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Having been trying to drink more green and fruit teas recently I have been experimenting with different ones. Twinings make fruit teas in all different flavours and one of the first ones that I purchased was the 'a moment of calm orange, mango & cinnamon' as I thought it might be a relaxing influence during a busy day at work.
The tea comes in a box containing 20 teabags and cost £1.00 from Tesco when it was on special offer.
The box is pale blue in colour and has pictures of the ingredients that make up the flavour of the tea on the front of the box. It also states that the tea is made with all natural ingredients. On the back and sides of the box you can find more detailed product information including ingredients listings, nutritional information and instructions for making.
To make the tea it states that you add one bag to a cup/mug, add boiling water and leave to infuse for two to three minutes. It also states that you can add in some honey for extra sweetness, or allow the tea to go cold and add a slice of orange for a more refreshing drink but not to add milk.
I have only drank this tea hot as I find it is one way I can enjoy a hot drink at work as I do not drink normal tea or coffee. When made the tea is a deep red colour and smells fruity but with the light aroma of cinnamon coming through. I will admit that this is one of the fruit teas that I have drank which is rather flavoursome, you can certainly taste the orange and the cinnamon is very complimentary but not overpowering. In fact it is more like drinking a hot luxury cordial than tea which was lovely to me as I am not a lover of original tea.
I didn't really notice any calming effect from drinking the tea but I did really enjoy it and my box of 20 bags is now almost empty. I would recommend this fruit tea and I will certainly repurchase it in the future.
I don't like tea, the traditional tea, in fact I absolutely hate tea! However I do really like the fruit flavoured teas. I do normally buy the Starbucks Tazo Passion Fruit Tea when we are on holiday in the US, I normally buy loads of boxes of it, and so stock up for the next few months. I think I made a bit of an error with quantities last time though and so I've ran out, and our next trip is quite a while off yet.
Normally over the summer months I always have a jug of the Starbucks Passion Iced Tea in the fridge, and as I've ran out of the teabags I'm really missing this. So whilst shopping in Sainsburys recently I decided that I'd try some of the Twinings fruit teas, one of the flavours that I bought was the orange, mango & cinnamon - from the 'a moment of calm' range of fruit teas.
These are on offer at the moment at 2 boxes for £2.00, the normal price is £1.19 per box of 20 tea bags, so you don't save an awful lot, but it's better than nothing! The tea is advertised as having all natural ingredients, and being naturally caffeine free. It also states that is has no added sugar, and that it's free from artificial flavours.
Over the summer months I will normally drink fruit tea as iced tea, and over the winter months I will normally drink it hot. So I initially used the tea bags to make jugs of iced tea, however I wasn't all that impressed with this particular one iced. I also tried this tea hot, and I felt that this particular flavour was much more suited to drinking hot rather than iced.
To say that I primarily bought the tea to make jugs of iced tea, then I would have to say that I was disappointed in this respect. The iced tea did have a fruity flavour. I could certainly taste the sweet exotic mango and the citrussy zesty orange, however I thought that the taste of cinnamon was a bit too overpowering in the iced tea. To me cinnamon is more of a warming taste, and I thought that this was just a bit odd when I had the tea iced. The tea isn't too sweet, which I liked, but obviously you could sweeten it if you prefer.
I much preferred the tea hot, I thought that it still had a lovely fruity flavour, you could still really taste the citrussy oranges and sweet mangos, and then they were perfectly offset by the wonderfully rich and spicy cinnamon taste. The cinnamon is quite a strong taste in this tea and so it's perfect in a hot cup of tea as it's a very rich, spicy and soothing taste. For a hot cup of the tea I use one tea bag per large mug, probably around 300ml hot water per tea bag, and I let it steep for around 10 minutes, this really seems to bring out the spicy aromatic cinnamon in this tea. This turned out to be a really nice soothing drink to have late as night as it's caffeine free and the cinnamon in this seems to help me wind down.
I did like this particular flavour fruit tea, but only really as a hot cup of tea. I would certainly buy it again though as it did make a lovely rich and spicy, warm and soothing drink.
I must admit that when I first saw the product the combination was not one that I would usually associate with tea. Orange, mango and cinnamon sounded like a bit of a wrong combination as I could not help but think that the cinnamon would drown out the much more delicate flavours of the orange and mango. This is certainly not the case because I struggle to get any of the strength of the cinnamon that it should give, that does not mean that it is not nice to drink. I was expecting some more of the bite that is given by the lemon and ginger tea by Twinings that is a flavour sensation.
The tea is 10% natural orange flavouring as well a containing orange peel to push the orange flavour to the forefront of the taste, this has been judged well by the manufacturers as it is noticeable without spoiling the general scent. Twinings have used apparently 7% cinnamon which in my opinion not enough to really give the tea a kick that it should have, more cinnamon would undoubtedly put emphasis on the other flavours without taking over. Other ingredients include blackberry leaves, hibiscus, natural flavouring, rosehips and liquorice root. Twinings also claim that they only gently steam the herbs to protect the subtle flavours. I am certain that Twinings try to use the best quality ingredients but of the genuine flavours would not go amiss.
The orange, mango and cinnamon tea is unconventional to look at, furthermore I have found it difficult to decide when the tea is actually strong enough and has finish brewing due to the fact that you keep expecting it to turn to a deep purple colour but it never actually does.
Although Twinings say with some authority that you should not use milk with it if you do decide to try this the result will be a grey and foul tasting mess so stick to the consumer advice on that one. A further Twinings suggesting is the addition of either honey or a slice of fresh orange, honey does add to the taste but does make the tea thicker and even less visually appealing to drink. On the other hand the addition of a fresh slice of orange not only gives the tea a cooling effect, it also work to enhance the sometimes subtle flavours. I personally think that a slice or orange by the side of a cup of tea always gives an impression of summer, even on the darkest of winter days. Less is more with this tea as in a large mug the delicate flavours can get lost in a flood of water which will lead you to the impression that this is a dull tea.
It is suggested on the packet that the tea is perfect for that late at night cuppa and I must say that I have to agree. This tea from the 'a moment of calm' range is totally caffeine free so it is unlikely to keep you awake at night. I have also found the tea to be very good during illness as the orange scent is enough to test anyone's blocked nasal passages.
The less well known tea's of the Twinings collection are also good for experimentation with other things, for example do not be afraid to combine it with the suggestions on the packet. A good tip is to be experimentative with it, I loved my idea of putting it as an after dinner dring having been previously preceeded by a dessert involving an orange flavour.
* £1.19 for 20 teabags if bought through Twinings official website.
* £1.00 for 20 teabags if bought through Tesco. (during price drop period)
* £1.19 for 20 teabags if bought through Sainsbury's. (or 2 for £2.00)
* £1.99 for 40 teabags if bought through ASDA.
I really do enjoy trying different flavored tea and, as such, the Twining's brand is a favourite because they have such a huge variety of quality tea's to choose from! I decided to choose this tea because I really liked the name "A Moment of Calm" and as I work as a Staff Nurse on a busy ward, I thought it would be an ideal stash to have at work for those chaotic days!
The flavor of "A Moment of Calm" is advertised to be Orange, Mango and Cinnamon. I did indeed find the tea to be very fruity, which accounts for the orange and mango flavourings, but with an spicy overtone, which is accounted for by the cinnamon - and so it did match up to the advertised flavour. As you would probably expect from a orange and mango flavoured tea, this tea is very sweet but I did find that the cinnamon both offset this sweetness and complimented it perfectly.
This tea is best drank with one tea bag per mug and allow the tea bag to sit in the boiling water for a couple of minutes for the flavours to properly infuse. I did find that if I left it in longer than about three minutes, the flavour tasted stewed, which wasn't unpleasant as such, but did mean that it didn't taste freshly brewed.
The strange thing about this blend was that it is supposed to be calming - but I actually find it quite zingy and refreshing. While its true that it doesn't contain caffeine, the orangey flavour is strong and gives you quite a hit - and so I'm not sure where the moment of calm bit comes in!!
This is a nice blend of tea and, while its not likely to set anyone's world alight, it makes a perfectly nice fruity drink.
On a hotel stay earlier this year, I tried these from the selection laid out at the breakfast buffet and it makes for a pleasant change from Lemon and Ginger which remains my favourite flavoured tea.
Twinings Orange, Mango and Cinnamon is one of a range of flavoured teas produced and distributed by Twinings, who according to the packet have been expert blenders since 1706! If they don't know what they are doing by now, they never will!
I remember the man from Twinings used to call at the door delivering tea and other supplies. This was a convenient means of replenishing supplies and we tried it for a few months ourselves. However, even though they had some good introductory offers with free yummy biscuits, in the longer term it was proving quite expensive so we discontinued it and went back to our normal supermarket.
Orange, Mango and Cinnamon is "A delicious blend of fruits and exotic spices" and I can confirm that it does taste nice and fruity but with a surprise spicy kick to it that warms your throat. Mango is quite a delicate flavour though and to me it gets lost a little when competing with the orange and the cinnamon. Nevertheless, I did liberate a few sachets to bring home with me and have just found 3 sachets in the pocket of my overnight bag and I am drinking one now- hence the review!
Like all flavoured teas, this tea is not meant to be drunk with milk. It is however, brewed in the same way as ordinary tea, leaving the bag in the water for between 3 and 5 minutes according to your personal taste. I like my tea strong and like to savour the flavour so tend to leave the bag in for the full 5 minutes.
I like this just as a change from time to time and now that I have sampled it again, I might well buy some more when it is next on offer. I don't think I can bring myself to pay full price for it. At standard price it works out at about 5p per bag. You can also buy this and other flavours direct from Twinings website and delivery is free if your order comes to more than £35. That's a lot of tea.
I gave up drinking caffinated tea and coffee a couple of years ago, for a new years resolution as I was at a loss as to what else to give up and I wanted to do something. I thought it would be difficult but I soon realised I didnt even like the taste it was the habit of having a hot drink which I was missing. I soon filled this hole with fruit and herbal teas. and haven't looked back since.
In this time I have tried many many different flavours, from a wide variety of brands, and also supermarket own. Each time I go shopping I am on the look out to try something new and different. I spooted this moment of calm, orange, mango and cinnamon and I picked it up because my Mum tends to like these calming ones and this one seemed to have a more vibrant flavour than the usual ones we try, and I tend to find chamomile quite boring.
The tea comes in a cardboard box which is great as it is 100% recyclable. Inside the box are netted tea bags which you place in a cup, pour over boiling water and leave the tea bag to brew for as long as desired. A longer brewing time gives a stronger taste.
This has a wierd smell, it has the orange and cinammon of Christmas along with the Mango of fruity summer time, neither of which is the stronger scent, they both seem to give wafts of themselves at different times.
The taste is unique, in one way it is warming and spicey and in the other way it is fruity and exoctic, it is really hard to judge it.
I do really like this smell, and taste, it is unusual but better than the normal moment of calms!
Twinings, a moment of calm. Maybe, or maybe not!
Having started yet another diet, I was keen to find a warming drink that did not need to have milk added. The reason for this being, having recently being diagnosed lactose intolerant, I need to use soya milk. Soya milk is marginally lower in calories but higher in fat than my usual skimmed milk. Following a Weight Watchers this only works out at half a point per pint, but I try to do without where I can.
This is where Twinings enters. I usually drink this more in the summer, as I find it 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). I was keen to find a flavour that I had not tried before, and the moment of calm range is new to me.
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 for information please visit the website: www.twinings.co.uk It is most interesting!
*A moment of calm*
The moment of calm, Orange, Mango and Cinnamon sounded perfect to me, so I immediately purchased a packet. 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, with orange listed in the title as the main ingredient, as in Orange, Mango and Cinnamon, hybiscus is the first ingredient listed. natural mango flavouring comes second and natural orange flavouring, thirdly. Hybiscus is what gives it the odd reddish colour, when it is brewed, when one expects an orange hue. It doesn't detract at all from the flavour though, and that is the main reason you drink the tea in the first place, not for the colour, is it not?
Other ingredients are, orange peel, blackberry leaves, apple pieces, cinnamon bark, rosehips, and liquirice bark. All herbs are gently steamed to protect their delicate taste.
*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, but I feel this may detract from the beutiful flavours that linger on your palate. The flavour is flowery and fruity but I can't taste either orange, or mango, just a perfect combination of them both. A warming hint of cinnamon comes through when you swallow. This blend is lovely.
Another positive for this tea is that it is naturally caffeine free. I can't say that the ingredients would calm you on their own. Chamomile teas would be good for that - the traditional herbal remedies. 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. I recommend it.
Four out of five from me.
Twinings A Momemt of Calm Range, Orange, Mango & Cinamon
Price - 67p from Asda
Quantity - 20 Teabags
Twinings has been making tea since 1706 when Thomas Twinning first opened a shop in London's The Strand. Since then tea has progressed quite a bit as have Twinings however the original shop is still open today. Now there are over 100 varieties and Twinings tea is drunk world-wide.
Twinings are also a member of the Ethnic Tea Partnership(ETP) which ensures fair standards for the tea growers and pickers.
One thing I love about this particular Twinings tea is that it is naturally cafeine free and like all Twinings teas it is sourced from completely natural ingredients. It is also completely GM and gluten-free again like all Twinings tea.
These tea bags look just like normal tea bags and do not come with the dipping string and Twinnings label attached. I usually prefer these types of tea bags as they are less messy.
When I make a cup of tea with these tea bags, I allow the cup to sit for a good five minutes to ensure a nice strong flavour. The first thing I noticed upon making the tea was it's vibrant purple colour which seemed a bit strange to me as I expected the tea to be a deep orange. However the tea does contain Rosehips, Blackberry Leaves and Liquorice Root, so perhaps the color comes from one of them.
The other thing I cannot help noticing is the teas spicy elegant aroma. The smell is strongly aluring and it makes you anticipate taking that first mouthful.
Upon tasting the tea I am not disappointed, however it is not quite as sweet as I like so I add a small teaspoon of sugar. The first taste that hits you is the cinnamon which is wonderfully rich but well balanced by the sweet mango and zesty orange. It reminds me on a watered-down mulled wine, obviously without the alcohol!
This tea is supposed to help calm and relax you befor bed or when you want to settle down during the day. I must say after I finished my tea I fell asleep for about twenty minutes! I do not know if it was because the tea helped me relax or because I was tired anyway.
My nine year old daughter sometimes drinks this too, before she goes to her bed and it definately seems to help her wind down, however doesn't seem to have this effect when she drinks it during the day!
In conclusion I would definately recommend this tea. It is an in-expensive, relatively healthy and very tasty relaxing drink!
I've liked fruit infusions since I first tried them in the mid 1990s, and like many people, I have had my fads drinking them on and off. Recently, I've discovered that I should be drinking more of them. I've been trying to increase my intake of clear fluids and that I should cut down on caffeinated and milky drinks. I was advised that I was drinking too much caffeine which I must admit came to me as a shock as I didn't really consider my consumption as excessive as I mostly drink PG Tips and have the odd cup of coffee here and there. I was also told that caffeine could worsen my premenstrual syndrome symptoms especially the irritability. In all honesty, I am not surprised that I've been told to increase my clear fluids as I have been experiencing signs of dehydration such as dry eyes, so I will definitely make the effort to drink more fruit infusions instead of having them as a change to my PG Tips. In the last year or so I have amassed a little collection of fruit teas, and the Twinings Orange, Mango and Cinnamon infusion is the one I am going to review today.
A BIT ABOUT TWININGS
Twinings is one of the most famous and trusted brands when it comes to hot drinks. It was established by Thomas Twining in 1706, and today the company makes a vast array of hot beverages including specialist teas, herbal and fruit infusions, coffee and hot chocolate.
THE PRODUCT, PRICE AND SIZE
The Orange, Mango and Cinnamon infusion is available as a box of 20 tea bags, and also features in the 'A Moment of Calm' selection box which gives you a chance to sample five of the flavours in this range. As I recall Twinings revamped its product line last year, and this infusion is now part of the 'A Moment of Calm' range. Depending on how old the box is, it will either come in an orange box (older boxes) or powder blue (newer boxes).
My box is the newer type and it features the Twinings logo in black writing against a silver foiled background, mentions that it's a part of the 'A Moment of Calm' range, along with a picture of some orange and mango wedges and some broken cinnamon sticks illustrating the main ingredients if this particular infusion. It has a badge proudly stating that it contains all natural ingredients. Near the bottom of the box it says the box contains 20 tea bags, that it is naturally caffeine free, and it's net weight is 40 grams. My box came from Sainsburys and it cost 99p but the price will vary from shop to shop. Some office and catering suppliers sell this infusion as individually wrapped tag and string teabags, which are generally more expensive.
On one side of the box Twinings explains the purpose of the 'A moment of Calm' range and the experience I should expect by drinking them. It says this range is designed 'with relaxation in mind' and that I will find this tea 'mellow and soothing' and that it is the right choice for those times when I need to relax at any time of day. It then goes on to tell me how to make this drink, and recommends some others in this range if I enjoy this infusion. This particular infusion recommends Cherry and Cinnamon which I won't be trying as for me it is synonymous with cough medicine, and Camomile with Spiced Apple, well I won't go near anything camomile as it's a claimed sedative and I don't want to risk it making me drowsy especially as I suffer quite badly with tiredness at PMS time. So, sorry Twinings, I will be giving those recommendations a miss.
The back of the box contains yet more blurb about the infusion and the ingredients used. The herbs are all gently steamed to preserve their flavour, those ingredients are marked on the box with an asterisk. It also features the ingredients list, and the nutritional information. As I understand it, the general consensus with herbal and fruit infusions is that they are low on calories, and therefore a good choice for anyone on a diet. It contains no added sugar so the amounts will vary if you sweeten this infusion with honey or sugar.
The best before date is found on the bottom of the box.
WARNINGS AND SUITABILITY
There isn't any information on the box regarding suitability for vegetarians, or allergy information.
If you do suffer with serious illness, or are taking medication it is a good idea to seek advice from your doctor or a pharmacist in case any of the ingredients don't mix with any medicines.
MY EXPERIENCE AND OPINION
=Opening the box=
The box is really easy to open, there is a small tab located on the top left of the box which you pull off according to the perforations, occasionally I end up tearing this off in two or three goes, but mostly it's the one. The box opens up like a treasure chest. On opening the box, I am greeted with what I can only describe as the aromas I would associate with Christmas - the predominant smell is the cinnamon, but I can also make out the orange as well and maybe a slight hint of mango in the background. The teabags are square and come in twos which you break at the perforation, they separated fairly easily so I didn't accidentally tear one of the bags - though it is one of those things that can happen. As with any Twinings infusion, I store the unused bags in an airtight container to prevent them going stale if I am not going to finish the box quickly enough.
=Brewing and colour=
I popped the aforementioned tea bag into into a mug of freshly boiled water and infused it for five minutes which is my personal preference for most fruit infusions, but you can brew it for longer (or shorter) depending on the strength you want. Again the most dominant smell I could detect is the cinnamon, with slight hints of orange and mango in the background. The tea turns a deep shade of a reddish purple, which to me seems wrong for an orange infusion as I would expect it to be, well, orange, but I did note from the packaging that the main ingredient is hibiscus which is the reason for this colour. As with any fruit (or herbal) infusion it is best served without milk.
I do admit that I usually add a teaspoon or two of honey or sugar to my fruit infusions and this is no exception, I also cool my drink down slightly with a little cold tap water so I don't have to wait for it to cool. Going by the smell, I was expecting the cinnamon to be the most powerful flavour in this drink. I was surprised to find that the first mouthful that I got a strong taste of mango followed by orange with a hint of cinnamon as I swallowed it. The flavours really do compliment each other, as I drunk more, the orange became the more prominent flavour.
In the interests of my review, I let the last half of my drink go cold to see what this would be like cold, and I was not disappointed. This drink would be fabulous served cold on a hot summers day, following Twinings's serving suggestion of adding a bit of sliced orange to garnish. Once again the orange and mango are the strongest flavours and I couldn't make out any cinnamon at all. I've always found that orange and mango compliment each other perfectly, I really like Tropicana's Orange and Mango juice.
=My overall opinion=
I don't think this infusion really sits in the 'A Moment of Calm' range as I didn't find it any more relaxing than any other hot drink, none of the ingredients are particularly calming considering some of the other infusions in this range are Camomile based, which is widely claimed to be a mild sedative. I would have put the Orange, Mango and Cinnamon infusion the 'Fresh and Fruity' range as it is definitely fresh and fruity.
Overall I really do like this drink. Served hot, I think this particular infusion would be best suited as winter warmer, but then again I associate fruit and spice infusions with winter and Christmas time. For the summer then this drink is perfect served cold as I mentioned earlier. In terms of flavour, I do think that London Fruit and Herb's Orange Spicer (orange and cinnamon) has more flavour than the Twinings offering, but it is not enough to discourage me from buying this infusion again. It is certainly very smooth and easy to drink, and it is very refreshing, the only gripe being it does slightly dry my mouth out when I have finished it, so I am not sure I would want to drink this last thing at night as Twinings suggests on the packaging.
In conclusion, this is a good infusion from Twinings with some well balanced flavours and I recommend this product. I've given the product four stars as I don't think it really fits in the 'A Moment of Calm' range and that it dries my mouth out a little bit when I've finished my drink.
Also posted on Ciao under member name Munchkin2009
I have not seen these tea bags on sale for a while. I had them last Christmas and they were dreamy! I think the Cinnamon flavour makes them quite christmassy. I am not a huge fan of orange tea but here the cinnamon is sufficiently strong to overcome the orange. I really do like oranges and oranges juice but for me the stronger the orange the better and so orange tea is never quite good enough because it will never be orange juice!
I could not taste the mango in this tea very much but I think it worked well with the orange to give a slightly more tropical flavour than just straight orange tea. But like I said, it is the cinnamon that I found particularly strong - not in a bad way by any means. I really love cinnamon and so I liked the stength of it in this Twinings blend.
This is definitely a tea for a rainy afternoon when you want to warm yourself and feel all snug indoors.
At about £2 a box they are not cheap but I found I only had one every now and again. The cinnamon felt like too much of a treat to have every day.
Twinings have been selling teas for over 300 years so I feel they should know what they are doing. They have over 200 blends so there should be something for everyone and if not they sell coffees too!
I liked Blackcurrant infusion, this must date back to when I loved Ribena! but wasn't too keen on other flavours until I tried some at a Spa when we stayed for a pampering treat.
I started trying other flavours and bought a mixed box but found I preferred some to others which led me to buying a delightful Orange, mango and cinnamon. This was a fantastic warming drink and when several months ago I went to buy another box I couldn't find them - they were in a pinky red box like the Cranberry and strawberry flavours. My husband spotted a blue box and said is this what you're looking for?
A moment of calm it said on the box and a picture of the orange, mango and cinnamon sticks made it look tempting. It is made from natural ingredients and is caffeine free, another important factor as I had to reduce caffeine from my diet, so no longer drink ordinary tea unless there is no other option. There is 40 grams in a box containing 20 bags, they are made in pairs, but separate quite easily. The bags are only about ¼ full of the ingredients. The best before date on my latest packet is September 2010, so they have a long shelf life.
On the back of the packet there is information about the tea, it states that it is a wonderful combination of sweet fruit flavours and aromatic spice. The sweet exotic taste of mango and the citrus zest of orange balance the wonderfully rich and spiced taste of cinnamon in this infusion and it is called an infusion although I always call it fruit tea. There is no added sugar and it says it is ideal for drinking at night, although I enjoy it in the afternoon too! I do feel a moment of calm and relax when I drink the warming liquid.
The ingredients surprised me a bit as the main ingredient is Hibiscus, then Natural mango flavouring 10.5% and natural orange flavouring 10%, orange peel, blackberry leaves (who eats blackberry leaves?) apple pieces, cinnamon bark 7%, rosehips and liquorice root. The liquorice root and cinnamon bark are steamed gently to protect their delicate flavour, but I was a bit worried as liquorice upsets my tummy!
Hibiscus is a flower I am used to seeing when holidaying abroad and never imagine it in infusions, so I checked with Wikipedia and this is what I found
In Mexico, the drink is known as Jamaican water and is quite popular for its colour, tanginess and mild flavor; once sugar is added, it tastes somewhat like cranberry juice. Dieters or persons with kidney problems often take it without adding sugar for its beneficial properties and as a natural diuretic. It is made by boiling the dehydrated flowers in water; once it is boiled, it is allowed to cool and drunk with ice. Inrteresting!
How do I make it?
They suggest using 1 bag per person and infusing for 2 - 3 minutes in freshly boiled water, and you can add some honey for extra sweetness. You can also let the infusion go cold and add a slice of orange for a fresh juicy flavour. I use a mug and always leave it longer probably about 5 minutes so the flavour is stronger and it is cool.enough to drink without burning my mouth. I also leave the teabag in whilst I am drinking it. The first time I made it I was surprised that it is a deep red/ purple colour not pale orange as I expected. It smells very pleasant and I don't add extra sugar, as I think this spoils the tangy orange flavour with the sweetness of the mango and fragrant cinnamon. It does remind me of a Christmassy pot pourri!
I can see why it is good for dieters with no extra sugar it equals 2kcal per 100mls.
Cost at Tesco currently 86p but sometimes there are offers and you can buy two at a reduced rate.
Overall I would say this is a lovely drink, although I admit to complaining to Twinings that it wasn't as good as the original flavour, before they changed it to their "A moment of Calm" range. They wrote me a nice letter,saying they were sorry I didn't like the new product and gave me some vouchers to sample some other infusions! I have now got used to it and would recommend it if you like the mild taste of cinnamon.
And now I'm off to put the kettle on and make a refreshing drink. Thanks for reading. My moment of calm will be with me soon!
Now if you've read any of my other 'speciality tea' reviews, then you'll realise that i'm generally not a fan.
However, when walking through Somerfield last week, I noticed Twinings - 'A Moment of Calm Orange, Mango & Cinnamon' fruit tea, and decided to give it a go.
The teabags themselves are caffeine free, and the ingredients are all natural.
I was surprised when I poured the boiling water onto the teabag, as the resultant colour was bright purple. I couldn't understand how a tea featuring orange, mango and cinnamon could produce such a vivid dark hue. Fair enough, the product does contain Blackberry leaves - but surely these are green? - the mystery continues...
The packet claims the tea has the "sweet exotic taste of mango and the citrus zest of orange which balance the wonderfully rich and spiced taste of cinnamon in this infusion" - impressive stuff! - but what does it actually taste like?
Well, a brewing time of three minutes (as suggested) produced only a vary subtle hint of the flavours suggested. I couldn't detect any of the sweetness mentioned, although I do get an aftertaste of cinnamon.
Anyway, I recommend adding a touch of sugar to this product which brings out the flavour a little more, and makes it more enjoyable.
The product costs a similar price to the other Twinnigs fruit teas, and as standard you get 20 tea-bags in each pack.
I recommend this product, but as I mentioned earlier, only with a spoon of sugar!
for more information see www.twinings.co.uk
Tea / A delicious blend of fruits with an exotic spice that combines a taste of the tropics with the renowned warming properties of cinnamon.