Product Type: Twinings Tea
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Feeling Fruity with Twinings
Twinings Raspberry, Strawberry & Loganberry
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Twinings Raspberry, Strawberry & Loganberry
Advantages: A well balanced blend of flavours; sweet without the sugar; good value
Disadvantages: Loganberry not very distinctive
I used to be a frequent drinker of fruit teas but I got a bit bored with the way the different varieties taste so similar. Anything with berries seemed to taste more of less the same, regardless of the type of berry or the combination so I moved on to more unusual, distinctive flavours. When I was recently recovering from surgery on my foot and therefore unable to go to the kitchen, my partner would leave my lunch and flask of hot water beside my spot on the sofa each morning when he left for work. The first few days i drank jasmine tea but after a few days I wanted some variety and asked if there was anything else in the cupboard: Himself, who prides himself on using things up and not wasting anything, told me he would only fetch something new if I finished the box of Twinings Raspberry, Strawberry and Loganberry bags which had been languishing in the cupboard for a few months. Reluctantly I agreed, but I was pleasantly surprised at what I found so clearly the break from the berries was what I needed.
These 'teas' come in a box of twenty conventional square bags and it's one bag, one cup (or mug), though I find that you can actually get away with two cups, or a mug and half maybe, from one bag as you can with a lot of the fruity blends from Twinings; therefore when you make one of these, boil a bit more water and put it in a pot or flask and top up your cup as you need to.
This infusion is naturally cafeeine free and made from all natural ingredients, as is the case with all Twinings's green and white teas, and fruit infusions. The calories count is just about 4 kcal based on a 200 ml drink so you can drink safe in the knowledge that it's not going to see you pile on the pounds. The other good news is that the cardboard box doesn't come with a cellophane wrapper and the teabags aren't individually wrapped so there's minimal packaging and what there is can be recycled (where facilities apply of course). A note on the box also says that renewable resources were used in making the packaging so 'hurrah' for Twinings on this one.
The unused bags give off a faint whiff of strawberry, to my nose it's a delicate wild strawberry, and certainly not overly sweet and artificial. Once the water is added I think the raspberry aroma is more dominant, though the strawberry can be detected. I like loganberries, I've eaten them fresh in Scotland straight from the garden of a relative who used to grow them, but I can't say I'd ever pick out the smell of loganberries, or the taste.
Two to three minutes infusion time is recommended and I usually leave mine in for about three minutes but it's good that if i ever get distracted and forget about what I'm doing, this infusion doesn't suffer from being steeped too long. Twinings suggest adding a spoonful of honey if you like your drinks sweet but I think the resulting drink is quite sweet anyway and to make it more sweet would only mask the interesting and enjoyable combination of flavours because the raspberry and loganberry are moderately sharp while the strawberry sweetens things up and balances the flavours. There's a mild aftertaste of strawberries but this is refreshing blend that I find most enjoyable when drunk mid morning when I feel the need for something sweet to keep me going till lunch time. It's also quite nice to have after a meal instead of a dessert because I feel that the fruity flavours satisfy my craving for something sweet.
That the raspberry and strawberry remain so distinct is a credit to the tea blenders at Twinings because this particular infusion also contains rosehips, apple and orange peel, distinctive flavours that could easily overpower the main flavours.
Now that I drink the fruity infusions less frequently I find I enjoy this one far more. It's sweet without being sugary and it makes me feel refreshed without getting that caffeine hit.
Twinings Raspberry, Loganberry and Strawberry Infusions are currently on offer for just £1 (for abox of 20)at ASDA and Tesco until 22/1/2013 and 29/01/2013 respectively.
Summary: A refreshing, palate cleansing pick me up from Twinings
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