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I am a huge tea drinker. Mornings aren't right without a cup of tea straight away, one there is always one before bed. Then, as many as I fancy during the day, which can be anything up to 20 or so. I always have enjoyed drinking tea, but since coming to uni, I seem to drink it even more, probably due partially to fact that water here tastes horrible, even with squash, and I cannot afford to live on Pepsi Max.
The other thing that has changed at uni, is what I have to spend money on. From buying my own food, to washing, and all those other things which I had previously been able to rely on Mum for, it all added up, and my overdraft was demolished rather too quickly (still waiting for my student loan...) and that left me with my cupboards running bare, as I watched the last pounds drift out of my bank accounts.
Then, I remembered back when I was 13, and my lust for getting post. I used to love it, anything really, from junk mail or letters, getting post was awesome, and one way I had found of guaranteeing that I got something, was a few websites out there which offered free stuff. From samples of products to random promotional goods. This memory was triggered by the promotion from Bailey's offering tiny bottles of there coffee flavoured Irish Cream, and I thought that while I was sending off for that, I should look at some of the sites I used to visit, and see if there is anything useful to send off for.
So, I scoured the pages of www.freestuffjunction.co.uk, and on one page there was a link to send off for a free sample of Clipper Organic Tea, a brand that I had never heard of, but a product I used daily. I filled in the form, and a few days later I had some post.
About Clipper Teas
Clipper are a brand that I had never heard of, and never seen advertised, but a look around their website shows that they have a range of different Teas, suitable for everyone's tea drinking tastes.
First off, is this, Clipper Organic Everyday Tea, then their other Everyday Tea, Clipper Fairtrade ET, both available in bags or loose leaf. Then you have the "Classic Teas", which are those such as Earl Gray, or Assam. Plus a large range of white, green and infusion teas, from Redbush, Lemon and Ginger, White Tea + Peppermint, Green Tea with Aloe Vera and so many more. If that is where your tea taste lies, then they have something for you. But they don't just stop at tea. They also offer Coffee, and Hot Chocolate. With so many products on offer, I have no idea how I have missed them before..
The company started 25 years ago, with just two chests of Assam tea, which proved so popular the company grew and grew. This year, they redesigned their packaging, which seems to show their values of Organic and Fairtrade (respectively)
Me and Clipper
I had just got back from a morning lecture, checked my post and now had some new Tea to try. My friend Corey had came back with me, and so into the kitchen we went to sample this new brand. The kettle boiled, the cups were fetched from the cupboard, and a tea spoon was discovered (reluctantly). I opened the small sample packet, and the first thing I noticed was the distinctly different colouring to the actual bag, it looked, well, more natural, although I have no idea if it is. The bags are the traditional rectangle shape and into the cup two went.
As I poured the water over, I noticed that this tea brewed quickly, certainly quicker than my then favourite PG Tips. I added the sugar, and a drop of milk, and we sat down to quench the first we had achieved from working so hard in a lecture...
It was instantaneous, we both knew that this was awesome tea. There was no question, it was great, and thoroughly enjoyed by the pair of us, and has launched it's way to the top of our tea lists. It has a refreshing quality to, and it just tastes amazing.
The 10 tea bags in the sample soon disappeared, and Corey sent off for his own, and I sent off for more to be sent to my home address. While home for the weekend, I also managed to get my mum to fork out the £2.09 from Co-Op for the box of 80 tea bags.
I don't really care for organic. I am not fussed with Fair Trade, and I don't usually steer towards such products purely for their labels. I go on quality and price. Clipper Organic Tea certainly wins with the former, it is excellent quality in every sense of the word. It is everything Tea should be.
Pricewise, in Tesco they are £2.29, and I couldn't see them in ASDA (though they did have other Clipper products), compared to 80 PG Tips being £2.21, and 80 Tetleys or Yorkshire Tea being £1.88, this seems reasonable. I certainly think it is worth forking out the extra 40p for an above average product.
If you want to try for yourself, then send of for the sample, which comes with a 50p of coupon from www.clipper-teas.com/join-our-club, after trying once this tea converted me to become a regular buyer, maybe it can get you too...
Clipper Teas have been gracing supermarket shelves for years, personally I've only purchased some of the rooibos varieties in the past, but was recently tempted by their Organic Everyday Tea, which is I believe a rebranding of their old organic variety.
Clipper sell their Everyday teas in three varieties, Fairtrade, organic and organic decaffienated. There is a fourth variety, decaf, organic AND Fairtrade, but I haven't seen it in the stores.
The recent rebranding of the Everyday tea seems to be a push to further sales of the brand, making them less specialist and more accessible to buyers of more popular brands.
I enjoy a strong cup of tea with a robust flavour, blends strong on Assam usually score highly for me and I'm sure that Assam is present here in this tea.
Whilst the tea is a strong one, it isn't overly bitter or too strong on tannin, it still has a refreshing taste to it.
Not all tea bags are made alike, instead of a round, pyramid or other fancy style they've chosen to go for the traditional old square bag. Not so technologically advanced (or gimicky) but perfectly adequate and with plenty of tea in each bag you won't be using a second one to try and strengthen a disappointing brew.
Retail price for these is:
£1.39 for 40
£1.99 for 80
£3.79 for 160
250g of loose tea will cost you £2.29
I have found that the extra cost is justifiable as long as you keep your tea consumption at sensible levels :-)
A great affordable blend for everyday use, there are better teas out there but I'm sure they cost more than this. If price is your number one priority there are of course cheaper teas (that don't taste so bad you'll spit them out) and you can probably skip these.
Anything with the word 'organic' comes with a higher price tag, if you prefer an organic product these would be a good bet. Even if organic isn't a selling point for you they're still worth a try.
I like to always buy ethical and organic products where possible. I think this is important for not only the environment but it also makes sure the workers and producers receive a fair deal.
However I would drink (or eat) any ethical product unless it tasted great and better than any other on the market. Clipper organic tea makes a great cup, and I thoroughly enjoy sitting down for one before I go on with my day.
They aren't the cheapest of brands but then they aren;t that expensive either. I kind of think you pay for what you get, you pay peanuts then you get peanuts. So these teabags are worth the little extra then that you have to pay.
The teabags stay fresh and within a box are wrapped in lots of twenty (I think), this means that you can buy a larger and better value pack and not risk the rest going stale.
I drink this tea not just because of certain ethical and environmental principles but also because it makes a lovely cuppa. The company proclaims to have a philosophy that promotes the purchase of only high quality tea from growing areas in the developing world where organic growing methods are combined with good standards of production. Such methods of production are also said to incorporate economic welfare for the tea pickers and their families. This is an approach that ensures protection of the land and the people that cultivate it as well as the wildlife. It can be argued therefore that buying Clipper Organic Tea is a way of contributing to a sustainable and balanced fertile environment.
The teabags come in a recycled eco-friendly box. The paper and card materials are sourced from non-chlorine bleached materials and managed sustainable forests. Unsurprisingly the box is 100% biodegradable and therefore recyclable. Importantly the teabag paper is also unbleached.
Clipper organic tea is a highly delicious blend of various organic teas. It is ideally suited for drinking at any time of the day and is perfect for drinking with main meals. The tea can be drunk with or without milk, I personally prefer it with a drop or two of semi-skimmed. As with all teas, it should be stored in a cool dry place.
One tea bag is the recommended dose per person but this is a strong tea if brewed for the full four minutes and you should be able to squeeze two decent mugs of tea out of a single teabag without any deterioration in flavour. It should be noted that the minimum brewing time is two minutes. This tea has a delicious and natural flavour which exudes richness. This is a truly international tea with tea leaves originating from Africa, India and Sir Lanka.
You should find a box of 80 teabags for around £1.89 in the major supermarkets.
Clipper Organic Tea is delicious and natural with a full, rich flavour and bright, fresh colour. Sourced from high in the mountains of Africa and Sri Lanka, where perfect growing conditions make this an excellent tea at any time of the day.