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As a complete tea addict I am often in the mood for a soothing cup of tea before bed, I always regret my late night cup of tea when i'm lying awake in bed buzzing from the caffeine. To sort this problem i bought a pack of decaf tea so I can enjoy tea before bedtime without worrying about the caffeine affecting my sleep. I chose Tetley as it offered the best value and is a trusted household name. I bought a pack of 40 at £1.30, I chose a small pack as i drink caffeinated tea during the day and only occasionally require a decaf tea bag.
The tea bags are standard round shape and look like a regular Tetley tea bag and they brew in exactly the same way. In terms of taste I personally cannot taste the difference between these decaf tea bags and regular tea. The only point i would make is that the decaf tea doesn't taste quite so strong, however I am a fan of weak tea so this works for me.
If you are after a good decaf tea i would recommend tetley as it is good value for money and tastes like regular tea, I do not notice any difference between caffeinated and tetley decaf tea and I would definitely repurchase these tea bags again.
I am usually a big tea drinker, but during pregnancy it is recommended that you reduce your caffeine intake to 200mg per day. This is the equivalent of 4 cups of tea, but obviously if you have other products containing caffeine (coffee, chocolate, coke) then you'll need to adjust your intake accordingly. I have my drinks cupboard stocked with Tetley's decaffeinated tea, so that if I fancy a cuppa but I've already reached my caffeine intake for the day, I don't have to miss out.
Tetley claim that this black decaffeinated tea contains all the flavour of "normal" tea, but with none of the caffeine. The tea leaves are carefully sourced from Africa and Assam, and are expertly blended to the unique Tetley recipe. Each Tetley blend is quality tasted at least 8 times. In theory this should mean it tastes just as good as caffeinated tea.
The tea is packaged in a packet rather than a box, which is useful as it takes less room in the cupboard. It has a re-sealable sticker to keep the teabags fresh and I have found that this does actually remain sticky throughout the life of the teabags. They are available in various sizes and I tend to buy whichever works out best value. Tesco currently have some reductions on the price so that a pack of 160 will cost you £3 instead of £4.49, and a pack of 80 will cost you £2 instead of £2.49.
Taste wise, I wouldn't quite go so far as to say that you can't tell the difference between these and the caffeinated version. I find the decaffeinated ones take forever to "brew" a decent colour, so I have to leave them in boiling water much longer than I would for a normal cuppa, and then when I take the teabag out I tend to squeeze the life out of it to make sure my drink has some flavour. We are actually using Tetley's caffeinated teabags at the same time of these, and when making a drink for myself and my husband, you can easily spot the difference between the caffeinated and decaf version as the decaf one is much lighter in colour despite being brewed for the same length of time.
I wasn't a huge fan of these at first, as I also found the taste quite bland. It just wasn't the same as the tea I was used to. I have since learnt that if you brew it for long enough, it does get a bit more flavour, but on the occasions I have a caffeinated tea I really notice the difference in flavour, with the caffeinated one being stronger and more....tea like.
I wouldn't drink these out of choice, and as soon as my pregnancy caffeine limit is removed I'll be back on the normal stuff. But for now, they make me feel like I'm not missing out if I fancy a nice warming brew.
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I have been drinking decaffeinated tea for a long time as it is the husband's preference. At first I tried giving him decaff while I had the fully leaded version but this did not work as occasionally he would end up with a fully caffeinated cuppa and then be up all night unable to sleep. So in the end I switched to the other side, I still get my caffeine kicks from all the coffee I drink.
Right from the start of buying decaffeinated teabags I opted for shop brands as oppose to the much pricier branded versions. But in the last few weeks I have spotted an article* in the mail on line (Daily Comic) claiming cheap tea bags are bad for us so I have moved up a rung on the price ladder and started buying Tetley Decaffeinated.
40 of Tetleys decaffeinated bags will set you back at £1.49, 80 are £2.49 and 160 are £4.49. So quite a pricey option, but much better than watching hubby rattling the bars of his cage all night.
The tea bags are used in the usual way; I will assume we all know how to make a cuppa. The resulting tea tastes fine, it is nothing special just tea. It does not have that peppery bite cheaper tea can have or any bizarre floral after tastes. It makes a decent cuppa after it has been left to brew in a cup of freshly boiled water for a couple of minutes.
The tea bags are good quality and I have not had one split on me. The tea contained within the little circular bags seems good quality as there is little powdery residue left in my tea caddy after I have used a pack. The tea does not stain my cups as much as shop branded tea.
All things considered I am happy to pay a little extra for a good cup of tea; it is worth buying the larger packs as it works out cheaper. The teabags now come in soft packs which are great as they take up less room in the dustbin buy also a nuisance as the packs don't reseal properly.
Thank you for reading.
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So, as you may be aware from previous review I am now pregnant, so along with countless other things to think about medical advice suggests pregnant women limit their caffeine intake. According to many parenting websites and magazines such as Bounty, Emma's Diary etc., us pregnant women should only have 200mg of caffeine per day.
Now as an avid tea drinker I figured I wouldn't have too much trouble as I imagined there wasn't much caffeine in tea, and I dislike coffee, but I was astonished to find that 3 mugs of tea through the day would take you over the recommended 200 mg limit. Unbeknownst to me a cup of coffee and a mug of tea are nearly the same in caffeine levels, with a cup of instant coffee containing 100mg and a mug of tea 75mg. I had no idea tea was so high and realised I had been drinking a hell of a lot off caffeine throughout the day.
So I decided the only way to cut down was to not only limit my tea but also switch to de-caff. I firstly tried a few other brands of de-caffeinated tea including 'Yorkshire Tea' which were not to my taste and can honestly say they tasted vile. They tasted nothing like proper tea and often looked grey, or off colour. I decided to give it one last try and saw the Tetley De-Caff Bags on offer for £1 for 80 bags. I figured it was worth trying for the sake of a £1.
When not on offer the Tetley De-Caff are priced around £2.50 for 80 bags, but also come in boxes of 40 and 160. The boxes are white and pale blue in colour and have a picture of 'Gaffa' on the front. They also have the fact that they are decaff clearly highlighted on the front of the box.
To look at the tea bags themselves, you would not know the difference. They are round bags and filled as full of leaves as the standard tea bags. They also smell no different when brewing the tea and give a nice strong tea colour. As for taste, I found them faultless. They taste as close to normal tea as you can get, and after a couple of mugs of tea I could hardly tell the difference. After slowing switching to decaf I now only drink the Tetley decaf tea and have to say I'm loving them. They give you tea with just 0.2% caffeine so you can pretty much drink what you like without the worry. They make a mean cuppa with an excellent taste, colour and that "Ahhh Tetley" feeling.
And I feel loads better for ditching caffeine. These are really well worth a try if you want to cut down on caffeine!
I love a cup of tea in the morning and usually drink Tetley Tea (the ordinary stuff). However, when I was pregnant and breastfeeding I had to watch the amount of caffeine I consumed as you are only recommended to have 200mg a day when pregnant to avoid having an underweight baby. This equates to two mugs of tea per day. I decided the best way to ensure that I kept within the limit was to switch the tea that I drink at home to decaffeinated (therefore allowing me to drink tea at other people's houses without too much concern).
I opted for Tetley's decaffeinated teabags as I felt that they would taste most close to the tea that I am used to drinking. I opted for a box of 80 teabags which cost around £2.50 and come in a bow rather than the pouches that I am used to. The teabags look, and smell, the same as regular tea. They are in round bags that are half filled with leaves. There really is very little difference between making a cup of this tea and regular tea and it looks and smells the same once brewed.
So, the big question is whether it tastes any different? Well, the first time I tasted it, I was unsure. It tasted a little more bitter to me (I can't really explain why though!), but was perfectly drinkable. After a few more cups, I grew more and more accustomed to it and, now, I can not really taste any difference between decaff and regular Tetley. The bags make a good strength of tea - whether in a cup or in a pot. Overall, a decent tasting tea for those that want to cut down on the caffeine.
It is only recently that we have begun to buy and drink decaffeinated tea on the advice of a clued up sister who felt that a surfeit of caffeinated tea was contributing to a malaise suffered by my wife.
As with all drugs, the advice was to come off the caffeine gradually so we began a month ago by having every cup a cup of decaf. This worked well and the brew we chose - primarily because it was on offer at the time was Yorkshire Decaffeinated Tea. This was a bit strong and each bag made two decent mugs of tea, so I started drinking more tea than coffee to ensure full value.
Now that the Yorkshire Tea product has run out, we were scanning the shelves for an alternative decaf to try and ended up buying 2 x 80 bag packs of this Tetley Decaffeinated Tea, which proudly boasts the strapline: "All the Taste, none of the caffeine". They were on offer in Sainsbury's at 2 for £3.00
Compared to Yorkshire Tea, it is rather more refined and very similar if not indistinguishable in terms of bag design and shape to its caffeinated sister product from the same Tetley stable. It's more difficult to get two tasty mug-fuls out of one sachet, but neither of us has noticed any adverse taste which would put us off.
It would seem as if decaf is not what it once was and many detractors cited inferior taste as their reason to dislike and therefore not to buy it. Now, certainly if Tetley and others' claims are to be believed, that particular problem has been resolved and I, for one, could not distinguish between the two. So, with the overwhelming body of opinion now blaming caffeine for all manner of ailments, we will continue to buy and use decaffeinated tea.
Interestingly, I note on the box that this is not a caffeine free product - it is decaffeinated down to just 0.2% which makes a mockery of the aforementioned strapline becasue to me, you shouldn't have to qualify your strap-line by admitting it is is wrong. Naughty Tetley! In a different mood, I'd be raising a complaint, but with no caffeine in my system, I have moved on to larger doses of opium and am well chilled right now!
Tetley is a member of the ethical tea partnership which works for a responsible tea industry. They also produce other decaffeinated teas such as Tetley Redbush and Tetley Green Tea.
I am happy to drink, enjoy and recommend this product. It looks good, it tastes good and even at the dearer decaf prices, it is still a very affordable and refreshing hot beverage.
Now, being caffeine intolerant means I can't drink regular tea, meaning that I search out decaffeinated versions, and for me Tetley is certainly one of my preferred brands to purchase. Even having decaffeinated tea, I have to be careful not to have too many cups as there is still a very small amount of caffeine left in the tea even after the decaffeinating process is complete so I tend to limit myself to a maximum of three mugs a day tops.
When I first started buying decaf tea, there weren't many brands selling the stuff, Tetley were one of those who did - I'm not sure if they were THE first, but they were certainly amongst the first few to do so. It was probably for this reason, and the fact that they were easily and fairly widely available that I began using them initially.
So what's different about their tea or teabags then? Well overall, I can safely say that their teabags are pretty similar to most. They're round but honestly, I don't find round or square or pyramid or any other shape seems to make much difference. For me, it's the quality of the tea contained within that makes the difference. Tetley certain have chosen to use tea which is of a good flavour. It has a nice rounded taste to it, no bitterness, not too strongly tasting of tannin, and you can brew it to suit your tastebuds by leaving the bag in for more or less time unlike some (Yorkshire tea for example) which seems to be instantly strong regardless of what you do to it!
I take my tea with 2 sweeteners and reasonably milky by preference, but this doesn't mean I like weak tea. I actually prefer my tea to have a decent strength of flavour to it I just like more milk than many people too. I find that with Tetley tea I can brew the tea to my liking nicely whether I do so in a pot or in a mug, and my friends who have differing tastes from 'wave the bag near the cup' to 'steep it till it's black as tar' all seem to get their preference too as long as we make each one in the mug rather than all trying to share a pot hehe.
The box, like most boxes that contain tea is cardboard and inside it are foil wraps containing the bags themselves. If I'm honest, I can't really see the point in the box and wonder if Tetley couldn't just print straight onto the foil wrappers instead to save themselves and us money, and save on packaging.
Decaf tea is on the whole more expensive than ordinary teabags with the caffeine still in them. I'd imagine that this is due to the extra processing cost of removing the caffeine from the tea. On average I find that for 80 teabags I will pay around 30-35p more for the decaf version and Tetley are no exception to this, and though overall it is probably one of the higher priced brands, I personally think it's worth buying because of it's lovely flavour.
i'm 75 and have used tetley decaffeinated tea for years ever since being diagnosed with high blood pressure (which is now under medical control). however i have recently been diagnosed with prostate cancer and been treated by brachytherapy (the implantation in the prostate of many radio active 'seeds'). consequently i have been advised to avoid caffeinated drinks for several months and even 'decaffeinated' are not allowed as they contain a small amount of caffein. the permisable alternative is 'red bush tea', i tried one cup and it's awful, come on tetley, give me something acceptable
Tetley's version of decaffeinated tea is another that I have tried throughout pregnancy and 8 months of breastfeeding.
I can honestly say that these really do taste nice and although need brewing that bit longer, it really is worth it to reduce your caffeine intake. Having guests round on occasion, I have had to serve them decaf Tetley tea and have had no complaints. Even my fussy Mother-in-Law likes them after finding out that they are decaffeinated and now she buys them for health reasons and due to them tasting no different to the caffeinated version if made correctly (meaning brewed a little longer).
This decaf tea is great to consume if you have been advised to take caffeine out of your diet or you want to detox. Appearance wise, the teabag itself looks just the same as the normal version as it is round in shape. The box of teabags also looks the same except for the word Decaf underneath the main logo and the box being light blue rather than dark blue in colour.
For someone that cannot go a day without a nice cuppa, this has been a Godsend throughout pregnancy and breastfeeding.
I'm a total tea fiend, I drink it all day every day and so you can imagine my horror when I discovered you are supposed to limit your caffeine intake when pregnant to about four cups of regular tea. These decaff tea bags seemed like a complete god send, when in reality they were nearly enough to put me off tea altogether!
I don't really have much to say in favour of these tea bags, I found them absolutely foul beyond belief which was a complete shock given how much they are are promoted as having 'the same great taste'. Also I've been a smoker for years, which apparantly dulls your taste buds; something I am truly thankful for as I can't even imagine how bad these must taste to someone who has never smoked!
More than anything, they left a really terrible aftertaste in the back of my throat after swallowing (insert jokes here) and to add insult to injury, where I shop they were quite a bit more expensive than regular caffeinated tea bags which I thought was a bit daft.
I admit the caffeine withdrawral headaches didn't improve my reception of these, but I can truly say I would never buy again. I even threw away over 100 of these because I really just couldn't face drinking them. Also they still contain between 4-6 milligrams of caffeine, so they're not 100% decaffeinated - a small complaint but nontheless important.
My tip instead - use a regular tea bag and pour the hot water on it. Leave it for 30 seconds then throw away the water and reuse the tea bag. All the caffeine has already left the tea bag so the second cup is completely caffeine free, and although slightly weaker than usual, doesn't taste rancid!
A few years ago I worked in an office with some serious tea addicts. Every 20 minutes someone would either plonk a cup of tea on my desk or poke their head round the door and tell me it was my turn to make a drink and well, I was awash with the stuff! I've never been a huge tea drinker preferring water through the day but at this particular office it was compulsory to drink loads of tea.
As someone who is sensitive to caffeine this didn't bode well for me. I'd get twitchy, jittery, palpatations and be bouncing off the walls by lunch time so I started thinking about decaf. A few weeks into my job I popped to the shop and bought some Tetley decaf teabags and told everyone I would prefer them over ordinary tea. Everyone thought I was a bit of a health freak but after a few raised eyebrows they soon got used to using decaf teabags for my drinks and I stopped with the caffeine jitters. I've continued to use these decaf teabags ever since.
I buy boxes of 80 bags usually as they last me quite a while. They cost around £2 for this amount from any supermarket. The claim is "at Tetley we think decaf should taste just like your normal tea so that's what we've done" and the teabags are decaffeinated to less than 0.2%.
The teabags are round and filled with dried tea leaves, they smell just the same as ordinary tea and make the tea look and smell exactly as you'd expect when water is added, a nice rich brown colour and smell like tea!
I have to say they taste identical to caffeinated tea, if I wasn't told these were decaf I wouldn't have a clue. It's a soothing, aromatic brew. For the sake of this review I tried these teabags on both my brothers, they are both regular tea drinkers and fussy about how it tastes. I didn't tell either of them it was decaf before they drank it and neither of them knew. If they had known no doubt they would have made a fuss but they really had no idea and were both surprised it didn't taste any different to normal tea.
These are perfect for drinking in the evening when you don't want caffeine to keep you awake, they are also better for making "crisis cups of tea" with as caffeine is a stimulant and when in a fluster you don't need anymore energy to add to it! Obviously they lack the caffeine hit you get with normal tea so if you use caffeine to wake you up in the mornings these wouldn't help with that!
For anyone who has been advised to cut caffeine out of their diet these are just the thing or if like me caffeine has a negative effect these are a great choice so you don't have to miss out on your brew. They taste just like ordinary Tetley tea. A cup of tea without milk has 1 calorie in it and not much else but adding milk obviously increases this a bit.
The perfect choice for tea lovers.
I rarely drink tea or coffee because neither particularly appeals. However, I do have the odd cup if I visit someone and they offer - I don't like to be rude and request something more exciting! A friend offered me a cup of Tetley Decaffeinated Tea when I went to visit a few days ago. She was pregnant and so not allowed caffeine. This de-caff tea is great for during pregnancy for that reason.
I have to say that contrary to my opinion of most teas, I actually really liked this one. I found it to be pretty mild and not very bitter. This is the one thing that really puts me off tea. I like mine as weak as water really - just because I don't like the bitter aftertaste that you sometimes get. This one was fine and no bitter aftertaste at all.
I have my milk black and the colour was lovely and golden. You could see the bottom of the cup through the tea and it made it look very light and refreshing - which indeed it was!
As I said I am not a huge tea fan and I expect if you like your tea, this would be a bit weak and wishy washy for your taste. However, if you like your tea mild, I would definitely give this a go.
Expect to pay about two pound for a box of 100 tea bags.
Tetley Decaffinated tea bags.........
We have the option of having decaffeinated tea at work and the other day I thought I would give it a try and make a cuppa with one. I know that they don't cost that much more than the standard Tetley tea bags and the look pretty much the same with the rounded bag which holds the grains inside. I think for a box of around 100 you pay a little under £2 which I think is pretty acceptable.
Of course you make up the cup of tea in the usual way by adding any sugar and then pouring on boiled water, then giving the bag a good stir round to let the water colour nicely and then adding milk at the last minute. However with these decaffeinated tea bags I find that I don't get the colour that I am used to. The certainly don't let off a good dark colour and it makes it look awful once milk is added. I do usually like a nice strong cup of tea but when trying these decaffeinated bags felt that I was unable to get that strong look or taste.
The taste of the tea was rather weak and for me I felt that it didn't really taste that much of tea as I know it. I don't think I will be using the decaffeinated bags again and I would certainly never buy them for home.
For me these tea bags are only getting 1 star out of five and that 1 star is only because they are better for you than normal tea bags because they have no caffeine. But for me they are a definite NO NO!!
Our naturally decaffeinated teas have the great taste of Tetley without the caffeine.