Time For Tea: It’s Just Right With Twinings Green & White

So it’s ‘Time for tea’! How very British and rather unorthodoxly traditional of me to say. Except here I have something a little more elegant and further afield to tell you about.

Lately I do seem to have pigeon boxed my hot beverage reviews with a few articles I’ve written; like Coffee Time with Douwe & Egberts New Range: My Top 3, the Jonathan Ward for Douwe Egberts: A unique Partnership to Ignite the Ground Range and also Coffee Time With Carte Noire Instinct: A Wholebean Instant. Tea, however, has not come across my blogging radar until now. I was asked to investigate a small section of the rather wide range of Twinings Green Tea and also their ‘White Tea’ alternatives.

Now I know a little about green tea as Lauren loves the stuff and we always have some at home to relax her after a stressful and busy day organising various beauty launches and of course mingling with stars at top London events… Oh I should be so lucky! Well actually I am lucky, lucky to try these different teas and learn a thing or two about them. For instance, although labelled ‘White’, this doesn’t refer to the builders tea type you might think (milk n 2 sugars please luv). In fact the White range is very similar to Green Tea as it also has a long historic and cultural background attached to it.

So after visiting Twinings website and looking at the vast array of flavours, I opted to select both the Pure Green Tea and Pure White Tea to try, along with a few fruity numbers that included the Green Tea with Blueberry and Raspberry and Mango and Lychee Green Tea as well as the White Tea and Pomegranate.

What is White tea?

Well similar to green tea, white tea comes from the Camellia Sinensis plant. During the beginning of spring the unopened buds and some select leaves are picked and lightly steamed, in order to prevent fermentation. They are then slowly dried. This processing, although small, is essential and is why white tea contains more nutrients than green teas and why it results in a very pale, straw-coloured liquor with a delicate flavour very much like that of the original tea leaf.

First Up: The Exotic

White Tea with a hint of Pomegranate | Mango and Lychee Green Tea

The first tea we tried was the Mango and Lychee Green Tea (for Lauren) and the White Tea with a hint of Pomegranate (for me). It had been a long day for me, involving an early start and a rain soaked morning away fly fishing for trout. I didn’t catch anything and on returning home dejected and empty handed (well almost empty, my kind dad did give me his catch of the day), I thought what a better time to relax with a cup of Twinings.

I followed the Twinings tasting notes and instructions…

Infused with bright fruit flavours, this range is berry delicious and perfect for those moments when your usual brew won’t hit the spot. Drunk without milk, it’s the refreshing boost your day needs when you feel like something different. And best of all, they are all naturally caffeine free.

  • Use freshly drawn cold water
  • Boil water & allow to cool for 5 to 6 minutes to about 75 ?C
  • Use 1 teabag per cup or 1 teabag per person in a teapot
  • Steep for 1 to 2 minutes (or to your taste)
  • Always without milk – delicious on its natural state
  • and for freshness every time, keep your tea somewhere cool, dark, dry and airtight!

The result was a wonderfully crisp cup of tea with a teasing pomegranate touch that was not at all overpowering as I feared it might be. It also had the perfect tang to it, just on top of the light sweetness a White Tea should offer (as well as them being a rich source of antioxidants). I have since found out that White Tea was only allowed to be drunk by the Emperor during the T’ang Dynasty in China. Maybe that is where it gets the ‘Tang’ y taste from (OK I’ll get my coat).

Now Lauren, who on this very same day was off work suffering with Carpal Tunnel, said her Green Tea was amazingly relaxing and helped ease the pain in her wrist. She also added how it was “very fruity and refreshing with a great blend of flavour”. I guess that is to be expected when Twinings take the sweetness of a lychee (native to Hainan Island in southern China goes back as far as 2000BC) and blends it with tropical mangos. The instructions were slightly different for the green tea…

  • Use freshly drawn cold water
  • Boil water & allow to cool for about 3 or 4 minutes to 80 ?C
  • Use 1 teabag per cup or 1 teabag per person in a teapot
  • Brew for just 1 to 3 minutes (or to your taste) – be careful, over-brewing green tea brings out the bitter notes
  • Always without milk – some like to add a slice of lemon
  • and for freshness every time, keep your tea somewhere cool, dark, dry and airtight!

Next Up: The Purist

Pure White Tea | Pure Green Tea

The second time Lauren and I decided to brew up some Twinings tea we thought we would both explore the pure versions. Pure White Tea and Pure Green Tea, both a luxury decedent of China old and yet still a fresh flavour for people today.

Compared to the White Tea with a hint of Pomegranate, this tea was much more simple and steady in its tanginess. The Pure White Tea provided me with a steady flavour that injected a constant calmness within me as I drank it. Each sip seemed to pick up exactly where the last left off and so I was slightly surprised when I had finished it all up. So much so, I actually made another cup 10 minutes later.

Lauren, of course, opted for the Pure Green tea as it is something she loves. *Note Twinings if you ever make a green tea ice cream you will have a friend for life! Anyway, Lauren sat sipping the green tea and just kept saying how nice it was and how there is no better hot beverage than a Pure Green Tea. The Twinings is, according to Lauren, the best and highest quality tea to have; so it must be true. In her word the tea was “succulent and refreshing with hints of herbyness” I’m not sure that is an actual adjective but sounds good to me.

The Twinings tips for making the Pure White Tea is identical to that above for the Pomegranate touch. As are the ones for Pure Green Tea and the Mango and Lychee Green Tea.

Twinings Pure White and Green Tea

The Final Tea: Brew Number Three

Green Tea with Blueberry and Raspberry

The last brew of tea is technically our fifth, but the third in terms of a sitting down and tasting session, so no nit picking! (ask Lauren that is always my job). The final green tea, naturaly has to have an American influence. As my readers will be well aware Lauren is a native New Yorker living here in London with me, god only know why, and so needs her comforts from home when and wherever possible. Twinings Green Tea with Blueberry and Raspberry is just one of these occasions. A favourite on its own, blueberry is something Lauren and I eat lots of when we are back over across the pond and in a green tea with raspberry, something Lauren has already drunk a lot of in her life. I, however, have never before tasted it but heard it is a very great drink.

So after following the usual Twining instruction tip I sat down to savour this new flavour. Wow, it really was a delight to taste. The sweetness was stronger than I expected, which was a good thing as I do have a sweet tooth, however it was in no way over sweet. The tea was delicate and light as well, combining the fruitiness and tea leaves into a splendid mixture of warm liquid bliss. I really enjoyed this and just lay on the sofa watching listening to some music as I slowly drank myself into a almost comatised state of meditation.

Twinings Green Tea with Blueberry and Raspberry

Well there you go. I have been introduced and converted to the tastes of Twinings Green & White Tea. I am already scanning the vast array of flavours to decide what to order next. I have learnt a lot also about these old tea’s too, for instance, did you know Green tea was thought to have been ‘discovered’ by Emperor Shen-nung in 2737 BC? Nope nor me!

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