Product Type: Clipper Teas Tea
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F for Fairtrade, G for Green, H for Healthy
Clipper Fairtrade Pure Green Tea
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Clipper Fairtrade Pure Green Tea
Advantages: Delicate Flavour, Health Benefits
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.
Summary: High Quality Green Tea
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