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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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T2 Tummy Tea – Just VILE!

T2-LogoBrand: T2

Flavour: Tummy Tea

Ingredients: Peppermint, liquorice root, fennel, calendula

Caffeine Factor: Caffeine-free

Organic Ingredients: 100%

Price Range: £7.50

Cups Per Box: 40 (approx.)

Review: Another one that smells like disinfectant for your toilet – absolutely disgusting in your nose.

And the taste – goodness!  That initial sip is so sweet!  It then fills your mouth with minty coolness…before shocking you with one of the most vile flavours imaginable – a bit like Dr Stuart’s Liver Detox, but without the initial bitter kick.

There is also a strong after-taste that is reminiscent of nettle – presumably from the calendula, an ingredient that is wonderful for treating baby eczema, but we’re not sure you want to drink it!  And even after several drinks of water, it’s hard to get the taste out of your mouth.

We dislike this one greatly, and recommend you steer clear, too.

Best time of year to drink this: NEVER

Best time of day to drink this: NEVER


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T2 Mint Mix – Like Drinking Shampoo

T2-LogoBrand: T2

Flavour: Mint Mix

Ingredients: Peppermint, spearmint, lemon verbena

Caffeine Factor: Caffeine-free

Organic Ingredients: 100%

Price Range: £7.50

Cups Per Box: 40 (approx.)

Review: As you would expect, this one smells strongly of lemon sweets and menthol – in a bad way.  It’s pretty disgusting.

On drinking it, we couldn’t understand the inclusion of lemon in a mint drink.  Yes, in food, you might get such a combination…but with real lemons, not lemon verbena!  All it does is make the mint taste slightly bitter and leave a tacky feeling in your mouth.

The experience of drinking this tea is like drinking shampoo – it’s a soapy feeling, not refreshing at all.  Despite that, we don’t necessarily hate it…we just think there are far better options out there.

Best time of year to drink this: Summer

Best time of day to drink this: After lunch, for digestion


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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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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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