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As the days turn colder I have found myself reaching for hot drinks to warm me up. I am not much of a tea or coffee drinker, instead preferring a hot chocolate. This is obviously not very good for my waistline so this year I have made a conscious effort to stock up on herbal and green teas which I am quite fond of. There was recently an offer on at Tesco's for the Twinings range where you could get 3 boxes for £3, which works out as a saving of around a pound compared to buying these individually. Ordinarily this retails at around the £1.20 mark. I stocked up on some old favourites which have already been reviewed but also decided to try some new 'flavours'. One of these was the 'Green tea with Jasmine'. Now I am quite fond of green tea and I enjoy the jasmine tea on offer when we go to eat in a Chinese restaurant so I thought the combination would work really well.
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! As for the health benefits of Jasmine I am not so sure, but it adds a beautiful fragrance to tea.
The tea comes packaged in a green box with a pink swirl on the front. Each box contains 20 bags of tea. On opening the box I was a little disappointed that these were not individually wrapped. I know that from an environmental point of view this is a good thing but I do find it handy taking tea to work when they come wrapped.
Making a cup of tea is quite easy, although with this blend I have found that timing is of the essence. Just pop a tea bag in a mug and pour on hot water. Let it brew for 1-2 minutes and then enjoy. It is important to note that you do not exceed the brewing time as the tea becomes rather bitter and not particularly pleasant. I found it quite difficult to get right initially as it doesn't take much time to overbrew - only a matter of seconds. By the time I reached the end of the packet I had mastered it though!
Once brewed the tea is a light golden brown colour and the aroma of the jasmine really comes through at this point. The tea smells sweet, yet floral and highly fragranced. It really is quite a pleasant smell. Taking a sip the first thing I noticed was that this tasted just like green tea. Then just after swallowing the slightly sweet taste of the jasmine comes through. I would describe the tea as quite delicate and perfect to enjoy after a heavy meal, although it's just as tasty mid-morning!
Overall this is a pleasant offering from Twinings. It's not one of my favourites and can be a little tricky to brew in terms of getting the timings right. However I would still buy this again, once my current stock of teas runs out and it comes with a high recommendation from me.
Twinings Green Tea Bags with Jasmine
I have been drinking excessive coffee to stay awake and one of my friend's recommended that I should start drinking green tea because it has greater health benefits than coffee. I have researched the health benefits of green tea on the internet and found that it can lower cholesterol levels, reduce infections, arthritis and reduce cardiovascular disease. I have now started to drink twinings green tea with jasmine.
Twinings green tea with jasmine tastes absolutely amazing. The added Jasmine makes its tastes better than other green teas and the taste is refreshing and reviving. It is really keeping me awake in the afternoon. I don't like to add sugar to the tea as I don't want to cancel out the health benfits. The green tea still tastes good without sugar.
The quality of twinings green tea with jasmine is excellent. The 20 tea bags are neatly packed into the green twinnings box. The green tea contains green tea and jasmine flowers.
Value for Money
At the time of writing this review, the cheapest place to buy Twinings Green Tea with Jasmine is Asda where they are selling it for £1 for 20 tea bags. Tesco, Sainsbury's and Ocado are selling it for £1.26.
Either way, it definately worth its value.
I would definately recommend twinings green tea with jasmine, as the added jasmine gives it extra added taste than other green teas.
I hope you enjoyed reading my review. I have also posted this review on Ciao under my same username Angela150.
Green tea has been a part of my morning routine for quite a few years now. With its many health benefits and pleasant taste along with its claimed ability to speed up your metabolism acting as an aid to weight loss and general health, fitness and well being it's a very refreshing way to start the day.
I have mentioned in a previous survey in relation to twinings teas that the very familiar Twinings brand boasting over 100 different varieties that stands out so boldly on the supermarket shelves has in fact been around for 300 or so years, since 1706 when one Thomas Twining set up his own tea shop. Twinings tea wasn't really something I'd ever taken an interest in until about 5 or 6 years ago.
Removing the perforated card surrounding the box that contains the tea, inside the bags are linked together in sets of 2, so you also have to seperate the tea bags from one another.
You make green tea in exactly the same way you make your regular black tea - simply click the kettle on for a boil and let the teabag infuse the water for around 2 minutes. If you overbrew your tea then you run the risk of it not tasting as it should which according to twinings is light, delicate and fresh, and always best enjoyed without milk.
I'm pretty sure that Green tea tastes different to everyone depending on the type of water you use, how long you steep the tea bag for and indeed what type of green tea it is that's being brewed, and, it's true to say that Green tea can taste pretty green (some have even likened it to grass), but again this can depend on the variety. One things for sure, Twinings green tea and Jasmine certainly doesn't taste anything like regular tea, it's a lot lighter and I find it quite refreshing.
I have been drinking green tea for years and it comes in a variety of different flavours but twinings green tea with Jasmine is definitely one of my favourites. I find that the taste of this particular green tea is a lot more delicate than traditional green tea and perhaps not as green tasting with the added Jasmine certainly giving it a more flowery fragrance and perfumed taste.
You can add sugar to sweeten green tea if you desire, if perhaps you find it too bitter but this is something that I don't indulge in.
===The Health benefits===
The health benefits of green tea are truly astounding, but what is even more astounding is that people generally do not know how beneficial it is to drink a cup of green tea every day. This type of tea has been used for medicinal purposes by the Chinese since ancient times, used to treat even the most common of ailments such as headaches.
After reading a little bit about Green tea I found that it contains a high level of natural anti oxidants called catechins which are currently being investigated for their ability to prevent cancer and heart disease.
One of the main reasons I drink green tea besides the fact that I like the flavour, is for these health benefits as my mother contracted breast cancer about 5 years ago and is in remission now thankfully, but as green tea is one of those products that is claimed to help prevent the development and spread of cancer cells, I figured I might as well give myself a fighting chance seeing as I have a high risk level of getting cancer myself. On my fathers' side of the family we have a long history of heart disease so this too is a health concern of mine and green tea is said to positively impact the healthy heart so it's a win win situation.
As well as the medicinal properties of the green tea, the jasmine flower also has its own unique set of calming benefits for those who consume this tea. So in taking the medicinal properties from the green tea and the spiritual benefits from the jasmine flower and blending these two benefits together we are presented with Twinings green tea and Jasmine.
===Where to buy===
I think twinings is one of the more popular alternative tea brands out there on the supermarket shelves and you'll be able to find it pretty much anywhere from Asda and Tesco to Sainsburys and Morrisons. At the moment Asda are selling this pack of 20 for a pound, which works out a 5p per cup of tea....an absolute bargain at that price, and you can't argue with the health benefits.
It might not be everyones cup of tea (pardon the pun), but certainly worth a try if only for the wonderful health benefits you get from this tea. Highly recommended by mea with it's natural anti-oxidants and refreshing taste.
I'm not really a green tea fan - but do drink a lot of herbal teas. I came across Green Tea with Jasmine when they were on special offer at my local supermarket, so I bought one of my usual nettle teas and one of the Green Tea with Jasmine just to try it.
I must admit, I'm glad that I did read the side of the box first, as you should only leave this particular tea for no longer than two minutes to infuse. As a previous reviewer said, if you left it longer, then the perfume smell/taste could be overbearing and I also would definitely not squeeze the teabag out!
I'm also not usually a fan of 'perfumed' teas but I can honestly say that I really enjoyed this tea and the smell was not that overpowering. It was very light and refreshing and made a pleasant change and I have been converted!
I thought I would have a go at Jasmin tea - I like lotus green tea a lot and just bought one of these packets to give a new type a go. I am a hardened fruit tea drinker and have a pallet acustomed to strange new tastes, but I will admit to having found Jasmin tea very weird. It is a heavily perfumed tea, Jasmin, as the name suggests. This is a floral perfume, quite heavy and heady, quite sweet and very overpowering. Experimentation so far would suggest that this tea needs to be drunk weak, at least by those who are not used to it. I made my first cup in about the time you would a normal cup of black tea, and it was way too much - almost undrinkable because of the heavily perfumed flavour. It smells really nice, but it smells more like something you would want to put on your skin than something you would want to drink. I would recomend pouring boiling water over the tea bag and then taking it out of the cup - don't even squeeze the bag. If you are trying this for the first time, you want it very weak or else it will certainly be too much. I suspect this tea of being an aquired taste, and that gradually I will be able to drink stronger varients. If you like experimenting, then give this one a go, its certainly interesting and it does smell lovely. If you like teas plain and not too strong, leave this one well alone.
Character: A traditional light blend of green teas, delicately scented with fresh jasmine flowers. How and when to serve: Never make too strong. Best on its own without milk or lemon. Famous as a digestive tea, or after a large meal. Origin: Far East. Strenght 1.