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      31.03.2013 12:02
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      A special treat this week!

      I used to always buy chai tea lattes from coffee shops, which was very expensive, but I wasnt sure how to make it. I then moved to buying the powder, which can also be pricey. I have now found the chai tea bags by Twinings so I have been trying them this week. I received a 50p off voucher from a free sample that came in the post, so instead of costing £2.79 it was £2.29 which is ok for a nice tea, 50 tea bags and a posh looking box that looks great for visitors. The tea comes in square tea bags, one per cup, or a few in a tea pot which need to be left to brew so that you get all the flavours nice and strong. Even just opening the box you can smell how it will taste. The box is black with the company logo in gold, and a pretty picture of the taj mahal in pink. Chai used to be drunk by the royals of India, but now its drunk widely all around the world. It tastes of cinnamon, ginger and cloves and you can really taste the spice. Its a very wintery drink, but I also like it in the summer as sort of a pudding with no calories apart from a bit of milk. Twinings suggest sugar but you definately dont need it as it is so sweet already. Its blended and packed in the UK, and it contains actual tea, ginger root, cinnamon bark and flavourings. A thing that I like about the Twinings brand is that they support projects in the areas that the tea is picked, so that the workers have good conditions to live in and their children get a good education. If you like flavoured tea but still like milk with it then try this one. Its very tasty and well worth the few pence over other brands.

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      09.04.2012 01:10
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      Awesome Alternative Tea

      Chai is becoming one of the most popular alternatives to standard black teas, thanks to both its popularity in India and to Twinings excellent Aromatics range of quality teas. Found in most super markets, at a reasonable price around the £5 mark for 50 bags, Twinings arrives in a simple and clean, recyclable cardboard box, covered in dark moody colours of black brown and gold, the design screams traditional royalty. Each square bag contains tea, ginger root, cinnamon bark, cloves, star anise and other natural flavourings. The first thing you'd be inclined to do when you open the box is probably sneeze at the large whiff of cinnamon, so strong that my sister calls this tea a 'mug of merry christmas'. The suggestions are to only use a touch of milk and possibly sweeten to enhance the spiciness, which is bang on the money. Just a splash of milk is enough to make the colour look like a milky, faint cup of ordinary tea, but not a lot of colour is emitted from the bags. Sugar though is optional, I find less than half a tea spoon is sufficient to get the best out of the ingredients. The taste is as you imagine, full of the richness that the aroma indicates, mostly cinnamon at first but the ginger is there too. While it isn't the strongest of tastes, it is most certainly more noticeable then many others in the range. Nutritional information based without milk is mostly trace elements, 0.1g protein, 2KJ/less than 1 kcal, 0g of fibre and typically 15 calories in a 200ml cup. So not only is it a comfy relaxing brew, but also a healthy one. My first try of the chai was due to switch of teas, trying out lemon and green tea. Downsides are that it is not as refreshing as a standard cup of tea and leaves a dusty aftertaste in your mouth for little while after. At first green tea seemed almost 'fishy' and lemon didn't really do anything for me. Chai on the other hand is big on for taste and aroma, which (if you enjoy or are indifferent to cinnamon) makes this a splendid alternative.

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      17.07.2011 21:39
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      Excellent tea.

      I have always been a huge tea lover, however I have only ever stuck to traditional English tea until recently when a family member of mine picked up some Twinings Chai teabags. They offered to make me a cup of this chai tea, so I thought I would give it a go and see what I thought of it. Little did I know that I was going to be converted to this new, strange type of tea. Chai is a tea which comes from India and has a distinctive scent and flavour of cinammon, ginger and cloves. Upon reading this I would not be sure if it was my type of tea. I do not like spicy foods or drinks so had I have been shopping myself it would have been something I would have walked straight past. Nevertheless, this tea tastes absolutely delicious. It is absolutely perfect for unwinding after a stressful day, or even as a little treat, as it makes a nice change from always sticking to the usual Tetley tea bags which I am used to. It has a strange little kick to it, but it is very delicious and definitely something I will be purchasing again and again. It is also important to note that it only includes natural ingredients which are black tea from several origins, ginger root, cinammon bark and natural flavourings. This is a big advantage for me, as I like to know what is going into my drinks and I know ingredients are fairly important to other people too. After becoming hooked on this unusual tea, I have more recently purchased it a few times. They come in a box of 50 tea bags, which retail at £2.60. This is a little steep for tea bags and the amount you get, however I feel that it is extremely worth paying the extra for. They are widely stocked throughout supermarkets which is where I pick mine up. The box it comes in is lovely, and you can tell that Twinings teas are of a high quality, which I have always found in the past. As soon as you open up the box, the gorgeous spicy scent hits you. When you add boiling water the tea bags, it becomes a very dark drink in colour, and although you should still add milk to this tea, I would definitely recommend only adding a little and drinking it stronger as this is where the flavour really stands out and helps you to unwind. I would also recommend leaving the tea bag in for a few minutes before drinking it to get the real flavour through. Overall, this is a tea that I would strongly suggest you try out if you have not before. It is definitely something I would not have chosen myself, however I have now been converted to chai. A gorgeous spicy drink which helps you feel much better. It is worth treating yourself to these, and not only are they perfect for drinking alone, but they are nice to have a catch up with friends and family over. Thanks for reading.

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        03.06.2011 09:43
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        Great cinnamon tea

        When my brother returned from his month long journey of inter-railing around Europe, one of the discoveries that he insisted I had to try was Chai Tea. He became obsessed with it after a brief period of returning home, and I see that we still have Chai Tea lying around today. I am a big tea drinker, and so when I was told that it was essentially a cinnamon tea, I was keen to give it a go. The particular make of Chai Tea that we have in our house is, of course, Twinings. You can tell by Twinings' packaging that they have marketed themselves as a premium brand of tea, and they even make a point of telling you that they are suppliers to the Queen, so feel privileged - you're sipping royal tea. A packet no longer looks like that which is pictured. It has a black and pink colour scheme now, showing a picture of India, which ties in with the little story on the side of where Chai originated. I really like this idea because if, like me, you had no idea what Chai Tea was before it was introduced to your home, this gives you a little back story to make you familiar with the product. Also, on the front the only hint you are given to flavour is that it is 'infused with the flavour of Indian spices'. Vague if you don't know what it is. However, on the side you are told that it is cinnamon, ginger and clove. Also handy is the suggested way to make the cup of tea. My brother suggested I should just drink it black, but I didn't enjoy my cup of tea at all when it was made this way, as I felt it was too strong. Twinings suggest it is made wth milk, which I have found to be far better. So what does it taste like? The smell is delicious, and you can definitely smell the cinnamon. As someone who loves cinnamon, the smell is delightful to me. The ginger and cloves are less obvious, though I would say that I can taste the ginger very faintly. As I said, I found the black tea too strong, but if you're drinking the milky version, then it's like drinking a normal cup of tea with a hint of cinnamon. The box contains 50 tea bags, and will cost you somewhere in the region of £3. I find that all tea is expensive nowadays, and I would not feel too bad about spending this amount on a box. Overall, I still prefer normal tea, but I think I will be hard pressed to find anything to replace it. Despite this, Chai Tea is a welcome variation from my normal tea, and is really lovely to drink. If you like cinnamon and ginger, and think the idea of it in a mug appeals to you, then I would recommend this to you!

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        24.04.2010 22:52
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        Give it a chai, it's worth it!

        "For us, tea is more than just a drink. It's a way to calm down, to wake up, to spark an idea, to share a story." Twinings got this right, that's for sure. This is a perfect drink to share with your friends or family. Whether it's in front of the TV or whilst sitting in the garden. Come rain, sun or shine, chai is the perfect cup of tea. Chai originates in India, and is known as Masala Chai there. Chai means tea. The mixture is made by brewing tea with aromatic spices and herbs. This blend gives the most wonderful smell and taste. I was introduced to Chai in my first year at uni by one of my housemates. I had never tried it and for years I had walked past it without noticing, heading straight for the Tetleys teabags. Admittedly at first I thought it wasn't for me, but I kept craving the sweetness and before long I bought my first box of Chai teabags... which wasn't easy on a student budget. They cost around £2.90 in a supermarket, but it's always my one little treat at uni. Chai contains spices such as cinnamon, ginger and cloves. It is an acquired taste but advisable to try it once because if you do like it, you were certainly enjoy it more than regular tea. I enjoy around 3 cups a day, I can never decide whether I enjoy it more with a slice of toast in the morning or with a slice of cake after dinner. Both scenarios are complemented by a much needed cup of Chai. You can never fail with Twinings. Although more expensive, they do deliver with such beautiful teas and the packaging is one to be admired also. I always see the box as a little treasure chest that I keep hidden away at the back of my cupboard! The box is black and recyclable. There is a lovely pink picture of the Taj Mahal and a gold label with 'Twinings' on. To conclude, I highly recommend you giving Chai a chance. If you like it then pass the message on to your friends and family because more people should know about it!!

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        01.11.2009 16:08
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        Soothing mellow tea, for those who like something a little different

        This rather unusual tea originates from India, it's full name being 'Masala Chai' which translates as spiced tea, the word 'Chai' alone, simply means tea. How it tastes, depends on which brand you go for, the blend of spices used varies a great deal, but it will always contain some of the following cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, star anise, peppercorn, and cloves. The first time i tried it was around 5 years ago and i didn't like it, it was extremely over-powering. I stupidly assumed it all tasted the same and flatly refused to drink it again, up until recently when my friend was making herself a cup of Twinings Chai, it smelt lovely and i then learnt that different brands use different blends. It is a very aromatic tea, the aroma makes me think of christmas, i was more than happy with the smell of this tea alone, nevermind how it tasted! However, the taste is mellow, the spices are subtle but not too subtle - the balance is perfect, you can taste them without it being overpowering. It's hard to explain how it makes you feel as you drink it, i find it's somewhat 'warming', it seems to soothe, relax and generally just make you feel a bit better about yourself. Don't be expecting miracles or anything, but it certainly gives you a feeling of well-being and contentment. I can't believe how long i've been missing out on this stuff, it is simply a really lovely drink. Chai is traditionally drunk with milk and sugar, to bring out the natural sweetness and flavours of the spices and to add richness. Either white or brown sugar is fine, but brown is said to bring out the best flavour, adding a slightly caramelised flavour. It certainly is an aquired taste and isn't for everyone by any means. But my advice would be, don't give up on it if you first try it and don't like it, try a few different brands because as i said before, the taste can vary dramatically. It really is a case of finding the right brand to suit your taste. For those of you who are new to it, Twinings really is the perfect place to start.

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          15.10.2009 22:18
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          A keeper!

          I first enjoyed chai when I bought a packet from a food market. It came in the form of a bag of spices, some ground, some kept whole which I put in a saucepan full of boiling water with a regular teabag and sugar and latterly some milk, and then strained it. It was absolutely delicious and I have been looking for something comparable since. I have tried powdered ones but found them to be bland and artificial tasting. Therefore I was chuffed when doing my online grocery shop from Tesco and looking for some Lapsang Souchong that Twinings did a Chai tea as part of its 'Aromatics' range. I have been a big fan of Twinings for years, predominantly as I remember them being the brand that introduced me to fruit and herbal tea. Being a brand that I was familiar with, but knowingit would be in the form of a teabag. Being a brand that I was familiar with, but knowing it would be in the form of a teabag rather than fresh spice, I had mixed feelings. However it was much better than I was cautiously expecting. I have experimented with a few different methods and quantities of makingit. However, I would agree that the best way is that which is described on the packet - with a little milk and sugar. I would consider the sugar pretty essential as somehow it brings out the cinnamon more. This particular chai contains cinnamon, cloves, ginger and star anise. These are a really good mix- and give off quite a good level of spiciness. Admittedly the flavour is not quite as complex as one which is homemade/made from scratch or one that you might get in a good coffee shop - however, considering this comes from a teabag it is really very good. In fact, it is so dense that the normal tea flavour does not come through at all. ( I can vouch for this as I do not like regular tea). In conclusion, this is a really solid and economical version of a delicious tea.

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            12.06.2009 13:52
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            An excellent alternative to run of the mill speciality teas.

            ~~~~~~~~~~ INTRODUCTION ~~~~~~~~~~ I was over at a friend's house and was offered a "cup of Chai" after dinner. Thinking she was trying to sound posh, I gratefully accepted (we Armenians often use the word "Chai" as a synonym for tea - it turns out my "mother tongue" shares its Indo-European roots with Hindi). It was only after the steaming mug arrived that I realised this wasn't going to be an ordinary PG. The aroma was delightfully spicy and extended a warm invitation to get stuck in. Delighted by the experience, I decided to buy a box of it on my next trip to the supermarket and give it a proper go. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PACKAGING & INGREDIENTS ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Twinings are a very well known manufacturer of speciality teas, and given the quite large section of the tea and coffee aisle at my local supermarket dedicated to their products, I would presume most readers will have heard of them. For the record, they are one of those posh companies with a Royal Warrant (they provide Her Majesty QE II with Tea & Coffee), so I don't intend to slavishly reproduce a detailed company history, especially as their rather swish web site (www.twinings.co.uk) already does a thorough job of it. If so minded, you can even sign up for regular "tea-mails" (No. Really.). Chai is part of their "Aromatics" range and comes in a top-opening black box with shiny gold Twinings branding, and contains fifty tea bags with a total weight of 125 grams. The packaging claims the tea has "the mellow flavour of Indian spices", and lists the main ingredients as black tea, ginger root (10%), cinnamon bark (10%), and generic "natural flavourings". Although not specifically listed on the box under the ingredients, the back of the box also makes reference to cloves and star anise. The tea hails from India, where it is apparently enjoyed with a touch of milk and some sugar (or substitute) "to bring out the spice flavour". Brewing time is advised as three to five minutes. As with most aromatic teas, its best to use water just off the boil to avoid "burning" the tea and killing the more subtle flavours. ~~~~~ AROMA ~~~~~ My biggest beef with aromatic/herbal teas is that they rarely - if ever - taste how they smell. This time, I had the advantage of having tried it before I bought it, so, on opening the box, I knew that the taste would be much more consistent with its "out of box" aroma. There is a lovely warm spicy sweetness to it, with cinnamon taking a bold and confident lead. The other spices are much more subtle. Oddly, despite its position of prominence in the ingredients, I wasn't getting much of the ginger at this stage. ~~~~ TASTE ~~~~ It brewed up nicely, and as I like strong tea, I left it in for the full five minutes. The tea is an opaque medium brown, and I gave it a go without adding anything. It was very pleasant and woody, with cinnamon still dominant, but after the initial hit dissipated and the tea cooled in my mouth, ginger, cloves and anise made their presence felt - albeit much less directly than the cinnamon bark. It wasn't as tannic as some black teas (that dry and puckery feeling you get in your mouth after drinking red wine - a sensation caused by tannins) and in all, I was quite pleased with it. This was definitely a brew I could drink without adding milk or sugar. My first mug (at my friend's house) had been with milk and a little honey. I added a dash of milk, and the immediate effect was to dial down the powerful hit of cinnamon you get when drinking it "black". I soon realised that the other spices were not, in fact, much more subtle, but that the cinnamon simply out-muscled them. The addition of milk brought the whole thing into a much nicer balance. I then added a teaspoon of white sugar - which - as promised on the packaging, brought out the spices even more, making for an excellent warming cup of Chai. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PRICE & AVAILABILITY ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ I bought mine from my local Tesco, but I have seen it at most other major supermarkets as well (Sainsbury, Waitrose and ASDA). The box of 50 bags goes for around £2.29, but Tesco are doing a "buy two for £3.00" deal on the range, bringing it down to a very reasonable £1.50 a box. ~~~~~~~ VERDICT ~~~~~~~ I could imagine enjoying this having come in from gardening on a cool, crisp, autumn afternoon, or relaxing in front of a roaring log fire in mid-winter (imagine being the operative word - I don't muck about with plants, and have no fireplaces). This seems slightly odd, given the drink originates in the sweltering heat of the Indian sub-continent, but such meteorological pedantry aside, this is a very pleasant tea to occasionally dip in to. It is too dear to replace my everyday Twinings Breakfast tea, but it sits nicely alongside the speciality Ceylon, Assam and Earl Gray teas lurking in the back of my kitchen cupboard. A pukka brew. Recommended. © Hishyeness 2009

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              11.06.2009 11:23
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              i would buy this again and again

              The Twinnings range is a trusted brand, producing all different types of teas with infusions, herbal and decaffinated. Im actually not normally a tea drinker as its not great for the teeth, full of toxins and generally i am not keen on the taste, however i have been on a diet now forever and hot drinks can help get rid of hunger pangs and sugar cravings. In the constant bid to lose a few pounds i thought i would give this hot drink thing a go, i have hot chocolate in the evenings but i wanted something more refreshing for the daytime. Plus i think i would probably nod off after a cup of hot chocolate in the day, i cant help but connect cocoa to sleep! So looking at the tea isle in Tesco's and i noticed Twinnings had offers on their products, so i then had a gander through the different flavours. Most of their boxes look the same (Black with the Twinnings header and a picture in the centre) so its quite hard to be struck by one for its packaging. The herbal range is quite colourful however i have never been able to stomach the herbal variety so its just the tea range for me. They have the options of Assam, Dahjeeling, Earl Grey,Lady Grey, Lapsang Souchong and Chai, they are priced at £2.29 for 50 bags in Tescos but are on offer for 2 boxes for £3 whilst i speak. I chose the Chai based on the ingredients, these include cinnamon, ginger, cloves and star anise. I also found the section on the side of the box which tells you about the teas ingredients, brewing instructions and origin, (which happens to be in India) quite informative and helpful. To be honest i wasnt sure how it would taste but i had heard of chai before and was told it was delicious. So on returning home i stuck the kettle on for a brew. You brew the tea for 3 to 5 minutes and then you have the option of adding milk and sugar, it should be drank with both of these but my mother in law prefers no sugar and no milk so its ok to do both. I put in two sweetners and a touch of milk, the colour of this tea is very pale and i did find that it only took a splash of milk to make it almost white. On taking the first sip i found that although it was very subtle flavours of the spices and not overbearing at all, i did need one more sweetner and that really brought the flavour out much more. It smells divine and when i leave it to brew i walk back into the kitchen and find the aroma has filled the room. I would warn not to leave it to brew too long as i found it became quite bitter if its overdone. I usually have about 5 cups a day now and enjoy each one throughly. So in summary, i would definatly buy it again as its delicious and as someone that is not keen on Tea as such this is a great alternative. I wil next be trying the Lady Grey and have high hopes for this one too.

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                24.05.2009 21:37
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                Very nice tea indeed

                This spicey but sweet tea is from Twining's speciality tea range, which also includes lapsang souchong, darjeeling, earl grey and some organic types to mention but a few. Chai tea originates from India. It's a black tea infused with an array of spices, including cinnamon, cloves and ginger. The flavour is quite strong but very, very sweet. It's really, really tasty, and the flavours really compliment each other. I normally drink it with a small amount milk, but you can drink it without. Some people like to add a little sugar as well. The package also suggests trying it with added honey which is also incredibly tasty. I drink quite a lot of teas, and this is one of my favourites. It's incredibly flavoursome and nice as a bedtime drink with biscuits, but I will drink it any time. I'm about to brew a cup once I've finished this review. For around £1.50, you get 50 teabags, which I think is good value for a speciality tea. I sometimes pay more than that for only 20, and in any case I reckon this tea is well worth it.

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                Twinings delivers once again.

                I drink an awful lot of tea on a daily basis and am always looking out for something new to try. I spied this in my local supermarket, and upon reading the flavours included I couldn't wait to try it! Twinings Chai tea, like most conventional Chai is a blend of spices such as Cinnamon that are re-invigorating and have a great flavour. Some Chai teas tend to go a little overboard with the flavour or taste like they've been brewed for too long even with little time to infuse, but Twinings Chai tea is just beautiful! The flavours are strong but mellow in that they don't overpower, as is the risk with a more spicy blend. The tea is very fresh, and doesn't taste 'parched' as many cheaper teas do. Chai tea can be drank with or without milk, depending on how strong you like it, and is definitely one for those cold winter months or to re-invigorate you if you're having a stressful day!

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                06.10.2008 13:12
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                A refreshing spicy tea.

                I first tried this tea after getting hooked on Starbuck's Chai Tea Latte. I really liked it but it was a bit too expensive to buy one everyday so I set about looking for something similar that I could buy to have at home when I came across these tea bags. I was aware that it would not be the same as the Starbuck's drink as the one from there is made with a Chai syrup and hot milk, but as these tea bags has the same sort of flavouring I thought I could still get my Chai fix when I was short on cash! The tea bags are made by the well-know tea company Twinings, who have been operating since 1706 when Thomas Twining opened the first tea room at 216, Strand, London. The company still operates from the same location today. The Twinings logo, which was created in 1787, is the world's oldest logo. The Chai tea bags are part of their 'Aromatics' range, which is a range of rich fragrant teas. The range also includes Earl Grey, Lady grey, Lapsang and Souchong teas. Chai is the general Indian word for tea. The tea bags come in a black box with a gold strip across the top bearing the Twinings logo with 'Aromatics' on a purple strip underneath. It then has the word 'Chai' with a short description of the tea above a picture. The picture depicts spices such as cinnamon sticks and star anise so you get an idea of the spicy flavour from the picture. The ingredients list on the bottom of the box states that the tea bags contain ginger and cinnamon. They also contain tea leaves which are infused with spices such as cloves, ginger, and the pictured star anise. When you open the box there is quite a strong sweet spicy smell, you can definitely smell the cinnamon. The tea bags are square, and they come in a box of 50 for around £1.99. The box recommends serving the tea sweetened and with a little milk. This is how I drink the tea. I use sugar to sweeten it but you could easily use honey. Sweetening the tea is said to bring out the flavour of the spices. I then add some milk, not quite as much as I would for normal tea but enough to make it go quite a pale tan colour. I normally leave the tea bag to brew for around 3-5 minutes before putting the milk in. When it's made up, it looks like a medium weak cup of normal tea. The taste of the tea is quite spicy, but at the same time the spice is quite mellow and sweet. It isn't overpowering. The tea bags contain tea leaves like you would find in normal tea so it is more like a spiced cup of normal tea rather than a herbal tea. Therefore it's a really good way to have something a little bit different from your Tetley or PG Tips but you still get that nice feeling you get when you drink a cup of normal tea. Overall I would really recommend this to any tea-lover because it is something a bit different but still has the familiarity of a good cup of normal tea. This tea is great to drink at any time of the day and is a really refreshing change.

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                  15.07.2008 00:55
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                  A very accessible, drinkable, warming tea.

                  I'm a bit of an avid tea and coffee drinker and love trying out different blends, but I have a few old favourites I constantly go back to. Twinings chai teabags are one of these - in fact, they're my favourite tea of all time and I have to have at least one cup a day or I don't feel right! I first discovered chai a few years back when I tried an organic iced chai latte at a folk festival in New York state (I'm not a hippy, honest). Soon afterwards I discovered that Starbucks do a normal, hot version, which I enjoyed for a while, but it began to grate on me because it was over-sweet, over-milky and slightly acidic. (It's not great on an empty stomach first thing in the morning.) And then, I discovered the Twinings teabags. Unlike other chai teabags I've tried (and I've tried a few), to me they have the exactly right blend of tea and spices - cinnamony, not overwhelmingly spicy, tea still distinctly there and not overpowered by the other flavours. In addition, I've found that where other chai teas aren't black enough and don't really work with milk, I can enjoy this blend with milk and half or one teaspoon of sugar.

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                    29.03.2008 11:10
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                    A interesting cup.

                    As an avid tea drinker I am addicted to the Twinings range, as their teas are always high quality and never contain "dust" like some tea bags. But regular readers may remember I am on a diet (lost a stone now, thanks for asking) and am consequently always looking out for ways to reduce my calorie intake. So teas you can drink without adding milk are a good idea, and I spied this one on the shelves of my local supermarket just the other day. At about £1.50 for a pack of 50 tea bags it is expensive compared to more everyday brands but the one area of life where I don't economise is tea, as the difference between cheap tea and good tea even if you drink loads of it is still only about 35p a week and I really notice the difference, so I've decided I can fund my habit to indulgence! Anyway I bought a pack of this rather expensive tea and took it home, looking forward to a refreshing milk-free and therefore calorie-free cuppa! It comes in the traditional Twinings packaging and when you open the packet the tea bags are attached to each other in sets of two square bags. As soon as you open the packet you are hit with this strong smell of cinnamon and other spices - it smells really Christmassy! As with herbal teas, the smell promised more than the taste delivers, but once you've poured on your boiling water and waited a couple of minutes you've got a tea tasting drink (Yes, I know I'm reviewing a cup of tea, so that's not surprising, but I mean it taste like a cup of black breakfast tea tastes, rather than a herbal infusion) but with added spices - especially cinnamon. It is quite a pleasant taste, but speaking as an addict it doesn't deliver the - oh goodness do I really have to call it the "ooh" - that a cup of breakfast or afternoon tea blend offers. It is pleasant for a change and I've had one about once a week when I fancy a hot drink but I've already had a lot of cups of normal tea that day and fancy something different. It is going to take me a while at that rate to get through the box, and I'll enjoy doing so, but to be honest I'll probably not buy it again. I'm always trying unsual teas and to be honest I usually just go back to my good old cuppa!

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                      24.11.2007 15:37
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                      Lately I have found that drinking tea a lot seems to keep me a bit calmer especially with a lot of the stress I have been having with university work. I have always been someone who loves tea over coffee any day anyway so nothing changed much there but I have been trying herbal teas and more soothing ones. I was shopping the other day and I do love the Twinings Earl Grey so bought that but felt like I wanted a change. A friend of mine then told me she had a lot of tea that she had been given and didn't think she would drink it all so she handed me a box of Twinings Chai Tea which I also picked just because it sounded nice and I always like to try new things. So, Twinings tea started around 1706 and has been doing so for now nearly 300 years and is internationally shipped to nearly 100 countries. They are always trying to make new flavours to keep up to date and also try to satisfy the drinking needs of all of their customers. They create fruit blends, herbal, aromatic, green and iced teas. The packaging of this tea is one thing I like it is very sophisticated and rich looking and stands out against the other teas if you were to pick one which looked expensive. It comes in a black rectangular shaped box and has gold bands around each face which have 'Twinings' written in black lettering. The 'Chai' text is in green and a swirl of green smoke is under this swirling and image of some spices and herbs. You get 50 tea bags in the box as it states and it is 125g of tea. To open the tea you rip a band at the side and this opens the box which stays closed easily. On the side is a history of the tea which again states that Thomas Twining in 1706 set up as a tea merchant in the Strand in London. On the further side of the box is the origin of the flavour of tea I have chosen, Chai. It tells me it originates from India and that it is the word for tea in Indian culture. It also says it is the name of this tea and is centuries old but still part of Indian culture. It says it is infused with the flavours of Indian spices ranging from cinnamon cloves, ginger and star anise. They say that in India they put some milk in their Chai tea to make it sweeter so it brings out the spices. So, as I open the box I am instantly hit with a spicy scent, the cinnamon probably stands out the most but I like the smell of it. I wait to put on the kettle to boil it so I can have my cup of tea. I put in the tea bad and pour in the boiling hot water to reveal a very light brown colour in my mug. The sweet but yet spicy aroma rises from the mug and I take a sip. It is burning hot but takes really nice and soothing. I could taste the faintness of the ginger and other spices but not too overpowering just nicely. I decided to not opt for the milk as teas like this to me don't seem right with milk. Overall, I think these kinds of teas are nice every so often I don't always buy them, winter is the main time I will drink them. A box of these will last me probably a year which says it all but that's not because I don't like the tea just I love my British tea more. So, the Twinings tea can be bought in all supermarkets as I have seen them there. I am sure they can also be bought in tea specialist shops as well. As stated before mine were a gift but I did look up the price and for a normal 125g box which I am reviewing and they cost £1.41 normally which isn't bad for 50 tea bags and especially like me if that'll last you the whole year. The official website is http://www.twinings.co.uk where you can find out all about the history of the company and tea. You can also see all of the teas in the Twinings range.

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                      An traditional Indian spiced tea with a mellow flavour.