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Twinings Moroccan Mint – Green Tea Without the Bitter Edge

Twinings Moroccan MintBrand: Twinings

Flavour: Moroccan Mint

Ingredients: Green tea, spearmint (30%), natural cardamom flavouring, other natural flavourings

Caffeine Factor: Caffeine-free

Organic Ingredients: Uncertain

Price Range: £1.50

Bags Per Box: 20

Review: The aroma of this blend is very earthy.  You can really smell the young tea leaves, as well as the strong wakeful scent of spearmint.  It’s a bit like an Extra chewing gum, but with a hint of green.

The taste is similar.  We think it’s an excellent alternative if you want to get into green tea for detox reasons, but find it too bitter.  It’s great for waking up in the morning, not just because of the caffeine hit, but also because of that refreshing feeling in your mouth after you drink it.  For that reason, we also recommend it after lunch, to cleanse the palate and revive you for the afternoon.

Best time of year to drink this: A great all-year-rounder.

Best time of day to drink this: Mornings (to wake you up) and after lunch (to refresh your mouth).


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Twinings Green Tea & Salted Caramel – A Failed Attempt at Trendiness

Twinings Green Tea & Salted CaramelBrand: Twinings

Flavour: Green Tea & Salted Caramel

Ingredients: Green tea, natural flavouring (7%)

Caffeine Factor: Caffeinated

Organic Ingredients: Uncertain

Price Range: £1.50

Bags Per Box: 20

Review: We know what you’re thinking: Yuck! But you’re wrong – because there just isn’t enough flavour to inspire that reaction.

The smell is not unpleasant – a bit like toffee, as you would expect.  The water even looks toffee-coloured, when brewed.  But there is no toffee flavour, when you drink it.  There’s a slight,  hint of fake caramel that definitely hasn’t been salted.  At least that cuts some of the natural bitterness of the green tea.  But overall, this blend is a bit…wishy-washy, with a strong artificial aftertaste.

This blend really isn’t the sweet treat it proposes to be.  The best we can say for it is that it isn’t vile – in fact, it gets more tolerable as you drink it – but it’s pretty pointless.  We don’t know what Twinings were thinking, with this one.  They obviously tried to cash in on the recent craze for salted caramel, but sticking it in green tea is certainly one of the odder concoctions we’ve come across.  Bes

Best time of year to drink this: Autumn / winter.

Best time of day to drink this: Mornings (to wake you up).  Despite its name, this infusion won’t satisfy afternoon sweet cravings, so don’t bother.


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Twinings Intensely Buttermint – Don’t Take It Off the Market, Again!

Twinings Intensely ButtermintBrand: Twinings

Flavour: Intensely Buttermint

Ingredients: Peppermint, natural mint flavouring (7.5%), natural vanilla and other flavourings (5%)

Caffeine Factor: Caffeine-free

Organic Ingredients: 100%

Price Range: £1.69

Bags Per Box: 20

Review: As soon as you brew this one, you are hit with an aroma not unlike Murray Mints or a kind of minty butterscotch.  The strong peppermint oil scent immediately wakes up your senses, opens your sinuses just as well as any menthol treatment, and refreshes you.

Drinking it is just as refreshing an experience.  The main ingredient being peppermint, this is a great one to have after a meal, as a natural digestive aid, and to cleanse the palate.

That said, good peppermint can be quite strong, and that’s where the ‘butter’ comes in.  There is a creamy, ever-so-slightly sweet taste of vanilla buried in there, softening the mint without becoming too sugary, somehow creating a light butterscotch flavour.  It’s sort of like having a pudding, but without the heaviness.  It is also quite a substantial tea, filling your mouth and stomach and stopping you from reaching for unhealthy snacks.

For anyone who is fond of peppermint tea with sugar, this is a much healthier option.  It’s also simply delicious.  For all these reasons, we have marked it a must-have tea.  Twinings briefly removed it from the market, but brought it back due to popular demand.  Let’s hope they don’t get silly again, in future!

Best time of year to drink this: A great all-year-rounder

Best time of day to drink this: Mornings (to wake you up), after meals (to aid digestion) and late afternoon when you’re tempted to start snacking


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Twinings Spicy Chai – An Excellent Budget Tea

Twinings Spicy ChaiBrand: Twinings

Flavour: Spicy Chai

Ingredients: Black tea, ginger root (10%), cinnamon (10%), flavourings (8%)

Caffeine Factor: Caffeine-free

Organic Ingredients: 100%

Price Range: £1.50

Bags Per Box: 20

Review: As you would hope, this brew smells very much of chai; it is very spicy and just a bit sweet.  The taste does not disappoint.  You can clearly taste the black tea, but there’s that sugar-and-spice kick to bring it to life.

We can see this being a good one to wake you up in the morning, if you like a fuller flavour – and we love the price tag on this one.  Overall, an excellent budget tea.  Just don’t let it over-brew, or the spices become overpowering.

Best time of year to drink this: Autumn / winter

Best time of day to drink this: Mornings (to wake you up) and afternoons (to keep you going)


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Twinings Gingerbread Chai Latte – Just AWFUL!

2-LLPGGCL1015-12Brand: Twinings

Flavour: Gingerbread Chai Latte

Ingredients: Black assam tea, ginger syrup, spice flavourings (22%)

Caffeine Factor: Caffeinated

Organic Ingredients: 100%

Price Range: £3.49

Bags Per Box: 12

Review: We really had high hopes for this being the next best afternoon cake substitute.  As soon as we poured the water on the bag, the delicious aroma of stem ginger and ginger treacle wafted up at us.  It was so strong that we could smell it at least two feet away.  We eagerly waited for it to cool enough to drink it, expecting something like homemade sticky ginger cake.

So, imagine our disappointment when we took those first sips and realised that, at first, there was zero flavour.  Then, a sharp bitterness grew at the back of the throat, and long out-stayed its welcome.  The ginger is REALLY fiery – and it builds, and builds, and builds.  You’d hope for a hint of sweetness to balance out that fire, maybe a touch of cinnamon – but no.  It actually made us cough after a few sips.

In short, we HATE this.  And when we passed it around to friends, they passionately hated it, too.  And when you check the ingredients list, it’s not even natural!  So, why on earth does it carry such a high price tag?  What is the point of those glossy posh-looking nylon pyramid bags?  Everything about this blend is a big fat NO.

Best time of year to drink this: NEVER

Best time of day to drink this: NEVER


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Twinings Intensely Beetroot Burst – You’ll Love It or Hate It

1-7017715605Brand: Twinings

Flavour: Intensely Beetroot Burst

Ingredients: Beetroot (75%), blackcurrant leaves (24%), natural blackcurrant flavouring with other natural flavourings (1%)

Caffeine Factor: Caffeine-free

Organic Ingredients: 100%

Price Range: £2.49

Bags Per Box: 20

Review: We don’t understand the use of an adverb (‘intensely’) to describe a noun phrase (‘beetroot burst’); and strangely, this blend apparently contains 2 calories per cup.

That said, this is an interesting one.  It smells very much of beetroot, with a sweet blackcurrant under…current (no pun intended), and the taste is similar.  It’s quite earthy, much like the root vegetable, though a bit milder because of the inclusion of berries.

This is one of those ‘Marmite’ blends: you either love it or you hate it.  Three Tulsi doesn’t really like either beetroot or blackcurrant (albeit the blackcurrant isn’t very strong), so she doesn’t like this tea.  Ginger Tea, on the other hand, says this is one of her favourites.

And if you do like beetroot, you’ll get some great health benefits from this brew, as beetroot is a good source of folate and iron (both of which are essential in pregnancy), as well as nitrates, betaine, magnesium and many antioxidants.  For all these reasons, we’re marking this a ‘must-have tea’, with the proviso that it won’t suit all tastes.

Best time of year to drink this: This a good all-year-rounder

Best time of day to drink this: Afternoons – Ginger Tea likes to have this one with lunch


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Twinings Settling Ginger – Full-Bodied Flavour for Little Cost

TwiningsSettlingGingerBrand: Twinings

Flavour: Settling Ginger

Ingredients: Ginger Root (70%), Liquorice Root (15%), Cinnamon (10%), Cloves (5%)

Caffeine Factor: Caffeine-free

Organic Ingredients: 100%

Price Range: £1.50

Bags Per Box: 20

Review: This is an excellent caffeine-free wake-up tea.  It’s so gingery that just sniffing the box / tea bag can land you with a burning nose!  It’s also one of the most flavourful teas in the standard Twinings range, making it great value for money.  Compared to Pukka Three Ginger, it’s darker and marginally sweeter, due to the inclusion of the cinnamon; it’s also much more flavoursome.  If you leave it to cool down a little, it brings out the warmth of the spices (which are a bit Christmasy) and grows increasingly fiery.

We recommend this one to settle stomach upsets and for general detoxification.  It’s also a great one to have in the evenings, curled up on the sofa under a warm blanket during those winter months.

Best time of year to drink this: Autumn / winter.

Best time of day to drink this: Mornings (to wake you up), afternoons (to aid digestion) and evenings (to soothe).


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