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      25.03.2011 13:13
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      Fruity and Refreshing

      Occasionally I go through a phase where I'm trying to be healthy, or just want a change from my usual cup of tea, and I like to try different varieties of fruit teas. Usually, this will be a green tea of some sort but I am also a little partial to this blackberry and nettle tea by Twinings. I don't even remember why I first tried it now, as nettle tea has never really appealed to me - in fact, exactly the opposite, it has always repulsed me a little! But try it I did and I'm happy to say, it wasn't bad!

      BENEFITS OF NETTLE

      Nettle tea is said to cure diseases and inflammations of the urinary system, and also urinary retentions. It has a slightly laxative effect, being recommended in depurative remedies. Nettle tea can also help those who suffer from diabetes, as it leads to the decrease of blood sugar. It is also said to help eliminate viruses and bacterial infections. So, aside from providing an alternative to my usual cuppa, it has added health benefits - bonus.

      THE TEA

      The teabags come in a box of 20 for around £1.10. The box is purple in colour with a picture of blackberries and nettle leaves on the front. You open the box by pulling the cardboard tag around the outside of the box so that it opens right up. The teabags inside are in pairs, which are perforated so they can be separated easily.

      To make the tea, you use one tea bag per person and just add hot water. Allow the teabag to infuse for two to three minutes before removing. If required, you can add honey to sweeten the drink. Usually with fruit teas, particularly green teas, I remove the teabag at a point earlier than the recommended time as I find the taste too strong. However, with this tea I find that the full three minutes gives a great taste. The drink is a lovely rich purple in colour.

      THE TASTE

      Upon looking at the ingredients in this tea, I am surprised by some of what is included! The ingredients include: blackberry leaves (10.2%), nettle leaves (10.2%), orange peel, blackberry flavouring, liquorice root, strawberry flavouring, blackberry pieces (1%). The inclusion of orange peel, strawberry flavouring and liquorice root in that list really surprise me as I cannot taste any of those ingredients at all!.

      The taste is, in fact, predominantly of blackberry, which is quite sweet. I therefore do not feel the need to add any honey to sweeten the drink as it's really fruity and drinkable on it's own. Nettle is said to add a peppery taste to the drink but, again, my taste buds cannot detect this at all. What I particularly enjoy about this drink is that there is no bitter aftertaste, as you sometimes get with fruit teas. In fact, it's a really pleasant, refreshing drink.

      MY OPINION

      Whether the health benefits of drinking nettle tea are real or not, I could not say. I certainly have not experienced any laxative effect from drinking this tea (surprising as it also contains liquorice root!). That aside, this really is a lovely, refreshing drink and one that I would chose regardless of whether there are any added health benefits or not. It's a great alternative hot drink to tea and is caffeine free, so was great for cutting out caffeine a little when I was pregnant too. It is perhaps one of the best fruit teas that I have tasted, recommended.

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        25.03.2010 15:25
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        There are better teas out there!

        A couple of years ago, for a bit of a random New Years resolution I gave up drinking tea and coffee, well at least the caffinated variety. At first I thought it would be really difficult, but it turned out it was much easier than I thought. I soon realised I didnt even like the taste of it, it was just having a hot drink that I missed. Luckily I stumbled across fruit tea which managed to fill that hole.

        Since starting to drink fruit / herbal tea I have tried many different flavours from many different brands (named brands including Twinings and Tetley) and supermarket own products like Tesco, Asda and Sainsbury's. I have learnt that I prefer the red berry type teas. When I went into Tesco this tea was on offer, so I thought I would try it. I had a vague idea of what blackberry tasted like, but I had no idea what nettle tasted like so I didn't really know what to expect with this tea.

        The tea comes in a cardboard box, which is great as it is 100% recyclable. Within the box are 20 netted tea bags. To make the tea you place the bag in a cup and poor boiling water over the bag. I know of noone who adds milk but I know of several people who add sugar.

        It is down to personal taste how long to leave the tea bag to brew for, it depends how strong you wish the flavour to be. The tea gives off a light smell, not a strong aroma like you experience with some of the other teas. This gives a hint as to what the flavour will be like. The flavour is very light blackberry flavour, with no inidcation of a nettle taste in my opinion. The flavour is very weak and muted. It was definitely not the sort of flavour which leaves it's mark. There was nothing horrible about this tea, but nothing amazing about it either. As there are so many other nice teas out there, I wouldnt go out of my way to buy it again, but I would drink it if it was offered to me.

        Not one of the better Twinings.

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          24.03.2010 11:31
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          Great altnernative to a cup of tea

          What are Twinings Infusions?

          Twinings infusions are cafeine free refreshing drinks that are inspired by mouth watering berries and fruits. They are perfect for those wanting a healthy body and want a refreshing drink to stay hydrated. They can be drank hot, by simply infusion with boiling water NO MILK, or leave to cool down and add ice for a cold summer cocktail. They are made with all natural ingredients too!

          Blackberry and Nettle - what's the fuss?

          The sweet taste of Blackberries and it's fruity aroma are balanced perfectly with the peppery and refrshing taste of Nettles. Blackberries and nettles grow side by side in nature so Twinings used this to inspire this autumnal delicious refreshing drink. Blackberry is a good source of Vitamins C, E and the mineral selenium. Nettle has properties which help to remove toxins from the body.

          Taste

          I prefer much more fruity tastes and have just got into drinking Twinings Infusions. I wasn't as impressed with the taste at first but it took me a couple of mugs to get used to it. I found it a refreshing change to standard tea and coffee and a lot more healthier. It is a great way to keep me hydrated throughout the day.

          Ingredients

          Hibiscus, Orange Peel, Blackberry Leaves (10.5%), Nettle Leaves (10%), Rosehips, Natural Raspberry flavouring, Liquorice root, natural blackberry flavour. All natural!!!


          Price

          99p or 2 boxes for £1.50 at most stores. Each box contains 20 teabags.

          Overall

          I was impressed with this drink, althought not my favourite taste, I feel the health benefits outweigh this. At opnly 2 calories a mug is is much more healthier than standard tea and is great at staying hydrated. I would recommend this range and this flavour for its health benefits.

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          19.03.2010 14:42
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          Better than "real" tea

          Normally I'm a coffee drinker, however after deciding to sort my diet and excersise out I decided I should also cut out caffeine. Having never tried anything except standard coffee and tea I was a bit unsure of any other hot drinks but I came across a Twinings variety pack on offer in Tesco while doing the shopping.

          After a quick read I decided to try it as it was all natural ingredients and I couldn't really go wrong for a couple of pound anyway.

          I tried a few of the other flavours first and was quite impressed! Blackberry and Nettle was also in the pack so after brewing for a couple of mins and trying it I decided it was probably a bit rich and the taste was defintely different from anything I'd experienced before. However, determined not to waste the teabags I tried again with a teaspoon of honey and actually enjoyed my cup of tea and found it really refreshing and comforting after a long day at work. The taste definately takes a little bit of getting used to as it's very unusual but it's also enjoyable!

          I've also done a little bit of research and discourvered that Blackberry and Nettle are really very good for you. Blackberry is a good source of Vitamins C and E and selenium (a mineral) and Blackberry is regular used by herbalists and naturopaths in treating a range of symptoms. You may wish to speak to a Health Food Shop about the benefits. Nettle is very good at clearing toxins from the body and, again, is used by herbalists for a variety of things.

          I definately recommend trying these and maybe replacing one of your regular tea/coffee portions with this. Please also check out the rest of the Twinings Infusions as they all have different tastes and benefits.

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            22.11.2009 21:56
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            good if you want to de-tox- otherwise, avoid

            The thought of drinking a tea with the flavour of nettles had put me off buying this product, since the memory of having fallen into a huge patch of them as a child and being stung all over hadn't yet left my memory. However, I'm willing to give most things a try at least once, and my friend told me nettle is good for de-toxifying your body. Why this would appeal to me is a bit of a mystery, since I've never even tried to de-tox in my life, but perhaps I was caught up in the moment and ended up spontaneously buying a pack. I'm glad I did, but only because I know not to buy them again!

            I wouldn't say that these teabags have an unpleasant flavour- the problem for me was that they didn't seem to have any flavour at all. It seemed like a waste of a good £1.30 to me to buy something to flavour my hot water, when I could just as easily have boiled the kettle for free (bar the electricity costs!) and achieved the same effect. The water turned purple, so I can only assume I left the tea bag in for long enough, but that's about all that happened.

            These are the ingredients: hibiscus, orange peel, rosehips, blackberry leaves (10.5%), nettle leaves (10%), rosehips, natural raspberry flavouring, liquorice root, natural blackberry flavouring (1.5%).
            Since the three main ingredients are hibiscus, orange peel and rosehips (which never do taste of anything ), rather than blackberry or nettle, it's probably not surprising that this tea has such a weak taste.

            You get the usual 20 bags for the price, and I suppose you could quite easily re-use the bags to get better value-for-money, for the reasons given above!

            This tea might be a good idea if you want to feel the health benefits, but I wouldn't recommend buying it for the flavour.

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              25.09.2009 19:59
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              Don't be put off by the nettle!

              I have never been a fan of a normal cup of tea or coffee, I think it runs in the family. I was at a friend's house and she offered me a cup of fruit tea, I was a bit wary because normally they just taste like boiled water.

              Blackberry and Nettle tea is for sale at about the £1 mark in most large supermarkets. You get 20 bags for that price. I have to say that it looks to me that many people are put off by the nettle aspect as the box is always full on the shelve, more for me I suppose. I can garantee the tea isn't bitter, the nettle adds a slight tang but the blackberry is definately the dominant flavour. I find the sweetness of the blackberries really complements the bitterness of the nettle. They really neutralise it, giving a sweet flavour that works.

              The tea is purple in colour, I find leaving the teabag in for a few minutes strengthen it and gives a beautiful blackberry stained colour. Ot smells of blackberries but the nettle compliments this and really offers a nice drink.

              Before people ask, it is different to just drinking blackberry squash, there is a far more natural taste.

              The nettle also has good properties. It is claimed that it soothes and cleanses the digestive system. As far as I'm concerned I don't know but it gives me another reason to drink gallons of it. It really does taste absolutely delicious.

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              02.06.2009 15:12
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              a great fruity and herbal tea that can aid detox nice hot and cold

              This is an herbal tea that I was persuaded to try after reading that nettle tea can help your body to detoxify. Now I decide rather than going gathering them myself and getting various nettle stings and making a witches like brew in my kitchen I would give these tea bags a try. Why not try just trying nettle tea you ask well I thought this would be a half waypoint as often when I try pure herbal tea it just tastes like dishwater so I was hoping the blackberry element would give it a refreshing kick.

              Benefits of nettle tea

              Nettle tea is also often suggested for sufferers of arthritis and gout, as it is reported to aid in the reduction levels of uric acid in the body. It is also excellent for detoxifying the body great if you have a hangover!



              The box and tea bags
              These tea bags come in a cardboard box that is fully recyclable box and are part of the Twinings well-being being range. There are 20 tea bags per pack and these are just like normal tea bags in shape and design.

              On opening the box the blackberry smell is pleasantly noticeable. I can't say I got the slights whiff though of nettles and the hedgerow that they grow in. from the teabags just in the box


              Brewing Instructions:
              Allow one teabag per person. Add freshly boiled water immediately to the bag and leave to infuse for 2-3 minutes according to taste. Can be drunk hot or cold. Add honey to sweeten, if preferred. Always drink without milk.

              How I have drunk this is to allow it to infuse for 5 minutes as I have found that this has given more of a blackberry taste and smell I then take the teabag out as if it lingers longer in the cup it can give it a bitter taste. When the water is on the teabag the smell that you notice is that of the blackberries and in fact because this is such a robust smell the other ingredients of nettle and liquorice and strawberry don't come through at all. Personally I have found this tea to be sweet enough and have never had to add honey to the taste.

              The taste test
              The first taste to hit you is again the blackberry but you are left with a lingering taste of summer fruit with a peppery taste. If you have tried strawberries with a grind of black pepper that is the taste. I think this is the nettle part of the tea coming through. Now it maybe my taste buds but the liquorice notes have never been overt so don't expect to get a taste like that of a liquorice allsorts here.

              This tea is also nice cold with lots of ice which given the nice hot days we are having at the moment goes well as a soft drink for a barbecue and You could also try to make it up on a jug with some strawberries and cucumber to make a non-alcoholic pimms style drink.

              Ingredients
              Hibiscus, rosehips, blackberry leaves (10.2%), nettle leaves (10.2%), orange peel, blackberry flavouring, liquorice root, strawberry flavouring, blackberry pieces (1%).


              Where from
              This tends to be one of the herbal teas that you see in the bigger supermarkets rather than the your corner shop supermarkets. I have bought mine from Sainsburys and they often have these fruit teas as part of sales promotions they currently are on offer for 71 pence normally they retail for 95 pence a box

              Overall I think this is a great herbal tea that is pleasant to drink both hot and cold that has some great health benfits

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                15.01.2009 15:15
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                Highly recommended!

                I have not seen Blackberry and Nettle tea bags by Twinings on sale for a while but I am sure they are still available. I guess they are just not one of their more popular brands. I can understand why because the nettle aspect would put people off I imagine. It suggests the tea will be a little bitter. This is true to an extent but the blackberry flavour is so strong and so dominant and so super sweet and fruity that actually the nettle tones this down nicely. The combination of Blackberries and Nettles works perfectly.

                The tea is a beautiful rich purple colour, very much like blackberry stains on clothes! It smells strongly of sweet ripe blackberries but the taste is slightly less strong, being weakened a little, but in a very complimentary way, by the nettle.

                The bonus with this fruit tea is that nettle is meant to be good for you, both cleansing and soothing for the digestive tract and your stomach and other internal bits! I therefore like to drink this fruit tea because I can convince myself it is helping me. I cannot say I notice any improvement in my health when I drink it but it does taste delicious and if there is the possibility it might be doing me some good then so much the better.

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                  11.02.2006 08:20
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                  A refreshing drink, hot or cold.

                  It may be that I’m getting old (well, I am, I know) but I can no longer drink coffee or even tea in the quantities that I managed ten years ago. They contain caffeine and this acts on the central nervous system to increase the stress hormones in the blood. I can’t relax properly and sleep is almost impossible. I suffer from mood swings – and so does everyone around me. There are, of course, de-caffeinated drinks but I always find the taste disappointing when compared to the original.

                  For many years I’ve drunk Twinings’ Wild Blackberry and Nettle Infusion. It’s naturally caffeine-free which means that I can drink it at any time of the day without it affecting my sleep patterns or mood. There’s also no added sugar and as an unsweetened mug of the infusion comes in at only four calories I don’t mind how many drinks I have in the course of the day.

                  I like the packaging. There’s nothing there that I can’t recycle. It’s simply a cardboard box containing twenty teabags. The cardboard will compost or recycle and the used teabag goes into the compost bin. It’s easy to open and closes sensibly for storage. There’s no cellophane wrapping to end up in landfill and nothing superfluous. Twinings have various ethical and Fair Trade initiatives and whilst there’s no suggestion that the ingredients in this infusion are Fair Trade they do seem to be a company that tries its best.

                  It’s very easy to make. Pop a teabag into a mug – or if you’re posh and use a teapot, allow one teabag per person. Add boiling water and leave to infuse for two to three minutes. Older boxes suggested an infusion time of three to five minutes, but I find three minutes to be about perfect. If you want the full effect serve it in a white mug. The infusion will be pink and then gradually turn into that dark red that wants to be purple when it grows up.

                  The aroma is pure blackberry. I’ve had a cold this week but I could still smell the infusion from several feet away. It almost takes over the room. Of the other ingredients – hibiscus, rosehip, orange peel, liquorice root and strawberry flavouring – there isn’t even a hint. That blackberry is a thug. Blackberry leaves and blackberry pieces make up 11.2% of the ingredients, but 100% of the aroma.

                  The taste is not pure blackberry though. My first thought is always of the rosehip syrup that I was given as a child, but without the sweetness. Next comes what I can only describe as the red berry flavour. It’s the taste of a mixed fruit summer pudding with just a delicate hint of liquorice. There’s a taste there that reminds me of Christmas – that’s the orange peel. The nettle comes through as a slightly peppery aftertaste. It’s a robust flavour too. With other brands I’ve sometimes resorted to drinking the tea with the bag still in the mug (disgusting, I know), but that’s not necessary here. This is not an infusion that smells better than it tastes, as so many are.

                  I find the mixture sweet enough for my taste, but then I drink both tea and coffee black with no sugar, so it might be that it’s not sweet enough for everyone. It can be sweetened with honey or sugar, but never, ever add milk. In summer I make up jugs of this to have as a cold drink – just make it in the normal way and allow to cool. I’ve also given it to children as a cold drink, although I have added a little honey. My most indulgent use for it is as the liquid when I bake tea bread.

                  I look and feel better when I drink this regularly. Being caffeine-free it counts towards all that water I should be drinking everyday, whereas normal tea and coffee don’t. Nettle has a natural cleansing effect. Because of my cold I’ve just about doubled my consumption of this over the last week and I’ve been in the annoying situation of feeling under the weather but having people telling me how well I look!

                  The price is reasonable. In my local supermarket the regular price is 99p for a box of twenty with occasional offers of two boxes for £1.50. I’ve never bought a box with a use-by date less than a year away and it’s usually more like eighteen months, so it’s possible to stock up and have a supply of delicious hot or cold drinks for less than 4p a mug. Not all supermarkets stock this tea – I’ve been unable to find it in the local Tesco or Sainsbury, but if your supermarket stocks the Twinings range it might only need the nudge of you asking to get it on the shelf.

                  Boxes of the infusion currently on sale are now described as “Blackberry and Nettle” rather than “Wild Blackberry and Nettle”. The ingredients are exactly the same and I can’t spot any difference in the taste of infusions from the new boxes. It could be that the blackberries have got over whatever it was they were cross about or an acknowledgement of the difficulty of sourcing sufficient wild blackberries to ensure a continuous supply. Either way, it tastes good.

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