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Twings Pure green tea is a simple but delightful tea. I usually enjoy drinking this tea on day to day basis and since it is individually pack I can easily take one with me to work without needing to get any other items other than my mug. Though the tea might be too strong for those who aren't use to strong tea and might not like this at all.
I can quite easily drink 6 cups of fruit/herbal teabags per day. Great way of getting water into my body without having to think about and normally very refreshing. I do tend to stick to certain flavours in regards to my fruit/herbal teas, but bought this because of the properties Green Tea is supposed to have.
What is Green Tea?
Green tea digested or onto the skin is supposed to have benefits to the body. Green Tea extract is naturally rich in antioxidants, which help protect the body from free radicals, naturally occurring particles in the body associated with accelerated ageing and an increased risk of major diseases. Certain cultures drink this to help them feel and look more younger, it also is supposed to help in cases of bad breath and generally helps flush toxins out of the body hence why some people use this to help lose weight.
Whether these points are true, who knows. But it doesnt seem to be something that harms, and there have many many studies to indicate it is a positive addition to someones diet.
Packaging/How do you make this tea?
Teabags are packaged in a cardboard box. To open you have to pull a strip from the bottom of the box all the way round,then it opens along the side. The actual look of the box is simple and basic. It contains 20 teabags ( not in a foil wrapping which I think is a shame ),but you can buy the bigger packs of 40 and 80. Cost varies, but recently saw this and other flavour of teas being sold for 2 for £2.00 ( 20 teabag variety ).
Place one bag in a mug and add boiling water. Leave for a maximum of 2 minutes.
What do I think of this drink?
Honestly? The taste is not for me. I dont find the taste vile, but not pleasant either.It leaves a funny aftertaste in the mouth and overall not an enjoyable experience at all. I dont find it refreshing-I feel like I need to drink something else after it to make my mouth feel fresh. The only thing I can think of to take that edge of it is adding a dash of honey into it, which smoothes out the clawing taste and makes it much more managable.
I will still try to drink this at least once a day because I want to look like Halle Berry!
A cup of green tea is something I really enjoy. I usually have a pack in my cupboard and have one a day, usually at night time when I don't want something as heavy as regular tea with milk but recently I have been following a new diet where you are able to drink green tea all day but nothing else, (you can still eat of course, this is just the drinks). So, I have been going through these green tea bags and really enjoying them. I usually like to drink green tea with a bit of a flavour in it such as lemon or pomegranate but when I am drinking it all the time I like just the normal taste of plain green tea.
The taste.....Natural, pure and refreshing.
From the back of the box, "Springtime signals the first flush of our pure green tea. As dawn breaks and the dewy mist hangs in the air, the first buds and leaves are picked to lock in the fresh green flavour. Gentle sencha steaming and pan firing brings a light, tasty flavour to the tea, for a cleaner, more refreshing taste. Once given as a precious gift in China, let this gentle tasting blend be a gift from us to you."
The box goes on to them talk a little bit about the ingredients in this green tea. "Zhejiang province China, meaning "Crooked River" is the home of green tea and a home from home for our master blender. For over 3 centuries, we've been picking the teas here, using only the bud and top with the finest flushes from Asian origins for a fresher, punchier green tea. Our strong relationships and in-depth knowledge of the seasons across these origins means you always get the highest quality handpicked tea at just the right time."
The benefits of green tea are widely known and I also like to drink it as a nice healthy drink. This tea comes in tea bag form and you can purchase a box of 20. The bags are loose in the box but two are attached together and all you need to do is just pull them apart. I find that you can get two cups of tea out of one tea bag. I don't like mine too strong so I only let it brew for a minute or two. By this time the water has turned a lovely light green colour and it tastes really fresh and healthy.
All in all a nice way to drink green tea.
I have read a lot about the health benefits of drinking green tea on a regular basis. I us to drink about two cups a day before my daughter was born, but whilst I was pregnant I developed a real aversion to the taste and for some reason I hadn't thought of trying it again.
I had read that it's meant to boost the metabolism, amongst other things, and as I am trying very hard to lose a few pounds, I decided to start drinking it again. The one I am using at the moment is Twinings Pure Green Tea and I buy this from my local supermarket. It's a brand that is available fairly widely, I think and it's easy to get hold of. The box costs me £1.69 and it contains 20 little tea bags of pure green tea.
I use a small cup whenever I have this tea as I think the smaller the cup then the stronger the flavour as less water is used. I use hot (but not boiling) water and pour over the tea bag. I allow the bag to infuse for slightly longer than it says on the box. The box states three to five minutes but I leave it a little longer than that and sometimes I don't remove the bag at all. Sugar can be added to taste though I prefer mine as it comes.
The tea has a strong taste (as I've left the bag in for so long, I imagine) and it is distinctive in both its aroma and flavour. It tastes sort of 'woody' to me with a slightly bitter aftertaste, which lingers at the back of my throat. It is quite hard to describe. I honestly cannot really say it's a really pleasant tea to taste but I am only drinking it for the supposed health benefits really.
Cancer runs in my family quite strongly, on both my mother's and father's side and this drink has been known to assist in the prevention of certain caners, including breast, colon and stomach. It aids digestion and is also said to help improve mood. Obviously, the more that it is drunk then the better the benefits and at the moment I am having two cups per day on average.
I really do think this tea is an acquired taste. However, for all it's faults in the taste department I actually found myself reaching for a green tea bag the other day in preference to a cup of my usual Typhoo as I fancied a crisper, sharper taste. It is refreshing and I like it to be cooled down rather than hot like a normal cuppa would be.
It's quite thirst quenching as s drink and certainly refreshing, if only due to the crispness and sharpness of its aftertaste. I really think it's a drink which needs to be tried for oneself as describing it is impossible really as the taste is so unique.
It's unusual and different but certainly worth trying if only for the added health benefits.
Also posted on dooyoo as basketofbuttons
Firstly, I have to admit that up until these past few months I was not a big fan of green tea. In fact, I absolutely hated the taste and religiously stuck my morning and evening coffee ritual for years before I thought of trying something different.
The reason I gave green tea a go was because I felt like getting healthier and sort of "detoxing my system". After reading up on the apparent health benefits of this tea, I popped out to buy myself a box of 20 bags from my local Co-op for £1.49. This seemed quite pricey for tea in my opinion, but considering you can get larger boxes for better value, and obviously other cheaper brands, £1.49 didn't seem too costly to give the tea a chance. Here are some (not all as there are so many!) of the multiple health benefits that swayed my decision in trying this tea over others:
-Green tea is known to speed up the metabolism (increases how quickly your body burns up fat). This means it is a great tea to incorporate into dieting.
-Green tea is also known to help stabilise blood sugar levels, possibly preventing or managing diabetes. On top of this, some scientists believe that green tea can help relax the lining of blood vessels, preventing tears and hence preventing build of plaque (clogged arteries) which can lead to heart disease. This is also further prevented by the cholesterol lowering effect green tea may have.
-Green tea may reduce the risk of many cancers.
-Green tea contains an anti-oxidant called catechin which is anti-viral and antibacterial, this results in fresher breath, lower chances of tooth decay, and help with throat infections (which I am very prone to!)
-It can also regulate blood pressure, help with depression as well as improve skin aging and wrinkles due to their anti-inflammatory properties.
Although many scientists have found small pieces of evidence to back up some of the claims made by green tea fanatics, many of the benefits are still being debated. In my opinion though, even if one of the seemingly hundreds of claims turned out to be true, it would still be worth drinking anyway!
So, onto the taste. I am shocked to admit that after a week of drinking this tea it really has grown on me. I now find it extremely crisp and refreshing, and only ever find it to be bitter when I leave the tea bag in for too long (40 seconds is usually enough, strain, then remove).
Green tea does contain caffeine, which for me was a plus because I think it made it easier to replace my morning coffee. However, for some people who are sensitive to caffeine or avoid consuming it this may be a negative. On the plus side, I believe there are many brands of decaffeinated green tea available so this shouldn't hinder anyway too much!
Overall, I'd recommend giving it a go, it really does grow on you and the health benefits are certainly worth the taste even if it doesn't!
One of my best friends from school is from Hong Kong and my daughters dad is also part Chinese and Vietnamese so we often go out to eat in Chinese restaurants for afternoon tea and have Dim Sum in tradition with his culture. Alongside Dim Sum it is custom to drink green tea, a hot, simple tea which compliments the dishes and is filled with anti-oxidants so works well with the digestive system with this meal. The first few times I went to the restaurant to have Dim Sum I tried to be traditionally boring and just had lemonade or apple juice but eventually I got around to having the green tea and quite liked it! Subsequently the next time I was in sainsburys I picked up a box of this green tea and decided I'd try be more healthy at home and drink this tea occasionally (as opposed to my normal drinking of Ribena and other fruit juices!)
Most people will know that this is a traditional Chinese scented tea. The green tea is dried allowing the flavour and scent to permeate the tea. Green tea is a natural source of antioxidants, which may help protect the body, so where I can I drink this tea about once a week when I remember and have these guilt pangs of being unhealthy (eating lots of cakes and crisps and burgers throughout the week!) and decide I want to detox!
Making this tea is relatively similar to making any other type of tea. Simply boil the kettle, put the tea bag in the mug and add hot water. Allow 30 seconds and voila! You have your lovely cup of tea :) - small note not to add milk as its not the same! In terms of taste and quality this tea does differ to the tea in the restaurants as they are brewed more authentically, having added the natural ingredients etc so in the teapot and in your teeny Chinese mug you actually see all the natural particles floating in your tea and it tastes quite nice. With these tea bags, it leaves the boiling water an opaque dark greeny colour, but none of the actual tea ingredients are in the water, it is more flavour derived from the leaves inside the teabag. I find this tea has a strong taste and as someone who usually likes sweet drinks I feel no need to add any sugar and I'm happy to drink it on its own. The taste isn't too bitter and has a subtle natural flavour - so no additional "fruity" flavours!
A box of teabags costs generally around £1.40 so it is quite good value for money. Overall I would definitely recommend this tea for all who want a lovely Chinese tea drinking experience from the comfort of their own home! (it also helps that apparently drinking 3 cups of this a day helps prevent cell deterioration as we age!)
Let me start by saying that although I drink green tea, I actually don't like green tea. However, I do drink it because of its health benefits - including decreasing your risk of cancer, decreasing your risk of cardiovascular disease, boosting your immune system and lowering your cholestrol. That being said, as I have made the decision to drink green tea, I always choose to drink Twinings because it does taste less bad than any of the other brands. I know that's not a great way of putting it, but it honestly is the way that I feel about it.
Twinings Pure Green Tea is, as the name suggests, green tea without any additional flavourings. Many green teas have fruit flavours added to them, I believe to make them more palatable, whereas this one is just the green tea in its naked form. Although I was a little worried about trying it without the added fruit flavourings, I actually have to say that having taken the plunge, I do prefer it - but only in the sense that it's less bad.
A box of Twinings Pure Green Tea with twenty tea bags in it cost £1.28 from Tesco's - which equates to just over 6p per tea bag, which really doesn't seem like a bad deal at all for a quality brand product. I have, however, bought it from Asda in the past for just £1.00. I guess, on average, I force myself to drink 2 cups of this tea a day - and so 12p for all of the health benefits it is known to have, is not bad really at all.
The tea bags themselves are standard tea bags which are stored in a cardboard box and sealed to maintain the tea's freshness.
To use the tea, you simply add hot water - and then, unless you really hate yourself, I suggest you add half a teaspoon of sugar to make it more palatable. A spoonful of sugar really does help the medicine go down. Like all green tea, the flavour of the Twinings Pure Green Tea is still bitter, even if you leave the tea bag in for just a very short time. However, compared to other brands and even compared to the other Twinings varieties of green tea, this pure version does actually seem less bitter than the alternatives. I have noticed also that there is not the scummy film that other brands of green tea seem to have - and this also makes the drink more palatable.
I will continue to drink Twinings Pure Green Tea for all of the health benefits it affords.
"Better to be deprived of food for three days, than tea for one." (Ancient Chinese Proverb)
For anyone who has read any of my other reviews you may see I'm on a beauty mission! Also what I would call an on off health kick! I try my best to not drinks tea and coffee and other 'bad for you' drink ,one for my health and two for my skin! As when I avoid these things I do notice my skin being fresher!
I started drinking green tea a few years ago but never very often. However, in the last year or so it has become a staple item in my cupboard and my desk drawer at work.
I'm not the healthiest eater and maybe don't exercise as much as I should so anything I can do to help my body the better I say!
*About This Little Box of Wonders*
I'm not really going to babble much about the packaging etc...as it is a box. A very nice box don't get me wrong but nothing to rave about. Though it does have a tear off strip that leave you with a box with a lid which is quite handy as it is easy to get them out. The bag are not initially wrapped as with some of Twinings tea bags , but I don't think you really need that with these tea bags -it would be nice but this I suppose is more environmentally friendly as there is less packaging.
Green tea is rich in antioxidants which are good for fighting off bugs and are rumored to slow down the aging process! In some studies it has also been suggested that green tea mixed with a healthy diet could reduce the risk of cancer - which I personally find a relief as so many things these days are apparently going to give us cancer!
Green tea has also been known to speed up metabolism and is therefore recommended in may diet plans.
So far there isn't much reason not to drink it! Well, that's not totally true! One downside to this green tea is that it contains caffeine, less then your average cuppa, but still you might prefer to try a caffeine free Green Tea if you are avoiding it!
*Drinking the Tea*
As I have drank Green Tea for a while now I am accustomed to the taste. I pretty much grab the biggest mug I can find and fill it to the brim! As I do with all other herbal tea's I drink I leave it in the cup. For a lighter and more delicate taste don't leave it in. I do this as I try to drink as much hot water (with a tea) as possible so just keep topping up the mug for about 3 cups to get every last drop of goodness out of the bag! But beware of this method if you are new to green tea, as when it tastes very strong I found this particular brand (and some others) to have a taste that reminds me of ashtrays! So it's not for all!
If you are new to green tea I would recommend you get your self a some pot of honey or some lemons to add to the tea and it makes the taste a little easier to digest. One little teaspoon of honey and a slice of lemon- yum!
There are also lot's of varieties of Green Tea made by Twinings, Green Tea with Lemon, Green Tea with Pomegranate and many more so these are always a good option to try should Pure Green tea not be your taste of choice.
Also! As with a lot of herbal teas, this tastes awful cold! But you can gulp it down quickly if you must!
*Effects on Me*
Never one to 100% believe all the hype I like to wait and see how I feel myself, and I have to say I do feel more refreshed and clear headed when I choose green tea over Tea or Coffee. I also notice a change to my skin, as (or so I believe) the green teas help act as a bit of a detox for my system.
Also, it makes me feel better about myself as I feel that I am taking a step to make my body a healthier one and I find the healthier I eat and more I exercise the happier I feel!
One downside I have to comment in is have noticed sometimes the green tea can make me feel sick. This does not happen all the time, but it seems to occur if I drink Green Tea on an empty stomach. This doesn't just happen to me either, seems to be some odd phenomenon that happens to a few green tea drinkers every now and again. IT passes thought normally when I eat.
*Added Bonus Of Buying Twinings*
Recently (or for a few months at least) Twinings have been offering 'A little Treat' with their teas! For each box you buy -this is only available on some teas not all- you get 5 points. You save up these points for rewards such as 10% off theatre tickets, 2 for 1 Meals and discounts on spa days. The best part is you don't even have to buy lots of boxes and you can claim some of these treats for 10 points. So as someone who buys Twinings green tea a lot I think it's a really great added bonus and I shall be saving my points for some lunch deals with my girlies!
*On the Off Chance You Buy A Box and Decide You Can't Drink it*
Leave a few bags of green to steep in a pot of water(bottle if you want to be really fancy), leave it to cool and put it into little squirty bottles and use to refresh your face through-out the day or in an overly air conditioned office! Hopefully those anti ageing antioxidants will still work there magic and it is rather refreshing!
Soak some cotton pads in the water made above and place on eyes to reduce puffiness!
I've also read you can use it to make toothpaste...but I have et to try that one :S
Green tea? black tea? brown tea? Tea is tea, isn't it????
It is, but each tea has it's own health giving properties......so I thought I'd tell you a bit more about green tea. I personally use Twinings - their range just seems to have a purer taste somehow.
I'm no scientist, so will not reel off the health giving benefits of green tea over ordinary brown tea, but there are some things you'll find interesting...hopefully.....
The main health giving compound is ECGC , a powerful antioxidant...(for any techies here......epigallocatechin gallate)......which IS present in all brown and black teas...BUT......the processing is completely different. Ordinary tea is fermented and ECGC's are turned into something different and health properties are lost. But green tea is steamed, thus preserving these vital compounds.
So green tea really does have more benefits over ordinary tea.
It doesn't taste like ordinary tea either, and I can only describe it as a feint jasmine tea, but not perfumey (I've really tried to put this taste into words, but it is a unique flavour) mild, very refreshing and just as nice cold.
I don't add anything to it, and I would think milk and sugar would be an abomination......
It has a higher caffeine content than other teas (which is why it gives you more of a lift) and yet much less caffeine than a cup of coffee.
Interestingly, leaving any teabag in a cup of boiling water for a long time (to stew) doesn't actually give you more of a kick - caffeine dissolves in the first 10-20 seconds......so after that all you get is a stronger taste, not more of a lift.
So, keeping in mind that the all important ECGC's are present in green tea.....here's just a few health claims that have been made.
Green tea boosts metabolism, and is known as a "fat burner"
Green tea is a powerful antibacterial - makes a great mouthwash as it destroys bacteria and plaque...and also combats food poisoning......
It's reputed to be helpful in the treatment of cancer, apparently it kills some cancer cells, whilst leaving healthy cells alone.....
It lowers cholesterol, helps with immune function, supports the cardiovascular system.....it seems almost a miracle plant...........
Of course, with all research - it isn't clear how much tea you'd have to take for it to have any effect....but I would imagine even a small amount of something good, must help in some way.
There's a bit of a debate as to whether tea rehydrates you. Tea contains caffeine, which is a diuretic (makes you go wee), but then, you are taking in fluids whilst drinking......so I'll leave that one for you to decide.......
There's no doubt that ordinary teas have many health giving properties......but switching to green tea seems a good choice to make if you want to get as many health benefits as you can from your food and drink.
A coupel of years ago I gave up drinking 'normal' (and buy that I mean caffinated) tea and coffee. It was a new years resolution and I found it suprisingly east to stick to. I soon realised it wasn't the actual tea and coffee I missed it was just having a hot drink and fruit tea quite easily cured that. I liked trying all the different flavours around, and trust me there are tons. Green tea became very fashionable at around the same time as a bit of a a health kick. I think people assume if you like fruit tea you will like herbal tea, but this is not always the case as they are not overly similar.
Quite often when I asked for a fruit tea people would offer me Green Tea, which I didn't really fancy as it appeared not to have a flavour and be quite washed out. In the end I sucummed and tried to give it a go!
The tea comes in a cardboard box which is great as it is recyclable. Inside the box the green tea is contained in netted bags, which you put in a cup and add boiling water too, most people don't add milk, btu you can add sugar if you want.
The tea infuses to be a light green almost a dirty water colour. The smell is not strong and definitely not offensive. I personally didnt enjoy the taste, and I don't think I am alone here, a lot of people I have spoken to say they dont really enjoy the taste, they just drink it for the health benefits.
The taste is a little washed out and weak, it has nothing strong or substantial in it that you can pick out as a flavour. It leaves a horrible taste in my mouth as if it has been over brewed even if it hasn't! I drank 20 cups of this tea, enough to use up the packet so it wasnt a watse of money and I didnt feel any more detoxed or any health benefits, maybe I would need to drink more to make it a fair test!
Twinings Pure Green Tea
Description: Twinings Pure Green Tea: A pure China green tea for those those wanting a classic unflavoured drink.
I have been drinking green tea for years but for some reason, it is only in the last year or two that I have started to try various other flavours of tea made by Twinings. As anyone who has looked at the shelves in the supermarkets is bound to know, there is a huge range of flavours available so likely to be something for everyone's taste. You can buy boxes with mixed flavours in too which can be an excellent way to discover new flavours without having to buy a whole box.
Having said that, green tea does remain a firm favourite with me and I drink it at least every other day. A box of 20 of these green tea bags costs around £1.50 and is available from most supermarkets.
To make the tea, simply infuse the teabag with boiling water and leave for around thirty seconds to a minute. I find that it is best to take the teabag out after this period of time so that the strength of the tea is just right. You should not add sugar or honey to this tea but drink it as it comes for best results.
The flavour of green tea is extremely difficult to describe as it is very distinctive to the tea and quite unlike other flavours. It tends to be a love it or hate it flavour but I really like it and find it very fresh and refreshing. There has been quite a lot of claims made that green tea contains powerful antioxidants which can help to reduce the risk of cancer and lower cholesterol. It is also believed to help digestion and many feel that green tea can also assist with weight loss. I do find that drinking a cup of this helps to stave off hunger pangs and make me feel more alert and awake so like to drink it during the day.
This is an excellent brand of tea and this green tea is another example of why Twinings are worth buying. If you are a fan of green teat or even just fancy trying it then these teabags are well worth buying.
Twinnings tea for me is the most consistently good quality green tea on the market. I have tried many brands and time and time again I always seem to go back to this brand of the tea.
I started drinking green tea a few years ago and this is mainly due to the beneficial aspects of the product. I am a keen runner so the more goodness and benefits the better. The main stand out of the tea for me is its effectiveness as a fat burner. Many fat burning pills actually contain green tea extract but to get any benefit you need to be drinking 3 + cups of green tea a day, its also a great way to get and stay hydrated with the antioxidants present in the tea to get rid of any free radicals in the body and cleanse, very good after a heavy weekend and you dont get that withdrawal effect that you do with normal standard tea.
The taste of the tea is very light and suttle, the longer the tea is left in the cup the stronger the flavour becomes, it is advised to keep the bag in for a couple of minutes but I normally keep the bag in for the duration to take in as much goodness as possible.
It's an acquired taste but it seems the more you have the tea the more I started to like it. For all those who like tea with added sugar I don't believe this is the tea for you.
Green tea was discovered in china and is well known for its restorative benefits, if you are looking for a tea to enjoy without the extra caffeine which can cause side effects this is the one for you. Its best served without milk and the amount of caffeine in the product is a lot less than a standard cup of black tea.
A box of 20 retails for about £1.50 but deals are always ongoing with various shops.
A must try!
This is the tea I drink at work when I am trying to avoid dairy products, first thing in a morning I find that this perks me up considerably more than a regular tea does and I think that this might be bacause I really like very strong tea and that is exactly what this tastes off.
I buy mine in Asda where a box of 20 bags costs around £1.30 but seems to be quite frequently on offer at £1 a box. I have tried other Green Tea varieties and only Tetley come close to this in terms of the richness of flavour.
If you like you tea milky or weak then this probably isnt for you but if, like me, you drink it so strong that you can generally stand a spoon up in it then this is more likely to float your boat. It it, however, quite an acquired taste as the bitter tea taste overides anything else. By the end of a few mugs however you will have got used to it.
A few tips for how to get the best out of this tea, firstly do not use boiling water on it, wait about 30 seconds after the kettle has boiled and then pour the water on, this reduces the likelihood of scalding the leaves and ruining the flavour. Also leave the bag in for a few minutes then remove. Unlike fruit teas this one will just keep getting stronger and you will end up with a stewed flavour if you leave it in too long.
All in all I would say this is the best quality green tea out there, once again Twinings show the rest how it should be done.
Twinings Green Tea is available from most high street supermarkets for approximately £1.29 per 20 bags, although I have often seen it on special offer.. The product itself is packaged well. In comes in a dark green rectangular cardboard box. On the box there is a lot of the normal information including some blurb about how it is prepared and some information about its Chinese History. To access the box involves tearing an easily accessible tag which tears nicely around the box which still keeps the box itself quite shut and secure, The shape of the box means it stores nicely. The box itself is also recyclable, it is worth mentioning. It professes to contain only natural ingredients.
Inside the bags are of regular tea bag size and neatly laid out in pairs, sealed down the middle. I have found that these separate easily, meaning there is minimum risk of tearing the bags.
The box recommends that you infuse for "no longer than two minutes". I would wholeheartedly agree with that, you may even find that you need considerably less than this. It comes out a kind of mid-brown colour with a slight green tinge but is largely clear. One thing that is noticeable about this product is that there is no real sediment at the bottom of the mug. I have found this to be a problem with other brands, as it not only disrupts the texture but gives an almost inedible flavour as you drink more as it gets horribly bitter. So good work Twinings on eradicating this problem.
The flavour is as you would expect from a good green tea, with a sense of earthiness and a tinge of bitterness which is not unpleasant. It is recommended that you do not drink this with milk but I have found that it can be quite nice sweetened with a little honey. It is not to everyone's taste, and if you are a solid builders tea type, I doubt it will convert you but I really enjoy it. It may be slightly psychological but I feel that it has a nice light cleansing feel to it, and is a perfect hot drink antidote to other caffeine laden options. I would however, not recommend that you drink it cold - the flavours are better if consumed at a warm temperature.
Although I have not tried this, I believe you can use this product in cooking, in particular using green tea water to cook rice in, or to tear the bag open and use the actual tea in Japanese green tea ice cream.
Other varieties are available in the Twinings range if you fancy something a bit different from the norm - the box itself names Green Tea Earl Grey and Jasmine Green Tea. I have also seen variations with fruit and mint included.
In conclusion, this is a very fine version of a highly palatable tea, and although I do not expect it will convert any green tea haters into lovers, it certainly meets up to the high standard that I would expect from Twinings.
First off I would like to say that I do not enjoy tea. I am firmly in the coffee camp. On the odd occasion that I do drink tea it is either because my dad made me a cup and I don't have the heart to tell him I'm not that keen, I'm having afternoon tea complete with cakes and finger sandwiches or coffee is just not an option. In the past year I have probably consumes at most 5 cups of tea. So why did I buy green tea? Well I had a stinker of a cold and I am not a fan of taking medicine in general and only take it when absoloutely necessary. I went online and looked at what I could do to get rid of this and it seemed green tea came up quite often. It seems that actually green tea can do little wrong in this world and is one of these super healthy things that is all the rave. By this point I was desperate so I decided to give it a go.
So here is a run down on the benefits of this miracle potion that they call green tea:
-Helps to burn more calories
-Prevents tooth decay
-Boosts your immune system
-Helps prevent cancer
-Reduces symptoms of arthiritis
-Reduces chances of heart disease and thrombosis
-Used to treat multiple sclerosis
-Helps stop stop Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases
-Reduces the risk of esophageal cancer
So seemigly green tea can do no wrong. I imagine these benefits would take a hell of a lot of green tea to achieve though. But anyway, I decided to stick up on green tea and vitamins through loads of citrus fruits and for two entire days I binged on these. And I have to say I did feel the improvement.
I bought Twinings because it was the only brand I recognised and it was also quite cheap compared to the fancy Chinese boxes. The box was bright green too, just in case anyone was unsure of what was inside. Upon opening the box they tea bags looked very cute, individually wrapped and with a little string for each one. I love tea bags with strings, always such a novelty.
When I first put the water in there didn't seem to be much of an immediate change of colour unlike black tea. When I do drink tea I like it strong with no milk or sugar. I was a little concerned that this tea wasn't going to change colour but after a couple of minutes and me squeezing the tea bag manually the water changed to a rather unappetising dark yellow with a green tinge. It was sort of like a very unhealthy urine colour. This was not really doing much for me considering my existing dislike of tea. However when I tasted it I found that actually it wasn't so bad. I still would have preferred coffee but I definitely preferred it to black tea. Bear in mind though that my taste buds were rather numb at this point. After my two day binge I didn't drink the tea again but did come back to it one day when I had run out of coffee. I still enjoyed the taste. But I think for some people it may not be quite to their taste. It is quite a distinctive taste, a little earthy, but that is what I liked about it. Maybe I had just drunk it for so long without tasting it my taste buds had adjusted without me realising. I got quite attached to this tea and I think I will buy it again but I probably wouldn't drink this all day like I can coffee. A couple of cups a day is enough for me but as I previously mentioned I imagine you would have to have a routine and regular intake of this to get the real health benefits.
I think overall that this tea is a little like Earl Grey for black tea drinkers. Some people love it and others can really taste the difference and won't go near it. I would say give green tea a go though and maybe don't judge it on the first cup. If you are a big tea drinker and you could replace your regular tea with this it would be beneficial to your health so just try it and you may be pleasantly surprised.
Twinings Pure Green Tea: A pure China green tea for those those wanting a classic unflavoured drink.