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Red Seal's unique black teas allow you to make a delicious fruity tea using either hot or cold water. For a refreshing, healthy drink on a hot summer's day, simply add tap water and let draw for a few minutes.
Even better, Red Seal Black Tea Peach & Mango contains:
• No gluten
• No artificial sweeteners
• No added sugar
I'm not a coffee drinker, as I find the flavour far too bitter. Hot chocolate and tea are my go-to hot beverages, so new varieties of tea to try are definitely going to get my interest. Now whenever I'm trying to get my weight down, drinking teas is one of the big parts of that, as I use teas to fill my stomach, rather than food. But I like to calorie count, so even when it comes to teas, I scan it into my food diary app "MyFitnessPal". Interestingly, the teas will usually come up with zero calories (this packet boasts zero sugar too), so I was surprised to see the app say this particular tea had 2 calories. Now this is still a very low amount (compared to a orange juice, fizzy drinks, or beer which usually average 120+ calories), but it still gave me pause and made me want to figure out why it had calories.
The product has no gluten, no added sugars, and no artificial sweeteners, but what it does have, is the natural sweetener, Stevia, and also has natural flavouring added to "enhance" the flavour. But again, 2 calories is negligible, but interesting to not that the additives had an effect on the calorie content.
I decided to try the tea both as a cold and a hot brew. Making both at the same time, there was a significant colour difference right off the bat; the hot brew was instantly dark in colour, whereas the cold brew only managed a honey amber colour after several minutes and a thorough dunking of the teabag. The hot brew, despite being a black tea, was not bitter at all, and was quite a sweet full bodied flavour. The flavour of the sweetener was apparent, but not too dominant, instead allowing the peach flavour to come through. The cold brew on the other hand, while refreshing, was much weaker in flavour (which matches the difference in colour).
This tea would be ideal for me with a little bit of honey if I wasn't feeling well. The flavour didn't quite appeal as a cold brew, but made hot, the tea was flavoursome and aromatic.
As I opened the first paper wrapper and took out a teabag, I was amazed at how strong the peach smell was. It was almost as though I were cutting open a ripe peach - full and sweet and very enticing. But then the boiling water hit the teabag and the effect was doubled. This is the strongest fruit tea I have ever brewed. If the taste turned out to be as good as the smell, then it would be a rewarding experience indeed.
I had three friends to help me to evaluate this product because I am not normally a black tea drinker - I prefer coffee or fruit teas which are standalone rather than prepared on a black tea base. My friends are all work colleagues and all of them assured me that their preferred drink is a flavoured tea, so I thought they would be ideal to evaluate.
I prepared four cups and we left them to infuse for a few minutes. One of the testers likes hers quite weak so I removed her teabag and mine after a short soak. The remaining teabags we left in place for a bit longer as the other two said they preferred theirs stronger. During this time the smell of fresh fruit was so strong that several colleagues commented as they walked past and asked if they could have some too!
My first tester could not wait to try hers. She started to drink while the other two were still waiting for theirs to infuse. I asked what she thought but she waved me away until she had given herself the chance to drink more. Finally, after she had drained the entire cup, she said she was most impressed - not only did she think it was one of the most flavoursome she had tasted, but also one of the most successful blends. Usually she would not enjoy a flavoured tea where the fruit or floral flavour overpowers the tea base, but in this case it worked for her. As she said, it was anything but subtle - but it tasted so authentically fruity that it did not matter.
The other two were equally positive. Both loved the flavour combination, agreeing that the tea took second place to the fruit but it really did not matter. One of them said she would buy it and while it was nice served hot as a winter drink, she thought it would go perfectly in a sangria on a hot summer's day. She is going to buy herself a packet so she can try it. The third tester said she appreciated that the drink delivered what the packaging promised. She has had experiences with some brands that taste nothing like she would have expected, and one brand in particular (which she did not name!) was quite "putrid".
Ingredients wise, they all commented on the use of unbleached paper for the teabag pouches, the lack of artificial ingredients, and the bright, attractive outer packaging. One commented that she hopes the packaging does not change as it is sometimes difficult to find the product she wants when manufacturers keep rebranding and changing their image. She thought the current packaging for this product is perfect because it is eye-catching and means she can quickly find it on a supermarket shelf.
Personally, I don't especially like stevia, but although it is listed among the ingredients, none of us could detect it so it has obviously not been overdone. The other thing I liked was the long shelf life which means I can keep some on hand and not worry about it going stale. And although this type of drink is not my usual choice, even I had to admit that I liked this one. Can't wait to try it cold with that sangria!
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