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As the weather has turned colder in recent weeks I have found myself reaching for hot drinks to warm me up. I am not much of a tea or coffee drinker and tend to stick to herbal or green teas or hot chocolate. I have recently been sampling some of the flavoured green teas in the Twinings range and my most recent trial has been 'Green tea with Cranberry'.
The health benefits of drinking green tea has been widely publicised in recent years. It is rich in antioxidants and is supposed to be helpful for lowering cholesterol, has the potential to protect from heart disease and cancer, aid weight loss and slows down the aging process. Quite impressive for a cuppa! Cranberries too are known to have various health benefits including protecting against urinary infections and is generally good for cardiovascular health. So a cup of this tea packs a double health punch!
The tea comes packaged in a green box with a picture of some tea leaves and cranberries on the front. The packaging looks a little different to the picture provided but is still the same product. On opening the box I was pleased to note that the tea bags were individually wrapped as I do like to take some tea bags to work with me, and it is not always practical to do so when they come unwrapped. A box containing 20 tea bags currently retails at £1.26 in Tesco's but can often be found on offer, as it currently is, with three boxes within the Twinings range for £3.
Making a cuppa is really easy. Just pop in a mug, pour on boiling water and leave to brew. It is recommended that you don't let this brew longer than two minutes - I have done this in the past when I got distracted and the tea does tend to get quite bitter which is not so pleasant. Once brewed the resulting tea is a golden brown colour and smells really sweet and fruity. It made my mouth water just smelling it and I couldn't wait to give this a go.
Taking a sip I could taste the distinctive taste of green tea with undertones of juicy cranberry, which gives the tea a bit of a tang. I was surprised given how strong it smells that it wasn't juicier. It was still really tasty nonetheless. Green tea is supposed to be drunk without milk and although you can add sugar or honey to sweeten this, I prefer to have this as it is as I feel the flavour of the cranberries makes this sweet enough. As I explained above the juicy, fruity smell is really quite strong and lingers in the room long after you have finished your cup of tea. When I have taken this to work my colleagues have commented on how lovely this made our rather small office smell!
Overall this tea is tasty, fruity and quite comforting on a cold winters day. Who would have thought something that is so good for you could taste so nice! Definitely recommended.
I'm fairly new to all this herbal and fruit tea malarky but on deciding to do a detox rather than a diet (choc and cake is my downfall but i dont really need to lose the weight just the rubbish!) my partner (who is now a health buff) pointed me in the direction of green tea and suggested I drink it with every meal, so one with breakfast, one with dinner and one with tea. I was never sure why but he assured me it helps to aid slimmers as it helps to speed up your metabolism and break down food quicker reducing the ammount which turns to fat. Other uses of green tea are to prevent cancer (if you drink up t 10 cups a day Scientiss claim) and to improve health.
I detest the taste of normal tea and found green tea didn't taste much better. I was delighted when I found a range of green tea with other flavours such as green tea with cranberry as I thought it would make it taste nicer.
One box of 20 tea bags costs around £1 in most supermarkets which is fair value. Use one bag per cup, fill with boiling hot water and leave to brew for 2 minutes before removing the tea bag.
Firstly the smell of cranberries is very strong however when you taste it the strong juicy berry taste just isn't there. It tasted slightly better but I find all flavoured green teas just disguise the taste but don't really taste of anything. I do think the nice smell makes it easier for me to drink.
Overall the health benefits are there but the fruity taste jst isn't.
I gave up drinking caffinated tea and coffee a couple of years ago for a new years resolution and haven't looked back since. I thought I would miss it, but I soon realised I didn't even like the taste of tea, it was more the habit of having a hot drink which I missed. I soon got used to this and replaced my need with fruit and herbal teas.
I have tried many fruit tea's in my time, some from supermarket own brands, like Tesco, Asda, and Sainsbury's and then branded names like Tetley and Twinings. Out of all the flavours I have tried I have to say that green tea is my least favorite flavour. The only reason I tried this one is because I was trying to drink more cranberry juice and thought this would be a good way to incorperate it into my life more. I also thought that the Cranberry flavour would be a good way to liven up this otherwise boring fruit tea.
The two flavours seem to compliment each other quite well.The cranberry is usually quite bitter, but it is not in this tea so the green element must sweeten it up a bit. The Cranberry is very much the over riding flavour, but is still not particularly strong at all, so it is still a weak tea.
Generally this tea is better than normal green tea as the cranberry provides flavour, and other dimension and seems to take away the coating which green tea feels like it leaves on your throat.
Overall in comparison with other teas this is still not one of my favorites. It is quite bland (still, but less so than the original) and mayaswell just be cramberry watered down with a weak flavoured tea!
better, but unfortunately there are still a lot nicer teas out there.
I have been drinking green tea for around four years now - moving to England from the US, the daily ceremony of tea is inevitable, but I've got a very low tolerance for caffeine, and I found the standard black tea to have too much stimulant, leaving me jittery. I'd known green tea was a digestive aid and a good source of antioxidants, and it had just enough of a kick to get me started in the morning, so I started to drink it. Since becoming a devoted green tea drinker, I've tried the lot of them - organic teas, free trade teas, discount teas, loose leaf teas, etc.! After this lengthy period of trial and error, I now know to reach for only one kind of tea at Tescos - Twinings flavoured green tea.
The biggest pull for me is the flavour - green tea is nice, but Twinings have really managed to maintain the fundamental flavours of the leaves whilst adding another dimension of cranberry taste. I've tried other flavoured teas and often found the fruit-taste to be artificial or overly sweet. I don't know how Twinings have done it, but this is genuinely the best flavoured tea I've ever had!
Another thing which, for me, is key, regardless of how long you leave the tea bag in, the tea doesn't go bitter! Any regular drinker of green tea can attest to how leaving your tea to stew for any longer than 1-2 minutes can result in the entire cup or pot being ruined with an unpleasant, bitter taste. I don't know if it's down to how Twinings have roasted the leaves, or perhaps the fruit is able to mask the bitter taste, but I know that I have finished cups with the tea bags still in and never experienced that horrible taste. This is a big plus for me, as often times I'll carry my mug around with me as soon as I pour a cup - no more hovering around the trash can as I try to perfectly time taking the bag out! Also, I can throw it into a Thermos and carry it around for the rest of the day without growing anxious about the taste - it'll always be as good as freshly brewed!
I love this tea and highly recommend it to anyone who's a fan of green tea!
I read on someone else's review of this tea that they started drinking green tea in the belief that it suppresses hunger. In my experience the opposite is true. After a cup of green tea of any sort I'm absolutely famished. But that's if I drink it before a meal. It is well known that drinking green tea after a meal can aid the digestive system.
It is the early growth of leaves from the camellia Sinensis shrub that provide the main ingredients to any green tea. These leaves once picked are quickly dried in order to retain their distinct light, green flavour. According to Twinings only the highest quality green tea leaves are chosen to create their subtle green tea blends.
Twinings claim to use only all natural ingredients and nothing else in their green and white teas as well as their range of infusions. They guarantee no artificial flavours. Therefore the one can assume that the cranberry flavouring in this tea has comes from a natural source along with the 1% of cranberry pieces.
Like all green teas, this tea should be brewed by boiling hot water then letting it settle just under the boil before pouring it onto the tea bag in the pot or cup. One way of assuring this is to throw in the teabags after you have poured the boiling water. The tea should be left to brew for about two minutes. Many people make the mistake of leaving the tea bag in the water too long and over-brewing the tea. This can cause bitterness. In fact it can be brutally bitter if you leave it stewing too long. Despite careful brewing and the addition of cranberry, some might still find this green tea a little harsh and therefore may feel the need to add a spoonful of honey or sugar.
When poured the colour is of a light partially transparent warm golden hew. The tea has a pleasant aroma dominated by the fruit ingredient. However, the cranberry aroma seems much more potent than the cranberry taste which is very slight but enough to add a subtle zest to the blend. This is not a fruity concoction by any means and remains very much a green tea flavoured drink but the hint of cranberry takes the sting away from the sometimes slightly bitter green tea taste.
Of course it's not just about flavour. Green tea is marketed as having extra health benefits in comparison to normal tea. Although the debate continues amongst 'experts' as to how much extra benefit there is in green tea, it is generally agreed that green tea is a natural source of antioxidants, the chemical compounds that inhibit oxidation and thwart free radicals. In particular green tea is said to be a strong source of Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) an antioxidant that acts as an aid to fight disease and protects cells and DNA from damage.
So buying a box of 20 tea bags for £1.15 at Tesco might extend your lifespan.
I have been a green tea fan for several years now, I started drinking it whilst at university, having avoided developing the addiction to standard black-tea-and-milk that my parents have (they drink two-three cups at a time!), but realising that if I drank a lot of hot drinks I didn't need to have the heating turned up so high and could save money on the gas! I have tried quite a range of green teas and herbal teas now and the Twinings Green Tea with Cranberry is one of my favourites (the others being Clipper Green Tea with Lemon and London Tea's Vanilla Chai and Lemon Retreat).
I first tried this tea because it was on special offer (of course) and I liked cranberries and green tea as separate foods so I saw potential in the combination. It is more expensive than buying black tea or plain green tea, which you can usually find in much larger boxes, the Twinings Green Tea with Cranberry only comes in a box of 25 but I think the flavour is worth it and I don't drink tea everyday so that I can keep my caffeine tolerance low! If you want to try it I would recommend keeping an eye out in the tea aisle for special offers, you might be able to pick up another flavour as well.
The box it comes in is recyclable, made of cardboard, one of those boxes you "unzip" by pulling a tab, a design actually patented by Twinings (there is a patent number on the box and I couldn't resist looking it up to see whether it referred to box or tea!). The bags inside are joined together in pairs, you have to gently tear them apart before use.
You get the best flavour from these bags, and it's the same for all green tea, if you use freshly boiled but not boiling water. This means that you should leave the water in the kettle for a few minutes to let it cool down a bit before pouring it onto the teabag(s) in your mug or teapot. I would suggest that you only let it infuse for a couple of minutes, I like to leave the teabag in for about 30 seconds, but that is because years of reusing my teabags (see below) have made me prefer my tea to be weaker, and this tea is quite strongly flavoured.
The tea will make your whole kitchen and any room you take your mug or cup of tea into smell delicious. The fruity flavour in the air will last for an hour or so provided no windows are opened and no other strong smells are made (!).
Green tea in general has a very different taste to black tea, it's more bitter, and wouldn't go well with milk. This tea has an even stronger flavour than plain green tea because of the cranberry, but it also makes it sweeter. I think this would be a good green tea to try if you like fruit infusions but have never tried green tea.
Being an impoverished student type, I have got into the habit of using teabags several times, and I have found that some blends of tea go further than others. The Twinings Green Tea with Cranberry doesn't do as well for this as others, the first two mugs taste virtually identical, but after that the flavour gets very weak quickly, and after time it tastes less like green tea and more like weak cranberry. I haven't knocked off a star on this review for this because I know most people would never deign to reuse a teabag :)
Green tea does contain more caffeine than black tea, and I would not recommend drinking this all day using fresh teabags as I have found that this can prevent me sleeping well. If you can stand the thought I would actually recommend getting multiple cups out of each teabag, because most of the caffeine in the leaves goes into the first cup of tea. As there is nearly no difference in taste between the first cup and the second if made close together so the teabag doesn't get cold or dry, you can avoid getting such a large caffeine dose by pouring away the first cup and only drinking the second.
I love this tea (as evidenced by the over 700 words I've just devoted to it), and I think you should try it if you like green tea, cranberries, or have never tried either before!
I've been feeling a bit on the chubby side recently, and so I've been trying to increase my green tea intake. There are many scientific studies which suggest that green tea can help to boost the metabolism, so I thought that it couldn't hurt to drink a few cups of it each day. Even if it doesn't boost my metabolism, it's nice to have a zero calorie drink to have when you're craving something tasty, and it's even better if that drink tastes pretty good itself. Hence why I bought a box of Twining's Green Tea Cranberry, as I hoped that it would kill all of these birds with one stone.
I have had Twining's normal green tea in the past, and knew that it was nice, although I was getting a bit bored of the flavour, so when I was looking for a more exciting flavoured green tea it was natural that I would look for the Twining's brand. I bought a box of 25 cranberry bags from my local Tesco, as it was the only flavoured one they seemed to have, and loved it immediately. This success inspired me to try a selection box of different fruit flavoured green tea bags, which contained five different flavours, and as much as I love them, the cranberry still remains one of my firm favourites.
The flavour is hard to describe, as I find it difficult to describe the flavour of any food or drink, as unless you're talking about something with a very familiar flavour, most people still won't be able to imagine the taste unless your description is fantastic. The only way that I can describe the flavour of this tea is: green tea, but different. There's a fruity taste to it, though the green tea is still the strongest component. I like the cranberry taste, as although I do like plain green tea, it is easy to get sick of it as the taste is quite strong. With this cranberry flavour, you get all the benefits and taste of regular green tea, but with the edge taken off, and a tasty fruity kick to go with it. I would always now go for a fruity green tea over the plain stuff, and Twining's Cranberry will often be the one that I will go for.
So, if I've inspired you to give this a go, you'll be happy to learn that you can buy it easily in many places. It'll be available in most large supermarkets in the aisle with other teas, though I managed to get this from a small village Tesco, so you probably won't have to look too hard to find it. I can't find a price online anywhere, though if I remember rightly, I paid around £1.30 for a box of 25 in Tesco, so it's really not too expensive. If you're looking for a new drink to enjoy that could help you to lose weight, then this is a good thing to try.
I love my cup of tea but in the evenings I want something a bit lighter than heavy black tea and milk and I also want to drink something fairly healthy without milk which is why I love these green teas from Twinings. The health benefits of green tea are now widely known. It contains a natural source of antioxidants which helps protect the body from free radicals. Recent medical research shows that regular green tea drinkers may have lower chances of heart disease and developing certain types of cancer. Other unproven scientific benefits also include stopping diseases such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's.
Green tea is also shown to speed up your metabolism and can help with weight loss, excellent, especially in the New Year when we are all trying to stick to our new years resolutions of losing weight. Green tea also has a natural source of antioxidants that protect the body from damage as well so it really is a very good drink to have. Cranberries are well document for their nutrient content and antioxidant qualities and have earned them a "superfruit" status in the commercial world.
The best thing about the Green Tea range from Twinings is that that add some flavours to liven up the green tea if the plain taste is not something you enjoy. What I like about them though is that even though they have fruit flavourings, in my opinion they are not a Fruit Tea, which can often have a very fruity and overpowering taste and that is the only thing you can taste. These teas are still green teas with a hint of flavouring.
The cranberry is described as a refreshing green tea with a hint of cranberry. They say on the box that they have used top quality green tea le3aves enhanced with the naturally sweet flavour of cranberry to create this teas wonderfully golden colour and juicy taste.
Other flavours include:
Pear and Apple - another of my favourites
Pineapple and Grapefruit - warm golden tea (a bit too strong and fruity for me)
Jasmine - golden liquor and delicate floral character (quite authentic taste, like the green tea you get in Chinese restaurants.
Orange and Lotus Flower - warm golden liquor and sweet orange flavour (delicious)
Green Tea was first discovered in China in around 2737BC. Legend has it that it was discovered by the emperor Shen-nung when tea leaves accidently fell in the boiling water he was making. His servants were going to throw it away but he enjoyed the taste so much that it developed from there. Green tea is made from the same leaf as black tea, the Camellia Sinensis, however it is brewed differently. Green tea is heated prior to rolling so oxidation does not occur meaning the leaf retains its green colour.
The main thing I like about the cranberry is that is does not have an overpowering taste. You can definitely taste it though, more in this tea than with the other flavours but it is such a nice balance with the green tea. It is quite sweet but not sickly sweet which is good. When brewed the tea comes out quite a light brown colour and is quite transparent. I do not let the tea bag seep in the water for too long because I find if it stays in there a while the tea can often go quite dark and heavy and tastes too strong.
Twinings do a good job of packaging their tea. The box is a light green colour with Twinings on it and a picture of lovely ripe juicy cranberries on the front to let you know what flavour you are getting. In each pack you get 20 bags for £1.18 a pack. It's a little bit more expensive that just says a big box of PG Tips but well worth it for a change.
As I mentioned before the health benefits are fantastic and also the calorie count is virtually nil. Per 100g when drunk without milk the tea contains less than 5 calories.
If you are going to do one healthy thing today but some Twinings green tea!
I love green teas and herbal teas. I started drinking them over five years ago and now rarely deviate back to black tea or coffee. I enjoy pure green tea but since discovering green tea with added fruit flavours I have started drinking them instead as I find they are slightly less bitter than pure green tea. One of my favourites is Twinings Green Tea with Cranberry.
Twinings teabags come in a rectangular cardboard box, which I love because I prefer products with minimal packaging and this is easily recycled. The box has the ingredients, nutritional information, brewing instructions and a small story illustrating when tea was first discovered. The box is relatively sturdy and has a flip-lid so is robust enough to hold your teabags until they're done. There are 20 bags in the box and the net weight is 40g. There is a best before date but my current box has a BBD of Nov 2009 so they last a while.
They're available from most supermarkets and price ranges from about £1.15 to £1.50 depending on which one you buy them from.
The only ingredients are green tea and natural cranberry flavouring (7.5%). Nutrition wise they have 0.2g carbs but only a trace of everything else. The main benefit is that green tea is reputed to have a lot of health-promoting properties. It is an antioxidant which means it helps eradicate cancer causing free radicals in the body. It is also said to promote fat oxidation and act as an appetite suppressant.
Personally I find that green tea does reduce hunger pangs and is also great for taking the edge off a hangover!! I can't say whether or not it has any other benefits but I enjoy the taste and I always "feel healthy" when I drink it!
Instructions on the box say one bag per person brewed in freshly boiled water. he bag should be left to brew for no more than two minutes, then drank without milk or sugar.
I tend to brew my tea for about a minute and a half. Any longer and the tea will be too bitter. Some people add honey to sweeten it but I enjoy it as it is. I tend to fill the mug 3 quarters with boling water then top up with cold as its too hot to drink straight away otherwise.
As I said, be careful not to overbrew as overbrewed green tea is not pleasant! This tea has a lovely fruity aroma (not necessarily identifiable as cranberry) which fades as you drink it. I would say that green tea is an aquired taste so if you're not overly keep the first time you try it, its worth persevering. I wasn't keen the first time I tasted it but wanted to finish the box. I can now say I genuinely enjoy it. It has a refreshing, slightly bitter taste which is offset by the fruity cranberry flavour. Its very different to black tea; I actually find it milder than black tea (provided you don't overbrew it!)
I also recommend the following Twinings teas:
Green Tea & Jasmine
Green Tea & Pomegranate
White Tea & Pomegranate
Nettle & Blackberry
I hope to review them at a later date!
I started drinking Green Tea after reading on a website that is can suppress hunger. Me being a typical woman, rushed out to buy it to see how true the claim was!!
I picked the Cranberry flavour because I love Cranberries and I thought it would mask the flavour of the green tea.
I found the tea in my local Tesco and you can buy it from any supermarket for about £1.50 for 20 teabags. Bargain I thought!
I was surprised when I had my first cup of green tea at my desk at work, expecting to be digusted (I have tried various teas, including nettle tea - which did make me hack!) but I was surprised! I really enjoyed it. I started to notice change in my hunger patterns after about 7 days of drinking the tea after each main meal. It reduced the urge to pick at nibbles and suchlike. I use to go home after work and stuff my face before dinner but I just dont feel like it anymore! Whether its mind over matter or it really does work - I dont know, but I have lost weight and I feel really good!
I would recommend this tea, both because it is genuinely nice and I do believe it suppresses my hunger in some way. Give it a go!
A light, green tea blended with sweet Cranberry flavour to produce a delicious, refreshing drink. Green tea is a natural source of antioxidants, which may help protect the body from the damage caused by free radicals.