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As it has become a little cooler in the last couple of weeks I have found myself turning to hot drinks to keep myself nice and warm. I'm not a huge tea or coffee drinker but do like a lot of the herbal or green tea ranges. I love the taste of fennel and quite often make fresh fennel tea on the hob, but sometimes a tea bag is more convenient! One of the teas that I spotted on a recent visit to Tesco's was the nettle and sweet fennel tea in the Twinings range and as it was one that I had never tried before I decided to pop a box into my basket.
The teas come in a green coloured box with a picture of some nettle leaves and yellow flowers on the front which I presume are what produce the fennel seeds. Each box contains 20 teabags and costs around £1.30.
Nettle is particularly known for its cleansing properties and fennel aids digestion. In fact whenever I have indigestion or a generally dodgy stomach I make my own fennel tea on the hob and this has me feeling better in no time at all. Due to its cleansing and digestive properties this is a tea I often opt for after an evening meal to help my meal digest properly. It is also worth noting that the teas are caffeine free which means I don't have to worry about not being able to sleep once I've drunk this!
On opening the pack I was surprised to notice that the teabags were not individually wrapped like most of the ones in the Twinings range are. This isn't a particularly big issue and in fact in some ways is probably a good thing as it is better for the environment. However I often like to take teas to work with me and in this case transporting these teas around is not really practical.
Making a cuppa is really simple. Just pop in a mug, pour on boiling water and allow to brew for a couple of minutes. The resulting tea is a dark golden brown colour. I usually let this cool down a bit before taking a sip. Most fennel teas that I have had in the past give a strong aniseedy smell whilst brewing but I was disappointed to note that this was not the case here. Taking my first sip I was expecting to taste the refreshing mintiness of the aniseed but to be honest I really couldn't taste anything other than a faint herby taste which I suppose was the nettle. As I swallowed though I did get an aftertaste of the fennel which was nice but far, far too weak for my liking! Having said that they do live up to the clean that they are cleansing and I find that If I have had a particularly heavy meal they do help with the digestion and make me feel less bloated.
Overall then I can't say I was overly impressed with this offering from Twinings. I have had pure fennel tea in the same range and have found that to be quite pleasant but in this case I think the nettle drowns out the flavour of the aniseed. I think in future I shall stick with pure fennel tea or perhaps if I'm feeling a little more adventurous try fennel with something else other than nettle added.
All natural ingredients Naturally caffeine free The carton is 100 percent recyclable and made from renewable resources A clean tasting infusion, with a hint of sweetness