• Lisa Hodorovych

Teatime with Mrs. Joho - Twinings Sample Box

During a difficult time in my life, a dear friend of mine decided to surprise me by sending me a gift. She didn’t send me flowers. She didn’t send me chocolates. No, she sent me a box of tea! But it wasn’t just any tea. It was a sample box of Twinings tea, one of my favorite brands out there. It truly brightened my day and now I want to share those teas with you, my amazing readers!

However, this post will be different. Instead of writing separate articles on each tea that’s in the box – which, by the way, there’s forty-eight (48) in it – I’m going to do a “mini” discussion under each. I’ll say how it tastes, what I think of it, and mention some of its benefits. I think that’ll be easier than writing 48 separate articles for each and linking them to this article.

Make sure to check back to see which tea I tried, what I thought of it, and its benefits.

If you’ve tried any of these teas, please let me know what you think. You can contact me at qtwreviews@gmail.com. And don’t forget, I'm not getting paid to promote this product or any articles mentioned in this post. To learn more, please check out my Policies page. Lastly, the photos seen in this post are mine, unless noted.

Take care and drink on!

Premium Black Tea – Blackcurrant Breeze

My Reaction: As I poured hot water over this tea, the aroma that wafted up from it was amazing. All I smelled was the blackcurrant and it was like I had a piece of that fruit already in my mouth, it was that strong. I couldn’t wait to take my first sip and when I did…holy crow, I just melted. It’s delicious! I didn’t even taste any black tea, at first, I just tasted the sweetness of the blackcurrant. However, as I let the tea sit (because that’s what I do, I forget I even made the tea) the black tea started to come through and it was still so good.

Benefits: According to an article on healthline.com, black tea has a plethora of benefits as it contains antioxidants and compounds as well as caffeine, but not as much as you would find in coffee. Some of the benefits include: removing free radicals and decreasing cell damage, reducing cholesterol and blood sugar levels, reducing risks for heart disease, and increasing focus and alertness.

Healthline.com also has an article on the benefits of blackcurrants, which, surprisingly, states this amazing fruit is actually “forbidden” in America. According to the article, “They help spread a fungus that infects white pine trees. For this reason, blackcurrants have been removed from many areas…” However, this fruit is jam-packed with benefits, including: aiding with blood flow, helping your immune system, and improving your eye, gut, and kidney health.

Pure Rooibos Red Tea

My Reaction: This was my first-time trying Rooibos tea on its own and I must say, it was interesting. I can’t describe its taste because I can’t really pinpoint its flavor. It didn't remind me of a certain fruit or a certain spice or a certain flower nor did it have a bitter taste or a salty taste. All I can say is it was really good. Even when I let the tea sit (because it’s me, I forget I even made the tea), it was still good.

Benefits: Rooibos (also known as “red bush tea” and “red tea”) is classified as an herbal tea. One of the many benefits that people love about this tea is the fact that it is caffeine-free. Even though many need caffeine to get through the day, there are just as many who can’t have it for various health reasons. That’s why this tea is perfect for anyone who can’t have caffeine.

Rooibos tea also contains antioxidants, which can help prevent heart disease and cancer. According to teapursuit.com, “red tea” contains a plethora of other benefits including anti-spasmodic properties to help with stomach cramps. It can also help with digestive issues and even help with sleeping. That may explain why right after drinking it I felt so sleepy and was ready for a nap.

Cold Brewed Iced Tea - English Classic

My Reaction: I like this one a lot! To me, it is the iced tea version of an Earl Grey tea and I love Earl Greys. It doesn’t have an extremely strong taste (or smell for that matter), but you do get that subtle hint of flavor as you drink it down and it’s perfect. I feel like that’s how an iced tea should be. It shouldn’t have an overpowering taste or an overpowering sweetness to it as it’s supposed to help you feel refreshed during a hot summer day. This is the perfect tea for that!

Benefits: This particular iced tea is mainly black tea and I have to say, I think black tea has become my new favorite. The benefits of black tea are amazing, especially since it contains caffeine to give you that nice little jolt you may need to get yourself through the day. As we learned from the Blackcurrant Breeze tea (which is the first entry in this post), black tea has a plethora of antioxidants and compounds to help reduce cholesterol, reduce the risks of heart disease, and stay focused, among other great benefits.

Cold Brewed Iced Tea - Mixed Berries

My Reaction: This iced tea was delicious! The mixture of the different fruits in this tea was a lovely wake up call for my taste buds. Even though I mainly tasted raspberry (and it reminded me of this amazing raspberry iced tea I used to get at a restaurant, which now, of course, I can’t remember its name), you still tasted a mixture. It was like I was drinking a fruit cup. Again, so delicious and so refreshing!

Benefits: This is another iced tea made with black tea, but with the added flavors of cherry, blueberry, blackcurrant, and raspberry. We already know the amazing benefits of black tea thanks to Twinings Cold Brewed English Classic Iced Tea, Twinings Blackcurrant Breeze tea, and Barry’s Irish Breakfast tea, among so many others.