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Charbrew Chocolate Orange – Definitely Not as Good as Terry’s!

Charbrew Chocolate Orange - Reviewed on If Teacups Could Talk...Brand: Charbrew

Flavour: Chocolate Orange

Ingredients: Rooibos, organic cocoa husk, orange peel, flavouring (orange), flavouring (chocolate)

Caffeine Factor: Caffeine-free

Organic Ingredients: 100%

Price Range: £3.49

Cups Per Box: 15 (can be rebrewed)

Review: Perhaps predictably, considering one of the ingredients is ‘flavouring’, this blend has a strongly artificial smell, once brewed – like fake vanilla.

The taste is similarly unpleasant.  The chocolate is very weak, while the artificial chemical flavour lingers in your mouth long after you’ve drunk this.  Then the rooibos comes through, which you’ll either love or you’ll hate.

This is definitely not a good substitute for afternoon chocolate cravings.  If anything, it makes you want to eat more, to get the taste out of your mouth.  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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Tea Forté Blueberry Merlot – Overpriced Tomato Sauce

Tea Forte Blueberry Merlot - Reviewed on If Teacups Could Talk...Brand: Tea Forté

Flavour: Blueberry Merlot

Ingredients: Blueberry, cornflower petals, organic hisbiscus, rosehips, sage

Caffeine Factor: Caffeine-free

Organic Ingredients: 100%

Price Range: £48

Cups Per Box: 48 tea pyramids (can be rebrewed)

Review: This is one of the most expensive herbal teas we’ve ever seen!  Yes, it’s Fair Trade certified, but come on!  We only had this because we were given a free sample.  And thank goodness, because it is NOT worth the money.  We could hardly taste the blueberry; it was all hibiscus…but with a strange pasta-like aftertaste (presumably from the inclusion of sage).  It’s like drinking very tart tomato sauce.

Essentially, this is your standard fruit tea, with sage stupidly thrown in, packaged in a poncy upright bag (that won’t sink into the cup no matter how much water you pour on it, so you have to keep pushing it down with a spoon to get it to infuse), with a paper leaf tacked onto the top.  What on earth is the point?  You’re much better off buying Sainsbury’s Blackberry & Blueberry.  You can actually taste the fruit in that one, and a whole box costs about as much as one tea pyramid from Tea Forté.

Based on the ridiculous price alone, we are marking this AVOID.

Best time of year to drink this: Never

Best time of day to drink this: Never


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T2 Cool as a Cucumber – 3 Blends in 1, and None of Them Good

T2-LogoBrand: T2

Flavour: Cool as a Cucumber

Ingredients: White hibiscus, roasted chicory root, cucumber, lemongrass, woodruff, apple, eucalyptus leaves, sweet blackberry leaves, lemon myrtle, lime, melon pieces (melon, sugar, acidifier, citric acid, flavour), flavouring, raspberries, sunflower petals

Caffeine Factor: Caffeine-free

Organic Ingredients: 100%

Price Range: £7.50

Cups Per Box: 40 (approx.)

Review: This one has a pleasant aroma.  It’s fragrant and fresh, like lemons and limes.  Already, we anticipated putting this one on ice and drinking it on a hot summer’s day.

Then the flavour…is just STRANGE.  The first sip is so punchy – REALLY bitter (probably from the chicory), with an aftertaste that WON’T. GO. AWAY.  You can’t really discern any of the individual ingredients.  We didn’t feel cooled; we felt annoyed and confused.

This is one of the weirdest drinks we have ever tried.  It’s like they tried to shove three different infusions into one, just to see what happens – and it doesn’t work at all.  There’s far too much going on in one cup.  We’re marking this one AVOID.

Best time of year to drink this: It smells like a summer tea, but it tastes like something you would never drink any day of the year

Best time of day to drink this: Never


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Pukka Peppermint & Licorice – Like Drinking Sugar

Pukka Peppermint & Licorice - Reviewed on If Teacups Could Talk...Brand: Pukka Teas

Flavour: Peppermint & Licorice

Description: ‘A sweet & deliciously refreshing organic thrill.’

Ingredients: Peppermint leaf (60%), licorice root (40%)

Caffeine Factor: Caffeine-free

Organic Ingredients: 100%

Price Range: £2

Bags Per Box: 20

Our Review: This is one of the sweetest teas we’ve ever tried.  You can’t even actually taste the licorice flavourjust the sweetness.  It’s like drinking sugar.  In fact, the sweetness is so strong that you can hardly taste the peppermint, despite that being the majority ingredient.

Perhaps someone will like this, if they drink their peppermint tea with multiple teaspoons of sugar.  Otherwise, this is quite sickly.  We couldn’t finish a cup between us.

Unfortunately, we had a whole box of the stuff to get through!  Our solution was to give it away, one sachet per person, and run away before they realised they’d been tricked into thinking we had been generous!

Best time of year to drink this: No idea.  It’s DISGUSTING.  Good for digestion…but DISGUSTING.

Best time of day to drink this: We’ll say it again: DIS-GUST-ING.


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T2 Ruby Red Rosehip – What Did We Do to Deserve This!?

T2-LogoBrand: T2

Flavour: Ruby Red Rosehip

Ingredients: Rosehips, hibiscus petals, rose

Caffeine Factor: Caffeine-free

Organic Ingredients: 100%

Price Range: £7.50

Cups Per Box: 40 (approx.)

Review: Definitely a women’s tea – but not a good one!  It smells and tastes like Heinz tomato soup, but with a strongly floral aftertaste.  The perfume hangs in your mouth like bad potpourri.  It is both annihilatingly tart and painfully dehydrating.  No, no, no.

To sum it all up, we offered it to a friend and she asked, ‘What did I do deserve THAT!?’  Then she gargled with water.

AVOID.

Best time of year to drink this: NEVER

Best time of day to drink this: NEVER


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Twinings Gingerbread Chai Latte – Just AWFUL!

2-LLPGGCL1015-12Brand: Twinings

Flavour: Gingerbread Chai Latte

Ingredients: Black assam tea, ginger syrup, spice flavourings (22%)

Caffeine Factor: Caffeinated

Organic Ingredients: 100%

Price Range: £3.49

Bags Per Box: 12

Review: We really had high hopes for this being the next best afternoon cake substitute.  As soon as we poured the water on the bag, the delicious aroma of stem ginger and ginger treacle wafted up at us.  It was so strong that we could smell it at least two feet away.  We eagerly waited for it to cool enough to drink it, expecting something like homemade sticky ginger cake.

So, imagine our disappointment when we took those first sips and realised that, at first, there was zero flavour.  Then, a sharp bitterness grew at the back of the throat, and long out-stayed its welcome.  The ginger is REALLY fiery – and it builds, and builds, and builds.  You’d hope for a hint of sweetness to balance out that fire, maybe a touch of cinnamon – but no.  It actually made us cough after a few sips.

In short, we HATE this.  And when we passed it around to friends, they passionately hated it, too.  And when you check the ingredients list, it’s not even natural!  So, why on earth does it carry such a high price tag?  What is the point of those glossy posh-looking nylon pyramid bags?  Everything about this blend is a big fat NO.

Best time of year to drink this: NEVER

Best time of day to drink this: NEVER


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T2 Fruit Blush – More Like Fruit YUCK!

T2-LogoBrand: T2

Flavour: Fruit Blush

Ingredients: Papaya Pieces, Elderberries, Hibiscus Petals, Cinnamon Pieces, Flavour

Caffeine Factor: Caffeine-free

Organic Ingredients: 100%

Price Range: £7.50

Cups Per Box: 40 (approx.)

Review: When you see elderberries and ‘flavour’ in the ingredients list, you know it’s time to worry.

This is a strange drink that smells strongly of cinnamon and tastes very bitter.  This is mixed with a curious sourness that sticks at the back of your mouth.

Overall, it’s a bizarre combination of flavours that don’t go well together.  The more you drink it, the more you find yourself saying, ‘Yuck!’  The word ‘weird’ easily falls off the tongue, and you wonder if this blend was perhaps a mistake.

And to top it all off, you can’t escape that footy taste from the elderberries.  That’s why we’re marking this a tea to AVOID.

Best time of year to drink this: Never

Best time of day to drink this: Never


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