Product Type: Twinings Tea
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Twinings - Making Green Tea Almost Drinkable
Twinings Green Tea Orange & Lotus Flower
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Twinings Green Tea Orange & Lotus Flower
Advantages: Almost masks the flavour of green tea; high in antioxidants; quick to brew
Disadvantages: Can still smell the green tea as it cools, and taste it too
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.
Summary: A zesty and almost palatable green tea
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