“ Brand: Clipper Teas / Type: Decaffeinated Tea / Type: Green Tea „
Last year I used to write lots of reviews on green tea, as I'd not long discovered it and its supposedly fantastic health benefits. I haven't written any in a while, but mainly as I've been directing my attention towards other things, not because I've stopped drinking it. Although I do like the taste of green tea, I've found that the flavoured varieties are somewhat nicer and so I tend to drink them much more often than pure green tea. Since I've recently been having some difficulties in sleeping (waking up at 3pm then not being able to sleep until 6am the following morning), however, I decided that maybe it would be a good idea to try a decaffeinated version of this tea may be a good idea, as drinking 4-5 caffeinated drinks a day was probably contributing to my bad sleep patterns. Unfortunately there were no decaffeinated flavoured green teas available, so it is this box of decaffeinated pure green tea which I am reviewing for you today.
This decaf tea tastes pretty much exactly the same as regular green tea does. If you haven't tried green tea before and don't know what that's like, then I suggest that you go out and try it! The taste is similar to that of traditional tea, but somewhat lighter with some differences in taste. Since it's meant to be drunk without milk or sugar, you'll probably be more of a fan of green tea if you're used to having tea without anything added to it, but I'm sure that most people will like it once they're accustomed to the taste. It's nice to be able to have the same tea that I enjoy on a daily basis in the evening without it keeping me up all night, so decaffeinated green tea is definitely a great drink for me to have.
The reason why I drink so much green tea is that it is meant to be one of the best things that you can drink to improve your health. Science was never my strong point, and you never know which sources you can trust, but from looking around on the internet I've gathered that green tea contains very high levels of antioxidants which help protect your body against damage by free radicals. Green tea apparently contains more antioxidants than any other type of tea and so is the best way to get them into your system. There was also an article in The Independent a couple of years ago about how green tea can help with weight loss, although since you'd have to drink 5-6 cups a day to burn an extra 100 calories or so it's not a massive aid to dieting. Still, if it's true, that's the equivalent calorie expenditure of walking a mile extra per day, so it's better than nothing if you're trying to lose weight. Caffeinated drinks such as coffee, fizzy drinks and tea are also meant to have an adverse effect on your skin and general health, so having some decaffeinated green tea on a daily basis should help to combat the effects of other beverages you consume throughout the day.
In conclusion, I am glad that I discovered this decaffeinated version of my favourite drink, as now I can keep drinking green tea all day long without worrying how it will affect my ability to sleep at night. The taste is the same as that of pure green tea, and is pleasant to drink, but not as nice as some of the flavoured versions can be. I would recommend this drink to all of you for its health benefits, and would especially recommend it to those of you who need a decaf drink to enjoy before bed.
I have always enjoyed drinking tea and a few years ago read about the health benefits of green tea. It is antibacterial and antiviral and contains anti-oxidants which may help to protect you against cancers. Lowers the bad LDL cholesterol and blood pressure associated with heart disease. Helps control blood sugar levels associated with diabetes, and even help prevent the formation of plaque on your teeth.
Green tea is apparently just the same plant as black tea but they differ in the fact black tea goes through a process of fermentation.
The tea is normally taken without milk, and I have read that this is also the best way to get its full health benefits. The colour is rather like a weak black tea and the taste is fresher and less bitter than black. Although less bitter, I still found it an acquired taste until I added a slice of lemon which bizarrely enough seemed to neutralize the bitterness and turned it into a drink I now actually chose to drink healthy or not.
Last year I found that drinking too much caffeine was keeping me awake at night so I switched to decaff but couldn't find a similar green tea so stopped drinking it very often. I was pleased to see Clipper decaffeinated green tea on the shelves in my supermarket a few months back filling that gap in the market.
Clipper is a good quality brand with the added benefit of being fair trade which means the workers will be getting a fair price for the tea they sell the company. The pack contains 25 bags made from unbleached paper (not something I think about but I guess that's got to be a good feature). The tea is decaffeinated down to 0.2% which is pretty low.
When I bought my tea I think it must have been an introductory offer because it was half price and I bought about 20 boxes, but the price now is between £1.50 and £1.90.
The pack states that to "make a perfect cup of tea, you should use fresh boiled water leave to cool for a minute before pouring on to the bag and then infuse for 1-3 minutes." I have heard that leaving the boiling water to cool slightly before using helps to prevent antioxidants from being destroyed so this may be why they suggest this.
To sum up, this is a nice tasting (with lemon) refreshing decaf drink with added health benefits from a premium brand thats also ethicaly sourced.