Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Winter Spice Ice Tea And A Review

I am sure there are few nicer things than sitting up in bed, drinking strong tea, and reading. Tea is such an important drink in our lives. Back in India I only tasted two types of tea –black tea and tea with spices and milk. Only when I came to London, I saw such huge flavours of tea; after all “tea is Britain’s favourite drink”. But it was not like this always; oh yes! There was a time when Britain only had gin, coffee and ale- even at breakfast. Slowly the time changed and so did the habits- people begin enjoying and tasting tea.

Twinings was there at that time. It is a brand which is 300 years old and has an amazing catalogue of flavours when it comes to tea. They have white teas, herbal teas, black teas, organic teas-Oh! You name it!!! I tasted Twinings winter spice tea recently, and I was so moved by the taste. It is naturally caffeine free and contains natural ingredients like cinnamon, hibiscus and blackberry leaves. The smell is the best part-once you open the packet your nose fills with aroma. Why not it has Cinnamon - my beloved spice.  All you have to do is brew the tea bags for 3 minutes and you get that perfect red colour and fragrance. The taste is mildly sweet and spicy, steaming with flavours.

Do you see the beautiful red colour??

The hot tea is indeed the best option looking at the weather of London, but I also experimented making ice tea with its tea bags. I loved the colour and cinnamon and blackberry leaves taste in the cold tea as well. I added in some sugar and lime juice to bring the authentic ice tea taste. Let’s see the recipe.

3 cups of water
1 tablespoon of sugar
1 teaspoon lime juice
7-8 ice cubes

Heat 3 cups of water and bring to boil.
Add teabags in the boiled water and mix. Let it sit covered for 3-4 minutes. Discard the tea bags.
Add sugar to it and let it dissolve completely.
Pour cold water in the above mixture. Also mix in the limejuice.
Take glasses and add ice cubes in it. Slowly add the tea and mix well.
Enjoy the new flavourful ice tea.

Refreshing, sweet and little spicy.

Disclaimer: I was not paid or told to write positive review. The post is based on my experience and is unbiased.  With thanks to Twinings for the review samples.


  1. Nice review ,I liked the colour of the tea..iced teas is perfect on a day like this..so nice and sunny isnt it..enjoying it :)

  2. Thanks Vinee. Oh yes I went out shopping in this sunny day and enjoyed this ice tea :)

  3. ofcourse i see the colour-it reminds me of ruafza in india

  4. this is so amazing. i love the ice tea

  5. this is so amazing. i love the ice tea

  6. have seen them in tesco, will buy this time :) :) :) :)Nice review

  7. Shweta,

    What a nice way to dress up a tea...loved your pics too. It is perfect for the weather we are having here :)

  8. Loved the colour of the tea. Good review too.

  9. love the way you presented the tea..great review..

  10. lovely color , the Iced tea would have been a great thirst quencher


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