Jennifer Meredith pops the kettle on for this new tea experience
Normally, one would never think of consuming seaweed in any other form than dried and sprinkled with a little bit of brown sugar as part of a Chinese takeaway; however, I made an exception to review Dr Stuart’s Green Tea with Ginger Seaweed, an unusual blend from the only UK tea brand to use active botanical herbs.
Apparently, seaweed contains high levels of iodine, iron and calcium – ideal for those on a vegan diet – as well as vitamin E which is great for maintaining healthy skin, eyes and support the immune system. Another ingredient, ginger, is full of antioxidants and aids healthy digestion, while the green tea included is said to speed up the metabolism to aid weight loss. It’s fair to say that there are lots of super ingredients here!
The teabag itself came in an ever so slightly clinical looking sachet adorned with no more than the brand name above its tagline in black and white. This non fussy approach to packaging is very different from the increasingly luxury patterns and textures seen on various tea packets at the supermarket; all you need to do is walk down the beverages aisle and you’re inundated with vibrant oranges here, purple paisleys there and gold fonts on almost everything. It’s almost a breath of fresh air to see something that’s not trying to be anymore than what it is – a tea.
Flavour wise, I couldn’t taste much seaweed (though I’m sure that’s a good thing), the ginger was evident, but subtle and slightly warming – a pleasant and refreshing cup to enjoy as a mid afternoon pick me up.