I can't drink coffee; I hate milk; I like milk tea, but what I love most is tea - in its freshly brewed state. I was not a tea drinker before; the only time I got to drink tea was when my family would eat at Chinese restaurants and we were served house tea (which most of the time tasted like hot water).
Last November, my Dad came home from Hong Kong and brought home some of their leftover tea packets from their trip. I never would have expected that I would get hooked from a single sachet of Twinings Jasmine Green Tea, which by the way, was my first ever "grown up" tea moment. (Iced tea and milk tea didn't count!)
After finishing up our stash at home, I found myself wandering about the tea aisle in the supermarket, something I haven't done before since I didn't really pay attention to tea. I was about to grab a box of Twinings Jasmine Green Tea, but something else caught my eye!
Twinings Green Tea Collection
It was Twinings Green Tea Collection, with 5 different green tea variants inside. Perfect for those who are just starting to appreciate tea (like me) since I get to try different flavors of green tea before choosing a favorite.
Refreshing and light green teas with delicious fruit and floral flavors
- Pure Green - light and refreshing
- Green & Lemon - fresh and clean
- Earl Grey Green - light and aromatic
- Green & Mint - fresh and cool
- Jasmine Green - delicate and floral
After trying out all variants, I can say that my favorite would have to be Green Tea & Mint! I still like Jasmine Green Tea, by my fondness for anything minty took over.
Twinings Green Tea & Mint
My Dad and my sister also can't get enough of this flavor! Upon dipping the tea bag in hot water, you immediately get a whiff of a strong but very pleasant cool minty scent. Even if this is meant to be consumed hot, you'd still get that very refreshing mint aftertaste. I love drinking this too in the office, since it perks me up instantly!
After about a week or two, my box of Twinings Green Tea & Mint was gone. I guess my family and I enjoyed it too much. Off again I went to the supermarket, but got the shock of my life when I found that it was out of stock! I guess I'm not the only one who got addicted.
And so, I scanned the shelf and found something interesting - Twinings Pure White Tea. I've read that white tea has even more antioxidants that green tea, so I got curious all the more.
Twinings Pure White Tea
White tea comes from the Fujian (福建) province of China - which could be the hometown of my ancestors! White tea is a rare kind of tea that is only plucked once a year in spring. The leaves are gently dried which creates its beautiful silvery appearance and delicate refined flavors.
Twinings Pure White Tea has a smoother, gentler, more delicate flavor compared to green tea. It is also said to have less caffeine, and had undergone less processing compared to green tea and black tea, hence the higher level of antioxidants in it. The flavor is soothing and relaxing, but I still love my Twinings Green Tea & Mint!
I'd like to share with you the tea habit that my Dad and I have developed over just 2 months. He used to drink beer/sweet, powdered or bottled juices/coffee everyday, but he has stopped drinking all those in lieu of Twinings tea. He says it's kind of expensive considering the other brands and variants of teas in the market, but I'd only want the best for us. :D
How about you, which do you prefer: coffee, milk, or tea? :)