Four fruit teas. One box. One mug. What could go wrong?
I picked up a selection box from Twinings with four of the best fruit-flavoured teas to try out for the blog. Over several months I’ve been through some thorough taste tests and now I’m ready to deliver my verdict.
If you want to know if this tea selection box is worth buying, this article holds all the answers.
About Twinings Fruit Teas
Hover over the ‘About Twinings’ tab on their official website and you’ll open up an entire multi-page menu devoted to the history and values of this quintessentially British tea brand. It can be a bit overwhelming, but with over 300 years or selling tea, there’s bound to be a lot to say.
As you’ll read on their About Page for fruit and herbal teas, their range is extensive with over 50 blends to try. They also are proud to say that they only use natural ingredients.
Now, hold up.
Natural ingredients don’t mean that there’s no added flavouring. As I found out, Twinings is more than happy to flavour up their teas with natural flavourings instead of whole fruit pieces. In fact, after reviewing several of their fruit blends, I’ve noticed a pattern of repeating tea ingredients and then added flavouring to match the name of the tea blend. Read my mini-reviews below to see what I mean.
Regardless, if you have any doubts about the reliability and mastery of this tea company, then I hope this article and my many Twinings reviews will quash any worries you have.
Do Fruit Teas Have Health Benefits?
It’s an interesting question. My usual answer is that fruit and herbal teas shouldn’t be consumed for medicinal purposes. So, if you have a medical problem you should see your doctor.
Nonetheless, some of the ingredients in fruit teas (like the four in the Twinings tea selection box) will have potential health benefits.
The problem is, those benefits will be infinitesimal unless you decide to guzzle gallons of tea all day, every day.
Twinings estimate that each fruit tea contains approximately 2kcal per 100ml. For a small teacup that amasses to a grand total of 5kcal. For larger mugs, it will be closer to 7kcal. The reason why the calorie count is higher in these fruit teas compared to black and green teas (drunk without milk) is that fruit has natural sugars in it that will bleed into your cuppa.
But it’s not enough for you to be concerned! Compared to the likes of energy drinks and fizzy sugared drinks, these teas are uber-healthy.
Plus, you might just ingest a few micrograms of vitamins while you sip.
The takeaway? Fruit teas are a great addition to your healthy diet.
Twinings Fruit Teas
There are four teas in the box… and surprisingly no real fruit to create the flavours in the titles. Check the ingredients lists to see what I mean.
Nonetheless, I found all these teas to be worthy and you can find them in this selection box (5 teabags of each flavour) or to purchase individually. It’s good to buy directly from Twinings as the price is lower, however, Amazon can work out cheaper if you’re buying the tea with other products and have free delivery thrown in.
Cranberry & Raspberry
- Ingredients: Hibiscus, apple pieces, rosehips, elderflower, liquorice root, natural cranberry flavouring, natural raspberry flavouring, other natural flavourings
- Health Benefits: Reduce inflamed sinuses, soothe cold symptoms
Starting with the highest-rated, Twinings Cranberry and Raspberry tea has a natural, intense flavour despite having cranberry and raspberry flavouring instead of actual fruit pieces. It’s the one I enjoyed the most!
The flavour is fresh and tart raspberries with sweet cranberry notes and interesting depth. It’s more than just a fruit juice flavour, thanks to the elderflower, apple, and liquorice that add other layers. I found it to be perfectly good to drink plain, without any sweetener or sugar. However, adding a drop of honey would make this a great remedy for a sore throat or inflamed sinuses.
Mango & Strawberry
- Ingredients: Hibiscus, orange leaves, orange peel, rosehips, liquorice root, natural flavourings
- Health Benefits: Boost immune system (vit C), better eyesight and bright skin (vit A)
This was the first tea I reviewed in the New Year and it was such a welcome break from all the heavy carbs and chocolates I’d be munching over Christmas! Twinings Mango and Strawberry tea is not the best when brewed hot. The strawberry doesn’t taste authentic and the mango is far too light and generic. However, it does taste quite nice when cold brewed with a teaspoon of sugar, so it’s a great caffeine-free fruit tea for the summer months.
It contains several orange ingredients, which give you that vitamin C plus a healthy dose of vitamin A which is good for your eyesight and keeping your skin clear and bright.
Blackcurrant & Blueberry
- Ingredients: Hibiscus, rosehips, blackberry leaves, liquorice root, natural blackcurrant flavouring, natural blueberry flavouring, other natural flavourings
- Health Benefits: Soothe sore throats and colds
If you’ve been following me on Instagram, you’ll know how I love referring to this tea as ‘Ribena for adults’ as it’s just so sweet and Ribena-like! The blueberry and blackcurrant notes are very distinct and almost overpowering in this tea, so make sure you brew lightly.
I prefer it hot, as I find that this is a great tea for a sore throat when I’m not in the mood for lemon, ginger, or orange. Cold brewing it would also be nice and I’m tempted to try putting it in my ice-cream maker for fruit tea sorbet.
- Ingredients: White hibiscus, rosehip, apple pieces, hibiscus, orange peel, roasted chicory root, natural orange flavouring, natural lemon flavouring, other natural flavourings
- Health Benefits: Boost the immune system with vitamin C
The best way I found to describe this tea was – orange squash, but far too weakly made. It’s certainly a pleasant drink and you can’t complain that it’s too sweet or too tart. It’s just a bit underwhelming. That’s why Twinings St Clements tea is the lowest rated from the fruit selection box.
Nonetheless, it’s not a bad tea! You won’t be revolted or turn your nose up at it. I won’t hesitate to finish the St Clements teabags in the box rather than gifting them away… but maybe I’ll combine them with another tea or use them in baking recipes instead.
Summary – Are These Fruity Teas Worth Trying?
Yes, most definitely. These four teas are all well-made, balanced perfectly with their flavours, and are decent quality with natural ingredients. I would recommend buying the selection box before buying a whole box of one individual flavour. There’s always going to be one or two teas that you absolutely love and another that you despise, so the selection box is an affordable way of finding out.
If buying from Twinings doesn’t work for you (some international buyers dislike the shipping costs), then scroll back up and click on the image to buy this tea on Amazon instead. You’re welcome.