“ Brand: Twinings / Type: Herbal Tea „
I've never been much of a tea or coffee drinker, preferring hot chocolate when it comes to hot drinks. However I am conscious of the fact that this is not a particularly healthy habit so over the last couple of years have made the effort to try other, healthier hot drinks options such as herbal and green teas. One of the options that I recently tried was the Lemon and Ginger tea in the Twinings range. I must admit this was not a tea that I selected for myself as it was one that my mum bought for me to try. I am not the greatest fan of ginger - I like it in desserts but not in savoury foods and even then only in small doses, so this would not have been a tea that I would have selected for myself. I believe this currently retails at around £1.30 for a box of 20 tea bags, although the Twinings range can often be found on special offer.
The tea comes packaged in a yellow and white box with a pretty swirly design on the front. According to the description on the packet the tea is a reviving combination of citrus flavour and spice. The aroma of lemon and ginger is not only reviving but ginger root has traditionally been used to aid digestion. The tea is naturally caffeine free and has no added sugar, although it can be sweetened with honey or sugar once brewed. This tea is best enjoyed without milk. Due to its digestive properties this is a tea that is often drunk after a meal as an alternative to coffee and I too tend to have it after lunch at work.
To make the tea simply pour on boiling hot water and brew for two to three minutes. In my experience, any longer makes the tea quite strong and a little bitter. As it starts to brew the aroma of the lemon and ginger becomes noticeable and there is an underlying spiciness that I can detect too. It certainly smells appetising! As the tea brews, the colour of the water changes to a milky yellow colour. I have to say that this is not the most appetising looking drink!
Taking the first sip the first thing that hits me is the tanginess of the lemon, which is very zesty and refreshing, and then a few seconds later 'bam!' the ginger explodes in your mouth. It surprised me how strong the ginger actually tasted and it really gives the tea a bit of heat and a spicy kick. It certainly is a warming drink for cold winter days. Not being the greatest fan of ginger I did find that it was a bit too strong for my liking. I have tried it with sugar to try and balance some of the heat but then I think it tastes a bit medicinal and a bit like lemsip, which I don't like the taste of either!
Overall I think this is an *ok* tea. I'm not a huge fan of ginger so am not surprised that I didn't fall in love with this one. It's certainly not one that I would go out of my way to avoid in the future but I doubt that it will become a regular item on my shopping list. 3 stars from me.
My husband complains that one of our kitchen cupboard's is full of tea that no-one ever drinks. Not true; it's full of tea that he never drinks being a strictly builder's brew type. What you will find is green tea (in case my daughter visits), peppermint tea (for a number of girlfriends), Redbush (well that might have been a mistake - I've not yet acquired the taste) and a new pack of Twinings lemon and ginger.
Twinings has that wonderful tv ad with all the pots of coloured paint representing the huge range of tea they produce. I haven't seen it for a while but hopefully you will know the one I mean. They do make a lot of tea - their blenders apparently taste more than 3,000 cups of tea every week to ensure the quality and taste is consistent. I looked on their website to see how many varieties but couldn't find the figure. It must be hundreds.
The website (twinings.co.uk) is actually very interesting - there is a tea tasting club you can join, you can mix your own variety box of bags and there are numerous competitions. Thomas Twining started the company back in 1706 selling tea from his coffee house on Londons' Strand and by the 1750s tea was the most popular drink among the working classes (overtaking coffee, ale and gin!). Apparently there is still a Twining involved in the company.
According to the website, Twining claim high ethical credentials although I have seen these challenged elsewhere. Still taking them at their word, they source directly from tea estates and work with the producers 'to ensure that people working on tea estates are treated fairly'. There's more about this on the Frequently Asked Questions pages which answer all the possible questions you might have - for example, Can Twinings Teabags be composted? - answer yes, they are totally biogradable.
Getting into the box
The tea bags come in a box of 20. The cardboard box which has a more modern design than the picture shown above is sealed but has a marked strip which you are supposed to pull in order to separate the main box from the lid. I tackled this without my glasses and made a bit of a hash of it but that's down to user error rather than poor design on the part of Twinings.
How to make the tea
Now this may sound obvious but the directions for use on the packet state:
Brew time 2-3 mins for the perfect cup
Using one bag per person, pour on boiling water and infuse for two to three minutes. Leave for a little longer if you prefer a stronger taste (personally I go for just under two minutes).
Always best enjoyed without milk
The nutritional stuff and taste
The tea is made from Ginger Root (37%), Natural Lemon and other (natural) Flavourings (25%), - Lemongrass, Blackberry Leaves, Lemon Peel, Sweet Fennel and Natural Ginger and other (natural ) (3.5%). I should add that it's naturally caffeine free and has no added sugar. I don't think any tea has many calories, but each 100 ml of tea has 2 cals so I suppose 4-5 cals a cup.
Of course what is most important is the taste. Personally, I really like this tea. I started using it because ginger is good for the digestion and I find this helps with any slight sign of indigestion after my evening meal. I've found is also helps with general queasiness. I've seen claims about ginger helping to alleviate arthritis symptoms but I'm afraid I don't know whether these have any scientific backing.
It has a lovely warming flavour and I guess I had this in mind when I bought this packet last week; the nights are now drawing in so something warming at the end of the day is often welcome. Not surprisingly the dominate flavour is ginger (almost peppery) followed closely by lemon. I can taste the lemongrass too but as for the fennel and blackberry, I wouldn't have known had I not read the ingredients.
Typical price is £1.29 for a box but look out for offers.
This one gets 5 stars from me.
I have been on a bit of a health kick recently and have been experimenting with drink more green and fruit teas. One that I purchased to try is the Twinings Revitalising Lemon & Ginger as I love both flavours and thought it sounded very appealing.
The tea comes in a box containing 20 teabags. I purchased mine from Wilkinson's (amazing what you find in this shop) for £1.18 which works out at just under 6p per drink.
The box which the lemon and ginger tea comes in is very pretty with it being yellow in colour and having a lovely floral and bird picture on the front. It states on the front of the box that the tea is caffeine free and is made with all natural ingredients. On the back and side of the box you can find more detailed product information including, ingredients listings, nutritional information and instructions for making. The box is easily opened with a pull tab which peals away around the box to turn the top of the box into a resealable lid.
To make the tea you simply place a bag in a mug/cup and add boiling water. It suggests on the box that you leave the bag in for 2-3minutes or a little longer if you prefer a stronger taste. As this is a flavoured tea it is recommend that you do not add milk to it. When you stir the bag in the water you can smell the lovely lemon and ginger fragrance which is quite strong.
The tea is a transparent slightly yellow colour. The taste of the ginger is more overpowering than the lemon but you can taste both and they work well together. The lemon provides a refreshing zesty taste while the ginger is spicy and warming. I can imagine that this is quite a soothing drink if you have a cold or sore throat and would even be nice with a little honey added. This tea is also quite refreshing when cold as I will often start drinking a hot drink then forget about it which happened on one occasion with this lemon and ginger tea but it was just as refreshing and pleasant when cold as when hot.
Overall this is one of the nicer teas I have tried and I would certainly recommend and purchase again in the future. It is also a good hot drink for anyone on a diet as each serving contains just two calories.
My usual morning caffeine kick comes in the form of a strong yet milky cup of coffee.Its always needed as being a busy mum of two children, I need something to give me alittle added fuel in the morning. Not something I can keep drinking throughout the day, so I tend to have afew cups of a fruit/herbal tea to balance it out and give me alittle hydration but with a slight fruity element to it.
This particular fruit/herbal tea I bought this week from my local Home Bargains store. It cost 99p for a box of 40 teabags. It is readily available in the supermarkets in boxes of 20 and 40, so not hard too get hold of but tends to cost more than what I paid.
Who are Twinings?
Ive mentioned in a previous review details about the company Twinings, so will keep this section short and sweet.
Twinings are a company that date back to the 1700's. Queen Victoria even made Twinings an official Royal Warrant holder in 1837. They have introduced numerous different types, varieties and flavours of tea over the years since they started which include Earl Grey, Assam, Green Tea, Everyday, Yunnan. They delivery high quality teas, which are available in all supermarkets, and offer such a huge selection of choice, whether its something exotic or simple, it can satisfy any tea lovers thirst.
The teabags come in a cardboard box which the main colouring is a creamy orange. On the front is a picture of pieces of lemon and ginger, below the number of teabags included, and above the wording ' Twinings Revive & Revitalise Lemon and Ginger ' . It also states that this product contains ' All natural ingredients '. On one of the sides it has the company contact details on it, the other how to make and on the back ingredients list, nutritional information and description of the tea itself.
To open the box you need to pull a small tab on the side.Once up you can pull it back to create an opening, like a doorway that allows you to get to the tea. When needing to close, simply pull back to original position and make sure tab sits inside the box to keep it secure.
Ginger root 37%, Natural Lemon Flavourings with other Natural Flavourings 25%, Lemongrass, Blackberry Leaves, Lemon Peel, Sweet Fennel, Natural Ginger Flavouring with other Natural Flavouring 3.5%.
How to make
Infuse 1 bag in a mug in hot water for 2-3 minutes. Add sweetener ( sugar, honey etc ) if required. Do not add milk.
How does it taste
Firstly, when you open the box the first smell I get is more of a liquorice scent rather than lemon or ginger. Then I get the smell of ginger, which isn't overpowering. When I taste the tea, I definitely taste the ginger which is quite clean in taste. Not heavy or strong. I get a hint of lemon but not much. Overall the drink for me is easy to have, fresh and in a way cleanses my mouth as it doesnt leave an aftertaste.
So what do I think?
It's a pleasant drink to have, and it's a good way to include water in your diet if your not the best at drinking it just as it is, as it does count towards your daily intake. For me, I would like more of a lemon flavour to it as the title of the product suggests, or you would think it would taste of lemon and ginger, not ginger and lemon. Not a major issue, but I would prefer more balance between the two ingredients.
I like the fact that it is caffeine free, so if you wanted something without that element to it, and something that contained natural ingredients, then this would be ideal. Also, not a bad drink to have when cold, probably even better if its cooled down and left sat in the fridge, especially when the the weather gets alittle warmer.
Would I buy this again? Yes I would. At this price I think it was good value, and it makes a more zingy change to my usual hot drinks I have throughout the day.
I've been a little bit ill recently with stomach aches and started to wonder whether the amount of coffee I drink at work has anything to do with it. I've therefore tried to cut down on the amount of coffee I drink but since my office is so cold that we often have to sit at our desks in scarves and gloves, it's still nice to have a hot drink or twenty over the course of the day to help me keep warm. I've therefore started drinking more tea, this lemon and ginger one being one I've had a few times recently.
== Twinings Lemon and Ginger Tea ==
The title says it all really - this is a lemon and ginger flavoured herbal tea. I like the fact that this tea has a different flavour to almost any other teas I ever drink. It's not as sweet or fruity as fruit teas (unsurprisingly) but the combination of lemon and ginger is also quite different to other herbal teas you often get. It also has a smell of lemon and ginger which is very representative of the taste.
== What I Thought ==
This is a nice tea that I like to drink every now and then. It tastes very nice indeed, with the lemon and ginger complementing each other well. It's not a particularly sweet drink yet the lemon also doesn't make it sour. The taste is quite strong but that's not a bad thing. I find that this is a nice drink to have when I'm not feeling particularly well. I don't know whether it's a placebo effect as it does feel like something that should be good for you, but I do feel a bit less stomach-achy after I drink it.
As nice as it is, I really can't drink it too often without getting sick of it. Exactly what makes it a nice drink is what makes it boring after a while - its different and strong taste. I do find that I get sick of it more quickly than fruit teas or coffee and I reckon that's because it is quite a unique tasting drink. I've had a pack of it in the cupboard for a few weeks now and even between me and my boyfriend we've only got through about 12 bags.
== Conclusion ==
This is a nice tea that I do recommend. You'll probably only want a few bags of it before getting sick of it for a while but since it doesn't really go off, it's not a problem to leave it for a while and then have some more a few weeks or months later. Like all other Twining teas it's reasonably priced and can be found at anything between £1 and £2 for a pack of twenty bags. Recommended, particularly if you're not feeling 100%.
In the last week I have been full of cold and have been seeking warming drinks to enjoy throughout the day. A quick search through the kitchen cupboard turned up a sachet of Twinings Revive & Revitalise Lemon & Ginger. This sounded just the job so I filled the kettle with fresh water and popped it on to boil.
The packaging for the teabag tells me that it contains all natural ingredients and is a reviving combination of citrus flavour and spice. This tea is caffeine free and has no added sugar and is suitable to be drunk at any time of day.
I followed the suggested directions on the back of the packet and allowed my teabag to infuse for about 3 minutes in the freshly boiled water in my cup. Honey can be added to sweeten the drink up, which would probably help my cold if i chose to do this.
As I poured the water onto the teabag I was hit with a refreshing, zingy lemon scent, it seemed similar to sherbet lemons but without the sweetness. The scent from the infusing tea soon had my sinuses feeling clearer. Unfortunately the water in my cup had started to turn an insipid, cloudy yellow colour that honestly was not all that appealing.
It was easy to remove the teabag from the cup as it has a string with a cardboard tab that you leave dangling over the side of your cup. I gave the teabag a squeeze to ensure I got plenty of flavour.
My first sip was a little disappointing, tasting mostly of hot water. But after swallowing I got a non sour lemon taste on my taste buds, gradually followed by a ginger hit that comes from the throat and stays for a good thirty seconds.
The tea leaves my palate feeling clean but not refreshed and definitely not revitalised. The combination of Ginger and Lemon seems to of eased my airways which can only be a good thing. To be honest this is not a tea I would reach for again when looking for something to refresh and revitalise, but if I wanted to breathe a little easier while I have a cold then it is on my shopping list.
A box of 20 tea bags can be found in most good supermarkets for around £1.50 but I got mine as a free sample from the Twinings website.
Thank you for reading.
I like to try different sorts of teas and a friend had recommended to me Twinings Lemon and Ginger Teabags. I was complaining at the time of a sore throat, just before Christmas, and she told me that she found the combination of the lemon and ginger in this tea to be really soothing. I bought a box fro Tescos and it cost me £1.29 for a box containing 40 individually wrapped teabags. I was a little hesitant to begin with though, as I am not too overly fond of the taste of ginger, so I didn't quite know what it would taste like.
Each little bag comes with a piece of string attached and I place this inside the empty cup and then pour on hot (not boiling)water and wait for about three to five minutes for it to release the taste and aroma of the fresh ginger and lemon. As soon as the water hits the teabag I can instantly smell ginger (not lemon) and when I pull on the little string I can see more and more the flavour escaping out and gently colouring the water a sort of golden yellow colour.
Taste wise, it was actually a lot nicer than I had anticipated. The overriding taste is definitely ginger, with only a small hint of lemon in the background. Considering I'm a bit wary of anything with ginger in it, I really did like the taste of this tea. The knack is not to leave the bag in the water for too long otherwise it just becomes unbearably strong with ginger.
It leaves a nice warm feeling at the back of the throat and I actually find this a really comforting drink to have, especially on a cold winter night or if I'm feeling a little bit under the weather. It's not what I'd describe as an uplifting or refreshing taste, more of a calming and soothing drink which is nice before bedtime.
I've bought another two boxes since the first one I bought and I love to drink this as an occasional change from my normal tea or coffee beverage.
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Its hard to know where to start when buying herbal teas, this one is a great beginning to the new healthy you.
Lemon is a great soother for your throat when you are ill and mixed with a little honey can help you to get your voice back a little bit faster. This tea contains lemon and ginger, the ginger gives you a little bit of energy and makes your insides feel cleaner. The lemon helps your throat and if you add a squirt of honey then that is the medicinal bit for me.
The tea bags come seperately packaged to keep them fresh. Its a little bit of a waste of materials but it makes it look expensive and therefore look great in your tea cupboard or out at a tea party. The box is yellow and very summery looking, it has a tearaway section at the base so if you stand the box up the tea bags come out easily.
The tea bags are quite small, with a string attached so you can attach that to the mug then leave it in the water to stew. You can leave the bag in whilst drinking. The longer you leave it, the stronger the taste.
This mostly tastes of ginger, with a hint of lemon, the ginger can taste almost unbearably strong when you first try it, but you soon get used to it. The water stays watery and because theres no milk you dont have to worry if you are allergic to lactose to drink it.
Its caffeine free but I find it gives me a similar effect to caffeine and stops me getting a 'caffeine headache'. I have found that it replaces my usual daytime cups of tea apart from the morning wake up one. Twinings is an expensive brand but I had a free sample to start with and I now try and source the cheapest place to buy it. Tesco usually has some offer on.
Try this if you have a sore throat, need energy or want to replace caffeine.
There is a limit to how often you can drink Lemsip when you have a cold and or sore throat due to the risk of paracetamol overdose and resulting liver death. But when I have a cold I get really sore throats and need lots of soothing hot lemon based drinks.
This is the herbal tea I reach for.
The lemon is soothing to inflamed throats as well as tasty, though it is overshadowed by the ginger which comes across strongly. This is good for bad stomachs, however, as the ginger helps settle down an upset stomach.
This is a caffeine-free infustion and so a good choice for those who are sensitive to caffeine or who are trying to cut down or give it up. This is one herbal tea with a real kick though and some people may find that ginger kick just a little too powerful.
I usually buy the twenty tea bag package from Sainsbury and paid £1.19 in my trusty Sainsbury Local for my latest restock. The bags are bleached, which make them look good but are not necessarily good for the enviroment or the flavour of the tea.
Because the flavour is so strong, one bag will make a good tea-pot full of soothing, tasty drink, or the bag can be put into a mug with boiling water and retrieved and reused at least once, so it does offer good value for money.
With negligible calories, this tea is also great for dieters as it is packed with flavour which can be enjoyed guilt-free.
I like to try out different teas and I am a fan of herbal teas and try to drink as much herbal tea as I can as I am told it's better for me than all the Nescafe Gold Blend I used to drink. One of my favourite ones is Twinings Ginger and lemon herbal tea.
I bought a box of 40 square shaped tea bags from Poundland for £1. They come in a cardboard box and the box is covered in cellophane, which is a bit difficult to remove unless you take a pair of sharp scissors to it. Once the box is opened I don't think there is a great smell as I was personally expecting, more of just a gentle whiff of bland ginger and no detection of lemons at all.
I like to place the tea bag in the cup and then pour on the boiling water and leave it to stand for at LEAST 5 minutes and not the 3 minutes as recommended on the pack. The reason for this is that I like my tea very strong. In fact, I also let the tea just stand in the cup until it goes cold or tepid and like to drink it this way as I think this gives it much more flavour and makes for a better tasting refreshing tea.
The overriding taste in this tea is ginger although there is a very delicate taste of lemons in the background but the ginger is more powerful. This is nice tea to drink if you are suffering from the after effects of too much alcohol the night before. It's refreshing and light and it always seems to settle my stomach as I suffer from ulcers so I have to able careful what I take in. This tea along with peppermint teas is my favourites.
I personally quite like this tea though I would actually prefer it to be a bit stronger.
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The ginger taste is slightly stronger than the lemon although that is because ginger is naturally a strong tasting plant. Refreshing and tingling also something you'll be able to stomach even when you aren't feeling well. Great on its own or with sugar or milk.
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Ginger and lemon is a great tea for digestive sickness especially nausea and its taste won't make you gag so it's great to have to keep you hydrated when nothing else whats to stay down.
Value for Money?
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Twinings ginger and lemon is good value for money and twinings are always high quality teas worth buying over super market brands especially if you're buying the tea as a pick me up.
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Twinings lemon and ginger tea can be found in super markets and also in some tea cafes.
I've had a pack of these sat in my cupboard for quite a long time now. It doesn't get used very much as I have to say right from the start I wasn't impressed.
I thought when I bought this, that the combination of Lemon and Ginger sounded rather nice. Citrusy and tangy with a spicy hot edge to it you know. Unfortunately, this is not really what I got.
These teabags are square, and come in a cardboard box with no other packaging. I have to say I approve of this way of packaging them because it means that every part is recyclable. The box opens with a perforated strip round it as all Twinings fruit/herbal tea boxes seem to, and the 40 tea bags sit inside joined in pairs stacked 20 high. When you open the box, you can sort of smell something that's kind of gingery and lemony, but it's not strong.
When you make the tea, the advice on the box is to let the bag infuse for 2-3 minutes. Well I normally just leave the bag in while I drink the tea to be honest as I find most fruit and herbal teas are quite weak. The smell when you pour the water on is fab however, really zesty and spicy.
Sadly the smell is as good as it gets with this one. The ginger is much stronger than the lemon here, and you get almost exclusively a ginger flavour in your mouth which to be honest is much too strong. The lemon is very washed out and barely there at all, and this is not a drink I enjoyed. I do have a couple of friends who like it and drink it when they come here despite the warning that it's mostly ginger, so it does appeal to some people, but whenever I've drunk this since, I've always added a good large goosh (this is a technical term lol) of lemon juice to help the flavour out. When served like this it becomes drinkable, but this isn't really something I want to be spending my money on, as I could just as easily stick some ginger powder in with the lemon and hot water to get the same effect and it would be a lot cheaper.
At around £1.20 a box like all the Twinings herbal/fruit infusions selection it's not badly priced IF it tasted good, but I'm sorry Twinings, you've failed on this one in my opinion, and I'll not be buying this again.
My other half is a tea expert and we have a cupboard filled with blends and tea leaves of all flavours and origins. This is one of the flavours we have and I have to say it is a favourite of mine when I have a sore throat. The mix of lemon and ginger is tangy and tart and it lingers and has a bit of a kick to it.
The product itself is made by Twinings one of the better tea brands on the market, it comes in a long cardboard box where you pull a strip away to open it, the tea bags are attached by string to the original wrapper meaning you can leave it in the cup of boiling water to stew without that fear that the string will drop into the cup forcing you to start a rescue operation.
The box tells you it is a classy tea as does Twinings history as one of the major tea companies, at £1.99 for 40 from all major supermarkets it isn't cheap, but for me this is a winning combination of flavours, especially when I am under the weather with a cold or sore throat as the spicy taste with the tangy lemon zest really does reach the back of your throat and make an immediate impact.
The tea contains Ginger Root, Lemon Grass, Lemon Peel, and ginger and lemon flavouring, as well as other ingredients, so it is almost an entirely natural tea, but obviously some flavour has been added to really ensure the combination of sharp and spicy even stronger. I would rather this wasn't the case, but I guess they have tested this with their main market before doing it. It contains no sugar or caffeine and is therefore suitable for people on diets and those going through pregnancy.
Overall this is one of my favourite flavoured teas, its elegant, has a kick to it and tastes really nice, well worth checking out.
When it comes to drinking ordinary tea I'm terrible for it. I sit all day consuming the stuff and usually drink about 20 mugs throughout a said day (and thats on a good day lol)!
Lately though I have been feeling fatigued and as a sufferer with M.E, an eating disorder and with a spine condition and hypothyroidism in all honestly I am on the deck with little energy alot these days. I dragged myself (litterally with my mates help) to Asda to see what I could get to re-energise me and give me a much needed boost and decided that along with some vitamins and tonics and fruit that I picked up that I would get some caffeine free, fruity and the like, natural teabags for myself in the hope that they would help perk me up slightly.
The teabags come in bright yellow box with a photograph of ginger and a lemon on the front of it and we are told that they are Twinings 'Revive & Revitalise' Lemon & Ginger '20' Teabags and that they are naturally caffeine free and have a net weight (for 20 bags) of 30g and that they only contain natural ingredients. Other information on the box provided includes being told a bit about the product and how to use the bags, the ingredients used are listed and contact details for the manufacturer are given. Nice enough, classy actually looking box which is of course informative enough.
These teabags are actually rather ok to be fair to them and of excellent quality. I have had dalliances with numerous herb and fruit infusions in the past and these are actually rather good!
Ginger root is not only known to be reviving (as is citrus) but it is also known and used to this day to aid digestion so basically these could be helpful to anyone who drinks them and of course they are meant to be good for perking you up too.... great for a first brew of the day or when lagging in the mid afternoon apparently!
The Bags are square in shape. Not very perforated with a light beige and brown mix within each one you can vaguely see through it. It has a slight herby smell of ginger to it and all you do to brew this is to leave it to steep in freshly brewed water for a couple of minutes before removing the teabag and you can add honey or whatever you want to, to it for a little added sweetness if need be. Making this drink up is very simple indeed and the longer you leave it to breaw the richer the flavours in infusion it gets.
Although this is reffered to as tea it actually isn't really...its an infusion ginger root, lemon and lemongrass, blackberry leaves and sweet fennel as well as a few other things of course. You are meant to drink it without milk and you get a golden coloured drink that smells of natural lemons in the main with no scum or bits in it at all.
Taste wise, well this is light on flavour and although containing ginger this isn't a harsh flavour it happens to be a well blended slightly lemony and gingery hot drink. It isn't too sweet, does taste really natural and watery and is easy to sup.
Does it help revive and revitalise me though?
Actually no it doesn't sadly. I don't know if it would work on people who just generally want a small pick me up and don't suffer with health issues such as I do but they don't work a jot for me. Do they work at aiding digestion? Only my insides could vouch for that of course and I have no real idea!
All I can say is that I do actually feel better not consuming so much caffeine through drinking these types of infusions as I used to get the jitters at night and I do feel that although I don't love them as much as I do as a conventional cup of tea they don't seem to be doing me any harm at all thankfully!
Available in all good supermarkets etc costing about £1.00 a box of 20.
Part of Twinings fruit tea range, this lemon and ginger tea is advertised as having 'reviving and revitalising properties.' This is one of their more popular flavours and something that they have had in their repertoire for some time so it is quite easy to find anywhere that you would normally get your Twinings fruit or herbal tea.
They typically retail for around a pound for a box of 20 bags. The bags themselves are individually wrapped within the box. On tearing these wrapping open you will see that the bag comes with its own tag to aid steeping. It is advised that to prepare it you should leave the bag in just-boiled water for 2-3 minutes.
Once stewed it is quite a foggy yellow colour. The smell is overpoweringly of lemon and this is the first flavour that hits you when you take a sip. The ginger is more of an aftertaste and completely swamped by the lemon if I am honest but there is still a slight spicy type heat that you can put down to it.
There is a very strong lemony aftertaste that stays at the back of your mouth after you have swallowed your sip that I am not massively keen on. It is actually quite acrid. This gets worse the further that you get through the drink really and you do get some really bitter sediment at the bottom which is unfortunate.
I am a real fan of fruit and herbal teas, but I have to say that this is one of the least pleasant that I have tried, which is surprising as usually I really enjoy any teas that come from Twinings. If I have to be a bit cruel, then I would say that it reminds me of a non-medicinal version of lemon Lemsip (which might actually be a recommendation if you like that.) The taste that you are left with afterwards is not something that I have experienced with other fruit teas so comes as a bit of an unpleasant surprise. The lemon also takes particularly synthetic which is not very nice. I think if there was more ginger included it may have balanced this all out a bit better.(Although strangely, I see that a number of reviewers of this product think that it is the ginger that is too overpowering.)
The fact that the lemon is so strong makes me slightly worried about the long-term effects on your dental health of drinking a tea such as this. It is reported that due to their high acidity content, fruit teas can be as damaging to teeth as fruit juices as they damage the tooth enamel. I certainly think that this would be the case with this tea, given that it is so sharp.
I have found that a little bit of honey used as a sweetener in this drink does balance it out slightly but cannot cancel out the acridity as much as I would like.
It is caffeine-free which is a good thing, because it means you can drink it at all times of the day without worrying about the effect it is likely to have on your sleep patterns, but the surprisingly dense texture compared to the lighter, more cleansing qualities of others on the market means that I think even if you do like it you are unlikely to drink cup after cup of it.
It is a shame that this is not nice, because I think done well it could be quite a nice tea to have when you are feeling a bit under the weather or you just want something warming. An increased ginger content would have the added benefit of easing poorly tummies - something that I swear by for it as an ingredient in my own home-made ginger tea. As it is, I honestly think that you get better results from just steeping a thick slice of lemon with some stem/root ginger in some hot water with some honey yourself rather than relying on these bags.
A tangy, lemon and ginger flavour infusion. Ginger is known for its warming effect. Ideal at any time of the day.