I know, I know...on the hottest day of the year so far why do I have the kettle boiling and why am I drinking hot drinks? Well...I received a rather delicious package this morning from BzzAgent and couldn't wait to get stuck in to some serious tea tasting! BzzAgent is a brilliant site that sends products out for people to try and then review and share with their friends. Isn't that a great idea?! I love trying new products so am happy to share my honest thoughts and opinions with people across the internet!
My package today contained 5 boxes of PG Tips fruit and herbal teas - delicate refreshing peppermint, juicy red berries, smooth red bush and vanilla, delicate camomile and aromatic spices and mint. The teabags are a nifty pyramid shape which PG Tips say are designed like that to act as mini teapots to give the tea space to brew. You can see from some of my pictures how the water is running quickly through the bag to make the perfect cuppa!
I'll be totally honest - besides mint chocolate chip ice cream and toothpaste I'm not a huge fan of anything minty but am always willing to try new things! As soon as I took the plastic wrap off the box I was hit with a minty smell. It's pretty strong stuff! The tea starts out with a bit of a grassy taste but then the peppermint flavour really comes through and you can still taste it a while after you've had your last sip. It's not for me but can see how it would be refreshing if you're a fan of peppermint!
Juicy Red Berries
When brewed it's a beautiful shade of red and you get a waft of berry within seconds of dunking the tea bag. The main ingredients are hibiscus and rose hip which you can taste a little bit but it's the raspberry and strawberry flavours really pop out. It's not as sweet as I would have liked but a little sugar remedied that! I think this would make a really lovely iced tea for hot summer days!
Smooth Red Bush and Vanilla
Although I am a massive fan of vanilla and usually leave the house smelling like a cake shop I'm not sure how well vanilla works in a tea. This one really has me confused. It has a rich red colour from the rooibos (South African red bush tea) but smells a little grassy, a little minty. It tastes a little minty as well but you feel the sweetness of the vanilla. I honestly can't decide if I like it or not - as I said, it's confusing! Did you know that red bush tea is pretty good for you? It is high in anti-oxidents and has been used to help allergies, asthma and colic!
As you would imagine from a tea made from flowers it has a very delicate, pale yellow colour. The flavour is slightly grassy and very light. As someone who likes their tea strong so leaves the tea bag in, this is not for me.
Aromatic Spices and Mint
Another minty one! It's described as an "exotic infusion of fragrant mint, warming cinnamon, subtle orange and aromatic spice" and the warm orange colour points to this however the only thing I can taste from that glorious description is the orange which isn't overly strong to be honest with you. Although not listed as an ingredient I think this has more of a vanilla flavour than the red bush and vanilla tea!
For me, the winner is definitely the red berries. I imagine it would be the perfect drink for a cold winter's day but also makes a refreshing iced tea for days like today when the sun is shining brightly!
Boil 1 litre of water and add 5 teabags and sugar to taste (about 1 1/2 tablespoons) to a large jug. Leave the teabags to infuse for up to 20 minutes - you want it to be stronger than if you were to make a cup of tea for yourself. Allow to cool and serve in glasses with ice cubes. If you want to get creative you can add mint, lemon or lime for added flavour!