“ Brand: Asda / Type: Leaf Tea „
I love cups of tea. I drink tea far more than anything else. For many years I have only really made tea and had tea made in a mug with a teabag and its only in more recent times I had a cuppa at someone else's home who used leaves and although I saw the mess that was created I opted to make the change myself and that's why recently I purchased this loose leaf tea in Asda costing 94p a box.
Blue box which opens at the top to reveal that the leaves are in a white bag to keep them fresh. On two sides of the box there are pictures of cups and saucers and I am told that it is Asda Loose Leaf Tea 'A blend of specially selected teas for a smooth rounded flavour'. Other information on the sides of the box includes being told a bit about the product and how to prepare it, how to store tea, the size is stated (which in this case is 250g) and contact details for Asda are stated. Nice enough box and of course it is informative as it needs to be.
A Bit About The Product According To The Information Listed On The Box:
The latest research has shown that drinking your cuppa can help you maintain your health as part of a healthy lifestyle. The antioxidants found in a cup of tea mean that you need never feel guilty about reaching for the teapot!
Tea without milk has no calories.
The average cup of tea contains less than half the level of caffeine than coffee.
Green and black tea are from the same plant, Camellia Sinensis, and contain similar amounts of antioxidants and caffeine.
Tea is a natural source of beneficial antioxidants. These antioxidants, commonly found in tea, fruit and vegetables, can form an important part of a healthy diet.
How To Prepare The Tea:
In A Teapot:
Place one teaspoon of the tea per person and one for the pot in a warmed teapot. Pour on freshly boiled water and stir. Leave for 1-3 minutes depending on strength required then pour and serve. Add milk/sugar to taste.
Me Using The Leaves:
Basically when you start to use these leaves, if your unfamiliar with using them (as I was) its all about trial and error. Sure you can pop in a teaspoon for very cup you want but then how much water do you need?, what strength do you like it at?..... etc but believe me it doesn't take long to get to grips with leaves!
I always warm the pot with boiling water first and then add as many teaspoons as required. The leaves are a very dark brown in colour, very hard and small (like tree bark lol) and really smell of tea as you would expect them to. I give it all a stir in the pot and leave it for a few minutes to brew which in my case as I really do like strong 'stand your spoon in it builder's tea' and then slowly pour it through a tea strainer.
Now a word to the wise here. Spend out and get a decent tea strainer. The cheap plastic one I started off with let the leaves go to the bottom of my cup and I ended up eating them! It was gross. This is a small leaved tea so if you use a good strainer you won't lose the leaves through it.
This makes a rich, deep and really natural tasting rustic tea and I love it. I love being able to make it as strong or as weak as desired. However it it is a messy process with leaves getting everywhere when it comes to washing up but for me thats all part of the process and I am much more of a fan of loose tea now then I ever was of teabags! A great, rich tea from Asda this one and I purchase it every week!
Only available in Asda stores.
Brand: ASDA / / Type: Leaf Tea