Review of Tesco’s Finest Decaffeinated Earl Grey 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. On a recent trip to Tesco’s I yet again found myself in their tea aisle. As I am trying really hard to reduce my caffeine intake I decided to grab a box of their decaffeinated earl grey tea to try.

I Liked the design of the packaging the blue and yellow symmetrical patterns against the black background caught my attention. As did the teas description of a fragrant and refreshing delicate tea. This could be a great tea to have milk free. Onto the ingredients decaffeinated tea and bergamot flavour is listed. No allergens are highlighted and there is no may contain warning. The tea is also clearly labelled as being fair trade.

On opening the box I was greeted by a sealed foil package containing the teabags. I like this as it keeps the tea nice and fresh. On opening the package there was an aroma of what I would describe as an everyday black tea with a slight hint of citrus noted. This didn’t change on my close up sniff test. However, on smelling an individual teabag close up this aroma seemed to be weaker and the citrus element disappeared.

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 very faint hint of citrus and not really of bergamot. On my close up sniff test the aroma didn’t change. On sipping the tea it tasted like an everyday black tea with a very faint hint of a slightly artificial citrus flavour noted.

So would I recommend this earl grey tea? I’m afraid not I simply didn’t enjoy anything about this tea from its aroma through to its flavour. Sorry Tesco’s but this earl grey tea just wasn’t for me.

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Review of Tesco’s apple & cinnamon infusion tea

I’ve been trying really hard lately to reduce my caffeine intake. This is proving quiet difficult as I do like a nice cup of tea. I am constantly on the look out for new fruit and herbal teas that are caffeine free to try. Whilst shopping in Tesco’s I accidentally found myself in the tea aisle and I was immediately drawn to this apple & cinnamon infusion. I loved the simple green packaging with its quirky pictures of what look like flowers. I’m guessing that these were meant to represent the apples and cinnamon.
The teabags are clearly labelled as being caffeine free on the front of the packaging. On checking the ingredients to the back I was a little surprised. They contained dried apple 45%, hibiscus, then cinnamon flavouring at 20%, chicory root and elderberry flavouring. I naively thought it would just be apple and cinnamon.
Inside the box I was greeted by a sealed foil packaging on opening this was there was a nice aroma of cinnamon. I have to confess to smelling inside the foil packaging several times as I love cinnamon and it was so inviting. Sadly, I was unable to smell the apple. This didn’t matter I just wanted to dive right in and make my cup of tea. I placed my teabag in my tea cup added the hot water and waited for the tea to infuse. The instructions on the packaging recommend 3-5 minutes. To be honest I left my teabag in which would be within this time frame by the time I had finished the tea. The tea turned to a light green / red colour. What struck me immediately was the lack of aroma it had simply disappeared even on my close up sniff test. Definitely no apple or cinnamon noted, in fact nothing really. Onto the taste what can I say it was bland and simply lacked any flavour. A big disappointment and let down considering the initial excitement I got from the aroma on opening the foil packaging.
So would I recommend this apple & cinnamon infusion tea definitely not. It simply lacked any aroma or flavour. It was almost as if an essence of cinnamon had been added to the foil packaging once the teabags and been placed inside because it just disappeared. I had hoped for a refreshing fruit tea and this simply wasn’t the case. Sorry Tesco’s but this tea just was not for me. Time to find some other fruit teas to try.

Review of Tesco’s Redbush Tea

Well whilst we we’re away on our family holiday at Easter I took the opportunity to try everyone’s teas. Now I was the only person that always has their tea milk free due to my dairy and lactose free diet. That said it is not uncommon for my mum to drink her teas without milk. Like me my mum likes to try decaffeinated teas, including the fruit and herbal varities. One of my mums favourite teas is rooibos tea. In fact she has it most days, especially when at work. Whilst away in our hols mum’s tea came courtesy of Tesco’s. I loved the packaging a terracotta coloured box with simple tribal style designs on it.
So I boiled the keetle put the teabag in the mug and awaited for it to infuse with the hot water. I did the same as my mum which is to leave it a few minutes to brew, but then removed the teabag. I got a feint aroma of a typical rooibos tea, which I find hard to personally describe. Maybe of a slightly malty quality. I have looked at other reviews and they suggest the same. The tea itself made the water go a medium brown / orange colour. On sipping the tea, I could clearly taste the rooibos’s flavour. To me this is an acquired taste which develops over time. I now enjoy this flavour. If I am honest the tea tasted just like other brand of rooibos tea I have tried. I look at this as a good thing, because it means it’s easily available. So thank you Tesco’s for producing a nice rooibos tea. So if you wish to try a milk free tea, why not give this a try.