If you can feel a cold coming on, then there are a few old remedies you’re supposed to try. Drinking orange juice is one of them and trying honey lemon tea is another. This is a pre-made lemon honey green tea, in the sense that the lemon and honey are already added.
I firmly believe that the best way to make any lemon honey (or ginger) tea is with fresh ingredients, but if you’re in a bind or don’t have access to fresh ingredients, teabags can be a good fallback.
Fosters Traditional Foods are not a well-known tea brand and your chances of coming across them are slim, so if this tea appeals to you and you want to try something similar, click my Amazon affiliate links below to find similar teas on Amazon.
Fosters Honey Lemon Tea at a Glance
- Blend: Green tea with lemon and honey flavouring
- Flavour: Sour lemon, artificial honey, bitter grass green tea
The flavour of this tea is quite unpleasant, despite having a nice aroma before it’s brewed. The lemon and honey flavouring can’t stand up to the flavour of their fresh counterparts, and the green tea base is of a really poor quality.
Full Review – Green Tea with Honey and Lemon
- Type: Square filter paper teabag
- Tea: Green tea
- Additives: Honey flavouring, lemon flavouring
- Flavour Notes: Sour lemon, bitter, artificial honey, sweetness, grass, hay, green tea
- Aroma: Syrup, honey, artificial lemon, sour grass
- Milk or Lemon: Fresh lemon and honey
- Where to Buy: Tesco (or search honey lemon tea on Amazon)
Initially, the aroma that comes from these simple teabags is quite nice. You can tell that the lemon is fake, but it’s nice nonetheless. The honey flavouring adds a syrupy aroma too. Unfortunately, there’s no green tea aroma hidden underneath to balance it out.
It brews into a deceptively nice looking tea! It’s crystal clear, bright, and gold-yellow. However, the aroma is very sour with lemon and intense grass green tea notes that don’t sit right.
The flavour is the same as the aroma that swirls out of the steam. It’s sour and bitter, poorly balanced and has an unpleasant grassy flavour from green tea base. No matter how you brew this one, the flavours just don’t work.
I highly recommend you buy a high quality plain green tea, slice up some lemon, and get a teaspoon of honey ready. You can make your own honey lemon green tea in minutes, and it will taste far superior to Fosters Lemon Honey Green Tea.
How to Brew Lemon Honey Tea
If you have lemon honey green tea in teabags, whether it’s Fosters or not, then you need to use water at 80°C. This is the correct water temperature for green tea and it ensures that you won’t scald the leaves.
If you don’t have a thermometer, just leave the kettle to cool for 5 minutes after it has reached boiling point, then pour it over the teabag.
Lemon and honey are both good for settling your stomach, however the astringency of green tea is not so great. It’s also a source of caffeine, so don’t drink it too late in the evening if you’re overly sensitive to caffeine.
Why Buy Tea from Tesco?
It’s a question I’ve asked myself a lot since I first purchased the Fosters tea set. It’s possibly the worst tea I’ve ever tried. The quality is awful, the flavours are unbalanced, the brewing instructions are non-existent, and you just get the feeling that no care has gone into any aspect of manufacturing the product.
You can see the tea leaf from my photos. It’s dusty and incredibly fine, which means it is the leftovers from a higher quality tea. You’re basically drinking scraps.
Furthermore, you won’t get any of the nutrition, vitamins, and minerals you’d get from drinking tea made with real honey and lemon. So, it may taste soothing, but it won’t do a thing for your oncoming cold.
Overall, I don’t recommend this tea. There are plenty of great green tea blends available, but this isn’t one of them. You can use the button below to search for other lemon honey teas on Amazon. I also recommend you use my Tea Review Index to find a high-quality green tea so you can create your own blends with fresh ingredients at home.
Tim Hortons Honey Lemon tea is an herbal blend, rather than a caffeinated one. However, if you add a slice of orange, a teaspoon of fresh runny honey, and a cinnamon stick, it transforms into a delicious and soothing festive tea. I recently put the recipe up on my Instagram account – you can follow me @izzysden.