Brand: Dr Stuart’s
Flavour: Liver Detox
Ingredients: Peppermint, Dandelion Root, Liquorice Root, Chamomile, Centaury Herb, Boldo Leaves, Couchgrass Root, Restharrow Root, Milk Thistle
Caffeine Factor: Caffeine-free
Organic Ingredients: 100%
Price Range: £2-3
Bags Per Box: 15
Our Review: It should be noted that the Dr Stuart’s Range is really aimed at providing health benefits, rather than flavour.
With that disclaimer out of the way, this is the most shocking tea we’ve ever tried, bar none. We believe it’s the centuary herb that does it. Apparently, this ‘fibrous and woody’ plant is a bitter herb traditionally used to treat flatulence and anorexia (as it stimulates appetite). The smell is inoffensive enough, which lulls you into a false sense of confidence as you take your first sip.
Initially, the taste is minty. ‘Why does everyone tell me this is awful?’ you wonder.
Then it hits you, right at the back of your throat – the bitterest thing you have ever tasted. And it doesn’t go away! Oh, no. It’s the gift that keeps giving. Even if you hold your nose, you can’t get rid of that flavour.
We managed to photograph Ginger Tea’s first experience with this tea.
‘This is what I imagine acid tastes like,’ she said.
‘Why is [the bitterness] still there? When does it go away?’ A little later: ‘I’m crying.’
Three Tulsi picked this up for health reasons and somehow got through the whole box (albeit she gave away a few bags to the more adventurous, unsuspecting tea drinkers in her life). By her sixth cup, it became more bearable – but it’s definitely not being bought again!
It’s more tolerable cooled down. The bitterness becomes more mild and the peppermint comes out more (relatively speaking). That said, it also highlights the liquorice, which isn’t necessarily a good thing. It definitely does something to your insides, though, because it leaves your stomach feeling like it’s shifting and swishing around, after a few minutes; so maybe there’s something to be said for its health benefits, after all.
Best time of year to drink this: Never!
Best time of day to drink this: Never!
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