Product Type: Twinings Tea
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Pure as the driven snow, if the driven snow was green (ewwww)
Twinings Pure Green Tea
Member Name: cerys82
Twinings Pure Green Tea
Advantages: Good flavour, no grit
Disadvantages: Won't convert anyone who does not already like green tea
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.
Summary: Essential, healthy everyday green tea.
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