Product Type: Twinings Tea
Newest Review: ... 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 ... more
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Twinings Cranberry, Raspberry and Elderflower Tea
Member Name: ladybracknell
Twinings Cranberry, Raspberry and Elderflower Tea
Advantages: Easy to prepare and make a change from tea and coffee.
Disadvantages: Flavour isn't very strong
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.
Summary: An alternative to tea or coffee
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