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Yogi Sweet Chai – For People Who Don’t Do Chai

Yogi Sweet Chai - Reviewed by If Teacups Could Talk...Brand: Yogi Tea

Flavour: Sweet Chai

Ingredients: Anise, fennel, liquorice, cardamom, black pepper, cinnamon, ginger, cloves

Caffeine Factor: Caffeine-free

Organic Ingredients: 100%

Price Range: £2-3

Bags Per Box: 17

Review: In taste, this is very similar to Pukka Vanilla Chai, but much sweeter.  We think this infusion fills the market gap of fennel / liquorice / aniseed teas for people who aren’t huge fans of fennel, liquorice or aniseed – because the ingredients list suggests you will be bombarded with those flavours, yet the added spices temper what would otherwise be overwhelming sweetness.

On the other hand, this could be a good one for people who want chai, but don’t like it too strong and might be tempted to add sugar.  Indeed, the aroma of this blend is strongly earthy, rather than spicy; it’s quite gentle from all angles.

In summary, it’s not necessarily our favourite, but we can see others enjoying it.

Best time of year to drink this:  Autumn / winter

Best time of day to drink this: Morning, or after meals as a digestive aid


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Yogi Licorice – So Much More Than Licorice!

Yogi Licorice- Reviewed on If Teacups Could Talk...Brand: Yogi Tea

Flavour: Licorice

Ingredients: Licorice, cinnamon, orange peel, ginger, cardamom, roasted chicory, cloves, orange oil, black pepper, vanilla extract

Caffeine Factor: Caffeine-free

Organic Ingredients: 100%

Price Range: £2-3

Bags Per Box: 17

Review: This is the most deceptively named drink.  Just look at all those ingredients thrown in there with the licorice!  We’re not sure what Yogi were thinking, when they branded this one.

The aroma of this blend is spicy and warming.  The cinnamon calls to mind images of curling up on the sofa under a thick blanket, during winter-time.  As worried as we were by the name, we were excited to try it, once we smelled it brewing.

Due to the ingredients list, we decided to compare the taste of this one to Heath & Heather’s (more sensibly named) Liquorice & Oriental Spices(If you’re wondering why we’re spelling that ingredient two different ways in the same review, it comes down to British vs American spelling and marketing.)

This one is milder than the Heath & Heather offering.  There’s a bit of a kick from the spices, but it’s not very strong.  That said, the spice is just enough to temper the sweetness of the licorice.

All in all, Yogi’s blend is fairly bland – but it’s a nice one for those who don’t like the punchiness of the Heath & Heather infusion (Yogi chose to leave out the cloves, which some people really don’t like).  On the other hand, if you’re drinking these for health benefits, Heath & Heather win out, hands down.

We would also classify the Heath & Heather blend as a great drink for waking the senses, whereas Yogi’s blend is better for relaxing in the evening.  So, there’s a time and a place for each, depending on your mood and taste.

Best time of year to drink this:  Winter

Best time of day to drink this: Evenings


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Yogi Heartwarming – Bizarre, Yet Delicious!

Yogi Tea Heartwarming - Reviewed on If Teacups Could Talk...Brand: Yogi Tea

Flavour: Heartwarming

Ingredients: Basil, liquorice, dried lemon juice, orange peel, cinnamon, ginger, chilli pepper, cardamom, cloves, black pepper

Caffeine Factor: Caffeine-free

Organic Ingredients: 100%

Price Range: £2-3

Bags Per Box: 17

Review: As of this writing, there is simply no other blend like this one. Just brewing it, the aroma of pepper and basil jump out at you so strongly that you could be forgiven for thinking someone was cooking pesto spaghetti in the next room.

The taste is a little like pesto, too – strong on the basil and spice – but with a hint of sweetness from the liquorice.  It leaves your mouth feeling refreshed, and it’s strangely pleasant.  We didn’t know what to expect from such an unusual combination of ingredients, but it really works.

This is a great one to have after dinner, to relax you in the evening.  All those ingredients are also very good for you, so we recommend this one the next time you feel a bit run down.

Best time of year to drink this:  Autumn / winter (especially if you have a cold)

Best time of day to drink this: After dinner / evenings


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Yogi Tea Choco Chili – A Great Winter Warmer

Yogi-Choco ChiliBrand: Yogi Tea

Flavour: Choco Chili

Ingredients: Cocoa shells, cinnamon, licorice, ginger, black pepper, carob, anise, chili pepper, barley malt, cloves, cardomom, ginger oil, vanilla extract, vanilla beans

Caffeine Factor: Caffeine-free

Organic Ingredients: 100%

Price Range: £2-3

Bags Per Box: 17

Review: This is simply divine – definitely one of our top teas.  As soon as you brew it, you can smell the cocoa shells.  Drinking it is even better.  It’s so dark-chocolatey, but without the calories or caffeine, and with that gorgeous wintry spice mixture thrown in.  The combination is instantly warming and soothing, with a mild chili and ginger kick at the back of the throat.  Although be warned: that kick gets hotter as the water cools down, so we recommend not letting your cup sit too long.

There is just enough licorice to keep the blend from being too bitter, but not so much that the sweetness becomes overpowering and sickly.  The inclusion of vanilla softens the drink, as well – one of the rare instances when we have really liked vanilla in a tea.  And it can’t be scientifically proven, but drinking this right at the end of Three Tulsi’s second pregnancy seemed to bring on labour contractions – you can’t go wrong with this tea!

Best time of year to drink this: Autumn / winter, when you need a bit of inner warming

Best time of day to drink this: Afternoon / evening, when you’re settling down to relax


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Yogi Ginger Orange with Vanilla – Mellower, Sweeter Ginger Tea

Yogi-Tea-Ginger-Orange-with-Vanilla-0Brand: Yogi Tea

Flavour: Ginger Orange with Vanilla

Ingredients: Ginger (44%), Liquorice, Lemongrass, Orange Peel (4%), Black Pepper, Vanilla Extract (3%), Orange Oil, Peppermint, Anise

Caffeine Factor: Caffeine-free

Organic Ingredients: 100%

Price Range: £2-3

Bags Per Box: 17

Review: This smells strongly of citrus, due to the inclusion of orange oil and lemongrass.  In fact, the scent is a bit like a cleaning product – or one of those ice cream bars you have as a child, with fake vanilla encased in sugar orange candy coating.

Thankfully, it doesn’t taste like that!  It’s more subtle, like a mellower, sweeter ginger tea.  The orange hits your taste buds first, followed by sweet vanilla, and then a strong hit of ginger as it goes down the throat and a punchy after-taste.  We really like this one – a rarity for a tea containing vanilla.  Three Tulsi often has it in the afternoon, around 3pm, to stop her from going for the chocolate.  It’s a warming drink for those colder months.

Best time of year to drink this: Autumn / winter.

Best time of day to drink this: Afternoon / evening.


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Yogi Women’s Energy – Finally, a Women’s Tea without Rose

Yogi-Women's-EnergyBrand: Yogi Tea

Flavour: Women’s Energy

Ingredients: Hibiscus (38%), Liquorice, Peppermint, Raspberry Leaves, Black Pepper, Angelica Root Extract (Natural Flavour), Cinnamon, Ginger, Cardamom, Cloves

Caffeine Factor: Caffeine-free

Organic Ingredients: 100%

Price Range: £2-3

Bags Per Box: 17

Review: The back of the box translates the name into German (Frauen Power) and French (La Femme Active).  All we could think was, Girl power!

All the ingredients are traditionally used to treat women’s health issues – although we have come across warnings in internet forums that say you shouldn’t have too much of this tea, because it could lead to a headache.  On the other hand, apparently it is actually quite an aphrodisiac, when drunk in large quantities.  We can’t vouch for this, ourselves!

What makes this tea stand out is that rather than overpowering the blend with rose (like so many other women’s teas), the primary ingredient is hibiscus.  It means that while this tea does have a floral aroma, it doesn’t taste of perfume.  So if you’re like Three Tulsi and don’t like that strong rose flavour, this makes for a great alternative.  It’s also just sweet enough to stave off those hormonal sugar cravings, and the black pepper gives it a bit of a kick in the back of the throat.  Warm and wakeful, this tea also makes for a great morning pick-me-up.

Best time of year to drink this: Any time you’re feeling a bit hormonal.

Best time of day to drink this: Mornings, to get your day started.


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