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Celestial Seasonings Mandarin Orange Spice – Makes You Feel More Sane

Celestial Seasonings Mandarin Orange Spice - Reviewed at If Teacups Could Talk...Brand: Celestial Seasonings

Flavour: Mandarin Orange Spice

Ingredients: Orange peel, hibiscus, roasted chicory, rosehips, blackberry leaves, chamomile, hawthorn, cinnamon, natural mandarin orange flavour with other natural flavours, cloves and coriander

Caffeine Factor: Caffeine-free

Organic Ingredients: Unknown

Price Range: £2-3

Bags Per Box: 20

Review: This is an old favourite of Three Tulsi’s from back when she was a teenager living in Arizona. Happily, you can buy it in the UK, where we’re based – bring on the tea nostalgia!

The aroma is very spicy, like an orange bursting with cloves.  It immediately makes you think of Christmas, and you can’t wait to start drinking it.

The taste doesn’t disappoint.  It’s not overly spicy.  Instead, it’s light, with a pleasantly fragrant orange flavour.  It’s soft, smooth and soothing – calming and warming – something you might like to drink whilst bundled up in blankets and sitting in front of a fire during the colder months.

Three Tulsi often drinks this one when the day has gone a bit haywire and she needs something to make her feel ‘a little more sane’.  The perfect wind-down tea – a definite must-have.

If you’re in the US, you should be able to find this one anywhere.  If you live outside the States, don’t worry; it’s available to order from many online shops.

 

Best time of year to drink this:  Winter

Best time of day to drink this: Afternoon and evening


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T2 Sleep Tight – Mellow & Soothing

T2-LogoBrand: T2

Flavour: Sleep Tight

Ingredients: Floral, lavender, mint, lemon

Caffeine Factor: Caffeine-free

Organic Ingredients: 100%

Price Range: £7.50

Cups Per Box: 40 (approx.)

Review: What the heck is ‘floral’? That’s not an ingredient! What are they trying to pull?

Anyway. The smell is very soothing and mellow, likely from the lavender. Looking into the cup, the water is a lovely golden colour that makes you want to drink it.

The taste is much softer and more pleasant than some night-time blends. The ‘floral’ is not too intense, thankfully. You can’t specifically taste the mint or lemon, but we expect they’re but tempering the lavender so you don’t feel like a garden exploded in your mouth.

 

We like this one. It’s so relaxing, and every sip just makes you want more. Definitely worth the money! And remember, you can re-brew to make that box last a few months. Just be sure not to let the drink go gold. THEN it tastes soapy – bleh!

 

Best time of year to drink this: Anytime

Best time of day to drink this: Evening / bedtime


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T2 Sweet Dreams – Too Substantial for a Bedtime Tea

T2-LogoBrand: T2

Flavour: Sweet Dreams

Ingredients: Chamomile, silver lime flower, apple, blackberry leaves, chicory root, rose petals, lavender, rosemary, pink cornflower, flavour

Caffeine Factor: Caffeine-free

Organic Ingredients: 100%

Price Range: £7.50

Cups Per Box: 40 (approx.)

Review: The aroma of this blend is one of chamomile and flowers. It’s soothing and pretty, though a little like being punched in the face with potpourri.

But don’t mistake this tea as light and delicate: tastes much heavier than it smells. It’s warming and substantial, almost like you’re eating something rather than having a drink. We can’t imagine having this at bedtime – it fills you up like a pudding after a big meal!

Ginger Tea liked it, but Three Tulsi found it a bit soap and sweet, so it all depends on your taste. Just remember that, if you take the plunge and buy a box, you’ll probably be re-brewing to make it last months – so you really have to like the flavour. We recommend you taste-test it in the shop, first.

Best time of year to drink this: Anytime

Best time of day to drink this: After a meal, maybe dinner


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T2 Nighty Night – We’ll Drink It if We Have To

T2-LogoBrand: T2

Flavour: Nighty Night

Ingredients: Lemonbalm, peppermint leaf, strawberry leaves, blackberry leaves, St John’s Wort, chamomile, heather flower, red rose petals, lavender

Caffeine Factor: Caffeine-free

Organic Ingredients: 100%

Price Range: £7.50

Cups Per Box: 40 (approx.)

Review: The smell is strongly floral and ‘planty’, like grass and perfume in one. The taste is sort of similar – bitter, but with a soapy aftertaste (presumably from the lavender).

Three Tulsi really didn’t like this one, while Ginger Tea thought it was okay – but with the proviso that it’s not much different from standard off-the-shelf night-time teas you can buy at a fraction of the cost.

All in all, this is an ‘I’ll drink it if it’s there’ tea, but not something you would go out of your way to brew.

 

 

Best time of year to drink this: Anytime

Best time of day to drink this: Bedtime


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Yogi Bedtime – Watery & Flavourless

Yogi Bedtime - Reviewed at If Teacups Could Talk...Brand: Yogi Tea

Flavour: Bedtime

Ingredients: li

Caffeine Factor: Caffeine-free

Organic Ingredients: 100%

Price Range: £2-3

Bags Per Box: 17

Review: This one has a very fake smell – strong on the passion fruit, mixed with sugary spearmint and fake licorice. The only word we can apply to it is ‘gross’.

The taste, however, is quite weak. It’s mostly chamomile, with a hint of lavender and spearmint – you can’t really taste the other flavours. The overall effect is not unpleasant, but it’s a watery drink that didn’t make us especially relaxed and sleepy.

If you’re looking for a good bedtime drink, we think Pukka Love is a much better option – it certainly smells nicer!

Still, you might want to vary your bedtime drinks so you don’t get too used to any one blend of ingredients, in which case this might serve a purpose.

 

Best time of year to drink this:  Anytime

Best time of day to drink this: Bedtime


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Yogi Relax – Smells Like Something a Fly Would Eat

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

Flavour: Relax

Ingredients: Chamomile flowers, fennel, linden flowers, cardamom, barley malt, hibiscus, liquorice, alfalfa, raspberry leaves, orange peel, rose hips, cinnamon, ginger, gloves, black pepper

Caffeine Factor: Caffeine-free

Organic Ingredients: 100%

Price Range: £2-3

Bags Per Box: 17

Review: The smell is quite unpleasant…well, gross, in fact.  A bit like off, two-week-old rubbish, or a compost bin – basically, something a fly would eat.

We’re not in love with the flavour, either.  The barley malt is so strong, which is quite odd in combination with the other flavours (flavours you can’t really taste individually, and which don’t really mix well).  Perhaps you would like this if you enjoy a really malty taste but without the heaviness of traditional malt, but it’s not really for us.  The flavour also lingers in the back of your mouth, so if it’s not your thing, it’s hard to get rid of it.

Best time of year to drink this:  Really hard to say, because we’re not fans – but maybe some people would enjoy it in the colder months, when spices like cinnamon are traditionally used.

Best time of day to drink this: Yogi market this as a relaxation drink, so perhaps it would be best had in the evening.


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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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