“ Type: Herbal Tea „
I absolutely love fruit tea. I have tried tons and tons of flavours, and I love keeping a big variety in the cupboard so I can try lots and lots of different ones. I also like to keep my variety so I don't get bored, it can get a bit 'samey' when you try too many of the same flavour.
This herbal tea selection is very much a traditional taste, it represents a lot of popular flavours around England, these are not necessarily my favorite ones, but I know a lot of people who really like them.
These tea bags come in a box of twenty from Tesco's and cost £1.39. Inside the cardboard box the tea bags are individually wrapped in waxed paper (so all of the packaging is recyclable). I think they are individually wrapped to stop the flavours from mixing, as when you buy a pack with only one flavour in they are very rarely individually wrapped.
The way to make herbal tea is quite similar to 'normal tea' except for one thing. The tea is bets made by adding the netted tea bag to a mug, and then pouring boiling water over the top. You can leave the tea bag in for as long as you want, it depends how strong you want the flavour and what flavour it is. With a lot of the flavours in this bag I liked to leave my tea bag in for some time.
Most people do not add milk. Some people add sugar, I personally find the teas sweet enough as they are.
There are five tea bags of each flavour:
Elderflower, strawberry and rose: This flavour is quite weak and subtle. You have to really concentrate on the taste after a sip to distunguish the flavours and pull them apart. I love all the flavours seperately and the rose is a really nice touch. Unfortunately the combination is just to weak. This would be a perfect tasting tea if it was a little stronger.
Calmomile and spiced apple: I am personally not so keen on the calmomile flavour. I find it a little boring. However, I did read somewhere that it was the UKs most popular fruit tea flavour. I hoped that the spiced apple would liven this tea up. Unfortunately it doesn't quite jazz it up enough, but it does add a bit of winter warming to an otherwise bland tea. The flavour is quite relaxing and good for stress, or bed time. It is nice to drink whilst soaking in a hot bath!
Lemon and ginger:
This is the most distinctive of the flavours. The ginger really stands out and adds a kick to this tea. The lemon flavour is not particularly strong, but the ginger certainly adds something after the sip. Again, this is a really good winter warmer, and nice if you are bored of bland herbal teas.
Blackcurrant, ginseng and vanilla:
This is a very 'normal' flavour. A lot of people, even if they do not like herbal tea, will have tried a blackcurrant tea, as this is very widespread. However this has a little bit of a difference to it. There is a vanilla edge to it, but I cannot pick out the ginseng, even though I don't know what I am looking for!! The vanilla is very weak and an after taste more than anything, but it does add a nice difference to an otherwise widely available tea.
I recommend variety packs of tea to those who haven't tried herbal teas before as they can find a nice flavour they like, without commiting to 20 tea bags of one flavour. I also recommend them if you are having people to stay, as there is normally something for everyone. This is not my favorite variety pack, the flavours just aren't my best, but that doesn't mean it isn't good.
If for health reasons or just curiosity, you are thinking of trying fruit teas, it is better to get a selection box than a box of one flavour - the odds are better that you will find something to your taste. Some fruit teas can be an aquired taste, and its worth trying out selection boxes first. This is a really good selection box with teas that are not going to offend a palate unused to such things. Fruit teas are generally easier to get along with than herb ones, and the presence of familiar tastes is always nice. The box contains camomile, which is lovely, and some nice fruity teas. If you drink squash, you may be expecting soemthing sweet. Fruit teas are both bitter and a little sweet, which can put some people off. We have most things far too sweet, and introducing yourself to some more bitter flavours is no bad thing. I would suggest starting with this one in preference to the other box listed here (not erviewed yet) which contains some far weirder flavours - rhubarb, ginger, juniper - not good for a novice drinker.
This product is a little fruity concoction from Twinings. They are herbal tea-bags ('Flavoured Herbal infusions' to them) in various flavours. They come in a very prettily decorated box with painted, brightly coloured fruits and flowers on a yellow base. I'm not usually a one for Herbal teas, give me a good old fashioned cup of PG Tips and l'm normally quite happy. But hey they were a gift so 'nothing ventured, nothing gained'. Twinings say 'Twinings Herbal Infusions (sound very up market, doesn't it) can be enjoyed for their light and delicate taste as well as their therapeutic qualitites. Naturally caffiene free and low in calories, you'll find they make an ideal drink at any time of the day'. They are packed individually and have a very long shelf life, mine expire in Feb 2003. There are four different flavours: Camomile & Spiced Apple. 'A calming drink, delicately spiced with cinnamon'. This one had a flavour of apple strudel, well thats the nearest l could get. The ingredients are Camomile, Applie & Cinnamon Flavours, Apple Pieces and Cinnamon. Really quite pleasant. Lemon & Ginger. 'A calming drink with a citrus tang', containing Ginger, Lemon Grass, Lemon & Ginger Flavours, Lemon Peel (Ugh), Linden (I don't know what that is) and Blackberry leaves. (I didn't know you could make teas with blackberry leaves theres lots of those over the road from my housse. I'll never have to buy tea again. I can go over, pick some leaves, dry them, crush them and make tea and find it tastes discu;sting. Perhaps not). I prefer this one to the first as you can really taste the ginger and that is nice. Blackcurrant, Ginseng & Vanilla. 'A reviving drink with a lively taste'. Containing Hibiscus (l have that growing in the garden too), Orange peel, Blackberry leaves, lemon peel, rosehips, apple pieces,liquorice root, orange leaves, ginseng, b
lackcurrent falvour, vanilla falavour & Blackcurrent pieces. Now you would not think they could get all of that into such a small bag, its quite amazing technology. This one is my favorite although it does taste a little like Blackcurrent Lemsip'. Still l loved it. Finally, Elderflower, Strawberry & Rose. 'A delicous and fragrant blend to refresh'. With leaves of orange and Blackberry (they get in everywhere, maybe l could get them and sell them to Twinings?), pieces of strawberry & Apple, Orange & Lemon Peel and hibiscus, elderflowers and rose flavourings. I though l'd like this one but was not too keen, it had a taste of a boiled sweet almost. Not my cup of tea (HaHa). You get 20 sachets (tea bags to you and l), five of each flavour, in the box and they each weigh 1.2grammes. The instructions say to 'Allow one sachet per person. Add freshly boiled water and brew for 3-5 minutes.' I found that you needed to let it brew for a little longer thatn this to get any real flavour. I also swished it around with a spoon, theres nothing like a good swish to get your flavours out. You can if you like add honey or even sugar but never milk. You can have it hot or cold. In the summer a tip is to make up a jug with several bags and throw in a load of ice cubes, and l mean a load and have iced herbal tea. Now that is delicious. Perhaps throw in a sprig of mint to make it pretty or even blackberry leaves (l've got some if you need any). By drinking these you can be refreshed, calmed,revived or warmed. Now you must be careful when you take them as if its at bedtime you wouldn't want to be revived and if its boiling hot outside (like that'll ever happen) you wouldn't want to be warmed. So caution is the watchword. They are produced in various different countries and there is a website that you can look at www.twinings.com. I didn't think l could write so m
uch about tea, but in conclusion l would say, try them. You may like them and find in the end you prefer them to traditional tea. Me personally, l will buy them again to make up a jug for the summer afternoons on the patio (here's hoping). But on a day to day basis l think l'll stick to PG Tips.
This packet of tea is the nicest tea I have ever tasted.The quality of each flavour bag has individuality and a flavour of it's own.This product is worth every penny and I would not buy any other tea now.You can keep all your expensive and un- quality packets of tea bags.This is the only brand I would buy from now on.The price alone beats the rest by a very high margin and the taste far over takes the rest.I would recommend this to everyone,even my worst enemy.Who knows-he may turn out to be a friend after all!Highly recommended.Thank you Twinings.
Character: Contains 5 teabags each of the following: Camomile & Spiced Apple, Lemon & Ginger, Blackcurrant Ginseng & Vanilla and Elderflower, Strawberry & Rose. How and when to serve: Allow one teabag per person, add freshly boiled water to the bag and leave to infuse for three to five minutes. The resulting infusion can be served hot or ice cold, with honey added to sweeten. Always drink without milk.