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Green tea originates from China and is currently gaining popularity in the West due to its hugely beneficial health properties. I have started incorporating green tea into my daily routine and like to have a bit of variety to choose from as I drink a lot of tea every day. I have previously tried Clipper's Lemon Green Tea, and thought it would be interesting to try their Peppermint Green Tea. It can be purchased from most supermarkets, and online at http://shop.clipper-teas.com/. It costs £1.59 for a box of 25 tea bags.
Product description: "An invigoratingly light, refreshing & clean tasting tea infused with the added zing of peppermint. A natural source of antioxidants."
The tea bags come in a cardboard box, and are wrapped inside a foiled packet to help keep them fresh. They are the ordinary flat square shaped tea bags, and contain green tea leaves instead of black.
How to make the perfect cup:
Always use fresh water, pour it over the tea bag while it's still boiling and allow to infuse for 1-3 minutes. The rest is up to you.
I think that this green tea tastes quite different to black tea, with a more bitter taste that definitely requires some sort of sweetener to bring out the flavour and make it more enjoyable to drink. I always add one level teaspoon of sugar or honey to my tea to round out the flavour, although I think in this case the mint helps to lift the taste of the green tea and it is lighter than some other ranges that I have tried. It is quick and easy to prepare this tea as it does not require milk which makes it particularly convenient.
This Clipper Peppermint Green Tea is nice as a change from ordinary green tea, and it is a little lighter than pure peppermint tea. It has a strong, minty flavour which gives a little tingle as I first start to sip it. I find it quite refreshing and like to drink this tea after I've eaten my lunch to help with digestion and also to freshen my breath. The peppermint adds a bit of a twist to the usual plain green tea and is a good alternative as I like to vary my teas and try all different sorts. The flavour does come through quite strongly so I only drink it once a day at most, and would never have it as my morning cuppa as I would find the strong taste quite unpleasant first thing in the morning.
As well as tasting good and being easy to prepare, it's really awfully good for you. The antioxidant level of green tea is a hundred times more effective than vitamin C and twenty-five times better than vitamin E in protecting our immune systems. Antioxidants help reduce the level of damage inflicted by free radicals which damage your body's cells and cause ageing. Green tea also acts as an antiviral agent. It contains the mineral fluoride that prevents cavities as well as strengthens tooth enamel. This is an ingredient in toothpaste, and some people even recommend using green tea as a mouth wash for improved dental hygiene. Along with this, peppermint tea is reputed to aid digestion. This is a good choice for drinking after a meal to help support the digestive system. It is a healthy option all-round thanks to the properties of the peppermint, as well as being a completely pure and natural tea.
These tea bags are fairly priced and made with good quality natural ingredients. They make a nice refreshing drink and I would recommend giving this a go if you fancy trying something a little different that also gives added health benefits.
Ingredients: Fairtrade Green tea, Natural Peppermint Flavour, Peppermint (1%)
Tea drinking is the nations favorite past time, personally I am wavering slightly in the direction of flavored teas without the caffeine intake and am constantly trying new and exciting flavors. My personal favourite brand at the moment is Clipper who stock a whole host of varieties and combinations. This Green Tea with Mint flavor is truly delicious.
The tea section in supermarkets is slowly taking over the shop with the sheer amount of choice and new brands coming to light. Clipper is a well known and established tea maker founded in 1984 by a husband and wife couple Mike and Lorraine Brehme. It started off as a quality tea company which at the time was not widely available to all manufacturers and ever since they have grown and created innovative and tasty hot drinks without the need to exploit third world countries and workers. Clipper is a Fairtrade company and was the first tea brand in the UK to become one.
The green tea with mint flavour has the standard and instantly recognisable Clipper style, a classic green and white fronted cardboard box that is both simple yet effective at displaying the product. The outline of a cup and saucer standing boldly in white on the front of the box, with a bright green liquid visible in the cup and some mint leaves coming out the top of the cup really shows what this tea flavour is and gives the product a fun looking packaging. The Clipper logo and product description is just as clear on the front and the back of the box holds the ingredients list and other information.
To keep the tea bags fresh they are foil sealed and airtight so you know the have reached you in their optimum condition. The packaging box is totally bio-degradable cardboard.
The Brewing Process
Put your tea bag into your favourite cup and add just off the boil water to the top of the cup, you then leave your teabag in the cup to infuse into the steaming water until you are happy with the strength. To get a fuller, more intense cup of green tea with mint just simply leave the bag in for longer. This is what I like about infused tea, you can leave the bag in the whole time you drink and it just tastes better and better.
These drinks do not need any milk at all and are sweet enough to have without any sugar, so the calorie content is next to nothing, so this a great alternative for dieters who don't want to miss out on a coffee break or for the lactose intolerant. The colour of the liquid turns a slightly off green/grey which doesn't look particularly appetising but this drink is not about the colour.
I like and buy Clippers normal green tea and this is just that but with the kick of mint throughout. The green tea has a mellow yet intoxicating flavour, it seems to make me feel instantly relaxed and revived. The flavour is a subtle tea flavour that I find is very easy to drink, it is very refreshing and very light tasting. Add to this the mint flavour and it becomes a whole new experience, the mint is the dominant flavour in the tea and adds a nice kick to the hot drink. I prefer this green tea with mint to stand alone green tea as it has a much more lively flavour and perhaps a less bitter aftertaste that some green teas have.
Both the green tea and mint flavours are a natural source of antioxidants and as such are associated with many health benefits. I do not primarily drink this due to any goodness and wellbeing but it certainly encourages me. There are not many drinks I find that physically make you feel better and more relaxed whilst drinking them, which in my mind makes this a great drink.
A box of 25 tea bags costs approximately £1.69 in all major supermarkets and is often on offer. I would recommend you to try this if you were not so fond of standard green tea.
I was sent a sample of Clipper green tea with mint after signing up on their website. The sample contained green tea, green tea with mint and green tea with lemon. I have to say that I had never tried any green tea before but immediately liked the mint and lemon varieties. I didn't like the original green tea but the added mint or lemon made for a very nice drink indeed.
The box states that only pure ingredients are used, even the bags are unbleached and the carton itself is biodegradable. The teabags themselves only contain green tea, natural mint flavour and peppermint. What could be more natural.
Green tea is very easy to make just add boiling water and wait for one to three minutes as instructed on the pack. I have found that I prefer only about 45 seconds worth of brewing but then I don't like strong tea in any form. I find the tea very refreshing and now have at least one cup per day, hoping to gain some of the health benefits that green tea is meant to bring.
There is not much more I can say about green tea except that if you are a sceptic, as I was, you should at least give the mint or lemon varieties ago you maybe pleasantly surprised as I was.
According to the company Clipper's Pure Green Tea was the first green tea to be sold on supermarket shelves in the UK. Clipper claim that their products are made with 'pure ingredients and a clear conscience' and this seems to be the case. As a fair trade company since 1994 their emphasis has always been to try to improve the welfare of the workers and produce ethically sound products. Their tea is said to be a pure and natural product without any artificial ingredients. Clipper Green Tea with Mint is part of a range of green teas that also includes Green Tea with Lemon, Green Tea with Ginseng and Green Tea with Nettle.
Clipper Green Tea with Mint is one of the most satisfying and refreshing flavoured green teas I have ever tried. Green tea in its pure form can be an acquired taste and some can find it too harsh or too bitter. However, the mint combination of this brew seems to thwart the harsher bitter aftertaste. When poured the colour is of a light partially transparent warm golden hew. The tea has a pleasant aroma dominated by the mint ingredient. The mint flavouring offers more than just a hint and the tea is all the better for it.
Of course it's not just about flavour. Green tea is marketed as having extra health benefits in comparison to normal tea and there is mush research to back this up. Although the debate continues amongst 'experts' as to how much extra benefit there is in green tea, it is generally agreed that green tea is a natural source of antioxidants, the chemical compounds that inhibit oxidation and thwart free radicals. In particular green tea is said to be a strong source of Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) an antioxidant that acts as an aid to fight disease and protects cells and DNA from damage. In essence green tea is said to have properties that offer a protective effect against cancer.
Like all green teas, in order to get the full benefits this tea should be brewed by boiling hot water then letting it settle just under the boil before pouring it onto the tea bag in the pot or cup. One way of assuring this is to throw in the teabags after you have poured the boiling water. The tea should be left to brew for about two minutes. Sometimes people make the mistake of leaving the tea bag in the water too long and over-brewing the tea. This can cause the tea to become too bitter, although the mint flavouring in this tea does a good job of hiding any bitterness that may accidentally arise. Of all the flavoured green tea fusions I have sampled this one has to be the most palatable. For those who have tried green tea in the past but have not been able to stand the taste I would recommend that they try this. Even without a spoonful of sugar added this is a delightfully refreshing brew.
The box of 25 tea bags I purchased just before Christmas cost me £1.29 at Tesco.
After spending the past few months eating food that in no way resembled anything healthy, I've decided to start caring slightly more about my health. This has involved eating more soup and vegetables, as well as walking about more, and has also meant that I've started drinking copious amounts of green tea again. I used to practically live on green tea, as when I was trying to lose weight it was a great way to have something that tasted nice without resorting to snacking between meals. Since it's also meant to have numerous health benefits, such as preventing cancer, heart disease, bad breath amongst other things, I can't think of anything better to add to my diet.
So that I don't get bored of drinking the same tea all the time, I have a fairly varied selection of green tea flavours. These include vanilla, lemon, pineapple and grapefruit, Echinacea, and my current favourite, mint. I found the mint flavour one day when browsing in an independent food shop in central Edinburgh, and thought that it sounded too delicious not to buy. Since most of my other flavours are fruity or sweet, I thought that a mint flavour would be an interesting change, since hopefully it would be more refreshing than the rest.
I wasn't disappointed, as instead of having the sweet mint taste of chewing gum or toothpaste, the mintiness was a lot more refreshing and savoury. The fresh minty taste nicely complements that of the tea, and the result is a very interesting flavour which I enjoy very much. I usually find myself reaching for this flavour when making a cup of tea ahead of the others varieties, and know that it will be one of my favourites for quite a while. Since green tea is meant to have properties that help fight bad breath, and since mint refreshes breath also, I also often have a cup of this tea after I have eaten something that leaves an unpleasant aftertaste or smell.
For those of you who have never tried green tea before, I'll tell you briefly about it in general before finishing this review. Green tea has a very different taste to traditional tea and doesn't taste similar to any other tea that I have tried, and has a stronger, unique flavour. It's not meant to be taken with milk or sugar, so I'd recommend making it very weak the first time that you try it if you're used to diluting your tea with other things. Since Clipper tea comes in tea bags, it's very simple to prepare, as all you do is add it to a mug of boiling water and leave it to brew for a couple of minutes before removing.
In conclusion, this is one of my favourite teas, and I am very glad that I found it. Clipper teas are sold in boxes of 25 bags, and I paid £1.65 for it, though you may be able to find it for a lower price in supermarkets. I find that £1.65 is an acceptable price, as unless you drink it constantly, it will last for a few weeks or even longer, and the health benefits of green tea mean that it's worth spending a bit more on it than you would on traditional tea.
Brand: Clipper Teas / / Type: Herbal Tea