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Yogi Sweet Chili – A Good One if You Feel Unwell

Brand: Yogi TeaYogi Sweet Chili - Reviewed at If Teacups Could Talk...

Flavour: Sweet Chili

Ingredients: l

Caffeine Factor: Caffeine-free

Organic Ingredients: 100%

Price Range: £2-3

Bags Per Box: 17

Review: The smell is like chilis and earth (possibly from the nettle), mixed with cocoa shells. The combination is very, very odd indeed.

The taste, as you would hope from a tea of this name, is very fiery, particularly from the ginger. Happily, the inclusion of spearmint keeps the fire from overwhelming your mouth.

The flavour is also initially quite sweet (fennel and anise), but it’s toned down by the other flavours. It’s an unusual blend that grows on you with each sip. If you can allow the taste to settle in your mouth and make sense, it turns out to be a lovely wintry evening drink to have after a meal.

We also expect it would be a good one to drink if you had a cold (the fire would clear your sinuses) or a toothache (because of the cloves).

Best time of year to drink this:  Winter

Best time of day to drink this: Evening


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Yogi Ginseng – A Great Alternative to Standard Tea

Yogi Ginseng - Reviewed at If Teacups Could Talk...Brand: Yogi Tea

Flavour: Ginseng

Ingredients: Lemongrass, peppermint, rosehips, orange peel, licorice, cardamon, ginseng root, cinnamon, ginger, lemon oil, nettle, alfalfa, black pepper, celery seeds, cloves, dried kombucha drink

Caffeine Factor: Caffeinated (but less than standard tea)

Organic Ingredients: 100%

Price Range: £2-3

Bags Per Box: 17

Review: The smell is so yummy! Minty, lemony and flowery, but also really peppery. Even the celery comes through. It’s strangely salad-like!

Tasting it…well, the inclusion of lemongrass made us nervous, but this one actually tastes of lemon, not like fake sweets, which was a pleasant surprise! It’s also slightly floral, but without tasting like soap the way many rosehip blends do. The peppermint is refreshing, and you get a nice kick from the black pepper.

If you don’t know, kombucha is a blend of fermented tea, sugar and yeast (full of healthy bacteria for the gut). It’s also high in folic acid and vitamin-K, both vital in pregnancy, but with about a third of the caffeine contained in straight tea. Plus, the inclusion of ginseng is bound to give you an early-morning pick-me-up. An excellent alternative to black / green / white teas.

Best time of year to drink this:  All year round

Best time of day to drink this: Morning


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Yogi Himalaya – Confusing but Nice

Yogi Himalaya - Reviewed at If Teacups Could Talk...Brand: Yogi

Flavour: Himalaya

Ingredients: Ginger, fennel, cinnamon, anise, coriander, cinnamon oil, ginger oil, licorice

Caffeine Factor: Caffeine-free

Organic Ingredients: 100%

Price Range: £2-3

Bags Per Box: 17

Review: The smell is very spicy and somewhat unpleasant. You can definitely pick up the cardamom, the ginger, the licorice…and something else. Something you might cook with, rather than drink – coriander seed, perhaps. We’re not sure where that scent comes from – the ginger oil, maybe? Whatever it is, it smells a bit like someone put a vegetable biriyani in a liquidiser and served it out as tea.

It tastes a bit like curry, too, but with a hint of sweetness. It makes for a highly confusing first sip – sweet and savoury – but then…it sort of grows on you. It’s spicy and warming. If you came in from the evening rain on a cold winter’s day, drinking this would be a bit like a warm hug. If you want it sweeter, we also found it goes quite well with a drop of agave syrup. It’s also bound to be good if you have a cold.

Best time of year to drink this:  Winter

Best time of day to drink this: Evening


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Yogi Bedtime – Watery & Flavourless

Yogi Bedtime - Reviewed at If Teacups Could Talk...Brand: Yogi Tea

Flavour: Bedtime

Ingredients: li

Caffeine Factor: Caffeine-free

Organic Ingredients: 100%

Price Range: £2-3

Bags Per Box: 17

Review: This one has a very fake smell – strong on the passion fruit, mixed with sugary spearmint and fake licorice. The only word we can apply to it is ‘gross’.

The taste, however, is quite weak. It’s mostly chamomile, with a hint of lavender and spearmint – you can’t really taste the other flavours. The overall effect is not unpleasant, but it’s a watery drink that didn’t make us especially relaxed and sleepy.

If you’re looking for a good bedtime drink, we think Pukka Love is a much better option – it certainly smells nicer!

Still, you might want to vary your bedtime drinks so you don’t get too used to any one blend of ingredients, in which case this might serve a purpose.

 

Best time of year to drink this:  Anytime

Best time of day to drink this: Bedtime


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Yogi Women’s Balance – All Sweetness & No Flavour

Yogi Women's Balance - Reviewed at If Teacups Could Talk...Brand: Yogi Tea

Flavour: Women’s Balance

Ingredients: Ginger, orange peel, cinnamon, fennel, chamomile flowers, dandelion, barley malt, liquorice, orange oil, black pepper, juniper berries, cardamom, cloves, angelica root extract

Caffeine Factor: Caffeine-free

Organic Ingredients: 100%

Price Range: £2-3

Bags Per Box: 17

Review: Finally, a women’s tea without hibiscus!  You can really smell the fennel and dandelion.  It’s a very earth aroma, which is not unpleasant.

The taste, though, is so sweet.  In fact, that’s just about all you get – no flavour, just sweetness from the liquorice and fennel.  It almost hurts your teeth, it’s so intense.

We expect the combination of ingredients is probably good for your health, but it’s not particularly enjoyable to drink.

Best time of year to drink this:  Any time

Best time of day to drink this: After a meal, in place of sugary treats


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Yogi Relax – Smells Like Something a Fly Would Eat

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

Flavour: Relax

Ingredients: Chamomile flowers, fennel, linden flowers, cardamom, barley malt, hibiscus, liquorice, alfalfa, raspberry leaves, orange peel, rose hips, cinnamon, ginger, gloves, black pepper

Caffeine Factor: Caffeine-free

Organic Ingredients: 100%

Price Range: £2-3

Bags Per Box: 17

Review: The smell is quite unpleasant…well, gross, in fact.  A bit like off, two-week-old rubbish, or a compost bin – basically, something a fly would eat.

We’re not in love with the flavour, either.  The barley malt is so strong, which is quite odd in combination with the other flavours (flavours you can’t really taste individually, and which don’t really mix well).  Perhaps you would like this if you enjoy a really malty taste but without the heaviness of traditional malt, but it’s not really for us.  The flavour also lingers in the back of your mouth, so if it’s not your thing, it’s hard to get rid of it.

Best time of year to drink this:  Really hard to say, because we’re not fans – but maybe some people would enjoy it in the colder months, when spices like cinnamon are traditionally used.

Best time of day to drink this: Yogi market this as a relaxation drink, so perhaps it would be best had in the evening.


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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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