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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 cranberry, raspberry and elderflower.
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've mainly been using the tea bags to make jugs of iced tea so far. I have had a couple of mugs of the tea hot though, so I would know whether to buy it over the winter as well.
I have to say that this really does make delicious iced tea, the iced tea has a very fruity and refreshing flavour. You can taste both the cranberries and the raspberries in this, the sweetness of the raspberries is balanced out by the sharpness of the cranberries to make a really zesty and refreshing drink that isn't too sweet. I'm not sure that I can taste the elderflower in this, but I'm not really sure what elderflower tastes like anyway! This is the perfect thirst quenching drink on a warm day, it's delicious as a long drink poured over lots of ice.
To make a 2 litre jug of iced tea I will use 5 of the tea bags, and then pour a litre of boiling water over them, I will then then let them steep for a few hours, until the tea has gone cold. Then I remove the tea bags, and top up the jug with a litre of cold water, stir, and then keep in the fridge.
I also enjoyed the tea hot, I thought that it still had that lovely fresh and fruity flavour, the sweetness of the raspberries was still balanced out by the sharpness of the cranberries. 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've really enjoyed this flavour fruit tea, and I'm certainly going to buy it again. It won't stop me buying my favourite Starbucks Passion tea as this is still my favourite by a long way, but this is a more than acceptable alternative for when I've ran out.
I love fruit tea and have probably tried what seems like millions over my tea drinking life time and Twinings is pretty much superior every time.
I recently purchased the Twinings Cranberry, Raspberry and Elderflower range at a very reasonable £1.19 for 20 tea bags. The product comes in a pink, recyclable cardboard box, which is made from renewable resources, with refreshing pictures of cranberries, raspberries and elderflowers on, which makes it very appealing. The tea is naturally caffeine free and offers a refreshing, zesty, red berry infusion with a good amount of elderflower thrown in for extra loveliness. There is no added sugar and all the ingredients are natural
What I find interesting and amusing about this tea is that Twinings is produced by appointment to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, which make me fell all regal and privileged when drinking it.
On the back of the box is a list of the following ingredients:
Hibiscus, Apple pieces, Rosehips, Elderflowers (8%), Natural Flouring (6%), Liquorice Root, Natural Raspberry flavouring, and other natural flavourings (4%) - all of the herbs are gently steamed to protect their delicate taste.
To make the tea, first boil the kettle, grab a mug add in a tea bag and pour over the hot water, then leave to steep for 2-3 minutes, you can also add sugar or honey, but it is best drunk without milk. I like my tea to be very flavoursome, so I leave the tea bag in whilst I am drinking it and the flavour develops, also if I find I do not drink it straight away and it goes cold, the flavour is richer and it is still great to drink.
Whilst the tea is steeping, you get a lovely red berry and elderflower aroma wafting up from the mug, which adds to the enjoyment of the tea, as with so many fruit teas, the aroma never stands up to the overall taste, this tea however, gives a very good depth of cranberry, which leaves your mouth feeling a bit dry, then you get the raspberry, which is ever so slightly bitter, followed by the perfume and floweriness of the elderflower, overall it's a great hit to the senses and it definitely perks me up and refreshes me. What is great about this tea is that it is caffeine free, so can be enjoyed all day and its all natural, so it must be good for you.
I would definitely recommend this flavour of tea to others who love fruit tea and I think it is a great introduction to such teas for the uninitiated. Bravo to Twinings.
Aside from the fact the Twinings produce what I consider one of the widest tea ranges about they also seem to offer the most flavoursome fruit tea which is what I will specifically review today:
The "Fresh and Fruity" range are a collection of all natural fruit and herbal teas that come in several different flavours, some of which include lemon and ginger and my personal favourite cranberry, raspberry and elderflower.
I buy the product as I normally find it in 40 gram boxes of 20 tea bags for about 98pence per packet - Although I have seen larger boxes of 40 tea bags available in larger supermarkets - These tea bags are a great alternative to your everyday "cuppa" of coffee and tea and are also a much healthier option; They are caffeine free, have no added sugar and no artificial flavourings.
The product recommends that that you make a 200ml infusion (About one mug) per tea bag, and claims that making it this way contains only 2 calories and mere traces of fat, protein and carbohydrates. For those who have a sweet tooth I have found that using ether a sweetener or a spoonful of honey also adds to the flavour of the drink.
Unlike most fruit teas which always smell incredible but usually taste like you have forgotten to wash your glass before getting a drink of water the Twinings fruit tea range actually tastes like the smell!
For a great healthy alternative with great flavour I would recommend that you start with one box and work your way through until you find your own favourite!
I'm not normally a fan of herbal or fruit teas as I tend to find them a little bland and insipid for my tastes. I did like the sound of this particular combination - Cranberry, Raspberry and Elderflower- which is part of Twinings extensive range of fruit teas. After reading a positive review of this flavour online, I immediately sent off for a free sample and, for once, I was not disappointed with the outcome and have now developed quite a taste for this particular variety and for fruit teas in general.
Like most fruit teas, I find I achieve the best results in terms of flavour by leaving the fruit tea bag inside a mugful of freshly boiled water for at least a couple of minutes, to allow the full flavours to develop. I also prefer to leave the tea bag in the cup whilst I am drinking, again for a more robust flavour. As this bag comes with a hanging tag and attached to string, I can balance this on the edge of the cup so it doesn't get in the way whilst I'm drinking. I've tried other brands where the bag is more like a traditional loose tea bag and I hate seeing it bob about under the water!
I absolutely love the fragrance of this tea while it is brewing and, unlike other varieties, the taste of the tea does actually live up to the smell. The flavour combinations are fairly strong ingredients in their own right. The cranberry here, for example, as a really distinctive taste but as this is an infusion, it doesn't have the rather dry bitterness that I associate with drinking fresh cranberry juice. Likewise, the raspberry has a detectable presence both within the gorgeous smell and as a key part of the flavour. I'm not particularly familiar with the taste of elderflower but, overall, the combinations of the flavours worked really well together to create a drink that was surprisingly flavoursome as well as being very refreshing.
I particularly liked that there was no bitterness, even after leaving the tea bag in for several minutes. One of the advantages of drinking fruit or herbal teas for me is that, unlike 'normal' tea, the drink is still perfectly palatable even after it is has been left out to go lukewarm or even stone cold. This is perfect for me, as I often end up with half a mugful of tea sitting going cold whilst I'm running after the boys!
A box of twenty individually wrapped bags cost me £1.08 from Sainsburys, making this relatively inexpensive per cuppa. I have found this flavour slightly more difficult to get hold of than some of the less 'exotic' combinations from Twinings, though. It wasn't stocked in my local independent health food shop nor in my nearest Morrisons store but most larger major supermarkets should sell this variety.
If you do like the sound of this variety - and it really is as lovely as it sounds- you can still request a free sample of any two flavours of fruit/herbal teas via the Twinings website (www.twinings.co.uk) This flavour is certainly worth a try and has actually managed to convert me, as an ardent PG Tips fan, over to fruit teas which is quite an achievement.
Ingredients: Hibiscus, Rosehips, Apple Piece, Elderflower (8%), Cranberry Flavouring, Liquorice Root, Raspberry Flavouring, Cranberry Pieces (1%), Raspberry Piece (1%)
I am no fruity tea connoisseur by any means, I usually have a regular bog standard cuppa during the day but recently requested a free sample of flavoured speciality tea from twinings.co.uk which included this flavour; cranberry, raspberry and elderflower. The offer is still on now and you can choose two flavours to sample from the new Twinings range, which includes the cranberry, raspberry and elderflower flavour, you also get a 50p off money couple at the moment with this free sample, so it is defiantly worth trying some and you can always use the voucher on their normal range or your preferred flavour.
So this flavour of tea is part of Twinings fresh and fruity range of speciality teas being made up of predominantly fruit infusions. All of these tea drinks are naturally caffeine free and are intended to be drunk without milk, so a much healthier option instead of your coffee or regular tea fix. This is one of the chief reasons I have been sampling fruity teas. The teas are available in boxes, containing 20 teabags; I have not seen any larger quantities available in any of the major supermarkets, though they may be available online. The entire collection of the 'Fresh and Fruity' Twining's range is a deep pink in colour, being darker at the bottom of the packaging and becoming lighter nearer the top of the box. There is the Twinings banner in gold and black and then the fruit flavour of teabags written below. The boxes also show images of the fruit flavour on the bottom half of the front of the packaging. I would have to say that this is an eye catching product and definitely think it reflects the product well.
So the flavour, cranberry, raspberry and elderflower immediately grabbed me as I have really been getting into my elderflower flavoured drinks recently. This is the least prominent flavour in the tea I have to point out; it is a very subtle taste and scent but is definitely present. The chief flavouring in this tea is from the cranberries and raspberries, the former being quite sharp as cranberries tend to be but not unpleasantly so. I find I cannot stand freshly squeezed cranberry juice for this reason, but I don't find that at all with this tea drink. The raspberries are also dominant with the cranberries and this is where the really fruity and sweet flavouring comes though in the drink. It is not sickly sweet at all but sweet enough to not have to do a thing to the product bar adding the boiling water.
The ingredients state that each teabag contains;
Hibiscus, Apple Pieces, Rosehips, Elderflowers(8%),
Natural Cranberry Flavouring (5%),
and Liquorice Root, Natural Raspberry Flavouring (3%),
The instructions say to add boiling water and let the drink infuse for two to three minutes, I tend to leave the bag in the cup while I drink it for a more intense flavour. You can really smell the fruitiness of the drink and all the flavours are distinguishable in it, it smells lovely and refreshing.
There are only about 2 calories per cup of this tea flavour; however I could not drink more than one or two cups of this per day, it is more like a sweet treat than a regular hot drink. I haven't tried too many flavoured teas before this one, but from the ones I have I can honestly say it is very tasty combination of flavours and rather intense, but not overpowering. On trying my free sample I immediately went and bought a box (using my 50p off coupon!). These retail for about £1 in supermarkets but are commonly on offer for 20 teabags. I would personally buy them at full price as I only have about one a day at work so it is not an expensive extravagance.
It's very un-British of me, I know, but I can't bear tea, either the Indian or Chinese variety. The taste, the smell, everything about it is revolting, so when it comes to getting my caffeine kicks, I'm a coffee drinker. The health gurus, however, warn that too much coffee is not a good thing and as I refuse to drink my Columbian minus its caffeine, I limit myself to two mugs a day, three on high days and holidays and for that reason I often drink fruit tea as an alternative hot drink.
On a recent trip to Sainsburys I set about finding a packet of fruit tea to take into work. As I'm not fond of the citrus flavoured teas much preferring the sweeter berry flavours, and skipping over the Blackcurrent variety, which could better be described as essence of tom cat, I bought a box of Twinings Cranberry, Raspberry & Elderflower which was on special offer for 72p.
Price and availability:
This product is found alongside the regular teas and coffees in most branches of major supermarkets and normally retails for £1.08 but is currently on special offer at Sainsburys at 72p for a packet of 20 tea bags.
Buying fruit tea these days is much more time consuming than it used to be because there are so many flavours to choose from now. When these first hit the market the choice was very limited but it seems that now you can buy every variety under the sun, with added vanilla or ginseng or some other hyped up additive supposed to give you longer life and better health. After some consideration, I chose Cranberry, Raspberry and Elderflower.
I won't go into great detail about the packaging because we all know what a packet of teabags looks like. Suffice to say, the teabags come in a cardboard packet and the Twinings packaging is, as you would expect, elegant and distinctive with their name prominent on the front.
The list of ingredients is very short and all of them are natural. They are: Hibiscus, Apple Pieces, Rosehips, Elderflowers (8%), Natural Flavouring (6%), Liquorice Root, Natural Raspberry Flavouring with Other Natural Flavourings (4%)
Calorifically, these are the dieter's friend, providing only 2 calories per drink and nutritionally, apart from trace carbohydrate, they come up with a big fat zero.
One thing I did notice from the ingredients list is that these teabags don't contain any actual raspberries or cranberries, only their flavouring and, although I assume that "natural flavouring" means it has been derived from that ingredient, it does seem a bit like cheating to me.
To call this drink "tea" is actually a bit of a misnomer because there isn't any tea in the product at all. The more correct name, I suppose, should be fruit infusion and preparation is as simple as brewing your average cuppa. It is recommended that water that is just off the boil is poured over the bag and then left to steep for two to three minutes or until the drink reaches the flavour strength to your liking. I tend to just leave the bag in there and let it continue to steep as I drink.
After the water has been poured onto the bag and the ingredients begin to steep, the aroma which is released is wonderful: fruity, sweet and deliciously tempting but flavour, of course, is the most important thing and here is where fruit teas always seem to disappoint. The taste simply never matches up to the aroma and this variety is no different in that respect.
It's a pleasant taste, and each flavour is easily recognised with both the sweet, fruitiness of the raspberries being overlaid with just a hint of sharpness from the cranberry flavouring plus the added fragrance of elderflower but the overriding impression is distinctly watery and very disappointing. They just don't have any depth of flavour. I'd chosen this variety because it contained two fruit flavours which are strong and distinctive but these flavours are simply dissolved away when the water is added. In fact, it's generally not until the last mouthful, by which time the liquid is practically cold, that the full flavour hits.
I'll continue to drink fruit teas because they do make a welcome change from coffee and they're warming in winter and refreshing in summer but if you're expecting a full bodied, flavoursome drink, you'll be doomed to disappointment as these teabags just never deliver on their aromatic promise.
Some time ago now, I gave up drinking caffinated tea and coffee as part of a new years resolution. I dont know why I did it, I just couldn't think of anything else to do. I really thought I would miss it but I soon realised I didn't actually like the flavour, I just missed the habit of having a hot drink, which I soon replaced with fruit and herbal tea.
I tried many brands, supermarket own brands, like Tesco, Sainsbury's and Asda and also brand names like Tetley and Twinings. I soon realised I preferred red berry type teas, for example ones with Strawberry in.
i really like the Elderflower flavour, but had never tried it in a tea. When I saw this one for sale in the supermarket I jumped at the chance to try it as it fitted the bill, had red berries in and contained Elderflower. I was really excited to see what this taste combination was going to taste like.
It really wasn't what I expected. The Elderflower was quite a weak taste in relative terms and I just couldnt pick it out. It was vastly over powered by the other two flavours, which was a shame as it was the one flavour which I was most looking forward to.
The Cranberry and Raspberry combination was nice, but quite bitter as there was nothing really strong enough to sweeten the flavour up, but if you add some sugar that seems to do the job.
Over all this is a nice tea. It makes a difference from the more regular flavours on offer and it is quite rich and warming. It just wasn't what I was expecting.
I would avoid this tea if you are not keen on bitter flavours.
My fiancée is an absolute tea addict, but I never liked tea or coffee much to his distain. After drinking Peppermint tea for indigestion I started getting into herbal and fruit teas, and these Twinings infusions 'fresh and fruity' teas are among my favourites.
This variety Cranberry, Raspberry and Elderflower is my favourite blend. The first thing that draws me in is the aroma - big bold fruit fragrances of raspberry really get the taste buds going. The tea really smells extremely fruity, and the elderflower and cranberry have a very fragrant and flowery scent.
I really like the flavour of this tea, and I brew it for 4 or 5 minutes (longer than the 2 - 3 minutes stated on the box) to get the maximum flavour. Unlike some of the other teas in this range, the flavour is quite complex, and not at all bland or watery. First of all I taste the very strong raspberry flavour, and then the crisp, slightly sour taste of the cranberry, followed up by the fragrant flowery elderflower. There are hints of other fragrant ingredients as well - the tea includes hibiscus, apple pieces, rosehips and liquorice root. It makes for quite a rich flavour experience. I don't like some other fruit teas as they can sometimes taste quite artificial, but that's not the case at all here.
I drink several cups of tea a day, because I find a hot drink more soothing than water, especially since the weather has been so freezing. And because the teas are naturally caffeine free and low in calories (2kcal) they are a positively saintly choice for those trying to keep healthy.
Overall, fragrant, fruity complex teas that can be drunk all day guilt-free!
Anyone who has read my other reviews will know that I'm generally a loyal proponent of Twinings and try every new flavour that I see. This one doesn't quite do it for me, but I'll boil up a cup and run through it as usual by way of explanation.
The first thing I'm noticing about this teabag is the smell. It's a candied, slighty spicy, almost christmassy smell. Ok, I've just checked the ingredients list, and it contains hibiscus and liquorice root; that's probably where I'm getting that from. I drink a lot of cranberry juice, so I recognise the sharp dryness of that fruit in the smell straight away, with the raspberry and elderflower being more subtle but still definitely present.
*waits for it to cool*
It tastes good, it's sweet and fruity, but I'm not sure this is a great combination. The flavours mix in such a way that the individual parts are muffled. The liquorice is pleasant but confusing, and the hibiscus trumps the elderflower. The dryness of cranberry is an interesting addition I'd like to see in another tea sometime, and it masks the inevitible paperiness well... perhaps with one fewer ingredient, this would be a hit, but as it is, I won't be buying this one again. My tea shelf is too full as it is!
As usual, this is caffeine free and contains only natural ingredients. They're not citing any particular health benefits on this one, but it's certainly not bad for you in the slightest.
Twinings Cranberry, Raspberry & Elderflower Tea
In my fairly short time here on dooyoo, i've reviewed a variety of bizarre and wonderful things - yet i've probably done as many tea write-ups as anything else. Green teas, white teas, camomile teas and bizarre herbal concoctions (Dr Stewart's Detox - Yuk!), you name it, i've reviewed it - and i've yet to find one that i'm really satisfied with.
My latest tea-based purchase is from the Twinings 'Fresh & Fruity' range, and is described a "a refreshing red berry flavoured infusion with a hint of Elderflower" - sounds promising.
Price and Availability
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This particular tea seems to be available from all the main supermarkets where it costs around £1 for the twenty tea-bag pack. If you're looking for a bargain however, Tesco's is the cheapest of the lot at only 88p.
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Containing only natural ingredients, each tea-bag is made up of;
Hibiscus, Apple pieces, Rosehips, Elderflowers (8%), Natural cranberry flavouring (5%), Liquorice Root, and Natural raspberry flavouring (3%).
Is it any good?
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After brewing for the recommended three minutes, and adding half a spoon of sugar, a pleasant fruity aroma was emanating from the steaming hot cup. In terms of the dominant smell, raspberry seemed to be the strongest of the three fruits, and made for an enticing fragrance.
On taking a sip of the deep purple liquid, I initially found the taste to be fairly sharp and tangy, and I was pleased that I chose to add sugar. Like the smell, the main flavour seems to be the raspberry, and the elderflower provides an interesting aftertaste. To be honest, I couldn't really detect the cranberry all, but in combination, the overall flavour is very tasty.
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As fruit teas go, Twinings Cranberry, Rasperry & Elderflower makes for a refreshing and enjoyable drink - I would probably place it in the top ten fruit teas I have tasted, which is a high accolade from me, as i've had loads of the stuff. Recommended.
Twinings Fresh and Fruity
Cranberry, Raspberry and Elderflower
Twinings describe this tea as a refreshing red berry infusion with a hint of elderflower. This Fresh and Fruity range are part of their Infusions teas, inspired by truly mouthwatering fruits. As I love anything fruity I decided to give these a go and I really liked the sound of the fruit flavours but know from experience with Twinings that they don't always taste overly fruity which is what I like.
Twinings say that they believe the secret of great taste lies in the ingredients you choose to work with. That's why they've used all natural ingredients and nothing else in their infusions.
When you first smell this tea you are hit with the sweet smelling raspberry and then on first taste you can also taste the sharpness of the cranberries coming through but it's definitely the raspberry that is the dominant flavour and taste in this tea. When you add the hot water to this tea bag you get an immediate bright red colour to the tea which suggests to me that there are definitely lots of fruit bits in this to make it turn that colour.
Twinings call it a zesty tea and it definitely has a zest to it and a bit of a different taste to most teas you find. They say that it's a great way to give your senses a lift.
A refreshing taste is probably the best way to describe this tea. It is quite light and does not have a heavy fruit taste which I like. I also like the fact that they promote this as quite a healthy tea, and say it's a great way to refresh and rehydrate your body. It has no added sugar so this is another great healthy option and is also naturally caffeine free so for those of you watching your caffeine this product will be great.
It's best to drink this tea without milk as I think adding milk would totally ruin the flavour.
A box comes with 20 bags inside it and costs £0.92. The box is pink with a picture of loose cranberries and raspberries on the front which makes it very easy to spot. In my opinion a nice zesty, relaxing tea.
Brand: Twinings / / Type: Fruit Tea