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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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Charbrew Strawberry & Kiwi – A Great Summer Treat

Charbrew Strawberry & Kiwi - Reviewed at If Teacups Could Talk...Brand: Charbrew

Flavour: Strawberry & Kiwi

Ingredients: Apple, rosehip shells, hibiscus, strawberry flavouring (2%), kiwi flavouring (1.5%), strawberry pieces (1%), kiwi pieces (1%) (all in varying quantities)

Caffeine Factor: Caffeine-free

Organic Ingredients: 100%

Price Range: £3.49

Cups Per Box: 15  (can be rebrewed)

Review: The smell, as you might expect, is like sweeties – Haribo or Jolly Ranchers.  The taste, however, is not.  It’s tart (from the hibiscus), but subtle, not overpowering like some fruit tisanes.  If you leave it to brew longer, the flavour of the kiwi starts to come out; and despite the ‘flavouring’, it doesn’t taste artificial, maybe because there are real fruit pieces mixed in there.

We think this is a great ‘pudding’ tea to have after meals instead of calorific treats.  We also expect this would be a good one to let go cold in the summer.  All in all, a fabulous blend we will be buying more of in future.

Best time of year to drink this: Summer

Best time of day to drink this: Afternoons


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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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Yogi Licorice – So Much More Than Licorice!

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

Flavour: Licorice

Ingredients: Licorice, cinnamon, orange peel, ginger, cardamom, roasted chicory, cloves, orange oil, black pepper, vanilla extract

Caffeine Factor: Caffeine-free

Organic Ingredients: 100%

Price Range: £2-3

Bags Per Box: 17

Review: This is the most deceptively named drink.  Just look at all those ingredients thrown in there with the licorice!  We’re not sure what Yogi were thinking, when they branded this one.

The aroma of this blend is spicy and warming.  The cinnamon calls to mind images of curling up on the sofa under a thick blanket, during winter-time.  As worried as we were by the name, we were excited to try it, once we smelled it brewing.

Due to the ingredients list, we decided to compare the taste of this one to Heath & Heather’s (more sensibly named) Liquorice & Oriental Spices(If you’re wondering why we’re spelling that ingredient two different ways in the same review, it comes down to British vs American spelling and marketing.)

This one is milder than the Heath & Heather offering.  There’s a bit of a kick from the spices, but it’s not very strong.  That said, the spice is just enough to temper the sweetness of the licorice.

All in all, Yogi’s blend is fairly bland – but it’s a nice one for those who don’t like the punchiness of the Heath & Heather infusion (Yogi chose to leave out the cloves, which some people really don’t like).  On the other hand, if you’re drinking these for health benefits, Heath & Heather win out, hands down.

We would also classify the Heath & Heather blend as a great drink for waking the senses, whereas Yogi’s blend is better for relaxing in the evening.  So, there’s a time and a place for each, depending on your mood and taste.

Best time of year to drink this:  Winter

Best time of day to drink this: Evenings


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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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