Product Type: Tetleys Tea
Newest Review: ... 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 ... more
Tea wi' 'owt taken out!
Tetley Decaffeinated Tea
Member Name: Bellroyd
Tetley Decaffeinated Tea
Advantages: Passes the taste test for me - can't tell it from normal tea
Disadvantages: Misleading strap line to the product - see review
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.
Summary: It's good, but I'd rather have Tetley beer than Tetley tea