As I’ve said before, I’m a BIG fan of tea. I’ve got a cupboard full of the stuff; a bit like shoes and handbags, I firmly believe you can never have too many varieties.
This variety is a green tea with peppermint from Whittard.
Inspired by the tea served in the souks of the Moroccan medina, we’ve blended our smoky Gunpowder Green with pure peppermint leaves for a refreshingly nuanced infusion. We’ve even added a sprinkling of blue cornflower petals for a British touch – why not try it the traditional way, mixed with honey or sugar?
It was a thoughtful present from my amazing cousin who is also a tea lover (she’s a bit of an English breakfast purist, but does enjoy a Biscuit Brew). I love the Moroccan tiled print on the tin and the little flecks of blue cornflower petals in the tea itself.
Being a green tea, you only want to brew it for a couple of
minutes otherwise it will taste bitter. And being a loose-leaf tea, you’ll need
a teapot and strainer or an infuser but it’s worth the effort: you’ll be rewarded
with a slightly sweet, refreshing tea with a hint of smokiness. Perfect for an
afternoon pick-me-up when you want something without the heaviness of ‘standard’
tea or coffee.
One of the habits I’ve been trying to break is that of having a hot chocolate last thing at night. Although I always have a lighter option, such as Options, Cadbury Highlights of Galaxy Bubbles which come in at between 1-2 pro points, it’s a habit I’ve been trying to break as that still equates to between 7-14 pro points over the course of the week.
However, I do enjoy having a hot drink as I unwind with my latest book. So I started to look for zero pro pointed alternatives. I’ve always enjoyed fruit teas but they strike me as being energizing with their zingy flavours. A friend of mine recommended that I try chamomile tea.
I wasn’t sure about trying plain chamomile but I found Twinings Chamomile & Maple Sensation (£2.49 for 20). As I love maple syrup, I thought it was worth a try. I’m really glad I did as it’s delicious. It has a sweet, creamy flavour with a hint of vanilla and is perfect for calming the mind in the evening.
Having enjoyed these, I next decided to try Pukka Vanilla Chai (£2.49 for 20). I love Chai Lattes and as these are caffeine free, I thought they’d be a good option. The flavour is amazing: sweet and spicy. However, I found that the spices in them acted as a stimulant (on checking the ingredients it does contain liquorice and ginger) and woke me up rather than relaxing me. I still enjoy them but I tend to heave them in the afternoon when I need a bit of an energy boost (in fact I’ve just had one before writing this post).
Finally, I tried Twinings Chamomile & Spiced Apple (£1.49 for 20). I was looking for another chamomile-based tea, but didn’t really fancy any of the other flavours. I was a bit reluctant due to the spices and my previous late night following the Pukka Vanilla Chai. But the box said it was soothing and designed to help you relax, so I thought I’d give them a go. Although you could definitely taste the cinnamon, it was only subtle – in fact it was a bit like drinking apple pie! And I’m pleased to say that the effect was a soothing one.
I’ve been working my way through these over the past couple of weeks and, although I’ve been tempted to try other flavours, I lack space in my tea cupboard for any more at the moment but when I try some more, I’ll let you know my verdict.
This is an independent review. Please click here to read my disclaimer.