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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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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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Yogi Heartwarming – Bizarre, Yet Delicious!

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

Flavour: Heartwarming

Ingredients: Basil, liquorice, dried lemon juice, orange peel, cinnamon, ginger, chilli pepper, cardamom, cloves, black pepper

Caffeine Factor: Caffeine-free

Organic Ingredients: 100%

Price Range: £2-3

Bags Per Box: 17

Review: As of this writing, there is simply no other blend like this one. Just brewing it, the aroma of pepper and basil jump out at you so strongly that you could be forgiven for thinking someone was cooking pesto spaghetti in the next room.

The taste is a little like pesto, too – strong on the basil and spice – but with a hint of sweetness from the liquorice.  It leaves your mouth feeling refreshed, and it’s strangely pleasant.  We didn’t know what to expect from such an unusual combination of ingredients, but it really works.

This is a great one to have after dinner, to relax you in the evening.  All those ingredients are also very good for you, so we recommend this one the next time you feel a bit run down.

Best time of year to drink this:  Autumn / winter (especially if you have a cold)

Best time of day to drink this: After dinner / evenings


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Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference Double Mint – A Cupboard Staple

SainsDoubleMintBrand: Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference

Flavour: Double Mint

Ingredients: Peppermint (70%), Spearmint (30%)

Caffeine Factor: Caffeine-free

Organic Ingredients: 100%

Price Range: £2.50

Bags Per Box: 15

Review: This blend has a really bright scent – like menthol, but less overpowering, because of the inclusion of cooling spearmint, which immediately opens your senses.  This would be a good one to hover over and inhale when you’re a bit congested.  And it reminds you so much of fresh mint leaf tea, despite it being dried, which is lovely.

The taste is equally cool and fresh; the spearmint really comes through.  It makes a nice alternative to other mint teas on the market, which tend to focus on peppermint and can be a bit heavier.  We love this one, and recommend keeping it in the cupboard next to Tesco’s Finest Peppermint Leaves, as they complement each other well.  While the Tesco offering is great to have after meals, this one would be good to have in the morning, to wake you up.

Best time of year to drink this: Anytime, but especially in autumn / winter when you feel a bit run down

Best time of day to drink this: Mornings


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Pukka Cleanse – You’d Only Drink It for Health Reasons

Cleanse_on_whiteBrand: Pukka Teas

Flavour: Cleanse

Description: ‘A radiant blend of organic nettle, fennel and peppermint.’

Ingredients: Nettle leaf (40%), peppermint leaf (25%), fennel seed (25%), dandelion root, licorice root, aloe vera inner leaf

Caffeine Factor: Caffeine-free

Organic Ingredients: 100%

Price Range: £2-3

Bags Per Box: 20

Our Review: This is another highly planty brew, with a very sweet smell to it, due to the licorice.  The flavour is what you’d call potent, tasting intensely of nettle.  Three Tulsi can’t bear nettle tea or too much licorice and had to put this one down.  Ginger Tea thought it was okay, with the proviso that you’d only ever drink it for health reasons, not for pleasure.

We drank this one alongside T2 Soothe and couldn’t help comparing the two.  They’re quite different, but they both aim to help you refresh and wind down.  We decided that the Pukka offering is probably quite a good one if you have flu (because of the inclusion of nettle), and it’s somewhat milder than the T2 blend.  If you like your lemon sherbet flavour, you’ll want the T2 option.  If you have quite a sweet tooth, you’ll want this one – although, don’t think of it as an alternative for afternoon sweet cravings.

Best time of year to drink this: Autumn / winter, when you feel run down

Best time of day to drink this: Mornings, afternoons and evenings, to get you through the day when you’re unwell


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T2 Soothe – It Does What It Says

T2-LogoBrand: T2

Flavour: Soothe

Ingredients: Peppermint leaf, star anise, fennel, lemongrass, sage and marigold flowers

Caffeine Factor: Caffeine-free

Organic Ingredients: 100%

Price Range: £7.50

Cups Per Box: 40 (approx.)

Review: The smell of this infusion is very planty.  We know, we know – it’s herbal tea.  You’d hope it smells of plants.  But the scent is strong in this one, probably because of the inclusion of sage.  Yet strangely, this is mixed with the artificial smell you always get from lemongrass, despite it being a real plant.  After a while, the combination is a bit odd and unappetising.

And it tastes just like it smells – strongly herbal, with a synthetic lemon undercurrent, and a hint of minty coolness.  We can see this being good for the stomach, after a heavy  meal, or a nice one to have if you feel a bit unwell in the colder months of the year.  And true to its name, this infusion is quite soothing – but only in small doses.  Anything more and it all gets a bit much.

All in all, this blend does what it says, and it’s not unpleasant, but it’s not what we would call moreish.  For that reason, we wouldn’t recommend buying a whole box of it.  You’d be drinking it for months, and we expect that by the time you got to the end of your supply, you’d never want to drink it again.

Best time of year to drink this: Autumn / Winter when you feel a bit run down

Best time of day to drink this: Morning or evening, if you feel poorly – afternoon, if you need a digestive aid


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