Dragonfly Tea - Green Tea.

I've read and heard all the buzz about green tea before & I'm sure you have too but the one time I tried green tea, I wasn't keen on the taste, at all! Which is a bummer being that I enjoy most herbal teas. I was contacted by Dragonfly Tea and in the email they mentioned how most find it bitter which had me feeling not so isolated with that thought but they gave some reasons as to why :

• The reason that most people believe green tea is bitter is because more often than not the leaves are poor quality (true of much green tea available here in the UK). The bitterness is then masked by adding overpowering flavours to make it more palatable.
• Even the greatest green tea may taste bitter if brewed for too long or with water that is too hot. Boiling water can scald the delicate green leaves making the tea taste bitter, so try letting the kettle cool for a couple of minutes before pouring.
• Truly quality green teas correctly brewed are remarkable; fresh, smooth and delicately complex with a full aroma and naturally fragrant sweetness.
• In true Dragonfly Tea spirit, instead of disguising a poor quality green tea with overpowering flavours, they decided to use the very highest quality, premium green teas and subtly infuse and enhance them with delicious complimentary notes. Dragonfly Tea spent over a year developing their new green teas and they have tasted dozens of different versions along the way.

What's the big deal?
Bioactive compounds in tea leaves have a large amount of nutrients but a lot of these do not make it into the final drink. Flavonoids and catechins are powerful antioxidants, just like in our skincare it can help reduce free radicals from forming in the body, protecting cells and molecules from any damage...which means slowing down aging and diseases.

EGCG (Epigallocatechin Gallate) is a powerful antioxidant it's been used to treat various diseases & possibly the reason as to why is has such amazing medicinal properties.

Green tea has been touted as an aide for weight loss, which was one reason I wanted to get into regular green tea drinking as it helps you to lose body fat. Lowers the chances of strokes, heart disease, type 2 diabetes. It kills bacteria meaning that your dental health will improve and lower risk of infections. In the long term it can help protect the brain, lowering risk of alzheimer's & parkinson's. In the short term it keeps you more awake & smarter thanks to the caffeine that it contains (not as much as coffee) because it's a stimulant.

...I was sent 3 boxes, different flavours Pure Green, Citrus Green and Berry Green. Pleasantly surprised to see the Citrus Green it was the first I tried and I liked that you got that hint of lemon through and the few ingredients of 'green tea, natural lemon flavour and other natural flavours, natural oil of bergamot' blended well together that it didn't take me long to finish a cup. So I decided to true the Pure Green & you can guess the ingredients are just that 'Pure green tea', the taste was smooth, certainly no bitterness which was a relief, not as refreshing as the citrus as that had more flavour but this has converted me to this brand's green tea. Berry Green has a blend of 'Green tea, rooibos green tea, natural flavour, natural vanilla extract', I'd say this really carries a berry smell & a fruity taste.

I was pleasantly surprised, it can take a brand to just change my mind and help me to like something and thankfully Dragonfly Tea has done that, so I'm grateful to them for that & I hope with the addition of green tea alongside my water addiction I'm going to see long term benefits.


Do you drink green tea?



Purchase: Dragonfly Tea - Green Tea collection £1.65 for 20 bags


Samples.

33 comments

  1. Like you I have always fancied drinking green tea, but have never liked it. I did not know about the water being too hot though. I am going to give this another try x

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    1. Me neither, I'm not so much of a tea leaf expert but it explains a lot after tasting this brand x

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  2. I am not a tea drinker at all but I do know a massive tea lover so will be directing them to this post! :)

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    1. Thank you! I hope they find it useful.

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  3. I've never tried Green Tea myself but think I would like it with a hint of lemon - very refreshing x

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    1. Oh the lemon one was so good. I'm a lemon'oholic so I loved it tremendously x

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  4. I'm not a big tea drinker usually, but do like Green Tea - this sounds great!

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    1. I rarely drink 'normal' tea & haven't for years but green tea has some amazing benefits!

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  5. Sounds lovely! I do drink green tea occasionally but you're right, it can sometimes be so bitter.

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    1. It can, that's what put me off but I can definitely say I've been converted now.

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  6. I have to say I don't drink green tea... I don't drink anything other than english breakfast tea HOWEVER my mother in law loves it so I will totally be passing this on :)

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    1. Thank you. I hope that your mother in law finds a new brand that she will love :)

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  7. Oh cool, I haven't tried this. I do like green tea but I've only tried some of the standard, boring brands.

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    1. I tried them before and didn't like them so it's nice to now know more about green tea and to avoid the bitterness.

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  8. I do drink green tea quite a bit but I go through phases with the flavours, this sounds good though that it isn't bitter x

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    1. Yes that was my selling point, so I'm glad to find a brand that tastes good x

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  9. I love green tea! I have mine with some lemon and ginger in the morning.

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  10. I hate tea but I really like herbal teas like green and camomile!

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    1. Yes, I'm the same herbal teas FTW!

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  11. I am not really a tea drinker. I find the taste uninteresting. Great to know the facts why green tea can be bitter. And I do love its benefits in health. :)

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    1. Me too, think there's a lot of health benefits with herbs etc.

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  12. I don't usually drink green tea but this one sounds very nice. I need to start drinking green tea more :)

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    1. Me too, I'm glad I've found a brand I can F' with.

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  13. Not tried anything like this before - maybe I should give it a try! x

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    1. You probably should, nice to try something new and I'd recommend this as a first brand x

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  14. I do like a cup of green tea from time to time but lately my fave is a white one :-)

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    1. Oh lovely. Yes I'm enjoying green tea a lot now.

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  15. I'm not really a warm drink drinker but if I do it shall always be some sort of herbal tea as I find them so refreshing! (even though the occasional Starbucks creeps in there haha!) I have had a couple of green teas that are really nice so I think this would be a great one to try as they sound so great! xx

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  16. It was Dragonfly who converted me to green tea many moons ago and I absolutely have loved everything ive tried from them x

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  17. I find green tea hard to stomach (ironically!) but if it's flavoured, like peppermint tea, I adore it!

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  18. I have never tried Green Tea, but may give it a go after reading this, I also didn't know about not having the water too hot, but it makes sense.

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  19. I love Dragonfly Tea, they have the best teas ever and this green tea was one of my favourite.

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