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      08.09.2013 21:28
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      I like fruit teas and like to try different ones but my preferred brand is Twinings as I find that they are usually the most full of flavour. One of my favourite flavours is this Raspberry and Echinacea tea which I find really lovely.

      I drink fruit teas because I like the taste of them and I like to have a caffeine free drink which is both warm and not full of additives. I don't drink them because they may be good for various things but it is nice to know that herbal teas can be beneficial to my body too.

      For a packet I usually spend around £5 but I do like to look out for any offers that are on. In a box you get 20 tea bags.

      Ingredients include Hibiscus, Echinacea Root* (20%), Orange Leaves*, Orange Peel, Blackberry Leaves*, Natural Flavouring (6%), Natural Raspberry and Strawberry Flavourings with other Natural Flavourings (6%), Liquorice Root*, Lemon Peel.

      I have been told by several people that echinacea is very good for the immune system and can help you to ward off infections. I don't know if this drink has helped me to stay healthy but it's quite nice to think I could be helping my body whilst just enjoying a drink!

      The drink is lovely. I find that the tea bag has to be kept in the pot for a good 3-4 minutes to get the right amount of flavour out. If you take it out any earlier then it doesn't taste very strong and is quite a weak, watery tea. I add half a spoon of sugar too and find that this combination creates the best taste.

      It is lovely and rich in flavour, it's not too sweet like you would expect for something which contains raspberry but I think it's because the echinacea helps to level it. I love this in the winter to keep warm but I have also drank it chilled in the summer and it's a lovely drink to have.

      I enjoy this drink, it's fruity without being too sweet and as long as I keep the tea bag in for a good 3-4 minutes and add a tiny bit of sugar it is just perfect for me.

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      08.04.2013 15:24
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      A great naturally healthy hot drink with a fresh fruity taste.

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      Twinings Raspberry and Echinacea 20 teabag.

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      Tesco £1. (rrp. £1.29)

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      Twinings tea was developed by Thomas Twining back in the 1700's and he is responsible for introducing tea to the English masses. Over the years this undoubted hard work and passion foreseen the strength and popularity of the traditional and ethical brand that we still enjoy today.

      "We all want to be able to drink our tea confident of the welfare of the people who picked it, and this is of key importance to us at Twinings." (Twinings home of tea)

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      Naturally caffeine free and with only 4 calories per cup this is certainly a healthy alternative to your normal tea or coffee. I've always enjoyed herbal tea, however tend to go for green or camomile but this time decided to try something more fruity and I'm pleased I did. The first thing you notice about this tea is the wonderful raspberry scent and deep red/plum colour. You can leave the bag in the cup for the recommended 3 minutes which makes a pleasant sweet, tangy taste or if you prefer a stronger drink simply leave a little longer (some people leave the teabag in while drinking however I don't like doing that).

      Directions: Simply place one bag per cup hang the tag over the side of the cup and carefully add boiled water. Leave for desired time (normally 2-3 mins) squeeze and remove the teabag.

      This tea is Made with all-natural ingredients and does not require milk. I would highly recommend it if you're watching your weight or looking for a caffeine free how drink.

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      01.04.2013 19:04
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      lovely tea from twinings

      Better late than never since we are now well into 2013 but I am currently trying to kick start being a bit more healthy - taking cod liver capsules daily and feroglobin as a vitamin boost. I am also trying to eat just that bit more healthily and drink less fizzy drink. One of the thing that always interests me when shopping in Sainsburys is the fruit tea section. I hate regular tea and coffee and when the weather is cold aside from a nice hot mug of hot chocolate, fruit tea is usually my port of call to warm me up and get me settled for bed. I have tried a few in the Twinings range - chamomile and Strawberry and Mango being my favourite but recently I decided to try Raspberry and Echinacea.

      It comes in a thin cardboard box which has slightly more updated packaging with lots of swirls and colourful design which is very attractive. A box of 20 tea bags costs £1.19, which is rather cheap and cheerful for me, especially as I can generally make a good 2 cups of tea (one for me and one for the other half) with one bag without losing any flavour! The box has an easy to use perforated strip allowing the box to be easily opened yet the box can still be closed well so the tea bags stay fresh.

      The tea is easy to make, simply put a tea bag in my mug and fill with hot water. It takes around 30 seconds for the flavour to dissolve, and the hot water to change colour but this can be done quicker by dipping the tea bag and mixing with a teaspoon. I find the vibrant and exotic flavour of infusing raspberry and echinacea is quite sweet but is a bit tangy and rather sharp. The drink goes down well, and and with a spoonful of sugar it is really refreshing and is nice with a bit of toast! Echinacea is good as a natural remedy for combatting the common cold and to help boost the body's immune system.

      Sometimes at work if I feel for something different, I make it hot, but allow it to cool and it makes for an equally as delicious drink cold, but I don't have it too often this way as I prefer other soft drinks like Ribena and oasis.

      For those of you wanting to try a new healthy fruit tea I'd definitely recommend this as it goes down a treat!

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      02.10.2011 17:29
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      A gorgeous fruit tea

      Here I am again with yet another herbal/fruit tea review. Since my current diet (which I am very bad at sticking at, unfortunately) dictates no caffeine consumption, I have replaced my normal green tea and coffee habit with a large selection of fruit teas. Fortunately I live near to several shops, including Waitrose and Peckhams, which have a great selection of all kinds of tea, so I'm forever buying new varieties. My kitchen now has quite an attractive looking tea shelf, which features teas of many different brands and prices. The tea that I am reviewing today is the one that I tend to drink the most often and so there are now only a few left in the box, while most of my others are still full. This is mainly down to its pleasant taste but also due to its supposed health benefits.

      === Echinacea ===

      Echinacea is something that I have only become aware of in the past five years or so but my mam now always has some in stock at home in case of colds or other mild illnesses. Echinacea is a herb, I believe, which is normally taken in tablet or supplement form, which is supposed to work with the immune system to fight off colds, sore throats and the like. From my personal experience I have found that if I take Echinacea when I get a cold, I usually feel better sooner than if I had not taken it. I was therefore quite enthusiastic about trying a tea that included this magic ingredient, as I find it easier and more pleasant to drink tea when I don't feel well than to take supplements.

      == Twinings Teas ==

      I have tried many Twinings teas before, including their English breakfast and various types of green tea as well as other fruit teas, and have generally been very impressed by them. Twinings seem to like to give the impression that they are a bit of a 'posh' tea, but I wouldn't say they are, really, and their prices certainly don't indicate that they are either. At between £1 and £1.50 for a box of 20-25 tea bags (depending on where you buy them), Twinings are rather at the cheaper end of the tea spectrum.

      == Raspberry and Echinacea Tea ==

      But on to this tea itself. I have tried several fruit teas which include raspberry or another red berry, and have to say that I find this to be one of the nicest that I have had. The raspberry flavour comes through nicely and is fresh and pleasant without being too sweet. I couldn't say that any flavour comes through from the Echinacea and I assume that this ingredient is included for health reasons rather than for improved taste. All in all this is a very nice tea and one that I drink even when I don't have a cold due to its taste.

      == In Conclusion ==

      This is a lovely tea from Twinings, made all the better by the fact that it is caffeine free and therefore allowed on my diet. It tastes gorgeous and is very reasonably priced at roughly £1.25 for a pack of 20 tea bags. As I said, my box has nearly ran out but I imagine that when it does, I will buy another one to replace it. A lovely fruit tea.

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        24.05.2011 21:38
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        Fruity tea for the fruity masses! Buy this drink

        Another hot beverage I feel inclined to review, this Twinings fresh and fruity Echinacea & Raspberry tea drink the perfect winter warmer and summer cooler drink. I have been experimenting with hot drinks recently to brighten up my dull office days.


        The tea comes in a square cardboard box, a deep pink colour that blends into a lighter shade at the bottom. The Twinings branding is across the front of the box with the 'fresh and fruity' statement and Echinacea & Raspberry flavour written. There is an image of ripe and juicy raspberries and the Echinacea flower looking very tantalising on the front of the packaging making you want to try it straight away. The tea bags are rectangular and you can see the colours of red and green extracts through them.


        Twinings fresh and fruity range is extensive and very simple to make. Put your tea bag into a cup and add just off the boil water to the top of the cup, then leave the teabag to infuse into the steaming water until you are happy with the strength or leave it in for a fuller, more intense cup of raspberry and Echinacea flavour. This is what I like about infused tea, you can leave the bag in the whole time you drink and it just tastes better and better. These drinks do not need any milk at all and are sweet enough to have without any sugar, so the calorie content is next to nothing, so this a great alternative for dieters who don't want to miss out on a coffee break or for the lactose intolerant.


        I leave my teabag in my drink for a more fuller flavour and this gives it a very intense deep red colour which looks lovely in any cup. The sooner you remove the teabag the lighter the shade of pink/red you get, you can actually see the tea infusing with the water as you wait swirling and blending round your cup. The smell is chiefly raspberries with an herbal twang through, the overall smell is pretty subtle compared to the flavour.


        The predominant flavouring coming through in this drink is the raspberries which give the brew its sweetness. They are not sharp flavoured at all, just very sweet and light making it extremely easy drinking. The Echinacea flavour comes through next and has an earthier and herbal undertone; there is something about the taste of Echinacea that makes me feel like I am being very healthy and good to my body by drinking it. This drink reminds me of my time in Egypt drinking Hibiscus tea, nowhere near as strong as the Egyptian kind but brings back fond memories. I would say this fruity tea has a lovely easy to drink flavour that a wide range of people would enjoy.

        Ingredients

        Hibiscus, Echinacea 20%, orange leaves, orange peel, blackberry leaves, liquorice root, lemon peel, raspberry flavouring 3%, raspberry pieces 1%.

        Twinings suggest that this drink has a calming effect as well as possible health benefits from the Echinacea present. I don't know about the second statement but I certainly feel more relaxed and at ease after a cup, but this could be a placebo effect! This is a caffeine free drink.


        These fresh and fruity teabags are available in all major supermarkets at a brilliant price of £1.50 for a box of twenty, weighing 40g. A box this size will easily last me a couple of weeks in work as I only have one or two cups of it a day in place of my regular caffeine fixes. I will definitely be buying this flavour again and hope to expand my taste buds further with the rest of the range.

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          23.03.2010 17:08
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          Nicer flavours available.

          A couple of years ago I gave up drinking normal tea, by which I mean caffinated. It was a new years resolution I wanted to make, and I found it surprisingly easy to stick to it. I realised I didn't actually like the taste of the tea, I just liked having a hot drink and it was more of a habit thing. This was soon filled by drinking fruit tea. I tried many different flavours, from many brands, and this echinacea and raspberry one is just one of many I have sampled along the way.

          I soon learnt that I preferred red berry teas. I also liked a bit of a health kick and often take echinacea to stop coming down with something so this seemed like a good combination. The only thing I was worried about was that a lot of the raspberry teas have another sweeter flavour in with them as it can be quite bitter by itself, but this one didn't have that.

          The fruit teas come in a cardboard box which is great as it is 100% recyclable. Inside the box are netted bags with the tea leaves in. You put the bag in the cup, poor boiling water over the top and leave to brew for as long as desired, depending on how strong you want it, then remove the tea bag and put it in the bin. I have found with this tea that the flavour is quite weak so I literally leave the tea bag in even while I am drinking it.

          This isn't my favorite tea, it is very weak in flavour, you cannot taste the raspberry, just a dull red berry flavour with no livliness to it and a murky taste over the top which represent the echinacea.

          Th tea is not disgusting, just does not have an appealing flavour. In future I will be sticking to the nicer flavours and just taking my echinacea vitamins instead!

          There are plenty other nice twinings flavours out there, I would only recommend this if you do not like taking tablets.

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          14.03.2010 11:41
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          Yummy

          I'm fairly new to the whole fruit tea thing, but wanted a change from disgusting instant coffee at work, as I often find myself going a long time without a drink and getting hydrated. I stumbles across twinings whilst shopping for hot choc, another fave of mine but too calorific to drink throughout the day and at work.

          I opted for Enchinacea and Raspberry, mainly because I love the fruity summery taste of Raspberries, and to be honest had no idea what the other ingredient was or what it would taste like. Here is my review ...

          What is it?

          It is a fruity caffine free drink in the form of tea bags. It is fresh and fruity and contains all natural ingredients.

          What makes it special?

          Echinacea root has known properties to boost your immunity and gives the drink its deep and somewhat autumnal colour. Raspberries balance this drink by adding sweetness and fruitiness. It is both refreshing and rehydrating.

          How to use

          If you want it hot .... add one teabag per person in a mug or teapot and add boiling hot water. Leave for 2-3 minutes so the flavours can infuse into the water. If you like it very sweet, add a spoonful of honey.

          If you want it cold ... follow above instructions, allow to cool and splash over ice.

          If you want to make it into a non-alcoholic cocktail ... do as above but add fresh raspberries, a slice of lime and enjoy.

          Price

          I bought 2 boxes on offer for £1.50 for both. Usually just under a £1 a box. I thought this was good value as each box contains 20 teabags/ 40g in total.

          My opinion

          This drink was very fruity and I could really taste the raspberries. I wasn;t sure what Echinacea was, but it gave a nice taste on top of the raspberries. It is light enough to drink throughout the day so I can stay hydrated and fresh without the bogged down feeling of traditional tea caused by Milk. I did feel fresh and fruity and would recommend this to anyone.

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            07.02.2010 13:05
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            You can have some in a selection pack as well.

            Twinings Echinacea & Raspberry Tea comes in a pink cardboard box with a pale pink Echinacea flower and some raspberries on it. Above the fruits there is a big Twinings logo. This tea is available in most of the supermarkets for 97 pence. The box contains 20 teabags.

            What is Echinacea? It has a flower like the one presented on the tea box. This herb has 9 different species. Some Echinacea supplements can have antitumor effects.

            How to prepare the tea? Well I prepare a cup of hot water and then I put the teabag in it. I let it in the water for 3-5 minutes. You can put the teabag in the cup and then pour the water on it. Don't forget to hold the teabag's tag as it will fall into the water. Occasionally I add a little honey to my tea because it is quite sour. You shouldn't add milk to it because of its sour taste. The protein of the milk will become disgustingly visible, so add sugar or honey or lemon if you wish.

            It has a fruity taste with dominant raspberry taste. You can feel an aftertaste as well which I cannot really identify. Probably it is the Echinacea or one of the other ingredients. It is not very strong and it doesn't spoil your tea at all. I found that this tea tastes fruitier if you let it cool down.

            The ingredients are as follows: Hibiscus, Echinacea Root (20%)*, Orange Leaves*, Orange Peel, Natural Raspberry Flavouring (8.5%), Blackberry Leaves*, Liquorice Root*, Lemon Peel, Natural Strawberry Flavouring (2%), *All our herbs are gently steamed, the process is gentle to protect their delicate taste.

            As you can see it is very natural and thus healthy caffeine free tea. I prefer drinking tea only on cold days when they warm my hands up while I read or just watch my sons playing together.

            This tea is too sour for me to drink it without honey so I drink the few left in the box but I will try another one next time. Luckily Twinings has loads of tea types and occasionally they have some limited editions as well. I have some more to test...

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              26.01.2010 14:04
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              Well worth trying

              Twinings Raspberry and Echinacea

              Description: Echinacea is reputed to boost the immune system. Blended with a ripe raspberry flavour, it makes a deliciously refreshing 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. 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.

              I actually discovered this flavour when I attended a conference in a hotel recently for work. Refreshments were available, and along with coffee, tea and juice, there was a really good selection of flavoured teas, including the raspberry and echinacea one.

              Now, I am a big fan of echinacea actually buy echinacea drops which help to strengthen the immune system. I like to have them for when I feel a little run down, so as soon as I saw this tea, I wanted to try it.

              A box of 20 tea bags will cost you around £1.85 from a supermarket. To use, simply pour boiling water over the teabag and leave for the preferred amount of time - I like to leave the teabag in a little longer than recommended so the flavour is as full as possible.

              Obviously, one of the benefits of these teas is that they are caffeine free and they also don't need sugar, though I am sure this is down to personal taste.

              This flavour quickly turns the water a rich and deep raspberry colour and smells incredibly fruity. The taste is absolutely delicious, much stronger than some others in the range and bursting with raspberry. The raspberry flavour isn't overly sweet, making each mouthful of the tea fruity and slightly tart which is very refreshing. This is perhaps one of the most flavoursome varieties I have tried and I was delighted with just how good it is.

              If you find that some fruit teas can be a little bland, then I really recommend that you try this one, it is crammed with flavour and absolutely delicious. I now buy this one regularly and am sure that you will be as hooked as I am!

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                26.10.2009 14:53
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                Lovely tea which I will continue drinking everyday.

                I have always been a Coffee person. Recently though I have been drinking far too much and been spending most of my day on a Caffeine high which is never good. More recently I have been starting to drink tea to reduce the amount of Caffeine I intake.

                As I have been drinking Tetley Redbush Caffeine free tea I thought I would also introduce fruit tea's into my daily drinks aswell. I have previously drank Twinings tea and have known of the brand for years as my nan used to drink the Blackcurrent one all the time. I however have only previously drank the Calmolile and green teas so I thought it was time to try a new one.

                On my weekly shop in Morrisons I spent ages in the tea aisle trying to find the right one for me. As I had previously taken Echinacea tablets to build my immune system after a blood transufsion I though I would give the Raspberry and Echinacea a go.

                Echinacea is one of the most popular herbs used today with the Native Americans for example using it as a medicinal plant. It is a flower which was named for the prickly scales in its large conical seed head, the herb resembles the spines of an angry hedgehog and reading up about it shows me that 'echinos' is Greek for hedgehog.

                Throughout history people have used echinacea to treat scarlet fever, syphilis, malaria, blood poisoning, and diphtheria. Although this herb was popular during the 18th and 19th centuries, its use began to decline after the introduction of antibiotics. Today, echinacea is mostly used to shorten the duration of the common cold and flu and reduce symptoms, such as sore throat, a cough, and fever. Many herbalists (which my Doctor seems to be) also recommend echinacea to help boost the immune system and help fight infections.

                Raspberries are loved in our house with my monkey and myself eating raspberry jam as she is not allowed strawberries. Reading up on raspberries shows that it can be used to fight against several diseases as it contains Vitamin C, taces of B Vitamins and even folic Acid. But I wondered what they would taste like together.

                Twinings Echinacea and Raspberry comes in a red box with twinings written in black across a gold strip, with it also showing the echinacea flower and raspberry on the front. As soon as I opened the box I could smell the raspberries straight away. Before I even poured the water over the bag the smell was just devine.

                I then poured the water over and stood back to let the tea stew for a few minutes. Once it was ready I couldn't wait to try it out so I took my first sip. I found the tea more sour than sweet (which the box advised it would be) to start with. So as I cannot drink any hot beverage without sugar I decided to add my normal amount of sugar.

                This was most certainly the best decision. I just couldn't believe that it tasted exactly like Ribena and looked like it aswell. Yum, yum I love Ribena so this hot, fresh and fruity tea would be perfect for me. I have also tried it with Honey as it advises on the box but again it doesn't taste as good as it does with Sugar.

                Twinings suggest on the side of the box that you can also drink it cold. Allow the tea to cool and splash over ice, drinking straight away but I haven't tried that one yet. I am saving that one for a hot summers day.

                I paid £1.90ish for a box of 20 bags from Morrisons and it is now on my weekly shopping list to stay.

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                  22.07.2009 05:04
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                  One of my favourite flavours from Twinings.

                  I've recently been trying as much of Twining's range as I can, in order to find my favourites. This is one of the ones I will most certainly be buying again! A box comes with 20 bags, and should not cost much more than £1.20, which seems like very good value to me.

                  The bag has a sweet, candied smell and the presence of liquorice is obvious. When water is added though, the smell of raspberry comes to the fore, balanced by the flowery richness of the Echinacea. These flavours also come across strongly in the taste, which is smooth, slightly sharp, sweet, scented and rich. The aftertaste is slightly papery which is often a problem with fruit teas, but this seems to be easily solved by adding a tiny amount of sugar or honey. Without this though, it's sugar free as well as caffeine free, so it's certainly a healthy drink as well as a tasty one.

                  If you enjoy fruit teas, this is one with a pleasant twist, and is definitely one of my favourites.

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                  11.01.2009 20:47
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                  Highly recommended!

                  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!

                  TWININGS RASBERRY AND ECHINACEA TEA
                  This is a really fruity tea. I have tried raspberry leaf tea, which contains a lot of raspberry fruit, rather than the more bitter leaf in order to make it paletable. This tea tastes similar, as the raspberry flavour is definitely the strongest flavour in the tea. Raspberries can sometimes be a litter sharp but this tea is really quite sweet. I do not find it too sweet though and with tea I do not mind it to be a little less sweet than other drinks. In fact, I like it a little bitter. This was not at all bitter to my taste but neither was it too sweet.

                  Echinacea is meant to have health-boosting properties. If you take it regularly, it can boost the immune system. I have taken courses of echinacea tablets, which have protected me against colds that have gone around the office. I am not sure if the tea has this super herb in enough quantity to boost your immune system. It can't do any harm though, hey?!

                  The tea is really dark pink in colour. It looks lovely and smells divine. For once, with this tea, it tastes as good as it smells and I will definitely be buying another box when this one runs out.

                  Boxes cost about £2 for 20 tea bags.

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                  A fruity herbal tea from twinings

                  I have experimented with different teas over the last few years and I have given much attention to the Twinings herbal and aromatics ranges. Although I have often said that I find the Twinings green tea varieties are more fully flavoured than their herbal and fruit teas, this raspberry and Echinacea concoction is a most wonderful fruity brew. Other ingredients include hibiscus, apple, orange, blackberry leaves, licorice root and lemon peel.

                  Preparation is straight forward: drop a tea bag in a mug and add freshly boiled water. The Twinings tea bags are designed to be suitable for a single mug of tea. A soon as the hot water is poured onto the teabag the scent of raspberries soon wafts into the air. These raspberries give the tea its delicious fruity taste. Depending upon preference a little sweetener can be added to taste. This can be sugar or more preferably organic honey. Being sweet enough as I am I find no need to add any thing extra to the brew.

                  Echinacea is more commonly known as the Purple Coneflower and is purported to have medicinal properties that give a boost to the immune system, although there is little hard evidence of this. As far as I can make out the herb offers very little in the way of taste to the tea. Nevertheless, this is a tasty satisfying brew that makes a nice refreshing change from normal tea and a healthy alternative to caffeine based teas. Twinings Raspberry and Echinacea are generally available in boxes of 20 and cost about £1.20 a box.

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                    26.09.2008 15:37
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                    Comfort for when you have a stinking cold

                    I first purchased Twinings Raspberry and Echinacae last winter when I had a bad cold and someone recommended echinacae tablets, available over the counter, to help reduce the symptoms and shorten the life of the cold. I'm sure they did help because I felt better in no time at all.

                    When I saw Twinings Raspberry and Echinacae flavour teabags I thought they would be nicer way of taking echinacae than swallowing pills. I paid £1.09 for a pack of twenty bags in my local supermarket. Like lots of the herbal and flavoured teas, they are readily available in many places.

                    The raspberry and echinacae variety are one of Twining's Wellbeing blends which they call infusions because they have to be steeped in freshly boiled water, which brings out the flavour and the medicinal benefits. These bags contain hibiscus, echinacae root (20%), orange leaves, orange peel, blackberry leaves, liquorice root, lemon peel, raspberry flavouring (3%), other flavouring and raspberry pieces (1%). Obviously, the raspberry content is not very high and I cannot tell from the pack where the raspberry flavour itself comes from. I would not imagine it comes from just 1% of raspberry pieces.

                    The blurb on the box tells you that echinacae is reputed to improve well-being and that the infusion is naturally caffeine free and contains no added sugar so, if you are drinking them to help with the effects of a cold, they will not be fattening, especially as they are drunk without milk.

                    To make, simply place one bag per person in a cup or teapot and pour on freshly boiled water, allow to infuse for 2-3 minutes according to taste. Honey can be added if you want to make it sweeter. Twinings Raspberry and Echinacae can be drunk hot or cold and is equally as nice cold from the fridge as it is straight from the pot.

                    I would thoroughly recommend this infusion for its taste and its comfort factor, especially when you have one of those rotten colds that make you feel sorry for yourself.

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                      26.03.2008 14:19
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                      A refreshing fruity drink which makes a change now and again

                      If you want a change now and again from traditional tea and coffee there are now a wide range of herbal infusions available in supermarkets which make a tasty and somewhat healthier alternative.

                      Twinings have been making teas for over 300 years and not only do they sell traditional and speciality teas they have a very wide range of herbal and fruit infusions within their range. Twinings Echinacea & Raspberry Tea is one of their herbal infusions (infusion being a more accurate term than tea as strictly speaking these products aren't actually tea!)

                      As the name suggests the ingredients within this particular blend are Echinacea and Raspberry. The blend contains no caffeine and they suggest drinking it will "aid a healthier lifestyle" and "they're perfect if you're cutting out caffeine or suffering from sleepless nights".

                      It is also low in calories, a typical serving contains 4 calories. The calories are there because there are naturally occurring sugars found in the fruit pieces, they don't add any sugar or sweeteners. Plus it is GM and Gluten Free. All Twinings teas, herbal infusions and flavoured fruit infusions are 'gluten free'. Neither do they contain genetically modified raw materials or ingredients derived from genetically modified raw materials.

                      This tea comes in a distinctive bright pink box containing the teabags. There is no unnecessary packaging and the contents are just plain tea bags which you have to fish out when the tea is brewed using a teaspoon. To make a cup of this tea just put the tea bag into a mug, pour on boiling water, leave to brew for a few minutes (I leave mine for about four minutes) and then sit back, relax and enjoy.

                      The minute you have poured the hot water on to the tea bag you will notice a lovely aroma of raspberries and it is these berries that give the tea its delicious taste. The Twinings tea bags are only suitable for a single mug of tea - if you try to reuse one you will be disappointed. You do not add milk to herbal teas but if you want to add a little sweetener then a little honey should suffice. Personally I drink these without any sweetening and find them very pleasant and naturally sweet enough.

                      Echinacea is said to boost the immune system so may add a health giving property to the tea rather more than a taste. Although I do like to take Echinacea at the first sign of a cold (and I find it to be very effective) I doubt there is enough in a single tea bag to make much difference to your general health.

                      I do like this infusion. It is very tasty and a little different to drink for a change from time to time. People seem to either love of hate herbal teas - if you haven't tried them this would be a great one to try. It is fruity and refreshing and will help to lower your daily caffeine intake.


                      Previously published on Ciao Jan 2007

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                      Echinacea is reputed to boost the immune system. Blended with a ripe raspberry flavour, it makes a deliciously refreshing drink.