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Brand: Clipper Teas / Type: Herbal Tea / Food quality: Organic food

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      24.08.2012 15:39
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      A cleansing cuppa!

      The tea bags come in a cardboard box; the tea bags themselves are in a foil packet.

      Making the tea is simple; boil the kettle using fresh water and simply pour over the tea bag and leave to soak. I like to leave mine to cool before drinking - I leave the tea bag in so it is very strong. I don't add anything (I.e sugar etc.) to it.

      TO look at the tea isn't very attractive; it's a dark green, almost black colour and reminds me of pond water!!

      I tend to drink various herbal teas, more for their health benefits more than for pleasure. I recently came across an article in a magazine about nettle tea which said what a wonderful cleanser and is very rich in iron and so is brilliant for those suffering from fatigue. As I am a vegetarian and am always tired I thought that I would give it a go.

      I found the nettle tea to be a bit urgh to begin with as it does have a strange slightly bitter taste. However, it does begin to taste more pleasant after a couple of seconds. I think that the nicest bit is the aftertaste. The flavour is very fresh and quite light and so is an easy tea to drink.

      After drinking it I feel more refreshed and it seems to wake me up. I feel better; more awake and have slightly more energy

      I paid £1.24 for a pack of 20 tea bags, which I do think is quite expensive. Although the nettles used are organic. I bought mine from Morrissons. I think you can get this one from most supermarkets.

      I would definitely recommend this tea!

      Thanks for reading!
      August 2012
      Xdonzx / xd-o-n-z-x

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        27.10.2010 10:47
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        Thumbs up from me.

        I love a cup of something hot in the morning, but I try to avoid milk and I'm not such a fan of caffeine, which means it's herbal tea or just water for me. You can only have so many cups of hot water and lemon, so recently I've been experimenting with a number of different types of herbal tea and this one, Clipper Organic Nettle Tea, has emerged as my favourite morning brew.

        I was originally recommended nettle tea by a friend, who said that it's well known as a general cleanser and 'detoxer', as well as being quite refreshing. According to a website I've had a look at (don't know how far you should believe this, mind!) nettle tea is good for settling the urinary system, cleansing the blood (including decreasing blood sugar) and also useful in helping to fight infection. It sounds like a wonder product, but the main reason I drink it is really just the taste, so take all this about its miraculous properties with a pinch of salt.

        So anyway, Clipper themselves are a fairly well-known brand in the tea world; they were founded in 1984 and launched the world's first Fairtrade tea in 1994. Now they're known for making fairtrade, organic teas of all kinds, from ordinary English Breakfast to more exotic teas such as jasmine and speciality blends, and also herbal teas such as lemon or red berries, of which Nettle Tea is probably one of the more unusual blends.

        This tea comes in 30g packs of 20 bags, in an average-sized cardboard box which is beige and green coloured, with Clipper's standard design: a black cup of tea with white writing, and above that a picture of some nettle leaves helpfully annotated with the word "nettle". The whole effect of the packaging is quite traditional yet funky, it's possibly a bit chic-ly rustic if that's a way to describe it. To get into the packet you tear a strip off the top, which creates a little flap that you can reseal the box with - clever! Inside, the teabags are sealed in a foil bag and come in 2s that you have to tear off; this is really easy and as the bags are strong there's no chance of ripping it open unless you really make an effort.

        The bags themselves are marketed as 'unbleached' and they are actually a bit darker than your average Tetleys or PG tips bags. To keep the bags fresh and full of flavour you should ideally keep them in a sealed jar or something, but I haven't got anything like that so I just make sure that the foil is folded over and that I reseal the box after each use.

        The back of the box recommends that you brew this tea with "fresh water" poured over the bag "while it's still boiling" and then leave it to infuse for 2-5 minutes. I like mine left for the full 5 minutes, as contrary to how this tea looks - really dark green and actually a bit silty-looking, like river water - it's not strong and I prefer it left to develop the flavours more.

        It doesn't smell strong, either; definitely fresh and perhaps a bit vegetal, and with a definite kick of 'iron'. The smell of spinach cooking is probably the closest I can get to describing the smell, while the taste itself has a similar tang of iron underneath a grassy, vegetable sort of flavour. It's not sweet at all but not bitter or sour as you might imagine - it's actually very light and drinkable, and leaves you feeling fresh and not bloated. The longer you leave it, the more 'bits' you get at the bottom, but they're not really very big and they don't spoil the experience at all. I should probably point out at this point that nettles can't sting you once they're cooked, so there aren't any worries about having a mouth full of blisters...

        Downsides? Well, I'm reliably told that nettle tea is a diuretic, and it will make you wee a lot if you drink more than one or two cups of this per day. Apparently it's also laxative in large doses, so you might want to go easy on it if this isn't the effect you're after!

        So what's the damage? Very little: I buy these for 99p a packet in Holland and Barrett, which works out at just under 5p a cup. It's great value for something that's probably doing some good and tastes fantastic in the mornings. I've seen these in Sainsburys and Tesco as well, but not all the time so if you fancy these, then you're probably best off going to Holland and Barrett to stock up.

        Overall, an excellent product - it's got my vote!

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          30.04.2010 21:48
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          An essential in my morning

          Clipper Nettle tea cost around 92p for a box of 20 and is available from most leading supermarkets. However, Tesco in particular often have it on offer which is when I stock up.

          Clipper Tea do a variety of herbal tea infusion, most notably green and white teabags, and are a brand that I have bought for years as they cannot be beaten for quality and value as far as I am concerned. They pride themselves on being both fair-trade and organic.

          Nettle tea is predominantly used as a cleansing 'detox', and came to the fore initially a few years ago as something that was highly recommended by Gillian McKeith in her "You Are What You Eat" series of TV programmes and books.

          The packaging is that of a non-glossy cardboard which it states on the box is biodegradable. The packaging itself is quite attractive and a little rustic. On the back there is some information about the aims of the brand as well as a link to their website - www.clipper-teas.com. Also it contains instructions on how to prepare the drink.

          Inside is a foil packet in which the teabags are kept in layers of two, you just need to tear the seam down the middle in order to separate them. They come away quite easily without tearing into the bag. The bags are 'unbleached' therefore they are slightly more of an off-white colour than conventional teabags and thereby tying in with their organic ethos.

          It is recommended that you brew the tea in hot water for 2-5 minutes. I usually do it for about 3.5 minutes. The tea itself is a dark earthy green in colour. The smell of the tea is not particularly strong, but smells natural rather than flavoured. The taste is definitely what I would describe as grassy, that is clean and fresh with a kind of natural rather than synthetic or overly sweetened taste. I find the taste quite refreshing and find it is one of the easier herbal teas to drink. Another great thing about this particular brand is that there is no thickening or sediment of the tea at the bottom which could otherwise make it undrinkable.

          I find this a very refreshing drink for mornings. Typically it is my first drink of the day as I try to avoid caffeine because I find it gives me a real slump mid morning. The fresh taste of it makes you feel hydrated and cleansed without bloating. One thing I will warn you about however, is that one of nettle teas properties and why it lends itself to a detox label is that it is a known diuretic, in that you will probably need to go for a wee not long after drinking it.

          I often go through phases as to what herbal and fruit teas I prefer, but this tea in particular remains a constant. It has a lovely light flavour, is refreshing and of good quality considering that it is at such a low price.

          In conclusion, if you are a fan of herbal teas - I highly recommend this one!

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            09.01.2010 17:05
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            I am a great fan of Clippers teas, I think they are fare superior to any other teas. I know I have tried other that are suppose to be organic but I never tasted the difference.
            Though I normally take the Camomile one from Clippers because it tastes very sweet once I actually saw nettle tea available in the organic version. I know when I was a child my grandmother used to make me nettle soup that was rather sour and savoury and this wired nettle leaves wore floating in my plate that I keep worrying weather is going to sting me, which my the way when nettle is boiled there is no sting to it.

            When I first make my cup of nettle tea I did the exact same thing in my teat preparation. I put 2 teabags in my pint size cup and let it brew until is about drinking temperature for me, then I take the take the tea bags out.
            My first impression of the nettle tea is that it has a rather strange irony slippery texture and taste to it . It took me a few cups of tea to drink in time to decide weather I like it or not, and the verdict is that I truly like it now. I never have sugar with it which is always a plus when I am drinking tea, some teas are so terrible they do not taste so nice without sugar like the Chinese ones for example

            Now drinking this nettles tea in public is an adventure because according to some it looks like pond or lake water. Maybe is looks like this, is that dark greenish bland colour to it that is simply not appealing.
            I have got asked whether it stings when I drink it, and that in the most serious way, was hard to keep a straight face.

            I noticed lately that this nettle tea is now widely available in supermarkets for £1.25 20 teabags. I have tried other nettle teas, as in loose types, and I did not though is much difference between the brands.

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          Brand: Clipper Teas / / Type: Herbal Tea