I have a large collection of herbal and fruit teas from various health kicks I have done in the past. One of them is this Asda''s Chosen by you lemon infusion tea. These come in a small cardboard box, similar to most herbal teas, and indeed most teas. A look at the ingredients on the box shows that these only contain one percent of lemon peel, the rest of the ingredients is made up of apple pomace, orange peel, natural flavourings, citric acid, apples, rose hips and sweet blackberry leaves. I can not help feeling they have bulked out the tea with cheaper ingredients, and as such they are not as good for me as the name "lemon infusion" suggests. The instructions on the box tell you to leave the tea bag in the hot water for three minutes, or five minutes for a stronger taste. Once brewed the taste of these lemon tea bags is surprisingly strong, with a lemony taste. It is quite a sharp taste which wasn''t entirely pleasant, but it is ok. The tea also has quite a strong lemony smell, but I am guessing that this is from the natural flavourings rather than the one percent lemon peel. So would I recommend these? Well at only around 79 pence for twenty tea bags these are quite cheap for lemon tea bags, but I can not help feeling that this is because the quality just is not there, so I do not think I will be buying these again, although they are ok for a cheap lemon tea.
Fruit and herbal teabags have been a choice of mine to drink for many years now. It gives my body alittle break from the caffeine hit I have when drinking coffee, and I like the fact I can drink something that normally quenches my thirst but not through boring cold water. I have had these lemon tea bags floating in my cupboard for awhile. And since my loved peppermint tea is finished, grabbed this for a replacement.
What does the packaging look like?
The packaging my teabags are in is more up to date than the one you see in the picture, as it has at the top ' Asda Chosen by you ' on it.The colouring is still pretty much the same, ornage and yellow, and still has a picture of a lemon on the front.
Another difference is the title. On my box it says ' NATURALLY CAFFEINE FREE LEMON vibrant and refreshing 20 TEA BAGS.
The packaging itself is a simple cardboard box. You open by pulling a small flap and then lift.The teabags arent protected/covered in any other material eg foil, just simply in the box.
How do you make this lemon tea?
Place a teabag in a mug and pour freshly boiled water into it.Stir and leave bag to rise to the surface. Leave for 3 minutes or for stronger taste leave for 5 minutes. Stir and remove bag.
What do I think?
Not impressed. Firstly, I hate the way you have to open the box. Getting into it is fine, but then you cant close it securely enough, so not the most hygenic or practical way to store the teabags. If this was your tea of choice, you would probably have to buy a container to put the bags in.
The taste is poor. If I buy something that says ' lemon' on it, thats what I want to taste. Theres definitely a hint of citrus in there, but its faint and doesnt taste very natural to me.Definitely does not scream lemon. The taste is very mild, and considering I dont add any sugar or honey to my herbal drinks, its very bland and doesnt have much flavour. When I looked at the box and read the ingredients, it now made things seem so much clearer why I wasnt get the lemon taste sensation I was anticipating:
Ingredients-Apple Pomace, Orange Peel, Flavouring, Citric Acid, Apples, Rosehips, Sweet Blackberry leaves, Lemon Peel 1.0%
So the only part of the drink that is lemon is actually lemon peel, the very last ingredient and is only 1%? I actually feel really cheated. I dont think it should even have the word LEMON on front of the box.
Would I buy this again?Nope. At a cost of 74p per box, I'll buy some fresh lemons, squeeze into a mug and add the water myself!
I must admit I'm not a huge fan of flavoured teas, and am usually more than satisfied with PG Tips or Tetley, however I do like lemon tea occasionally, so decided to try the lemon fruit infusions tea bags from ASDA.
The teabags come in a yellow cardboard box, and as soon as I opened the cellophane, I was instantly hit with a strong, yet fresh lemon smell. The box opens from the side and the tea bags are all neatly stacked together inside. You get 20 tea bags in a box, which doesn't seem a lot to me, but as someone who doesn't buy these sorts of teas regularly, I'm not sure if perhaps that's the norm? The bags are joined together in pairs, and easily tear down the middle.
Making the tea up is simple. You just need to put the bag in a cup, pour on water and leave for 1 minute. If you like a stronger taste you can leave as long as three minutes, but I find one minute is enough to get a good flavour. You don't add milk to these teas (or at least I wouldn't) but you can add a bit of honey - this would be especially great if you were suffering from a sore throat.
The made up tea is a sort of murky yellow colour and doesn't look particularly appetising, but it does smell amazing. It has a sharp citrussy lemon smell, which is very inviting and actually just the smell of it is very uplifting. It's a bit like when you use a lemon shower gel, the smell is just so zingy it wakes you up and lifts your mood - although I'm sure this tastes better than any shower gel would!
Now speaking of taste, I wasn't entirely sure what to expect from this. The only lemon tea I've had in the past has been Lift, which comes in the form of granules, and I wasn't sure if this would taste the same or not. In actual fact it tasted better. The flavour tastes a lot less artificial than Lift does - it's simply a light, fresh taste, and very zingy.
If you don't like sharp or citrussy tastes, I would say this is one to avoid as being lemon, it does have that sharpness to the flavour. Saying that, it's not so sharp it's undrinkable, quite the opposite, this is actually a very refreshing tea and quenches your thirst and feels light to drink - I don't get that heavy, sluggish sort of feeling I do after drinking a standard tea.
Another big plus point for me about these tea bags, is that they are naturally caffeine free. I have been trying my best to avoid caffeine (except in chocolate, because that would just be asking too much!) because it plays havoc with my skin and also seems to give me headaches if I drink too much.
As well as no caffeine there are also no artificial colours or flavourings in this. Lemon tea is also often recommended when detoxing as it is thought to have properties that will cleanse the system, and as mentioned earlier is also good for sore throats because it is a natural anti-septic
A box of 20 tea bags costs 65p from ASDA but they are on an offer (which according to the website lasts until the end of 2009) of 2 for £1 and this includes all varieties of ASDA fruit teas.
Overall I am very impressed with this tea. It tastes great, is very refreshing, and is a way of having a nice hot drink without actually consuming caffeine. Recommended!
Brand: Asda / / Type: Fruit Tea