Review of Twinings Salted Caramel 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. Yet for some unknown reason I tend to drink very little green tea. This is strange as it is a great tea to be enjoyed milk free so it is therefore perfect for dairy free me. I have tried a couple of brands of green tea of varying qualities. So when a friend kindly gave me a couple of packets of Twinings salted caramel green tea to try I couldn’t wait to open a packet.

I liked the design of the packaging with this tea. It is light green with a picture of what I would describe as a slightly exploding cupcake. This is surrounded by pieces of salted caramel. Onto the ingredients well there are sadly none in the back of the packet. So I had to check on the Twinings website. Green tea and natural flavouring (7%) are listed. I personally wish that the details of the flavouring was more detailed. There are there no allergens highlighted or any may contain warnings listed.


On opening the packet I was greeted by a sweet caramel aroma that was slightly artificial yet tempting. There was no grassy aroma that I associate with green tea. I was hoping for a slightly grassy meadow aroma intermingled with a hint of sweet caramel. This didn’t change on my famous close up sniff test. 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 green colour. The aroma of the sweet caramel intensified and I struggled to smell the grassy aroma that I associate with green tea. This remained the same, even on my close up sniff test. I couldn’t wait to try this tea. On sipping the tea I could definitely taste the sweet caramel which was the predominant flavour with delicate grassy undertones noted. That said it still tasted like a nice light green tea with the bonus of added sweet salted caramel. This made a pleasant change to other green teas that I have tried. It was nice to experience a lighter green tea with a very sweet kick. It was a nice light refreshing tea. I have to admit to being pleasantly surprised by this tea. It is a great way to resolve those sweet cravings without all of the calories.

So would I recommend this green tea, yes definitely. I liked the sweet aroma and flavour of this tea. It was a light refreshing green tea with a very sweet twist. So if you fancy a milk free tea, why not give this green tea a try. So thank Twinings for producing a refreshing yet sweet green tea.

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Flying Business class with British Airways and being dairy free

I was very lucky to fly business class with British Airways to start our American adventure. Now, I am lucky in that I have flown long haul on several occasions previously. Each time I dread the meal times as more often than not I can’t eat the food. It is not uncommon for me to be given gluten free instead of dairy free or contains milk. As a result I always assume that I can’t eat the food and take a large supply of goodies with me to eat on the plane. I checked the menu for a flight and none of the choices available were suitable as they all contained milk. I was a tad disappointed as I had secretly hoped that I wouldn’t have to order a special meal. So I pre ordered my meal not knowing what I would get. I made sure that I made the most if the business lounge having a large breakfast so that I wouldn’t be hungry on the flight. It didn’t take long for the meals to be served. Normally mine always comes before everyone else’s, not on this flight. It came at the same time. I didn’t expect much. I asked what it was and checked that it was indeed dairy free. It was and to my disappointment the crew didn’t know. The first course came which I assumed was my main meal, but no there was more to come. I greeted by chicken on a green purée with a side salad. It turned out to be a cold chicken breast on avocado. The texture from the chicken breast went well with the smoothness from the avocado. The salad was fresh and crispy, the oil dressing added the little extra. I was struggling and this was only the starter.
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Onto the main course. I think this was cod, although I could have been wrong. This was accompanied by picked vegetables which I think we’re carrots and fennel, a tomato and a green mash. I have no idea what the mash was. I really enjoyed the pickled vegetables as this mad a nice change. The fish was ok. It’s flavour was pretty non descript and it was slightly dry in textures as if it had been overdone. I’m afraid I didn’t like the green mash, what ever it was. It was smooth with intermittent lumps and I don’t think we’re meant to be there. I much preferred my starter and I’m afraid it just didn’t seem to compare to everyone else’s main meal.
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Onto to dessert I had high hopes for this. Please don’t let it be fruit. I always get fruit and this is not a pudding. I got a jelly with a few berries scattered in it. I had hoped for more but hey ho. The jelly was light and refreshing but l just couldn’t work out its flavour sadly. We then got our post meal tea or coffee. This was a bog standard stewed black tea for me. Where was the Twinings tea that I had read about? A real disappointment.
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The time soon arrived for afternoon tea. Everyone had finger sandwiches and scones with jam and cream. What would mine be? A pre packed tuna and mayonnaise roll with fruit kebabs. I know it’s not easy catering for food allergies / intolerances but it just didn’t compare. It’s not hard to source free from cakes instead of fruit. My roll was ok, it was dry with a reasonable filling and crumbled as I ate it. My fruit kebabs were nice but not the same a proper cake / scone. As for the tea I politely declined the bog standard tea and asked for mint which is what I got.
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In summary it is the best food that I have been offered on a plane. What I would suggest is that crew should know what the food is, so that you can enjoy the experience like everyone else. I personally like to know what I am going to eat. I would also like a proper dessert to enjoy not fruit or jelly. The Twinings tea on request is great for a tea addict like me. It should be openly offered like the alcoholic beverages you shouldn’t have to ask for it.

Review of Twinings Camomile Tea

My quest to reduce my caffeine intake is currently going well. I have been slowly working my through a variety of fruit and herbal teas. One tea that I try to now have on a daily basis is camomile. I have tried some great and some bland camomile teas. I have recently reviewed some Twinings teas so I thought it was about time I gave their camomile tea a proper try.
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I’m a sucker for packaging and personally like most of Twinings designs. I liked the calming pale blue colour with the floating flowers. As with all the teas in the fruit and herbal range each box contains 20 teabags. Now onto the tea itself it only contains camomile so no allergens highlighted and no may contain warning.
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On opening the packet I have to admit to being a tad disappointed. There was only a very faint grassy aroma coming from the teabags. On having a good old fashioned close up sniff there was a faint aroma didn’t intensify. I placed the teabag in my cup and added the hot water. It didn’t take long for the tea to infuse with the water resulting in a pale yellow colour. On infusing the tea produced a faint subtle grassy aroma that I associate with camomile tea. On sipping the tea it had a light mellow taste which was slightly grassy. It was light, and refreshing but not as strong as I had hoped. I found it to be slightly soothing on the stomach, but not so much as other brands I have tried. On having further cups of tea I left the teabag in my cup which helped the flavour intensify a little.
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So would I recommend this tea, as an everyday camomile tea when out and about yes, but if at home I’m afraid not. Overall I found this tea to be weaker in both flavour and aroma compared to other camomile teas that I have tried. It certainly wasn’t as nice as their earl grey or peppermint tea. That said I did enjoy it as a light easy palatable tea. I think I will continue to buy this caffeine free tea at the gym as an alternative to my beloved earl grey.

Oh no, no tea

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After an 8 hour journey down to the lovely St Ives all I could think about was catching up with friends and having a nice cup of tea. Our friends helped us unpack the car which was then parked in the designated space. I had safely packed a small collection of teabags just for me as an emergency if needed. The kettle was dutifully put on for me with a mug so that I could relax and enjoy a nice cuppa before going out. Disaster struck, my secret pack up of tea was nowhere to be found. I frantically emptied all of the bags which were rechecked but nothing. So instead I had a mug of hot water before heading out.

Once in town the plan was to have a few drinks before going out for a meal. My friends waited whilst I made a mad dash into the local co-op to get some tea. We were only in St Ives for a few days but this girl has to have her tea. I found the section straight away, luckily there was a good selection. I grabbed 2 boxes of Twinings one earl grey for me, english breakfast for everyone else and a pack of co-op’s own double mint fair trade tea to share.

We then went on to enjoy a few drinks in the local pubs before heading out for our meal. During this time I had my co-op carrier bag full of tea with me. After a lovely night out we arrived back at the house where I immediately put the kettle on. I emptied the carrier bag then enjoyed a nice cup of tea with my friends before retiring to bed.

Review of Twinings Plummy Earl Grey Flavoured Tea

I decided I needed to top up my ever increasing collection, and fancied something slightly different. Now earl grey tea has long been a favourite of mine, especially Twinings. I saw this online and decided to give it a try. You get a lovely purple themed plastic reseable bag in which you can see the contents inside. There is a small picture of a pyramid teabag on the front with the description of a light, floral tea, with rich, juicy plum and dash of anise. On the back of the packet it is described as being a bergamot and plum flavour black tea. The listed ingredients are black tea, star anise, bergamot and plum flavourings.
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It recommends letting the teabag brew for 3-5 minutes thereby allowing enough time for the plumb flavour to infuse with the rich dark tanginess of the star anise. It can be enjoyed with or without a splash of milk.
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On opening the packet I was immediately greeted by the aroma of bergamot but this was overtaken I felt by a slightly artificial aroma of the plum. I struggled to smell the anise element to the teabags. I placed a pyramid teabag in a mug as instructed with the hot water and left to infuse for 4 minutes. This was through personal choice as being dairy and lactose free, I have all my tea without milk and I felt that if I left to infuse for 5 minutes it may be too strong. On infusing with the hot water I noted an aroma which I felt was slightly sweet and artificial. I thought this was mainly from the plum element of the tea. On sipping the tea, the taste matched it’s aroma. I personally felt that the plum element had the predominant taste to the tea, followed by the bergamot, I struggled to taste the anise element. I was a little disappointed if I am honest. I was expecting an predominately earl grey flavoured tea with a hint of plum and anise mixed in. I love Twinings earl grey tea and always have a large cup or mug of this with a slice of lemon and leave the teabag in with the hot water. I thought maybe I had left this teabag in too long and this caused the overpowering elements of the plum both in taste and aroma. I tried it again this time leaving the pyramid to infuse with the hot water for 3 minutes. This personally worked better for me. I still experienced the same aroma but the taste of the plum was weaker and I felt I could taste the bergamot element better. I am afraid that I found these teabags or should I say pyramids a little to strong and artificial in both aroma and flavour for me. It’s great to have alternative versions of earl grey, but sorry Twinnings this one wasn’t for me. I personally feel that if like me you have your tea milk free Twinings regular earl grey is a better option.