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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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Heath & Heather Raspberry Leaf – A Winter Warmer

Heath&HealtherRaspberry_leaf-20Brand: Heath & Heather

Flavour: Raspberry Leaf

Description: Invigorating

Ingredients: Raspberry Leaves (30%), Hibiscus (25%), Apple Pomace (22%), Blackberry Leaves (13%), Tartaric Acid (3%), Raspberry Flavouring (2.5%), Maltodextrin (2.5%), Rosehips (1%), Raspberry Fibres (1%)

Caffeine Factor: Caffeine-free

Organic Ingredients: 100%

Price Range: £1-2

Bags Per Box: 20

Review: This tea definitely lives up to its name.  The aroma is very tart, as you would expect – just like a crushed, ripe raspberry.  The taste does not disappoint: raspberry and hibiscus, yet only mildly tart (unlike some hibiscus teas you get), and with a mild sweetness, too.

Overall, this is a warming tea we recommend for cold autumn and winter months, either in the morning (to heat you up after you’ve come into work) or in the evening (after you’ve come home).  Drinking it makes you feel nice inside and out.

It’s also worth noting that raspberry leaf has long been used at the end of pregnancy, by women desperate to encourage labour.  It is thought that the leaf tones the muscles of your uterus – though it’s controversial, so be sure to do your own research, if this applies to you, and definitely avoid having lots of it in earlier stages of pregnancy.

 

Best time of year to drink this: Autumn and winter

Best time of day to drink this: Morning and evening


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Heath & Heather Apple & Cinnamon – Apple Crumble without the Fat

h_h_apple_cinnamon_20Brand: Heath & Heather

Flavour: Apple & Cinnamon

Description: Sweet, aromatic and warming

Ingredients: Apple (45%), Hibiscus, Cinnamon (20%), Apple Flavouring, Elderberries, Chicory Root

Caffeine Factor: Caffeine-free

Organic Ingredients: 100%

Price Range: £1-2

Bags Per Box: 20

Review: The smell is wintry, like Christmas.  It brings to mind caramel apples and crumble.  The gorgeous aroma is stronger than the taste, which is mainly apple.  Despite the inclusion of ‘apple flavouring’, this tea doesn’t taste overly artificial.  It’s comforting and warming, with a slightly spicy kick from the cinnamon.  We recommend having it hot, when the flavours are strong; if you leave it to cool, it can become quite watery.  It’s a nice tea to have when you’re craving something sweet but not too sweet – and, according to the box, it’s only 4 calories per cup!

Best time of year to drink this: Winter

Best time of day to drink this: Afternoon, Evening and Night


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