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      04.04.2014 17:21
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      Amazing value for FairTrade tea-bags

      Sainsbury's value tea bags are incredibly good value. The price ranges between 27-30p for a box of 80 tea-bags. In addition, you do not need to choose between good value and good ethics as they are Fair-trade. The Fair-trade mark guarantees farmers have been paid a set price for their products, that they are grown in decent conditions without child-labour and a social premium is also paid to their local community to support schools etc.

      The most surprising thing about the tea-bags to me is that they are Fair-trade at such a low price. I pondered how they could do this, and wondered if perhaps they are a loss-leader to get you to go into their stores (they only sell these tea-bags in their larger stores and not in their smaller convenience stores). Or perhaps the middle-man is not getting such a big mark-up as usual. The other explanation is that they are using a system called mass-balance. In the same way that you don't get the exact same bank notes that you paid in to your bank when you withdraw money, you're not guaranteed to get the actual fair-trade tea leaves, but you know that somewhere a farmer has been paid a fair price for the same amount of tea. This cuts out a lot of the administrative costs in tracking the tea and keeping it separate.

      So, how do they taste? I and my family really like the tea they make although I suspect that they are on the weak side. However, this makes them ideal for brewing in a mug ? I find many other makes of tea too strong when I do this. The tea-bags do come in pairs attached to each other and have to be torn apart so if you like very strong tea then you could just use them two at a time. We generally use a pair of tea-bags if we're making a tea-pot full.

      In terms of packaging: the tea-bags come in a basic card box which can be recycled, which is wrapped in cellophane. The tea-bags are not wrapped further inside, as tea-bags from other manufacturers are, but that's fine by me as I think that's overkill ? we just transfer them straight into our ceramic tea caddy (which has a rubber seal to ensure the tea-bags stay dry).

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      16.03.2014 00:08
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      Excellent value

      As much as I love drinking coffee, I've had to stop drinking it from late afternoon onwards as it has started to affect my sleep. Instead, I've moved onto tea bags after three o'clock - I know they still have caffeine in, but on average tea has about half the caffeine content and I have noticed a difference as I'm no longer still wide awake at two in the morning. As I'm not a tea expert, I didn't see the point of spending a lot of money as I don't notice too much difference when it comes to tea. At 27p for a box of 80 Sainsbury's Basics Tea Bags, surely it was worth a gamble?

      It was, definitely. Yes, I know that for such a cheap price, they've probably used the floor sweepings from a more expensive make of tea bag. However, it doesn't taste of floor sweepings and actually makes quite a tasty flavoursome brew. The only big difference I've noticed is that to get a strong brew, I have to leave the bag in for slightly longer before I add the milk than I would for a more expensive tea bag. For less than half a penny per bag, I'm sure I can cope with that.

      I haven't noticed that they lose their flavour quickly if left out of an airtight jar for long, as opposed to Sainsbury's own make Chai tea bags which lose their flavour quicker than United fans have lost their loyalty this season. I've convinced the person at work who is in charge of the brew fund to switch to buying these, we've slashed the amount of money we were spending on tea a month and instead buy more biscuits.

      I've sang the praises of other Sainsbury's Basics range products in previous reviews, and these tea bags are more proof, in my opinion, that the Basics range really is good value for money, without skimping on quality or taste. I'd recommend these to anyone who just wants a good cuppa for a fraction of the price you're probably already paying elsewhere. Five stars, they're that good.

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        04.09.2013 22:17
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        Great taste and really worth the money

        Looking for some (very) cheap but delicious tea bags and trying to save the pennies? Look no further than Sainsbury's Basic Range. I am truly shocked by how good these tea bags are. I am not a tea bag snob, exactly, but generally speaking I tend to prefer either Yorkshire Tea or PG Tips. It was my husband who decided to buy these when I asked him to pop out on an errand for me for bread, milk and tea bags into our nearest Sainsbury's

        The box is very plain looking in white and just states "80 tea bags" on the front with a little illustration of a mug of piping hot tea. The instructions for use are the same as my normal tea and I used them the way I normally would - i.e. one bag per cup, added freshly boiled water, waited for it to brew then added a little slosh of semi skimmed milk.

        The colour impressed me originally and I could see that in fact they don't require the suggested full two minute wait before the tea has seeped through the bag and coloured the water. Adding the milk, I could see that it looked like the perfect cuppa. The test, however, is in the taste.

        I was really surprised at how full of flavour these little tea bags are. They tasted really lovely and made a really refreshing cup of tea. A box of 80 bags will only set you back 27p - I find it incredible that I have been paying over £3.50 for a box of PG Tips when these taste equally as nice. It's actually quite hard to tell the difference between the two. I was expecting some after taste or bitterness but there is none at all.

        I really rate these great tea bags form Sainsbury's very highly and they are a great alternative to the branded product if you are watching the pennies.

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        15.08.2013 16:05
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        Surprisingly good tea.

        I am not sure what made me buy Sainsbury's Basics Fairtrade 80 teabags. They have been sitting in my cupboard for weeks unopened as I worked my way through a box of Yorkshire tea and a box of Twining's English Breakfast tea. Two trains of thought had battled for supremacy inside my head as I surveyed the supermarket shelf: the cheery voice of optimism had said "a box of tea for 27p - these will do in my cupboard for emergencies, in case I run out." Whilst the world-weary small voice at the back of my head said, "27p well, these are going to be pretty awful, aren't they? Besides - you know you NEVER run out of tea. You'll just throw away the box unopened when it hits its expiry date."

        But I bought them anyway and much to my horror I did run out - or rather my husband managed to drop what was left in the tea caddy on the floor. So the Basics box of tea was opened.

        Being a total tea snob - it's one product I've always been reluctant to trade down on. I expected nothing from this tea as I dropped a bag into my cup, another into my daughter's and poured on the boiling water. Well, that's not exactly true - I expected a tasteless, perhaps oddly tangy hot drink which I'd probably end up pouring down the sink.

        Not so. It was perfectly drinkable. In fact, it was actually decent tea. It wasn't as strong and flavoursome as my usual choices - but it was quite nice. My daughter agreed. One teabag per cup makes a very acceptable cuppa. Remarkable - I think I'm still in shock. I've certainly had to re-evaluate my tea snobbery.

        The pack advises to let the tea brew for 2 minutes and add milk, sugar to taste. I didn't allow mine to really 'brew' very long at all. I tend to swirl the teabag around in the water for a moment or two and go on my way cup in hand. But even with my scant attention to the tea-making process, I managed to come up with a pleasant cuppa.

        Will this now replace other brands in my cupboard? I'm tempted, but I do still like my afore-mentioned favourites. However, I think this will be a regular additional purchase from now on. It's a very acceptable trade down - and a Fairtrade product to boot. Well done, Sainsburys. A surprisingly good tea for the money. Would recommend.

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          21.03.2013 14:45
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          If you're not too fussy about brands, these are great

          I love a cup of tea, I actually can't function without having one in the morning. But I am really fussy about my brew, not so much fussy about the brand but about how it's made. Three sugar, tiny bit of milk, done.

          I'd tried loads of different types of teabags, branded and non branded, some are better than others but I never found a box of teabags where I enjoyed every brew I made, you'd get a good one but then the next time, it would be bitter and I couldn't drink it.

          So I was having a cup of tea at my Dad's and it was the nicest brew I've had in ages, so nice, I asked for another! I asked him what tea bags he had, it was these. Cheap as chips, Sainsburys Basics, 27p for 80, you really can't go wrong at that price. I never thought of buying basics tea bags, always assumed they'd be disgusting and I have read some pretty bad reviews about them, which surprises me because I honestly, really like them.

          The teabags come in a white box wrapped in cellophane, the box has the Sainsbury's Basics logo on and information about the teabags, the bags themselves are in pairs and are rectangles. You have to tear the teabags to get just one but i've never had any problems with them ripping. This tea is Fairtrade.

          I find the taste of these really good, you would expect them to be weak perhaps but they're not at all, the tea is strong and flavoursome. I can even drink this tea without milk if I happened to run out but not without sugar, I can't stand tea unless it's very sweet.

          One slight downside to them is they really stain my cups, so much more than other teabags do so I have to give the cups a really good scrub to get the brown marks off.

          My husband is quite snobbish about basic/value products, but he's quite happy to drink this tea but he does need more milk in it than I do as he says it can be quite bitter.

          I would definitely recommend these if you're looking to save money on your shopping and still enjoy a decent cup of tea.

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            14.03.2013 20:44

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            Great value cuppa

            I love tea! I drink gallons of the stuff. I started buying these tea bags as I was spending a small fortune on them. I originally bought these in the hope that I might be able to save money. And I was able to.
            These tea bags are bloomy brillant.

            I know the packaging is nothing fancy to look at. But no one is going to notice if you keep them in a cupboard. I put the teabags in a canister and no one knows the difference. I do believe a lot of the basics are just the prenium brand in the white and orange wrapper. At the end of the day a teabag is a teabag.

            With these teabags it helps if you like a weak cuppa, you get more cups of tea for your money. Otherwise you might need a couple a time to make a really strong cup. But if you strain the tea bag long enough thats helps as well. On flavour I would say it compares to some of the prenium brand teabags. It does not have a bitter taste or does not a nasty after taste.

            If anyone is like me and drinks a lot of tea, these are worth a go. You will not notice the difference and you save a fortune.

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            31.10.2012 10:07
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            Well worth it

            I am a big fan of supermarkets selling a cheaper brand option. I shop regularly at Sainsburys so am very aware of the Basics brand.

            Although some products under this lable, clearly are a cheaper marketed product for the most part I can tell no difference! Beans etc are a different story and a different review.

            I have always been a black coffee drinker, but after a short spell in hospital recently, I completly went off the taste of coffee. The only time I have (in the past) drunk tea was when pregnant with both of my children. As soon as my children were born, I went back to coffe, very strange but back to my point. I have had no point of reference for tea as I havent drunk it in 13 years but while in hospital, decided to try a cup.

            I wasnt totally horrified, and I continued to drink it until 9 days later when I returned home. After a shopping trip to Sainsburys, and deciding that my tastes may change back to coffee, I opted for a box of Basics 80 tea bags. I didnt want to spend £2 on a box only to find that I went off it within a week.

            The packaging isnt that exciting but how thrilling is a tea bag really? The packet doesnt make me want or not want to buy a product, after all it is the contents I am paying for. The bags are in twos and are perforated, I have to admit that I have not had one bag split while seperating them even though the bag is slightly thinner than more expensive brands.

            The bag gives a reasonable cup of tea. The colour is fine, tastes normal not bitter, nor does it have an aftertaste. If you want a cup that bursts with exotic things then pick another brand or bag, but for a run of the mill, normal brew, it is definatly worth 27p.

            I have a PG Tips when visiting and have to admit there is no great difference in my opinion.

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            22.09.2012 16:34
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            Incredibly cheap if a little weak tea bags.

            The main reason to buy these tea bags is that they are incredibly cheap. I paid the massive sum of twenty-nine pence for a box of eighty bags, even in Central London where even basics are usually pricier.

            They are also Fairtrade marked, which is reassuring on the ethical front. The Fairtraide stamp also makes the very inexpensive price even more of a bonus, as Fairtrade teas are usually more expensive and while I do try to do my bit for the enviroment and global inequalities, I am also very keen to get good value for money.

            These tea bags give me both of that.

            No, they are not the greatest tea you will ever drink, but who would expect that at this price?

            The tea is a mixed blend and without opening a tea bag itself, I expect there is more tea dust than is usually added in to pad the contents out. This is also reflected in a slightly more bitty brew than I'm used to. However, it still produces a perfectly acceptable cup of tea, especially with the use of a strainer.

            The tea bags are sealed to maintain the freshness and the card box can be recycled after finishing the contents.

            The brew is slightly weaker than the main Sainsbury brand tea, let alone those of the specialist tea companies, and is not one I would serve to the boss.

            Ironically because it is a slightly weaker tea than normal it does make it the ideal one for serving to my parents who prefer a weak tea. If you are aiming to keep your builders happy, add another one or two to the pot.

            But at this price, you and your bank account will be the happiest one of all.

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            29.06.2012 18:30
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            A nice everyday cup of tea

            INTRODUCTION

            When it comes to the budget ranges available in the major supermarkets, I've always been sceptical that these products would be cheap and nasty, especially as far as food and drink are concerned. However over the past six months or, I've tried a fair few products in this type of range and I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of some of them. So with my new found confidence, I decided to give the Sainsbury's Basics tea bags a go.

            AVAILABILITY AND PRICE

            Obviously being a Sainsbury's own brand product, you will find the Sainsbury's Basics 80 Fair Trade Tea Bags exclusively on sale in Sainsbury's. I paid the princely sum of 27p which is very cheap considering the standard own brand equivalents are around the £1.30 mark for 80 tea bags.

            PACKAGING

            As I would expect from a budget range, the packaging is very simplistic looking, mostly in orange and white, which helps keep the price down. The box is wrapped in cellophane, which is obviously designed to keep the contents fresh until the box is opened. The box looks different to the one shown in DooYoo's product picture, as the tea is now Fair Trade.

            I must admit that Sainsbury's made me laugh by stating on the box the tea was made of 'mixed leaves' which promises to give me 'bags of flavour', as I thought most tea blends are from mixed leaves from different sources unless I'm buying Ceylon, Darjeeling and so on.

            On the back I'm given advice on how to make a nice cup of tea, along with the ingredients list and contact details, and on the side there's some blurb about the Fair Trade initiative, which aims to give producers a fairer deal for their goods.

            MY EXPERIENCE

            ~Opening the box~

            On opening the box, I'm presented with an array of square tea bags in twos which need separating at the perforation line. The tea bags themselves seem to be of good quality if a little thinner. They separate fairly easily and I haven't had any holes or breakages as yet. The main differences I've noticed is the bags seem to contain less tea than standard tea bags, and it's a lot finer in texture. As the tea bags aren't in foil pouches, I'll need to keep the tea bags in an air tight container to keep them fresh - not really a problem since Twinings fruit and herbal infusions are packed in the same way.

            ~Brewing my tea~

            I brew my tea in the usual way by putting my tea bag into the cup and pouring over freshly boiled water until it reaches my desired strength before removing the tea bag and adding milk to taste. For my tastes I swish my tea bag around for about a minute or less. I'm not one for squeezing my tea bags when removing them from the cup, but as they seem a little bit thinner, I'd be careful in doing this so they don't break.

            Once I've added my milk, I have a normal looking tea coloured drink which doesn't look like I've made it with cheap tea bags.

            ~Drinking it~

            The end result is a nice moderately flavoured cup of tea perfect for my palette that is neither too strong or too weak, and doesn't go too bitter as the drink goes cools. It's nice and refreshing and doesn't dry my mouth out as some of the stronger brands do which is a big advantage for me, and doesn't taste any different in my view to other more expensive teas brewed to the strength I like. I will say though, if you like strong and robust teas then I'd give this a miss as you will be disappointed.

            FINAL THOUGHTS

            Overall, I can't fault this tea and it's a bargain at just 27p a box and perfect if like me you don't like strong tea, and I would certainly buy this product again to save some cash. A four star rating from me.

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              22.06.2012 20:28

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              Why pay more?

              I couple believe how cheap these were in Sainsburys especially considering that they're fair trade and thought I'd give them a go. I was very pleasantly surprised!
              I think they make a lovely golden cuppa.
              The box is cheap but who cares about that? They are wrapped in foil inside in batches so they don't go off - just like the more expensive brands.
              I don't find that the tea is weak like other reviewers have commented - I tend to enjoy my tea medium strength with one sugar and milk (not too much, not too little). My fella makes my brews by throwing away the first water that he pours on the bag and even this hasn't led to weak tea (although he does then leaving it brewing until he's reminded by me that he was making me a brew)!
              The fact that they are fair trade makes you feel like a responsible bargain hunting tea drinker!
              Maybe they're not for you if you like a super strong brew but would recommend them to all you medium strength tea drinkers out there!

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              18.01.2012 04:25
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              Inexpensive but poor quality tea!

              Reason For Purchase ~ "Remember the tea kettle - it is always up to its neck in hot water, yet it still sings!"

              On a fairly tight budget means that I have to combine my grocery choices with value and basic ranges. Some of these selections have proven to be prudent whilst others have...well this one is an example of an unwise purchase!

              The Product ~ "Tea to the English is really a picnic indoors"

              The carton that contains the teabags is made of a light and thin but hardy enough cardboard. Within this bright orange packet contains the eighty teabags enclosed in polypropylene overwrap, the tea stored within paper circular bags. To ensure the product's freshness, the UK manufacturers of this product recommend that the teabags should be stored in an airtight container once the overwrap has been opened.

              The teabags are part of Sainsbury's Fairtrade products. As the Company note, 'buying Fairtrade products means' that the consumer 'can feel good that producers in developing countries like Kenya or Columbia, are getting a fair price for what they grow. They also receive an extra Fairtrade premium so they can invest in things for their communities - like schools, hospitals and wells'.

              My Usage Experience ~ "You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me"

              I am a coffee fan but to control the amount I drink I like to alternate this with tea. I have a set way that I like to prepare tea. The reason why I will explain my method is that if one were to claim a beverage was less than appealing, it could rightly be stated that perhaps the procedure of preparing the drink was faulty and not the tea. Therefore, after fourty plus years of making tea and gathering great tips along the way, of which I needed, here is my routine! :~)

              I have a cup indicator on the side of my kettle so I use this to decide how much water to boil; this saves three important utilities, water, electricity and time. A good tip I have learned is that by ensuring only fresh water is placed in the kettle to boil will enhance the tea's flavour. Apparently, boiled water that has been previously boiled loses a certain amount of its dissolved oxygen, important for extracting the teas flavours.
              I generally pour fresh semi skimmed milk into my cup first. This is another good tip I have picked up. It has been noted that if milk is poured onto the hot water after, this will cause degradation of the milk's proteins affecting the flavour of the tea. I find that leaving the tea to brew for around 2 ½ to 3 minutes is just right as this allows time for the flavours to develop but not long enough for an abhorrent aftertaste, caused by something to do with the molecular changes! Did my careful process make a difference?

              As the water was boiling, I opened the polypropylene wrap, and a fairly repugnant smell emanated from the package. Lifting one of the teabags out I noticed an odour much like an old spice left in the cupboard, well past its use by date; yes I own up to having kept herbs and spices too long! :~) Although the teabag looked much like any other economical brand, once it was placed into the cup with the milk and boiled water, I could tell that this was not going to be as refreshing as I would wish. To my surprise, the tea appeared to have a strong colour very soon after immersion but sadly this is the only good thing I can reveal. After stirring and leaving the required time to brew, the overall appearance looked bland and murky. The smell wasn't as potent but still not appealing. The flavour was terrible. I would describe it as old tea leaves left in the pot and re-used one too many times! The taste was very insipid, weak and watery.

              This tea is a flavourless mixture of a washy dull composition. I don't take sugar in tea but even a teaspoon of sweetener couldn't lift the taste positively. So, have I wasted my 30p? No! :~)

              There are amazing ideas to be found online on uses for tea such as this one. I found an online site, http://green.yahoo.com/blog/guest, that gives some really neat ideas, two of which are, "Add to compost: Pouring strong tea into a compost bin will help speed up the process and encourage more friendly bacteria to grow, improving the compost" and "Help houseplants: Occasionally use brewed tea instead of water to feed ferns and other houseplants that like rich, acidic soil. Spread used tea leaves around rosebushes, and then add mulch and water. The tannic acid and other nutrients will benefit the plants. A few used teabags in the bottom of a planter can help the soil retain water, and adds valuable nutrients".

              I personal use the teabags for heart pomanders. I knit woolen hearts, cut a small section into the tea paper bag, empty the tea, fill with aromatic chips, sew up the opening and place in the made up heart. This ensures that the filling of the pomanders remain natural and the paper bag allows the perfumed chippings to be released through the decorative freshener.

              Recommend? ~ "Strange how a teapot can represent at the same time the comforts of solitude and the pleasures of company"

              "Research...commissioned by Cravendale Milk...found that in Britain we drink a staggering 165 million cups of tea per day, or 60.2 billion a year" so tea is important to us in these 'ere parts. Obtaining a refreshing cuppa may need a few more coppers spent than the value ranges available. But in my opinion, these teabags are not suitable for a tasty brew. But, as a very frugal tool for many uses other than a beverage, they are ideal!

              The Sainsbury's Basic Tea Bags x 80 are currently available in store and online for 30p
              Thank you for taking the time to read my review, I hope it has been beneficial :~)

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                07.07.2011 20:59
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                Economy lacking in flavour and quality!

                When it comes to cups of tea I am simply addicted to them. Both myself and my flatmate constantly find ourselves drinking the stuff and of late we have had so many visitors too which means we seem to be running out of teabags really often which is why the other day when we found ourselves in a Sainsbury's store I decided to try these really cheap ones out just to see if we could cut corners slightly and save a bit of money really!

                The Packaging:

                Well the teabags come in a white and bright orange box and on the the top and on the sides of the box we are told that they are Sainsbury's 'Basics' 80 Tea Bags 'Fairtrade' and that they are 'Mixed Leaves, Bags Of Flavour' and the best before date is stated too. On the bottom of the box other information stated includes being told how to store and how to use them and contact details for Sainsbury's are given. This does look like economy packaging and sticks out as cheap in my cupboard though it is informative enough etc.

                The Teabags:

                What you get is a large, square white thickish teabag though not overly filled with leaves really. The leaves are of course encased within it and I find that bits of the leaves are powdery all over the bag so you do need to give it a quick flick to get that off so it doesn't land up scumming on your tea before using them!

                To use them of course you simply pop one in a cup or mug or whatever and allow it to infuse and then remove the bag and add whatever you like to it and to your personal taste. This makes a dark brown cuppa with little fragrance really.

                Usually with good quality teabags you find that the longer you allow it to brew the stronger and more intense the flavour becomes, well sadly I find this to make weak tea even if I leave a bag in the duration of me drinking it and really that these are pretty flavourless all things considered. I admit to having a fondness for strong, rich, builders like tea but really, this is far too weak for me and really cheap tasting and lacking good quality.

                If your totally skint then at about 27p a box for 80 bags then they aren't totally disgusting but really....these are simply not really my cup of tea sadly lol.

                Available in all good Sainsbury's stores.

                This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.

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                05.02.2011 23:07
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                5 stars

                I normally buy branded tea bags PG Tetly etc from the bargain stores but whilst shopping in Sainsburys knowing I had no tea bags left I was quite socked at how much PG tips cost in a Supermarket so I scooted around for a chaper option and found these Sainsbury's basics teabags where you get 80 bags for a super small 27p! Thats less than 0p per bag lol basically giving them away.

                Tea bags to me are tea bags so I couldn't really say I thought it would make much of a difference though I should probably admit that I do have my tea milky so those of you who like builders tea (nice and dark) probably appreciate the true flavour more than me. Anyway I got them home emptied them into the tea jar and hid the box as my boyfriend is a brand snob and I know he would not drink them if he knew from the beginning that they were basics it would have been 'these are no good' before the kettle had even boiled and so the test began.

                I boiled and made my tea in the usual way and to me there was no difference between these bags and brand ones only that I had to give the bag an extra squeeze with my spoon to make the tea a bit darker to me these tea bags are a great alternative to branded ones. After a week of drinking tea made with these bags my boyfriend had not commented on any difference so I decided I would own up and see what he said. Apparently he knew there was something not quite right with them and they didn't taste as good as our usual bags however my boyfriend is not one for holding back when he does not like something so I do not believe for one minute that this is true lol so I shall continue to value range and hide the evidence.

                I think these tea bags are a bargain though like I say I do like my tea weak so that may make a difference to my opinion. I give them 5 stars.

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                  A reasonable effort from a budget brand!

                  I will confess that I have never really been a big fan of shopping in Sainsbury's, mainly due to the fact that I find there is a huge price difference between this supermarket and other stores like it. I did decide to pick up a few bits and pieces when I was visiting a local Sainsbury's store recently , although this was more down to being convenient at the time than it being my first choice of store.

                  One of the items I needed on this occasion was a box of teabags. I couldn't really decide which brand to purchase and so opted to try the Sainsbury's Basics brand of teabags, which is obviously the store's most basic brand of tea. I have tried a few items from the Sainsbury's brand before and have been fairly impressed with said items in the past so was keen to see if their budget brand of tea bags were any good.

                  The packaging was very basic, but I have come to expect this over time with any supermarket's budget brand, and personally, it doesn't put me off too much. I regularly buy basic brand items from alternative supermarkets such as Tesco and Asda, so I was not at all surprised to notice the plain white-coloured box made of thin cardboard, with the simple brand logo on the packaging and a brief description of the teabags.

                  I was impressed by the extremely low cost of the box of tea bags, which only cost around the 30 pence mark. The Sainsbury's Basics tea bags only appeared to be supplied in one choice of quantity, which was a smallish, cardboard box containing 80 individual tea bags within.

                  The second point that impressed me with this particular brand of tea bags was the fact that they are Fair Trade. This is something that is fairly important to me as a consumer, and although I have been known to buy products that are not Fair Trade from time to time, it is my preference to do so. I was highly impressed that the Sainsbury's Basics brand of tea bags contained Fair Trade tea, as I have found in the past that supermarkets' own branded items are usually the cheapest, but are not always the most 'eco-friendly'.

                  When it came to using the tea bags, I found that the quality was sadly not the greatest that I have ever come across but I had not really expected it to be, considering how cheap these tea bags were. I thought that the appearance of the tea was slightly weak and watery-looking and even though I take milk in my tea, I could still tell that the tea was not quite as full-bodied in terms of colour or aroma as I would have liked personally.

                  In regards to the actual taste of the tea, I can only reiterate my previous comments, and again, I found the taste was slightly weak and had no real 'oomph' to the flavour. I do have to confess though that I have tried most of the other major Supermarkets' brand of basics teabags, and the Sainsbury's version is most definitely the best in terms of taste. I find that in comparison to the 'value end' teabags from both Asda and Tesco, the Sainsbury's Basics tea bags did not have that horrible 'watered-down' type of flavour that their competitors' did. I also find that very cheap teabags can have a slight aftertaste to them, which is slightly bitter. The Sainsbury's Basics teabags however, had no such bitter 'twang' to their flavour, in my opinion.

                  Overall, I thought these teabags were ok and I did finish the box. I have to be honest and say that I do like a rather robust, full-flavoured cuppa, and the Sainsbury's Basics tea bags just didn't deliver on that score. I do tend to buy quite good quality tea bags most of the time, so to make a comparison between these tea bags and the Sainsbury's Basics ones would be unfair. As I've hinted at already, I did think they were the best budget branded teabags I have bought for quite a while, but that's probably as good a compliment as I can give them.

                  I would, however, buy them again, particularly if I was watching the purse strings, and the tea itself was MORE than palatable, but it was by no means delicious, neither did I find it satisfying or moreish, which are all traits that I would usually find in a hot cuppa! I will continue to buy a better quality tea for the majority of the time, but it is worth trying these teabags out and I am going to award them three Dooyoo stars as I feel they are a reasonable attempt at a budget item from a major supermarket, and I am absolutely delighted by the fact that they are Fair trade!

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                    17.11.2010 21:28
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                    three out of five stars -Average

                    Sainsbury's Basics Fairtrade Tea Bags


                    Who doesn't love a nice cup of tea? I have tried my fair share of tea bags in search of an absolute favourite, these Sainsbury's basic fair-trade tea bags do make a nice cuppa, but they don't make a great cup of tea.
                    What I like about these tea bags, is that they are fair-trade. I try and buy fair-trade whenever I can and I like the fact that Sainsbury's basic range are still ethically good.


                    The tea bags collectively tend to be quite dusty and before I use one I give it a bit of a shake to try and minimise the amount of dust that will be going into my mug. When you brew the tea it does have a nice standard colour to it and it does taste nice enough. Personally, I like tea both served black and with a little bit of milk. While this tea is fine served with milk I think that when it is served black you can tell that it is from a cheaper tea brand.


                    These tea bags are really quite cheap, retailing at 27 pence for a packet of approximately 80 individual tea bags.


                    The packaging for the tea bags is basic. They are stored in a flimsy, thin cardboard box that isn't resealable and it doesn't really hold its shape well. However, personally this isn't a problem for me because I transfer any tea bags I buy into my tea storage jar. However, if you do keep them stored in the box while in use then it isn't the best quality packaging, but then for the price I wouldn't really expect anything better.


                    These are cheap and they aren't the best tea bags available, but they are fair-trade and they are good value for money. As such I believe that these Sainsbury's basic tea bags deserve an average but good three out of five stars.

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                  Brand: Sainsbury's / / Type: Tea Bags