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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 Sweet Ginger – More Like Sweet Yuck!

Teapigs Sweet Ginger - Reviewed at If Teacups Could Talk...Brand: Teapigs

Flavour: Sweet Ginger

Ingredients: Ginger (50%), liquorice root, cinnamon (25%)

Caffeine Factor: Caffeine-free

Organic Ingredients: Unkown

Price Range: £4-5

Bags Per Box: 15

Our Review: Okay, come on, Teapigs.  Anyone can do the maths.  Surely, if there’s 50% ginger and 25% cinnamon, there must be 25% liquorice root…so why no percentage listed?  Is there some hidden ingredient you’re not sharing with us?  Is that why this blend is so disgusting?

It looks far darker than you’d expect from a ginger drink.  That should have been our first clue that this would taste nothing like ginger.  In fact, it sort of tastes like nothing at all…followed by sickly sweetness (liquorice), the barest hint of cinnamon, a very faint hint of warmth (ginger, we suppose)…followed by a lot of, ‘Ugh, I can’t get this taste out of my mouth – blech!’

It truly is vile.  If you want ginger, you don’t want all that sweetness; you want fire.  We can’t understand the inclusion of liquorice, at all.  Surely ginger and cinnamon would be enough.  This one was a fail.  That’s why we’re marking it AVOID.

Best time of year to drink this: NEVER

Best time of day to drink this: NEVER


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Teapigs Apple & Cinnamon – Where’s the Apple?

Teapigs Apple & Cinnamon - Reviewed at If Teacups Could Talk...Brand: Teapigs

Flavour: Apple & Cinnamon

Ingredients: Apple, cinnamon, apple pomice, roasted chicory root, citric acid, sweet blackberry leaves, natural flavouring

Caffeine Factor: Caffeine-free

Organic Ingredients: Unknown

Price Range: £4-5

Bags Per Box: 15

Our Review: The smell is delightful, like apple crumble warming in the oven.  Sadly, the taste is really artificial (that’ll be the ‘flavouring’) and far too sweet.  It’s like drinking liquid cinnamon sweets, but with a hit of bitter chicory and…no apple.  It’s simply horrible in a way that immediately brought to mind Taylor’s Sweet Rhubarb, which was also not sweet at all but bitter and disgusting.

If you’re looking for a good apple-cinnamon blend, turn to Pukka instead.  Their Wild Apple & Cinnamon with Ginger infusion is delicious, and much cheaper.  Another good alternative is from Heath & Heather – or, if you’re willing to pay a bit more, T2 do a great Apple Crumble blend that we love.  In other words, get anything but this Teapigs blend!

AVOID.

Best time of year to drink this: NEVER

Best time of day to drink this: NEVER


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Teapigs Chocolate & Mint – Like Swimming Pool Changing Rooms

Teapigs Chocolate & Mint - Reviewed at If Teacups Could Talk...Brand: Teapigs

Flavour: Chocolate & Mint

Ingredients: Cocoa husk, peppermint (34%), chocolate chips (sugar, cocoa, soya lecithin), natural cocoa flavouring, natural peppermint flavouring

Caffeine Factor: Caffeine-free

Organic Ingredients: Unknown

Price Range: £4-5

Bags Per Box: 15

Our Review: There are a growing number of chocolate-mint blends on the market, these days, and this isn’t our favourite.  As expected, it has the After-8 mint smells, but with a hint of earthiness and a touch of what Three Tulsi’s mother-in-law described as ‘the scent of changing rooms at a swimming pool’.  Odd, yes, but we know what she means.

The taste is mostly peppermint tea, but a little smoky and very bitter.  There is also a highly unpleasant aftertaste that we can’t define (‘changing rooms at a swimming pool’, Three Tulsi’s mother-in-law chimed in again).  What’s missing?  The chocolate!  Somehow, despite throwing in ‘flavouring’, they failed to make the flavour they were aiming for – an artificial failure.

We offered it to Three Tulsi’s husband, who said, ‘It tastes like car sweets…oh wait…oh, is it meant to taste like After-8s?  No, I’m not keen.’

This is ridiculously overpriced for what it is – it’s not even natural.  If you’re looking for a good chocolate-mint infusion, go for Yogi Choco Mint – or, if you’re willing to pay a bit more, Hotel Chocolat’s offering is definitely worth the money – but Teapigs is NOT.  AVOID.

 

Best time of year to drink this: NEVER

Best time of day to drink this: NEVER


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Teapigs Rhubarb & Ginger – Crumble in a Cup

Teapigs Rhubarb & Ginger - Reviewed at If Teacups Could Talk...Brand: Teapigs

Flavour: Rhubarb & Ginger

Ingredients: 50% rhubarb, 50% ginger

Caffeine Factor: Caffeine-free

Organic Ingredients: Unknown

Price Range: £4-5

Bags Per Box: 15

Our Review: A strange one that smells like mild, slightly sweet ginger-stem…mixed with antiseptic cream – Savlon, perhaps.  We’re making your mouth water here, aren’t we?

The taste is thankfully better than the smell.  It’s quite tart, with just a bit of heat after you swallow (heat that grows as the drink cools down), and it’s very rhubarby (yes, that’s a word).  The combination of ingredients (a ‘British classic’, they call it) makes us think of crumble on a cold winter’s day, perhaps when it’s snowing outside.

It’s a good one to have around 10.30 am, when the early-morning adrenaline wears off and you need another pick-me-up to keep you going until lunch.  It wakes you up and cleanses your pallet, especially good to wash down a mid-morning snack.  All in all,  it’s surprisingly more pleasant than expected.

 

Best time of year to drink this: We think this is a good one for the winter

Best time of day to drink this: Mid-morning or after lunch


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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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