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      09.01.2013 23:05
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      Deliciously sweet and exotic strawberry and mango tea

      Twinings Strawberry & Mango 

      I go on and off fruity and herbal teas, particularly in the summertime preferring something more chilled like pimms and lemonade. Since the chill started setting in I am back on them to keep me warm and refreshed. I absolutely love mangos and so decided to give this flavour a try.

      The tea bags come in a pack of 20 and in the posh looking Twinings packs. The box is a lovely bright pink colour blending in to a light pink with pictures of juicy mango slices and plump strawberries. The front of the box has the captions 'naturally caffeine free' and 'All natural ingredients'. This box contains 40 grams of product.

      To Brew

      To make this as a hot beverage boil your kettle and leave it to settle for ten seconds or so. Pop your teabag into a nice big mug and pour the just off the boiled water to the top. If this is going into a teapot then again you only need to use one bag of the tea. Leave the teabag to infuse with the hot water, it does this naturally with the cut of the ingredients and so there is no need to stir this drink.

      My preference is a nice strong brew and so I leave my teabag in the cup whilst I am drinking to get a strong and full on flavour. You can remove the teabag as and when to suit your taste.

      The Taste Test

      The fruity tea is nice and fruity, I know that sounds a bit strange but some teas I have tried lack a full on flavour. The chief flavour in the drink are the strawberries which are sweet, full and summery tasting. The mango flavour is not hugely strong, which I was a bit disappointed about, but is strong enough to come through behind the strawberries. It tastes slightly tropical and relaxing which perks you up no end! A great winter warmer for those with a sweet and fruity tooth.

      I think this is a lovely tea and definitely in my top 5 fruity teas I have tried. My only criticism is that I would like more mangos!

      Flavouring (10%), Orange Peel, Natural Mango Flavouring (7.5%), Rosehips, Liquorice root.

      A pack of 20 teabags costs £1.19 from Trainings.co.uk or in the supermarkets and are well worth the money in my opinion :)

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        27.07.2012 09:55
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        more suited to iced tea than hot tea

        I don't like tea, the traditional tea, in fact I absolutely hate tea! However I do really like the fruit flavoured teas. I do normally buy the Starbucks Tazo Passion Fruit Tea when we are on holiday in the US, I normally buy loads of boxes of it, and so stock up for the next few months. I think I made a bit of an error with quantities last time though and so I've ran out, and our next trip is quite a while off yet.

        Normally over the summer months I always have a jug of the Starbucks Passion Iced Tea in the fridge, and as I've ran out of the teabags I'm really missing this. So whilst shopping in Sainsburys recently I decided that I'd try some of the Twinings fruit teas, one of the flavours that I bought was the strawberry and mango flavour.

        These are on offer at the moment at 2 boxes for £2.00, the other flavour that I bought at the same time was the cranberry and sanguinello oranage flavour. The normal price is £1.19 per box of 20 tea bags, so you don't save an awful lot, but it's better than nothing! The tea is advertised as having all natural ingredients, and being naturally caffeine free. It also states that is has no added sugar, and that it's free from artificial flavours.

        Over the summer months I will normally drink fruit tea as iced tea, and over the winter months I will normally drink it hot. So I've mainly been using the tea bags to make jugs of iced tea so far. I have had a couple of mugs of the tea hot though, so I would know whether to buy it over the winter as well.

        I have to say that this really does make delicious iced tea, the iced tea has a very fresh and fruity flavour. Although you can taste both the strawberries and the mangos in this iced tea, I would say that the strawberry is definitely the stand out flavour. The iced tea does have quite a sweet flavour, but it's a fruity sweet flavour as opposed to a sugary sweet flavour - if that makes sense! This makes a really lovely fruity and refreshing drink. It's the perfect thirst quenching drink on a warm day, it's delicious as a long drink poured over lots of ice. I find that if you add a handful of strawberries to the jug or to your glass then this really enhances the fresh and fruity taste even further. This also makes a nice addition if you are serving the iced tea when you have guests over.

        To make a 2 litre jug of iced tea I will use 5 of the tea bags, and then pour a litre of boiling water over them, I will then then let them steep for a few hours, until the tea has gone cold. Then I remove the tea bags, and top up the jug with a litre of cold water, stir, and then keep in the fridge.

        I didn't enjoy the tea quite as much hot, I didn't dislike it, I just thought that the strawberry and mango flavour was much more suited to iced tea rather than hot tea. The strawberry was still the stand out flavour in the tea when hot, although as with the iced tea you could still taste the mangoes. I would drink this as a hot cup of tea again if I didn't have any other flavours in, but it just wouldn't be my first flavour choice. For a hot cup of the tea I use one tea bag per large mug, probably around 300ml hot water per tea bag, and I let it steep for around 10 minutes.

        I've really enjoyed this flavour fruit tea, and I'm certainly going to buy it again. It won't stop me buying my favourite Starbucks Passion tea as this is still my favourite by a long way, but this is a more than acceptable alternative for when I've ran out

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          13.06.2012 01:18
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          One of my favourite fruit teas :)

          This strawberry and mango tea from twinings is an essential in my cupboard since I decided to give it a try 2 years ago! I love having this tea as it is a refreshing and thirst quenching beverage both hot and cold! I usually pick up a box in my sainsburys shop about quarterly a year (I'll be honest I don't drink it THAT often!) and for 20 tea bags it costs £1.19, cheap and cheerful for me!

          Most times I have it hot, putting a tea bag in my mug and filling to the brim with hot water. It takes around 30 seconds for ne 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 strawberry and mango is quite sweet already, so normally I only add one sugar, but occasionally 2 if I feel cheeky :) I have tried adding honey for sweetness, however I have noticed that this makes the drink taste too much of honey and over powers the original fruity flavours so sugar is much better for those with a sweet tooth, wanting to try this tea.

          Preferably I drink it once it has cooled down a bit (so as Not to burn my Tongue) and this makes for a lovely cup of tea just before bed to settle my stomach and easily send me off to sleep! 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. 

          The ingredients are simple: Hibiscus, Orange Leaves, Natural Strawberry Flavouring (10%), Orange Peel, Natural Mango Flavouring (7.5%), Liquorice Root. There is clearly no added E numbers or additives, just 100% natural ingredients Which make me feel at ease in having a healthy drink! 

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

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          16.10.2011 13:44
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          An ok, fruity tea

          The fact that I've been feeling pretty ill this week (I reckon it's the flu but I'm not totally sure) has meant that I've been drinking even more tea and hot drinks than I normally do, which has equated to at least four mugs per day. Since I've been trying to avoid caffeine I haven't been having any black, green or otherwise caffeinated drinks and so my fruit and herbal tea consumption has been fairly high. I was getting a bit sick of having the same three or four teas all the time, so I was delighted to find in Tesco that Twinings teas were on offer at three boxes for £2.50. I therefore picked up three new varieties of fruit tea, one of which was this Strawberry and Mango flavour.

          == Twinings ==

          I've many teas made by Twinings before and have found them to be of good quality and generally to taste nice, as well. In the past I've had many of their green tea varieties as well as traditional tea and have found them to be as good as their fruit teas. Despite having a reasonably middle class image, Twinings tea really isn't that expensive at just over £1 for a box of twenty bags in their fruit and herbal tea ranges. Compared to a company like Teapigs, for example, who charge roughly £4 for a box of 25 tea bags (or tea temples, as they call them), Twinings is a bargain. That said, Twinings don't really approach Teapigs teas in terms of quality and taste, so it is unfair to compare the two in this way.

          == Strawberry and Mango Tea ==

          I've tried many Twinings and other brand teas which contain strawberry or other berries as a main flavour, but had never seen one which included mango before, so was interested to see how this tea would taste. Since strawberry and mango are both particularly sweet fruits I imagined that this would reflect in the tea's flavour and that it would be less tangy than other berry flavoured teas.

          Flavour-wise, this certainly is a sweet tea. The strawberry element comes through strongly with the mango coming through in a more subtle way. I normally like berry teas and the strawberry gave this tea a similar flavour to them, but I found that the inclusion of mango gave this tea a strange edge that I wasn't all too sure about. While it wasn't an unpleasant taste I can't say that I enjoyed it as much as I have done other fruit teas. I don't really think that the two flavours complemented each other very well at all and, while the result wasn't horrible, it wasn't a great tea either.

          == Conclusion ==

          While this tea was alright, I really wasn't overly impressed by it. It is nice enough for me to be happy to finish the box and I certainly wouldn't want to waste them, but I also won't be buying them again. I'm happy that I got this box on offer as it only cost me 83p, which makes the fact I'm not too keen on it less of a shame, but then even at full price it still only costs £1.10 or so, so I didn't save much. It is caffeine free so is good if you're trying to avoid caffeine, but there are many other, nicer caffeine free teas available so I wouldn't choose this tea for that reason alone. Either way, while not a bad tea, I wouldn't recommend this.

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          01.05.2010 21:31
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          Highly Recommended

          I was a bit surprised to read a negative review of this the other day, as it's actually one of my favourites. The Mrs really like this stuff, so we have it in the house a lot. I'm normally a tea and coffee man, obviously, as I do like my caffeine boosts. But because I really like the taste of this stuff, I will have it in the evenings from time to time.

          This stuff is basically a kind of fruity tea. Obviously being made by Twinings means you can expect it to be decent quality, and available from most supermarkets too. You can expect to pay around £1 for a box of 20 tea bags, which I think is quite reasonable when you consider how little that means each cup costs you.

          You make it in much the same way as you make normal tea. Just add a bag and some boiling water into a mug together and let it brew for a minute or two. I find it helps to squish it with a teaspoon to help it along. They say you should drink this alone or with honey to sweeten, but personally I'm happy to just stick a couple of spoons of sugar in. I don't care if that detracts from the health benefits - I think it tastes great that way!

          The flavour is really strong in this, and very much of the exact fruits it claims to be flavoured with (strawberry and mango). That might sound like a daft thing to say, but often when you have these fruit flavoured products, they taste like more general fruits. These teabags taste like they're supposed to, and I do like a product that tastes like what it claims to taste like on the packet.

          Definitely needs a bit of sweetening in my opinion, but then fruit can naturally taste a little bitter to some of us. That's not the tea's fault. This is first rate stuff in my opinion. It's tasty, it has a lovely fruity smell, it's a nice caffeine-free hot drink to have in the evenings and it's reasonably priced too. I definitely recommend it.

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            29.04.2010 17:50
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            Tea from Twinings which is a bit of a let down.

            I recently needed to stock up my work drawer with caffeine free products as these are what I try to stick to during the working day to stop me getting too jumpy!

            In my local ASDA the whole Twinings fruit range was on special offer at £1 a box, although this is not a particularly radical saving as usually they only retail for about £1.08. Wow, thanks ASDA, a whole 9p off!

            Anyway, the box contains 20 teabags and I just loved the sound of these ones, mango and strawberry are two of my favourite fruit tea flavours anyway, so to find them together in one bag was great.

            As ever with fruit teas, I tend to pour on water which has boiled and settled for a minute, rather than the instant it reaches boiling point, this prevents the bags getting scalded as I am convinced it takes away some of the flavour. So, I poured on my water and watched it turn a lovely dusky pink colour.

            After a few minutes I removed the bag and voila! My tea is ready. I have to say I think I built this flavour up too much in my head, expected it to be something extraordinarily tasty, and the truth is it just...isn't really.

            The flavour is definitely more mango than strawberry to my palete, which is not necessarily a bad thing. It is quite pleasent but not as fruit filled as I thought it would be, a bit of a damp squib really.

            So, for once Twinings did not live up to the hype for me, which is a shame, however these are fairly nice teabags, just not particularly distinctive ones.

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              19.04.2010 20:59
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              Make your own mind up!

              Twinings Strawberry and Mango

              Description: A mouth-watering infusion, which combines strawberry and mango flavours. Ideal at any time of the day.



              I have been drinking green tea for a few years now 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 you are likely to find something that suits you, whatever your tastes may be. I have found them quite addictive and now love trying new flavours as well as having a favourite few that I keep returning to.

              You can buy boxes with mixed flavours of teabags in too which can be an excellent way to discover new flavours without having to buy a whole box. The tea bags are individually wrapped which makes them very handy to pop into a bar or drawer at work and keeps them fresh until you use them.

              A box of 20 tea bags will cost you around £1.95 and can be found in all god supermarkets. The cardboard box they are sold in is a soft pink colour with the Twinings logo and pictures of strawberries and mango on the front.

              As soon as you open the box you will notice how sweet these teabags smell. To prepare, simply infuse for 2 to 3 minutes in boiling water, add sugar or honey if desired and then enjoy. These teas are designed to be made without milk. Fruit teas are an excellent option for anyone wishing to avoid caffeine too.

              Unfortunately, I found these teabags far too sweet for my tastes. After a few mouthfuls, I found the taste to be quite sickly and a little unpleasant. Yes the taste is very fruity but I much prefer something a little bit tart and didn't enjoy the taste of these. I found the strawberry flavour quite overpowering and could hardly make out the mango either.

              If you are a fan of sweet flavours then this tea would probably be a good option for you. If you prefer something less sweet and a little more spicy then perhaps avoid this one in favour of some of the other choices available.

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                26.03.2010 12:39
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                My favorite of all the fruit teas!

                A few years a go I gave up drinking caffinated tea and coffee. It was a new years resolution and I thought it would be difficult, but I soon realised I didnt actually like the taste of it, it had become more of a habit thing. I soon found fruit tea to replace the need for having a hot drink and I haven't looked back since.

                I have tried many different brands and flavours since I started drinking fruit tea and have come to decide that my favorites are the red berry ones. I have tried brands from Twinings to tetley, and own makes from Sainsburys, Asda and Tescos. I have been through many flavours I dont like and would never buy again.

                Twinings Strawberry and Mango caught my eye, as I really like the Strawberry flavour and it looked like adding the mango could add something extra to it, it sounded different from the standard (and sometimes boring) flavours of fruit tea out there.

                The tea comes in 100% recyclable packaging, as it is a cardboard box. Inside the box are netted tea bags. The best thing to do is to put a tea bag in a cup, fill it up with boiling water. Some people add sugar, but I dont know anyone to add milk.

                You do not have to remove the tea bag straight away. You can leave it in for as long as you like depending on how storng you like your tea to be brewed. This is naturally quite a strong one, so I have found you do not need to leave the tea bag in quite so long.

                A very strong fruity aroma fills the air when this tea is brewing. I really like it, I think it is fresh fruity and summery, but I know everyone doesnt feel that way, for example my Mum really doesnt like it! I think it is the mango smell which is more divisive.

                This is one of my favorite teas. I love the strawberry taste, but it is sweet and without the bitterness you can sometimes get from the fruit. Mango is a great addition as it gives it something extra, and different, a bit like a summery edition of a classic tea.

                I would really recommend this tea.

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                  12.03.2010 22:56
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                  Nice, could be better, couldn be a lot worse

                  I have recently been sampling lots of Twinings fruit teas as an alternative to my boring and quite disgusting work coffee or pop. I stumbled across Strawberry and Mango flavour, which, being two of my favourite fruits I opted for immediately.

                  I put the bag into a cup of boiling water. The bag has a handy tab on a string to dangle for quick and easy removal of the bag. I leave the bag for around 2-3mins and remove. Do not drink with milk! The water will have already turned a lovely deep pinky red colour and smell so tasty.

                  I enjoyed the sweet kick I got from this drink. Very refreshing yet not overpowering. It is very fruity but a little too inbalanced with the strawberry taste being most predominant. To be honest i can't really taste any mangoes, it is more a fruity flavour than a straight and well balanced combination of strawberry and mango.

                  I did enjoy this product as an alternative to my usual drinks and found the tatse sweet and pleasant. I would buy this product again, although it can be more expensive, they are often on offer in supermarkets for under £1 per box of 20 bags. I will buy some more of this refreshing product but I will certainly be also experimenting with other flavours.

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                    20.11.2009 17:37
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                    I recommend it for fruit tea lovers.

                    This is my first tea review although I have a great collection of fruit tea at home. I don't really like black and green tea. I buy only fruit tea. I am aware of the advantages of green tea but I can't drink it. I am a coffee addict and I drink tea only occasionally when the weather is awful outside and I need a hot cup to hold in my hands for a couple of minutes.


                    Price and package
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                    Twinings Strawberry & Mango tea comes in a paper box which contains 20 bags of lovely tea. The teabags are wrapped individually in paper sachets. The box on the top of it is dark pink and gradually it becomes almost white on the bottom.

                    There is a golden stripe on the box and in it you find the Twinings logo written by black letters. Below this label you can see the fresh & fruity brand label. Below this is the Strawberry & Mango label. There are four lovely strawberries and two slices of mango on the box.

                    The box contains 40 g of tea and you can buy them for 0.98 pounds in Sainsbury's. I think Twinings tea is available in most of the supermarkets for about one pound.


                    Preparing a delicious tea
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                    I put water in a kettle to boil and a teabag in my cup. When the water is almost boiling I pour it in my cup and leave it for about 5 minutes. Then I put two teaspoons of honey in it. I have an exotic fruity smelling and tasting tea. Believe me or not I sip a cup of tea while I'm writing this review. The first taste I feel is the sour taste of the strawberries then as an aftertaste you can feel the mango as well. They match each other very well.


                    Ingredients
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                    Hibiscus, Orange Leaves*, Natural Strawberry Flavouring (10%), Orange Peel, Natural Mango Flavouring (7.5%), Rosehips, Liquorice Root*, *All our herbs are gently steamed, the process is gentle to protect their delicate taste.


                    Nutritional information per 100 ml brewed infusion
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                    Without adding the honey to it 100 ml tea contains 2 kcal energy so it fits your diet. I can drink it without honey or sugar but honey is healthy and fits fruit tea very well.


                    My opinion
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                    I think Twinings tea is a brand of premium quality tea. I really like their large selection of tea. When I choose a Twinings tea I can be pretty sure that the tea will be delicious. There are tea types where honey and lemon helps to feel the taste of the fruit but usually none of them is required. I never drink my tea with milk so I can't tell how it tastes.

                    Choosing the Strawberry and Mango tea was a good decision because this tea is great. Not only smells great but it has exotic fruity taste. You can feel the taste of the strawberry and the mango as well. I highly recommend you trying it if you like fruit tea. It will be a refreshing drink.

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                      27.09.2009 20:04
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                      Alternative to regular tea

                      I've always liked the idea and the sound of fruit teas as an alternative to my usual PG tips with lots of milk...however all my previous experiences have left me with quite a negative impression. They seem to remind me of a bitter and weak version of hot vimto, so I've now lost count of the number of boxes I've bought expecting to find a new favourite hot drink, only to banish it to the back of the cuboard to be forgotten and eventually binned.

                      However on my latest health kick after a busy month of holiday cocktails birthday shorts and freshers week shots I decided I would once again give them a try. I like quite sweet flavours so the strawberry and mango caught my eye. They come in a box of 20 for approx £1 which at 5p a bag seems quite reasonable.

                      So I boiled the kettle, popped in a bag and left to brew for several minutes until the water turned a dark pinky- purple colour. It had a really sweet and refreshing smell to it, however on first taste I found it quite bitter so I added a sweetner and tried again. Unlike all other fruit teas I did actually quite enjoy the taste, but found that the bag should be left in whilst you drink as the taste is quite weak otherwise.

                      The strawberry definately overpowers the mango, to be honest I could only smell the mango and not taste it.

                      I think I'll finish the box and then go back to Hot Vimtos for the winter as I find that sweeter and more comforting. But for someone with a more mature palate than me I'm sure this is a refreshing alternative to regular tea and coffee

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                        my favourite herbal tea so far!

                        I have a strange head (I can hear you all saying 'tell me something I don't know! lol) On occasions when I have headache nothing takes the pain away quicker than a cup of coffee, othertimes caffeine gives me headache! And so for these days I try and drink more caffeine free drinks, I can't stand the taste of decaff coffee or tea so try and stick to herbal teas and rooibos tea.

                        To me, most herbal teas taste the same most of them having apple as the main ingredient as it's a cheap fruit but this one actually tastes like the flavour suggests it should! My mum bought me this last week and it's quickly become a favourite.

                        Even more of a test, I'm full of cold at the minute and it still tastes nice to me, a rarity with any food or drink when I feel rough!

                        Packaging
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                        The tea is in a pink box (the same colour as in the pic above) but the design has changed since then, the fruit on the front of my box is a proper photograph not a sketch; it shoes some juicy looking strawberries and slices of mango along with a little white flower. 'Twinings' is written across the top in a metallic gold band, underneath this it says 'Fresh and fruity' (I believe the other catergories of Twinings herbal tea are 'A moment of calm' 'Revive and revitalise' and 'Cleanse')
                        The flavour is written below: Strawberry and Mango.

                        It also tells me the box contains 20 teabags and the product is naturally caffeine free, containing nothing but natural ingredients.

                        On the back of the box I am given a description of the tea, I couldn't word it better so I'll tell you exactly what it says:
                        "An exotic, deliciously refreshing infusion"
                        'The sweet, aromatic taste of mango is balanced by subtle hints of strawberry in this tropically inspired infusion. With a rich yet refreshing taste it has a satisfying, rounded quality.'

                        The mini range which is 'Fresh and fruity' is inspired by truly mouth watering fruits and berries' we are told on the side of the box.

                        The tea
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                        The box is easy to open, the lid flips open like an ordinary tea box and the teabags are inside joined together in pairs. They are square and the leave mixture inside looks dark pink. As soon as you open the box you can smell the strawberries, they smell sweet and gorgeous!

                        The teabags need to be carefully torn apart as you only need one for a cup, I put my tea bag in a cup, poured on boiling water and left to infuse for 3 minutes as instructed by the 'directions for use'. You can also add honey for a sweeter taste; I think half a spoon sweetens it sufficiently as it quite a sweet tea on its own.

                        The water instantly turns pink and the scent gets stronger; the strawberry definitely overpowers the mango in this combination.
                        In 3 minutes, the water is dark pink; I always leave the teabag in my cup as I drink as I like it quite strong.

                        The taste test
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                        As I said this actually tastes as you would expect, the taste of strawberry is predominant but there is a slight citrusy tang which is the mango coming through. It is quite sweet but then the main ingredients are sweet fruits so what else would you expect? It's a natural sweet taste though, not nasty artificial sweeteners. I still like to add a bit of honey especially at the minute as it soothes my sore throat!
                        I really enjoyed this, its refreshing but still warming,

                        You can also drink it cold by leaving it in the fridge for an hour or pouring over ice, I think in summer this would make a lovely drink for a hot day (if we get any of them this year!)

                        Ingredients
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                        Hibiscus, orange leaves, natural strawberry flavouring (10%) orange peel, natural mango flavouring (7.5%) rosehips, liquorice root.

                        And that is all, no apple which surprised me as many fruit drinks/bars are pumped with apple as a cheap alternative to other fruits!
                        All good ingredients, naturally healthy and tasty!

                        There are only 2 calories per cup, a trace of fat and a trace of sugar.



                        There are loads of flavours in the Twinings infusions range so I'm sure you'll find one you like. At the minute Sainbsburys have a half price offer on many flavours; this one unfortunately isn't in the offer but only costs 90p at full price.

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                          21.01.2009 20:52
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                          A real tea time treat.

                          I am a little surprised to find that this is only rated three out of five stars on average by my fellow reviewers. This is a huge hit with me personally and I think it is one of the nicest fruit teas I have ever had by any brand.

                          Usually a box of 20 teabags costs 95p in Tesco but at present they are on offer for 60p. I think it is an excellent time to try these if you are interested but have not yet done so as that is just 3p per cup at the offer price.

                          To make a cup of this fruit tea, simply place a teabag in a cup and pour boiling water over it then leave it to infuse for a few minutes. I use a teaspoon to squeeze the bag to speed this process up when I am in a hurry.

                          The taste of this fruit tea is very naturally sweet and I really like it. The strawberry is the strongest taste here and I must admit that a little more mango would be a nice contrast here. I sometimes sweeten this up with sugar though I do not feel that this tea needs it.

                          What is especially pleasant about this tea is the aroma. My daughter was drinking a cup of this when I walked in the door the other day and I could smell strawberries from the porch. At the Tesco offer price, this is one for new fruit tea drinkers to try if they are not sure if fruit tea is for them. Especially if you like sweet drinks and have previously been afraid that fruit tea might be bitter like herbal teas can be.

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                            19.01.2009 20:10
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                            Strawberry and Mango infusion by Twinings

                            Strawberry and Mango is in the Fresh and Fruity range of Twinings infusions. I love both strawberries and mango so decided to give it a try. As I had to cut down on caffeine.

                            The box is a pretty pink with a picture of some lovely strawberries and a slice of Mango, and all the ingredients are natural. There are 20 tea bags in the box, they aren't individually wrapped which I like as it saves on waste paper, but they are joined so you have to separate them. The box is also re-cyclable. Some people though may prefer individually wrapped bags if they want to carry one in their bag to work, you can buy mixed boxes and this is often in them. The box contains 40grams.

                            The information on the box says that it is an exotic deliciously refreshing infusion. Mango has quite a strong flavour and the strawberry is meant to balance it, but to be truthful I hardly notice the mango, to me strawberry is the dominant flavour.
                            I like to make mine in a mug and pour on boiling water, I find that the two to three minutes they advise to brew your infusion isn't sufficient, and there is barely any taste! I do notice the immediate fragrance when I pour on the water, but find a good 5 minutes makes for a stronger flavoured drink. I also leave the teabag in the cup.

                            Like other drinks by Twinings, Hibiscus is the main ingredient, followed by strawberry leaves, 10% natural strawberry flavouring, orange peel, 7.5% natural Mango flavouring, rosehips and liquorice root. A cup containing 100mls has just 2 kcal, with no caffeine so quite a healthy drink to have. Twinings say it is a healthy way to rehydrate your body, and it certainly tastes better than plain water. You can infuse it and add honey for a sweeter taste, in my mind that would spoil it, but I don't add sugar to any drinks. You can also cool it and pour over ice for a refreshing cold drink.

                            My box has a long shelf life, it will last until November 2010. I keep mine in the box and they seem to keep fresh enough, although they never last very long! I think I paid 60pence the last time I bought it from Tesco, but that was on offer, so I think it is great value, normally around 90p. It certainly tastes fresh but isn't quite as fruity as I had thought, but I still like this drink very much.

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                              19.01.2009 12:05
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                              not recommended.

                              This is one of the few fruit teas that I really do not like. It is so overly sweet. I think perhaps strawberry is not a good fruit to use for tea because it is so naturally sweet. This flavour needs to be toned down with something sharper or more bitter. However, in this tea from Twinings, the combination of Strawberry and Mango heightens the sweetness of the strawberry. Yuck!

                              I cannot say that one fruit flavour is stronger than the other. In this way they work quite well together and do compliment each other. I just think that something bitter should have been added to this combination in order to make the drink better.

                              The smell is really sweet but it is very pleasant. The taste is just pure sweetness and not much pleasantness! The tea look appetising as well, being a rich pink colour once you have added boiling water. It just doesn't do it for me.

                              If you have a really really really sweet tooth then I guess you might like this drink but you would have to really like your sugar! I guess it might be nice if you drank it while eating some very bitter dark chocolate perhaps!

                              Boxes are about £1.50 for 20 bags.

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                              A mouth-watering infusion, which combines strawberry and mango flavours. Ideal at any time of the day