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My sister has been having some bowel issues, and problems going to the toilet so we have been spending a lot of time in Holland & Barrett as of late trying new remedies. Funnily enough, one of her mates at work suggested Green Tea and whilst I know it is good for digestion and has lots of antioxidants I decided to join her in buying some. It was marginally more expensive in Holland & Barrett so we popped to Tescos where they have an offer on 2 boxes for £2 for Twinings Tea so we decided to try some new flavours. She got pear and apple and I opted for Mango and Lychee. Considering a box contains 20 tea bags and it costs £1 sounded cheap and cheerful for me!
Making the tea is rather simple, putting a tea bag in my mug and filling to the brim with hot water. It takes around 30 seconds for the flavour to dissolve and the hot water to change colour but this can be done quicker by dipping the tea bag and mixing with a teaspoon. I find the vibrant and exotic flavour of infusing lychee and mango is quite sweet already, so normally I only add one sugar. As green tea is quite a neutral flavour I didn't want to overpower it too much with honey or too much sugar so as to ruin the taste.
The taste is actually absolutely lovely, and with each sip there is a distinct aroma and flavour of diluted mango which is not too sweet but perfect in an easy way. I prefer to eat lychee the fruit as opposed to the juice, but have to say the taste of it in this tea is barely there. Don't get me wrong though this tea is still really nice, and is a lovely refreshing twist on drinking plain green tea!
Preferably I drink it once it has cooled down a bit (so as Not to burn my Tongue) and this makes for a lovely cup of tea just before bed to settle my stomach and easily send me off to sleep! It helps me feel soothed, calm and quenches my thirst so it gets a thumbs up all round! Whilst I don't personally need this for any ailments I feel it does work well on my digestion as my stomach feels less bloated and more relaxed - probably why I feel so restful to lay down and sleep!
The ingredients are all natural - green tea with natural flavourings so there are no lurking additives or sugars to make this tea at all unhealthy. Overall I think this tea is a winner and it get's a fab 5 stars. For those of you wanting to try a new exotic green tea I'd definitely recommend this as it goes down a treat!
During the winter months, which are currently showing no end in sight, 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 cup of steaming hot chocolate. Obviously, too much of this is not very good for my waistline! In an effort to be more health conscious I have stocked up on herbal and green teas which I am also quite fond of. There was recently an offer on at Tesco's where a box of Twinings green tea was only £1, compared to £1.30 ordinarily. As Twinings have recently revamped their packaging and introduced several new flavours into their range of green teas, I took this opportunity to stock up on some old favourites and to sample some of their newer offerings. One of the combinations that I picked up was the green tea with mango and lychee. I love mangos and munch through several boxes during the summer months so anything with mango in really does appeal to me.
The health benefits of green tea have been widely publicised in recent years. It is rich in antioxidants as well as being able to lower cholesterol, protect against cancer and heart disease, aid weight loss and slow down the aging process. Not bad for a humble cup of tea!
The tea comes packaged in a green box with what can only be described as an orange coloured swirl and pink splodge on the front. I guess these represent the mango and lychee in an arty kind of way. Each box contains 20 tea bags. When it comes to brewing the tea it's quite an easy process. Just pop a tea bag into a mug and pour on hot water. The instructions recommend brewing for 1-2 minutes for an optimum taste. For some teas in the Twinings range, particularly the green tea and jasmine, which I have reviewed previously, timing is of the essence and overbrewing, even by a few seconds, could result in a bitter tea. I am pleased to report that this is not the case here and leaving the tea bag in for a little extra time does not impair the flavour in any way. However I wouldn't risk leaving it brewing for too long as I am sure this would spoil the flavour!
This tea is simply bursting with flavour. As soon as the water hits the tea bag the sweet, fruity scent of this tea starts to waft around the room. Once brewed, the tea is a light golden colour. Taking a first sip, the first thing I notice is just how fruity this tea is. Not surprising I suppose, given how it smelled whilst brewing. The tea tastes predominantly of mango, which is quite sweet and very fragrant. A second or so later there is a subtle hint of the delicate lychee too. I find the tea totally delicious and very refreshing. It is very flavoursome and in my opinion has a natural sweetness to it so doesn't need any sugar or honey added to it.
Overall I am very impressed with this new flavour combination from Twinings and am sure that it will become a regular item in my shopping basket. It comes with a high recommendation from me.
Mango and lychee flavoured green tea Natural, pure and exotic A natural source of antioxidants All natural ingredients