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I am a huge fan of camomile tea. I know a lot people don't like it but I enjoy the flavour and I find it really relaxing. I also love Marks and Spencers. Again I know they have fallen out of favour with lots of people but in my opinion their food is beyond compare. Whenever I go to M&S I always spend far too much money on luxury food and last time I was there I treated myself to some herbal tea. It was on offer at the time and I got 2 boxes of 20 organic teabags, (30g), for £1.50, so I got a box of camomile and a box of camomile, limeflower and lavender.
The camomile, limeflower and lavender teabags come in a very pretty box. The box is various shades of lilac and purple with a picture featuring a limeflower, a camomile flower and some lavender. The box bears the Organic logo, (I am not sure if this is M&S's own logo for organic produce or if there is some kind of industry standard mark), the M&S logo and all the usual product information.
I really like the way the information is laid out on these teabags and indeed on a lot of M&S food. (I know people dislike packaging descriptions now but I really like this packaging so I will continue). The important information like Ingredients is presented in white boxes with a bold easy to find/read title. It is nice and big so you don't have to scour the packet to find what you are looking for. On the side of the box is a bit of blurb about the benefits of organic food which I think is a great idea.
I was really impressed by the ingredients of these teabags; camomile (40%), Limeflower (35%), Lavender (10%), Peppermint (10%), Liquorice Root (5%). That adds up to 100% so no nasty fake stuff in here just lovely natural flora.
Obviously you can make a cup of tea using these bags in a pot or in a cup. If you are making it in the pot I would recommend getting a special pot that is just for herbal/fruit tea as it can leave residuals flavours that will spoil "normal" tea. I find the easiest way is in a cup, just one teabag and some boiling water!
Most herbal teas are to be drunk without milk and these are no exception. You can try if you like but I would strongly recommend against it. Yuk!
Upon opening the box you are greeted by a strong smell of real lavender, I really can't detect the scent of limeflower or camomile but it isn't unusual for lavender to be overpowering. I have actually popped a couple of these in my knicker drawer and they are making all my smalls smell lovely and fresh. I really like the smell of lavender, (I find it relaxing and calming), but if you don't I would avoid these as they really do smell and taste of lavender.
The smell wafts about in the steam when you add water to one of these tea bags and I really like it but I have had a few comments like, "those things stink", from the boys.
Onto the taste; I think these taste wonderful, I take the teabag out quite quickly because I don't like herbal tea too strong, and you can really notice the flavours of limeflower and camomile. It is really hard for me to describe the taste as I don't really have anything to compare them to. I suppose they have a kind of Parma violets taste but in a none sweet way. They taste like lavender smells; if that makes any sense.
I think they are really refreshing and they clear any other flavours from my mouth. I tend to have one in the bath or just before bed as I really do find them so relaxing and refreshing.
I would recommend them to anyone who needs an easy way to relax or anyone who loves the smell of lavender. I think they normally cost 99p a box but I have lost my receipt and they are not listed anyone on line so I am not 100% sure. Sorry guys.