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Teapigs Jasmine Pearls – It Doesn’t Deliver

Teapigs Jasmine Pearls - Reviewed at If Teacups Could Talk...Brand: Teapigs

Flavour: Jasmine Pearls

Ingredients: Green tea infused in jasmine flowers

Caffeine Factor: Caffeinated

Organic Ingredients: Unknown

Price Range: £4-5

Bags Per Box: 15

Our Review: We’ve had jasmine-infused green tea before, from many different brands.  We’ve never come across one that smelled quite this floral.  The taste, too, was soapy – like you’d expect from lavender, not jasmine.  And underneath all that soap, all you can taste is bitterness.

This one doesn’t taste as much like jasmine-infused green tea as green tea with a strange floral hit.  The two flavours don’t really blend like they should – and for that price tag, you’re better off buying a cheaper brand like Pukka.  Their Serene Jasmine Green is lovely, and somehow tastes much more natural than the Teapigs offering.  Alternatively, just find yourself a nice, simple green tea – because this one doesn’t add much.

Best time of year to drink this: Anytime

Best time of day to drink this: Morning


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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 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 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 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 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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