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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 Nighty Night – We’ll Drink It if We Have To

T2-LogoBrand: T2

Flavour: Nighty Night

Ingredients: Lemonbalm, peppermint leaf, strawberry leaves, blackberry leaves, St John’s Wort, chamomile, heather flower, red rose petals, lavender

Caffeine Factor: Caffeine-free

Organic Ingredients: 100%

Price Range: £7.50

Cups Per Box: 40 (approx.)

Review: The smell is strongly floral and ‘planty’, like grass and perfume in one. The taste is sort of similar – bitter, but with a soapy aftertaste (presumably from the lavender).

Three Tulsi really didn’t like this one, while Ginger Tea thought it was okay – but with the proviso that it’s not much different from standard off-the-shelf night-time teas you can buy at a fraction of the cost.

All in all, this is an ‘I’ll drink it if it’s there’ tea, but not something you would go out of your way to brew.

 

 

Best time of year to drink this: Anytime

Best time of day to drink this: Bedtime


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Yogi Bedtime – Watery & Flavourless

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

Flavour: Bedtime

Ingredients: li

Caffeine Factor: Caffeine-free

Organic Ingredients: 100%

Price Range: £2-3

Bags Per Box: 17

Review: This one has a very fake smell – strong on the passion fruit, mixed with sugary spearmint and fake licorice. The only word we can apply to it is ‘gross’.

The taste, however, is quite weak. It’s mostly chamomile, with a hint of lavender and spearmint – you can’t really taste the other flavours. The overall effect is not unpleasant, but it’s a watery drink that didn’t make us especially relaxed and sleepy.

If you’re looking for a good bedtime drink, we think Pukka Love is a much better option – it certainly smells nicer!

Still, you might want to vary your bedtime drinks so you don’t get too used to any one blend of ingredients, in which case this might serve a purpose.

 

Best time of year to drink this:  Anytime

Best time of day to drink this: Bedtime


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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 & 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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T2 Bright Night – You’ll Be Brushing Your Teeth to Remove the Taste

T2-LogoBrand: T2

Flavour: Bright Night

Ingredients: Peppermint, spearmint, lavender, rose petals

Caffeine Factor: Caffeine-free

Organic Ingredients: 100%

Price Range: £7.50

Cups Per Box: 40 (approx.)

Review: As the name suggests, this is a night-time tea, designed to soothe the stomach and relax you before bed.  It smells strongly of lemon myrtle, and it even tastes like it – but there’s no lemon flavour in the ingredients list!  Perhaps it’s the way the mints combine with lavender?

Whatever the cause, there’s no denying that artificial lemon taste, which keeps us from liking it.  The spearmint definitely refreshes the mouth, but overall this one isn’t worth the price.  You won’t be eagerly re-brewing it, so you won’t want a whole box of it.  We even think that after you drink it, you’ll be rushing to brush your teeth just to get the taste out of your mouth before you go to bed.

Best time of year to drink this: Spring / summer

Best time of day to drink this: Night


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Heath & Heather Liquorice & Oriental Spices – A Liquorice Tea We Love

heath_heather_liquorice_oriental_spices_tea_20_bagsBrand: Heath & Heather

Flavour: Liquorice & Oriental Spices

Description: To Warm and Uplift Naturally

Ingredients: Liquorice Root (37%), Cinnamon (25%), Ginger (17%), Blackberry Leaves (7.5%), Apple Pomace (5.5%), Aniseed (2%), Nutmeg (1.5%), Clove Buds (1.5%), Pepper (1%), Orange Peel (1%), Cardamom (1%)

Caffeine Factor: Caffeine-free

Organic Ingredients: 100%

Price Range: £1-2

Bags Per Box: 20

Review: As you may have noticed, we’re not huge liquorice fans.  It’s nice in small doses, but too much makes a drink sickly sweet.  So, we approached this blend with caution.

The smell is spicy, due to the nutmeg and cinnamon, and makes you think of winter or Christmas.  Happily, the liquorice is actually quite mild, balanced perfectly against the spices to create an ideal combination of flavours.

Drinking it makes you want to curl up by the fireplace, bundled in blankets, and just relax.  It’s so warming.  Better still, the ingredients are traditionally used for everything from healing wounds and soothing the stomach, to taking the edge off mouth pain and easing menstrual pain.  And kids like this one, too – it’s Three Tulsi’s son’s all-time favourite.

For all these reasons, we have marked this a must-have tea we keep in the cupboard at all times.

Best time of year to drink this: Winter

Best time of day to drink this: Afternoon, evening, night


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