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Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference Double Mint – A Cupboard Staple

SainsDoubleMintBrand: Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference

Flavour: Double Mint

Ingredients: Peppermint (70%), Spearmint (30%)

Caffeine Factor: Caffeine-free

Organic Ingredients: 100%

Price Range: £2.50

Bags Per Box: 15

Review: This blend has a really bright scent – like menthol, but less overpowering, because of the inclusion of cooling spearmint, which immediately opens your senses.  This would be a good one to hover over and inhale when you’re a bit congested.  And it reminds you so much of fresh mint leaf tea, despite it being dried, which is lovely.

The taste is equally cool and fresh; the spearmint really comes through.  It makes a nice alternative to other mint teas on the market, which tend to focus on peppermint and can be a bit heavier.  We love this one, and recommend keeping it in the cupboard next to Tesco’s Finest Peppermint Leaves, as they complement each other well.  While the Tesco offering is great to have after meals, this one would be good to have in the morning, to wake you up.

Best time of year to drink this: Anytime, but especially in autumn / winter when you feel a bit run down

Best time of day to drink this: Mornings


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Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference Lemon, Ginger & Honey – Like Drinking Werther’s Originals

SainsLemonGingerHoneyBrand: Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference

Flavour: Lemon, Ginger & Honey

Ingredients: Apple Pulp, Flavouring, Ginger (12%), Rosehip, Lemongrass (10%), Apples, Blackberry Leaf, Chicory, Lemon Peel (0.5%), Honey (0.5%)

Caffeine Factor: Caffeine-free

Organic Ingredients: 100%

Price Range: £2.50

Bags Per Box: 15

Review: Once brewed, these pyramid bags smell strongly of the three eponymous ingredients. When you first take a sip, your mouth fills with lemon and ginger.  However, going down the throat, all you can taste is honey.  This makes it quite sweet, with a powerful after-taste, a bit like drinking Werther’s Originals.  It’s a struggle to identify any of the other flavours that supposedly go into this tea, though.  For example, we definitely can’t taste any rosehip or chicory.  It seems overloaded with ingredients, with no distinctive flavour apart from ‘sweet’.

It’s not really our ‘cup of tea’, but we can see why others might like it – so if you like that honey flavour in your hot drinks, you might want to check this out.  It’s going to be good for sore throats, too, so it may be worth trying if you’re feeling a bit poorly.  The sweetness also makes it an option after lunch, to avoid snacking, and the ginger makes it a decent wake-up drink.

Best time of year to drink this: Any time, if you like this sort of drink.

Best time of day to drink this: Mornings and after meals.


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Sainsbury’s Blackberry & Blueberry – A Great Low-Budget Tea

Sainsburysblackbluetea2Brand: Sainsbury’s (Standard Range)

Flavour: Blackberry & Blueberry

Ingredients: Hibiscus, Apple Pulp, Blackberry Leaf, Flavouring, Apples, Blackberry (0.5%), Blueberry (0.5%)

Caffeine Factor: Caffeine-free

Organic Ingredients: 100%

Price Range: 75p

Bags Per Box: 20

Review: It smells very much of blueberry; even the used bag looks like pulped blueberries.  The flavour is mainly apple and blueberry, though Three Tulsi’s husband identified the blackberry (we couldn’t taste it, ourselves).  It’s a big watery, but flavoursome enough for this price range.  It’s a bit tart and not too sweet, making it a nice one in the afternoon when you want a treat, instead of reaching for the sweets.  Granted, it’s slightly artificial, but it’s good if you don’t want anything too strong.  The inclusion of hibiscus also makes it a good one for women’s health.

All in all, while this isn’t the best tea we’ve ever had, it’s a great low-budget tea.  It’s also much better than some pricey top-range fruit teas we’ve tried, making this a standard to which others must compare.  In short, if it costs much more and it’s still not as good as this Sainsbury’s blend, stick with this shop brand option.

Best time of year to drink this: Autumn

Best time of day to drink this: Afternoon or evening (after meals, to avoid sweets)


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