4 September 2018

Twinings Cold Infuse Rose Lemonade (No Tea) Bags - For Water Bottles (Asda) By @Cinabar

This year we have had a very good hot summer, this means my consumption of ice cream and cold drinks has gone up, and hot drinks has gone down. The tea companies must be feeling the reduction in people who want a hot steaming mug of tea. The other big trend is water bottles, everyone is trying to up their water intake, there is only one solution to this problem for tea companies and several have now released bags meant for cold water. Yes, instant iced tea, well by instant it still takes a few minutes to infuse but close enough and no heat required, but technically it doesn’t even contain tea. "Slow infuse, make your own water based cold drink”, isn’t quite as catchy. The no tea part confused me, it is made by Twinings after all.
I have a confession, I also don’t have a water bottle either, but please don’t worry about me, I drink plenty. I have access to a water machine and a kettle at work, so I’m covered. I do however have a huge big drinking glass, so I picked up a box of the new Twinings Cold Infuse Rose Lemonade bags, and I thought I would give it a try.

I filled my huge glass with cold tap water, and added the bag. There is no string on the bag, like you would expect on a tea bag because the idea is you leave it in. The bag should be left for at least 5 minutes, but up to 8 hours, perfect for a day at work. It said to shake the drink, but I just agitated it with the straw, and the water went a shade of pink. I left it probably nearer 10 minutes before taking my first sip, and I had stirred it quite a bit. The flavour was okay, it was mild, sweet and had a nice floral hint and a bit of lemon. As I sipped the drink later in the afternoon the flavour was stronger, but it never became strong, and it never really got to the point where I loved it. I think this will appeal to the “I must drink more water” crowd, those that probably drink enough if they included their cups of tea/coffee, and cans of pop, which do all count towards your daily needs, as they are made with, shocker, water.

For me the flavour never quite got further than tasting a bit washed out, and I was craving a splash of cordial in my drink instead. I was also disappointed that what I thought might have tea in it didn’t, which was an opportunity missed I think.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I felt exactly the same when I tried this! Very disappointed!