I am sitting her writing this review with a lovely cuppa of this tea.
I read about green tea having anti inflammatory properties and decided to give it a go. I have a bad back and I am trying anything for it out of desperation!
Anyway, back to the tea... I am not a big drinker of herbal teas so was pleasantly surprised by this. Its light and fruity but not overpowering. I left my tea back in just for a few seconds and the taste from that suited me just fine.
It is not too sweet as I have found with different types of twinnings herbal.
I like the packaging, buying twinnings makes me feel all posh and middle class! So looks nice in your kitchen.
I notice other reviewers have mentioned they had the individually wrapped ones. The box I bought did not have individually wrapped tea bags which is a bit of a shame as they may loose their flavour therefore, I would suggest you look for those that are not loose.
Upon drinking the tea the first thing you notice is the lovely aroma of apple.
I did not add anything to the tea as I wanted to get the full flavour - I don't think it needs anything added.
This the first green tea I have tried. The taste itself is a bit like normal black tea but a bit milder which suits me as I find often find tea too strong for me.
I bought these a while ago and reading a review on here reminded me I had them in the cupboard so thats reviewers! If you are looking for a herbal tea give this a go I hope you enjoy.
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. One of my more recent trials was 'Green tea with Apple and Pear'.
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 simple cuppa! 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.
The tea comes packaged in a green box with a picture of some tea leaves, and a slice of an apple and pear 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, which is dominated by the sweetness of the pears but not in a 'pear drops' kind of way. It really is a lovely, pleasant smell and the aroma wafts around the office whenever I make a cup at work and lingers for a couple of hours afterwards too.
Taking my first sip I instantly noticed how sweet this tea was. That's probably due to the pears. I don't tend to add sugar or sweetener to green or herbal teas and in my opinion there is no need to add any sweetener to this tea as it really is sweet enough. I could also detect a hint of tartness from the apple, which really lifts the flavour of the tea. Despite it's quite strong flavours I would still describe this as a delicate tea. Sipping at this tea, with its late summer fruits, for me conjures up images of relaxing outside in the garden on a summer evening. This tea has become one of my favourites in the Twinings range and I always ensure I have some stocked up. Highly recommended!
Twinings Green Tea with Apple & Pear.
I do drink quite a lot of cups a tea a day. It was a few years ago whilst at University that I discovered I liked green tea. Drinking green tea always makes me feel very refreshed and it was the perfect accompaniment to my hectic student lifestyle. I originally started drinking regular green tea and then moved on to fruit flavours.
In Tesco at the minute Twinings is on offer as 3 boxes for £3. I have always found Twinings to be a good quality tea. It is of course by appointment to her Majesty and is a very well known tea brand in this country and beyond. When it comes to regular tea, for me, nothing can beat a Yorkshire teabag but for green tea it certainly has to be Twinings.
Green tea was first discovered in China when some leaves accidentally fell into some water which was being boiled (so the legend says). The finishing taste and benefits of the tea were great and so tea drinking began.
Twinings only use the best quality green tea leaves, from the Camellia sinensis to create their delicious teas. For this particular tea, natural flavours of red apples and ripe pears are used to provide a crisp and fruity blend.
Apple and pear is one of my favourite flavours of green tea. It tastes fruity and refreshing but the taste is not too overpowering. I love to drink green tea because I am very aware of the health benefits it provides. I instantly feel better and more hydrated after drinking a cup of green tea, much more so than when I drink regular tea. I love the flavours of this tea, it is perfect to be enjoyed at any time of the day.
The tea is a natural source of antioxidants which is one of the main reasons I drink it. Green tea is definitely a main part of my lifestyle and I would miss it if I stopped drinking it. There are typically 250mg of tea antioxidants per 200ml cup. There is also only one calorie in each cup of this green tea.
The ingredients really are that simple: green tea & natural flavouring.
There are 20 teabags in each box. They come in a cute little green box with the classic Twinings symbol on the front and fruit diagrams representing the flavour. The teabags are quite big, a bit bigger than regular teabags. They don't come individually wrapped inside the box they are just piled up. They smell really nice before you have put them in water and after. They diffuse really well in freshly boiled water and you need not leave them in for any longer than 2 minutes to get a lovely, crisp taste.
Overall I really do enjoy this flavour of green tea. I think that they are really good value for money, especially with the offer which is on at the minute at Tesco as you can get 60 teabags for £3. I would definitely recommend this tea to anyone who enjoys green tea or wants to try some.
Thank you for reading : )
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After being told by a specialist to avoid caffine as is is a flare to my IBS, I sadly stopped drinking my normal builders tea at work. I still have a cup of coffee in the morning, but I prefer to remain un-caffinated through the rest of the day!
I drank herbal teas (all Twinings as I don't believe that herbal tea can be economised on - the Tesco lemon and ginger tastes like watered down toilet cleaner! Disgusting!!) for months as I didn't want to set off another flare up, but then slowly started to add in green tea as a drink that, ok - does contain caffine - but doesn't give me the jitters like coffee does!
Apparently green tea has one-fifth the amount of caffine that coffee and also contains flavanoids which are beneficial to heart health among other things. I decided that the good balanced out the bad and as I don't seem to be having any negative reactions, should carry on drinking it.
Like I've said, I wouldn't consider anything less than Twinings. I do drink other, more higher end teas, but this is my absolute lowest limit. This particular tea doesn't disappoint. The flavour of the pear and apple comes through quite strongly, taking away any overt bitterness from the green tea. I've tried other flavours in the Twinings green tea range, and they all have their own distinctive taste, which is good.
I usually leave the teabag in the cup as I like my tea to be nice and strong, and i think this also allows the flavour to come through really well. When made next to a plain green tea, I noticed that this tea is lighter in colour, so it might be that there is less actualy green tea per teabag in the flavoured ones.
Another good way to buy this tea is in a Twinings mixed green tea box. This is how I started drinking them and it means that you can find out what all the flavours taste like without having to buy several boxes. The flavours are then generally available individually as well.
I don't really tend to drink alot of hot drinks. I'm not really a big fan of coffee or hot chocolate, but I am a tea drinker. In an attempt to diversify my hot drink options, and when I'm trying to be a bit healthier, I have tried a number of varieties of green teas.
GREEN TEA - THE BENEFITS
I'd heard that green tea had excellent health benefits and could actually help with weightloss so decided that I should look a bit further into this. Apparently, the health benefits are due to the green tea containing catechin polyphenols which are powerful anti-oxidants. This means that they can help lower cholesterol as well as fight disease, even cancer reportedly.
So, green tea has a range of health benefits, and I felt it therefore worth a try, I'd tried plain old green tea previously and found the taste quite bitter and hard to drink, therefore I felt I needed something with a bit of flavour to help disguise this taste and make it easier to drink. I was surprised at the range of green teas available in my local supermarket, different brands and all sorts of flavour combinations. Had I been missing out on something everyone else had known about for years?!
I settled on Twinings as my brand of preference as it was a brand that I was familiar with and is quite famous in the tea field. The pear and apple flavour appealed to me most as both are sweet fruits that I felt would complement each other and also sweeten that bitter green tea flavour. It sounded really refreshing and appetising. The teabags come in a simple cardboard box of 20 teabags - a nice size to sample a flavour so if you really don't like it you aren't going to waste too many teabags.
The box is light green in colour and has a picture of a pear and apple on the front. The box is opened by pulling the cardboard tab the full way around the outside the box so that it hinges open. Within the box, the teabags are attached in groups of two so you need to rip them apart to use them.
I bought a box of 20 teabags for £1.26 from Tesco, this works out at 6.3p per cup, which isn't too bad value.
MAKING A CUP
The instructions state to use one tea bag per person, add hot water and brew for no longer than two minutes. It should be drunk without milk. I proceeded to follow the instructions and make myself a cup. Once the hot water was added to the tea bag, there was a fruity scent omitted. It did not smell particularly of either apple or pear, but it was pleasant none-the-less.
As I left the tea to brew, the water became infused with at first a yellowy colour and then a more definite green. For the first cup, I left this for the two minutes instructed but I would recommend that you try out different brewing times until you find one that suits your taste. I found that by leaving it even 10 second more or less, there can be quite a significant impact on the taste, so it really is down to personal preference.
I usually let the tea cool a little (or add a touch of cold water if I am in a rush) as the boiling water makes this very hot to drink straight away. I found that after brewing for two minutes, the predominant taste was still the bitterness of the green tea, so as stated above I altered my brewing time accordingly. I now brew for around 1 minute 40 seconds as this provides me with a taste that was more palatable to me.
This brewing time resulted in a much less bitter, fruitier taste. The tea tasted more of pear than apple but the apple could still be detected as a background flavour. The flavour is quite soft and refreshing, much more subtle than some other flavoured green teas that I have tasted and definitely much softer than fruit teas. The combination of apple and pear seems a good one (and reminds me of English orchards), and the fruity flavouring is definitely enough to add enough sweetness to counteract the bitterness of the green tea. There is no need to add any extra sugar or honey to increase sweetness in my opinion but there is always the option if you do still find it a little bitter.
The fruity taste of apples and pears definitely works wonders in improving the taste of green tea for me. The flavour is subtle and refreshing and very drinkable indeed. This would be a great flavour to try when trying green tea for the first time as the fruity flavour compliments the green tea perfectly. The key really is in brewing this to your taste, if you are a seasoned green tea drinker you may prefer it stronger and therefore brewed for longer but if, like me, you don't like the bitterness this brings, definitely experiment with shorter brewing times.
This is a great drink to replace your usual tea or coffee with if you are looking to be a bit more healthy as it is caffeine free and there are also the added health benefits from the anti-oxidants. Not bad at all.
Twinnings green tea with pear and apple is a new twist on the latest craze of green tea, which has become popular as part of a healthy phase of tea. Green tea comes from the same plant as 'normal' tea. It is from the Camellia Sinensis bush, and how the leaves are treated once they are picked determines how the tea turns out.
Green tea is quite a devisive flavour, people either tend to like it or they don't, and it can be quite boring, so I was excited to see how the addition of apple and pear had livened this classic up. I love pair flavoured drinks so this really appealed to me.
Twinnings green tea with pair and apple comes in a cardboard box (so 100% of the packaging is recyclable) inside are twenty tea bags. The box cost me £1.39 from Tescos. The tea bags are herbs and spices held in a white mesh bag. The idea is that you put a tea bag in a cup and then pour over boiling water. Most people do not add milk. You can leave the tea bag to brew for any legnth of time, depending on how strong you like your tea. Normally when I drink fruit tea I like it quite strong so I leave my tea bag in until I drink it. However with green tea it tatses a bit strange when it over brews, a bit like it is burnt or caught on the bottom, so I only leave the tea bag in for a couple of minutes.
When you pour the water over the tea bag a lovely fruity aroma can be smelt, it smells really zingyy and deep. Lovely appetising smell. As soon as it cooled down enough to drink I had a sip and it was a really lovely taste. If you don't like green tea don't let this put you off the apple and pear really over power it, even though they are quite subtle, they cancel the green tea taste out. It wasn't a strong tea, just more of a flavoured water warm drink. I would really recommend this is you like either pear or apple flavours. It even has added health benefits!!
I love a nice cup of tea in the afternoons and usually around eleven if I'm out gardening I like to stick the kettle on and choose a nice cup of tea from my tea cupboard.
My tea cupboard is full of lots of different choices of tea and herbal drinks as they are good for you and refreshing.
I always buy a different tea everytime I go shopping and this time I bought Twinnings Green Tea , Pear and Apple flavour for 99p at Morrisons as thay were on offer.
They are naturally caffeine free with no preservatives or additives and a high source of antitoxidants. Which is why it makes a refreshing cuppa for you in the mid morning sun.
The packets are a light green colour and you get 20 tea bags in each box, one tea bag will make two cups of tea.
Boil the water, pop a tea bag into a teapot and add the water, then you have to wait for about five minutes for the tea to infuse, this gives it time to release the flavour into the water and then you can pour two lovely refreshing cups of pear and apple tea for yourself and company.
The tea comes out a nice green colour and smells of apples and pears, it is very inviting and you can add a small spoon of honey to sweeten if you like sweet tea or just drink it as it is, some people add sugar but I don't. I like the tangy taste and not a sweet one.
Green tea is used in Chinese medicine for headaches and to help lower cholestorol, it is also good for helping with the bodies immune system. The pear and apple add the refreshing taste and this all adds up to a healthy cup of tea.
Although green tea is really good for you it is an aquired taste but Twinnings have blended it perfectly with the pear and apple to give it extra appeal.
The taste is refreshing and light but leaving the tea bag in the water for too long will give you a strong heavy taste, so timing with this tea is crucial for the optimun taste factor.
You can taste the apple straight away but the pear taste is more subtle.
If your looking for an alternative to ordinary tea then this is a good choice, its light and refreshing and can be drank at any time of the day. Although you can't dunk your biscuits in it, you can drink it with slices of apple to eat on the side.
Its a good summer refresher if your hot in the garden after all the weeding and its cheap to buy.
With it not being an a tea you might drink everyday, the tea bags have to be stored in an air tight jar otherwise they loose flavour over time.
On the whole I would recommend it to you, if you haven't tried it then give it a go. You may be pleasently surprised and its an alternative, healthy drink.
Have fun x
I was browsing round the tea section of my local supermarket when I decided to give green tea a go. Infact I was lured by the apple and pear flavour rather than the green tea bit as I'm a big fan of all things apple and pear!
So I bought a box and have never looked back. It takes a bit of getting used to if you are used to good old teabags and milk but it is a totally different and refreshing alternative. Plus if the health benefits are to be believed I may well live until I'm 192.
Green tea is full of anti-oxidants which help neutralise the effect of free-radicals on your body. They're the nasties that can contribute towards cancer and other health problems. I can't say drinking it makes me feel any better in myself, but I drink it because I enjoy the flavour and find it very refreshing.
The bags come in twos so just tear one off and pour some hot, not boiling water on and leave for a few minutes to steep. I always leave the bag in. I never learn. It always flops out on my face at the end. But I still do it.
It has a sweet smell, very similar to what I imagine hot pear drops to smell like! And the taste is predominantly pear drop - it's hard to distinguish any apple flavour. It is a pleasant taste, not overpowering and I have found myself quite addicted.
Look out for offers in supermarkets, often 2 or 3 boxes for a reduced price.
I went through a phase of writing a lot of reviews on green tea but haven't gotten around to writing one in a while. I also go through patches of drinking it every day and then not drinking it at all, and after a long period of drinking it rarely I've really gotten back into the habit again. Since green tea is meant to be excellent for your health, as it supposedly protects your body against free radicals, as well as helping you to lose weight if you're on a diet, it's something that I can feel good about drinking several times a day.
The only problem is that the taste of pure green tea can get boring after a while. It's nice enough for a couple of cups, but its very unique (and unfortunately indescribable) flavour which has no real hint of sweetness makes it hard to drink it on a regular basis. I therefore decided that if I wanted to try to have a large amount of it I would have to buy some flavoured versions in order to inject a bit of variety into what can become a monotonous drink. I've probably reviewed five or six different flavours so far, but still have a fair few that I have yet to write about. Today I will be telling you how I feel about the Apple and Pear variety from Twining's, as it's the one that I happen to be drinking right now.
I first tried this flavour as part of a green tea variety pack from Twining's, which included this and four other flavours. I was never too excited about trying it as pears are one of the very few foods which I am not really a fan of, and the other varieties in the pack all sounded so much more exciting (pineapple and grapefruit being a particular favourite). I nevertheless came around to trying it eventually, and have to say that I quite liked it. It wasn't my favourite flavour by any means, but it was nice enough and certainly made a change from the plain green tea taste.
When you brew this tea (as you would any other tea: pop a tea bag into a cup of boiling water and then remove it after a few minutes) you can really get the smell of apples and pears coming off of it, and while it doesn't smell as fresh as a real apple, it in no way smells artificial and have a nice softness to it. Once it's cooled down a bit and is ready to drink, you'll find the taste of these fruits coming through nicely as well, but not as well or as strongly as the pineapples do in my favourite green tea. This flavour is definitely more subtle than a lot of the teas that I drink, though that may appeal to a lot of you.
In conclusion, this apple and pear flavoured green tea is nice enough and I am happy to drink the ones I get in variety packs. I don't, however, like it enough to buy a pack including this flavour alone, and would be much more likely to buy a box of the cranberry flavoured ones if I wanted a subtlely fruity green tea. I would recommend this anyway if you like green tea or are trying to drink it for its health benefits, and if you like the taste of pear more than I do then you'll probably love this tea.
What is Green Tea?
Unlike Black Tea, Green Tea is not oxidised. It has been recognised as having many health benefits such as aiding slimming, treatment of ailments of headaches, reduction of depression, cleansing of teeth, improve immunity system, lower cholestrol, reduce the painful effects of arthritis and even help with Cancer. The list goes on an on. It has been around in China for over 4000 years and has risen in popularity in Britain in the past decade.
One box of 20 teabags comes in at around 99p but most stores offer x2 boxes for £1.50.
It comes in a colour cardboard box. The box can be recycled. It opens easily on the side with a flap. I tend to remove the bags and put them in an air tight container.
This green tea drink is infused with pear and apple. The apples bring a crispness and the pear a sweetness which make the drink refreshing.
How to drink
Allow one teabag per person to infuse with boiling water for no more than 2 minutes. Remove bag, DO NOT ADD Milk. Drink.
Or allow to cool and serve over ice for a refreshing summer cocktail.
When the teabag began to infuse with the water i could really smell the pears and a subtle smell of apples. However when I drank it I could not taste either flavour. Usually I dont like green tea but the flavours somehow managed to make the drink mroe bearable, however I was expecting to be able to taste both flavours. Instead both flavours of pear and apple seemed to combine with the green tea, not to give a fruity twist, but rather make it more easy to drink. I would drink this for the health benefits and because it is easier to drink than standard green tea, but its flavours were just not strong enough for me and left me a little disappointed.
I don't like flavoured tea much but my mum had a load of Twinings teas for Xmas so I tried a cup of this Pear And Apple Green Tea last night.
It was quite nice but I thought the pear flavour was a bit too strong and it overpowered the apple too much. To make it you do it the same as a normal cup of tea but leave it to brew for a bit longer, you don't add milk to this tea but I sweetened mine with a spoon of sugar just to take the edge off it.
The tea has got a nice fruity flavour, the apple taste is very light and even if I hadn't added sugar it would still have been a nice sweet drink because of the pear and apple flavours. If Twinings had taken some of the pear out then I reckon this would have been perfect for my taste.
I was a bit worried that the tea was going to be green but it's got a lovely brown colour, when the steam rises out of the cup it brings a gorgeous juicy fruity smell that got my mouth watering.
I thought this was a mega refreshing cup of tea, I'm not a tea drinker much because I don't like the feel of my mouth after drinking a cup but this was fine. It's probably because I didn't have to add milk that I found it more refreshing than usual and for that reason I'll deffo try one of the other fruity Twinings teas.
I don't think I'll drink this one again because I wasn't mad keen on the strong pear flavour, but I'll have a look to see if I can find one that is either pure apple or apple with another ingredient that won't be as strong as the pear.
Green tea is worth looking into though because it's full of anti-oxidants and can also work as a natural weight loss tool. I recommend the Twinings range but not necessarily this one because of the very overpowering pear flavour.
I find the Twinings green tea varieties more fully flavoured than their other herbal and fruit teas. But then again green tea is a very strong flavoured drink. In this blend apple and pear have been added in order to reduce some of the bitterness of the green tea. The result is refreshing brew with just a hint of apple and pear. I do find this combination much more palatable than drinking ordinary plain green tea. The colour should be of a light golden shade. Sugar or honey can be added to taste.
Of course this is not just a tea about flavour. Green tea is marketed as having extra health benefits in comparison to normal tea. Although there is still some debate between 'experts' as to how much extra benefit there is in green tea, it is argued that green tea is a natural source of antioxidants, the chemical compounds that inhibit oxidation and thwart free radicals. It is said to be a strong source of Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) an antioxidant that acts as an aid to fight disease and general wear and tear. It essentially protects cells & DNA from damage.
Preparation is straight forward: drop a tea bag in a mug and add freshly boiled water. It should be noted however, not to over-brew the tea. The tea bag shouldn't be left in for much longer than two minutes as this can produce a very bitterly flavoured tea.
A box of twenty tea bags will cost around about £1.20.
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 love my cup of tea so with all this in mind I decided to look for some green tea. I didn't want to drink it all the time but in the evenings I wanted something a bit lighter than heavy black tea and I also wanted to cut down my daily intake so I happened upon the Twinings range of green teas. The pear and apple is described as a light crisp tea with a refreshing orchard fruit flavour. You can definitely taste the fruit in this but it is not overpowering, more like it is described, crisp and light.
Other flavours include:
Cranberry - 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 green tea with pear and apple is that is does not have an overpowering taste. 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. You can buy packets of just the green tea and one flavour, such as the cranberry or you can buy the multipack which has about 4 tea bags of each different flavour mentioned above in. I like to get this one sometimes as you can change your flavours on a daily basis. 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!
Pack size: 50g (20 bags)
Ingredients: Green Tea, Pear flavouring, Apple flavouring, Pear pieces, Apple pieces
Price: circa 96p
This is a naturally caffeine free with no preservatives or additives and a high source of antitoxidants.
Twinings claims "no one is more passionate about tea than Twinings" and with 2006 being the year they celebrated 300 years of blending Teas, who am I to argue.
Twinings was one of the first companies to introduce tea to Great Britain with Thomas Twining starting selling tea to London society in 1706. This saw the beginning of a major new lifestyle trend. Instead of drinking ale for breakfast as many people did in those days, tea became the breakfast beverage of choice amongst the well to do. Since then, the production of a wide variety of teas has continued to grow and develop until today where much of the tea selection on your shop shelves bare the Twinings name.
****What makes Green Tea so good for you***
Green Tea has been recognized for its health benefits by the Chinese for over 4000 years and has been used to treat every ailment from headaches and depression to reducing the risks of cancer. It is also thought to help reduce the painful effects of arthritis and cardiovascular disease, lower cholesterol and improve the bodies natural immune system. Recently, Green Tea was reported to act as a natural weight loss aid as well, resulting in a resurgence of popularity and now it is even thought to prevent tooth decay by battling bacteria that can cause dental plaque build up.
And yet, this isnt a drug you get on prescription from your doctor. It is a humble leaf which has been in existence for well, forever.
*The Science Bit*
EGCG is a property found in most chinese tea which limits the negative effects of our modern world including smoking or eating an unhealthy fatty diet. It is twice as powerful as resveratrol, a similar substance found in red wine and attributed to the health of the French.
What stands Green Tea apart from other Teas is that the leaves are steamed which means the EGCG isnt oxidized allowing them to combat diseases more effectively when compared to other teas which are fomented.
***Taste and Aroma***
So, we have already established Green Tea is the health miracle we have all been waiting for, but lets be clear if it isnt drinkable, it doesnt matter how good it is for you.
Green Tea is an aquired taste. It can often taste bitter and dry which puts people off hence, the geniuses at Twinings have decided to spice it up a bit with some softer, fruitier flavours, and what better than the classic Apple and Pear?
There is a distinctly apply aroma to the tea which instantly warms and soothes. The pear isnt as easily detectable at this stage.
The apple taste is light and mixes well with the green tea flavour cutting the harshness of the tea just enough. The pear, a heavier and sweeter flavour binds the other two together into a welcoming mélange (I should be a wine taster!)
The tea still leaves a dryness on the roof of your mouth but the taste and flavour is no longer focused there and instead, revolved around the fruit that mixes together almost as convincingly as Apple and Pear Crumble.
For me, the only problem comes with the sweetness of the pear. It is too sugary tasting for me to drink too many of them, but for those of you with a sweeter tooth, I imagine this will more than do the trick.
Apple and Pear Green Tea is the colour of liquid honey when hot water has been added in a light burnt yellow tone.
The Green Tea range comes in suitably green boxes with 20 tea bags per box and a convenient side opening which makes it easy to keep tea bags fresh for longer.
A lovely tranquil picture of a pear and half an apple sitting in a shallow pool of water marks the front of the box while the back and sides list nutritional information, Ingredients and the short tale behind the invention of Green Tea.
***Similar Twinings teas***
Just because Twinings does other green teas doesnt mean you should drink all of them. I would strongly suggest steering clear of Orange and Lotus Flower and Pineapple and Grapefruit. Some fruits just arent made for mixing with tea!
The Pure Green Tea and the Jasmine Infused version are substantially more drinkable and in fact quite enjoyable.
***How to prepare***
I expect, if you have the know-how to work a computer, chances are you can make a cup of tea, however, believe it or not there have been instances where the obvious, hasnt been quite so obvious to others.
Allow one tea bag per cup/mug. Add freshly boiled water from the kettle and leave to steep for a minimum of 2 minutes. Add sugar/sweetener/honey to taste. What ever you do, DO NOT ADD MILK!!
Yes. If the multiple health benefits arent enough to tempt you, the smooth caramel colour, warm wintery apple and pear fragrance and the gentle, fruity taste should be enough to lure you away from your daily coffee.