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I bought these Twinings Cherry & Cinnamon infusions when the company was offering free delivery on purchases from its website. As I can get ten per cent cash-back on online purchases by clicking through from Topcashback without losing the free delivery, I bought the items I already had on my mental shopping list, and threw a few more into my virtual basket that had taken my eye while browsing the site, the Cherry & Cinnamon infusions being one of them.
I bought them around Christmas time but put them away in the cupboard and forgot about them until after New Year which with hindsight was a bit of a shame because this flavour combination is quite Christmassy; on the other hand this extended winter we're having has seen me reaching for these infusions to cheer up a dismal day or for a comforting and warming drink on a chilly evening.
There are twenty traditional teabag style infusions in each box. They come in pairs which need to be separated using the perforations between them; the quality is not brilliant so you need to take a little care when separating them as it's easy to get it wrong and tear open one of the bags, spilling the contents out. The cardboard box is opened with a tear strip and doesn't have additional cellophane, making this an excellent product in terms of green packaging.
On opening the box there's a very strong and distinctive aroma of almonds which I find typical of cherry flavoured products that prove to taste artificial. I was really hoping for the rich warm scent of cinnamon against a fruity background so I was disappointed. Even when the drink is made the aroma of cinnamon doesn't materialise.
Twinings suggests a brewing time of three to four minutes with 300ml of boiling water. I find that three minutes is fine and a longer brewing time doesn't alter the intensity of the flavour. This is another drink that does not taste worse for the bag having been steeped longer than recommended. The resulting infusion is a pleasant deep red. When water is poured onto the teabag there's an immediate whiff of red cherries, tangy and vibrant though just a little bit artificial.
Twinings states that only natural ingredients are used in this product and this is something I thoroughly approve of. However, I can't help thinking that this product tastes rather synthetic and in this respect it is disappointing. This does taste of cherries but that flavour is not as dominant as it should be and as usual the ingredients include hibiscus, blackberry leaf and liquorice which turn up in most other fruit infusions. Twinings Cherry & Cinnamon is better than some fruit teas but it still has a little of that generic fruity flavour these ingredients impart. The cinnamon is very faint but it must be there because these infusions do have something vaguely Christmassy about them.
I paid £1.29 for mine from the Twinings online shop but MySupermarket lists it as £1.00 at ASDA and £1.29 at Tesco (it does not state however whether the ASDA offer is time limited). Had I enjoyed this product more I'd have thought it better value but the flavour is a let down and the end product is distinctly average. I will finish the box but I won't be rushing to buy more.
I've never been a fan of hot drinks, but having always loved cinnamon and cherries, I figured that for £1.08 I might as well give this tea a go. When I bought it, it actually only cost £1 though, because I bought it in the offer £2 for 2 boxes. Since then though I have been more than happy to pay the extra 8p that it costs normally, because lets face it, it's not exactly a huge saving. In each box you get 20 tea bags.
This tea comes in the typical Twinings box that opens up much like a book to reveal the tea bags, two by two, inside. One thing that does annoy me about this though is that the tea bags are still stuck together, so you often end up with two without realising. It's only a minor niggle though really, I suppose, and it's not like it's a major problem with anything.
The box for these tea bags is blue, with red cherries on the front of it, and a few cinnamon sticks to the side. I think that this is quite an appealing box because it suggests that it is going to be a very cherry and cinnamon flavoured drink, without much else in it to hide those flavours. It also goes a similar colour to the cherries on the front of the box when you put the tea bag in water, so I guess this colouration is a suggestion of the colours of the drink too.
So what does it taste like? It tastes like cherries and cinnamon! Admittedly, it does taste more like cherries than cinnamon, but it all depends on how long you leave the tea bag in, really. I find that the longer it's left in for, the stronger both flavours become, and that the cinnamon does start to come through after a while of leaving it in.
Another thing that I thought was really good about this drink was the fact that I've not found the need to add any sugar at all to this drink because it has quite a sweet taste to it anyway. This is always a bonus for anyone that is trying to diet, although it's handy for everyone anyway to be fair! It's also caffeine free, for anyone interested in that as well.
Twinings do a special range of tea called 'a moment of calm'. It is fruit tea, but in special relaxing flavours to help you unwind after a day of work and stress. The flavours originally started off with chamomile but they have since expanded to incorperate a wider range of tastes and combinations and the one I am reviewing today is cherry and cinnamon.
The tea comes in a cardboard box which is great as all the packaging is 100% recyclable. Very important in this day and age. Inside are 20 teabags, a mixture of herbs and spices in mesh packaging. The mesh bag sits in a cup of boiling water and you can let it infuse as long as you want. I let mine go a long time, sometimes I even drink them with the tea bag in as I have mastered pushing the tea bag to one side. It depends how strong the particular flavour is and how strong you like your tea. Most people do not add milk to fruit tea.
This particular tea has a very strong smell which you can smell as soon as you pour the water on top. The deep cherry and cinamon smell fills the room. It is a rich wintery smell. The taste is similar, very warming from deep inside. The cherry hits you straight away and the cinamon is an after taste. This really is a lovely drink to have in the winter after a cold day to warm you up and is perfect for over the Christmas period due to the association of cinamon with such festivities. The cherry flavour is not sharp at all as you might expect, but if you didn't find it sweet enough you could add some sugar.
This is a great warming drink for the winter. I would recommend buying a few boxes of different flavours as if you drink 20 tea bags straight of the same flavour you can get a bit bored.
I don't like this one so much in summer as it isn't as refreshing and you don't need the warming boost quite so much.
Twinings, a moment of calm? Maybe or maybe not!
I usually drink fruity teas more in the summer, as I find them refreshing, either hot (just add hot water and leave to infuse for three minutes) or cold (make it with hot water, let it cool, and add ice cubes to serve). Browsing down the beverage aisle in need of a change, I was keen to find a flavour that I had not tried before.
For those who do not know, Twinings have been making tea for over 300 years, in 1706 to be exact. The original store at 216, The Strand, in London is still used, and you may visit if you so wish, please call to arrange on phone number - 0207 583 1359. Having been in the business for that long, as one will expect, Twinings certainly know their stuff! They work hard to bring out new blends and are currently selling over one hundred types. For information please visit the website: www.twinings.co.uk It is most interesting!
*A moment of calm*
The moment of calm, Cherry and Cinnamon, is the second box I have tried, having previously reviewed the Orange, Mango and Cinnamon. The pale blue box, typical of the calming range, contains twenty teabags. I am taken by the statement on the front of the box that it contains all natural ingredients, what else would you expect from one the premium tea sellers of the world?
Strangely, hibiscus is the first ingredient listed, and natural cherry flavouring comes second. Other ingredients are blackberry leaves, orange leaves, cinnamon 9%, rosehips, and liquorice root. All herbs are gently steamed to protect their natural taste.
The fruity fragrance of this tea immediately hits you as you open the box. It is mouth wateringly absolute cherry. You can imagine a big bowl of freshly picked, dark cherries sitting there, just waiting to be eaten. Such is the intensity of the aroma. Adding hot water to your chosen cup or mug, the smell wafts around, it's intoxicating! This drink must be infused for three minutes, to get the best from the flavour. Just let it sit, and infuse gently, if you tend to bash the bag as you stir, you will bruise the contents, leaving you with a bitter aftertaste when it is drunk.
*The taste test*
I find the flavour sweet, but I don't usually add sugar to my tea anyway. You may add sugar or honey to taste, if you so wish. The flavour is flowery and fruity but unmistakeably cherry. A warming hit of cinnamon comes through when you swallow. After the first drink of this, I nearly threw this away, the cinnamon is quite strong. You get two distinct flavours from this drink, not a blend of the two. I persevered not wanting to waste the teabags, and after taking my second drink the next day, it wasn't as bad because I knew what to expect. Having used these teabags for five days straight now, it has grown on me, and I quite like it - it's different and makes a refreshing change. I reckon it will taste lovely ice cold, as a summer drink, but I haven't tried that yet.
Another positive for this tea is that it is naturally caffeine free. I can't say that the ingredients would be enough to calm you on their own. Chamomile teas would be good for that - the traditional herbal remedies with soporific effects. I feel they are branding this as calming, purely because it has no caffeine. I don't drink caffeine drinks anyway, but I am sure having one or two of these drinks instead of strong coffees or ordinary teas would calm you anyway, purely by limiting the amount of caffeine you are consuming.
Try having a cup of this when you wind down before bed, and let the stresses of the day disappear. Good - but definitely an acquired taste!
Brand: Twinings / / Type: Herbal Tea