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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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Pukka Lemongrass & Ginger – Fairly Pointless

Pukka Lemongrass & Ginger - Reviewed on If Teacups Could Talk...Brand: Pukka Teas

Flavour: Lemongrass & Ginger

Description: ‘An uplifting organic lemony zing with a flying finish.’

Ingredients: Lemongrass (48%), ginger root (28%), licorice root, lemon verbena leaf, lemongrass essential oil flavour (4%)

Caffeine Factor: Caffeine-free

Organic Ingredients: 100%

Price Range: £2-3

Bags Per Box: 20

Our Review: The smell of this one is gingery – a little fiery, but with an earthy undercut, which is pleasant and warming.

Unfortunately, even after five minutes’ brewing time, this is quite a watery drink lacking in flavour.  There’s no kick like you’d expect from ginger; and as it cools down, the sweetness of the licorice becomes sickly.

It’s not the worst drink we’ve ever had, but it’s definitely not worth the money.

Best time of year to drink this: Autumn / winter, if you’re a bit run down

Best time of day to drink this: Mornings


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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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Taylors of Harrogate Lemongrass & Ginger – What Will Kew Gardens Force on Us Next?

Taylors Lemongrass & GingerBrand: Taylors of Harrogate

Flavour: Lemongrass & Ginger

Ingredients: Rosehips, lemongrass (30%), hibiscus flowers, ginger root (11%), natural lemon flavouring with other natural flavours, natural ginger flavouring, lemon verbena, rose petals

Caffeine Factor: Caffeine-free

Organic Ingredients: Uncertain

Price Range: £2-3

Bags Per Box: 20

Review: ‘Naturally’, the first (key) ingredient in a lemongrass and ginger infusion HAS to be rosehips.  Makes perfect sense, right?  No?

Okay, so you’re confused as we are.  Maybe you’re equally confused by that lengthy list of ‘natural flavours’ – our particular favourite is ‘natural lemon flavouring with other natural flavours’…before going on to list other ‘natural flavours’.  If anyone can explain to us what that means, we’d be much obliged.

Now, for the review.  As soon as we smelled this one, we asked, ‘Why is this real?’  Needless to say, it’s not pleasant.  It’s very gingery (despite only containing 11% ginger root – perhaps there’s natural ginger flavouring?), but with that awful artificial lemon smell you get from lemongrass and lemon verbena.  We know, we know, they’re real plants – but they don’t smell like it.

The taste is all ginger, at first, but with no kick in the throat like you’d expect – maybe because there isn’t a lot of real ginger in this blend.  You can’t taste the floral ingredients at all: why are they even on the list?  Possibly they soften the Lemsip flavour you usually get from lemongrass?  Because it was quite muted, despite the smell.

Overall, this blend is a bit bland, even after ten minutes of brewing.  Maybe you’ll like this one if you want something lemony but hate lemongrass.  But you’d probably just avoid lemongrass altogether, in the case, wouldn’t you?  So, we’re not sure when you’d want to drink this.  Maybe when you’re at Kew Gardens (the producers of this brand) and have no choice to buy whatever they force on you at their cafes….

Best time of year to drink this: No idea.  Maybe when it’s cold out.

Best time of day to drink this: The ingredients probably work best in the morning or afternoon.


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