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Twinings make some of my favourite teas. They do a really nice range of green teas, fruit teas, peppermint teas and the newest tea from their range that I have tried is their white tea with a hint of pomegranate.
Twinings and Tea are virtually synonymous, the history of the company going back centuries. Thomas Twining actually opened the first known tea room in 1706, a building that still stands in the Strand, London to this day.
So what exactly is a white tea? Well, according to an article I read, White tea is a tea made with leaves that are processed in a manner to let them wilt slightly and lose the "grassy" taste of green tea, while undergoing minimal oxidation. Like green, oolong and black tea, white tea comes from the Camellia sinensis plant. White tea always makes me think that it is quite pure and light and not as strong as black tea. According to the Twinings website, during the T'ang Dynasty in China, only the emperor was allowed to drink white tea, that's because it's made from only the unopened buds and young leaves of the tea plant. Twinings go on to say that this makes for a delicious light, clean taste.
I definitely agree with this. I found the tea to be a lot lighter than black tea and even a bit lighter than green tea. They suggest that once you pour the water on the tea bag you only let it infuse for one minute. This made my tea really golden in colour and light. I did leave one for a bit longer once and it did go a bit darker but it was still quite refreshing.
The pomegranate is native toSouthwest Asia and has been cultivated in the Caucasus since ancient times.
I found the pomegranate a wonderful addition to this tea. You can definitely taste a fruitiness to this tea but it's not too overpowering. I found the flavour to be quite tropical and different from the usual fruit flavours in teas.
According to the Twinings website, " in ancient Persia, the pomegranate was hailed as a symbol of life and rebirth. We've blended its flavour with our white tea to create a light infusion that's a natural source of antioxidants. The tangy taste of pomegranate it the perfect combination for the silky, delicate taste of white tea. Just the thing if you're in need of a gentle pick me up."
All in all a lovely tea that will give you the little taste of luxury whenever you need it most.
This is one of my favourite teas.
It comes in a pack of 20 individually wrapped tea bags with strings.
When you open they bag, it's not immediately obvious that there is any promegranate in the tea as the fruity smell is very mild. However, once you wet the tea and dip it in the hot water, the smell of the fruit wafts up but still not particularly strong. This is a good sign that it compliments rather than overpowers the tea. The aroma of this tea is divine - a mixture of green tea with a slight hint of something fruity but not enough fruit to make it smell like hot Ribena!
To me, white tea is very similar to green tea and jasmine tea in that the longer you leave the tea bag in the cup, the more bitter it tastes. So for this tea, it is the same - I tend to brew the tea for about a minute before the water starts clouding over. This is when it becomes really strong and bitter and to some people, could become quite unpleasant to drink. If you are one of these drinkers, I recommend you literally dip your tea bag in, count to 20 seconds and take it out.
In terms of taste, yes it is quite bitter but I find that really refreshing - it doesn't stick to the palette like other bitter teas and helps cleanse the palette after greasy food. It really does make you feel like you've cleansed your insides.
The hint of promagranate is just that which is perfect because I hate fruit teas. A very refreshing taste and very enjoyable although, be warned, green tea contains caffeine so don't drink after 6pm!
In my ongoing quest to find the nicest tasting healthy tea (yes, it is a fairly strange quest...!) I stumbled across Twinings 'White Tea with Pomegranate'.
I hadn't ever tried white tea prior to drinking this product, yet I knew it would be nicer than the last tea which I reviewed - 'Dr Stuart's Detox' - which has one of the most hideous tastes known to mankind.
The product, which costs over £2, isn't available from all supermarkets - I bought the tea from Somerfield, but the local Tesco and Morrisons don't stock it.
Twinings White Tea with Pomegranate comes packaged in a 50g box which contains twenty teabags. Each bag comes in its own envelope which helps retain freshness, and makes it look a bit posh.
After brewing for the recommended one minute, I actually found the taste to be similar to that of green tea. There is a hint of bitterness, but it isn't too unpleasant. The box claims that there is a "sweet taste of pomegranate", yet to me, there is no sweetness. The Pomegranate flavour is very mild, and certainly doesn't match the delicious smell which this tea produces. I find that with all these fruit teas, adding a teaspoon of sugar helps to bring out the flavour.
White tea apparently contains the same beneficial anti-oxidants as found in green tea, so in terms of being healthy, this tea ticks the boxes. However, when it comes to flavour, Twinings White Tea with Pomegranate isn't anything special, and I probably won't buy it again.
My search continues...
Character: A delicate, sweet white tea complemented by natural pomegranate flavour, ideal as a lighter alternative to green tea.