“ Brand: Twinings / Type: Fruit Tea „
A couple of weeks ago I had the week from hell at work and by the time Friday came around I was shattered. Although it was the weekend I couldn't relax. I had promised my niece and nephew they could come for the night and stay Saturday. I knew it would mean swimming, walking through the woods and no chance to re charge my batteries. I decided to sit down for half an hour with a cuppa and as I had received some fruity and herbal tea samples I tried one. The one that caught my eye was Twinings Lemon and Ginger which promises to "revive and revitalise". Just what I needed!
Twinings of London was founded in 1706 by Thomas Twinings. He opened the first tea house in Britain selling not only pots of tea also sold the actual tea leaves. In 1837 Twinings was granted a royal warrant by Queen Victoria. They supplied her household with their tea and still continue to do so with the current Queen.
Twinings Lemon and Ginger tea is part of their "Revive and Cleanse Infusions" range They claim that their natural ingredients and flavours will lift away foggy moments. Well I don't know about foggy but I was certainly feeling bushed.
My free sample came in a little mainly yellow envelope containing 1 bag. The picture on the front is the same as on the full size box of tea bags, it shows a wedge of lemon and a piece of ginger. Twinings is written in a gold band across the top.
The tea bag is a little paper sack, no gimmicks or perforations just a piece of cotton attached with a little tag on the end with Twinings written on it. The tea bag doesn't really smell of lemon but when I put it to my nose I could faintly smell the ginger.
20 tea bags costs £1.25 but prices do vary depending on where you shop.
So, kettle boiled, I poured the water over the tea bag, no milk is needed. Instantly there was a strong smell of sharp fresh lemons. It was natural and fresh, very nice. I couldn't detect any ginger at this point. I left the bag for 3 minuets as suggested on the packet, removed the tea bag and settled down to be revived.
Before I took a sip I had a sniff of the tea. The lemon was much fainter by now and the ginger started coming through a bit more. The liquid is a pale lemon colour and totally clear. The first flavour I got was lemon but it was quite faint. It still tasted like real fruit there was nothing artificial about it. The ginger doesn't really hit until after you've swallowed the tea. Once again its quite mild and not overpowering. It left a slight tingly feeling on my tongue and in my throat, there is a slight tea taste as well but once again its not strong.
I enjoyed my lemon and ginger tea, it was certainly refreshing. The flavours were subtle but blended together very well. It tasted natural and although wasn't sweet it wasn't sharp or sour either. It was a nice clean fresh tasting drink and I will certainly buy a full size box. The question is did I feel revived? Well actually yes I did! However, I cant definitely say this was down to the Lemon and Ginger. I may well have felt ready to take on 2 little children after just a strong coffee but the tea stood up in its own right just on flavour alone without any claims of revitalising and therefore deserves 5 Dooyoo stars.
I do not like tea- yes I am weird- all my friends think its strange that I can't get involved in a cuppa but I just can't. It has never ever appealed to me- I don't like the taste. Consequently people feel like they have to give you a hot drink- now I love a good hot chocolate but there is only so many of them you can drink without feeling sick- so I have tried fruit flavoured teas- people always seem to have these in their cupboard.
For me, usually fruit teas have just been fragranced, coloured hot water. I have not enjoyed them at all- it never tastes of what it says it will in the pack and the longer the tea bag is left in, the more stewed it tastes which is worse!
Then I had a bad throat one day and my grandma suggested that I should try the Twinnings lemon and ginger tea. At first I was dubious....it'll be another vile tasting dish water. How wrong I was.
The Twinnings tea comes in a tea bag, it could easily be mistaken for a normal tea bag- unless you get close up and you can tell it smells of lemon and ginger- a fab aroma. I pop the tea bag in the cup and fill with hot water, and add a little cold at the top so I'll be able to drink it, otherwise its scalding! I then mash the teabag around in the cup for 20 seconds with a spoon to try and release the flavours and then I dispose of it (I have been given a cup with the tea bag left in for me to drink- not good!)
The water becomes a light yellowy colour, and the scent is amazing- lemony and gingery. It smells really warming and soothing....along the lines of a nicer version of lemsip. It smells like it'll cure all ailments.
The taste is great, a lovely burst of ginger with suttle hints of lemon- divine! I always add a drop of honey into it, to give it a little sweetness as well. Adding the cold water enables you to drink it straight away so it doesn't go stale.
At £1.08 for 20 tea bags in the supermarket- I think it is quite reasonably priced and I do reallly enjoy it.
I wasn't sure what to think when I found a box of these lurking in my condiments cupboard. I'm from Yorkshire, where we drink Yorkshire Tea, I didn't know how they'd gotten there although I strongly suspected that my Mum and a spare set of keys had something to do with it. Eyeing the box suspiciously, I noted that the bag had to be left to stew for a good 3 - 5 minutes; ok, not a bad start but no milk?! 'no need for milk' it said....hmmmm dubious.....
I boiled the kettle, poured water into a giant mug and on top of the small, square tea bag. The tea bag smelt quite nice, as did the hot water as the flavours began to diffuse through my cuppa. I waited patiently, stirring the yellow swirls as they spiralled out of the bag and into the the water. Checking the box again; there's no need to add sugar but can add honey to taste. I didn't have any honey, but I did have an emergency Yorkshire Tea bag on stand-by should this go disasterously wrong!
After four and a half minutes, I strained the tea bag and took a gentle sip - nothing. It tasted of nothing, hot water. I put the cup down in dismay. I flounced upstairs, thinking I would get changed before setting about making a regular, non-experimental brew. A few minutes later I came back downstairs and thought I'd have one more go before throwing this so-called tea down the plug hole.
But hang on a minute, what's this? seems like those few minutes made all the difference as this is now a cup of zingy, soothing mellowness. It's yummy with just the right blend of ginger, giving just a little tickle of spice on the tongue. The lemon isn't sharp, it's fruity. What a brilliant combination.
Said to have properties to aid digestion and to settle an unsettled tummy, I now aim to drink two cups a day and I must admit, I'm never disappointed, whether it's a placebo effect of drinking something other than caffeine laden brews, I don't know.
I have since found out that a box of around 20 tea bags will set you back about 97p (asda) and is widely available from supermarkets.
Don't get me wrong, I'm still of the belief that nothing soothes like a Yorkshire brew, but I have broadened my horizons and stock a number of fruit teas in my condiment cupboard now.
I hate the fact that when winter comes round I become a germ magnet! I don't seem to be able to make it through the cold season without a bright red huge runny nose and a throat that feels like eating is rubbing it with sandpaper! Several people have recommended slicing ginger in boling water to allay the symptoms, but I always seem to then develop an additional case of lazyitus. However putting a Twinnings tea bag in a mug and filling it with hot water is something I have found myself capable of.
Noticing wellbeing tea on a supermarket shelf when I was starting to sniffle appeared to be fate! I threw a box of 20 tea bags (1.79) along with the requisit illness chocolate and easy microwave meals!
Twinnings tea comes in a rectangular box, usually coloured in connection with the tea flavour - in this case yellow. The logo and writing are black and gold as with most of the range. The card is quite flimsy and althought the box will hold closed ionce opened it does let air in, so I usually transfer to a tin.
The bags are square based with folded top corners - almost a 2D house shape. They have tags in colours that match the box.
When I opened them I was surprised that the smell wasn't stonger. Ginger and lemon are both quite pungent flavours so I thought it would be quite intoxicating, however it seems all the power was reserved for the flavour! As soon as I poured water on the water started darkening to a deep yellow. I didn't have to stir it or keep the bag in for more than 2 minutes. As an ill person I was being indulgent and the cup I had was les of a delicate teacup and closer to the largest mug I could possibly find!
Tasting the tea
The ginger was strong as soon as the tea poured in to my mouth and lemon gave a sweet aftertaste. I do sometimes find ginger quite overpowering but while this was strongly flavoured the lemon kicked away any bitter residue. It is not something I would always choose as it is quite strong for a herbal tea and did take the flavour away from any food eaten with it. But it did feel like it was cleaning my system!
The tea was definitely soothing and it did make me feel fresher and less fluey. Whether it actually helped cure the bug I am doubtful, but it did make me feel less of a red nosed raindeer!
Whenever I get ill with a cold or sore throat my mum always gets me to drink honey and lemon. When I moved away from home to go to university I seemed to be in a constant cycle of getting a sore throat and cold every six weeks. In an effort to recreate what my mum had given me but without having to keep buying lemons I decided to give this tea a whirl!
The tea is made by Twinnings; a company I associate with great quality tea. Packs of twenty teabags are often around the £0.80-£1.00 mark, although I recently stocked up with about ten boxes when they were on offer in asda for £0.50! The tea is naturally caffeinge free and the box states that it contains "all natural ingredients", however there is an asterisk by the word natural and I can't find the accompanying information so take from that what you will!
The ingredients of the tea are ginger root, natural lemon flavourings, lemongrass, blackberry leaves, lemon peel, and natural ginger flavouring. The box states that all the herbs are gently steamed in order to protect their taste. Lemon benefits you by strengthening your immune system as it has antibacterial properties. Ginger has a wide range of benefits such as relieving nausea, digestive problems and benefiting circulation. If you get travel sickness then ginger can help to quell it. Ginger can also help to minimise the symptoms of respiratory conditions, colds and allergies.
When I make the tea I will usually leave the teabag in whilst drinking it to get the best possible flavour. I find the teabag infuses really well, the water turns a yellowy colour and after about two to three minutes it is ready to begin drinking. The predominate flavour for me is the ginger, however from reading other reviews on dooyoo I find that some people taste the lemon more so it varies between individuals. If you prefer a slightly sweeter tea you can add some honey, although I find the tea is so light and refreshing I don't need to add anything more to it.
One annoyance is that the teabag always seems to become very waterlogged and if you try to squeeze the water out the bag will burst! So if you learn anything from my review its not to squeeze the teabag, unless you want lots of bits floating in your drink!
In regards to the packaging, it comes in a yellow box with a picture of some ginger root and lemon on the front. The sides and back of the box contain information about ingredients, nutrition (2 calories per 100ml) and information on how to brew the tea. The box has a tab at the top and bottom of the box which when pulled will remove a strip of cardboard from the box to allow you to open it. Often I find that the strip will break off half way around so you will then need to use the second tab either on the bottom or top to finish opening the box.
Although I started to drink this as a remedy for colds etc, I have now found it to be a staple drink to replace my tea/coffee during the day. It is so light and refreshing that I enjoy drinking it and with so many benefits to it I'm not sure you can go wrong. I would recommend picking a pack up to try just to see if you like it. My personal rating is 4/5 due to the water logging in the teabag!
Ach, for starters, it's TWININGS, people, not TWINNINGS!! It's on the box for goodness' sake, that little picture on the top left of your screen.
Right, rant over, on with the review. This is absolutely the only "fruit" type tea that doesn't make me retch - convinced yet?!! No OK, that's not the most attractive recommendation. However, i genuinely have never managed to drink even half a cup of the other exotic teas, they usually smell wonderful but the taste, to my taste buds, is pretty foul.
Twinings Lemon & Ginger is different. The tea has a genuinely clean, refreshing taste, with a serious kick from that ginger. I usually give the tea bag a good couple of minutes to brew, but you do have to be careful with this one not to overdo it - for one thing, the "heat" of the ginger increases the longer you brew, and if left for very long it can develop a slightly bitter taste.
Where these tea bags really come into their own, though, is if I have a cold or sore throat. Add in a half teaspoon of honey for extra soothing sweetness, and this together with the ginger, lemon and heat from the drink will do you the world of good. My other half hates tea of any kind, and i even managed to convert him to this stuff when he had a cold recently!
I usually wait till they're on offer before stocking up, so pay around £1 per box. The only downside i do find is, if you don't transfer the tea bags to an airtight container once the box is open, they do tend to lose flavour - especially if you only use them once in a while.
In my office we drink a lot of tea! We get through on average six cups a day, not to mention my breakfast cup at home in the morning and my Earl Grey in the evening, that adds up to an extraordinary and unhealthy amount of caffeine and a lot of trips to the loo!
In an attempt to broaden my tea drinking horizons I have been experimenting. Memories of fruit teas from my childhood are not very pleasant and I distinctly recall an unsavoury aftertaste in nearly all of them which meant that my first furrow into this new world had to be as un-fruit like as possible. First came a flirtation with Green Tea which gave way to a more profound love of Peppermint and now I was seriously stepping it up a gear with Twinnings Lemon and Ginger.
As a tea snob its always Twinnings for me and this little beauty was on offer in Morrison's meaning I could try out 20 tea bags for 76p. Now don't get me wrong this is still reasonably expensive experimentation and good old builders tea at 1.9p per tea bag cant really be beaten on value but the pretty packaging and the promise that I would be revived and revitalised did the job.
The packing is distinct from all others on the shelf in its sunset yellow shade with a water spattered piece of ginger and succulent piece of lemon adorning the box. My box was not from the wellbeings range so I suspect this combination has branched out into the mainstream Twinnings selection.
It states very clearly that the tea contains all natural ingredients! I was pleasantly surprised 36.5% ginger root, Natural Lemon Flavourings 27% lemongrass, blackberry leaves, lemon peel, Linden, Natural Ginger flavouring 3.5%. Hmmmm "Natural Lemon Flavouring" how natural can flavouring really be?? Sadly no explanation was given of this on the packet.
The bag has an overpowering smell of ginger, enough to make you noise tingle and there doesn't appear to be a lot of ingredients in the over size teabag but I think the extra space helps it infuse. You pop it in boiling water for 3 minutes and hey presto! The mush that is left in the bag once its brewed is bizarre sort of like wet sand which true to form holds a rather large amount of water that was promptly dripped as I transferred bag from cup to bin.
The first smell you get is unsurprisingly ginger so I was staggered that the predominant flavour was lemon, it doesn't last long and when the taste dies down your tongue tingles with the warming ginger but I couldn't really taste the ginger as an independent flavour which as a ginger fanatic was a shame. However because of the subtley of the ginger flavour even if you weren't a huge fan of the stuff you may still enjoy this tea. To my absolute delight no horrible aftertaste.
On the whole it was refreshing, a nice change and a good combination. Apparently it helps aid digestion and being naturally caffeine free will hopefully mean I can wean myself off at least two of my daily cups of builders tea onto this more refined alternative!
I started to drink this tea when I was pregnant and went off coffee and alongside the morning sickness this tea seemed to be a good one to try for having a hot drink in the morning.
Ginger is well known for its soothing effects for nausea with pregnancy which was why i choose it. But Ginger is also known as a remedy for travel sickness, nausea and indigestion and is used for wind, colic, irritable bowel, loss of appetite, chills, cold, flu, poor circulation, menstrual cramps, dyspepsia (bloating, heartburn, flatulence), indigestion and gastrointestinal problems such as gas and stomach cramps. So lots of good reasons to try this tea.
They recommend that you allow the tea to infuse for about 2-3 minutes and that you can add honey sugar or a slice of lemon to the cup.
I found that 2-3 minutes was a good length of time and if i allowed the tea bag to stay in the cup whilst drinking it as I have done with other herbal teas then it became too strong and made me feel like coughing. I also would add a teaspoon of honey to give the drink a hint of sweetness. and a drop of cold water so you can drink it fairly soon.
The drink itself is a nice warming soothing taste and helped with my nausea. I have also still drunk it after my pregnancy has ended especially if I feel I have eaten too much as it helps me stop getting indigestion. i would say though it is more of a winter drink than a summer a drink and unlike some herbal teas does not taste that great when drunk cold
Information about the tea-
Ingredients - Ginger root (39%), lemon grass (18%), lemon peel, linden, blackberry leaves, lemon flavouring, ginger flavouring and citric acid.
Nutritional Information - 100ml gives you, 2 cal, 0.3g carbohydrates and a trace of fat.
Available in most supermarkets in boxes of 20 lose teabags for about 95 pence
overall a good herbal tea which I think is an enjoyable drink with some great medicinal benefits
Twinings began in 1706 so have been going for over 300 years and sell their products in 100 countries. They sell everyday tea, fruit tea, green tea, iced tea, and even coffee and hot chocolate.
I decided to move onto different types of tea after drinking ridiculous amounts of tea and coffee during essay writing weeks, and after they're all handed in I had *the* worst headache ever, so I thought about caffiene free tea. Previously I had ginger and lime tea, but not made by twinings, which didn't really taste of ginger... more of jelly tots actually... I thought this brand by twinings would have more of a ginger taste to it.
This is ideal for anyone who doesn't mind strong tasting drinks, or the strong taste of ginger.
I brought it from Tesco for 2 boxes for £1.50, although separately they are about 86 pence per box.
It was quite strong tasting, although I didn't make it strong, because I thought the ginger flavour would come out quite strongly anyway. After I left it to cool a bit, I tried it and it tasted refreshing and quite fruity with the lemon coming out. However, later on, it starting tasting really strong of ginger, and wasn't tasting as good and starting stinging my throat a bit!
These teabags are naturally caffeine free and has no added sugar. The smell of lemon and ginger is supposed to be reviving and ginger is supposed to help digestion.
Ginger Root* (36.5%), Natural Lemon Flavourings (27%), Lemongrass*, Blackberry Leaves*, Lemon Peel, Linden*, Natural Ginger Flavouring (3.5%), * All the herbs are gently steamed, to protect their taste.
Typical Values 100ml of brewed infusion
of which sugars: Trace
of which saturates: Trace
Allow one bag per person to infuse for two to three minutes in freshly boiled water. You can add honey for a sweeter taste.
It can also be drunk cold. Just allow it to cool before drinking straight away.
Always best without milk.
Twinnings have a range of well-being blends. The one I am reviewing is lemon and ginger.
This flavour has a very refreshing taste.
Ginger has always been used to aid digestion and help relieve sickness. This flavour tea would be very good if you were suffering from morning sickness and gone off tea and coffee. It would also help if you had a bad cold or flu. You could add honey to it to make it soothing.
It is a great 'pick me up'and will make you feel refreshed and ready to go.
The lemon flavour is the background taste and is not overpowering which makes this tea more pleasant than some other brands and flavours.
These well-being blends are naturally caffeine free which is good if you are trying to cut down on black teas and coffee.
They have no added sugar which promotes healthy living and is good for dieting.
Even when I use to take sugar I found I did not need to add it to this herbal tea. When you drink herbal teas they count towards your daily intake of water.
Twinnings well-being teas are very good value for money and have not increased very much over the years. The price varies between 99p and £1.29 for 20 teabags.
They are easily available in your local supermarket and health food shops. These teas are becoming increasingly popular.
Here is my review for Twinings Wellbeing Blends, Lemon and Ginger Tea. It is supposed to be a healthier alternative to tea and coffee.
Twinnings is a very well known name that we associate with tea and is available throughout the country. Twinnings had been going since 1706 and were one of the first companies to start selling tea in England. Although the cornerstone of Twinnings business is Earl Grey they have branched out, supplying green teas, fruit & herbal teas, flavoured black teas and selected origin teas.
Getting back to my Lemon and Ginger tea. The box comes in a very bright orange colour with a very nice picture of an orange segment and ginger root on a white square plate. The Twinnings logo is on the front with the Queens Crest and approval stamp. The box is 100% recyclable and made from renewable resources. I feel in this is important at this current time. The tea is made under the Wellbeing Blends. For sad and easy led people like me these looks like the ideal replacement to coffee. On the back of the box it tells us the Ginger has been traditionally used to aid digestion. All Twinings wellbeing infusions are also caffeine free and thankfully contain no added sugar.
I decided to make my first cup the next morning instead of my daily pickup of coffee. I boiled the kettle and decide to use my posh new clear glass cup. The teabags like nearly all Twinings Infusions came in pairs and have to be parted carefully in case you tear the bag itself. This is not any easy task as the perforations are not very good. The teabag itself smelt strongly of ginger with a hint (and I mean a small hint)of lemon. I popped a bag in my cup and added the boiling water. The instruction state that you should use 1 teabag per person and leave to infuses for 2-3 minutes according to taste. And you can add honey to sweeten if preferred. The instructions also say that it could be drank hot or cold and always drink without milk.
The first thing I noticed was the smell of the lemon and the ginger together. It was a really warm welcoming smell. But I was not fooled by this. I have tried so many herbal teas that smelt divine and tasted like dishwater. I was a little put off at the fact that even after leaving the teabag in the water for over 4 minutes, it did not change colour and stay an off white with little bits floating in it. I waited a while for the tea to cool a bit and took my first sip. I was a lot weaker that I had expected (as I said before, I had left the bag in for just over 4 minutes) but it was quite pleasant, despite the colour. The lemon hits you first followed by the ginger that feels warm at the back of your throat. I did not add any honey as I felt it would spoil it.
After finishing the cup I felt really refreshed and knew that I would use the teabags again.
Ingredients Ginger root (39%), lemon grass (18%), lemon peel, linden, blackberry leaves, lemon flavouring, ginger flavouring and citric acid.
Nutritional Information 100ml gives you, 2 cal, 0.3g carbohydrates and a trace of fat.
The box comes with 20 teabags. They are very widely available. I bought mine in Asda for 91p per box.
Well in my opinion this has to be my favourite infusion to date. I am just about half way thru another diet and I think they will come in handy. But they still dont taste as good as my morning cup of coffee. This will not stop me from trying more types of infusions to find the perfect one that one day could replace my unhealthy cup of coffee