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Recently, I have found myself steering further away from my everyday plain tea to more flavoured teas. It is always nice to have a variety to choose from and sample, and Twinings does have quite a lot of flavours on offer. Since it is also one of my favourite tea brands, I thought that I would give this Twinings Blackcurrant, Ginseng and Vanilla tea a go since it sounded interesting.
A 40g box of 20 teabags will cost you £1.29 from Tesco. Well, this is more expensive for a tea but it is classic Twinings price, really, and I believe that for the quality the company provides it is worth paying that little bit extra. At any rate, you can often find flavoured teas for much more than this.
This tea is packaged in a pink cardboard Twinings box. It does still look very classy and sophisticated which is nice. The top section, once open, acts like a sort of cardboard lid that you can lift up and extract the tea bags from. Altogether, I find the packaging to be quite nice and rather typical of a product made by Twinings.
You can taste the blackcurrant very easily, but I would say that the vanilla holds a more subtle flavour, but you can still taste it. The ginseng flavour, quite noticeable but not too strong, gives the tea its 'edge' I would say, from becoming too fruity, and though it is not my favourite taste in the world (it is more something you would have to get used to), I would say that it adds character to the overall flavour of the tea. I think altogether it has quite a distinctive and unusual taste to it, and it can be a bit overpowering, though not sickening.
I use boiling water to pour on top of the teabag, and leave it in for around five minutes. This also leaves time for the water to start to cool so it is not too hot to drink. Though the teabag looks quite brown initially, the reddish purple colour of the blackcurrant really shows both in the tea and in the teabag after soaking it in for a while. It has quite a pleasant colour in the end that looks nice to drink. I always have to add honey to my tea, though, or else I find it a bit too bitter. One teaspoon of honey is more than sufficient to sweeten the tea up.
In conclusion, this tea has a very calming aroma, and it does taste quite nice but its not something that I would swap my normal everyday tea for as I find that sometimes the taste (and especially the smell) can get overpowering if you drink this too frequently. It is interesting and a nice drink, but I think it is better consumed occasionally and in smaller amounts, or I might get sick of it. This is not my favourite flavour from Twining's flavoured teas range, but it is rather nice especially on cold winter nights. I would recommend it with 4 out of 5 dooyoo stars.
Last week I decided to start a juice detox - replacing my meals with juiced fruit and veg, as I know I drink wayyy too much junk food and had done some reading online about it being a good way to cleanse the body and boost up my intake of 5 a day. I haven't gone too extreme though as I still eat one small meal a day (before 7pm!) but I have also cut out fizzy drinks/squash so when I was at my cousins house over the weekend I was left a bit short of options for something to drink! The best thing I could find was a box of this Twinings Blackcurrant, Ginseng and Vanilla.
- Making the tea -
Making the tea is easy, putting a tea bag in my mug and filling to the brim with hot water. I found that as soon as the hot water was added I could smell strong, natural blackcurrant wafting from the mug which was really appealing! It takes around 30 seconds for the flavour to dissolve and the hot water to change colour but this can be done quicker by dipping the tea bag or mixing with a teaspoon. I was surprise as normally I only add one sugar, but being busy gossipping I accidentally added 2 heaped teaspoons of white sugar but tasting it, this didn't make it too sweet and it was perfect for me.
- Taste -
The taste is really lovely and rich, and the vanilla adds a brilliant kick to what would otherwise be probably bland blackcurrant tea. Personally I couldn't really taste much ginseng and it is not a flavour I am too familiar with so quite hard to comment! However, the tea on the whole is really refreshing, thirst quenching and enjoyable and is a really good beverage from natural ingredients as an alternative to other teas.
I always prefer to drink my drinks once it has cooled down a bit (so as not to burn my tongue) and this is really enjoyable both hot and cold. The quality of the tea bag is also really good as I drank my tea with the bag still inside, and once it was finished I literally flicked the kettle and added more hot water and sugar and the tea tasted just as good as the first mug! I probably made about 3 cups with just one tea bag which for me is good value for money.
- Overall -
I ended up buying a box of 20 tea bags in Sainsburys for about £1.29 the following day and considering I can easily make 60 cups with this I think it's a total bargain! Overall I love this tea and it get's a fab 5 stars. It tastes lovely, is refreshing and is very soothing and warm, just be careful how much sugar you add for your acquired taste!
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 blackcurrant, ginseng and vanilla.
I thought that this was really reasonably priced, it's a box of 20 tea bags for just £1.19. 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 the 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 dissapointed in this respect. The iced tea did have a fresh and fruity flavour. You could certainly taste the sweet blackcurrants, however I thought that the taste of vanilla was a bit too overpowering in the iced tea. To me vanilla is more of a warming taste, and I thought that this was just a bit odd when I had the tea iced. I'm not sure that I could taste the ginseng in this, but I'm not really sure what ginseng tastes like anyway! 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 fresh and fruity flavour, you could really taste the sweet blackcurrants, and they were perfectly offset by the rich and creamy vanilla taste. The vanilla is quite a strong taste in this tea and so it's perfect in a hot cup of tea as it's a very warming 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.
I did like this particular flavour fruit tea, but only really as a hot cup of tea. I would certainly buy it again over the winter time as it did make a lovely warming and soothing drink.
Well, I'm steadily reviewing my way through my extensive tea selection. At last count I had over ten different teas in a variety of flavours, so this is quite an extensive task. On closer inspection, however, it appears that I have two boxes of the same tea and so I'm trying to drink a lot more of it to save on the others and also to get through it and clear a bit of room on the shelf. It's also a very nice tea so I enjoy drinking it for its own sake as well.
== Twinings Blackcurrant, Ginseng and Vanilla Tea ==
I have quite a few berry flavoured teas from Twinings and, if I'm honest, they do get a bit samey. Each one does have it's own different edge but having several different teas with raspberry or strawberry in it does lack a certain variety. While still most certainly a fruit tea, this tea does have a markedly different taste due to the blackcurrant. It also contains vanilla and ginseng, which I assume are meant to add a bit of sweetness, as blackcurrant can be quite sour.
== What I Thought ==
I find this to be a really lovely tea. It does taste fairly similar to other fruit teas I have, but it does have a noticeable and pleasant difference due to the blackcurrant. I have to say that the other main ingredients, ginseng and vanilla, are not particularly easy to pick out on their own but they do add a subtle flavour, which complements the blackcurrant well. I really like this tea and whenever I fancy a fruit tea I'm happy to go for this one. I do like a change from fruit teas as well, however, so will often only have one or two a day and then have other types of herbal tea the rest of the time.
== Conclusion ==
This is a lovely fruit tea that makes a nice change from raspberry and strawberry flavoured teas. It does have a definite blackcurrant taste but the ginseng and vanilla add a pleasant sweetness. A pack of 20 tea bags costs £1 at Tesco, Asda and Sainsbury's (according to mysupermarket.com) so it is in line with other Twinings teas and slightly cheaper than other brands. While I couldn't claim to love it quite as much as I do Tea Pigs teas, it is a quarter of the price for a box of tea bags so I can't complain too much. I recommend this tea to anyone to enjoys fruit teas as it is a very nice one.
Before even taking my first sip of Twinings Blackcurrant, Ginseng and Vanilla tea, the sweet smell of it was delicious. The taste wasn't quite as strong as the scent, but actually preferred that. It was like drinking a blend of fruit tea and herbal tea, and was a great complement to my breakfast.
The blackcurrant taste was sweet enough that there was no need to add sugar or honey, but unlike other fruit blend teas, it wasn't so strong that it tasted like fruit-flavored water. It did, however, overpower the vanilla taste, which I could hardly sense at all.
I chose this particular tea partially because I had heard ginseng will help with alertness, similar to caffeine, but without the negative effects. However, I have not felt any more alert since drinking this tea. I assume that is because there is a very small amount of ginseng in each cup. Despite this, I still enjoy the taste, and will continue to drink it and reccomend to friends.
After having been mildly dissapointed by the Cranberry, Raspberry and Elderflower infusion by Twinings last week, I am slightly more tentative about trying this one.
The first thing I noticed was how many more ingredients this blend has than most of Twinings' others, and how far down in the list the three main flavours are. The bag smells interestingly tea-like, but when boiling water is added, the juicy fragrance of blackcurrant comes to the fore. The vanilla is present but mild. I'm not really sure what ginseng should smell like, but there is little else obvious in the scent.
On tasting, the blackcurrant is definitely the most prominent flavour. The blend is less sweet than I expected, and I shall be adding half a teaspoon of honey to my next cup. It's a little bitter actually. The vanilla is even more subtle in flavour than in scent. The box promises a 'subtle spice flavour', and it certainly delivers this; I only wish it were a little less subtle. There is liquorice root in this too, and there is a slight taste of this in the background. The overall taste is also dry and, to be honest, a little flat. This is nice enough, but not a flavour I will be buying again. I prefer the blackcurrant and mint.
Ginseng is supposedly very good for you in various ways, but there really isn't a lot of it here and Twinings don't claim any health benefits on the box. As always it's caffeine free and made with all natural ingredients. And always remember to follow the odd, ubiquitous product warning: "Enjoy Twinings Infusions as part of a balanced, varied diet and a healthy lifestyle".
Or don't. However good their teas may be, they're not the boss of you.
This is a Twinings tea that I regularly drink. I suppose it is a cross between a fruit tea and an herbal tea really.
How I drink it-
As with most herbal and fruit teas they recommend that you allow the tea bag to infuse for 2-3 minutes in hot water and drink it without milk. This is a fruity tea so I don't add honey or sugar to it as I do with some herbal teas as the blackcurrant too my palate is sweet enough. I allow water in the kettle to cool a couple of minutes before adding it too my cup and then after it has infused for 2-3 minutes I add cold water so that it is possible too drink straight away. Though they say to let it infuse for 2-3 minutes I actually most of the time keep the tea bag in the cup throughout drinking it as I find this gives it a deeper more refreshing taste.
I have also on occasions allowed this tea to sit and go cold and drink it cold with some ice and have found it too be very refreshing and invigorating to drink this way
The ginseng in the blend is for most people to help review them on days when they are flagging but ginseng where it has gained an almost magical reputation for being able to promote health, general body vigour, to prolong life and treat many ailments including depression, diabetes, fatigue, ageing. However I have only drunk it in teas so I can't comment on the benefits of this but the tea does help me through a night shift!
Hibiscus, Orange Peel, Orange Leaves, Blackberry Leaves, Lemon Peel, Rosehips, Liquorice Root, Ginseng (2%), Blackcurrant Flavouring, Vanilla Flavouring, Blackcurrant Pieces (1%).
This is available in boxes of 20 loose teabags from most supermarkets and health food shops. The last box I bought was from Sainsbury's and cost 95 pence
In summary this is enlivening tea with zesty blackcurrants, invigorating ginseng and aromatic vanilla, which isn't too heavy on the vanilla
I bought this tea recently because I was keen to try an alternative tea for the evenings. I was attracted to the packaging because it was brightly coloured and stood out on the shelf, but also wasn't too 'in your face'! As you can see from the front of the box, the Twinings name is predominant. I like other Twinings teas and I trust the brand, and I like their adverts on television so I thought I'd give this a go!
Inside the box the tea bags are individually wrapped in paper packets. I presume this is to keep them fresh and I always recycle the packets (although I don't know if you're supposed to, I don't see why not!) so them being individually wrapped is not a problem for me.
When I open the packet, and even before then when I open the box, I can smell the tea. The first and most predominant smell is the blackcurrant. It smells very fruity and slightly sweet. When I hold the bag to my nose I can smell vanilla but I can't smell the ginseng.
When I make this tea I pour boiling water on it and leave it to stand for two minutes, and then I take the tea bag out. I sometimes add a little honey if I want some more sweetness. The tea turns the water to quite a dark colour with a hint of red. It is not a very attractive colour to be honest but that didn't realy put me off because the smell is so nice.
I thought that three flavours might be too much for one tea, so I was a little apprehensive about the first time I tried it. However, I thought it was delicious and since then I have had many more cups and almost finished the box! Like with the smell, the first taste I can taste with the tea is blackcurrant. The blackcurrant tastes very fruity but the sweet smell I notice when I open the box is not really apparent in taste. The vanilla can be tasted but not strongly. I think the vanilla is more apparent in the smell. The ginseng seems to be even less predominant than the vanilla, and is only really a hint. I think this works well because the tea feels very balanced and there are not three different flavours competing for the attention of my taste buds!
The taste of all the flavours is very subtle and the overriding impression you get is something like that of drinking flavoured water. The water retains its consistency, unlike that of tea or coffee once milk is added, so the consistency is very thin. This is another reason why I sometimes add honey. It makes the tea a little bit thicker as well as a bit sweeter. However I would recommend trying the tea first without honey because the honey can affect the other flavours and I think the taste of the tea itself is better without honey.
I recommend this tea if you are looking for a fruity drink and like blackcurrant.
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This flavoured tea is like a cross between a herbal tea and a fruit tea: it provides the lovely taste of a flavour tea, but the ginseng it contains provides revival
Twinings has been established since 1706, making and selling tea of all kinds. They now sell over 200 teas in over 100 countries. This flavoured tea is part of their FruitBliss infusions range.
The Tea and my opinion
I have to say that this tea, although I like blackcurrant, did not taste as nice as I expected it to. There was a nice subtle aftertaste of vanilla, but the combination did not sit well on my palate, and I did not finish the drink. The aroma as I undid the perforated pack of 20 teabags was pleasant, and this remained pleasant as the hot water was added. If anything, the vanilla was stronger in smell than in taste, and the blackcurrant vice versa.
On the positive side, I did feel as if I was relaxed and invigorated at the same time, so it was not all disaster, but I won't be buying this flavour again.
Not my favourite flavoured tea. I prefer the Raspberry, strawberry, and Loganberry tea, which has a nicer flavour in my view.
I bought this tea for £1.09 from my local shop, but it is available from Tesco for 93p.
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This is my all time favourite fruit tea. The blackcurrent makes it fruity, the vanilla adds a sweetness, and the ginseng lifts the body and the spirit. Its a far better stimulant than caffeine, having a more gentle effect and far fewer side effects. As with all fruit teas from Twinings, you can get it in any decent supermarket. Prepaire by soaking tea bags in boiling water for about five minutes. It really is important to give fruit teas plenty of time to brew. I know of many people who complain that fruit teas don't taste of anything. If you only leave them in water for a minute or two, as you would with ordinary tea, the results are uninspiring. Give your tea plenty of time and you may be surprised by the results. This is a great tea to have early in the afternoon when you need a bit of a lift but don't want to be floating about somewhere near the ceiling.
Exotic Ginseng is enjoyed for its ability to promote a feeling of well-being. Together with rosehips, hibiscus flowers and liquorice root it produces a rich, full bodied taste, further enhanced by the flavour of vanilla and blackcurrant