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Teapigs Jasmine Pearls – It Doesn’t Deliver

Teapigs Jasmine Pearls - Reviewed at If Teacups Could Talk...Brand: Teapigs

Flavour: Jasmine Pearls

Ingredients: Green tea infused in jasmine flowers

Caffeine Factor: Caffeinated

Organic Ingredients: Unknown

Price Range: £4-5

Bags Per Box: 15

Our Review: We’ve had jasmine-infused green tea before, from many different brands.  We’ve never come across one that smelled quite this floral.  The taste, too, was soapy – like you’d expect from lavender, not jasmine.  And underneath all that soap, all you can taste is bitterness.

This one doesn’t taste as much like jasmine-infused green tea as green tea with a strange floral hit.  The two flavours don’t really blend like they should – and for that price tag, you’re better off buying a cheaper brand like Pukka.  Their Serene Jasmine Green is lovely, and somehow tastes much more natural than the Teapigs offering.  Alternatively, just find yourself a nice, simple green tea – because this one doesn’t add much.

Best time of year to drink this: Anytime

Best time of day to drink this: Morning


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Yogi Ginseng – A Great Alternative to Standard Tea

Yogi Ginseng - Reviewed at If Teacups Could Talk...Brand: Yogi Tea

Flavour: Ginseng

Ingredients: Lemongrass, peppermint, rosehips, orange peel, licorice, cardamon, ginseng root, cinnamon, ginger, lemon oil, nettle, alfalfa, black pepper, celery seeds, cloves, dried kombucha drink

Caffeine Factor: Caffeinated (but less than standard tea)

Organic Ingredients: 100%

Price Range: £2-3

Bags Per Box: 17

Review: The smell is so yummy! Minty, lemony and flowery, but also really peppery. Even the celery comes through. It’s strangely salad-like!

Tasting it…well, the inclusion of lemongrass made us nervous, but this one actually tastes of lemon, not like fake sweets, which was a pleasant surprise! It’s also slightly floral, but without tasting like soap the way many rosehip blends do. The peppermint is refreshing, and you get a nice kick from the black pepper.

If you don’t know, kombucha is a blend of fermented tea, sugar and yeast (full of healthy bacteria for the gut). It’s also high in folic acid and vitamin-K, both vital in pregnancy, but with about a third of the caffeine contained in straight tea. Plus, the inclusion of ginseng is bound to give you an early-morning pick-me-up. An excellent alternative to black / green / white teas.

Best time of year to drink this:  All year round

Best time of day to drink this: Morning


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Qi Green Tea Plus – Not Great, but Not Awful

Qi Green Tea PlusBrand: Qi

Flavour: Green Tea Plus

Ingredients: Green tea, with a blend of blueberry leaf, pomegranate, red grape seed, hawthorn fruit and dandelion root (43%), plus natural cranberry flavour

Caffeine Factor: Caffeine-free

Organic Ingredients: Unknown

Price Range: £1-2

Bags Per Box: 25

Our Review: This blend smells strongly of licorice and disgustingness – like fake grape juice mixed with green tea – and a little like Ocean Spray cranberry juice.

The taste is not quite as bad as expected, but it’s not great.  It’s odd more than anything.  The ingredients don’t blend well.  At first, all you taste is blueberry.  Then the flavours separate, and you’re left with a bitter aftertaste.

It’s not the worst option, if you want green tea but need a little extra flavour thrown in there…but it’s not amazing.

Best time of year to drink this: Summer

Best time of day to drink this: Morning


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Pukka Detox – Delicate & Delicious

Pukka Detox - Reviewed on If Teacups Could Talk...Brand: Pukka Teas

Flavour: Detox

Ingredients: Aniseed (40%), fennel seed (20%), cardamom pod (15%), licorice root, coriander seed, celery seed

Caffeine Factor: Caffeine-free

Organic Ingredients: 100%

Price Range: £2-3

Bags Per Box: 20

Our Review: When first brewed, you can really smell the fennel – but it’s light and gentle.  There’s also a soft, subtle aniseed aroma that is lovely, even if you’re not usually an aniseed fan.

The taste is equally subtle and gentle.  It’s a settling, cleansing drink that’s great after meals.  It’s also faintly sweet (great for avoiding post-meal snacks), but not overpoweringly so.  It’s delicately pleasant and instantly soothing to the stomach.

There are many other similar blends (some even from Pukka), but this one has just the right balance of ingredients, making it warming and refreshing at once.  Three Tulsi doesn’t like fennel or aniseed, but even she agrees this is a must-have tea that you’ll want to buy over and over again.

Best time of year to drink this: Anytime.

Best time of day to drink this: Following any meals or heavy snacks.


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Yogi Choco Mint – Hide Your Stash from Sneaky Friends & Family!

Yogi Choco MintBrand: Yogi Tea

Flavour: Choco Mint

Ingredients: Cocoa shells, liquorice, peppermint, anise, fat-reduced cocoa powder, cinnamon, black pepper, carob, cardamom, ginger, peppermint oil, vanilla extract, barley malt, cloves, vanilla beans

Caffeine Factor: Caffeine-free

Organic Ingredients: 100%

Price Range: £2-3 (worth the money!)

Bags Per Box: 17

Review: This is one of our absolute favourite blends, especially from a standard off-the-shelf brand.  As soon as you brew it, you can smell the cocoa, dark and inviting.  A moment later, you’re hit with the refreshing smell of peppermint, sure to pick you up no matter what sort of day you’re having.

And the taste…!  It’s just amazing.  You can’t actually pick out all the individual ingredients (black pepper!?), but the combination is divine.  It’s fresh, with just the right hint of sweetness; the liquorice doesn’t overpower the rest of the blend.  It makes for a satisfying post-meal drink, in place of puddings – like After-8 mints, but subtler and with nothing artificial.

It’s the perfect morning wake-up drink, a delicious digestive aid in the afternoon or after dinner, and a relaxing moment of happiness just before bed – like Hotel Chocolat’s Peppermint Cocoa, but way cheaper.  But be warned: we each bought several boxes and they disappeared before we knew it.  Family and friends kept drinking it behind our backs!

This is definitely a must-have tea.

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

Best time of day to drink this: Any time of day.  There’s a strong risk of chain-drinking, with this one.


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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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