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I have been trying all sorts of interesting tasting flavoured teas recently, and this Twinings Orange and Lotus Flower Green Tea is one of them. Available for £1.49 (or two for £2 which is better value for money and you can mix and match) for 20 tea bags from Tesco, this is not the cheapest of teas. However, for the unique flavours and the good brand I think that the price is perfectly acceptable.
This tea is packaged in a lovely classy and sophisticated looking Twinings (the logo is embossed on a nice gold panel near the top) tea box in the colour green. The colour fades from deep bold green to a lighter green the closer you get near the bottom which I think is a nice effect, and helpful to remind you that it is a green tea. There are pictures of orange flowers on the front to emphasise the 'orange and lotus' flavour of the tea. Once you open the box, the front section opens and closes and acts like a lid for the box to protect the tea bags. I think this packaging is very nice; both aesthetically appealing and practical at the same time
The instructions for brewing this tea are on the side of the packaging, and go as follows:
"We suggest brewing this tea for a maximum of 2 minutes, any longer and you'll lose the delicate taste. Allow one bag per person and add freshly boiled water".
This is easy to follow, however I find I have to add a small teaspoon of honey to each cup as I find most teas too bitter without a little bit of sweetening up. But I am trying to reduce the amount of honey I add bit by bit and cup by cup so that the subtle flavours really show through more.
I think the orange and lotus flower really complement each other in this tea, and tastes nice especially with the green tea (which I prefer to black tea). The zesty taste of the orange is the most noticeable, I would say, and this makes the tea taste fresh, fruity and interesting. I really like the citrus taste against the lotus flower and it is a nice combination with the green tea. I would say that this is more of a 'good morning' tea rather than a hot drink for night time, but I suppose it would work for both purposes. It is just that the zingy orange taste makes me think more of sunshiney mornings.
The taste is nice, but I think that the flavour can be a little too delicate if you leave it in for the recommended time of 1-2 minutes; having said that, I do not want the flavour to be too bold and strong. It has a zesty yet relaxing aroma to it which is very calming. I would not say that this is the most delicious flavoured tea in the world, but I do still think that it is very nice.
Altogether, I think that this is a lovely zesty tea, which tastes quite nice. I would recommend it with 4 out of 5 dooyoo stars.
When it comes to eating things that are good for me I don't have too many issues. I'll happily eat oily fish (any fish really), green vegetables and plenty of fruit. I eat a little (but only a little) red meat to ward off anaemia and I limit my caffeine intake. There's one healthy - or at least reputedly healthy - thing that I can't get away with: green tea. It's a bit odd because I love desserts made with green tea (a Japanese restaurant I know does a mean green tea tiramisu) but I can't drink a full cup of green tea.
I bought this Twinings Orange & Lotus Flower Green Tea because it was reduced from £1.49 to just 30 Pence (I bought mine at the Co-op); the packet had been squashed but contents were fine. I figured that for 30 Pence it was worth giving green tea another try. I've previously tried green tea in combination with other ingredients and found it slightly more palatable though still not great.
Green tea is drunk throughout China though I've idea whether Chinese people feel the need to disguise the taste of the green tea like we Brits like to; probably they think we're a bit daft. Orange and lotus flower sound like ingredients that one might team up with green tea, however, so I'm willing to refrain from questioning the credibility of this blend. Twinings says that the natural orange flavour and the lotus flower are added to 'give a burst of citrus sunshine'.
My first impressions were positive: when you first pour the water onto the bag it smells quite distinctly of zesty orange and not at all of green tea. I've no idea what lotus flower smells like, or even if it has a recognisable scent so I can only say that I can detect the orange. There is a downside and that is that as the tea starts to cool the smell of green tea starts to become apparent. Of course, if you can knock back a cup of hot tea before that happens, so much the better!
The flavour is less acceptable to me than the aroma. I can still pick up the oiliness of the thick skin of a good orange but the green tea is the dominant flavour. Fortunately, the green tea is not as pronounced as in other green tea combinations I've tried so I am able to manage to drink a whole cup. I do find that the longer I brew this tea for, the stronger the green tea flavour becomes while the concentration of orange remains more or less the same. The suggested brewing time is one to two minutes so don't overdo it if you're drinking this for the health benefits and not the taste.
I have found that this is the flavour combination that best masks the slightly dusty and dank green tea flavour that I really dislike so if you particularly want to enjoy the reputed benefits of green tea I would recommend trying this variety. I can't vouch for the health benefits on the basis of my own experience but it's worth mentioning that green tea is a good source of natural antioxidants, which are essential to our well-being because they combat those nasty free radicals.
Twinings Green Tea Orange & Lotus Flower is currently on promotion at TESCO priced at £1, reduced form £1.49 until 29th January. The usual price at ASDA is £1.00. Waitrose and Sainsbury's both sell this priced at £1.49 but until 12th February you can buy two for £2.50.
I'm not much of a tea or coffee drinker, and during the winter months I often find myself reaching for a hot chocolate. This is ok for an occasional treat but as I felt like having a hot drink more than once a day a hot chocolate was not the healthiest option. For this reason I have been trying out the range of herbal, fruit and green teas from the Twinings range. I quite like green tea on it's own, but can find it a bit bitter, so recently I have been trying out flavoured green teas. One of my more recent trials was 'Green tea with orange and lotus flower'.
The health benefits of drinking green tea have 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! We all know the health benefits of citrus fruits like oranges and the lotus flower is associated with purity in China.
The tea comes packaged in a green box with a picture of some tea leaves, orange segments and lotus petals on the front. 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 gives off the delicious aroma of freshly squeezed oranges. It really does smell amazing!
Taking my first sip I was pleasantly surprised to note how citrussy this was. There is a real tang of oranges, which does not taste artificial. The tea is really zesty and simply bursting with flavour. Having said that the orange does not dominate and you can still get the distinctive taste of green tea. Despite its zestiness I would still describe this as a delicate tea and really delicious. Green teas are best drunk without any milk, although you can add sweetener or honey to this drink. However I think it tastes fine as it is.
Overall, this is one of my favourite green teas from the Twinings range and one that is a regular on my shopping list. It tastes delicious, is bursting with flavour and is very good for you too! Highly recommended!
I am always on and off on the look out for a different cup of tea. I got a free sample of this tea, and have since bought a pack because I liked it. A box of 20 teabags costs £1.45 from the Twinings' Website, though it's slightly cheaper in the supermarkets. Asda currently have an offer for 2 boxes of 20 for £2.50, offering better value.
I don't drink this tea everyday, but as an occasional treat of something different. What spurred me on to purchase this tea was how it was green tea, with its antioxidants and calming properties, with a zesty twist. As soon as I poured hot water onto the teabag in the mug, the fresh smell of orange was clearly evident, adding something different to this tea, instantly. The aroma was the first thing that made this cuppa a great way to relax.
I found this tea tasted like most other green teas, slightly bitter, but the subtle hint of orange was detectable, and took something away from this bitterness.
I'm not quite sure what the lotus flower adds to the flavour, I only assume it adds a very delicate floral taste to the tea.
I like this green tea, and I would recommend it.
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 I could smell that there was something added to th green tea, it smelt a little fruity but I couldn't really say what it was, likewise I couldn't smell the lotus flower. As with other green tea flavours 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.
Good for your health just not your taste buds
A couple of years ago I gave up drinking caffienated tea for my new years resolution. I thought it would be difficult but I soon realised I didn't really enjoy the taste and it was more of a habit thing. I soon discovered fruit teas, which have replaced my urge to have a hot drink.
I have tried many different fruit teas from many different brands, named brands (like Twinings and Tetley) and supermarket own brands like Tesco, Sainsburys and Asda. I generally prefer the fruitier flavours and red berry teas, but I have tried normal green tea and really didn't like it. The flavour was not very substantial and tasted very washed out and like I imagine dishwater to taste! I saw this green tea, which seemed to have a bit of added zing to it and decided to give this a try. There was so much hype around Green tea at the time that I decided to give it another go.
Unfortunately the Orange and Lotus flower do not add to the flavour significantly. It is still quite weak and washed out,however not quite as much as before. So, it is an improvement, but not a huge one for me.
The tea comes in a carboard box, which is 100% recyclable, whcih of course is a good thing. Inside the box are inidvidually wrapped tea bags for freshness. You pop the tea bag into a cup, add boiling water and let it brew to the desired stregnth. If you don't brew it for long enough the tea is even weaker, and if you brew it for too long it gets a bit of a film to it and tastes like it coats your throat and gets caught in the back of your mouth.
I am not sure what lotus flower tastes like, but you are certainly able to pick the orange taste out. However it is not enough to rescue what is for me a horrible cup of tea!
I have discovered that I have an intense dislike for Green Tea. However, I have also discovered that this dislike is largely lessened when referring to Green Tea with other flavours mixed in with it. Twinings' Green Tea with Orange and Lotus Flower is one mix of flavours that stopped me on my way past the plethora of random tea flavours and made me think.
Lotus flowers are associated with purity in China, and have been for a while. This, combined with the herbal and remedial properties that green Tea is purported to have, makes it seem intensely purifying in its intentions. Combine it with the citric and flavoursome orange side of things, I would imagine that drinking this would relax me.
And, surprisingly enough, it did! I had originally worried about this due to the Green Tea element, but I needn't have worried. The orange flavour combines well with the Green Tea to give a pleasant and sweeter taste, as well as a nice orange and floral aroma when you first open the box. This is enhanced as the boiling water is added.
I left mine for a couple of minutes before removing the teabag. Again, this was mainly because I didn't want too strong a Green Tea flavour. However, I needn't have worried about this, either. I think I gauged it about right in terms of strength. Too long and I think the combination of the flowers would just be a bit too much of a barrage on my taste buds.
The tea didn't exactly make me feel better for having drunk it. Naturally, any herbal or remedial properties aren't likely to be instantaneous. However, the aroma and taste are rather relaxing, so I recommend it on this level as well.
Twinings' Green Tea with Orange and Lotus Flower is not as available as other, more common flavours from Twinings, but expect to pay the same amount as other flavours when you do find it. This is usually just over the £1 mark for a box of 20 sachets. The packaging itself is instantly recognisable as it follows Twinings' branding.
I recommend this product. I was pleasantly surprised at how nice it tasted. There was a hint of Green Tea in the aftertaste, but this was minimal, and if anything it actually complimented the other flavours. Thumbs up!
I am not particularly a fan of ordinary tea, given the choice it would always be coffee. However I decide I wanted to become more healthy, not so much lose weight as just be more aware of what I am putting into my body as before I have basically always ate and drank what I wanted. I have scoured the intrnet for tips as well as the health section of many a womens magazine and time and time again read about the benefits of green tea, at first I didn't realise you could get flavoured varieties and found myself forcing at least three cups of plain green tea down everyday and for someone who doesn't really like tea this was quite torturous and I found myself letting it cool right down then drinking the whole cup in one, that was until I found the range of flavours available from twinings, I have tried many flavours some I've likes others I haven't, today I tried the orange and lotus flower for the first time initially I noticed how lovely it smells but I hasve been fooled before and found that although some smell lovely the flavour is very weak, however I think this must be the nicest I've tried the orange flavour is just strong enough and it is a pleasure to drink rather than the chore it was before, although I'm not too sure of how much good it will do me while I still eat so much chocolate ha ha.
Every single time I walk past the aisle with the tea selection, I am more than just tempted to stop.
I very much enjoy drinking tea (and not because of the health benefits!) but do like to vary and move away from the usual Earl Grey with milk. So anything that says "fruity" on it, will certainly catch my attention.
I have always been hesitant about buying green tea. I personally do not like the taste very much, whether it be as tea, flavoured water etc.
However, I received a few samples of Twinings, including this one- so i thought i would give it a try. I guess I had not much to lose with one sample- if I didn't like it, then tough.
=== Packaging ===
As I only received one sample of this tea, I really cannot say much about the packaging. However, from previously buying tea of that range, I remember that this package looked the same.
Overall, it is coloured in a green, which I would describe as pale. It also bears the Twinings logo.
Underneath it, the type of tea is being stated "green tea with orange and lotus flower". Below it is the usual representation with a lotus flower, 2 green teae leaves and a slice of orange (which does look like a dark yellow lemon though)"
The picture is quite attractive, and you can clearly recognize what type of tea you are buying.
The side of the box had a story about how green tea was discovered. I do not remember how it went, but it was nicely told :) It also states the ingredients as well as giving a short product description:
"a lightly aromatic green tea with a delicate, scented flavour. This distinctively oriental blend combines the zesty flavour of orange with a delicate hint of lotus flowers, which have long been associated with purity in China".
You are obviously given the brewing instructions, which do tell you not to infuse the teabag for more than 2 minutes! I stuck to this instruction, leaving the teabag in the cup and just stirring towards the end. My tea turned out just fine. I assume that it would turn bitter if you left it for longer, but cannot confirm. If you like a stronger taste, you might want to try it though. Furthermore, you are advised to best serve it without milk
=== Taste ===
Before tasting the tea, I could smell a tangy orange flavour, which was quite nice. I could barely make out the green tea in it, which suited me just fine.
Colourwise, my tea turned out to be of a misty dark yellow-orange colour.
When I tasted the tea, I first could make out the orange, then the lotus and finally, as an aftertaste the green tea. It is not acidic, however I was waiting for the "kick" to come, but it never did. I did not find it tasting like it smelled, because the orange smell was stronger than the taste, however the product description was very suitable - it was fruity indeed.
=== Overall ===
I would say the following:
The product tasted like it was described on the package. The flavour is not very strong, which I was happy with as I do not like green tea very much. For those that do, this tea might have a not strong enough flavour. This could be a drawback- but in the end, it is all a matter of personal preference anyway.
The taste was natural, not too sweet and not sickening. Like with all fruit teas, I found my mouth to be slightly dry after finishing it, but i still enjoyed it.
The price is quite alright for it being Twinings and for it being fruity- you normally tend to have to pay much more. I would however not buy a whole package of it, as I do prefer other flavours.
I do agree however, that the tea was nice nevertheless and I am sure that someone out there will have found their new favourite tea after trying it.
The Twinings Green tea range is one of my favourite and I have tried all of the flavours. This review is going to concentrate on the Orange and Lotus Flower green tea. It is described as a lightly aromatic green tea with a delicate scented flavour. This distinctly oriental blend combines the zesty flavour of orange with a delicate hint of lotus flowers, which have long been associated with purity in China.
It has actually been since ancient times that the lotus has been a divine symbol in Asian traditions and a symbol of purity. According to an article I read, "Hindus revere it with the gods Vishnu, Brahma, and the goddesses Lakshmi and Sarasvati. Often used as an example of divine beauty, Vishnu is often described as the 'Lotus-Eyed One'. Its unfolding petals suggest the expansion of the soul. The growth of its pure beauty from the mud of its origin holds a benign spiritual promise. Particularly Brahma and Lakshmi, the divinities of potency and wealth, have the lotus symbol associated with them. In Hindu iconography, deities often are depicted with lotus flowers as their seats."
Wow, so this tea has a lot to live up to, by drinking it I almost feel like it should make me pure and give me a sense of calm or something!
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. I always try to have green tea in the evenings now because it's a lot lighter than having tea with milk in my opinion and I do feel it could help with keeping my weight down. 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.
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. However, I do find that the Orange and Louts flower is a bit too much like fruit to me. I find the orange very strong and I really think it overpowers the tea and does turn it into a fruit tea. I find it quite sharp and a bit too strong to drink at times. I don't really think the lotus flower offers any taste per say, except perhaps making it a little bit herby but apart from that, this tea to me just tastes like orange.
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.
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 segment of juicy orange on the front on the front to let you know what flavour you are getting. It also has a picture of a white lotus flower on the front which is really pretty. 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.
Not one of my favourite flavours but I'm sure some of you will like it.
Another new year, another new resolve to lose weight. I'm pretty sure that a large proportion of women will start a new diet in January, but for most people it won't last into February. I was determined to start a diet and stick to it, so I decided to sit down and actual plan ways for me to stick to it without giving it up after a week. I thought of some of the obvious things, such as finding recipes for low calorie meals that I would actually enjoy, and have cut out some of my worse vices completely, but I also had another idea: drink green tea. I had read an article in The Independent a year or so ago which talked about studies that suggested that green tea can help to boost your metabolism, so I thought that it was worth a go to help speed up my weight loss in a healthy way. It's also high in antioxidants and tastes nice, so even if it doesn't help me to lose weight at all, it couldn't make me gain anything, so there's no harm in trying it.
I drank a lot of pure green tea at first, but soon got bored of it although I liked the taste, so when I was in the Student Shop the other day and saw a variety pack of flavoured green teas, I was delighted! All of the teas had a fruity flavour to them, and as I love fruit tea and green tea, I doubted that I could dislike a combination of the two, so promptly bought them.
As you can probably tell, Twining's Green Tea Orange & Lotus Flower was one of the flavours found in my variety box. There were five of each flavour in the pack, so I had a few opportunities to try this particular flavour before I committed myself to writing a review on it. I decided to write a review of this flavour first as it was the first one that I ran out of, so I wanted to get my opinions about it onto the internet quickly before I forgot how I felt about it.
So, green tea. For fans of normal tea, green tea is a nice alternative, although it tastes quite differently to traditional tea. I know that a lot of people aren't a fan of green tea, but I for one love it, although I will admit that it has quite a strange taste. Once you add a fruity flavour to it, however, I don't think that it has a strange taste at all, and tastes like a more subtle fruit tea with green tea undertones. That is how I feel about Twinings Green Tea Orange & Lotus Flower, anyway, as well as the other flavours in the pack.
The taste of this tea is pleasant, and is definitely tastier than plain green tea, though I don't really get much taste of orange at all, and I have no idea what lotus flower tastes like so I wouldn't recognise it if the taste was in there. Instead, this tea just tastes nice, and is a sweeter and slightly different version of the pure green tea that I used to drink. I thought that this was quite strange, as the Cranberry flavour and the other flavours that I've tried have a much stronger fruity taste to them. That isn't to say that this tea's more subtle flavour is a bad thing though, as I do really like this flavour.
So, in conclusion, I would recommend this tea to anyone who fancies a more interesting hot drink, especially if you're on a diet and are looking for something to help you. Having a drink that tastes nice and will hopefully stop you reaching for milky hot drinks instead, which are high calories for the taste. I would say that if you're going to try some flavoured green tea, then the variety pack would be a good choice, as then you can find out which flavours you like the most before committing to a full pack of one flavour.
This Green Tea from Twinings is a lovely mellow drink. It is flavoured with orange and Lotus Flower. It is quite a sweet tea and I think because it is green rather than black, the bitterness of the actual tea leaves is not as strong and so does not cancel out the sweetness of the fruit as much as in an ordinary fruit tea made with black tea leaves. Having said that, many fruit teas contain no real tea and these tend to be far too sweet for my liking. This blend is just so drinkable.
I would say that the strongest flavour is the orange. It is a pretty genuine orange flavour and not too synthetic, like in many teas. When you add boiling water the smell of oranges is very strong. It is like pouring a glass of orange juice. The colour is slightly orange but not very strong.
The smell is better than the taste, as is often the case. However, for a change I think that this is a good thing because it means the tea is a mellower drink and not as sweet.
20 tea bags in a box for about £1.50. Yum! Try them!
According to Chinese legend, green tea was discovered in 2737 BC by the Emperor Shen-nung when tea leaves from a nearby bush accidentally fell into an open kettle of boiling water. Before Shen Nung could retrieve the leaves, they began to brew. He smelled the sweet aroma of the mixture and found the resulting drink had a delicious flavour. It might surprise you to know that both green tea and black tea come from the same plant, Camelia Sinensis, found in tropical and sub-tropical regions like India and China. Unlike Black tea, which is dried, fermented and oxidised, green tea is not fermented, but only dried and steamed. As such, it is thought to retain greater health benefits.
In many ways green tea is an acquired taste that some may never acquire. Some might find green tea a little harsh and therefore may feel the need to add a spoonful of honey or sugar. Alternatively you can now buy flavoured varieties that combine the tea leaves with other flavours and ingredients. One option is to buy one of Twinings' flavoured green teas. Twinings Green Tea Orange and Lotus flower is part of the Twinings range of flavoured green teas that also includes Pineapple and Grapefruit, Pear and Apple, and Jasmine. The last time I looked a box of twenty tea bags cost about £1.20. As someone who initially struggled a bit to get used to the somewhat harsh flavour of green tea, I can honestly say that this flavoured green tea really is a pleasant and refreshing brew that can be drunk without anything added.
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 teabag/s 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.
When poured into a glass and held up to daylight the colour is of a light partially transparent warm golden hew. A subtle aroma of orange zest is immediately present. Correctly brewed the taste is light and fresh. The subtle citrus tang derived from oranges and lotus flower heads surprisingly produces a more mellow, less harsh green tea flavour. The result is a brew that is refreshing and, whilst bringing on some mild stimulation - green tea contains less caffeine than common black tea varieties - the overall effect induces a calmer more focused outlook: the mind becomes tranquil and the body relaxes, anxieties fragment and dissolve, tension subsides and as an individual you become once more connected with the world. And suddenly you realise that change is a simple truth with profound possibilities.
Apparently green tea is a natural source of antioxidants, those mysterious chemical compounds that inhibit oxidation. They wipe out nasty free radicals that do so much damage to the body. Although I have read that common black tea also has antioxidant properties, it is believed that green tea contains more antioxidants and is therefore more beneficial. There are also studies suggesting that green tea contains properties that thwart the onset of Alzheimer's disease and various forms of cancer. So even if you don't like the taste, think of it as medicine, hold your nose and swallow.
Green tea is usually recommended to drink after meals as it aids the digestive system. However, I also find that drinking it before meals is also good. From my experience it seems to stimulate hunger. Not long after a few mouthfuls you should be experiencing a touch of the old borborygmus - your intestines will be rumbling like the sound of an out of tune orchestra - so don't drink it in the library. Despite these minor tribulations I recommend green tea for its health benefits and its relaxing effects. After just drinking a glass of Orange and Lotus Flower Green Tea, I can honestly say I do feel cleansed and serene. The way of the Lotus is truly calmer.
Green tea has very good antioxident properties. It can help with wrinkles and skin problems. The only problem with the taste of the tea is that it is akin to warmed up fish water. It tastes awful.
To get the most out of green tea you would need to drink about four cups of the stuff. Now green tea doesnt have as high caffene content as normal tea but drinking four cups is to much caffene.
I would recommend buying the capsuals with the caffene taken out. As one capsual equals around four cups of green tea.
WHY I BOUGHT THEM --
Following a number of yukky skin infections over Christmas, I decided to take a bit more care of myself in the coming year. So along with a juicer and a food steamer I invested in some of these tea bags. Now you may not think that 88p is much of an investment, but hey.
PRICE AND VARIETIES --
The bags are available in boxes of 20 ( 88p) 50 (£1.44) or 80's (£1.99) from Tesco's. There is currently a 20p off offer on various varieties of the Twinings Green Tea including Earl Grey Green Tea, Jasmin Green Tea, Lotus Green Tea and Pure Green Tea (Source www.tesco.com on 23/01/05)
MY EXPERIENCE --
I had tried plain Green Tea on a previous health kick and it lurked in the back of my cupboard for over a year - you see it looks like your pee after a night on the booze and I couldn't face them.
The added orangeness of the Lotus flowers in this blend has made all the difference to me.... it has made something healthy enjoyable rather than something I drink under sufferance. In fact the tea bags even smell pleasant.
You prepare the tea like any other herbal tea, with just water and no milk . I would not recommend adding sugar or honey as it doesn't seem to gel with the flavour, which is slightly savoury.
I would also advise you not to leave the tea bag in for too long, a minute or so will do as the tea does tend to turn a little on the bitter side. They also see to taste nicer when the tea is left to cool a little.
I have personally found this tea to be benificial in terms of my anxiety disorder which means that caffiene is a no go and that I must keep hydrated. This tea certainly is refreshing and it contains neglible amounts of the dreaded loopy juice.
THE SCIENCE BIT (( BECAUSE I'M WORTH IT)) --
It has been claimed that these teas have antioxidant properties, which apparently reduce cell damage in the body. This process has been linked with the prevention of coronary heart disease, reduction of the ageing process and boosting the immune system.
Further links on this topic can be viewed on http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antioxidant
COMPANY INFORMATION --
While Twinings are not part of the ''fair trade movement'' , the company have been part of the Tea Sourcing Partnership since 1997. The Partnership ''share responsibility for the social and ethical conditions involved in the sourcing of tea. Five core areas are independently audited: Employment (including minimum age and wage levels), education, maternity, health and safety, housing.'' (Source : www.twinings.com).
Twinings produce a wide range of teas including organic. A comprehensive list of these can be found at the aforementioned website.
Twinings Orange & Lotus Flower Green Tea: A soothing blend, ideal from mid morning, for those who like a delicate orange flavour.