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Teapigs Super Fruit – Gets Blander with Every Sip

Teapigs Superfruit - Reviewed at If Teacups Could Talk...Brand: Teapigs

Flavour: Super Fruit

Ingredients: Hibiscus, elderberry, currants, blackcurrants, natural flavouring, cranberries, blueberries

Caffeine Factor: Caffeine-free

Organic Ingredients: Unknown

Price Range: £4-5 for a pack of 15 (although the picture shows a pack of 50, which costs much more!)

Our Review: On first brewing, all you can smell is sherbet – like Refreshers.  It’s the aroma of very sweet hibiscus and blueberries and sugar.

The taste, on the other hand, is very bland.  It’s not nearly as sharp as you’d expect from the scent – and it strangely grows even more flavourless as it cools down.  It’s thoroughly unexciting – and it’s so expensive!  If fruit teas are your thing, you’re much better off buying Sainsbury’s Blackberry & Blueberry – that has much more flavour, for less than half the price of the Teapigs offering.

Just about the nicest thing we can say, here, is that at least it didn’t taste of feet – a genuine concern with elderberries in the ingredients list!

To sum up, here is an excerpt from our discussion whilst trying this blend:

Ginger Tea: ‘I wouldn’t buy that.’

Three Tulsi: ‘…but we did.’

Ginger Tea: ‘Okay…but I’m not buying it again.’

 

Best time of year to drink this: Summer, if you’re at all interested

Best time of day to drink this: Afternoons, if you care


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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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Yogi Women’s Balance – All Sweetness & No Flavour

Yogi Women's Balance - Reviewed at If Teacups Could Talk...Brand: Yogi Tea

Flavour: Women’s Balance

Ingredients: Ginger, orange peel, cinnamon, fennel, chamomile flowers, dandelion, barley malt, liquorice, orange oil, black pepper, juniper berries, cardamom, cloves, angelica root extract

Caffeine Factor: Caffeine-free

Organic Ingredients: 100%

Price Range: £2-3

Bags Per Box: 17

Review: Finally, a women’s tea without hibiscus!  You can really smell the fennel and dandelion.  It’s a very earth aroma, which is not unpleasant.

The taste, though, is so sweet.  In fact, that’s just about all you get – no flavour, just sweetness from the liquorice and fennel.  It almost hurts your teeth, it’s so intense.

We expect the combination of ingredients is probably good for your health, but it’s not particularly enjoyable to drink.

Best time of year to drink this:  Any time

Best time of day to drink this: After a meal, in place of sugary treats


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Pukka Harmonise – Like Pukka Love, but More Perfumed

Pukka Harmonise - Reviewed by If Teacups Could Talk...Brand: Pukka Teas

Flavour: Harmonise

Ingredients: Chamomile flower (25%), shatavari root (Indian asparagus), hibiscus flower, rose flower (10%), licorice root, vanilla pod (5%)

Caffeine Factor: Caffeine-free

Organic Ingredients: 100%

Price Range: £2-3

Bags Per Box: 20

Pukka Say: Balancing for women

Our Review: As expected with any ‘women’s tea’, the smell of this one is like the perfume section of a department store – but with chamomile thrown into the mix.

The taste, however, is more chamomile with a floral edge.  It’s a bit like Pukka Love, but more perfumed.  We’re not sure you can taste the other ingredients, like shatavari root – and if you, like us, don’t really know anything about shatavari root, it’s a traditional Indian remedy used to address hormonal imbalance in women.

Indian asparagus aside, this one is so similar to Love that we think you’ll either drink one or the other, but definitely won’t buy both at the same time.  To help you decide, Love has a more diverse flavour, while Harmonise is sweeter, with a rosy aftertaste.  It probably comes down to your personal taste.  For us, it’s Love all the way, but you might disagree.

Best time of year to drink this: Any time you feel a bit ‘imbalanced’

Best time of day to drink this: Following meals (it’s sweet enough to replace dessert)


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Surviving Pregnancy with Tea

Three Tulsi’s Tea Journey Through Pregnancy – and Beyond

Nine months ago, I gave birth to the most beautiful little boy – our second.  He was so fragile and helpless, so tiny and vulnerable.  Now, as I write this, he’s crawling around the living room floor, trying to knock absolutely everything over and stuff it in his aching toothless mouth.

It’s been quite the journey getting to this point – and part of that journey was ‘tea’.  When I became pregnant, I discovered a whole world of tea, herbal and fruit infusions was now off limits.  For instance, I tried drinking a fennel blend to deal with terrible bloating pains in the first trimester.  It worked – but I wound up in hospital that evening for bleeding.  It thankfully turned out to be a false alarm.  However, I learned that fennel is in the parsley family and, as such, has a centuries-old history of being used as a natural abortive.  It’s entirely possible that the fennel was not responsible for my bleeding, but it left me paranoid and I wound up avoiding both parsley and fennel for the duration of my pregnancy.

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T2 Riotous Rose – Anything but Riotous

T2-LogoBrand: T2

Flavour: Riotous Rose

Ingredients: Apple, hibiscus, currants, orange peel, rosehips, rose petals, papaya, pineapple, strawberry, raspberries and flavour

Caffeine Factor: Caffeine-free

Organic Ingredients: 100%

Price Range: £7.50

Cups Per Box: 40 (approx.)

Review: A rather predictable blend of ingredients clearly designed to target women (though we’re unsure why papaya is in there).  It smells strongly of vanilla, fruit and rose, and it looks very, very red.

As you would expect, the taste is quite tart, but with a vanilla undercurrent; there is a sharpness at the back of the throat.  Thankfully, the rose flavour is quite subtle, which prevents this infusion from tasting like the perfume section of a department store, like some rose teas do.  The drink is also quite creamy.

All in all, it’s pleasant enough, but not our favourite.  It’s neither interesting nor insane; it certainly isn’t ‘riotous’.  It just sits easily in the middle.  We aren’t saying don’t buy it, but there are better women’s / fruit teas on the market for less money.

Best time of year to drink this: Summer, maybe

Best time of day to drink this: Afternoons


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T2 Ruby Red Rosehip – What Did We Do to Deserve This!?

T2-LogoBrand: T2

Flavour: Ruby Red Rosehip

Ingredients: Rosehips, hibiscus petals, rose

Caffeine Factor: Caffeine-free

Organic Ingredients: 100%

Price Range: £7.50

Cups Per Box: 40 (approx.)

Review: Definitely a women’s tea – but not a good one!  It smells and tastes like Heinz tomato soup, but with a strongly floral aftertaste.  The perfume hangs in your mouth like bad potpourri.  It is both annihilatingly tart and painfully dehydrating.  No, no, no.

To sum it all up, we offered it to a friend and she asked, ‘What did I do deserve THAT!?’  Then she gargled with water.

AVOID.

Best time of year to drink this: NEVER

Best time of day to drink this: NEVER


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