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When I was told by my doctor that I had to give up caffeine, I went searching for an alternative to my morning coffee. One option I found was Heath & Heather's Morning Time tea. After trying several herbal teas designed to give me energy, I now drink this one regularly every morning.
Heath & Heather have redesigned their packaging. The photo associated with this product is of the old design. The new package is off-white and features a large photograph of some of the ingredients of the tea. This is a much more modern and appealing design, and is very eye-catching and bright when you see it in the shops.
To make the tea, or rather, infusion as this is called on the packet, you simply place a teabag into a mug and add boiling water. You are meant to leave this to steep for 5 minutes before drinking.
This infusion/herbal tea is a lovely dark ruby colour when it has finished brewing. It has a very strong flavour and tastes like hibiscus and rosehips. There is also spearmint, lemongrass, cherries, blackberry leaves, and orange peel in this tea but I can't taste these items.
The infusion this makes isn't some weak, barely flavoured mug of hot water. In fact, this is so flavoursome and strong that each cup contains approximately 5 calories! I know that isn't a lot at all, but it's the first time I've seen any calorie content listed on any tea or infusion as most of them probably don't contain even 1 full calorie each. This should give you some idea of the strength of this - it isn't as strong as a fruit juice but it's not terribly far off, either.
The tea is lovely without sugar and slightly sour tasting, but not too much so. I also think it would be delicious with just a bit of sugar, or even served as iced tea on a hot day for a refreshing treat. You definitely wouldn't want to add any milk to this tea.
You get 50 teabags in each box, and you'll find it sold in your local health food shop, most likely. Mine sells it for £2.69 per box which is very expensive for herbal tea, but when you compare it to the price of coffee it suddenly seems much more reasonable.
So does it wake me up in the morning? Well, I'll be honest and admit that it doesn't have the same effect as coffee and that's pretty much to be expected as it's caffeine-free. I do feel more wide-awake after drinking a cup of this tea than I do without it, but whether it's a placebo effect or not I couldn't say. Regardless, it's a lovely and healthy way to start the day and I definitely recommend it, instead of or as well as your morning coffee!
Brand: Heath & Heather / Beverages / Type: Fruit Tea