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I've been a white tea fan for years, and before that a green tea fan. Green tea can be very bitter though which puts me off- bitterness is one of the reasons why I don't like black tea. Clipper is a good quality brand that sources organic and fair trade tea leaves wherever possible, so I have tried most of the different types of teas made by Clipper. Clipper Organic White Tea with Lemon is a lovely, sensual tea similar to the white tea Clipper makes (which I drink several times a day), but with an added 'twist' of lemon. The hint of lemon makes the tea a refreshing and excellent tea for first thing in the morning, which is when I drink it, as lemon is meant to be really good at waking up our organs after a night of sleep. The important thing to do when making this tea is not let it steep for too long. Clipper doesn't cut corners with it's tea leaves and any Clipper tea bag, in my experience, that is left to steep for over a minute ends up tasting too strong and bitter, which is fine if you like your tea that way- and Chinese herbalism will tell you that having bitter food and drink in your diet is essential to your health- but it's not for me. I much prefer mild teas; the lemon tea made by Twinings is too strong for me even when left to steep for 30 seconds. Any less time than that and it just takes like hot water with a bit of lemon juice added. Back to the Clipper White with Lemon tea, there are 25 teabags in a pack, and I reuse each bag once or twice, so this tea is really good value for money. The teabags are packaged in foil and a recyclable/compostable cardboard box. I currently pay £1.59 for a box from Asda, but prices often vary and Holland and Barrett has this tea on offer from time to time for only £1, which is when I stock up on it. If you are looking for a mild, aromatic tea to wake you up the morning, this could be it. I never leave the house without having one first!
Clipper is a brand that I hadn't tried before today. I haven't been feeling too great, in fact I've been off work all week, and I've resorted to herbal remedies to try and settle my viollently complaining tummy (sympathy please!). One thing I will say is that Clipper Organic White Tea With Lemon (and breathe) is a prime example of how something can smell good and taste disgusting. Okay, so it's light and refreshing and is a natural source of ingredients, apparently, adn I'll grant that when you boil the water and pour it into a mug with one of the 25 bags from the box in, the smell is a soothing lemony smell. There is also an undercurrent of something else there, and once you taste itm the lemon is weak and the undercurrent taste turns out to be similar to Green Tea, which is something that I generally don't like. Perhaps it is more a herbal flavour that I am assuming here tastes of Green Tea. The aroma is still nice even after a while, and there is a surprising contrast between the flavour and the smell. I don't doubt the quality of the product, the means by which is was created, and the fact that it is organic. Equally, I don't doubt that it is good for you. I know white tea is supposed to have good properties for clearing out your bowels, if you know what I mean, moreso than Green Tea, but even so, I need something that's going to taste nice otherwise it becomes a chore and not a comfort. If I want something to fix me that tastes horrible, I can get that from the doctor!!! You get 25 tea bags, foil fresh and resealable in a box. It should cost you somewhere in the region of £1.50, which isn't so bad when you compare it with other brands and flavours with similar herbal properties. Still, I probably wouldn't get this one again. It's more my wife and my mother in law who have these drinks. Maybe next time I'll leave their drinks alone. I'm gonna grab myself a cup of coffee!
A superb organic white tea, rich in antioxidants, with a natural lemon flavour.