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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 and sanguinello orange flavour.
These are on offer at the moment at 2 boxes for £2.00, the other flavour that I bought at the same time was the strawberry and mango flavour. The normal price is £1.19 per box of 20 tea bags, so you don't save an awful lot, but it's better than nothing! 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 fresh and fruity flavour. You can taste both the cranberries and the oranges in this, the juicy sweetness of the oranges is balanced out perfectly by the tangy sharpness of the cranberries to make a really zesty and refreshing drink that isn't too sweet. This is the perfect thirst quenching drink on a warm day, it's delicious as a long drink poured over lots of ice. I find that if you add a handful of frozen cranberries (fresh would be my preference but cranberries aren't in season) or a couple of slices of orange to your glass then this really enhances the fresh and fruity taste even further. This also makes a nice addition if you are serving the iced tea when you have guests over.
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 juicy sweetness of the oranges was still balanced out by the tangy sharpness of the cranberries. I think that this would make a lovely hot cup of tea in the winter time as cranberries are typically a winter fruit. 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 drink way too much coffee and have been trying out fruit teas as an alternative of late. I have tried a few from the Twinings range and have been impressed with both the quality and the taste. The range of flavours is very wide.
Liking both Cranberry and Orange, I bought this flavour as part of our pre-christmas shop and have had several sachets over the holiday period.
It is made like any other tea, whereby you leave the bag to infuse for a few minutes before drinking the deep red almost crimson coloured infusion.
I found it to be really flavoursome and you could taste the individual flavours of both cranberry and orange which combine to give the drink a light refreshing taste with a bit of a fruity tang and pleasant aftertaste.
The drink is caffeine free and compared with the price of a typical cup of branded coffee, it doesn't prove very expensive. At full price in the supermarkets, it runs out to about 10p per sachet when you buy a box of 20 but you will often find Twinings and other teas on offer and this is obviously the time to stock up. In the major supermarkets, they are all doing a box of 20 for £1.08. The bigger the store, the fuller the range stocked.
It may sound a bit shallow but part of the appeal of Twinings tea is the presentation and packaging. When teabags are individually wrapped, it seems like much more of a drinking experience than throwing a tatty old teabag into a cup.
Twinings are a recognised quality brand in the market and although they now have significant competition, to me they are still head and shoulders ahead of the game and I fancy that 2011 will see me trying more of their wide range of flavours.
I love fruit teas - and as I just popped one into a mug I thought to myself that I should review what has recently become my flavour of choice in the Twinings range.
Twinings are now a hugely recognised brand who began trading in 1706 in Strand (London). According to their website, they now blend over 100 varieties of tea and export worldwide. They are always releasing new flavours which should suit anyone and everyone's tastes.
I often find myself buying these because I get bored of standard tea - and love the scent which wafts from flavoured or herbal teas.
This flavour belongs to the Fresh&Fruity range, and I recently came upon it in a mixed selection pack - and instantly loved it. The teabags I have come in individually wrapped deep-pink pounches so are ideal if travelling or taking them to work because I can carry one at a time and use them as the need arises.
The pouch helps keep the scent fresh and concentrated, and also means it does not escape while still packaged (so the small area in my hangbag where I keep mine does not smell of it).
The front of the pouch shows the Royal Appointment symbol, the brand is clearly legible with the flavour of tea (assisted by visual imagery of the ingredients) and a stamp saying this contains 'all natural ingredients'.
To drink - boil your kettle, and open the pouch (very easy - just rip the paper on one edge) and pop the teabag into your mug...
Once boiled, pour the water in and allow the tea-bag to infuse. You can pour the water and then place the teabag into the mug, but I find by pouring water onto the teabag, it helps the flavour release much more quickly...
The infusion takes roughly 2-3 minutes and I find it helps to swivel the teabag around a few times so the contents of the teabag can release more easily. These teabags come with a string attached and a little card on the end saying "Twinings" which makes 'swivelling' quite easy to do.
Once infused the teabag can be removed. I quite often leave mine in much longer than the recommended 2-3 mins if the mug is not too small. I find the flavour intensifies nicely, but is not so strong meaning I need to add more water to dilute it.
I'd definitely recommend allowing one teabag per person. I remember ordering a similar tea once which came to me in a teapot designed for two people... While this helps the flavour infuse more quickly - unless two teabags are used (for this amount of water) it tastes like over-diluted squash and puts me off completely!
The smell is pleasant without being overpowering and this is a pleasant tasting drink which is not sweet, sour or sickly (I find) while being refreshing. It can be drunk cold too - which is a benefit from traditional tea. At times I get so absorbed with what I'm doing, forgetting I have just made a hot drink. I never reheat tea or coffee, so these often go to waste, but Fresh&Fruity teas are drinkable cold too. My preference is to have them hot though!
The back of the packet states the following:
"Sanguinello is a Spanish variety of the blood orange. With its distinctive, crimson flesh, it has a sweet taste that when combined with the sharpness of cranberry produces a crisp and refreshing infusion. Naturally caffeine free and with no added sugar, it can be enjoyed at any time of day"
I try to drink cranberry because of it's apparent health benefits, but I don't really enjoy it - I like to think this tea allows me to obtain similar benefits while enjoying a hot beverage!
Also, I don't sweeten my fruit tea in any way, but should you wish to, they suggest adding honey, and another note on the pouch states not to add milk!
These were bought for me, so I don't have a price, but a quick look at Amazon tells me they are available for £2.13 (box of 20 individually wrapped teabags). You may be able to find them on offer in supermarkets too.
Twinings Cranberry & Sanguinello Orange Tea
Description: Manufacturer: Twinings / Type: Fruit Tea.
I have been drinking green tea for years but for some reason, it is only in the last year or two that I have started to try various other flavours of tea. As anyone who has looked at the shelves in the supermarkets is bound to know, there is a huge range of flavours available so likely to be something for everyone's taste.
You can buy boxes with mixed flavours in too which can be an excellent way to discover new flavours without having to buy a whole box. The tea bags are individually wrapped which makes them very handy to pop into a bar or drawer at work and keeps them fresh until you use them.
A box of 20 tea bags will cost you around £1.95 and can be found in all god supermarkets. The cardboard box they are sold in is a pink colour with the Twinings logo and pictures of cranberries and oranges on the front.
To prepares, simply infuse the tea bag with hot water and leave for the desired amount of time. Obviously the longer you leave it, the stronger the tea will be. I like to leave the bag in for a couple of minutes and never add anything to the tea but if you wish, you could add sugar or honey.
The tea is am amazing colour, a really rich, deep pinky red and smells delicious. Some fruit teas can be a little bland but this one is bursting with flavour and each mouthful is refreshing and tangy.
The combination of cranberry and orange gives a lovely flavour which is just a little bit tart. I dislike drinks being too sweet so this one is perfect for me. The fruity taste is really delicious and packs much more of a punch than some other flavours. This is actually one of my favourites and if you are a fan of fruit teas or looking for a hot delicious drink without caffeine but also like something with real flavour, this is definitely worth trying.
5 respectable Dooyoo stars from me!
My mum was given shedloads of these teabags at work the other week and I decided to try one at the weekend because I'm getting majorly bored of tea and coffee at the minute. It's made by Twinings so it's a bit of a shocker that I actually like it because I'm not mad keen on Twinings tea at all, it always tastes either a bit stale or has hardly got any flavour to me.
I thought it was going to be a bit of a wintery drink because of it being orange and cranberry but it's madly fruity and has got a gorgeous refreshing flavour. I reckon it will be a wicked drink for in the summer because it's proper refreshing and when I let a cup cool off this morning it tasted just as nice as when it was piping hot!
This tea looks beautiful and I wish I'd got a glass cup to drink it out of so that I could see the colour properly, it's a majorly fruity red colour that LOOKS like it's going to be better for you than the sludgy brown tea most people drink.
The taste is delish, and I can't believe I'm saying that because me and most fruit teas don't get on very well! lol You can taste the cranberry and the orange big time and the 2 flavours go proper nice together. It's got a yummy citrus flavour but I deffo wouldnt say that the taste of orange is over powering and you can't hardly tell they're in there when you just smell it. I love the way the cranberry flavour comes through because it gives the tea a bit of a bitter taste but in a good way, it tastes like proper fresh cranberries and takes the sweet taste of the orange off a bit.
Like I said this is a very refreshing tea and it hasn't got any caffeine in it so you can even drink it at bedtime without it keeping you awake like some teas do. Next time I make a cup of this I'm going to make extra up and put some in the fridge to see what it's like cold, from the taste of it hot I reckon it will be wicked like that and the flavours might also come out a bit stronger.
Recommended.... a wicked change from plain tea and it's also healthier for you!!!
I received a free sample of this product and have finally got round to using it and oh my gosh I was sooooo impressed. It was so fruity and I could taste the different flavours. It was so refreshing I went to the supermarkets and immediatley bought another box. This is my new fave drink.
What is it?
It is a natural fruit tea with no-caffine to give you a fruity refreshing boost to help you through the day. It is an interesting twist on conventional drinks and helps get you hydrated in a delicious way.
What does it contain?
All natural ingredients. Sanguinello oranges grow in the warm Spanish sunshine. It is sweet and gives a gorgeous crimson colour with deep red flashes. It is combined with the sharp tang of Cranberries.
I bought x2 boxed of any infusion flavour from tesco for £1.50 which I think is great value. each box contains 20 teabags and weighs 40g in total. If you request 2 free teabag samples from their website you also get a 20p off voucher.
I loved the refreshing and fruity taste from this drink. I could really taste the different flavours. It was a great way to get hydrated as I often forget to drink as I don't like tradional tea which all my colleagues drink at work. I found myself drinking a few cups and feeling a lot more awake and refreshed. I really loved it.
I have been enjoying some lovely fruit and herb teas recently, and one which I have recently discovered is Twinings Cranberry and Saguinello Orange.
I purchase mine from www.goodnessdirect.co.uk but I am sure they will be available in the larger supermarkets. They are also included in the selection pack Twinings do called the Twinings Fresh & Fruity Fruit & Herbal Selection 50g. This selection pack offers five different individually wrapped fruity teas so you can try them and see if you like them enough to purchase the entire box. These flavours are
5x Blackberry & Nettle
5x Pomegranate & Raspberry
5x Cranberry & Sanguinello Orange
5x Cranberry, Raspberry & Elderflower
5x Blackcurrant, Ginseng & Vanilla.
I rather like these selection packs as the bags are individually wrapped which makes them really portable and easy to pop a couple in your handbag whereas the packs of 20 are unwrapped.
I would say here on an environmental note that the wrapping I love is not eco friendly, and other companies such as Celestial Seasonings refuse to pack their tea bags in individual sachets and also refuse to have any string on them which will eventually be in landfill. So although convenient, and I do like these, I don't buy them unless I have specific travel needs.
I enjoyed the Sanguinello tea first in the multi pack and went on to purchase the packet containing 20 tea bags which retails for £1.35.
The first thing I noticed when buying this was the beautiful cover which is so attractive and would look lovely on any kitchen surface. Slices of orange and lovely ripe cranberries make this an aesthetically pleasing product.
The tea contains all natural ingredients including hibiscus, apple pieces, natural cranberry flavouring, natural sanguinello orange flavouring, rosehips, and liquorice root. Twinings describe this tea as being inspired by the Mediterranean and it certainly is in my opinion.
Sanguinello oranges are more commonly known as blood oranges and they have a crimson flesh. The oranges are grown in Spain and they have a sweet flavour which when married with the cranberries produces a lovely mixture of sweet and sour. I really love them and sometimes buy the excellent blood orange juice made by Tropicana.
To make the tea all you do is add boiling water to one tea bag in a mug and leave for 3 minutes. I have left this in the water, and have even used it twice, and you won't get any bitterness if you do this, but you can remove it if you wish, and it won't spoil the flavour which is intense and refreshing.
The best way I have found to enjoy this tea is to actually chill it and to serve it with slices of oranges, if you can find blood oranges then so much the better, and it is really lovely to enjoy in the garden on a sunny afternoon.
The tea is caffeine free, has only a trace of calories, and of course it counts as water so it is hydrating the body rather than the opposite which can occur with caffeinated drinks. The orange flavour is discernable but there are berry fruits in there too making the flavours reminiscent of a punch bowl where nothing dominates. In fact this tea reminds me of Christmas time and I can imagine serving this hot with a lovely mince pie.
The best way to enjoy the tea hot is to buy some orange flavoured biscuits to go with it. Club make a lovely orange variety as do Bahlsen, and you can even enjoy the humble Jaffa Cake too. All are lovely and make a tasty little treat to go with the tea.
The other day I went into my local out of town Sainsbury's which is a giant superstore, and I was absolutely amazed at the number of fruit teas they had there. Shelves and shelves of them were making choices difficult. I would say though that having tried many over the last few months I am getting a few favourites and this is certainly one of them.
You may also be able to sample these if you are a coffee shop or tea room, as I recently had the pleasure of drinking one somewhere between Uig and Lochmaddy when sailing to The Outer hebrides in a Cal-Mac ferry cafeteria!
It's perfect all year round, has a lovely intense flavour and is a pleasant change from tea and coffee.
Brand: Twinings / / Type: Fruit Tea