Review of Tesco’s Finest Chai Tea

As a tea blogger I am on the constant look out for new teas to try. I have tried a few chai teas but tend to have these in the colder months as I associate the aroma and flavour with Christmas. As the nights are now drawing in and autumn has well and truly arrived I decided to find some new chai teas to try. As I was picking up a few essentials in Tesco’s I saw a packet of their finest chai tea so decided to give it a try.

Onto the packaging I liked the design of the packaging with the red, white and yellow symmetrical patterns against the black background. It certainly caught my attention. Onto the ingredients black tea, ginger root (10%), cinnamon (8%), Ginger (7%), cloves (2%), cardamom (2%) and allspice (2%) are listed. No allergens are highlighted and there is a no may contain warning.

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 packet I got a delightful aroma of cinnamon intermingled with all spice. I was unable to smell each of the other individual elements to this tea but combined they complimented the cinnamon and the allspice. The aroma of this tea did not change on my close up sniff test. However, on smelling an individual teabag it weakened but was still present.

I placed the teabag in my teacup and added freshly boiled water. The teabag soon infused with the hot water and it changed a medium brown colour. I let the tea infuse for 4 minutes as I have my tea medium weak and milk free. I was soon hit with the aroma that I associate with a nice chai tea. The aroma from the black tea was slightly overtaken by the cinnamon and the allspice. There were faint undertones of the other flavourings but I was unable to distinguish these individually. The aroma slightly intensified on my close up sniff test with a hint of cloves and ginger noted. On sipping the tea it tasted like a nice every day black tea with definite undertones of the cinnamon and ginger, clove and all spice noted. If I am honest I struggled to taste the cardamom but this didn’t really matter. The aroma and flavour of this tea just reminded me of Christmas.

So would I recommend this chai tea? Yes I would. Its aroma and flavour make for a nice everyday chai tea that it is perfect for the colder weather. So thank you Tesco’s for producing a nice every day chai tea that I can enjoy.

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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 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.