“ Type: Fruit Tea „
I have been at home ill after a major operation recently and I have been told to keep my liquid intake up. I find water pretty boring and in this cold weather it is nice to have a warm drink. My lovely husband went out and bought a shopping bag fill of different fruit teas. I am going to review them here, as I have had quite a few cups of each sort. It is amazing how different they can be. Happy reading!
PEAR AND GUAVA TEA
This one is not for me. I am not a big fan of pear flavour and would not have chosen to buy this tea. I thought I would give it a go though, seeing as it had been bought for me. There was definitely a pear flavour to this tea. It was a little like those pear drop sweets. In fact this is a very sweet tea in my opinion, even without the pear flavour, it is too sweet for my taste buds.
I could barely taste the guava, as the pear was so strong. But to be honest, this might have been due to the fact that I dislike pear and so the flavour jumps out at me.
The colour of the tea is slightly peachy and not really very appealing. The smell is a little exotic but you can also smell the pear. As is often the case, the smell is stronger than the flavour of the tea.
It was ok if I made it very weak, because then the pear flavour was not too strong. I even found that I could use a single tea bag twice because I liked it so weak... a good plan for the credit crunch! It makes the box last twice as long!
This is definitely one for you if you like pear. I don't so I will not be buying a box again. I doubt I will be able to get rid of it on guests either because I think pear is a slightly off flavour for a tea. Not one for me.
Twinings Pear & Guava is described as "a tempting, tropical treat, balancing the unusual yet delicious flavours of exotic guava and juicy pears". It is one of Twinings soft Fruit blends. I was attracted to this tea because of its guava flavour. Guava was one of my favourite fruits when living in Brazil. However, the taste of this tea evokes very little recollection of any intimate guava moments of the past.
The principle ingredients consist of hibiscus, rosehips, pear flavouring, guava flavouring, pear pieces and guava pieces (1% each). Like most Twinings fruit and herbal teas I found the flavour rather lacking. Only by using two tea bags to a cup did I manage to gain any refreshing satisfaction. A brewing period of at least five minutes seems necessary. I have found other brands to offer a far more fuller flavour. Heath and Heather herb specialists spring to mind.
A box of 20 tea bags can be purchased for around £1:20 - the price is cheap but so is the flavour.
NAME OF DRINK: Twinings Pear and Guava herb tea, which I got my first taste of at an exclusive country club, Marriott Breadsall Priory Hotel, on 22 October 2004, when I attended a conference as part of work.
BACKGROUND: At the above location, I was able to have tea, coffee, hot chocolate or a selection of herb teas as part of the package. I did not have to pay for the drinks as they were all included.
COLOUR: This comes in an orange packet and the water goes red when the water is added, going to a deep purple depending on the length of time the tea bag is immersed. The packet recommends 3 to 5 minutes of immersion. This was rather surprising as I expected to have more of a green colour similar to other herb teas, but dont know much about guava so may be the colour comes from that.
TASTE: It does not taste very much of pears. There is a slight smell of pears but it is more an exotic smell, which again I surmise comes from the guava. It tastes more like a mango drink. I loved the taste so much that I bought a box of Exotic selection, which contained this flavour and 3 others that I hadnt tried. Luckily I did like the other flavours!
SMELL: This smells quite a lot like pears when you remove it from the packet and reminded me of pear drop sweets. However, as soon as you add the hot water, the pear smell beings to recede and smell more exotic. Today (18/1/05) my colleague at work said that it reminded her of blackcurrant Tunes, which I agreed with.
Hibiscus, rosehips, pear flavouring, quava flavouring, including pear pieces and guava pieces (1% each)
89p for a box of 20 (Tesco)
Never got enough for my liking always running out
The tags (on the Exotic Selection) come off too easily
If buy one flavour, no tags provided
Buy another box of these! I would highly recommend these to anybody.
MADE BY/MORE INFORMATION FROM
Packed by R. Twinings and company Ltd, South Way, Andover, Hampshire, England. More information from twinings.com
An infusion balancing the distinct tropical flavour of ripe guava fruit with juicy succulent pear.