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      13.12.2013 12:43
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      ok for a change

      I prefer coffee and have never really liked the taste of proper tea - unless it is sweetened with loads of milk and sugar! But I have been trying to eat healthily recently, and also changed my drinking habits. There are many benefits to fruit teas in that they don't need sugar and they don't contain caffeine. We had some Twinings fruit teas in our cupboard as my mother occassionally drinks them and this is my review of Twinings Nettle & Peppermint tea.

      First of all the teabags are just little squares as usual and you pour boiling water over them in a cup and leave to infuse for 2 minutes. The packet says 2 minutes but sometimes 3 or 4 minutes is better for a stronger flavour though it does alter balance between mint and nettle.

      Before I drank this I had no idea what nettle taste likes and half expecting it to sting my mouth but in fact it is a gentle woody type flavour and with the peppermint is quite refreshing though the peppermint is more of a minty aftertaste when combined with the nettle.

      Overall these are quite nice to drink once in a while but aren't energising in the same way a cup of coffee is (obviously). They are nice on these winter evenings if you don't fancy a Horlicks or something but I couldn't drink multiple cups a day like I would with coffee.

      These are £1.29 for 20 teabags on the twinings.co.uk website.

      Thanks for reading!!

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      12.04.2010 23:05
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      Nice And Refreshing But I Probably Won't Drink It Much Apart From In The Summer

      My aunt gave me a few of these Nettle And Peppermint teabags to try, I'm not mad keen on Twinings tea so wasn't expecting to like them all that much. They haven't got any caffeine and there are loads of health benefits for drinking herbal and fruit teas so I thought I would give them a go and see how I got on.

      You pour boiling water over the teabag and let it soak for 2 mins, it said 2 mins on the packet and I did mine for exactly that and got quite a strong flavour. I reckon if you left the teabag in for a bit longer you'd get a stronger taste but the tea wouldn't taste as refreshing or fresh.

      It's weird because I could taste the nettles in this tea even though I've got NO IDEA what nettles taste like! lol The tea is big time refreshing and has deffo got a bit of a herbal flavour, you can taste the peppermint in it but it's not strong and it tastes to me like Twinings have used more nettles than peppermint. It's not a MINTY flavour as such but it's kind of like an aftertaste that it comes through.

      The tea just looks like a normal cup of weak tea but without the milk, I was expecting it to have a bright green flavour but it hasn't and doesn't look very nice actually. It was only because it smelled quite nice that I ended up having a sip because on the look of it I was going to tip it straight down the sink!

      This isn't a cup of tea I'd drink all that often, I'm used to having cups of strong coffee and none of these herbal or fruity teas do anything for me because they always taste toooooo weak! I would have a cup sometimes but I reckon it would be in the summer or warmer weather because it's a bit more refreshing than normal tea and coffee.

      Recommended..... doesn't taste bad but not my kind of thing!!!

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        29.03.2010 16:34
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        Plain peppermint is better.

        Quite a few years ago now I gave up drinking caffinated tea and coffee for a new years resolution. i couldn't really think of anything else to do and the idea seemed like a good one at the time. I was worried I would really miss it, but soon realised I didn't really like the taste anyway, it was more of a habit to have a hot drink. I soon filled the whole of the habit by drinking fruit tea and coffee.

        I have tried many flavours since then. Peppermint is one of those flavours which has a very specific time it is suited to, and that is after a large meal as it is very good to settle and relax the stomach. I always try and have a box of peppermint in the cupboard for when I have people round for dinner to offer them afterwards.

        When I was stocking up in my weekly shop the usual peppermint tea I buy was out of stock. This however was next to it, and available for a similar price. I decided to give it a go. I had tried teas with nettle in before and the nettle had not been a prominant flavour so I wasn't really sure what to expect, but I didn't think the peppermint would be ruined by the nettle flavour.

        The tea comes in a cardboard box which is great for recycling. Inside the box are twenty netted tea bags which you place one in a cup and then pour boiling water over. Unlike conventional tea, most people do not add milk. Although some people add sugar. You can leave the tea bag in as long as you like, it depends how strong a flavour you want from your tea.

        The tea smells very strong and minty whilst brewing, a lovely fresh aroma for the kitchen to have after cooking a heavy meal. The tea itself is very light and refreshing and very much a peppermint rather than a strong spearmint or a toothpasty flavour. I think the thought of that can put some people off.

        To be honest the tea doesnt taste that much different to plain peppermint tea. The nettle flavour just softens it a little and adds a bit of a murky cover to it. I don't personally believe that the addition of the nettle flavour adds anything to the tea, it just may take away the strong crispiness of normal peppermint tea.

        It is Ok when there is no normal peppermint tea to buy, but I wouldn't replace buying peppermint tea with this on a more frequent basis.

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        13.01.2010 15:12

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        An ideal alternative to a caffeine based tea

        Twinings Nettle and Peppermint tea is a really well balanced combination and offers a really healthy and natural hot drink, perfect in these Winter months for helpign to stay well. In particular I turn to peppermint based teas to aid digestion (I suffer from the odd bit of IBS) and peppermint is just amazing - I usually need drink only half a cup and my tummy is feeling much better. Nettle has some amazing properties so this combination is an ideal drink. Of course, really it is an 'infusion', not a tea, if we are to be correct. It is harder to find this blend in all supermarkets. Normally you will quite readily be able to buy peppermint on it's own or nettle on it's own but not the 2 together and I believe it is one of the newer teas from Twinings as I have not seen it about much before.

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        10.08.2009 17:37
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        Apparently, nettle is what peppermint tea has been missing all these years!

        Just waiting for the kettle to boil... ah, there we go.

        It's always exciting to see a flavour of Twining's that I've not seen before, so I snapped this one up immediately.

        The immediate smell that rises in the steam is a pleasant, sweet aroma of peppermint. Compared to a pure peppermint tea, though, the smell is broader and richer. This, presumably is due to the presence of nettle. In fact, the contents of each bag is 50% each of nettle and peppermint, and it is rather a nice feeling to be drinking something so pure. Twining's boxes always stress their commitment to the quality of their herbs, and that they are "gently steamed to protect their delicate taste", and in a purely herbal tea, I suppose this is a particularly important factor.

        I think it's cooled down enough to taste properly now! This infusion is naturally sweet; normally I would add a tiny bit of honey to fruit and herbal teas, but I'm glad I didn't in this case. It's pepperminty as you would expect, but there is a background richness that comes from the nettle, and a slight pepperiness as well. It's a little more bitter than standard pepperm int tea too, but personally I am happy with this as normal tea is generally about this bitter.

        So, in conclusion, I definitely prefer this to Twining's pure peppermint tea, which is probably it's closest competitor. As to it's health benefits, I can't make any qualified claims, but it is refreshing and apparently aids digestion. It's also caffeine free, if that's an issue for you. Like all Twining's teas, it's fairly inexpensive; I got this box of 20 teabags for about 80p at a local shop.

        Thanks for reading, I'm going to finish my tea!

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          05.07.2009 21:06
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          The peppermint flavour prevents the nettle from tasting like poison

          Like most people do at some point (apart from the annoying 'genetically slim' people who don't count), I recently came to the conclusion that it wouldn't hurt to start eating and drinking in a healthier manner.

          After all, Jesus did say that 'Your body is a temple' (or was that Madonna?) and in my case, my body was in danger of becoming bigger than a temple.

          After considering my options on how to tackle this issue, I decided not to exercise too much as I had heard that excessive strain could cause limb damage. Equally, I considered that radically changing my diet could in fact cause my body to go into shock.

          Therefore, as I'm sure you will agree, the most sensible approach was to start with changing my brand of tea which I hoped would single handedly detox my body and assist weight loss.

          All of this inspiration came to me whilst I took a wrong turn in Tescos away from the alcohol aisle, and ended up in the tea and coffee section. And suddenly, there in front of me, like a sign from above, was' Twinnings Nettle and Peppermint Tea.'

          ***Packaging***

          Now I can't really claim that the exciting packaging drew me to choose this product, because really it's not particuarly dynamic. No, I really think it was a sign. Or if not, my frame of mind that made me search for something specifically healthy perhaps instead of my morning cup of 'water retaining' coffee (inside information from a Weight watcher representative).

          I chose the Twinnings brand because I knew that they are a well respected brand and I wanted to experience a decent cup of alternative tea. The packaging consists of a small cardboard box of 20 tea bags and is green in colour with pictures of nettle leaves on the front! Luckily the nettles pictured do not look prickily. I suspect this is due to airbrushing. The overall connotation of the packaging is that the product is a healthy, natural one which will give your wellbeing a boost. The front of the packaging claims to 'cleanse' your body and all with 'natural ingredients.' I just knew that these tea bags were the start of a new me, and with that in mind I purchased them for £1.20.

          ***Ingredients***

          Nettle 50%
          Peppermint 50%

          All of the ingredients (or herbs) are steamed to ensure that the taste is protected.

          ***Nutritional information***

          All you need to know is that 100mls (I'll take that as one tea bag or one cup of tea) is only 2 calories. I mean really, how can you go wrong with that fellow dieters?

          ***The taste***

          Let me be clear here - I have also tried Twinnings 'Nettle tea' without the peppermint. This tasted like poison. In fact, I considered scrubbing my tounge with bleach to remove the taste.

          Thankfully, nettle and peppermint tea is far more drinkable. However, I'm going to be honest. This is not a hugely enjoyable drink. I do not have cravings for this drink like I would have done for my morning coffee. In fact, I have to reason with myself to drink it. However, once I get used to it and get someone to hide the coffee jar, it kind of grows on me.

          Nettle on it's own has a sharp and bitter taste. However when combined with Peppermint, the taste mellows out and you are left with a reasonably enjoyable, refreshing and light drink.

          DO NOT use milk with this drink - this tea should be taken on it's own. Simply pour boiling water on the tea bag, leave to steep for a few minutes, and take out the tea bag. Some people also add a touch of honey to sweeten the taste, although I don't find this to be necessary.

          ***Why would anyone drink nettle and peppermint tea***

          I admit, I have asked myself this question before. The reason I drink this tea is because the ingredients are well known for assisting bodily wellbeing and detoxing the body. Peppermint is used to aid digestion whilst relieving cold and flu symptoms. Nettle is well known for it's cleansing properties. Additionally nettle can relieve coughs and asthma, and improve skin appearance. After drinking this tea for a week or two instead of coffee, I do tend to feel a bit more refreshed and alert, although equally I begin to have cravings for other more tasty drinks after weeks of drinking nettle!

          ***Summary***

          A light and refreshing drink with healing properties. A healthier alternative to coffee and worth buying if you are trying to loose weight or improve your health and lifestyle.

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            26.04.2009 15:04
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            A good anytime drink!

            I have written many reviews on here about 'junk' food and I have stated on many occasion that I'm really quite an unhealthy person as a general rule lol! Occasionally though I do try to give my system a bit of a spring clean and because I drink so much ordinary tea (such as Typhoo etc) I do occasionally have a cut back in that area and try drinking herbal teas for a much needed detox.

            The problem I have with them is that although I like the concept of them I don't like the flavours of them very much and so my quest week to week continues to try find something palatable to drink!

            The Packaging....

            Slightly different to the review photograph but I am reviewing the same product! The box is light green in colour with a picture of drawn on green nettles on there and then in black writing I'm told they are Twinnings 'Cleanse' Nettle & Peppermint Teabags that contain 'All natural ingredients'. At the bottom of the box I'm told the box contains 20 Teabags (caffeine free) and the weight is stated (40g). On the back of the box I'm told a bit about the product, ingredients and nutritional information is given and on another side of the box I'm told a little more about the tea, directions for making the drink are given and there is a bar-code on there. On the bottom of the box the recycle symbol is displayed along with the best before date on there. I do like the classy looking box to be honest. It's unmessy and well thought out and you simply tear the top of the box which is perforated and the bags are laying flat and stacked in the box.

            A Bit About The Product According To The Box....

            A flavoursome infusion with the refreshing taste of mint.

            The sweet taste of peppermint in this clean tasting infusion is perfectly complemented by the naturally sharper, peppery taste of nettle. As it contains peppermint, which has traditionally been used to aid digestion and nettle known for its cleansing properties, it's perfect for enjoying after a meal or anytime you feel like a clean, refreshing drink.

            At Twinnings, we believe the secret of creating great taste lies in the ingredients you choose to work with. That's why we've used all natural ingredients and nothing else in our green and white teas and all our infusions. That means no artificial flavours - just the real thing.

            Directions For Making The Tea....

            Allow one bag per person and add freshly boiled water. Leave to infuse for no more than two minutes to ensure you get a light, delicate, fresh taste.
            Always best enjoyed without milk.

            My Opinion On The Tea....

            Boil a kettle, throw one of the quite large off white coloured tea bags into a cup (or pot if your posh lol) and let the water steep the bag and as directed 2 minutes is enough.

            What you get is a hot, dark green looking water that smells of mint but not too strong but the smell is identifiable.

            Flavour wise it is fresh, crisp and clean. Not too heavy or minty on flavour and I certainly can't taste anything that makes me think I'm drinking nettles lol. I don't get a hint of peppery taste from that at all.

            It's not too zingy or sharp but indeed as promised does taste quite fresh though not as invigorating as I'd expected it to be and in fact it's a rather calming drink which to me is quite a weird thing to say about anything minty but it really is in my view.

            Packed full of natural ingredients this is simply a slight and refreshing tea. It isn't sweet, really is best off served without milk and I prefer to let my tea go cool and add a slice of lime.

            I like it anytime of the day cos it leaves no nasty, bitter after-taste and only contains natural peppermint and nettle and only contains 2 calories per 100ml!

            I bought mine in Sainsburys costing £1.19 for the box but these are available in all good supermarkets!

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              20.04.2009 16:32
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              Clever Twinings

              Not long ago, I bought a box of Twinings nettle and peppermint tea. As a believer of natural therapy, I have heard of the many health benefits of nettle and peppermint.

              The stinging nettle which many of us dislike especially when walking in the woods, is filled with many health benefits. It is a well known body cleanser and there are properties in nettle that can help relieve coughs and asthma, counter arthritis, fight skin problems and treat urinary infections. I have tried nettle tea on its own and it taste awful. The dark green tea give out a grassy smell and it looks unappealing. Normally, I would not add any sugar or honey in herbal tea but in this instance, I have to add a teaspoon of honey to improve the taste.

              Peppermint tea on the other hand gives a pleasant menthol taste and smell. It's a tea that I would always take after a spicy meal. Peppermint tea not only aid digestion, it can also help to relieve symptoms of the common cold or flu.

              Twinings have cleverly infused the awful nettle with pleasant peppermint. I am glad that I can now get the benefit of both and enjoying the taste at the same time. The tea is caffeine free and it is definitely a refreshing drink especially after a heavy meal.

              There are 20 bags in a box (92p) of Twinings Nettle and Peppermint tea and it can be found in most supermarkets. To brew the tea, simply add boiling water to the bag and let it infused for 2 to 3 minutes. You can add honey to sweeten or add ice to make a cold and refreshing summer drink.

              Definitely worth a try.

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              Brand: Twinings / herbal tea.