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Pukka Lemon, Ginger & Manuka Honey – Good for a Cold

Pukka Lemon, Ginger & Manuka HoneyBrand: Pukka Teas

Flavour: Lemon, Ginger & Manuka Honey

Description: A welcoming cup of spicy sweet organic bliss

Ingredients: Ginger root (32%), licorice root, elderflower, fennel seed, lemon verbena leaf, turmeric root, lemon essential oil, lemon myrtle leaf, whole lemon (4%), manuka honey flavour (2%)

Caffeine Factor: Caffeine-free

Organic Ingredients: 100%

Price Range: £2-3

Bags Per Box: 20

Review: When you first brew this infusion, it smells just like Pukka Three Ginger.  The taste, however, is different.  It’s like Three Ginger, but with a lingering artificial aftertaste, a bit like soursop (probably because of the manuka honey flavouring).  It doesn’t help that it’s chock full of all those lemony plants that are 100% real, yet taste like they were cooked up in a laboratory.

That said, this is probably a good one if you have a cold, to act as an antiseptic and a throat soother; so this blend has its place, even if we don’t fancy it as a casual treat.

Best time of year to drink this: Colder months, when you feel a bit poorly

Best time of day to drink this: Anytime, really – it works as a morning wake-up drink (because of the lemon), but it’s also soothing in the evening


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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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Heath & Heather Liquorice & Oriental Spices – A Liquorice Tea We Love

heath_heather_liquorice_oriental_spices_tea_20_bagsBrand: Heath & Heather

Flavour: Liquorice & Oriental Spices

Description: To Warm and Uplift Naturally

Ingredients: Liquorice Root (37%), Cinnamon (25%), Ginger (17%), Blackberry Leaves (7.5%), Apple Pomace (5.5%), Aniseed (2%), Nutmeg (1.5%), Clove Buds (1.5%), Pepper (1%), Orange Peel (1%), Cardamom (1%)

Caffeine Factor: Caffeine-free

Organic Ingredients: 100%

Price Range: £1-2

Bags Per Box: 20

Review: As you may have noticed, we’re not huge liquorice fans.  It’s nice in small doses, but too much makes a drink sickly sweet.  So, we approached this blend with caution.

The smell is spicy, due to the nutmeg and cinnamon, and makes you think of winter or Christmas.  Happily, the liquorice is actually quite mild, balanced perfectly against the spices to create an ideal combination of flavours.

Drinking it makes you want to curl up by the fireplace, bundled in blankets, and just relax.  It’s so warming.  Better still, the ingredients are traditionally used for everything from healing wounds and soothing the stomach, to taking the edge off mouth pain and easing menstrual pain.  And kids like this one, too – it’s Three Tulsi’s son’s all-time favourite.

For all these reasons, we have marked this a must-have tea we keep in the cupboard at all times.

Best time of year to drink this: Winter

Best time of day to drink this: Afternoon, evening, night


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T2 Honey Green Almond – Flavourless, with a Cough Syrup Smell

T2-LogoBrand: T2

Flavour: Honey Green Almond

Ingredients: Green honeybush, cinnamon pieces, almond pieces, osmanthus petals, safflower and flower

Caffeine Factor: Caffeine-free

Organic Ingredients: 100%

Price Range: £7.50

Cups Per Box: 40 (approx.)

Review: The aroma of honey and spice that wafts up at you when you first brew this drink is so intense that it verges on medicinal – like cough syrup or Honey Lockets.  It hits you so strongly that you can’t help but make faces as you bring the cup closer to your face; and long after you’ve finished drinking it, the scent lingers in your nose.  Onlookers will laugh.

So imagine our surprise at the non-flavour when you finally take a sip.  It’s not a bit sweet, and leaves only the faintest after-taste – an unpleasant floral one that leaves a greasy, tacky, oily film on the tongue and makes you want something else to drink.

In short, this is not recommended for the hefty price of £7.50 a box.

Best time of year to drink this: There’s no real flavour, but some of the ingredients suggest it might be good to drink if you have a cold (you can’t taste anything when you’re congested anyway, right?), so we’re going to say drink this when it’s cold out – autumn / winter.

Best time of day to drink this: Again, this is a hard one.  Maybe the morning, only because it would encourage you to drink lots of cold water afterwards.  But also, you could try it in the evening, as some of the ingredients are good for relaxation.


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Yogi Detox – Punchy and Flavoursome, without that Aniseed After-Taste

Yogi DetoxBrand: Yogi Tea

Flavour: Detox

Ingredients: Liquorice (26%), Cinnamon (17%), Burdock Root, Ginger, Dandelion (7%), Fennel, Anise (3%), Juniper Berries, Coriander, Cardamom, Black Pepper, Parsley, Sage, Clove, Turmeric Root

Caffeine Factor: Caffeine-free

Organic Ingredients: 100%

Price Range: £2-3

Bags Per Box: 17

Review: When first brewed, this tea has a lovely caramel colour in the cup.  It has quite a sweet, almost vanilla scent, though when you taste it, the sweetness is subtle, because it’s cut with bitter dandelion.  It tastes strongly of cinnamon and liquorice, which makes it warming and wintery.  The black pepper and ginger also leave a peppery taste in the back of the throat, which lends a bit of heat.  This makes it a bit fiery.  When compared with, say, Pukka’s Detox tea, this one is less sweet, punchier and more flavoursome, with less of that aniseed taste (which isn’t everyone’s cup of tea!).  There is a filling, round, full-bodied quality to this – but the inclusion of cloves means your taste buds grow a bit numb, after a while, so definitely drink this after meals.  The cloves also make this a great one to drink if you have a sore throat or mouth ulcers.

Best time of year to drink this: Autumn / winter.

Best time of day to drink this: After meals, and in the evening.


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Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference Lemon, Ginger & Honey – Like Drinking Werther’s Originals

SainsLemonGingerHoneyBrand: Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference

Flavour: Lemon, Ginger & Honey

Ingredients: Apple Pulp, Flavouring, Ginger (12%), Rosehip, Lemongrass (10%), Apples, Blackberry Leaf, Chicory, Lemon Peel (0.5%), Honey (0.5%)

Caffeine Factor: Caffeine-free

Organic Ingredients: 100%

Price Range: £2.50

Bags Per Box: 15

Review: Once brewed, these pyramid bags smell strongly of the three eponymous ingredients. When you first take a sip, your mouth fills with lemon and ginger.  However, going down the throat, all you can taste is honey.  This makes it quite sweet, with a powerful after-taste, a bit like drinking Werther’s Originals.  It’s a struggle to identify any of the other flavours that supposedly go into this tea, though.  For example, we definitely can’t taste any rosehip or chicory.  It seems overloaded with ingredients, with no distinctive flavour apart from ‘sweet’.

It’s not really our ‘cup of tea’, but we can see why others might like it – so if you like that honey flavour in your hot drinks, you might want to check this out.  It’s going to be good for sore throats, too, so it may be worth trying if you’re feeling a bit poorly.  The sweetness also makes it an option after lunch, to avoid snacking, and the ginger makes it a decent wake-up drink.

Best time of year to drink this: Any time, if you like this sort of drink.

Best time of day to drink this: Mornings and after meals.


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Pukka Three Tulsi – Distinctively Different & Delicious

three-tulsi-tisana-pukka_48398Brand: Pukka Teas

Flavour: Three Tulsi

Description: Organic Green Tulsi, Purple Tulsi and Lemon Tulsi Tea to Uplift and Restore

Ingredients: Rama Green Tulsi Leaf, Krishna Purple Tulsi Leaf, Vana Lemon Tulsi Leaf

Caffeine Factor: Caffeine-free

Organic Ingredients: 100%

Price Range: £2-3

Bags Per Box: 20

Pukka Says: Good news for a beam of clarity and a joyful lift of spirits.

Our Review: This is perhaps the most distinctive of the Pukka range.  The aroma is fresh and earthy – and this is a tea that actually tastes like it smells.  It’s a simple tea with no added ingredients spoiling the taste, which is natural, healthy and cleansing.  It’s also quite fragrant and herby.  Tulsi, also sometimes referred to as ‘holy basil’ (some varieties resemble that plant), is indigenous to India and – if you believe what all the ayurvedic medicine websites claim – it can be used to cure just about anything – even death!  From a more sceptical viewpoint, it is reputed to help with allergies, colds and flu; it is a preventative against malaria; and it’s used as a mouth freshener and oral disinfectant, particularly in the treatment of mouth ulcers.

Fun Fact: In Indian legend, Tulsi was a queen who transformed herself into the plant after being betrayed by Vishnu.  In another story, Queen Vrinda – also betrayed by Vishnu – immolated herself and tulsi grew from the ashes.  The plants multiplied into forests.  The region was named Vrindavana – ‘forest of Vrinda’.  Often, people confuse the two stories and will say Tulsi was the plant Vrinda turned into.  In any case, today most of the trees have been cut down 😦

Best time of year to drink this: All year-round, but particularly if you’re feeling a bit run down or wanting something refreshing.

Best time of day to drink this: Evening or after dinner.  Definitely not a morning tea – more something you drink to relax.


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