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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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Celestial Seasonings Country Peach Passion – We’re Not Feeling the Passion

Celestial Seasonings Country Peach Passion - Reviewed at If Teacups Could Talk...Brand: Celestial Seasonings

Flavour: Country Peach Passion

Ingredients: Orange peel, rosehips, hawthorn, chamomile, natural peach flavour with other natural flavours, blackberry leaves, hibiscus, peaches, citric acid, paprika (colour)

Caffeine Factor: Caffeine-free

Organic Ingredients: Unknown

Price Range: £2-3

Bags Per Box: 20

Review: The smell of this one is very peachy…and a little artificial.  We were expecting something intensely sweet and fruity – not so.  It actually doesn’t taste much of peach at all.  In fact, it doesn’t taste much of anything.  It’s a little watery, with a fake aftertaste, and a bit of tartness in the throat that just won’t go away.  It must be the citric acid thrown into the mix.

It’s not that we hate this one.  We just wouldn’t go out of our way to buy it.  You’re better off getting another cheap, generic tart tea – especially if you live in the UK, like we do, and you can only find this one online.

 

 

 

Best time of year to drink this:  Summer

Best time of day to drink this: Afternoon


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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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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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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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