Product Type: Sainsbury's Tea
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Bargain, But Budget Bags ARE Basic!!
Sainsbury's Basics Teabags
Member Name: Wee_Jackie_163
Sainsbury's Basics Teabags
Advantages: Price, Fair Trade..
Disadvantages: See review...
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!
Summary: A reasonable effort from a budget brand!
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