A few weeks ago the lovely people at Twinings sent us a selection of their yummy fruit teas to try and this is what we thought:
I don't have a lot of fruit tea experience, being more of an Earl Grey and English Breakfast Tea kind of girl, but I was very excited to see what Twinings had to offer. The selection we received was very generous and included: Blackcurrant and Vanilla, Lemon and Ginger, Camomile and Spiced Apple, Mango and Strawberry and Apple Crunch.
I'll be honest, I liked some better than others, but this was largely down to personal preference - I've never been a fan of Camomile or Ginger - so inevitably these weren't to my taste. Due to this I feel that it would be unfair for me to comment on either of these varieties, as I may be unnecessarily biased.
I will however offer my opinions on the other three varieties, which I found to be surprisingly good. For me, whenever I try something new, I have to break myself in and get used to it before I can really enjoy it - for example a few months ago I started drinking Nettle tea and hated it, but now it's one of my go to drinks (you do have to be persistent though!) - For some of these teas it took me a couple of tries before I could appreciate them fully, the Mango and Strawberry in particular, but once I got used to the flavours I definitely found myself being converted.
My absolute favourite out of this selection was the Blackcurrant and Vanilla, which was fresh and fruity whilst also being incredibly soothing. The aroma in particular was lovely, with initial sweet blackcurrant flavours which later gave way to vanillary undertones. It's great as a winter warmer but also equally pleasant when served cold with a couple of ice cubes - a drink for the whole year 'round. The Apple Crunch was another favourite, with refreshing mellow flavours and a lovely aroma, whilst the Mango and Strawberry was surprisingly zesty, with orange hues which initially took me by surprise - However, after a few cups I was completely convinced!
I've always been much more of a coffee-head rather than a tea drinker but more recently I have swayed over to the fruity tea side, so I was really excited to try Twinings warming flavours.
Like Caroline said, we received a very generous selection and I must say it was difficult to choose where to start! I have tried lemon and camomile teas in the past - camomile being pretty much a staple when it came to destressing after a long day during my time at uni! Twinings Camomile and Spiced Apple flavour was certainly very different still wonderfully calming with the spiced apple notes proving very subtle - lovely.
I've got to say my favourite was definitely the Mango and Strawberry. Such a unique flavour and the aroma was perfectly calming yet the fruitiness still gave it a refreshing kick. A close second was the Blackcurrent and Vanilla. I wasn't too sure if I was going to love this one as I would never think to put those two flavours together but I was pleasantly surprised. Again, the flavours were quite neutral but enough to let both shine through.
I also shared the tea love with my family and encouraged them try a few cups - Lemon and Ginger came out on top in my household and we were left with an empty box rather quickly!
If you like your tea but want to try something different, I would definitely recommend Twinings great selection. Gorgeously fruity and perfect for relaxation - go try!
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