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Twinings Caramelised Apple Green Tea – There Are Better Apple Teas Out There

Twinings Caramelised Apple Green Tea - Reviewed at If Teacups Could Talk...Brand: Twinings

Flavour: Caramelised Apple Green Tea

Ingredients: Green tea, natural flavouring (14%), cinnamon (1.5%)

Caffeine Factor: Caffeine-free

Organic Ingredients: Unknown

Price Range: £2.69

Bags Per Box: 20

Review: This is a tea that, at least in smell, lives up to its name. You definitely get that nostalgic aroma of toffee apple on a stick, or toffee apple pie, or even apple crumble with toffee sauce. Mmmm…. The scent is lightly spicy and quite pleasant just to have in the room. It immediately brings to mind autumnal evenings with the lights turned low, the wind outside blowing the browning leaves off the trees and scattering them over the streets.

Such a shame that you can hardly taste any of that. It starts out alright – a bit smoky, no doubt from the toffee flavouring – but then it’s quite bland. Happily, it’s not as bitter as normal green tea, but the apple is also subtle – too subtle. We frequently find this is the case with apple teas. Unless it’s done just right, the apple can be watery and flavourless.

What started out so promising turned out to be not bad, but just…not anything. There are much better apple blends on the market. You won’t hate this Twinings offering, but you’d be better off spending the money on something that truly tastes of apple.

Best time of year to drink this: Autumn.

Best time of day to drink this: Evenings.


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Celestial Seasonings Mandarin Orange Spice – Makes You Feel More Sane

Celestial Seasonings Mandarin Orange Spice - Reviewed at If Teacups Could Talk...Brand: Celestial Seasonings

Flavour: Mandarin Orange Spice

Ingredients: Orange peel, hibiscus, roasted chicory, rosehips, blackberry leaves, chamomile, hawthorn, cinnamon, natural mandarin orange flavour with other natural flavours, cloves and coriander

Caffeine Factor: Caffeine-free

Organic Ingredients: Unknown

Price Range: £2-3

Bags Per Box: 20

Review: This is an old favourite of Three Tulsi’s from back when she was a teenager living in Arizona. Happily, you can buy it in the UK, where we’re based – bring on the tea nostalgia!

The aroma is very spicy, like an orange bursting with cloves.  It immediately makes you think of Christmas, and you can’t wait to start drinking it.

The taste doesn’t disappoint.  It’s not overly spicy.  Instead, it’s light, with a pleasantly fragrant orange flavour.  It’s soft, smooth and soothing – calming and warming – something you might like to drink whilst bundled up in blankets and sitting in front of a fire during the colder months.

Three Tulsi often drinks this one when the day has gone a bit haywire and she needs something to make her feel ‘a little more sane’.  The perfect wind-down tea – a definite must-have.

If you’re in the US, you should be able to find this one anywhere.  If you live outside the States, don’t worry; it’s available to order from many online shops.

 

Best time of year to drink this:  Winter

Best time of day to drink this: Afternoon and evening


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T2 Sleep Tight – Mellow & Soothing

T2-LogoBrand: T2

Flavour: Sleep Tight

Ingredients: Floral, lavender, mint, lemon

Caffeine Factor: Caffeine-free

Organic Ingredients: 100%

Price Range: £7.50

Cups Per Box: 40 (approx.)

Review: What the heck is ‘floral’? That’s not an ingredient! What are they trying to pull?

Anyway. The smell is very soothing and mellow, likely from the lavender. Looking into the cup, the water is a lovely golden colour that makes you want to drink it.

The taste is much softer and more pleasant than some night-time blends. The ‘floral’ is not too intense, thankfully. You can’t specifically taste the mint or lemon, but we expect they’re but tempering the lavender so you don’t feel like a garden exploded in your mouth.

 

We like this one. It’s so relaxing, and every sip just makes you want more. Definitely worth the money! And remember, you can re-brew to make that box last a few months. Just be sure not to let the drink go gold. THEN it tastes soapy – bleh!

 

Best time of year to drink this: Anytime

Best time of day to drink this: Evening / bedtime


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T2 Sweet Dreams – Too Substantial for a Bedtime Tea

T2-LogoBrand: T2

Flavour: Sweet Dreams

Ingredients: Chamomile, silver lime flower, apple, blackberry leaves, chicory root, rose petals, lavender, rosemary, pink cornflower, flavour

Caffeine Factor: Caffeine-free

Organic Ingredients: 100%

Price Range: £7.50

Cups Per Box: 40 (approx.)

Review: The aroma of this blend is one of chamomile and flowers. It’s soothing and pretty, though a little like being punched in the face with potpourri.

But don’t mistake this tea as light and delicate: tastes much heavier than it smells. It’s warming and substantial, almost like you’re eating something rather than having a drink. We can’t imagine having this at bedtime – it fills you up like a pudding after a big meal!

Ginger Tea liked it, but Three Tulsi found it a bit soap and sweet, so it all depends on your taste. Just remember that, if you take the plunge and buy a box, you’ll probably be re-brewing to make it last months – so you really have to like the flavour. We recommend you taste-test it in the shop, first.

Best time of year to drink this: Anytime

Best time of day to drink this: After a meal, maybe dinner


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Yogi Sweet Chili – A Good One if You Feel Unwell

Brand: Yogi TeaYogi Sweet Chili - Reviewed at If Teacups Could Talk...

Flavour: Sweet Chili

Ingredients: l

Caffeine Factor: Caffeine-free

Organic Ingredients: 100%

Price Range: £2-3

Bags Per Box: 17

Review: The smell is like chilis and earth (possibly from the nettle), mixed with cocoa shells. The combination is very, very odd indeed.

The taste, as you would hope from a tea of this name, is very fiery, particularly from the ginger. Happily, the inclusion of spearmint keeps the fire from overwhelming your mouth.

The flavour is also initially quite sweet (fennel and anise), but it’s toned down by the other flavours. It’s an unusual blend that grows on you with each sip. If you can allow the taste to settle in your mouth and make sense, it turns out to be a lovely wintry evening drink to have after a meal.

We also expect it would be a good one to drink if you had a cold (the fire would clear your sinuses) or a toothache (because of the cloves).

Best time of year to drink this:  Winter

Best time of day to drink this: Evening


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Yogi Himalaya – Confusing but Nice

Yogi Himalaya - Reviewed at If Teacups Could Talk...Brand: Yogi

Flavour: Himalaya

Ingredients: Ginger, fennel, cinnamon, anise, coriander, cinnamon oil, ginger oil, licorice

Caffeine Factor: Caffeine-free

Organic Ingredients: 100%

Price Range: £2-3

Bags Per Box: 17

Review: The smell is very spicy and somewhat unpleasant. You can definitely pick up the cardamom, the ginger, the licorice…and something else. Something you might cook with, rather than drink – coriander seed, perhaps. We’re not sure where that scent comes from – the ginger oil, maybe? Whatever it is, it smells a bit like someone put a vegetable biriyani in a liquidiser and served it out as tea.

It tastes a bit like curry, too, but with a hint of sweetness. It makes for a highly confusing first sip – sweet and savoury – but then…it sort of grows on you. It’s spicy and warming. If you came in from the evening rain on a cold winter’s day, drinking this would be a bit like a warm hug. If you want it sweeter, we also found it goes quite well with a drop of agave syrup. It’s also bound to be good if you have a cold.

Best time of year to drink this:  Winter

Best time of day to drink this: Evening


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Yogi Relax – Smells Like Something a Fly Would Eat

Yogi Relax - Reviewed on If Teacups Could Talk...Brand: Yogi Tea

Flavour: Relax

Ingredients: Chamomile flowers, fennel, linden flowers, cardamom, barley malt, hibiscus, liquorice, alfalfa, raspberry leaves, orange peel, rose hips, cinnamon, ginger, gloves, black pepper

Caffeine Factor: Caffeine-free

Organic Ingredients: 100%

Price Range: £2-3

Bags Per Box: 17

Review: The smell is quite unpleasant…well, gross, in fact.  A bit like off, two-week-old rubbish, or a compost bin – basically, something a fly would eat.

We’re not in love with the flavour, either.  The barley malt is so strong, which is quite odd in combination with the other flavours (flavours you can’t really taste individually, and which don’t really mix well).  Perhaps you would like this if you enjoy a really malty taste but without the heaviness of traditional malt, but it’s not really for us.  The flavour also lingers in the back of your mouth, so if it’s not your thing, it’s hard to get rid of it.

Best time of year to drink this:  Really hard to say, because we’re not fans – but maybe some people would enjoy it in the colder months, when spices like cinnamon are traditionally used.

Best time of day to drink this: Yogi market this as a relaxation drink, so perhaps it would be best had in the evening.


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