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A few years ago I went through a spell of having anxiety, and so I cut caffeine out of my diet for a while to try and feel less stressed and anxious. As a big tea drinker, I shifted to caffeine-free peppermint tea as an alternative. I'm much better these days but I have still stuck to the peppermint tea as I really enjoy it! The Twinings peppermint tea can be purchased in different box sizes, as I drink so much of it I go for the bigger boxes as they're better value for money. At my local Saisnsburys a box of 80 costs £3.70. The teabags are an off-white colour with the peppermint inside. The bags are 100% peppermint with no added nasties (although imagine the actual bags are probably bleached). Unsurprisingly they have a minty smell to them, which hits you as you open the box. The bags are together in twos which you can separate by ripping them along the tear. Peppermint tea is easy to prepare, pour boiling water into a mug with a tea bag for about 2-3 minutes and you're sorted! I've heard of people putting sugar into it, but I think that sounds horrible! With adding no milk the drink is very hot, so it can be beneficial to add some cold water if you want to drink it straight away. The drink once brewed is a minty flavour. I'm not sure it's as sweet as peppermint, but it's unmistakably minty. My favourite thing about this tea is how refreshing it is. It's very fresh and reviving. I find it very good for hangovers! I've heard it can be good for nausea, particularly in pregnancy. Mint is also good for digestion in general. The other good thing is that a cup of peppermint tea is about 4 calories. This isn't far off regular tea, but obviously regular tea calories get bumped up by the milk and sugar. I've tried other brands of peppermint tea but I've found Twinings to be the best quality in terms of taste. They are generally more expensive then the supermarket brands but it's worth it. I love this tea and I drink several cups of it everyday. It's not for everyone, my partner won't touch it and if you're used to your tea/coffee caffeine fix it might not be for you. I used to work for a youth charity and I was drinking my tea one day and one of my young people went 'errr, peppermint tea is like drinking warm chewing gum!' so I assume she wasn't a fan either! Overall I find it refreshing, it's low calorie and caffeine free. I prefer it to normal tea. In fact writing this has made me crave a cup now!
I use Twinings Peppermint Tea but not as my regular cup of tea, probably one cup a day or every other day. They come in boxes of 20, 40 or 50 as do most Twinings and similar herbal teas, as I presume they are not used in such great quantities as black or regular tea. The packet is white and green with a gold band and now has 'invigorating' incorporated into the wording as well as 'caffeine free with all natural ingredients'. The tea bags themselves are regular square shaped with 20 in the box I bought which cost £1.29 in Tesco or 3 for £3. If you use a lot of them it may seem expensive but I treat them as a luxury and use sparingly. They do seem to have a settling affect on my stomach, although I don't have any problems they are good to drink knowing that I am doing my body good. It feels relaxing and calming poring and drinking a cup of Peppermint Tea and the different taste and smell to normal tea probably accounts for most of that. Having written this in this heat with a dry throat, I now want a nice cup of peppermint tea. I haven't tried other brands of peppermint tea but I like all Twining's tea, I just can't really afford it. Both my sister and my aunt are big users of peppermint tea and other similar teas such as earl grey and they use it for more medicinal purposes and say that it has real soothing powers.
I have been trying out various different flavoured teas at the moment in order to try and be a little healthier and for something hot to drink as I do not drink standard tea or coffee and hot chocolate is high in calories. One tea that I was a little apprehensive about trying was Peppermint as I thought the taste might be a little odd. Many of the ladies at work drink the Twinings Peppermint tea so I decided to give it a try and have been quite pleasantly surprised. The Twinings Peppermint tea comes packaged in a small cardboard box which contains 20 tea bags and currently costs £1.18 in Wilkinson's. The box has a nice contemporary design on the front of swirls, flowers and kites in greens and pinks. It states on the front of the box that the tea is caffeine free and contains all natural ingredients. On the back and side of the box you can find more detailed information including ingredients listings, nutritional information, instructions for making and a little information on the origins of the tea. The box itself is easy to open by peeling the cardboard tab on the side of the box which pulls away around the box turning the top into a hinged lid allowing you to open and close it as required and to keep the bags fresh. To make the Peppermint tea it advises to add one bag to a cup/mug, pour on boiling water and leave to infuse for two to three minutes or longer if liked a little stronger. As this is a flavoured tea you also do not need to add milk. Peppermint tea is said to help aid digestion and it advises on the box that you drink the tea after a meal it can assist with the digestion process. Once made you can smell the mint scent from the tea immediately which is very pleasant and inviting. The colour of the tea is a dark brown with a slight yellow/green tint which is not the most attractive colour but the lovely scent takes away my focus on the colour. I have really enjoyed drinking this tea as the taste is very pleasant and refreshing and although it is served hot leaves a slightly tingly cooling feeling in your mouth. The mint flavour is also quite strong which also seems to mask the tea taste which is great for me as I do not like the taste of ordinary tea. I am not sure quite how effective this tea has been at aiding my digestion as I do not normally suffer from any digestion problems at all but if it does have any positive effect then it is another bonus to drinking the tasty, minty tea. There is also no need to add any sugar to this tea as I think doing this would compromise the minty flavour so this means that one cup only contains 2 calories so is perfect for anyone who is calorie conscious. Overall I have really enjoyed drinking this tea and I have been surprised at just how nice it is. I will certainly continue to drink the odd cup of this tea and recommend anyone to try it, even non tea drinkers you may well be surprised like I was.
I first discovered herbal/fruit teas many moons ago when I was working in a restaurant, setting up tables, taking orders, taking food out to customers etc. Since I mainly did the breakfast sitting, the main hot drinks that were available to the customers were tea, coffee and herbal/fruit teas. At the time I wasnt a huge tea drinker and I never touched coffee ( wow-how times have chnaged! ) so the only thing really I could drink were the fruit/herbal teabags. I soon discovered how much I enjoyed the peppermint variety. Who and what is Twinings? In 1706 England had only just been introduced to tea and people were very weary of this new drink, as at the time coffee, ale and gin were the drink of choice ( at any time of the day ). A gentleman called Thomas Twining, desperate for a change in regards to drinking habits, began to sell tea from his coffee house on London's Strand. He wanted to introduce variety and a high quality product. By the 1750's tea became the most popular drink among the working classes which helped Thomas open the very first tea shop in London. Since then Twinings have more than 100 different types of tea ranging from peppermint to Earl Grey, and has been readily available to the everyday consummer in the supermarkets for a number of years. How is this tea packaged? The peppermint tea comes in a standard cardboard box.The box is very appealing in design ( different to the one above ). The main colour is green, I guess to signal it contains peppermint tea, with some quite artistic leaf type shapes floating across the front. Basic detail on the back in regards to ingredients, how to prepare but all very easy to read and simple in wording and layout. You open the box by pulling a section of the box from the side, all the way round, as if forming a lid, which you simply open like a book to get the teabags. The teabags themselves are in the box, with two teabags joined together, all sat on one another in a pile. The box itself contains 20 teabags, but I have seen boxes containing 40 also. Ingredients Peppermint. Peppermint is renowned to aid digestion. With only peppermint in the teabags, its very natural with no added sugar and caffeine free. How to prepare? Place one bag in a mug and add hot water.Allow 2-3 minutes to infuse then disgard bag, but if wanting a more intense flavour keep bag in for longer. Dont add milk but can sweeten if required. So what do I think? The inital smell of peppermint when you first open the box is very enticing. The tea once made has a dark brown/green colour to it and you still get the peppermint aroma. The taste itself isnt strong but its obviously peppermint. Its very refreshing and easy to drink. It doesnt leave a funny aftertase either. My negatives are I would like the taste to be stronger. I want a real kick in the tea rather than a whimper and I think having that extra zing, for me, would make the teabags special. This is also one of those drinks that needs to be drunk when still hot, as when it becomes luke warm it doesnt quite taste so appealing. In todays market, you do tend to see other brand of teabags out there doing similar if not the same flavours as Twinings. Today when I got up I had a cup of Tescos own peppermint tea and this afternoon had Twinings, just to see if there was much of a difference and there wasnt. If I was blindfolded I wouldnt know the difference. The only difference I noticed was the smell was alittle stronger with Twinnings. Would I buy again? Only if the price was right.The tea itself is nice and pleasant, but a box in the supermarket costs about £1.28 ( Asda ) where a supermarket branded box will cost less at around 74p for 20, 99p for 40 ( Asda again ). I have noticed that Twinings sometimes are on speciall offer where you can buy 2x 20 teabag boxed for £2.00, but why do that when for the same amount I can get double the quanity? Twinings have a great variety of tea and are good quality, but other brands are doing just as well at a lower price.
Although I prefer to drink coffee, I am trying to cut down and as I don't normally drink ordinary tea I have a variety of herbal and fruit ones in stock. One that I had not tried for a long time was peppermint, but when I saw them reduced in the Co-op I decided to try them again. I have to say they are not one that I will use again. I love mint when it comes to food flavouring, Polo mints and mint chocolate but this was different. I can't really taste what I recognise as mint in them and the taste that is there is not very pleasant. I am not sure how good it is helping with digestion but I would not rely on them for that purpose. The first time I used it I had been out all day and was a bit cranky so thought I might have let my mood dictate my view. So I left it a couple of days and then when I wanted a drink before bed a few days ago I decided to give them another try. I made the drink and settled down with it. The smell was not good, but there was a slight whiff of mint. The taste however was just as bad as previously. Not minty and not nice. This really is the last time I will try it as it just can't compare to lemon, apple or mango. One good thing is that the tea is low calorie with just 2 calories a cup and there is very little salt or sugar in it. It is recommended that the bag is left to brew for 2 to 3 minutes but even leaving it just over three did not give a stronger taste. In future I think that if I want a minty drink I will just use real mint and add to loose tea. I purchased this reduced and paid £1.50 for 20 bags as there was only a week left before their sell by date. The rest have been thrown out now and I won't be buying them again. To get an accurate price I have just looked at Amazon and they are selling them for £2.05.
I love a flavoured tea sometimes just as much as a normal cup of earl grey but it has to always be Twinings if I'm going for something a bit special. I am really into my peppermint tea at the moment and have been trying quite a few brands to see if there is much of a difference in them, my latest trial is the Pure Peppermint revive & revitalise tea be Twinings. I saw these in the supermarket and they looked good from the packaging so I decided to give them a try and see what they were like. Sometimes with Twinings the flavoured tea can be a bit of a hit or a miss but this one I actually was praying that it would be a successful choice. PACKAGING The packaging for this tea is all quite natural it has a green fade effect on the box and the gold Twinings logo. There is a picture of a few mint leaves and the name of the flavour on here too. It mentions how many teabags are included and also that it is all natural ingredients and that the tea is caffeine free. It is very sophisticated packaging and it is a cardboard box so it is easy to store and the tea has a paper handle to hold while dipping the tea bag in to make it easier and it looks nicer this way too. It is a simple design but in the supermarket it does stand out as you know by the green colour that it is a mint tea right away which makes it easier. TWININGS PURE PEPPERMINT TEA So, to begin with when opening the box you don't get a strong minty aroma which was a surprise but I started to boil the kettle and had my tea bag sat inside the mug with the string over the edge so it wouldn't sink under the hot water. Once the hot water was added to the mug I could instantly smell the mint it was very strong and smelled quite dental like which is not like my usual mint teas. It showed how minty this was though which was good as it is pure peppermint and also I hoped the taste would match the smell in being quite strong, I hate mint as a flavour in all things but for some reason I am ok with it in tea. The peppermint leaves are said to give off oil which is what makes it tastes really refreshing. The good thing about mint tea is also if you have an upset stomach it helps with digestion and soothes the stomach. Now, upon tasting this be careful as it is boiling hot, I always leave my teabag in also to create a stronger flavour through out the drink but it depends how minty you want your tea to be. To look at the tea has a dark amber colour, near brown almost and it tastes very nice and refreshing, a subtly taste of mint but very pleasant and it makes a nice change to heavier drinks as it seems so light and like it is doing good drinking it. I like to drink this before bed as it soothes me and it has a relaxing essence to it with the clean mint taste which hits you most upon sipping. Once swallowed you can still taste slight mint notes but not as much, I have drunk this before when having an upset stomach and do feel it has helped me slightly. I find this great to unwind with and it isn't fatty at all to drink. In a 100ml serving the only numerical nutritional figure you will see is the 0.3g of carbohydrates which is nothing and traces of everything else with is being 2 calories a serving. It is a great drink to like and I will sometimes have it at work if my stomach isn't the best so it is good. I think if you love mint then it is obvious you will like this but even if you like your herbal teas it is worth giving this one a try. You will either love or hate this pure peppermint drink but it is harmless and has no great strong flavour it is nicely subtle and that is why I drink it. It would maybe appeal also to drinkers of fruit teas who like a lighter drink and even if you drink green tea. This is for people of all ages and it really is an acquired taste. Compared to other peppermint teas I've had this is not as strong but in some ways I like it. I have my stronger tea when I'm in the mood for them but it is good to know there is a difference among them. COST To buy a box of Twinings Pure Peppermint tea bag, a box of 40 at Tesco will cost you £2.40 and these are available at all supermarkets in the tea aisle if you look around. The official Twinings website is http://twinings.co.uk/.
I drink coffee fairly often but I never drink normal tea. However, when I'm feeling in the mood for a hot drink, but not coffee, I drink Peppermint tea. I enjoy the taste of it but I also feel more virtuous drinking Peppermint tea as I feel there must be some herbal benefits for me! I have this peppermint tea at home and it always seems to be this brand in cafes, so if I'm out and about I'll often be drinking one of these as well. The tea bags come in a fairly thin cardboard box. It does not need to be thick cardboard as the tea bags are so light inside the box that it does not need sturdy protection. The colour scheme on the packaging is a bright green which is very appealing and gives an impression of freshness and clean flavours. They have pictures of pretty mint leaves on there. Inside the box are all the individual tea bags stacked up. In order to make your drink you place a tea bag in your mug and add boiling hot water. It needs to infuse for about 3 minutes in order for all of the flavour to be absorbed into the water. Personally I like to leave the tea bag in which does make it stronger the longer it is there for, but I like this. The tea bags are manufactured very well and I have never had one split on me nor do any leafy bits float out into my tea. The tea bag can then be disposed of in the bin. The smell is strong and very apparent of minty freshness. I'm not sure I would be able to specify peppermint as opposed to any other type of mint but you would certainly know it was a mint flavoured tea. It tastes lovely and fresh and minty. It really feels like it is cleansing your palate and your whole digestive system for that matter. It makes me feel good to drink it! These are available from most supermarkets and cost £1.19 for 20 teabags from Tescos. I think this is a very reasonable cost.
INTRO - HOW WE MET.... I love tea - I'm a complete tea head. To the point that have a whole cupboard dedicated to it at home and I order tea in coffee shops (much the disgust of my Londonite friends....) My favourite tea of all time is peppermint. Simple, refreshing and tasty. Twinings is arguably one of the most well known herbal & fruit tea companies. Surely that would equate 10/10 right off? On then, with the review... WHAT THE HECK IS IT? A lovely box of mint tea. Twinings teas are always beautifully presented, attractive box design, always foil fresh. Generally Twinings do boxes of 20, though to my joy I've found that they do peppermint in 40s! Another thing I will say for Twinings is that they are always consistently quite good value for a branded specialist tea - and they're available in all Supermarkets - and, even better, are quite often on offer! Another is their caffeine free nature. MY EXPERIENCE AND THE GOODS/BADS This really is a wonderful tea. It's very tasty and refreshing, and is ready for drinking in about 2 minutes (though I like mine to stew for a good 10!). HOWEVER, as I've said I love peppermint tea, and have tried countless brands (including growing my own!), and I'd rate this probably the 3rd best! That is not saying that this is a bad brand - far from it - but it's pipped at the post :- - 3rd Twinings Peppermint - 2nd my homemade stuff (this hardly counts though, really.) -1st SAINSBURYS OWN BRAND! YES! As much as it pains me to say it, I prefer Sainsbury's own brand. Here's why. 1) Despite how tasty Twinings brand is, it's got a weird smokiness to it as an after taste. Not sure why, and been through the ingredients and cant find anything suspicious, all I can't think is it's something in the steaming process. Now it's not particularly horrible, but for me it's not what I want in a cup of mint tea. It's got a slight roughness to it that distracts from the minty freshness. 2) Its just not strong enough for me. Again, this a personal taste thing - as you can see from my above comments, I like my tea super stewed - but it takes a long time to get it up to my level of desired strength. Other than those two points though, it is a great tea, and I would buy it again and again (though only if the own brand was off the shelves!) OVERALL - IS IT WORTH IT? Despite all I've said - yes. It is a very nice tea, but just doesn't measure up to the strength and punch I want from a peppermint tea. However I wouldn't say no if you offered me a nice cup of it :) 8/10
As a big tea lover, I find twinings flavoured tea to be the best in terms of range of flavours and the sense of quality across the general number of products. Trying this peppermint tea, I was aware that peppermint tea is not something I've ever particularly loved, so I wasn't expecting to be blown away by taste. I stewed the tea for just a minute and a half or so, so it wouldn't be too strong and I could focus more on what it is like and whether I would enjoy a stronger cup in the future. As soon as the water hit the tea the smell was extremely strong and refreshing, and smelt a lot more natural than other peppermint teas I have had. The tea quickly spread through the water and it seemed pretty strong despite only being made for a couple of minutes. I let it go a bit cooler but still quite hot and, more than the actual taste of the water, the steam hitting the back of my throat was extremely refreshing and quite tingly. It actually had a somewhat healthy and bright feel to it. However as the actual drink hit my tongue, as expected, I really didn't enjoy it. Regardless- if you know you are a fan of peppermint tea, or want to experiment with it, this is definitely the tea to go for as it is smooth, natural and a high quality tea.
My consumption of hot drinks has been high all winter - probably due to the perishing cold which has taken us all a bit by surprise. As well as several varieties of coffee, I have, for the first time in quite a while, been experimenting with flavoured/herbal teas. Most recently I have been favouring lemon and lemon and ginger teas - just when the fancy takes me. One thing about this though is that, with boxes generally only of 20, 40 or 50 bags depending on the brand and flavour, it doesn't take long to get towards the end of the box. For that reason, I am paying a little more attention to the tea aisle whilst shopping and lingering over the growing variety of flavoured teas. They seem to be being given more shelf space than before, so the sales turnover must be on the up, I would have thought. This week my eye fell upon Twinings Peppermint Tea ( it's often popping out like that and it's a bit embarrassing when it happens when I am out and about - I know...I should have gone to Specsavers!), so I dusted it off, popped it back in and refocused on the Peppermint Tea. Twinings have wonderfully appealing packaging and even though there were other brands there, I chose to buy the Twinings one, even though it wasn't on offer - unusual for me is that! I vaguely remember that last time I had tried peppermint tea, I hadn't enjoyed it, but I couldn't recall why? As often happens when you buy something 'new' the kettle was on straightaway when I got back and it was time to sample my first peppermint brew in a long long time. My first impression was that it definitely tasted of peppermint. Perhaps unsurprisingly, it wasn't that strong, but what I found weird about it was getting used to the taste of hot peppermint. It's normally in sweeties that we taste peppermint and somehow, although there was nothing wrong or unsatisfactory about the drink, it didn't to me seem to be an appropriate taste for a hot drink, whereas lemon and to a certain extent blackcurrant are. That might be because we are used to having lemon and blackcurrant within cold and flu remedies, so maybe it was just a shock to my taste buds. This was a few days ago and I have had a few cups since. I am now getting used to the taste which is pleasant enough and quite refreshing, but now that I've tasted it again after a long while without any, it's not a drink I would choose if there were other tea options available. I think I'm better suited to fruit and citrus drinks. I can't fault the product, so I'll give it a 4 out of 5, but we can't all like every flavour, can we?
I am a big fan of the Twining's range of teas and always have several varieties in my cupboard. My taste generally tends to be driven by my mood and so I like to have several flavours and types of tea to choose from. Twining's Peppermint Tea is one of these teas which I regularly drink when I'm looking for something fresh that will pep me up a little. A box which contains 20 tea bags costs £1.08, which equates to 5p per tea bag and as I always use one bag per cup, 5p per cup of tea. Although there are cheaper tea bags on the market, I do find that Twining's tend to be of a better quality overall. The taste of the tea is overwhelmingly pepperminty and I don't get any hint of any other flavour. It is peppermint, pure and simple. Although I generally prefer tea which is a gentle blend of flavours, in this instance it is the fact that the flavour is so simple and pure in flavour that I really enjoy. Initially the drink is warming, but my mouth is quickly cooled as the flavour of the peppermint comes through - and it is this sensation which is very refreshing and zingy. I've had peppermint tea from other brands in the past which has left me feeling like I've swallowed toothpaste(!), but in this case, this is not the sensation that I'm left with because despite being a strong flavour, it tastes natural and unprocessed. I find that the tea needs sweetening slightly, and although Twining's recommends adding honey, I find that the honey masks the taste of the peppermint and not in a complimentary way. For this reason, I find that adding a small amount (like half a teaspoon) of sugar is best and improves the taste. Without the sugar, the tea is ever so slightly bitter - but if you don't have a sweet tooth then you'll probably be able to get by without. Peppermint has been proven to have key health benefits, namely an increase in your metabolism which is useful if you're trying to loose weight (albeit not when you add sugar!). I have drunk it while on a diet and I'm undecided as to whether it increased my weight loss, although my diet did allow me to loose 4 stone and so it certainly didn't hinder the effort.
I have to say, some of the herbal teas on the market taste like you've dipped your socks in hot water.....but if you've never tried pure peppermint tea by Twinings, you're missing out. One of the most refreshing cuppas you can imagine, hot or cold (so very handy if you taken a few sips hot, then the doorbell goes, 20 mins later.....just as nice cold - how versatile is that!) If you're into kitchen decor as I am (sad person) the box itself looks very fresh and stylish....so hide your full fat milk in fridge, put the Twinings on display, show everyone the "healthy you". There's something about Twinings teas that make you feel kind of special.....in an upmarket way. The quality is always excellent, and apart from keeping in a cool dry place, no need to decant these into a tin....they stay fresh for months......but won't last that long. Sainsburys are doing a special promo on them at the moment - Was £1.07 now 71p for 20 teabags... Although peppermint tea contains no caffeine...a strong cup will give you a "lift", especially if you need to concentrate (for instance, when doing a review for Dooyoo.....) Peppermint as a herb aids digestion, and you can drink as many cups as you want, there are no additives. And if you're eating some dark chocolate at the same time .... well you can imagine the blend of flavours......... It really is a lovely alternative to tea, and if you leave the teabag on the side instead of throwing straight in the bin, your kitchen smells fresh too........
I'm currently expecting baby number two and Twinings Peppermint tea has proven both times around to be fantastic. As well as it being great tasting compared to other teas, it has been my saviour throughout both pregnancies. The price isn't half bad either! I was told by midwife to try this tea after constant, unbearable nausea.. nothing else seemed to work so I thought i'd give it a try. I also tried the Ginger flavour but it only made me feel worse so this is perfect. The teabags are of a high quality and don't taste like dirty dishwater as some other brands do. I really have nothing negative to say about this product and would recommend it to others to try- especially expectant mothers who need a natural remedy to combat the 'morning sickness' The best thing about this product is that it can be found in the US in some places. My partner is currently there due to the nature of his work and I was able to buy these (although quite pricey) out there. Definitely a bonus in my book!!!
When my doctor (wrongly) diagnosed me with IBS I got straight on-line to figure out ways of combating cramping symptoms. One of the suggestions was peppermint tea. I decided to give it a go and not wanting to scrimp on buying a supermarkets own brand, I opted for this brand of tea. The packaging is great and sturdy, but it does baffle me that teabags come in cardboard boxes (I don't drink tea and neither do my family so pardon my ignorance here) as they can get wet so easily! Another thing is that once the teabags are open, they seem to lose their freshness over a few weeks. I found that putting the teabags into a separate tightly sealed container kept the freshness in and gave it that just bought new taste, so this hasn't been a problem since. The teabags themselves don't have strings on them, so you have to fish them out with a spoon! Which is a bit annoying. I've found it's not too strong a peppermint taste which left me wondering if I'd bought the right herbal tea. When I bought the supermarket's own brand of peppermint tea I found these to be more palatable - and cheaper! As it's been some time since I last bought this tea I can't remember the cost, but somewhere around the £1.20/30 mark, depending on where you shop.
I never used to drink hot drinks as I did not like the taste of tea or coffee until I discovered Twinnings Peppermint Tea thanks to my husband. This tea is more expensive than normal daily tea but I do not mind as it is now part of my daily routine. Peppermint is traditional used to relieve indigestion and other digestive complaints. My doctor recommended that I take peppermint capsules every day to help relieve the symptoms of severe IBS. I found that drinking the peppermint tea had the same effect. I believe its a combination of peppermint and the warm tea. I have a cup of peppermint tea every morning with my breakfast. It is really refreshing and goes well with toast and jam. I found the best way to make the tea is to boil the water but wait a minute before pouring. I then fill half the cup with the hot water and leave to stew for a minute or so. I like my peppermint tea quite strong. I then remove the tea bag and top the cup up with cold water. My tea is then at the perfect temperature to drink. Twinnings also say on their packaging that the tea can also be drunk chilled but this is down to personal taste. Another benefit I found was when I had my teeth whitened for my wedding earlier this year my dentist asked me to completely avoid fizzy pop, tea and coffee. He did say that peppermint tea was fine as it would not stain my teeth, this was a massive bonus especially on the morning of the wedding when I had Twinnings peppermint tea whilst getting my hair done in order to calm my NERVES. I have tried other brands of peppermint tea and several supermarket own brands but Twinnings is definitely the best tasting and the best value for money in my opinion.