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Twinings Lemon Drizzle Green Tea – WHAT were they thinking!?

Twinings Lemon Drizzle Green Tea - Reviewed by If Teacups Could Talk...Brand: Twinings

Flavour: Lemon Drizzle Green Tea

Ingredients: Green tea, lemon and cake flavouring (4%), natural flavourings, lemon peel (1%)

Caffeine Factor: Caffeine-free

Organic Ingredients: Unknown

Price Range: £2.69

Bags Per Box: 20

Review: Weird, weird, WEIRD. You know that seriously fake-tasting children’s birthday cake that can only come from a box of cheap cake mix? You know what we mean. If you made a cake from scratch, you would NEVER manage to recreate that unique flavour that you loved so much as a child, but now it probably tastes faintly disgusting. We have no idea what goes into those mixes to give them that taste – but it’s somehow in this tea.

It starts in the smell: lemon cake…the cheap ‘yuck’ kind. Like Lemon Puffs: cheap biscuits filled with artificial lemon-flavoured cream. The taste is equally unpleasant: initially fresh, like lemon peel and green tea – then a shocking aftertaste that is just like that children’s birthday cake mix, mingled with a horrible bitterness from the green tea.

This is quite simply one of the most disgusting things we have ever tasted. Why did ANYONE think this was a good idea? When has anyone ever had cheap cake and thought, ‘I know what would make this better: soaking it in green tea!’ Was it someone’s misguided idea to try to get kids to drink tea, not considering that it might keep them up all night? WHO voluntarily buys a whole box of this stuff and happily drinks it?

If you’re reading this, Twinings, there is no excuse for this blend. NO EXCUSE.  We’re marking this one as an AVOID.

Best time of year to drink this: NEVER.

Best time of day to drink this: NEVER.


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Twinings Fudge Melts Green Tea – Boring with a Bad Aftertaste

Twinings Fudge Melts Green Tea - Reviewed by If Teacups Could Talk...Brand: Twinings

Flavour: Fudge Melts Green Tea

Ingredients: Green tea, natural flavouring (8%), natural vanilla flavouring with other natural flavourings

Caffeine Factor: Caffeine-free

Organic Ingredients: Unknown

Price Range: £2.69

Bags Per Box: 20

Review: As you would expect, the smell is fudgy…and sort of green tea-y.  Tasting it, the flavour is almost entirely green tea, with a very faint hint of artificial vanilla that lingers long afterward.  This provides just enough sweetness to take away the bitter edge of the actual tea, although it leaves you wondering what you can do to take away that taste of flavouring.  Then there’s a citric acid-like kick at the back of the throat – a sort of sourness, almost like grapefruit.  Bizarre.

You might have noticed something missing from that description: fudge.  We couldn’t taste it at all.  Far from being the gross-fest we anticipated, this blend is, at best, boring with a bad aftertaste.  You may as well buy plain green tea.  Besides, why does anyone drink green tea, other than to feel healthy?  All that flavouring defeats the purpose.  If you really want a chocolatey drink without the calories, there are plenty of better infusions made with real cocoa shells.

Best time of year to drink this: If you must…maybe winter.

Best time of day to drink this: After lunch.


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Twinings Chocolate Coconut Green Tea – A Bounty Bar with Health Benefits

Twinings Chocolate Coconut Green Tea - Reviewed by If Teacups Could Talk...Brand: Twinings

Flavour: Chocolate Coconut Green Tea

Ingredients: Green tea, cocoa nibs (10%), chocolate and coconut flavourings (10%), natural flavourings, dessicated coconut (1%)

Caffeine Factor: Caffeine-free

Organic Ingredients: Unknown

Price Range: £2.69

Bags Per Box: 20

Review: Another bizarre-sounding concoction from Twinings in an effort to make cheap green tea more palatable.

The smell is intensely sweet, with the overpowering aroma of artificial coconut – like a Bounty bar, full of sugar. There is just the faintest hint of cocoa, and the green tea smell is entirely absent.

Unsurprisingly, the actual taste of the green tea is subtle. This blend is not bitter at all. Happily, it’s not as sweet as we expected, either. There is a faint taste of cocoa on your first sip, but it quickly disappears. And then there’s that artificial coconut flavour, which is not as strong as we thought it would be, but it does linger long after you’ve finished the cup.

There were mixed feelings about this blend. Ginger Tea said, ‘I could drink this – I never thought I would say that.’ Three Tulsi’s son tried it and said, ‘I don’t know why you’d want to drink this.’

So maybe it comes down to how much you love Bounty bars. If they’re your thing, and you’d like the health benefits of green tea without actually having to taste it, then this might be for you.

Best time of year to drink this: Summer, maybe.

Best time of day to drink this: After lunch.


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Twinings Cherry Bakewell Green Tea – Like Drinking Marzipan

Twinings Cherry Bakewell Green Tea - Reviewed by If Teacups Could Talk...Brand: Twinings

Flavour: Cherry Bakewell Green Tea

Ingredients: Green tea, natural cherry flavouring with other natural flavourings (10%), natural vanilla flavouring with other natural flavourings (2%)

Caffeine Factor: Caffeine-free

Organic Ingredients: Unknown

Price Range: £2.69

Bags Per Box: 20

Review: We read out the name of this tea to Three Tulsi’s mother. She said, ‘Ewwww, that sounds disgusting!’ And she’s right. It doesn’t help, either, that it genuinely smells like mould spores, when you brew it – mould spores and marzipan – or maybe a damp dishcloth that’s been left a long time…that was used to clean up after making something with marzipan. (We’re really selling this, yes?)

Thankfully, it doesn’t quite taste like that. It’s almost entirely marzipan (strongly so), and there’s a bit of green tea flavour underneath, but no dishcloth or mould spores. Sadly, no cherry, either. There is strangely no aftertaste, and it has a nice smooth finish. So it’s not as awful as we expected. It’s just…why would anyone want to drink marzipan!?

We offered some to Three Tulsi’s son, who described it as: ‘zingy – not too much flavour, but it’s quite nice…but it’s doing things to my tongue, now…oh! No no no no.’

All in all, if you really love marzipan, this might be a good, healthy sweet treat after lunch to get you through the rest of the day. If (like us) you think marzipan belongs on a cake, not in a cup, maybe give this one a miss.

Best time of year to drink this: Hard to say…autumn?

Best time of day to drink this: After lunch.


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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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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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