I am a bit of a tea jenny and can get through a lots of cups of tea in a day. I am always looking to try new flavours, particularly, varieties of green tea as I really enjoy the taste. I came across Shibui Tea on Twitter and responded to a tweet offering samples for people to try. They kindly replied and sent me some pyramid teabags to review. Shibui Tea are an independently owned, family run business based in Edinburgh, Scotland. Their teas are sourced from all over the world and they have over 200 varieties to choose from. Originating from Scotland myself, I felt like a had a bit of a connection and was very excited to try their tea. Something that I found very interesting and appealing about Shibui Tea is that the tea bags come wrapped in compostable packaging. It looks very much like plastic but is actually made from something called, Natureflex, which means it can be put into food waste or compost heaps. The pyramid tea bags are also biodegradable. They can be put in with food for commercial composting but they are not suitable for home composting. I was kindly sent eight different varieties to try, which I have offered my opinion on, below: English Breakfast Who doesn’t love a good breakfast tea? I enjoyed this with a good hearty breakfast and it was delicious. It was full bodied and flavoursome and just really set me up for a busy day. It’s just what you expect from a good quality tea and I could drink endless cups. Early Grey This has that classic aroma of an Earl Grey and I could definitely smell an taste the Bergamot. I don’t like my teabag left in for too long so it was just perfect but I think if I left it any longer it could have been a little strong for my taste. A very nice heart warming tea all the same. Rooibos and Orange Organic (Caffeine free) Ok, I’m not going to lie. I had never heard of Rooibos before so I had to look it up. I was interested to find that it is South African in origin and often compared to Hibiscus tea. I can see the similarities actually. It has an earthy feel to it but with a kick of citrus from the orange. It was different to what I have tasted before but in a good way. Chocolate and Ginger (Caffeine free) I’ll be honest. This tea has both my favourite and least favourite ingredient in so I was intrigued to find out what this tea tasted like. The most notable flavour was the Ginger (my least favourite) and I really struggled to taste the Chocolate. If I were asked to describe it, it would be that it tastes like a warm Ginger Snap biscuit. It’s definitely one for a cold Winter’s night. Not something I would drink all year round but I would buy it in for the festive season. (more…)
Some of you may have heard about The Insiders before but for those of you who have not, it is a community whereby members have the opportunity to try different products in exchange for their opinion and feedback. I have been a member for a while and have had the opportunity to try a number of different products. All campaigns are published on their website and all you need to do is apply for whichever ones you fancy and wait to see if you match the brand’s criteria. Sign up here if you are interested:- https://www.theinsidersnet.com/. I was lucky enough to be one of 2500 insiders to be selected to try new Perrier & Juice fruit drinks. I was sent the fantastic package below which consisted of 6 multipacks of Perrier’s new juice drink. The juice came in 3 different flavours; Peach & Cherry, Strawberry & Kiwi and Pineapple & Mango. They are made up of 77% Perrier sparkling natural mineral water, 17% fruit juice and natural flavours. I have now had the opportunity to try this new juice drink and would like to share my honest review. Perrier & Juice campaign pack I was really excited to try the drinks as the packaging was so vibrant and inviting plus each can was less than 50 calories. I also like that it contains no artificial sweeteners. The first flavour I sampled was the Strawberry & Kiwi which I had chilled in the refrigerator. I really enjoyed the drink and could definitely taste both fruits but predominantly, the strawberry flavour. I love anything strawberry so this did really appeal to my taste buds. It had just the right amount of sweetness for me and I found it very refreshing with the bubbles from the sparkling water. Unfortunately, I wasn’t so keen on the Peach & Cherry and Pineapple & Mango flavour. They were nice but not quite as flavoursome and enjoyable as the Strawberry & Kiwi. Maybe, it’s because I’m not a fan of they particular flavour combinations but I just felt they were lacking a bit of punch. I shared the cans with my family and I received a mixed response from them too. All of them liked at least one flavour but not them all. In summary, the Strawberry & Kiwi flavour came out on top, Pineapple and Mango second and Peach & Cherry, last. In short, I love the concept of the new juice drink but I have mixed feelings towards the flavour combinations. I am impressed that there is less than 50 calories per can which is great for people looking for low calorie options. I would probably purchase the Strawberry & Kiwi flavour again but I think it would really depend on the price. I would give Perrier and Juice fruit drink a 3 out 5. Strawberry & Kiwi flavour Have you tried it? I’d love to hear what you think if you have.