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I've really come to love the Clipper range of teas, if only because their bright colourful packets are lovely to open the cupboard to, especially on dreary mornings!
First and foremost their teas are both organic and fair trade. As a person who drinks copious cuppers and also cares about where my food and drink are sourced, it makes me happy to be aware of this. Their tea bags are also - as far as I'm aware- not bleached, and all their packaging recyclable.
As for taste, I find the tea delicious, but then, I find most tea delicious! However, that gained in taste and quality is certainly balanced by a greater loss of pennies!
The boxes come in two sizes of 225g (80 teabags) or 500g (160 teabags). I drink a range of different teas from herbals to ordinary so the box has probably lasted me longer due to that, but despite the extra choice I can say I've found it to be good value nonetheless for what you're getting. Definitely recommend :)
Clipper Everyday Organic Tea
I normally buy Clipper speciality teas for during work and evenings in and try to drink a range of everyday tea bags for general use and to give to guests. Clipper is a brand that I have had many times before both at home and at friends' houses.
The tea bags come in a nice Clipper cardboard box that is both sturdy and looks good to the eye. The Everyday Tea range is a light green/lime coloured box with a sketched teapot and cup and saucer. Coming out of the pot and cup are cute little tea leaves and the statement 'I'm an award winning tea'. I like the Clipper boxes of tea; they look attractive and have nice designs to them.
The tea bags themselves are square shaped and linked in two's, which you pull apart. They have nice dark mixed black tea leaves inside that have been ground up and smell lovely, fresh and earthy. To make this tea you simply place a bag into a tea cup and add freshly boiled water. Leave the tea to brew for a couple of minutes and then remove the bag. I add a dash of milk to my tea so that it doesn't overpower or weaken the taste of the tea.
This gives off a nice dark coppery look to your tea. It is not the strongest tasting, but has a nice smooth and delicate balanced taste to it. I find this tea very easy drinking and could drink cup after cup as it doesn't dry your throat or feel grainy in the slightest. It is a lovely well rounded cuppa.
Clipper state that this is the UK's Number 1 organic tea, which surprises me somewhat, considering that it is quite expensive, though I suspect the organic range is quite limited in supermarkets. Going on taste however I can totally agree with this statement as it does taste delicious.
40 Pack - £1.49
80 Pack - £2.55
150 Pack - £4.65
I have had Clipper's Everyday Tea many times and as much as it is very delicious and top of the range, it is more expensive than your standard tea bag, which puts me off buying it somewhat. When on special offers however and more competitively priced I will go for a box of these.
I am a self confessed tea addict! I usually drink Twinings Everyday and I like my tea strong, but not stewed. I gave Clipper a try, mostly drawn by the attractive packaging and ethical aspects of the product. The bags are unbleached, so don't have the perfect whiteness of most other tea bags and I can understand that some people might be taken aback by the this, but it has no bearing on the taste at all.
I found this to be a good quality, robust tea that didn't need an overly long time steeping in the cup to produce a nice dark colour. I added milk, which mixed nicely, and didn't leave the tea looking anaemic. The flavour was great. Bright and not too heavy - a perfect everyday blend. The only problem I encountered was how quickly the tea developed a bitter stewed taste when made in a teapot - I think it's definitely more suited to single cups.
Overall, i was very pleased with this tea, and alternate between Clipper and Twinings, depending on the price or what offers are on at the time. It can be quite pricey, and if you're not particularly fussy about your tea, then it might not be worth it. But if you appreciate a good cuppa with tons of flavour, then I definitely recommend it.
While I used to drink a lot of fruit and herbal tea, I have to say that I've not been bothered for them as much recently. It's not that I've gone off them, exactly, but more that I just can't be bothered with them as much any more. I mainly drink them when I'm dieting but since I've been stress eating and neglecting my weight over the last few months, I haven't found myself reaching for them as often as I normally do. I also practically never drink normal tea or coffee any more as I've been trying to have as little caffeine as possible.
However, I'm currently spending a few days back at home with my parents, who are big tea and coffee drinkers. We never drink either beverage with milk or sugar, so it's not overly unhealthy, and they often get through about six in total a day. Since they offer me one every time they make one for themselves, my tea and coffee consumption has risen quite significantly while I've been here. Since they don't have much of a herbal tea selection, I've found myself mainly drinking black tea, and specifically this Clipper Organic Everyday tea.
== Clipper ==
Clipper is a brand that I know well, as they do a wide range of herbal, fruit and green teas as well as the traditional varieties. I used to drink a lot of green tea up until a couple of years ago and had a vast collection of green teas and really liked a few made by Clipper. When I started drinking mainly herbal and fruit teas I therefore went for this brand, as I knew it to have good quality teas, and I also picked up a decaf black tea from them as well. By sheer coincidence, my parents' current black tea is also Clipper, and so this is what I've been drinking while I've been at home. Clipper is usually a bit more expensive than other brands, such as Twinings, but since they do lovely teas I've been happy to shell out a bit more for them when I fancy one.
== Clipper Organic Everyday Tea ==
I have to say that this is a lovely black tea. I've had quite a few cups over the past few days and really like the taste. It's certainly good quality and although tea doesn't vary as massively in quality as coffee does, for example, this one has a clean taste and you can tell that it isn't a cheap and nasty one. The fact that it's organic is also a bonus if you care about such things. You can buy this tea in much bigger boxes than Clipper herbal varieties, with boxes of 40, 80 or 160 bags being available. The biggest box is actually quite reasonably priced at £4.59 for 160 bags (on the Clipper website) while the same number of Clipper's chamomile tea bags would set you back over £8, for example. Smaller boxes cost relatively more per teabag, with 40 costing £1.49 and 80 being £2.45. Prices in supermarkets will obviously vary.
== Conclusion ==
This is a lovely tea and is one that I have enjoyed drinking over the past few days. It meets my expectations based on having enjoyed other teas in the Clipper range and it is clear that this is a good quality tea. If you like to have good quality tea and are willing to pay a bit more for it, especially if you drink it without milk or sugar and want a good tasting neat tea, then I recommend this. If you're happy with a cheaper tea or mask the taste with additions then you're probably not going to want to spend much more to get the quality of this tea. I'd say have a look at the prices and decide yourself whether you'd like to give this a go.
I received 10 free tea bags through the post from Clipper recently. As I love a freebie I was pleased to get these and have happily been trying them out for the last week.
The main selling points of this tea which are noted on the packet are that it is organic, natural and fair trade. It is also noted that the tea bags are unbleached which should be healthier and Clipper claim the tea is "delicious".
The bags are square in shape and come joined up in pairs, but are very easy to separate. Due to being unbleached, the tea bags are a more natural looking darker colour than many of the sterile looking pale tea bags I often see around.
I made cups of tea with the Clipper bags the same as I would with any tea. I tend to make cups of tea individually with a bag per cup rather than making a pot, as often I am only making one cup for myself. I use the water just off the boil and leave it to brew in the cup for about two minutes. I don't like my tea too strong and overpowering, but I don't like it weak either. I find the strength attained by two minutes of brewing the Clippers was very good. The tea looked a nice rich, fairly dark colour. Personally I add milk and no sugar, and find it produces a tasty cup of tea, with no added extras or any side taste or anything else of note really - just a standard cup of tea, but a good one!
You can buy a pack of 100 tea bags, 100g in total, for £3 from Asda. This makes them 3p per bag which I think is a very reasonable price for a cup of tea. It is cheaper than many of the flavoured Clipper teas which come in smaller packets with fewer tea bags and a higher cost per tea bag. There is no denying you can get cheaper tea than this if you go to the value products. However, I do think this is a lovely tea at a fair price if you don't have to watch every penny, and I would rather buy a natural and ethical, fair trade product like this if possible.
After using the sample I have been convinced and I would be happy to buy a full box.
I had seen these in the supermarkets but had never actually tried any because I was pretty fixed on my Twinings Everyday! However, when I saw you could receive ten free teabags I decided to give them a go - what did I have to lose?
I thought Clipper made lighters?
Clipper the tea company was started in 1984. They were the first tea brand in the UK which carried the fairtrade mark and their teas include all natural ingredients.
What varieties do I have?
Clipper sell a lot of varieties and these include:
Organic Earl Grey
Organic Redbush Infusion
Organic Loose Tea
Green with Lemon
Fairtrade Green with Lemon
Green with Strawberry
Green with Manuka Honey
Green with Peppermint
Organic White with Peppermint
Organic White with Raspberry
Organic White with Vanilla
Organic White with Orange
Fairtrade Organic English Breakfast
Fairtrade Organic Earl Grey
Fairtrade Organic Assam
After Dinner Mints
Rise and Shine
Snore and Peace
Organic Wild Berry Infusion
Organic Coconut and Orange Infusion
There are many more varieties than the ones I have listed here which surprised me as I had no idea that so many different kinds were available from Clipper!
Clipper also make coffee and chocolates. Here are a few of the coffees:
Fairtrade Wakey Wakey Roast and Ground Coffee
Fairtrade Daily Grind Roast and Ground Coffee
Fairtrade Anytime Decaf Roast and Ground Coffee
Again, there are many more options but I will let you discover these for yourself on their website www.clipper-teas.com if you are interested!
The variety I have are the Fairtrade Everyday Tea Bags.
The tea is sourced from East Africa, India and Sri Lanka.
Making the tea
I think most probably know how to make A cup of tea, however do you know how to make THE cup of tea?
When I was younger I always used to bung the bag in, give it a few prods with the spoon and then take it back out. However, I saw on tv (a wonderful source of information!) that you should leave it in the cup for several minutes in order to reap the benefits. I think they said optimum time was 7 or 9 minutes but for me thats too long to wait so I try to leave it around 3 minutes now, brewing in near boiling water with one spoon of sugar! I then add the milk when I take the bag out.
Appearance and Aroma
The tea looks absolutely gorgeous! It has the perfect colour - dark before milk is added and then a lovely beautiful light brown and creamy after the milk is added. It smells nice too and is very inviting, the smell is not overpowering but you can definitely smell it which makes you want to drink it.
The All Important Taste Test
As soon as I had my first mouthful of this tea I knew that it was one I would be buying again! It has a lovely taste which is so so smooth and not at all harsh. Some cheaper teas I find have a nasty tang to them which I hate and will not drink but this was not a problem with this Clipper tea, it had a lovely taste which really helped to quench my thirst.
Where can it be found?
Supermarkets do stock teas from the Clipper range however the varieties are limited and tend to just be the basic range.
However, you can also order the tea (and other products) online from www.clipper-teas.com where prices are very reasonable, for example 160 bags of Fairtrade Everyday are £3.72 (20% discount which is across a lot of their range currently), 20 bags of Snore and Peace are just £1.59. I cannot find the delivery charge online however orders over £35 are delivered free - you may think its unlikely you would spend this much but if you know you like it a bulk order would be good or even as small gifts for friends and family as there are so many different options available and you could give them a real personal, thought out present eg. for those who have trouble sleeping try Snore and Peace (I definitely will be trying this one!)
Why should I buy this instead of my normal tea?
The great thing about Clipper teas is that it is all Fairtrade. Therefore, you can grab a box in the supermarket knowing you are supporting a good cause without needing to read the back of the box.
Another advantage is that there are so many different flavours to choose from so there is bound to be something for everyone.
In addition to this, I really like the packaging, it is fun, colourful and interesting and I wouldnt be at all embarrased to have the box sat next to my kettle.
But most importantly you should buy this because it is delicious. It is an extremely high quality tea with a lovely smooth flavour and it is available at a reasonable price.
A gorgeous tea which will be a regular on my shopping list for the forseeable future!
I was surprised to find a small box of 10 tea bags as a free sample from Clipper tucked in amongst my Tesco online delivery.
I usually drink Tetleys tea but I decided to give them a go as they were free. I found that the bag needs to be left it for a good two minutes to get any flavour out of it.
The box is very attractive and looks earthy and recycled, it had an orange front with a picture of a tea pot and the Clipper logo. The cardboard also felt very nice compared to the shiny box you usually get. The tea is organic and so the whole company has that looka about it. Its also fairtrade and so the tea farmers get paid a fair price for their leaves.
The tea bags were quite large and came in twos so you have to split them up before putting in your cup. They are 'unbleached' I didnt realise that tea bags were but that means that they are yellow in colour. They dont look that nice but dont let it fool you.
The taste of the tea that the bag made is quite light, it wasnt at all as strong as something like yorkshire tea but wasnt so weak you couldnt taste anything. In a weird way it also felt quite healthy and maybe that was the no bleach.
I drank it all for breakfast mixed with soya milk and I am now converted. The packet also came with a 50p off voucher and the chance to win a mug. I didnt win a mug but I will buy the tea with the voucher as it is so delicious.
If you buy this tea I think it is around £2 for a small box.
I first discovered Clipper tea when I noticed both their fairtrade tea and organic tea on the supermarket shelves in attractive metal tins. I must admit I bought it mainly for the handy looking tin and chose the organic everyday tea. The tin contained a cellophane wrapped box of tea and inside that a money off voucher for next purchase. I just thought at first this was a good bargain! It was in fact clever marketing and it worked on me, I have been buying Clipper organic tea ever since.
I love the packaging designs of Clipper teas, appropriately a box of organic everyday is an olive green colour, it is decorated on the front with a cream teapot and tea leaves. The cardboard used for all Clipper tea is sourced from sustained forests and is 100% biodegradable. All our used boxes go to the garden compost bin.
When you open a box of tea the smell is really fresh and natural. Inside, rectangular unbleached teabags are in groups of two joined together. They are easy to separate and when popped into a mug with boiling hot water they immediately infuse, only a few moments of stirring are needed otherwise the tea can become quite strong and lose its 'fresh' taste.
As far as I'm concerned this tea tastes absolutely perfect. It has a quality taste to it, very clear and crisp. After drinking Clipper everyday organic I then went back to use the remainder of my previous brand of tea and quite honesty it tasted twangy and I wondered how on earth I had been drinking it for so long.
So although initially drawn by the useful tin, this tea is so good it's now the tea I purchase. I honestly can't find anything to fault with Clipper organic. It's a little expensive but I believe worth every penny. I can only think another phase of money off vouchers would go down well (excuse the pun).
For excellent tasting organic tea I recommend it highly.
For those who are interested or haven't done so already, a free sample box can be obtained from the Clipper website by submitting your details and becoming a 'tea taster'.
Thank you for reading my review x
© Lunaria 2012
Someone told me about Clipper Tea - never had it! So I went online and ordered myself a free sample and it dropped through my letterbox this morning, superb! I am now a Tea Taster (I could think of worse jobs)!
I was greeted by instructions of how to make the perfect cup of tea, so armed with my kettle with fresh water, I poured the still boiling water over the bag and waited for 3 minutes! I was informed 2-4, so thought 3 should sit comfortably. Well, with my generous splash of milk (semi-skimmed), I sat down to enjoy a really lovely, fresh cup of tea! Very enjoyable indeed! It is full bodied without being overwhelming, I am not a builders tea kind of woman! I prefer flavour over strength, so usually I stir my teabag around for 30 seconds then get rid of it. I am pleased I followed their instructions though, as my relaxing cuppa may not have been so successful! Watching it brew, I expected the bag to float on top - not doing much. I usually buy the pyramid bags, as I believed the tea would brew more successfully without the harsh interruption of a teaspoon, but I must say, this wasn't the case. The bag in the water, remained rather plump, the tea infused throughout the water and only a little stir was required when I added the milk. A big bonus is that there was no tea leaf leakage when I got to the bottom of my cup, something I can't stand!!
Now, a couple of points about the tea itself... the bags are square, and come joined as pairs (don't want lonely tea do we), although I am always concerned that I may rip the bag when separating them. Also, they are a coloured bag, as they are un-bleached! I like this and am now quite concerned about other tea bags - why do you need to bleach them?? According to Clipper the tea comes from Africa, India and Sri Lanka, good tea making countries, shame about the carbon footprint, but with good tea, that is a little tricky to avoid, but as they are a fairtrade company and the tea is organic, who can really complain!
Value wise, you are looking at a little more than other everyday brands, but this is a quality organic tea, so you would expect to really. Currently a box of 80 is priced at around £2.50. I got a voucher with my free sample, so I have been and bought myself a box of 80. The packaging is easy to spot as it is green with a white teapot on it, looks rather funky actually!
I really did enjoy this tea and suggest a free sample is the way forward so you can brew your own opinion. Just go to the Clipper website!
After reading a few reviews about tea on dooyoo I found out about the clipper tasters club. I immediatly signed up online. About two weeks later I recieved a pack of 10 Clipper Green Teabags and a pack of 10 Clipper everday tea bags.
The small packages tell you how too make the perfect cup of fairtrade tea.
The tea bags come as two stuck together with perferated edges that you have to rip apart. This I find a bit annoying as if your in a rush the tea bags can easily split. The first thing I noticed was the colour of the tea bag. They are slightly brown as they are unbleached. I never realised before that tea bags came bleached and I find that a bit disturbing.What is the point. So I found this a really good feature.
So I boiled my kettle poured the water over the tea bag and waited , and waited. It does say on the packet to let the tea infuse in the water for 1-3 minutes. I wouldn't mind if it was a herbal tea but with normal I am used to waiting 30 seconds and having a good strength brew. So I left it expecting it to get stronger. However it did not get strong. Personally I like tea strong and to have a kick. This one I would say is medium strength. For this reason I felt it was more natural and I seemed to take my time relaxing and enjoying its light refreshing flavour.
It does taste exactly like everyday normal tea which I was happy about.
I really wanted to enjoy this tea for all its fairtrade natural qualities , and the fact they are not bleached. But I like my tea stronger and to wake me up of a morning. A nice relaxing alternative. Can't wait to try my Green tea now.
I'm a big tea drinker - sometimes drinking up to 8 cups a day . Normally I just buy a supermarket own brand, but occasionally I like to spread my wings and try something a little new and adventurous .
I actually first tried this particular tea thanks to a free sample I recieved for signing up on the clipper website (I'll include the link at the end of this review .) I was expecting one or two bags to try, but they rather generously sent me 20 - certainly enough for me to have an idea of the quality of the product once I'd drunk them .
I would assume that these are sold in a box in the supermarket, however mine came in a little pouch - much the same in design as in the photo above . This tea is their everyday organic tea - they also have an everyday fairtrade tea . I'm really not sure why I can't have a tea that is both fairtrade and organic - I'm not a massive eco shopper, and I'm not too fussed about organic this and that, but it does seem odd to me that someone would prefer to buy an organic tea rather than one where the workers were paid and treated fairly .
Still, these were free, so I mustn't complain . Slipping one of the bags (which seemed strongly made, and were a standard rectangular shape) intgo a mug and pouring on some just boiled water, I noticed that the water took on a nice rich tea colour very quickly - much quicker than the tea I normally use . Adding a little milk to taste, I took a sip, and I must say I thought the quality was really very good - a nice clean tea flavour , well brewed and fully developed in minutes .
There is no arguing that this is good quality tea - and yes, like most good quality products it is that little bit more expensive, with 80 bags of this costing around 2.40 in my local shop . Still, I do think it is significantly better than the supermarker brand I normally use, and thanks to clipper including a money off voucher in my free sample, I have since purchased a pack .
Highly recommended tea - for your own free sample visit http://www.clipper-teas.com
A little about 'Clipper'....
The history of 'Clipper' does not go back quite so far as some other tea companies, having been founded in 1984. Despite being relative 'newcomers' Clipper have brought some new features to the tea consumer, for example, they introduced the first 'Fairtrade' tea to Britain in 1994 and also introduced green teas to UK supermarkets. They now sell teas which are obtained by methods which meet Fairtrade standards and also reach the standards required to achieve GB Organic Certification 5 (in other words, certified by the Soil Association). Clipper explain their commitment to the conditions of workers around the world in their statement "We only work with producers who strive to improve standards of welfare for the workers and their families". The company sell teas and coffees along with a range of fruit/herbal teas and hot chocolate.
The "Everyday" Tea...
It is a black tea, meaning that the leaves have been fully 'fermented' (or oxidised) prior to being dried. (There was a time, not so very long ago, when I thought that "black tea" just meant you hadn't put any milk in it - but you live and learn!) I can find no information as to which varieties of tea are put together to make this blend but I have a suspicion there is some Assam going on in there judging by the colour and flavour (more on that later). What we are told by Clipper is that it contains teas from India and Sri Lanka and that this blend is "full bodied and refreshing". "Everyday" is available in Fairtrade, Organic and Organic Decaffeinated versions. The tea I tried was the Everyday Organic blend.
How to spy it on the supermarket shelf....
The front face of the box carries a depiction of a white teapot set against a solid mid-green background. The name "Clipper" appears in white upper case lettering positioned vertically along the left edge of the box face and the Soil Association logo is printed in the bottom right hand corner. The information "40/80/160 bags of our organic everday tea" is printed in black upper case lettering against the white background of the 'teapot'.
Do the instructions matter?
The instructions "How to make a perfect cup of tea" are printed on the box. I was ready to dismiss this, thinking along the lines of grandmas and egg-sucking. However, I decided that in fairness to the company I might at least on one occasion make the tea in the manner they suggest in order to achieve the best flavour. They instruct that fresh water should be poured over the tea bag "while it's still boiling". Reasonable advice. Although green tea should be brewed with water at 85°C to avoid bitterness and white tea at 60 - 70 °C, black tea really does need 100°C to reach its full flavour potential. The next instruction is to "allow (the tea) to brew for 2 - 4 minutes". I split the difference and left it for three.
The teabags.....and the tea.....
The teabags are made with unbleached paper so you will not see the whiteness of some other brands but rather a pale beige/brown shade. Now I don't want to get all "Jilly Goolden" here but I will try to describe the aromas. The smell of the teabags is fresh with a hint of sweetness, almost like vanilla. There is also a smell of cut grass, not exactly newly cut, but definitely not a smell of older grass or hay. When the tea has been brewed, the scent is quite 'grassy'. The appearance of the tea is bright and clear and the colour is a fairly dark reddish brown - chestnut I suppose I would call it - and there is just a hint of gold. The flavour is, again, very slightly 'grassy' and slightly 'toasty'. There is a moderate strength to the tea and some depth of flavour and just enough tannin to give a refreshing sharpness without being mouth-puckering. I prefer my tea with milk so I added a little and then assessed the flavour again. The tea became a deep golden colour, almost like caramel and tasted (and felt) very smooth, rounded, medium in strength and had an almost 'creamy' texture. I did think that it was just slightly lacking in body though and that there was little lingering aftertaste. I noticed a slight dryness in my mouth, as you would expect from the tannin but no real longer lasting flavour. I thought, however, that the claim the tea is "refreshing" was accurate. Having sipped and slurped sufficiently, I sat back and really quite enjoyed drinking the remainder of the tea.
The bottom line.....
This tea is available to buy from Clipper's own website where it sells for £1.49 for 40 teabags, £2.45 for 80 and £4.65 for 160. It is also available in supermarkets and at the moment it is priced at £2.29 for 80 bags in both Sainsbury's and Waitrose.
To contact Clipper for further information and to request tea samples, use their website: www.clipper-teas.com
Alternatively, you can write to them or telephone:
Tel: +44 (0) 1308 863344
You will see that I have scored this tea as 5/5 for its product rating. This is down to the quality of the tea. I also think that the price, though clearly not in the budget category, is quite competitive with similar blends and I might even have expected it to be higher priced given its 'organic' credentials. Clipper certainly seem to be doing good things in terms of introducing new teas and other lines to the British market, they assure that they are committed to producing quality products and they actively pursue good working conditions for the tea workers and their families. How could I not recommend such a company?
I regret to report, however, that this blend is not going to be pencilled into my list of must-have favourites. It is a very pleasant and refreshing tea and I would be happy to drink it anytime.....it just doesn't have the edge on my personal favourite (and very likely its nearest market competitor.) Clipper offer customers the opportunity to try samples of their tea and I would strongly recommend that you take them up on this, do a taste test and draw your own conclusions!
Brand: Clipper / / Type: Tea Bags