A day without tea is like a day without sunshine. Nothing can relax or invigorate me like a cup of tea. When your day is manic, the simple notion of sipping a fresh cup can make the clouds clear. Twinings are a brand that evolved my fondness for all things tea so it has been an honour to sample and share with you my thoughts on a couple of their newest editions.
|Steamed Green Tea, Twinings*
Twinings is a not just a British household name. When I was in the Southern Hemisphere, Twinings was on all the major Australian retailers shelves. If you are a fan like me then you may be aware that they recently added two new ranges to their herbal and green tea lines.
‘Freshly Picked Taste‘ are inspired tea infusions from the plants in your garden. We have 3 new flavours; Garden Mint, Meadow Camomile & Fennel and Root Ginger.
I have been enjoying the Freshly picked taste of Garden Mint flavoured infusion. I love mint tea. It curbs my sugar cravings and wake me up without caffeine. If you have a stomach ache or overindulged at dinner, a cup of mint tea can return you to comfort quicker and more naturally than popping a pill. My sister who has a rare form of IBS was even told by her doctor to drink mint tea to ease her symptoms.
|Freshly picked taste of Garden Mint, Twinings|
Each tag on the tea bag offers suggestions for perfect brewing times. Mint tea is at it’s best when it has been brewed for around 4 minutes. Unlike other teas, this one is more forgiving if you leave the teabag in for longer than you should. It will not turn bitter, instead it will just be slightly stronger and darker coloured. Garden Mint tastes like what it says on the box, as though I have just picked the leaves myself. Light and fresh yet not heavily overpowering.
The next range is ‘Steamed Green Tea‘. There are 4 new flavours; Simply Pure, Smooth Lemon, Soft Mint and Velvet Jasmine. Unlike regular green tea, this is made using the ancient Chinese method of steaming freshly picked tea leaves which gives it a purer, more delicate taste. This makes it ideal for those who find green tea too bitter. Twinings green tea is hand picked from the stunningly beautiful West Lake in the Zhejiang province.
|West Lake, Zejiang Province+|
When I talk to about green tea to others, the “bitter” taste often comes up. If you ever have bitter green tea, it is because it has been over brewed and thus the leaves have burnt. You only need to leave the tea bag in for 1 minute, 2 at the very most. It is one of the most delicate teas as it is made from very young tea leaves. If you can get the timing right, you will be left with an enjoyable taste reminiscent of the subtle smell of meadows and it is one of the healthiest drinks in existence.
Simply Pure makes for a versatile tea. Sometimes I like to add slices of lemon to add a zesty hit. A splash of almond milk also makes a delicious drink. My favourite is to mix and match and pop a Simply Pure teabag in with a Freshly picked Garden Mint.
I like tea companies who offer me something different and take a more ethical approach to their business so I was very happy to discover that Twinings work in collaboration with Save The Children and puts time and money into several projects include providing access to clean water to villages throughout Darjeeling, helping schools in Bangkok and better healthcare for children in Yunnan.
|Another Pepé lick of approval|
As you may expect with boxed Twinings teas, both of these ranges come in a box of 20 individual foil wrapped bags. Perfect for popping into your handbag and taking to work when you need a post-lunch pick-me-up. They are already officially in most major retailers with a RRP of £2.69 but if you don’t feel like popping out, they are all available on the Twinings website.
Have you tried any of the Freshly Picked Taste or Steamed Green Tea range? What flavour tea helps you to get through the day?
*PR supplied product. All thoughts and opinions are my own
+Photo courtesy of Britannica