Value for Money: Green tea


This week, Value for Money compares four varieties of green tea

Pukka Lemon Green Tea, €3.35 for 20 tea bags (30g), 16 cent each

Pukka specialises in combining herbs and creating unique blends to harness their healing potential while meeting all the Fairtrade criteria. Their odd combinations of tea leaves, fennel, lavender and even marshmallows has surprised Pricewatch in the past but this blend of gently dried, hand-picked organic Sencha green tea leaves (from Fairtrade smallholders in China) and juicy Sicilian lemons with fragrant lemon verbena leaves really is delightful. We like the individually wrapped bags and the string makes it easier to brew and remove the bag. It’s a real feelgood tea that makes you feel, well, good.

Verdict: Tea-licious

Star rating: * * * *

Robert Roberts Chinese Green Tea, €3 for 40 bags (100g), 7.5 cent each

Robert Roberts offering is so good they named it twice. Well not really, but it’s not bad. It’s light, subtle and very drinkable. Pricewatch is slightly confused about this Chinese Green Tea that boasts the Love Irish Food logo.

That aside, it is good value tea but it is not as nice as others that are available.

Verdict: The green green tea of home

Star rating: * * *

Clipper Decaf Green Tea, €2.09 for 25 tea bags (50g), 8 cent each

The Clipper tea makers describe this as natural, fair and delicious and they are not far wrong. These Fairtrade tea bags are light, refreshing and clean tasting. We like the unbleached bags even if they did get us thinking about all the bleached bags we have consumed for all these years. It retains its flavour after decaffeination and still provides a natural source of antioxidants. The foil bag keeps the tea bags fresh and it helped us feel pure and pious as we turned our back on coffee in the new year and got ready to detox our souls in 2013. We like this tea even more after a few cups.

Verdict: Fair-y tasty

Star rating: * * * * *

Bewley’s 1840 Pure Sencha Green Tea, €3.99 for 25 tea bags (50g), 15 cent each

Bewley’s is famed for its coffee so it is unsurprising that this Pure Sencha offering has a distinctive taste of caffeine. The box tells us that we are about to taste the Bewley’s 1840 range and then proceeds to tell us that they first imported teas five years earlier in 1835. Confusing but not as much as the flavour, or the price which is at the more expensive end of the scale. We’re still suckers for the individually wrapped bags and string, but seriously underwhelmed.

Verdict: Poor

Star rating: * *