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Sep. 01.

Tried Tuesday: Twinings Fruit Tea

tt-twining-thI’m typically a builders and milk kind of girl. In other words I have very simple tastes in tea. It also helps, as that is usually what you get when anyone asks you “Do you want tea? Ah go on go on go on!” Recently though, I saw good things about fruit teas (I’m not sure who, or where from, such is the way information flies past on my social media accounts) For that reason, while I was at Tesco over the weekend, I picked up two boxes of fruit tea from Twinings. Their Apple & Pear, and Cherry & Cinnamon.

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The first one I went for was the Apple & Pear, as they are two of my favourite fruits. It is delightfully simple to prepare, as you put a bag into a mug, and add boiling water. Leave it to infuse, and you’re done. My first impressions of it were not great. Being so used to regular tea meant it was a little difficult to adjust to something different. That said though, by the end of the mug I was enjoying it. Really liking it. It was something I could get used to, and I already have.

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The second one is the Cherry & Cinnamon. Having already become used to fruit tea from the Apple & Pear, it was immediately possible to get stuck in to this. It is a lot more warming than the first, thanks to the cinnamon, and I am really enjoying drinking it in evenings, while the Apple & Pear is better during the day. Both are delightfully fruity, and exceptionally easy to drink.

A couple of things I have learned though, and deserve to be mentioned. While the infusing time is listed as 2-3 minutes, they really benefit from longer, up to 5 minutes to really build up the flavour (I really dislike things that purport to be a particular flavour, which you then can’t taste). Also, the longer infusing time allows it to cool off just enough to allow you to get the flavour, and not the “Ouch, I just boiled my tongue” sensation. Finally, if you were drinking a lot of normal tea, and then go to something like this, which is caffeine free, you may want to not cut caffeine fully. I actually got a really bad headache, which was cured by regular tea. Wean yourself down first.

At €2.25 ish for 20, they are not the cheapest teas ever, but they are on offer at the moment (2 for €3.50 in Tesco). So, what kind of tea drinker are you. Are there any flavours you would recommend. Please talk to me in the comments.

Robyn

 

*Image credit: www.twinings.co.uk

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Apr. 12.

Something Else Saturday: Vita Coco Coconut Water

SES-CoconutThHappy weekend all. To celebrate the weekend, here for Something Else Saturday, we’re going to have a drink. Or rather I’m going to have a drink and you can read about it. That sounds fair. This counts as work, because, well, with a drink this healthy, it has to be work to drink it. Or does it? The drink I’m talking about is Vita Coco Coconut Water.

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First things first. Pedantic designer me got a kick out of the package. Yes it may seem a bit cheesy, but when it arrived I was wondering what anyone was doing sending me a wooden crate. Yes, it was just a cardboard box, but I quite liked the idea! Inside were 5 coconuts, and a selection of other tropical fruits, nestled amongst some straw. Okay, they weren’t real coconuts, but close enough. I received 5 single serving (330 ml) size cartons of Vita Coco. 2 plain, 2 with peach & mango, and 1 with pineapple. It said to chill first, so I sat back and waited. Then I realised that it meant the drinks, and not me, so I put them in the fridge and waited a bit longer.

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When they were ready, I took out the pineapple one and poured it into a glass. It’s not much to look at, kinda cloudy, but you’re not going to sit and look at it. You’re going to drink it, so I did. The first couple of mouthfuls were… Interesting. Not unpleasant, but certainly something that may take a little getting used to. Fortunately, I got used to it quite quickly, and then found it was like drinking a Pina Colada. A Pina Colada that wont leave me with a headache – excellent!

The peach & mango one was also quite tasty, pleasantly sweet without being overly so. The plain coconut one I felt was a little bit of a let down. It’s still very drinkable, but without the sweetness of the other fruit I felt it was just a little lacking. It could also be that I have a bit of a sweet tooth, so I was looking forward to the sweetness.

Now for the interesting bit. The drink is significantly more natural and is lower in sugar than a soft drink. Bit of sciency stuff, but have a look at the below table.

Product (330 ml) Ingredients Calories Sugar
Vita Coco Natural Coconut Water Coconut Water, <1% fruit sugar, Vitamin C 59.5 16.5g
Vita Coco Natural Coconut Water
(with peach & mango)
Coconut Water, Mango Puree, Peach Puree, Vitamin C 82.5 19.8g
Coca Cola Carbonated water, sugar, colour (caramel E150d), phosphoric acid, natural flavourings (including caffeine). 139 35g
Sprite Carbonated water, sugar, citric acid, natural lemon-lime flavourings, acidity regulator (sodium citrate), sweetener (steviol glycosides). 92 21.9

I’m not intending the above table to look like bashing Coca Cola. I do enjoy a cold coke or sprite very much! It does show though, that if you are being good, there are options there. It also helps that coconut water is rich in electrolytes and potassium, which help with hydration!

Now, I suppose the bottom line is would I drink them again? The answer is probably yes. I can’t see myself drinking them constantly, but I can see myself drinking them. Knowing there is an option there for when I am trying to behave myself is a definite plus.

Have you tried Vita Coco? What are your thoughts on drinks for when you want to behave yourself? Would you go for plain water, or would you drink something like Vita Coco? Let’s discuss it in the comments!

Robyn

Note: Samples were provided for review

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