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Pukka Lemon, Ginger & Manuka Honey – Good for a Cold

Pukka Lemon, Ginger & Manuka HoneyBrand: Pukka Teas

Flavour: Lemon, Ginger & Manuka Honey

Description: A welcoming cup of spicy sweet organic bliss

Ingredients: Ginger root (32%), licorice root, elderflower, fennel seed, lemon verbena leaf, turmeric root, lemon essential oil, lemon myrtle leaf, whole lemon (4%), manuka honey flavour (2%)

Caffeine Factor: Caffeine-free

Organic Ingredients: 100%

Price Range: £2-3

Bags Per Box: 20

Review: When you first brew this infusion, it smells just like Pukka Three Ginger.  The taste, however, is different.  It’s like Three Ginger, but with a lingering artificial aftertaste, a bit like soursop (probably because of the manuka honey flavouring).  It doesn’t help that it’s chock full of all those lemony plants that are 100% real, yet taste like they were cooked up in a laboratory.

That said, this is probably a good one if you have a cold, to act as an antiseptic and a throat soother; so this blend has its place, even if we don’t fancy it as a casual treat.

Best time of year to drink this: Colder months, when you feel a bit poorly

Best time of day to drink this: Anytime, really – it works as a morning wake-up drink (because of the lemon), but it’s also soothing in the evening


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Yogi Sweet Chai – For People Who Don’t Do Chai

Yogi Sweet Chai - Reviewed by If Teacups Could Talk...Brand: Yogi Tea

Flavour: Sweet Chai

Ingredients: Anise, fennel, liquorice, cardamom, black pepper, cinnamon, ginger, cloves

Caffeine Factor: Caffeine-free

Organic Ingredients: 100%

Price Range: £2-3

Bags Per Box: 17

Review: In taste, this is very similar to Pukka Vanilla Chai, but much sweeter.  We think this infusion fills the market gap of fennel / liquorice / aniseed teas for people who aren’t huge fans of fennel, liquorice or aniseed – because the ingredients list suggests you will be bombarded with those flavours, yet the added spices temper what would otherwise be overwhelming sweetness.

On the other hand, this could be a good one for people who want chai, but don’t like it too strong and might be tempted to add sugar.  Indeed, the aroma of this blend is strongly earthy, rather than spicy; it’s quite gentle from all angles.

In summary, it’s not necessarily our favourite, but we can see others enjoying it.

Best time of year to drink this:  Autumn / winter

Best time of day to drink this: Morning, or after meals as a digestive aid


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Pukka Revitalise – Great After Meals

Pukka Revitalise - Reviewed by If Teacups Could Talk...Brand: Pukka Teas

Flavour: Revitalise

Description: ‘A burst of warming organic cinnamon, cardamom and ginger.’

Ingredients: Cinnamon bark (26%), orange peel, elderflower, cardamom pod (10%), licorice root, ginger root (7%), sencha green tea, spearmint leaf, clove bud, black peppercorn

Caffeine Factor: Caffeinated

Organic Ingredients: 100%

Price Range: £2-3

Bags Per Box: 20

Our Review: This is an intensely sweet-smelling blend with a citrus undercurrent.  Thankfully, the taste is milder.  There’s a hint of green tea, but not enough to overpower the other ingredients.  The inclusion of orange peel and spearmint make it refreshing and cooling in the mouth – and there’s a nice, fresh after-kick, too; the ginger really comes out of this one.

If you ever find yourself in any mouth pain, give this one a try, because the cloves will instantly soothe the hurt; the mint is a great digestive aid; and the green tea base makes this a good one to wake up with, in the morning.

Overall, this is a pleasant post-meal drink (not too sweet, not too bitter) that we will definitely be buying again.

Best time of year to drink this: All year round

Best time of day to drink this: After meals, throughout the day (but not too late at night, or the green tea will keep you up!)


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Pukka Lemon & Mandarin – Not As Bad As We Expected

Pukka Lemon & Mandarin - Reviewed on If Teacups Could Talk...Brand: Pukka Teas

Flavour: Lemon & Madarin

Description: ‘An organic citrus sensation to cheer your senses.’

Ingredients: Licorice root, sweet fennel seed, orange peel, rosehip, hibiscus flower, lemon balm leaf, lemongrass, lemon verbena leaf, lemon myrtle leaf, lemon whole (4%), mandarin essential oil flavour, lemon essential oil flavour (4%)

Caffeine Factor: None

Organic Ingredients: 100%

Price Range: £2-3

Bags Per Box: 20

Our Review: Just look at that ingredients list: it’s every artificial-tasting lemon-like plant thrown into one drink.  Does the thought fill you with as much horror as it did us?

This blend smells just as worrying as the ingredients list looks; like factory-produced lemon sherbet.  Surprisingly, it doesn’t taste as bad as we expected.  It’s sort of warm and pleasant, though it carries a sweet, synthetic-tasting aftertaste.  There might be some people who would enjoy this as a snack tea.

That said, it’s been over three years since we first bought a box of this stuff, and Three Tulsi STILL hasn’t managed to get through it.  She keeps seeing it in the tea cupboard at home and thinking, ‘No, no, not that one,’ and pushing it aside.  It probably ought to be binned, now.  It won’t be purchased again.

Best time of year to drink this: All year round, if you like this sort of thing

Best time of day to drink this: Again, if those lemony plants are to your taste, this is a good all-day tea


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Twinings Moroccan Mint – Green Tea Without the Bitter Edge

Twinings Moroccan MintBrand: Twinings

Flavour: Moroccan Mint

Ingredients: Green tea, spearmint (30%), natural cardamom flavouring, other natural flavourings

Caffeine Factor: Caffeine-free

Organic Ingredients: Uncertain

Price Range: £1.50

Bags Per Box: 20

Review: The aroma of this blend is very earthy.  You can really smell the young tea leaves, as well as the strong wakeful scent of spearmint.  It’s a bit like an Extra chewing gum, but with a hint of green.

The taste is similar.  We think it’s an excellent alternative if you want to get into green tea for detox reasons, but find it too bitter.  It’s great for waking up in the morning, not just because of the caffeine hit, but also because of that refreshing feeling in your mouth after you drink it.  For that reason, we also recommend it after lunch, to cleanse the palate and revive you for the afternoon.

Best time of year to drink this: A great all-year-rounder.

Best time of day to drink this: Mornings (to wake you up) and after lunch (to refresh your mouth).


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Twinings Intensely Buttermint – Don’t Take It Off the Market, Again!

Twinings Intensely ButtermintBrand: Twinings

Flavour: Intensely Buttermint

Ingredients: Peppermint, natural mint flavouring (7.5%), natural vanilla and other flavourings (5%)

Caffeine Factor: Caffeine-free

Organic Ingredients: 100%

Price Range: £1.69

Bags Per Box: 20

Review: As soon as you brew this one, you are hit with an aroma not unlike Murray Mints or a kind of minty butterscotch.  The strong peppermint oil scent immediately wakes up your senses, opens your sinuses just as well as any menthol treatment, and refreshes you.

Drinking it is just as refreshing an experience.  The main ingredient being peppermint, this is a great one to have after a meal, as a natural digestive aid, and to cleanse the palate.

That said, good peppermint can be quite strong, and that’s where the ‘butter’ comes in.  There is a creamy, ever-so-slightly sweet taste of vanilla buried in there, softening the mint without becoming too sugary, somehow creating a light butterscotch flavour.  It’s sort of like having a pudding, but without the heaviness.  It is also quite a substantial tea, filling your mouth and stomach and stopping you from reaching for unhealthy snacks.

For anyone who is fond of peppermint tea with sugar, this is a much healthier option.  It’s also simply delicious.  For all these reasons, we have marked it a must-have tea.  Twinings briefly removed it from the market, but brought it back due to popular demand.  Let’s hope they don’t get silly again, in future!

Best time of year to drink this: A great all-year-rounder

Best time of day to drink this: Mornings (to wake you up), after meals (to aid digestion) and late afternoon when you’re tempted to start snacking


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Pukka Star Anise & Cinnamon – A Great Hint of Spice for Your Day

Star_anise_cinnamon_on_whiteBrand: Pukka Teas

Flavour: Star Anise & Cinnamon

Description: ‘A velvety swirl of organic star anise, cinnamon and ginger.’

Ingredients: Cinnamon bark (40%), ginger root (20%), licorice root, Sencha green tea, star anise (8%), cardamom pod

Caffeine Factor: Caffeinated

Organic Ingredients: 100%

Price Range: £2-3

Bags Per Box: 20

Our Review: As you wait for this tea to brew, a strong cinnamon aroma floats up and hits you hard.  But that’s okay; we like cinnamon.  The taste is quite nice, too – not nearly as strong as we expected it.  Gentle, even.

We worried about the licorice, but it isn’t overpowering.  Overall, it’s a good balance of flavours with no overriding taste.  The mild sweetness of the licorice and cinnamon balance out the natural bitterness of the green tea; but equally, the green tea cuts and tempers the sweetness.  There’s also a mild kick from the cinnamon, right at the back of the throat, but it’s nothing too intense.

We quite like this one, and recommend it for adding a hint of spice to your day.  It could be a good substitute for sweets, too, when you get those afternoon cravings.

Best time of year to drink this: Autumn / winter (the spices make it quite warm and Christmasy)

Best time of day to drink this: Mornings (the caffeine will perk you up for the day) and in those stretches before lunch and dinner, when you’re trying to avoid the biscuits


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