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Tesco Finest Apple, Elderflower & Pear – Like Drinking a Cupboard

Tesco Finest Apple, Elderflower & Pear - Reviewed at If Teacups Could Talk...Brand: Tesco Finest

Flavour: Apple, Elderflower & Pear

Ingredients: Apple (50%), apple pomace (16%), elderberry flower (12%), sweet blackberry leaves, chicory root, citric acid, flavouring, sunflower petals, pear pomace (1%)

Caffeine Factor: Caffeine-free

Organic Ingredients: 100%

Price Range: £3

Bags Per Box: 15

Our Review: This is a bit of an odd one, because admittedly, it had been sitting around awhile before we decided to review it.  But the reason it had been sitting around so long was that it it’s not particularly nice.

There isn’t a lot of elderflower (or ‘elderberry flower’ as they call it) in this one.  And there isn’t a lot of apple.  It’s mainly pear, mixed with ‘flavouring’…followed by a strong taste of citric acid…and, in our case, a bit of cupboard, too.  It also smelled like a cupboard.  You know when you’ve just cut the grass, and you put your grass-cuttings-covered shoes back in the cupboard?  That smell?  That’s what this tea was like, for us.

Perhaps it’s a little unfair to judge this one based on one brew after the box had been left so long.  But again, we only left it that long because it is so bland, artificial and unpleasant.  And we’ve accidentally left other blends hanging around just as long, and they’ve never come out tasting quite as cupboard-like as this.  That’s why we’re marking this one AVOID.

Best time of year to drink this: NEVER

Best time of day to drink this: NEVER


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Tesco’s Finest Peppermint Leaves – Natural Menthol in a Cup!

TescoPeppermintLeavesBrand: Tesco’s Finest

Flavour: Peppermint Leaves

Ingredients: Oregon Peppermint Leaves (100%)

Caffeine Factor: Caffeine-free

Organic Ingredients: 100%

Price Range: £2-3

Bags Per Box: 15

Review: If there’s any doubt about the impressively minimal ingredients list, just look at the bags!  They smell incredible, and when soaked in boiling water, they come out a vibrant leafy green.

Once brewed, there is an almost overpowering menthol smell, to the point where Three Tulsi has sometimes made it with the sole purpose of leaning over the cup and inhaling it in order to clear her sinuses, when congested (it works!) – so this is a great one for when you have a cold.  Peppermint also naturally aids digestion and soothes stomach upsets.  The vibrant flavour cleanses the palate and breath (great for when you can’t use a toothbrush for a while, but you want that after-lunch feeling out of your mouth).  Just be careful about how long you leave the bag in the cup.  Leave it in too long, and the flavour can be a bit intense.  Maybe you like that sort of thing, but if you’re looking for something a bit milder, take out the bag after a couple minutes.

Something else to bear in mind is that as these are pyramid bags, you can re-use them, so you can use those 15 bags in the box to make more like 30 cups of tea – which makes this a cost-effective option.

Best time of year to drink this: Any time – but it would be especially nice when it’s cold out, or when you’re feeling a bit poorly.

Best time of day to drink this: After meals (even after breakfast – the flavour is strong enough to wake you up without caffeine!).


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