint aroma. I was expecting maybe a subtle citrus undertone to this tea due to the lemon verbena. This did not change on my famous close up sniff test. I placed the silken sachet 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 it had it was very pleasant. The mint was the predominant aroma, but faint undertones of grassiness and lemon or citrus became apparent.

On sipping the tea it was apparent that this was slightly different to the many mint teas that I have tried before. My taste buds got hit predominantly by a light refreshing mint which was then intermingled by grassiness and citrus. None of these elements were strong or overpowering. It was almost as if I was get three teas in one, mint, camomile and lemon and ginger (just the lemon element). All three flavours complimented each other perfectly and made for a well rounded light refreshing tea.

Would I recommend this mint tea? Gosh definitely. It is one of the nicest mint teas that I have tried. I liked everything about this tea from its aroma through to its flavour. I am now going to see if I can get this tea in the UK. So thank you Harney & Son for producing a nice peppermint tea that I can enjoy.
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Review of Tesco’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 Tesco’s recently I decided to grab a box of their lemon & ginger tea to try.

I fell for vibrant orange colour of the packaging of this tea. Its swirl patterns are the same to that found on Tesco’s other fruit and herbal teas. The tea is clearly marketed as being caffeine free. I personally liked that there was no fancy description about the tea, just its flavour and that it is caffeine free.

Onto the ingredients list. Ginger (38%), dried apple, rosehip, flavourings, lemon peel (3%) and lemon grass (2%). 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 no may contain warnings.

On opening the cardboard box foil packaging is revealed, great for keeping the teabags fresh. I was immediately hit by the aroma coming from the foil packaging once opened. There was a very strong aroma of ginger and lemon. This remained the same on my close up sniff test and was even very noticeable on sniffing an individual teabag. I was suitably impressed as with many teabags I have tried this has simply not been the case. 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 ginger with subtle undertones of lemon noted. This slightly intensified on my close up sniff test. On sipping the tea I was initially hit with the ginger element proceeded by the faint subtle undertones of lemon. I found this tea to be comforting and soothing on my stomach and refreshing at the same time. I have personally not been suitably impressed with other Tesco’s teas that I have tried but this I have to admit surprised me.

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 hit the spot nicely and provided a soothing sensation to my stomach. So thank you Tesco’s for producing a lovely lemon and ginger tea.

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Review of Lidl Deluxe Blackcurrant & Vanilla Tea

I have tried a few of Lidl’s teas and I have to say I’ve not been very impressed. When I saw that they had a deluxe range of tea I thought I best give them a try. I decided to try their deluxe blackcurrant & vanilla ones a try.
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I fell for the simple packaging. I liked the light purple packaging with pictures of cascading blackcurrants and vanilla flowers. There is a clear window which allows you to see the pyramid bags inside. To the back of the packaging the same design theme continues. The tea is described as being 15 blackcurrant and vanilla infusion pyramid bags with natural flavouring. On the list of ingredients interestingly only 1% is blackcurrant and 1% is vanilla.
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On opening the box the tea pyramids were sealed in cellophane. On opening this I was immediately greeted by a sweet aroma. If I’m honest I could only really smell blackcurrant, vanilla and maybe hibiscus. It was a pleasant aroma and a lot stronger than I thought it would be as I have personally found that other teas I have tried have lacked in the aroma department. On checking the pyramids I could see all the varying ingredients inside. Some however are very fine and had found themselves at the bottom of the cellophane packaging. I liked the good length of string attached to the pyramid allowing for easy steeping. Oh and they are also biodegradable which is a big positive.
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On placing the pyramid in the cup of hot water I was impressed by how quickly the tea infused and went a light purple colour. I immediately got hit by the sweet aroma from the tea. This was the same aroma I got on opening the cellophane but a lot stronger. I was still unable to distinguish the other ingredients in the tea pyramid. On sipping the tea I could clearly taste a subtle hint of the blackcurrant with the sweetness from the vanilla there was certainly an undertone of other flavours but I could really say what these were. I found the aroma of this tea sweet and pleasant the flavour matched this. I found it a pleasant tea to drink but slightly sweet. It recommends adding honey or sugar to sweeten but I personally think this is not necessary.
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So would I recommend these tea pyramids. They are certainly nicer than Lidl’s everyday teabags. They had a pleasant sweet aroma and infuse quickly with the hot water. I might not have been able to taste all of the elements within the tea pyramid, but the flavouring was pleasant. They make a nice budget friendly alternative to more expensive teas.

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Review of Marks & Spencer redbush tea

My mum, who I have inherited my love of tea from enjoys her rooibos tea and drinks goodness knows how many cups a day. So I thought it was about time I made effort and tried some new rooibos as an alternative to my mint, lemon and ginger or camomile infusion teas. I happened to stumble across a box redbush tea whilst I was shopping in Marks & Spencer the other day so I decided to give it a try.

I loved the vibrant black and red packaging with an interesting pattern which I would describe as being like mini space invaders. It is clearly labelled as a caffeine free tea to the front of the packaging. I was intrigued by its description as being sweet and mellow with a bright yellow colour.

Onto the ingredients well interestingly there doesn’t seem to be any. All I could see was 40 redbush teabags. There is no may contain warning with regards to possible allergens.

When I opened the foil packet I was  greeted by a woody aroma that I associate with a rooibos tea. This did not change on the close up sniff test and was still present on smelling an individual teabag.I added the teabag to my teacup and added the hot water and let it infuse as instructed. I was immediately hit by a slight woody and faint grassy aroma which became more apparent as the tea continue to infuse. There wasn’t much difference noted with the aroma on my close up sniff test. I didn’t expect this and was pleasantly surprised. It didn’t seem to take long for the tea to infuse with the hot water. It soon turned a slightly dark cherry like colour not the bright yellow colour described on the packaging. On sipping the tea it tasted like a good quality rooibos, there were undertones of both woodiness and grassiness that I associate with a nice redbush tea. I found the tea to be comforting yet slightly refreshing at the same time. I was pleasantly surprised by this tea as if I am honest it has been a bit hit and miss with the previous teas I have tried from marks & Spencer and didn’t expect it to be a nice as it was.

So would I recommend this redbush tea? Yes I would. I enjoyed everything about this tea from its flavour through to its aroma. It is a nice everyday redbush tea. So thank you Marks & Spencer for producing a nice redbush tea that I can enjoy.

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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 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 co-op Earl Grey Fairtrade Tea

I am a girl who loves my cups of earl grey tea. It is my tea of choice and I am always on the lookout for new teas to try. My mum recently got me a box of co-op fairtrade earl grey tea to try because she knew that I had yet to try this tea. So of course I had to pop up to my mums to give it a try. It may not have been in my blog teacup, but this didn’t matter as mum always makes the best cups of tea.
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I liked the colour of the purple packaging with a picture of a teacup filled with tea and a slice of lemon. It looked just like my perfect cup of tea. Onto the ingredients list fair trade tea and natural flavouring is listed. No allergens are highlighted and there is no may contain warning. On a personal note I wish the natural flavouring was in more detail.
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On opening the package there was an aroma of black tea with a hint of bergamot intermingled with this. This didn’t change on my close up sniff test. I was a little disappointed by this as I had expected the bergamot to be stronger. 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 an 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 weaker strength black tea, with a very 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.
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So would I recommend this earl grey tea? I’m afraid not. Yes it was a light and refreshing tea everyday black tea that but just seemed to lack either the bergamot aroma or flavour. I was a little disappointed by this tea. I have tried nicer supermarket branded earl grey teas. I personally preferred Sainsbury’s Taste The Difference earl grey tea. Sorry co-op but this earl grey tea just wasn’t for me.

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