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      02.04.2012 09:58
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      Clipper organic green tea

      I am a big fan of tea, pretty much all kinds of tea and I can drink quite a few cups a day. At some point during my day though I like to add in a cup or two of green tea as its quite a bit healthier for you than black tea and I also find it really really refreshing. I first started drinking green tea years ago when I went to a Chinese restaurant for dinner where I did like it but always found it a bit sharp and bitter. However, I think nowadays green tea is a lot better and has been cultivated to become more of an everyday drink and not just a drink to have with Chinese for example. 

      The benefits of green tea are widely known. Green Tea has been drunk and enjoyed by the Chinese for more than 4000 years and is extremely high in flavonoids which are antioxidants. Green tea is also very low in caffeine than black tea so if you are conscious of not drinking too much caffeine but still want a hot drink then I would definitely suggest drinking green tea. Also as green tea is drunk without milk it contains no fat like you get with black tea so it really is a healthy alternative. 

      With green tea I think you definitely get more of a tea flavour than you do with black tea as you are not diluting the flavour with milk. I do think green tea is an acquired taste though. My husband loves black tea but cannot stand green tea. It does have a bit of a bitter taste and a more leafy taste than black tea but if you do like the flavour then I would definitely recommend the Clipper variety. 

      According to their website, "Established in 1984 we have been innovators in the hot drinks market for the last 25 years. We have lead the way in green, white and organic teas and infusions and we were the first tea in the UK to carry the Fairtrade Mark. We are the only company in the UK to offer an entire range which is Fairtrade and organic and pride ourselves in being "natural, fair and delicious" only using the purest ingredients of the highest quality in our tea, coffee and drinking chocolate. We select our green teas to make a light, refreshing and clean-tasting cup."

      This green tea is really lovely and flavourful. I like the fact it is organic as you know the leaves have been grown in healthy conditions. According to the box, "The green teas going into this organic blend have been selected for their light, bright sencha style character and deliver a clean tasting and truly delicious flavour." THe tea is easy to make. I pop the bag in a big cup as I like to have a big green tea. THen I add boiling water. Now the amount of time you leave the tea bag in the cup is up too you. I don't like my tea too strong so I really only leave the bag in for a minute or so but if you want it greener you can leave it in for about 3 minutes. It's very hot to begin with so if you want to drink it right away like I normally do I add a bit of cold water to the top and its perfect.

      A box of 25 bags costs just £1.35 and is a variety of green tea I definitely recommend. 

       

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      20.07.2011 12:00
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      A great tasting tea bag, fairtrade and organic!

      I am a regular tea drinker, and so when I got sent a free sample of this Clippers Organic Everyday tea, I was delighted to be given the chance to try it out. My sample pack very generously contains 10 tea bags, as well as a money off coupon.

      Clippers were actually the first company in the UK to carry the fairtrade logo on their drinks, and they pride themselves are producing products including teas, coffees and even hot chocolate drinks, that are both organic and fairtrade, using the logo 'natural, fair and delicious'.

      In regards to the teas themselves, it is not just everyday tea that this company produces, and instead off a range of speciality teas such as green tea, earl grey, english breakfast, as well as fruit infused teas. I have to say however, that I am a bit of a plain jane when it comes to teas and will only drink everyday tea, so this was right up my street in terms of tasting.

      When I first opened the sample pack, I was a little surprised at the colour of the tea bags, as there was a darker, brownish tint to them - in actual fact they are 'unbleached' teabags thus giving a truer colour in comparison to other leading teabag brands. The teabags are a good size, with a good amount of tea inside each, and in fact I have found you can get about 4 cupfuls out of the one bag, and even possibly a little bit more, if you have a group of people who like their tea very weak.

      I wasn't exactly sure what to expect with this tea, in regards to whether I would really notice much of a difference in comparison to my usually punjana or tetley teabags, however there really is a marked difference, so much so that even my husband who didn't realise that I was using a different brand of teabag even commented that is tasted different in a good way. There is actually a subtle but delicious sweetness to the tea, but not in a sugary way, but in a very natural kind of way. The tea flavour is no overpowering but yet at the same time, if you like your tea strong, like my husband does, then it is easy to make such a cup. I cannot put my finger on what it is that makes this tea taste different to other brands, but there is a definite difference in a very positive way, and there is a real quality in terms of the flavour when you drink it. It is also reassuring to know that they are a fairtrade company, and so I would be willing to pay a little bit more to buy a fairtrade product, as well as a great tasting product.

      In terms of price, a pack of 80 of these organic everyday tea bags costs around £2.50 which is not overtly expensive in my view, although slightly more than some of the general brands that I tend to purchase. When I have completely finished using up my sample pack, I think I will definitely buy a pack of these tea bags. They would be much more expensive if they were to be used everyday, although I could certainly drink this tea everyday, but instead I would keep them for more special occasions when there are guests around - to keep the grocery bills down!

      All in all, of all the samples that I have ever received from a company, this is by far the best in terms of quality and taste. There is a real difference in the taste of this tea in comparison to everyday tea bags, and it really is worth tasting them to see the difference for yourself. The fact that they are organic and fairtrade adds to my fondness for them.

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        01.04.2011 21:00
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        Best herbal tea!

        Price = £2.99 for 80 unbleached tea bags (Holland and Barrett)

        Rumoured benefits = Aiding weight loss, anti-oxidant, prevent tooth decay, clear skin.....

        Personal Experience = I have known about the apparent benefits of green tea for a while but had assumed it would never be as good as my usual weak black tea. I did try some fruit teas but often found the smell delicious and the taste horrendous. However, when I ran out regular tea bags one of my friends offered me some green tea, stating that she loved it and it was supposed to be very good for you. I was unsure about the very distinctive taste at first, with much more flavour than normal tea, although after a couple of cups it was growing on me. Out of curiosity I went online to see how much boxes would cost and was amazed by how cheaply I could buy a large box of tea bags. After ordering two boxes I have drunk nothing else since, having been truly converted to the wonders of green tea.

        I still don't know quite how true the rumoured benefits of green tea are but having tried this I would never go back to drinking bog standard breakfast blends again. It has opened up a whole new world of herbal teas which I had previously avoided, assuming that I wouldn't like any of the flavours. If you're unsure, give it a go. At that price there really is nothing to lose.

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        08.01.2010 02:08
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        Clipper unlike alot of other tea companies, does not have a long history. I was started in 1984 with a very small amount of tea from one plantation. The business became far more well known and the tea more available when they got involved with the fairtrade in 1994. Part of their ethos this simple organic basic ingredient tea, helping to retain nutrients, benefits and natural flavours.

        Package
        In a leafy green cuboid box. I have only ever seen them in packs of 25- although supposedly they come in boxes of 50 too.

        Price
        I ususally pay about 1.50 for my 25 bags. At 6p a tea I don't think that is at all bad! I have seen adverts online for less but the a postage fee on top. I decided 1.50 was reasonable to pick them up in a local shop!

        Preparation.
        I find this pretty simple! I just throw the bag in the cup add hot water and leave for a few minutes. Clipper tea always seems to go a healthy bright green - potion like!

        Taste
        I did find after coming back from Asia that the green teas here weren't the same. Finding Clipper organic was a nice surprise. I have to say I don't find the green tea particularly strong (I have been known to dunk two tea bags if feeling particularly anti-oxident lacking!)

        The taste is sort of like a liquid cereal, I reckon! It is savoury and simple, not at all offensive. It isn't particuarly salty either and tastea quite refreshing hot or cold (make with hot water - several bags in a jug, then stuck in the fridge for several hours).

        The tea didn''t leave any sort of aftertaste, but does give me a healthy buzz (purely psychological I think!) after drinking! The main other benefits I found with this is that drinking the tea in the morning seemed to help me get through the work day with fewer headaches than I had been getting (staring at a computer screen the majority of the day!!)

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          16.12.2009 22:02
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          Clipper do a range of organic and non-organic teas. Their teabags tend to be unbleached (really good idea you wouldn't think theres any need to bleach a tea bag, strange that so many companies do). Although it is a little more expensive than some other green teas it does taste a lot better. Prices range from £1-£2 at supermarkets, usually a little more at health food stores. These tea bags are also fairtrade (although there is much debate over what this actually means).

          I would highly recommend clipper teas, they have an offer on at the moment where you can get 30p off with a voucher usually found in magazines or on the back of existing packets.

          I first came across clipper teas by signing up to their free testing list, I recommend. They send you packets of 10 teabags every so often. I recieved everyday organic fairtrade tea and it was lovely too.

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          10.10.2009 22:30
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          I drink lots and lots of different types of tea and always try new varieties when I see them available at my local supermarket. I stumbled upon this particular gem however when I was visiting an old friend. It had been a particularly hot day and she decided to have a cup of herbal tea as she thought that it would be a little bit more refreshing. I have tried several types of herbal teas over the years with varied results as I find that some of them smell gorgeous however end up tasting like disinfectant, however I spotted a little green pack in the cupboard which I had not come across before. The name of the product to give it its full title is Clipper pure green tea. I decided that I would give the item a try as I am rather partial to green tea. Apparently it was purchased at Asda for around £1 unfortunately my friend couldn't actually remember the true price. The pack contains 25 bags or 50g of pure green tea in unbleached bags.

          The product packaging is quite distinctive it comes in a soft cardboard pack in two different shades of green. There is a picture of a white cup on the front. The clipper logo appears prominently and it states in white writing that this is the pure green tea from their vast product range. The packaging itself is biodegradable and can be fully recycled. The product is marketed as "natural, fair and delicious pure green tea".

          I have to say I read the product information on the back of the packet and I was mightily impressed with the company philosophy. I like to buy ethically sourced products when I can. Clipper products apparently are made with pure ingredients. They use the highest quality sources and nothing artificial and strive to improve the welfare of their workers. For more information on the Clipper brand and other products available take a look at the website www.clipper-teas.com.

          Making pure green tea is slightly different from your average cuppa. However I'm sure most of you know this and please forgive me as I am certainly not trying to insult anyones intelligence.
          Use fresh water. Boil and allow to cool for a minute or two then pour over the teabag and allow to infuse for a good two to three minutes.

          The teabags are slightly different too. They actually reminded me of parchment paper and were a lot larger than normal teabags. There was a kind of herbally odour which was noticeable immediately and became more prominent once the boiled water was poured over. The liquid is a clear green colour which leaves a slight residue at the bottom of the cup. The taste of green tea is actually quite hard to describe however it is refreshing and natural very light and contains a natural source of antioxidants so overall very good for you. I would highly recommend this product to all I would not necessary drink it everyday however it is ideal for a refreshing change.

          The only ingredients contained within the teabag is pure green tea so rest assured it doesn't contain any nasties. A product that definitely lives up to its claims. Natural fair and delicious. The product also comes with a full money back guarantee if you are not completely satisfied with it. Worth a try and nice for a welcome change to your normal brew.

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            17.09.2009 12:00
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            Clipper Pure Green Tea
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            I am of a generation that doesn't seem to enjoy tea all that much. The majority of the time I would much rather have a cold drink rather than a hot drink. That being said over the past few evening I have started to notice to a distinct change in the weather. Not so much so that you need to stick the heating on but there is a definite nip in the air. My parents love there tea but usually just the normal version. Whilst at their house I noticed the Clipper Pure Green tea Variety and I decided to give it a try.
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            About Clipper Tea
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            Clipper Teas was founded in 1984. They are free trade teas in that the producers are meant to get a fair price for their products. Their name is a reference to the Clipper Ships which where large masted sailing ships that transported tea from Asia to Europe. I believe that the Cutty Sark is the sole remaining Clipper Ship.

            The teas themselves are organic and come in a number of varieties including the pure green tea, green tea and nettle (yes the stingy stuff), also ginseng, lemon and even some white tea varieties.
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            Where to buy?
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            I have seen this for sale in all of the major supermarkets. A box of 25 tea bags currently costs £1.29 in Tesco.

            About the health benefits

            Great Tea originates in China and is made solely with the leaves of Camellia Sinensis. This is a plant which undergoes very little oxidisation during the growing process. There are quite a few health claims with Green Tea for instance it is supposed to reduce the chances of heart problems. Some of the claims are at various stages of being proved but here is a list of some which are still being looked at:

            Helps reduce the negative effects of bad cholesterol.
            Helps stop diseases like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's
            Helps treat Multiple Sclerosis

            Claims have also been made that 5 cups a day can help fight of an extra 70-80 calories
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            My opinion
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            I was pretty impressed by this drink as the main reason I took it was to keep the cold of and it did its job well. The clipper box itself is green and comes with some pretty obvious instructions on how to make a cup of tea. It says you such use clean water, boil it, and then let it stand for a minute, pour it over the tea bag and leave for three minutes. I did this and also stirred it a wee bit. The tea bags where normal size for some reason I had maybe hoped they would be green and the tea would be so green it would even turn the tea green. Sadly however they were not and the tea did not appear to be all that green. It was a bit lighter than normal tea but that was about it.

            The tea itself tasted quite nice and im not sure if it was all the hype but it felt like was drinking something that was good for me. The aroma from the tea was quite light and could be described as clean smelling.

            I could believe come of the research and claims. For instance when I drank the tea I actually got quite warm and broke a bit of sweat. Not overly but I had the impression I was being cleansed as I drank this.

            On the downside I ended up drinking three cups of this cause I was also thirsty. I didn't use any milk. As a result of the three cups I obviously needed more loo trips but I also found it difficult to nod off come bed time. I don't see caffeine listed in the flavours or ingredients but im pretty sure it was the green tea that kept me awake.
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            Overall
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            Ultimately I enjoyed this drink and it made a pleasant change from what I would normally opt for. I will definitely get it again especially as the winter approaches. There are a lot of health claims out there about this tea and sure if at least one of them turns out to be true then this definitely is a tea worth drinking.
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            More Information
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            For more information please visit http://www.clipper-teas.com/
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              28.06.2009 17:09
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              The easiest way is to pour an inch of cold water into your mug, then add boiling water + your teabag

              People are generally becoming increasingly aware of the nutritional value of green tea. I personally have tried practically every brand of green tea bag on the supermarkets' and health shops' shelves, and Clipper are undeniably the best. (Still not as good as loose leaf Sencha, but that is for hard core green tea-ers like me!)

              Clipper are also one of the few producers of green tea who actually display some knowledge and understanding of the drink; on the packet it states that hot, but not boiling water should be used, which is the most common mistake people make when trying green tea. The leaves are delicate and have not been processed in any of the ways that normal tea has (drying, fermenting etc), so both flavour and goodness will be damaged by boiling water. It's not surprising, then, that most people who try it take an instant hate to it - even I think it tastes like fish when you use boiling water!

              Green tea contains very strong anti-oxidants and the combination of this along with the small amount of caffeine gives you a little lift: not as much of a kick as normal tea, but certainly an increased wakefulness that lasts a lot longer.

              This drink has quite a plain flavour and isn't to everyone's liking. However, if you are going to try it, I highly recommend Clipper's.

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              10.06.2009 11:13
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              A pale substitute for good quality loose green tea

              I didn't grow up a tea drinker - I am American, we don't do tea that well. However, I have been in the UK for over 20 years, and now have a cup of tea (made in a tea pot with loose tea, natch) each morning. Sometimes, though, I don't fancy 'normal' tea, especially if I'm trying to avoid milk (which I do when I'm dieting). I have, therefore, discovered green tea. And I like it.

              Somehow, green tea always tastes better in Chinese restaurants. I am not in a Chinese restaurant though, I'm at my desk. In front of me is a cup of Clipper Organic Green Tea. Rather unimaginatively, the tea bags are packed in a green box. As well as being organic, this tea is also Fair Trade, thus ticking all the ethical boxes. The box I have contains 25 individually wrapped tea bags, all of which have the little tag and string on them so you can delicately dip and dunk your bag (oo err missus). (You can buy these teabags at all fine supermarkets; in Tesco (for example) they'll cost you £1.25 for a box of 25 tea bags.)

              The box recommends you use a tea pot, as it will apparently 'enhance the quality of tea'. I struggle to believe that particular claim, frankly , though it may make you feel more tea-ceremonial. They also recommend you serve it in white china. As it happens, mine is in a white mug, though calling the mug 'china' is probably over-egging the truth a bit. For the terminally baffled, the instructions on the box also tell you how to make tea - use one tea bag per person, boil 'freshly drawn' water, and infuse for one to three minutes. Clipper also kindly gives you permission to 'sweeten if preferred.'

              Green tea has a different flavour from black tea. It doesn't suit milk, and tastes, well...greener - think of the difference between freshly cut grass and autumn leaves. I like my tea fairly strong, so I boiled my 'freshly drawn' water, and brought the tea to my desk. I have sweetened with one sweetener (Canderel). The tea in my white mug is slightly cloudy, and a sort of greenish amber. It does not taste as nice as loose green tea that you can get in far Eastern restaurants or specialist shops. It is somewhat bitterer (despite the sweetening). This could be because I may have let it stew a wee bit too long. Green tea is fairly forgiving of 'cool down' - my cuppa is now on the cool side of lukewarm, but is still quite drinkable.

              I like green tea. Clipper green tea is not the best green tea I've ever drunk, and I do much prefer loose green tea - it has a fresher, cleaner taste, and a more authentic one. However, as commercial tea bags go, these are satisfactory. I think, though, I may get myself some 'proper' green tea.

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                23.04.2009 14:00
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                A great green tea!

                When it comes to being healthy I'm the worlds worst at it but like many of us I do try to make small differences if and where I can.

                This morning I woke up with a really bad hangover after only four gin and tonics last night! This is when I know I need a small difference!

                Green tea is by no means a favourite drink of mine however I am aware that green tea is a good anti-oxidant and that's what I needed.... a slight cleanse this morning, boy my head hurt (I'm really not a drinker lol)!

                The Packaging....

                Not as depicted on the review photograph but it is that same product it's just that of late the box has changed quite a bit. The box is now light green with white and lime green small writing on it and I'm told that the product is Clipper Green Tea, Pure Green Tea 'Light, refreshing and a natural source of antioxidants' and contains 25 tea bags and there there is a picture drawn on of a white flower. On the back of the box I'm told a little about the product, how to prepare the tea (and tips), I'm told how to store the bags and given contact details for Clipper Teas Ltd. On the bottom of the box ingredients are listed (Green Tea only), size and weight is stated (25 tea bags and weigh 50g each) and finally the best before date is clearly stamped on (very long shelf life these do have. These have a best before date of over 2 years in my case!).

                A Bit About The Product According To The Back Of The Box....

                Clipper Pure Green Tea is light, refreshing and a natural source of antioxidants.

                The natural appearance of Clipper tea bags is because they are not bleached.

                Preparation....

                Use one tea bag per person. Draw fresh water. Infuse for one to three minutes. Sweeten if preferred.

                Tips....

                Using a teapot will enhance the quality of tea. Tea appears at its best served in white china.

                The Tea....

                Well the perforated bags themselves are jam packed full of green tea and the bag is a square and an off white colour. I leave my bag in for about 3 minutes and them I am greeted with a slightly dark brown and cloudy hot liquid (Use hot water of course) lol. There is no aroma to it and I don't add sugar or sweetener, milk or anything to my tea.

                The tea itself is actually rather pleasant to be fair to it. It's watery and it doesn't smell and has a light natural taste. This isn't a harsh concoction and I think it's something you couldn't love but I don't think you could dislike it either because really there is no flavour to it at all and afterwards no after-taste.

                For me it's a great way to treat my insides without having to hold my nose and feel like puking. I find with alot of green teas that they don't taste at all nice and it's like drinking medicine where as with these I really don't mind adding them to my drinks throughout the day. I even let mine go cool and add lemon and lime to them and if I'm being right posh then I like it in a tall glass cold with lime and fresh mint which gives it a really fresh flavour and seems to wake me up and make me feel more alert.

                I've bought this on a few occasions (mine came from Sainsbury's priced 99p) and I recommend these if you really want to be a bit more healthy but without suffering in any way shape or form lol.

                Available in all good supermarkets.

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                Clipper Organic Green Tea is grown naturally at over 9,000 feet in the nationally protected Bhavani Hills region, India.