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Clipper Pure Green Tea
Size: 25 Tea Bags
Packaging: Cardboard box outer with foil style inner bag.
A few years ago I entered a competition to win a packet of every tea bag in the range of Clipper teas. I won! So I found myself the proud owner of a big box of tea bags! There were some I already use, had already tried and some I had never heard of or seen before (I wish I'd be a Dooyoo member then, as I think it was 50 different varieties)! Anyway, naturally, I gave some away, shared some and kept some. Prior to then I had tried pure green tea before although not Clipper. So having worked my way through the Green Tea with ... range , I was left with the Organic Green tea and Fairtrade Green tea. As you are expecting this review is about the Fairtrade Green Tea.
"A light, refreshing & clean-tasting green tea. A natural source of antioxidants.."
"Fair Trade Green Tea"
Instructions for Use:
"How to make a perfect cup of tea
This is how we do it: Always use fresh water. Boil and leave to cool for a mite before pouring over the tea bag. Allow to infuse for 1-3 minutes. The rest is up to you."
Clipper promote their products as "natural, fair & delicious"
Now prior to my luck, Clipper was a name on my radar, one of a few I would purchase and had learnt to look out for when seeking healthier options to black tea. I often bought Clipper Green Tea with Lemon, especially as it was increasingly easy to buy as appearing in the supermarkets more and more. I now buy Clipper Green Tea occasionally as well. I have been drinking Green Tea for a good few years now, both for health reasons and because I drink it without milk, so can use it places where there is a kettle/flask, but no fridge. I aim to have at least 2 cups of beverage other than black tea a day and one of them is usually a Green Tea of a Green Tea with..... This Green Tea has a mild subtle flavour and a subtle aroma, it is a taste that reminds me of mild Thai cooking, there is plenty of flavour there, but it is mild and subtle and you have to search for it. If you describe this like a wine, there is subtle hay meadow hints, with a soft green aroma. If you prefer more flavour, it is worth considering using two bags in a cup or adding a little honey. Used in baking, it offers a subtle infusion that goes well with sultana buns (substitute half the milk for a green tea infusion). Or, in any delicately flavoured cakes. I have also added to rice to improve an otherwise plain flavour.
Not all Green Teas are the same. Flavours do differ from brand to brand and from product to product within the range, for example, I am currently drinking Clipper Organic Green Tea and it is noticeably slightly more hay flavoured than the Fair Trade Green Tea being reviewed here.
Green Tea contains Antioxidants that many experts believe slow down aging and prevent heart disease, strokes and cancers.
Green Tea is an excellent source of antioxidants. Catechins are powerful antioxidants found in large quantities in green tea and also help burn fat.
Fat burning properties in Green Tea helps improve the metabolism for weight loss and energy levels.
The effects are cumulative the more and longer you drink Green Tea, the more evident the weight loss effect.
Increasingly finding suggest that Green Tea increases exercise endurance.
All Tea contains a special compound called THEANINE, which has been known to stimulate alpha brain waves, calm the body, and promote relaxed awareness.
Well if they above advantages don't persuade you, antioxidants fight free radicals, cancer, high blood pressure and more. So to fight or avoid any such problems, worth trying a cup a day.
Great as part of a weight loss diet, as Green Tea helps with weight loss.
Fair Trade ethically sourced additive free.
Unbleached paper used for the bags.
Why not Buy:
The flavour is an acquired taste
You enjoy being unhealthy
I find this brand pleasant and consistent to drink, I can usually find it in the supermarkets and it is very competitively priced.
Price and Availability:
Priced at around £1.20 per 25 bag box, or £1.89 per 50 bag box, from Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury's, Morrisons, in store.
Thank you for reading :)
I have been a big fan of green tea for a while. Green tea contains anti-oxidants and anti-inflammatories and there are lots of claims as to the health benefits of green tea including -
Can promote weight loss
Can reduce the risk of some cancers
Can lower cholesterol
Can reduce blood pressure
Can help slow-down signs of aging.
Can increase metabolism
I won't fib - my reasoning for swapping my usual cup of a cha for the green tea has been influenced by these claims. However as most of these health benefits of unmeasurable (note the 'can's') it will be difficult to make comments on these. I will do my best to give an honest and relevant account of my experience of this product.
I have been drinking green to on and off for a few years. Usually I increase my green intake when I want to improve my digestion and lose a bit of weight. Ordinarily I buy the Asda or Tesco own brand versions and for £1.80-£2.00 approximately on average for a box of 80 teabags they are definitely a little cheaper than the Clipper version and 'every penny counts'!! I bought this bag of 80 Clipper teabags for £2.00 - this was on offer at Tesco's recently - usually they are around £2.90ish for such a bag. This makes each bag cost around 2.5p and as I sometimes re-use my bags for a second cup, this is definitely a cheaper brew than my usual cup of tea.
The Clipper packaging always really stands out to me on the shelf as it comes across as really fun and funky. This packaging is no different - it is bright (allover it is several different shades of green) and has a cute teacup on the front with green leaves growing out of it. The material the box is made out of feels very 'rough' and I would guess that it is made out of recycled paper/cardboard - although I can't see this stated anywhere on the packet. There is a note on the side to say that the packaging is biodegradable however! The fairtrade mark is stamped clearly on the box and the product is marketed proudly as sourcing their ingredients ethically.
The box comes sealed but once opened I feel there is very little to keep the teabags fresh. Most herbal teabags I have bought are sealed in foil which adds to their freshness. This is a shame but I can understand the reasoning behind it may be to reduce waste. To keep the flavour and freshness of these teabags then it may advisable to put them in a seal able container.
The teabags and unbleached and look and feel 'recycled'. There looks to be a decent amount of green tea in each bag and the tea bags come in packs of two - so you need to be careful not to rip the second bag! In order to make the tea just place the teabag in a mug and pour over boiling water. Leave then to steep for 2-3 minutes. I like to leave for around 2 minutes as if I leave too long I find the flavour too long and can be very sickly.
I appreciate the taste isnt to everyone liking and it can be a very bitter and dry taste. I have previously sweetened my tea but find then that the sugar can overpower the taste of the tea. It took me a while but I have got used to the taste now and do really enjoy it. Also I find that after drinking green tea I get thirsty which I feel is a good thing when dieting as it encourages me to drink more!
One of the downfalls that I have found however to this particular product is that it does tend to leave an unsightly yellowy/green stain on some of my cups after use (so much I think I need to get the dreaded bleach out). I would shy away from buying again on this reason but as the tea tastes nice, it is fair trade and a good price it would seem silly not to buy again!
On the health benefits side I also I notice this green tea definitely helps my digestion (more trips to the loo definitely)!
Clipper, Twinings, Dr Stuarts and PG Tips all have green tea out under their branding but is there a difference? I would say it's more in the way you brew your tea. Okay if you buy the finest macha green tea and stir in some manuka honey, then you may be able to taste differences. For the regular green tea drinkers the teabag goes in the mug of hot water for a few minutes (more than 5-10mins will brew it bitter) then an optional sugar/honey stir in and possibly a drop of milk.
Clipper have a great organic tea range and usually sell large value bulk pack of their tea. It's more economical to buy clipper from your local supermarket and it tastes good. The packaging looks quite unique with simple yet bold graphics & type design in green which draws in the eye. The box itself is made out of card. It seems recycled and has a rough 'natural' feel to it. Inside sealed in a sliver bag are the tea bag attached in couples for some reason. I guess maybe easier for one large pot of tea for more than one person.
If you over brew as I've mentioned you get a harsh bitter taste but a few minutes in hot water and you get quite a mild tasting and refreshing clarity. It's organic using all natural and organically sourced ingredients so you know what your drinking is high quality and good for you too. It has a bit of caffeine in but not a significant amount as coffee does. Clipper is a fair trade company that responsibly resources it's ingredients.
I once remember being told that most of the 'Green Tea' in these high-street green tea bags are simply the leftovers that dropped onto the floor, unfortunately in my experience this has proven to be true. However, that's not to say Clippers Green Tea isn't a refreshing drink, it just lacks the quality of pure green tea which is more expensive than this.
I bought my clippers green tea from my local Co-operative for a moderate sum of £1.50 for a bag of 25, although it can be found in most high street shops. The packaging is very earthy in colour and appearance and is recycled and sourced ethically as you would expect from a company like Clipper.
Now, onto the tea. What's it like? Taste wise it's.. all right.. but that's about as far as it goes, it's not necessarily bad and is certainly better than many high streets own brand teas, but it just does not measure up to some of the great tea's I've tasted that are loose-leaf and don't come from a bag. It just lacks the 'Oomph' that some of the stronger teas have, I would still recommend this as a refreshing pastime drink just don't expected to be too impressed by this tea if your as much of a tea enthusiast as I am.
I may have made it clear in some of my previous reviews that I quite like tea. Quite being a bit of an understatement. So when I found out that Clipper would send me some free tea for applying to be a taster I was right on it. They sent me two envelopes: one of everyday tea and the other of pure green tea. Each envelope contained 10 teabags so it gave me plenty of time to test the products and review them. I really appreciated this gesture. The most free tea I've had in one go before this was two so it was very generous of them.
I used to enjoy a cup of green tea every morning but it has been years since I was in this habit. This would be the first time that I would be drinking it again.
** Clipper **
Clipper specialise in teas, coffees and infusions with a wide range to choose from. Their tagline is 'Natural, Fair & Delicious' - they use fairtrade tea and coffee and do not use any artificial ingrediants. All great points to the company and it makes me want to use their products more over others.
In my previous review of Twinnings tea bags I mentioned the trouble with bleaching tea bags and the possible health concerns it carries. Though there is not 100% evidence for this. I was still happy to see that not only are these teabags Fairtrade, it states clearly on the front that the teabags are unbleached. Though I don't see the need to bleach tea bags as unbleached looks just as good. When drinking tea my concern is certainly not over the colour of the teabag.
** Green Tea **
Green tea has a much lighter taste than that of black tea due to the minimal oxidation process it goes through. Though originally consumed in Asia, its popularity is spreading westwards which is possibly due to its health benefits.
I had forgotten quite how good green tea could be for you. While drinking my first cup of my free sample, I had a little search. What I found was quite interesting. Not only is green tea high in antioxidants (slows down heart disease and prevents strokes and cancers) it is also thought to have greater action against cancer and has more heart health benefits including reducing high blood pressure. It is also good for burning fat and losing weight; not only does it increase metabolism temporarily, the catechins burn fat and reduce carbohydrate utilasation (meaning you can exercise for longer). Green tea also contains theanine which helps calm you down and concentrate better. It is also thought to have benefits for those with diabetes and in prevention. For those that smoke or drink, it is supposed to have protective qualities for your lungs and liver, and if you also have a bit of a sweet-tooth it is also good for your teeth. On top of this it is also good for skin (drinking and direct application) And most important of all it is hydrating. This makes it a great drink for those that are health conscious and want a nice, healthy boost.
Though I have not seen the actual research; effects may be due to lifestyle also. But it would seem that green tea does have some great health benefits and quite well worth drinking.
** Experience/ Taste **
Green tea is made like you would a fruit or herbal tea (i.e. no milk, like I accidently did thinking it was an everyday teabag, it doesn't taste nice) and it is best to sweeten with honey rather than sugars or sweeteners. There is not much of a smell to green tea and yes it does look green. It has a very light tea taste to it and is actually quite refreshing, though perhaps a taste you have to get used to. I find it a lot more refreshing than black teas and I feel less bloated after drinking green tea. I do like to sweeten it with just under a teaspoonful of honey, though I do want to cut down on that a little.
It may not have the same comfort as an everyday tea has, but its health properties and refreshing quality do make this a tea I want to continue to drink. And thanks to Clippers ethical practice I would rather buy from them than an other company.
As for health benefits, I like to drink this tea with honey when I have a cold. Both help me feel better quicker.
** Price and Availability **
You can pick up this tea from most supermarkets for around £1.29 for 25 teabags. Compared to other non-everyday teabags this is quite a good price and one that I would be very happy to pay for.
** Overall **
I'd definitely recommend this tea. For Clipper and their ethical approach and use of natural ingredients, something we need more companies to do. The health benefits of the green tea are also great and worth trying for them alone. It is a nice refreshing drink and one that is nice to drink in the summer when black teas would leave you feeling too hot.
Summary: A great tea from a great company.
I haven't dabbled into green tea before I got sent a free sample from http://www.clipper-teas.com by becoming one of their 'tasters' recently. I was very impressed that they sent me ten bags of Green Tea to try as well as a voucher for 50p off my next purchase. I would recommend joining their tasters group for new flavours and samples!
Onto the tea... Clipper teas come into a very quaint cardboard box, with a teacup on the front with leaves coming out the top of the cup. The Green Teas packaging is a light and dark green colour and quite plain looking, but at the same time unusual and eye catching. I think they are a very attractive box design that keeps your teabags dry and secure.
The tea bags are a neat rectangular shape and a slightly off grey/green colour due to being unbleached. To make a cup of tasty green tea couldn't be simpler, simply put your teabag into your cup, and boil the kettle. Once boiled leave the water to settle for 30 seconds or so to go slightly off the boil. Then pour the hot water into the cup and leave it to infuse. I tend to leave my bag in the water to get a fuller flavour but this is entirely personal preference, the longer you leave the tea bag, the stronger the infusion so you can remove the bag when the tea is to your liking.
Clipper Green tea I think has quite a mild flavour and quite an earthy flavour I have found, they are very more-ish and extremely easy to drink. The tea is very smooth tasting and doesn't leave a bad taste in your mouth like other infused teas I have tried in the past. I could happily drink this Green Tea in place of ordinary tea, it not only tastes good but as you're drinking it seems to give off a calm and soothing effect, or maybe that is my imagination. The tea is made out of pure ingredients and so there are no nasty additives lurking in these tea bags. This drink is so refreshing it quenches your thirst on a summer's day as well as being able to warm you up in winter.
Green tea has very high antioxidant properties and is linked to weight loss by speeding up your metabolism. Clipper Green tea is made from the same plant, the Camellia Sinensis , this plant is has a natural caffeine content and thus Clipper do not have to add anything to their Green Tea, it also has less caffeine content than your normal teabag. Tea also counts towards your recommended 2 litres of water a day intake so you can drink it to your hearts content!
Clipper is a fair-trade company and has good ethical values, considering this their tea range is always very reasonably priced. These are available in packs of 50 from all major supermarkets for about £1.29 and Clipper often have offers on there tea range. As mentioned above if you join their 'tea tasters' group you can receive free samples and money off in the post, so well worth it in my opinion.
Clipper Green Tea is, without doubt, my favourite green tea.
It's certified as being a fairtrade product as is most of (if not all) their products. For me this is a big plus. It's nice to know the people who are involved in the making of the tea are getting a fair deal.
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The packaging is mainly green, 3 shades of green to be precise. A dark green, a mid green and a lighter, brighter green.
On the front on the box there is a simple drawing of a white teacup with some bright green tea leaves popping out of it. The front also has the fairtrade logo on.
On either side there is a black spoon (again with some green tea leaves attached to it). On one of the spoons there is a recycling logo and the text "This carton is biodegradable and can be recycled."
On the back there are instructions on how to "Make a perfect cup of tea", some information about how the tea is made and some fairtrade information.
Says on the bottom of the carton that it's designed by www.bigfish.co.uk who have a long list of famous clients.
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This tea, like any other, is simple to make. You put a tea bag (all the teabags are unbleached) in a cup and add hot water. The packet advises you to use "not quite boiling water" so I just boil the kettle and give it a minute to cool before pouring it over my tea bag.
Onto the main question - how does it taste? I find it to have a clean, light and refreshing taste. It's like most other green teas but, to me, it seems less bitter than other brands I've tried before.
You can drink this hot or leave it to cool and drink it cold. I prefer mine hot but it's more refreshing and thirst quenching in the summer months to have it cold.
These teas also have no artificial ingredients in and are a natural source of antioxidants (or so the box claims).
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I buy mine from Tesco - £1.29 for a box of 25 teabags. This is perhaps a little on the expensive side, there are cheaper teas available.
Other places to buy include the Clipper website (where you can buy boxes of 25, 50 or 80). Holland and Barrat also stock Clipper teas as do ASDA and I assume other large supermarkets.
- - - Would I recommend it? - - -
Definitely. I love Clipper and I think the fact they are a fair trade company makes you feel better about buying it. Green tea is healthy and a natural source of antioxidants so you can feel even better about drinking it.
I think I must have written the most tea reviews of anyone here on dooyoo - and whilst I'm by no means an expect, I'm starting to appreciate the different flavours that each brand can offer. Although I have tried many green teas over the years, I hadn't actually tried anything made by Clipper - therefore I picked up their Pure Green Tea 50 tea bag box whilst in the supermarket this week - it retails at £1.29 and is widely available from a number of shops. This particular tea is fairtrade and the company only co-operates with producers who are striving to improve standards of welfare for workers and their families.
The packaging design is really cool - it's a lovely rich green colour which I like to use myself in my own design work. On the front there is a simple hand drawn illustration of a cup with three leaves poking out of it. It's the sort of paper cut-out image style which is reminiscent of Soul Bass's excellent film credits (Psycho, North By Northwest, Vertigo etc) - although I'm getting a little sidetracked from the actual tea here.
When I first started drinking green tea, I did so because of the supposed heath benefits - scientists often claim that it can decrease the risk of certain cancers, reduce plaque build up in the mouth, increase metabolism for weight loss, help with arthritis, lower cholesterol, etc, etc, etc. However, I didn't really like the flavour, and would drink the stuff whilst attempting not to taste it. These days, I still don't love green tea - but I do find it quite relaxing so I suppose that's a start.
In terms of its history, legend suggests that green tea was first discovered in 2737 BC by Emperor Shen-nung, when tea leaves accidentally fell into the water he was boiling to drink. Whether you believe this tale or not, it certainly makes for an interesting story.
The instructions on the back of the packaging suggest boiling the kettle and leaving to cool for a minute before pouring onto the tea bag (green teas do better with slightly cooler water). The brewing time should be in the region on one to three minutes depending how strong you want your brew.
All the clipper teas are made with pure ingredients, and this really comes through in the flavour - the overall taste is very clean and quite refreshing. There is a slight tanginess to the aftertaste, but it's only marginal. It's quite a light tea - but if you brew until the three minute end of the scale then there is a bitterness which I usually try to avoid. I would definitely recommend filling the kettle with filtered water, as it really makes a difference to the flavour - the common tap water chlorine / flourine taste doesn't mix well with this stiff.
I would certainly recommend Clipper's Pure Green Tea - If you're not a green tea fan, then this probably won't convert you - however, in terms of all the green teas I have sampled, this is in my current top three.
Brand: Clipper Teas / / Type: Herbal Tea