Twinings Pink Grapefruit, Mandarin & Lime Infusion

Some fla­voured teas smell much stronger of its fla­vour than its taste. And Twinings Pink Grapefruit Mandarin & Lime is a per­fect example. It’s the per­fect example because it tastes just fine too, so that the deli­cious smell you inhale every time you bring the cup up for a sip enhances the taste of the tea.

Infusing for 4 mins in 200 ml of boil­ing water yiel­ded a ruby red liquor that was a sur­prise. The pale blue of the box sug­ges­ted a much more gentle col­our, some­thing like the pink-orange of pink grapefruit rather than the deep red of blood oranges. Perhaps its ingredi­ents list of ‘hibis­cus, orange peel, black­berry leaves, apple pieces, rose­hips, grapefruit fla­vour­ing, liquorice root, man­dar­in fla­vour­ing, lem­on fla­vour­ing, lem­on pieces, lime pieces, man­dar­in pieces, and lime fla­vour­ing’ would help. The hibis­cus, per­haps?

Surprise aside, the liquor smelled of the zesti­ness of lime and the sweet­ness of man­dar­in with the sharp­ness of grapefruit. This bit­ter­ness of the pink grapefruit scarcely comes through in the cit­rus fla­vours of the tea, though. Instead, you taste more of its acid­ity (helped by the lem­on) along with the zesti­ness of the lime before mel­low­ing to the gentle sweet­ness of the man­dar­in. The sweet­ness, which came through stronger when hot, gave way to the acid­ity when cold, although I’d enjoy this as a sweetened iced tea.

The tea leaves almost no after­taste, only a refreshed pal­ate. If that’s ‘the taste of the Mediterranean’ as claimed by Twinings, I could be per­suaded to vis­it.

This box of Twinings Pink Grapefruit, Mandarin & Lime Infusion con­tained 20 tea bags. It was packed in New Zealand and pur­chased in Auckland, New Zealand in 2014.