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 Darjeeling Tea

Earl grey is one of my favourite teas I find it to be a light and refreshing tea that works really well milk free. So it’s perfect for dairy free me. That said I am always on the look out for new varieties of tea to try. Whilst shopping in Tesco recently I spotted that they sold Darjeeling teabags in their Finest range. It was marketed as a delicate tea with a mild strength rating of 1. This seemed to be the perfect tea to try milk free so I just had to give this tea a try.
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I really liked the design of the packaging and was drawn to the description of the tea being uniquely flavoured with hints of muscatel. I loved the instructions on how to make the tea, always warm the teapot first with boiling water. Everyone who makes me a cup of tea always knows that I must have my cup or mug warmed with hot water first. This tea seemed to be made just for me.
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On opening the box there was a sealed foil package with the wording Darjeeling. On opening the foil I was greeted by an aroma of a subtle faint aroma of an everyday black tea. I was expecting an aroma from the muscatel so I was a tad disappointed by this. That said I hoped that the weaker aroma would lead to a weaker tea. 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 left the teabag infuse with the hot water for the 4-5 minutes as instructed. 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’m afraid that it tasted like a weaker version of an everyday black tea. I was unable to taste the hints of muscatel.
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So would I recommend this Darjeeling tea. If I am honest probably not. It’s flavour and aroma don’t quiet match up to its description of having being uniquely flavoured with muscatel. It was however a light and refreshing tea. It might therefore be suited to those who like a weak everyday black tea. Sorry Tesco’s but this Darjeeling tea just wasn’t really to my liking.

Review of Tesco’s Peppermint Infusion Tea

I have recently undertaken a few visits to Tesco’s mainly to stock up on their free from treats. So I thought I should investigate their own brand teas and somehow a few packets accidentally jumped into my shopping basket. One of these packets was their peppermint infusion tea. I think I must have been drawn to the light green packaging with what I can only assume are pictures of mint leaves. There is also a cute picture of a little green tea cup with leaves on. Onto the ingredients 100% peppermint, perfect nothing added. It was looking promising.
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On opening the box there was the sealed foil packaging inside. On opening this there was what I would describe as a medium level aroma of peppermint being emitted. Again very promising. I just hoped it wasn’t going to be a tea where the aroma seemed to be added to the packaging at a later date and the tea lacked any flavour. On adding hot water to the tea bag it didn’t take to long for the tea to change to a light green / brown colour. The instructions recommend infusing the teabag for 3-5 minutes depending on personal taste. I let mine infuse for 5 minutes. There was a faint aroma of mint noted which was pleasant but I couldn’t distinguish this as peppermint. Sadly, the aroma seemed to stay in the foil packaging. On sipping the tea there was a faint undertone of mint but nothing spectacular. In fact this may sound very strange but it also seemed to taste slightly milky. I tried the tea a couple more times and left the teabag in my cup to continue infusing with the hot water. This led to a slightly stronger mint flavour but did not change its aroma.
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So would I recommend this tea probably not. Yes it is a cheaper mint tea but it seemed to lack any real aroma or flavour. I have had much nicer own branded supermarket mint teas. Sorry Tesco’s this tea just wasn’t for me.

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.
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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.
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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.
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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 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 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.
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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.