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With many brands that are worth talking about there’s always that one product in their line that divides the market and sparks debate. For Tg, this is that product. The marmite of the bunch. The first talking point is the superfood ingredient jujube; a sweet Chinese berry that is high in antioxidants and vitamin C. That’s an additional body boost on top of the green tea and ginseng benefits! Although big in ancient and modern day China, Jujube is still relatively unknown in the western world and this drink has been inspiring intrepid excitement and curiosity in the adventurous and avoidance in the less so. When I asked people to actually taste it, the drink always had them divided, some loving it, others hating it. Overall this one is fairly fruity and really sweet, with a plum type taste, that remains mild as it mixes with the green tea and ginseng flavours.

Unfortunately this was my least favourite of the collection but I can acknowledge that plenty of others really enjoyed it. I’d still recommend this to others as they are super healthy drinks and contact actual brewed tea rather than tea extract!

For more information on the collection: http://www.tastethetea.co.uk/2016/09/04/tgiced/

Flavors: Earth, Fruity, Green, Plums, Toasted

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If you love a fruity sweet drink, this one’s for you, being the fruitiest and the sweetest of the collection. The aroma is a strong mouth-watering orange, well technically mandarin, that invites you to indulge and take a swig. The ginseng is an underlying flavour, along with the green tea notes which remain mild and let the mandarin take over. Overall, completely refreshingly & my favourite of the collection.

For more on Tg Iced teas: http://www.tastethetea.co.uk/2016/09/04/tgiced/

Flavors: Fruity, Orange, Sweet, Toasted

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The plain one in the Tg iced tea collection, but should by no means be overlooked. Most bottled iced teas lose the actual tea flavour to other flavours blended into the drink, so if what you’re really after is a bottled tea that retains the tea flavour, Tg’s got your back, this one’s for you. The taste itself is a slightly fruity (but weirdly not in a particularly sweet way), mingled with the toasted flavour of the green tea, which combines with ginseng to provide an earthy note.

See more on this review here: http://www.tastethetea.co.uk/2016/09/04/tgiced/

Flavors: Earth, Green, Sweet, Toasted

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drank Jujube & Osmanthus by Tg
151 tasting notes

Ingediants: 70% Green Tea, 25% Jujube and 5% Osmanthus.
Aroma: A slight fruity and floral scent.
Flavour: The fruity flavours aren’t incredibly prominent and stay quite weak. But you have to remember there aren’t any flavourings and all the ingredients are natural. This tea does taste nice, with a mild hint of fruits, providing a slightly sweeter green tea which would be perfect for those used to sugar without the naughty calories.

For more: http://tastethetea.co.uk/2016/07/26/tggreentea/

Flavors: Fruit Punch, Fruity, Plums, Sweet, Toasted

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Ginger & Lemon Zest by Tg
151 tasting notes

Ingredients: 78% Green Tea, 12% Ginger and 10% Lemon Peel.
Aroma: No distinct smell.
Flavour: I really like ginger, it’s one of my top favourite flavours in tea, whereas lemon is most probably one of my all-time least favourite, two ends of my preference spectrum! With this in mind it’s both lucky and unlucky that the flavours of both ingredients are quite mild, offering little hints of flavour rather than being a full on tongue blaster. However, the ingrediants are all 100% natural… no flavourings, bonus!

More at: http://tastethetea.co.uk/2016/07/26/tggreentea/

Flavors: Ginger, Lemon, Nutty, Toasted

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 15 sec

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drank Green Tea by Tg
151 tasting notes

Ingredients: 100% Green Tea.
Aroma: A lovely toasted green tea aroma.
Flavour: The teabags create a gorgeous toasted flavour from the leaves. You may also note a very slight grassy, almost sweet, element. If I’m honest, I was actually taken aback by how lovely Tg Green Tea tastes. I opened up one of the teabags to look at the quality of the leaves and whilst they aren’t quite top notch superior quality, they are definitely much better than supermarket own and big brand green tea bags.

More at: http://tastethetea.co.uk/2016/07/26/tggreentea/

Flavors: Nutty, Toasted

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Green Tea by Tg
151 tasting notes

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As I open the bag I am met with a herbal scent, not quite ginger but warming enough to tickle my nose. The lemon is a little more recognizable, though with the herbal scent it is more like lemongrass than lemon peel.

The pyramid bags have dark green/brown leaves in with small pieces of chopped, dry ginger and even smaller pieces of dry lemon peel. Though the pieces are small, they are still not powdery in any way. Again this one also has a good amount of leaf in the bag.

Once steeped the colour is golden/brown with a subtle yet toasted grass scent, the after scent is peppery and tickles my nose.

Flavour strength is subtle, dominant toasted, grass tones in front of a dry, peppery herbal ginger and a soft aftertaste of something sweet and fruity. Which pretty much sims up the name of this tea, so in effect it tastes as it’s named. Nothing too dramatic in terms of flavours and strength, but the mellow feel of this makes it easily drinkable.

As it cools the lemon increases in strength and becomes waxy but also sweeter than before. It moves in front of the ginger and the whole affair dances on my tongue for a long after taste sensation.

One bag, two steeps ie The re-steep

Colour is dark yellow with a toasted, herbal scent. Remaining soft but still strong enough to warrant the re-steep. Flavour still has wonderful peppery ginger and soft, lemon tones amidst it’s toasted grass affair. Another successful steep.

More info: http://sororiteasisters.com/2015/07/10/organic-green-tea-bags-natural-flavours-tg/

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As I open the packet I am met with a sweet herbal and berry scent that is subtle yet fresh. A nice combination actually, and on the jujube terms it’s similar to cranberry. In that sharp, dry sort of way….but not as drastic.

The pyramids are made from see through material so it’s easy to see the quality of the ingredients, and you can know exactly what you’re drinking. I can note golden pieces of osmanthus against a dark green/brown leaf (which makes some contrast) and some dark orange/brown berry pieces scattered around the mixture. It appears to be roughly 1.5-2 tea spoons worth of mixture, so a good amount per bag. Also it’s worth mentioning that the bags contents are not powdered or small, so no fannings.

Easy enough steeping instructions to follow, even my husband could do this he is a bog standard tea or coffee man most of the time).

Once steeped the tea is: Yellow/brown in colour with a soft yet toasted scent. Lightly grassy too. Also the tea blend has actually expanded beyond expectations, the pyramid was very spacious but it has now been filled.

The flavour is subtle but pleasant with toasted grass, sweet herbs (which must be osmanthus) and a clean yet dry after taste. I cannot taste the jujube as much as I could smell it which is a little disappointing, but the osmanthus is rather pleasant without it. As the blend cools it becomes thicker in flavour, with the green tea increasing vastly. Though it’s not really what I would call bitter, but the sweetness has subsided somewhat. To the point where in the after taste among the dry I think I can taste something creamy and berry like.

One bag, two steeps ie The re-steep

Colour and scent match that of the first steep, which is rather impressive for a tea bag. Flavour is more mild (which was to be expected) but it still has toasty, grass qualities and just that touch of sweetness from the osmanthus. I would definitely say it was worth the re-steep.

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drank Green Tea by Tg
1355 tasting notes

As I open the bag I am met with the toasted, grass scent I have got to know rather well these last few mugs full. It reminds me of Japanese Bancha if I had to compare the green base to another. There is also a dry, perfumed scent in the after sniff.

Once steeped the colour is golden brown with a toasted grass scent. Very clean smelling.

Flavour pretty much matches the scent, though the after taste is rather dry and somewhat perfumed. It’s more floral than I noticed in the two previous flavours, grassy but floral and behind the toast is a slight buttery tone.

As it cools it thickens in strength with an increase to dryness. Also not as immediately toasty as before.

One bag, two steeps ie The re-steep

A nice re-steep, still subtle elements of toast, grass and perfume though it also remains rather dry.

More info on: http://sororiteasisters.com/2015/07/10/organic-green-tea-bags-natural-flavours-tg/

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Review: I don’t recall having green tea with jujube in before, but it sounds pretty awesome!

As I open the cap I am met with a sweet scent, very soft but with some fruit tones. Something a little stronger than the ginseng which must be the jujube. Reminds me of cranberry without the harshness.

The flavour is as light and refreshing as I was expecting (comparing the previous two teas) but the jujube is interesting. It tastes like a combination of raspberry and cranberry albeit mild and sweet, though there is some dryness in the after taste. The rock sugar like sweetness lingers.

For more info and pics: http://www.kittylovestea.co.uk/2015/07/06/tg-bottled-iced-green-tea-a-way-to-beat-this-heatwave/

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Review: Green Tea with Mandarin and Ginseng, that sounds wonderful, I do love orange (and similar) flavours in general.

As I open the cap I am met with an amazing sweet and fresh mandarin scent.

In terms of flavour this is as mild as the ‘original’ iced tea ie Green Tea with Ginseng, but the mandarin is so sweet and juicy it tastes like cordial. Albeit a natural and rather nice cordial. A few sips in and the mandarin increases in strength, enough to be waxy but remaining fresh and very delicious. At times it’s like eating an actual mandarin! I can almost taste the flesh and pulp.

As I mentioned before, I’m an orange fan; and quite frankly I found this delicious. The balance of flavour was nice, not too strong or weak but sweet enough to be refreshing and heavenly. I highly recommend this to fellow orange (and the like) fans.

For pics and more info: http://www.kittylovestea.co.uk/2015/07/06/tg-bottled-iced-green-tea-a-way-to-beat-this-heatwave/

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Review: I do like the bottle design, the label is rather cute. Very easy to see how many calories, the ingredients and a brief description of the blend.

Once the lid is open I can note a soft yet sweet scent, subtle but refreshing non the less.

The first sip was rather wonderful, sweet ginseng met with clean tasting green tea with mild grass qualities and a lingering aftertaste that keeps getting sweeter, like rock sugar. On the whole it is rather mild in terms of green tea but so very refreshing because of it. The sweetness brings out the ginseng a little better. It’s a nice level of sweetness, not as much as some of the other brands of iced tea I’ve tried. If anything it tastes more naturally sugared than artificially which adds to the pleasantry. Also getting a touch of dryness after a few sips though no bitterness at all.

I can see this going down extremely well on a hot day, enough flavour to be pleasing but fresh and refreshing enough to quench ones thirst from the sun. A very nice combination.

Pics and more info: http://www.kittylovestea.co.uk/2015/07/06/tg-bottled-iced-green-tea-a-way-to-beat-this-heatwave/

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