Product Type: Twinings Tea
Newest Review: ... taste differences. I have had no problems with taste differences regarding the Twinings version of this tea. The envelope that contains t... more
A Subtle Soft And Silently Sintilating Tea That Will Tingle On The Tongue
Twinings White Tea Pure
Member Name: chrisbriers567
Twinings White Tea Pure
Advantages: It will not blow you mouth out.
Disadvantages: Flavours can be so subtle that they can be drowned out, maybe need a bitter kick with it.
The origins of white tea are certainly elaborate and grand, at one point the only person who was allowed to drink white tea was the Emperor of China, I knew I had to have something in common with the former Emperor of China. I love the story of the origins of white tea which states that about 5,000 years ago there was a Chinese Emperor called Shen Nung who happened to be moving around his land in the countryside when he required a drink, but with the hygiene standards of the time not being up to today's modern standards, he ordered for some of the previously undrinkable water to be boiled. When the water had been boiled a tea leaf was blown into his hot water, the Emperor was mystified by this and let it stay in the water, as result what we now know to be modern day tea was evolved. Tea became a massively important commodity in both China and Japan following the events with Emperor Shen Nung. To demonstrate the obsession of the time with tea, the Emperor Hui Zong became so engrossed with his love and life's desire to find the ultimate tea that his empire was gradually lost. The origins of white tea undoubtedly lie within Asia until fairly recently but it is now used around the world.
There are several varieties of white tea that are of different quality levels. The four main varieties are silver needle, white peony, long life eyebrow and tribute eyebrow. The different forms of white tea are all produced in different ways so this can therefore mean that it is occasionally possible to experience slight taste differences. I have had no problems with taste differences regarding the Twinings version of this tea. The envelope that contains the tea bag itself states that it is 'made from the unopened bud and young leaves of the Camellia sinensis from the Fujian province of China', I have no reason to doubt this information but I do think that it would be a good idea for Twinings to publish which variety of white tea it is. The fact that the tea comes from the Camellia sinensis species of plant perhaps makes the origin of it seem more elaborate than it is, the plant is a very common variety in the tea producing world and is used for everything from white tea through to both green tea and also black tea. The tea is typically grown in the hotter and more humid climates of the world and the general consensus is that it should be grown at a high altitude for a better flavour. The result of the growing conditions required mean that it is mass produced in India and China predominantly, the Twinings pure white tea comes from China.
Pure white tea is supposed to have many health benefits although Twinings do not market the tea based on any of the somewhat unsupported claims. The elaborate claims in terms of health benefits include cancer prevention, an ability to lower high blood pressure, lower cholesterol, heart protection, stronger bones and maintain healthy teeth, gums and skin. If all of the apparent health benefits are actually true it begs the question of why the NHS doesn't pack in research and instead invest in buying the entire worlds supply of white tea. As you may well have guessed it's not hard to see that I am sceptical.
With regard to the packaging, it is done with the typical chic elegance that is expected of the quality Twinings brand. The brand name itself is clearly visible in large font just above the middle of the packet that contains each individual tea bag. The Twinings logo is in black text with a gold stripe background the makes it stand out. Under the company logo it clearly states that the tea is a 'white tea' with 'pure' written underneath, this clearly distinguishes the product from the similar Twinings product that is also white tea but with a hint of pomegranate. The packet is not elaborate but clearly makes it's point, the picture is of a green leaf on a short stem which in my opinion is effective but is not trying too hard to get noticed. The pack that I bought contained 20 tea bags, each one presented in it's own little packet. The box itself is made from cardboard and survived transportation very well without any corners having been squashed. In my opinion Twinings have tried to put the minimum number of teabags that they possibly can in the box, for such a quality brand I would have expected perhaps 25 or even 30 in the box.
Some speciality teas have a reputation for not being the best in terms of how they look, the strong ingredients can sometimes mean that the look repulsive but taste great. The white tea does not look all that different to ant regular cup of tea, the only noticeable difference is that it is slightly lighter in colour than many regular cups of tea. The lighter look of the tea that I have commented on is almost certainly down to the fact that I did not drink it with any milk in, as Twinings strongly recommend.
The taste of the tea itself is subtle and delicate and it is certainly important to note that that this never will be a replacement for coffee and this is proven by the fact that one of the selling points that Twinings use, is that it actually contains much lower levels of caffeine than many of the other teas on the market today. A very useful tip that I have found on the Twinings website is that the water should be allowed to boil in the kettle but the left for between 5 and 6 minutes to allow the temperature to cool to about 75 degrees and then poured into the mugs with the teabags in, I agree with the fact that this makes for a more flavoursome cup of tea with a stronger scent. The fragrance of the tea can be made stronger but it is still not powerful and it is not going to keep you awake well into the night. I do like the taste as it is subtle and when it is piping hot and it will tingle on the tongue. While Twinings seem to insist that the tea is best if it is enjoyed naturally, which I do not believe is a bad conclusion, I would also suggest that it may benefit from the addition of something slightly more bitter, possible serving it with a lemon slice or a similar ingredient to give it a bit of kick.
For a reason unbeknown to me this tea is not readily available in the supermarkets as many others in the Twinings range are. The best source to buy it from is Twinings very own website on which a box that contains twenty tea bags will cost £2.05, this works out at a cost of 10.25 pence per cup of tea which is towards the high end of the market. As I have already said I think that it would be possible to put about five extra bags in each box very easily and this would mean a better tea economy rate of about 8p per cup of tea, this would be easy for Twinings to do and could certainly increase my level of customer satisfaction.
All in all I would say that this tea is a great starting point for people who are perhaps not all that keen on different forms of tea and may want an east one to begin with, on the other hand I cannot fault the taste because it does everything that it says on the can. Twinings are ultimately correct when the say that it can be described as both 'subtle' and 'delicate'. The packaging for the tea is strong are survives transportation well, the royal crest gives it that mark of quality that makes the brand stand out as above some the other common rivals. With regard to cost it is hard to fault a product that costs only a little over £2.00 for 20 teabags but I think that it is fair and honest to say that they could have put more in the box given it's size.
Summary: Not the greatest tea in the Twinings range but it does what it says on the can
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