Product Type: Twinings Tea
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Twinings Lemon and Ginger
Member Name: cerys82
Twinings Lemon and Ginger
Disadvantages: Accrid, too overpowering with lemon and gives too much of an aftertaste, worried about my teeth!
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.
Summary: Don't think I will be buying this again
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