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I’m a big tea lover, and whilst Mr FFF often complains that
I have too many boxes, pouches and packets of tea, my philosophy is the same as
that which I apply to shoes and handbags – you can never have too many!
I used to drink buckets of English Breakfast Tea each day,
but a few years ago I decided to reduce my consumption of caffeine. I substituted
my usual brew with redbush/rooibos and, like with most things, I’m always keen
to try new varieties.
I also love all things caramel so imagine my excitement when
I came across these bad boys in Sainsbury’s: Rich & Indulgent Caramel
Rooibos Infusions. Disregarding the likely inability to be able to fit them
into the cupboard at home, I chucked them into the trolley hoping that the
flavour would be as good as the promise – as experience has told me this is not
always the case with flavoured teas.
I needn’t have worried. The cup of tea I enjoyed as soon as
I’d put the shopping away more that delivered. It smelt of toffee popcorn and
the taste didn’t disappoint either: it was sweet and creamy – almost like
sucking a Werther’s Original. It was so sweet (though not sickeningly so) that I
had to check the ingredients list to make sure there was no added sugar. As an
added bonus, the teabags come individually wrapped so they’ll stay fresh while
I enjoy all of my other tea varieties.
I can’t see maintaining freshness being too much of a
problem though as this has quickly become a firm favourite of mine and is
perfect for enjoying on a cosy, autumnal evening.
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.
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