Product Type: Sainsbury's Tea
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Sainsbury's Basics Teabags
Member Name: deesum
Sainsbury's Basics Teabags
Date: 18/01/12, updated on 24/06/13 (76 review reads)
Advantages: Numerous uses....
Disadvantages: ...but not to drink!
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 :~)
Summary: Inexpensive but poor quality tea!