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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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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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Yogi Choco Mint – Hide Your Stash from Sneaky Friends & Family!

Yogi Choco MintBrand: Yogi Tea

Flavour: Choco Mint

Ingredients: Cocoa shells, liquorice, peppermint, anise, fat-reduced cocoa powder, cinnamon, black pepper, carob, cardamom, ginger, peppermint oil, vanilla extract, barley malt, cloves, vanilla beans

Caffeine Factor: Caffeine-free

Organic Ingredients: 100%

Price Range: £2-3 (worth the money!)

Bags Per Box: 17

Review: This is one of our absolute favourite blends, especially from a standard off-the-shelf brand.  As soon as you brew it, you can smell the cocoa, dark and inviting.  A moment later, you’re hit with the refreshing smell of peppermint, sure to pick you up no matter what sort of day you’re having.

And the taste…!  It’s just amazing.  You can’t actually pick out all the individual ingredients (black pepper!?), but the combination is divine.  It’s fresh, with just the right hint of sweetness; the liquorice doesn’t overpower the rest of the blend.  It makes for a satisfying post-meal drink, in place of puddings – like After-8 mints, but subtler and with nothing artificial.

It’s the perfect morning wake-up drink, a delicious digestive aid in the afternoon or after dinner, and a relaxing moment of happiness just before bed – like Hotel Chocolat’s Peppermint Cocoa, but way cheaper.  But be warned: we each bought several boxes and they disappeared before we knew it.  Family and friends kept drinking it behind our backs!

This is definitely a must-have tea.

Best time of year to drink this:  A definite all-year-rounder.

Best time of day to drink this: Any time of day.  There’s a strong risk of chain-drinking, with this one.


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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 Love – Love This Tea, Yes We Do

Pukka LoveBrand: Pukka Teas

Flavour: Love

Description: Organic rose, chamomile & lavender flower tea to warm your heart

Ingredients: Chamomile flower (25%), limeflower, elderflower, marigold petals, liquorice root, rose flower (5%), lavender flower (5%)

Caffeine Factor: Caffeine-free

Organic Ingredients: 100%

Price Range: £2-3

Bags Per Box: 20

Our Review: This one is truly beautiful.  The aroma is subtle but pleasantly floral; the scent of chamomile and lavender steaming out of the cup is instantly relaxing.

Drinking it is just as soothing.  The combination of flavours is ever-so-slightly sweet, which cuts the chamomile taste.  The overall effect is a soft, gentle drink that (as the box promises) warms you from the inside out.

This is a great night-time tea, if you’re not fond of the traditional chamomile and valerian root blends.  We managed to drink several boxes; we couldn’t get enough.  For that reason, we’re rating this a must-have tea for your kitchen cupboard.  Just be sure to have it hot, so the taste of the liquorice doesn’t overpower the rest of the drink.

Best time of year to drink this: All year round.

Best time of day to drink this: Evenings and night-time, to soothe and relax you before bed.


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T2 Vanilla Mint – This Smells AMAZING!

T2-LogoBrand: T2

Flavour: Vanilla Mint

Ingredients: Spearmint, vanilla bean

Caffeine Factor: Caffeine-free

Organic Ingredients: 100%

Price Range: £7.50

Cups Per Box: 40 (approx.)

Review: This – smells – AMAZING.  Strongly spearminty, immediately waking up your senses – and you can see real vanilla bean flecks in the tea!

The taste is just as lovely – soothing, cooling and just delicious.  It has all the freshness and mild sweetness of spearmint, but with a full vanilla kick – and when we say vanilla, we mean proper vanilla, like cracking open a fresh stick and grinding it straight into your drink.

We can’t help but compare it with Twinings Intensely Buttermint.  They are similar in concept, yet very different drinks.  Twinings use peppermint and flavouring to create gentle butterscotch in a cup.  T2 have used just two – very real – ingredients, and opted for a brighter strain of mint, which creates a unique drinking experience.  It’s also not as sweet as the Twinings blend.

That said, you would probably drink this for the same reasons: you want to have it after meals, to cleanse the palate (and even your teeth!); it opens the senses and wakes you up from the inside out; and it’s mellow and deeply relaxing.

For all these reasons, we’re marking this a must-have tea – although it must be noted that you shouldn’t let it cool down too much, because while the spearmint and vanilla blend beautifully when hot, at cooler temperatures they separate and don’t taste as nice.

As ever with T2, remember that although it costs £7.50 a box, each box makes approximately 40 cups of tea; and you can re-brew, stretching it out to more like 80-120 cups.  We love this one so much that we’d be happy to drink 120 cups of it!

Best time of year to drink this: Any time of year

Best time of day to drink this: Mornings (to wake you up), after and between meals (as a snack-substitute and a digestive aid), and evenings (to relax)


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Twinings Intensely Buttermint – Don’t Take It Off the Market, Again!

Twinings Intensely ButtermintBrand: Twinings

Flavour: Intensely Buttermint

Ingredients: Peppermint, natural mint flavouring (7.5%), natural vanilla and other flavourings (5%)

Caffeine Factor: Caffeine-free

Organic Ingredients: 100%

Price Range: £1.69

Bags Per Box: 20

Review: As soon as you brew this one, you are hit with an aroma not unlike Murray Mints or a kind of minty butterscotch.  The strong peppermint oil scent immediately wakes up your senses, opens your sinuses just as well as any menthol treatment, and refreshes you.

Drinking it is just as refreshing an experience.  The main ingredient being peppermint, this is a great one to have after a meal, as a natural digestive aid, and to cleanse the palate.

That said, good peppermint can be quite strong, and that’s where the ‘butter’ comes in.  There is a creamy, ever-so-slightly sweet taste of vanilla buried in there, softening the mint without becoming too sugary, somehow creating a light butterscotch flavour.  It’s sort of like having a pudding, but without the heaviness.  It is also quite a substantial tea, filling your mouth and stomach and stopping you from reaching for unhealthy snacks.

For anyone who is fond of peppermint tea with sugar, this is a much healthier option.  It’s also simply delicious.  For all these reasons, we have marked it a must-have tea.  Twinings briefly removed it from the market, but brought it back due to popular demand.  Let’s hope they don’t get silly again, in future!

Best time of year to drink this: A great all-year-rounder

Best time of day to drink this: Mornings (to wake you up), after meals (to aid digestion) and late afternoon when you’re tempted to start snacking


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