“ Brand: Sainsbury's / Type: Tea Bags „
From a young age I have always loved a good cup of tea and even now it is still one of the first drinks that I turn to when I'm feeling thirsty. I generally prefer to buy branded tea bags and as a result look out for offers when I am in my local Sainsbury's however, on a recent trip there were no tempting offers and so I purchased a box of Sainsbury's Red Label tea bags. These are a supermarket own product and I had fond memories of the reminiscent red box from my living at home days therefore I knew that I was onto a good thing.
The red box which these tea bags are presented in is wrapped in a cellophane wrapper and the overall look of this product has not changed much over the years being bright, cheerful and obvious to spot inside my slightly dark kitchen cupboard. It is worth pointing out that these tea bags come in various box sizes and I guess you would buy these depending on how much tea you are likely to drink although in my case I just buy the largest box as I know the bags will store for a long time. In my local Sainsbury's store the boxes were sold in sizes of 80, 160 and 240 tea bags and therefore I opted for the 240 box.
Removing the cellophane wrapper from the box the lid opens upwards and is hinged allowing you to close it when you have taken the sufficient amount of tea bags out. In our house I do have three storage containers on the kitchen worktop for tea, coffee and sugar and therefore I prefer to take a pile of teabags out of their red box and store them inside my more decorative container putting the box back inside my cupboard until I next need to top up the container. Each tea bag is round in shape and contains 100% black tea in its ingredients with the added bonus that Red Label are a Fairtrade product.
To make my daily cup of tea (my caffeine intake is currently limited as a result of some not so eagerly received advice from the midwife) I like to take a single tea bag and place it in the bottom of my breakfast mug before filling to the brim with boiling water. The tea bag begins to create black swirls of tea from the minute the water is poured and this soon turns the water a dark shade of brown which only gets darker the more it is stirred. Unlike other tea bags which seem to take a lot of straining to get the required dark shade, I find that these tea bags make a strong cup of tea very easily and I guess in a time of budget consciousness you could probably use one bag for two cups. I like to add milk to my tea after I have removed the tea bag however you could just have it black, although I find the taste too strong personally to have it without milk.
Sipping this tea really is quite delightful and I like the strong flavour that these tea bags give and the instant caffeine boost that they bring in the morning. I like the fact that with these tea bags you can taste the tea leaf flavour over and above that of the milk and therefore you could add a good dollop of milk and still know that you are drinking tea and not some weak milky substitute as I have found with other tea bags.
When I purchased a box of 240 tea bags they cost around £3 as part of a deal that Sainsbury's were doing at the time. At full price they are currently priced at £3.20 which equates to around 1.3p per bag which makes them great value in my opinion particularly when you consider that they could be used for more than one mug of tea.
As a result of my enjoyment of these tea bags I would have to recommend them. Consequently they score an excellent five stars from me.
I hope this review has been of some help and thanks for reading! x
=== The product ===
Fairtrade round tea bags sold exclusively by Sainsburys.
=== The packaging ===
Each tea bag is packed in to a cardboard box. The box is red, in keeping with the name, and shows all the usual nutritional information, ingredients & company information. The box has a lid on it that you can lift up to remove the required amount of tea bags. I tend to put my tea bags in to a small 'tea' pot I have and then leave the rest of the tea bags in the cupboard in their box. I have been using a box since September last year as we don't drink a massive amount of tea and they've stayed nice and fresh inside the packaging.
=== The taste ===
When one of these teabags is infused in some hot water for a few minutes it creates a deliciously strong tea. It's hard to put my finger on the specific taste of this, it's strong and it's bursting with flavour. It's a thoroughly enjoyable blend and is more superior, in my opinion, than the likes of PG Tips.
=== Where can I buy these and for how much? ===
These tea bags can be purchased from Sainsburys stores and www.sainsburys.co.uk in a variety of sizes. I purchased two 160 bag boxes last year in September 2010 down from £2.47 to just £1.24 and these have lasted us almost a year now, also, the price appears to have remained the same as these are available online now for £2.47.
=== Overall opinion ===
I love these tea bags, as does my husband. We have been drinking them for a whole year and not once have I had a cup of tea at someones home and felt that it was better than what we have at home. I love the strong flavour of this tea and even if I leave it for just a moment it still provides a deliciously refreshing cup of tea.
Overall I am pleased with the quality of these tea bags, there is minimal 'dust' in the cup even without giving the bag a good shake and they provide a nice, strong cup of tea. There is no 'scum' build up in the cup when using these tea bags and overall they provide a high quality cup of tea.
I am sure we will continue to purchase these and I am very pleased that I found these on special offer last year as they have lasted us very well with a few cups each most weeks (mainly with a nice breakfast) and I will continue to buy these, even at full price.
I usually opt for Tetley when it comes to tea bags, however due to the economy at the moment, I am trying to cut back on as many things as possible. When in Sainsburys the other day, I decided to pick up a pack of their Red Label Quality Tea Bags to see how they would compare.
The pack I brought contained 160 tea bags, however there was a smaller and a larger one which could be most suited to your needs. I paid around £2.90 for these which is a very reasonable price. The packaging is as shown in the image, and although being an own branded product, they do look as if they are of a high quality, so I was expecting good things from these!
Upon opening the box when I returned home and fancied a fresh brew, the first thing that hit me was the gorgeous smell. I could tell that these tea bags were going to be fantastic and rich in flavour, because some cheaper brands have quite a bland smell to them which usually shows they are not going to perform fantastically.
So, without hesitation I threw one of these tea bags into my mug, poured a good amount of water, two spoonfuls of sugar and a little milk, also known as my perfect cup of tea. Because I get through a good three or four mugs of tea a day, I simply will not settle for anything but perfect. I enjoy my tea to be quite strong, and that is not something you can find in every tea bag. Once I had stirred my cup up, the colour of it looked perfect for me and I could tell that this was a good quality tea bag, which can be perfect for those who love their cuppas strong like me!
However, ultimately the main test of this product was how well it tasted. I let it cool down for a few minutes then took my first sip. I could not believe how tasty this was, and especially for an own branded product! This is something that I would be happy to serve to guests when they come around, and I can not believe that I have spent all these years avoiding some own brand products. Admittedly, it is not as good as Tetley tea, but it does come a very close second, and is worth every penny with which you pay for it.
Something else which I must stress with these tea bags is that they are a Fair Trade certified product, and although this is not something which I usually take into account, I know it is something that some people truly believe in, therefore meeting a wider range of people's needs. It feels great knowing that your tea bags are sourced well, and this is shown in the fantastic quality of the bags.
I would definitely have to recommend Sainsburys Red Label Tea Bags to everyone, and they really are worth the price in which you are paying. A good quality cup of tea is perfect for me, and this is why these deserve five stars. Thanks for reading.
I must admit I am more of a tea drinker than a coffee drinker, I love both but I mainly drink tea and I drink quite a lot of it during the day and in the evening. I just cannot wake up unless I have had my morning cuppa, whichever choice I make on the day. It is an essential drink for my before I have my glass of Orange juice with my breakfast.
I have bought these teabags a number of times in the past but when I saw them half price from Sainsbury's I bought 3 of them as I knew I liked them and they suited me well. They are only available at Sainsbury's as it is one of their own brands. The tea bags are also fair trade.
They are in a Red box, with a plastic covering which can be recycled, the box has a flip open lid which can be placed back after use. I usually place my teabags into a container and leave the majority in the box, ready to use when the container is empty.
Each tea bag is individual and not joined together as some tea bag can be, each one is approximately 3 inches in diameter and so a decent sized bag, the bag is has quite a good quantity of loose tea leaves in each one.
These bags make a really nice cup of tea and the bag does not have to left in the cup for a long time to brew, I like my tea quite strong and I take milk with it and these bags are strong enough for my liking and a good tasting cuppa.
As these are from Sainsbury's these are fairtrade and the fairtrade mark is your guarantee that the tea is used in the blending with this product are from all fairtrade certified plantation and small scale farmers. This is the information that the box tells me and a very reason for why I buy these bags.
There are 160 tea bags in each box and I bought them for only £1.37 and of which they as I said earlier in the review they were half the original price and I think they are a very good quality product and the tea is very tasty, it is not a weak tea and a good strength for a decent flavour and only one tea bag is need to product a good flavoured cup of tea.
I like tea to taste like I have had the cuppa after I have drank it and these bags give me this very satisfying feeling after drinking. One bag I find is just good enough to place into a mug as well as a cup. In my home we drink from both these items and the bags taste very good from both of them, even though one has a smaller amount of water added because of the size of the cup, the taste is just as good a quality.
I recommend these tea bags to buy if seen on special offer and to also buy them at the full price because they really are a good tasting tea bag and worth the money and I find them a good tasting tea.
I give them 5 stars.
Sainsbury's Red Label tea bags come in boxes of 80, 160 and 240. Obviously the bigger the box, the cheaper they become (only by a marginal few pennies per/100g mind you).
As they come packaged within a vibrant, eye catching red box, it makes them instantly recognisable within the teabag section. They are becoming "Fair-trade" certified and you will find the logo on the box. As they are sealed by a polythene overwrap, your teabags will remain fresh for you to put into your teabag jar at home. The plastic packaging is easy to remove so you can enjoy your cuppa right away.
At £2.91, they're great value for money. Remember, these are Fair-trade certified whereas (at the moment) Tetley and Typhoo are not and 160 of those will set you back just under £4 a box.
In terms of taste, these teabags can pack a punch. Left to stew for a little bit means you can make the most of the flavours, but the flavours are released almost instantly. Once the boiling water has been added to the tea bag, the colours of the tea bag is realised - a dark brown which insinuates it's not weak. It doesn't let you down. Mixed with a small amount of sugar and a drop of milk, you've got the ideal cup of tea. If you're a coeliac you can drink this as they are suitable for you.
Yes, your big name branded tea bags are probably more appealing; that makes them more expensive. The savings you can make from these little beauties is enough to warrant buying a box, let alone the magnificent taste.
As a regular tea drinker, I've tried all sorts of varieties. These are up there with the best and I would recommend to anyone because of their pure flavour.
A 5* purchase and I will continue to buy these. I would thoroughly suggest you try these as they're a bargain.
I love tea! Hi, my name's Dave and I'm a tea-aholic......
At home I drink Yorkshire tea which, in my opinion, is by far and away the best - I put 2 teabags in my pint mug pour the boiling water, leave to stew for 20 minutes and then drink - it tastes superb and I do it 7 or 8 times a day....... I also set up a Tea Lovers group on Facebook, however that is probably another matter for another day!
I know none of this is applicable to Sainsbury Red Label Tea Bags, however I hope I am establishing my credentials as somebody who knows, likes and enjoys tea and is therefore qualified to review teabags!
At work we also buy teabags, because the machine stuff is awful, however we tend to go for quantity over quality - with 6 of us drinking tea it can quickly get expensive if you buy expensive brands every time! Yesterday it was my turn to pop out and buy them so I went to the local Sainsburys to check for offers, unfortunately there were no 2 for 1s or the like however I did spot these Sainsbury Red Label bags and at £2.40 per box of 160 there are pretty much half the price of the major brands.
Although not as strong as Yorkshire Tea, PG Tips etc these bags are surprisingly nice and definitely not half the quality (as the price would imply). They certainly have a more mild flavour, however I would still rate them higher than the likes of Typhoo which in my opinion are a waste of time and money.
The bags come in a red box with a perforated lid which you can easily remove to access them. When first purchased, the box is wrapped in cellophane and has an easily accessible tab which removes a strip round the top and makes it easy to slide the rest off.
**Good value for money?**
Yes definitely! Although these are around half the price of major brands, as I previously mentioned I do not think they are half the quality. They provide a nice, simple cup of tea which, although weak for my tastes, may be ideal for others.
I would have absolutely no hesitations in recommending these to people - they are affordable, reasonable quality and Fair Trade which, in these days of going green and goodwill to all men etc, is becoming more and more important.
Brand: Sainsbury's / Beverages / Type: Tea Bags