“ Brand: Teapigs / Type: Green Tea „
I first tried teapigs liquorice and peppermint around a year ago. I have never been a fan of healthy/herbal teas but when I saw this unique combination of flavours I thought I would give it a try.
The teabags are pyramid shaped and made of a cloth like material which ensures they don't split. You can see that the ingredients are high quality and thick.
Since trying this I am now addicted! I like a sweet tea which is why herbal teas never usually appeal to me.
The tea is full of flavour with the cooling mint taste and a sweet liquorice aftertaste. My normal tea with 2 sugars has been replaced by this and fulfils my sweet tooth.
The teabags are quite expensive at around £4 for 15 and around £11 for 40 but if you can afford it they are definitely worth it.
- High quality ingredients
- Thick bag so it doesn't split
- The price, although it is well worth it
Tip: If you cannot afford teapigs liquorice and peppermint then pukka peppermint and liquorice tastes similar.
Over the last year or so I've had trouble sleeping, or more correctly, problems with waking very early. One of the things I've done to try to promote more sleep is to reduce my caffeine intake and I've done that by drinking much less coffee and replacing it with caffeine free fruit and herbal infusions.
'Alternative tea' is big business now with shelves and shelves of nicely packaged exotic sounding varieties and I love to try new ones. This 'Liquorice and Peppermint' tea from Teapigs was one that another review writer recommended and I added it to my online basket when looking to replenish my cupboards.
I don't often buy Teapigs products because they are rather more expensive than most brands and since the bigger mainstream brands have jumped on the herbal tea bandwagon you can buy some pretty decent blends at reasonable prices. That said Teapigs do stand out because their flavours are superior to those mainstream brands and because of their ethical credentials. They use fairly traded ingredients and support a number of charitable projects. Ecologically, they use mostly recyclable packaging and although they use fine silk to make their 'tea temples', these too are biodegradable.
The box I purchased contains 15 tea temples and cost around £4.20 in a local department store's foodhall. Ocado currently sell a box of 50 for £11.45. The cheapest price I've seen online is £3.98 from One Click Pharmacy. Supermarkets are now starting to pick up on Teapigs so thhis variety should be more accessible in time.
This liquorice and peppermint variety is part of Teapigs 'Sweet treat' range and it is, indeed, a rather sweet tea and perhaps not for everyone. The artwork on the packaging shows a line drawing of a traditional Dutch windmill because, according to the product notes, liquorice is hugely popular in the Netherlands. I'm happy to believe that although I do associate liquorice (especially very salty liquorice, the type I really love) more with Scandinavia than with Holland. Teapigs also highlight the fact that liquorice is used extensively in Chinese homeopathic medicine.
Teapigs recommend one tea temple per person and I make mine in a mug, but you could brew the tea in a pot if you wished. The recommended infusion time is three minutes and this works for me; any less and you don't get sufficient flavour, though leaving the tea temple in hot water for longer than about three and a half to four minutes does not result in a stewed or too strong flavour.
Teapigs say that they use silk for the bags - sorry, 'tea temples' - because it allows the contents to move around more freely. I'm inclined to agree with that: there is an obvious difference in how the tea moves around when the bag is dunked in the water compared with conventional square bags in which the contents clump together in the bottom of the bag when put in the water.
There are only two ingredients in this blend - liquorice root and peppermint. Teapigs stress the fact that they use only whole leaf and say this makes for a better flavour. You can clearly see the contents of the tea temple through the silk and you can see nice little pieces of peppermint leave and shreds of the liquorice root. The aroma of the dry tea temple is predominantly of peppermint; it's vibrant and slightly sweet. However, once the tea is infusing the liquorice is the stronger smell.
The resulting brew is straw coloured and sweet smelling. I taste the liquorice first and am instantly transported to my childhood when I would buy sticks of liquorice root to chew from the chemist's shop in our village. The peppermint comes through later and is distinctive but milder in strength than the liquorice. This is a very sweet infusion and certainly doesn't require additional sweetener (personally I never feel the need to add sugar or other sweetener to herbal or fruit teas, but I know some people prefer to). In spite of the sweetness, this is a refreshing infusion and makes a good palate cleanser after a strongly spiced meal such as a curry. We generally keep a good supply of mint at home for making north African style mint tea but I find this an excellent alternative for those occasions when we've run out or fresh mint.
Teapigs products are relatively pricy but if you consider the cost of a coffee in one of the high street chains they start to look much better value. I do think they have a superior flavour to the cheaper brands but I couldn't justify making them my only brand. I keep Teapigs in as an occasional treat and look forward to a mug of luxury tea now and again. I would recommend this to liquorice fans and to herbal tea drinkers who enjoy peppermint tea but are looking for something new.
I used to be a bit of a green tea fanatic and always had my kitchen cupboard filled to the brim with different flavours and brands of it. Since starting a new diet, which does not allow caffeine, however, I'm off the green stuff and instead I have replaced them with several different fruit and herbal tea varieties. While a lot of these are simple fruit teas, I also wanted a few more interesting flavours, and so this peppermint and liquorice flavoured tea really caught my eye when I was in Peckham's in Edinburgh recently. I had tried a Teapigs green tea previously, which I really enjoyed, and so despite this being an expensive option at £4.25 for a packet containing 15 tea temples (their version of tea bags), I was confident that I would like it and so happily parted with my money for it.
=== Teapigs ===
Teapigs are a luxury tea company founded by two tea lovers and they insist upon high quality products. They only sell loose-leaf tea or whole leaf tea in 'tea temples', as whole leaves make better tea than the ground stuff, but whole leaves don't really work in traditional paper tea bags. They therefore instead use pyramid shaped silk mesh bags which allow the leaves to infuse properly. They do a wide variety of teas, from black to green and fruit teas, many of which are served either loose or in tea temples. While they still do traditional English Breakfast teas and the like, they do some much more interesting an unique ones, such as Chilli Chai or Chocolate Flake tea, both of which I am dying to try. Teapigs also regard themselves as an ethical company and give to charity projects in tea growing areas. More information about Teapigs can be found on their website at http://www.teapigs.co.uk/ .
=== Preparation ===
Making this tea is identical to making any other tea, herbal or otherwise. I normally steep it in a mug of hot water for a few minutes but it can equally be used to make tea in a teapot as well. Since it's herbal tea, however, I would say that it's better to use one bag per mug even if you normally have weak tea and share a bag between several people or reuse it as otherwise this tea would not have sufficient flavour. Teapigs advise infusing it for at least three minutes.
=== Taste ===
Since its two ingredients are peppermint and liquorice root, it is unsurprising that this is rather a sweet tea. The liquorice and mint flavours both come through in equal measure and complement each other exceptionally. Since it's made from liquorice root it tastes much more like liquorice in this form than it does liquorice found in sweets, giving it a much fresher taste. The mint aspect also tastes delicious and put me in mind of other mint teas which I have tried. In many ways this tea does taste like a mint tea with a large liquorice kick and one that I enjoy greatly.
=== Packaging ===
This tea is from a luxury company, which can be seen by the packaging. It's a simple but elegant design, made from brown card with a window in the front so that you can see the tea inside. It's certainly one of the nicest looking teas I've ever had in my cupboard and I am quite looking forward to buying more from them as they look very nice lined up together.
=== Thoughts and Conclusion ===
This is a truly beautiful tea with a very interesting flavour and I am very glad that I gave it a try. Since buying it I've had a cup most days and have not tired of it yet. That said, it is a pretty strong taste, and while I enjoy having a cup or two of it a day I could not face exceeding this number as I imagine more than this to be a bit sickly in a short period of time. If I want to have several cups of tea in one day I'm more likely to have one or two of this and then a fruit tea or something in between. Of course, only having one or two a day will make the packet last longer, which is good considering its relatively high cost. I paid £4.25 for a pack of 15 temples, but the website lists this as costing £4.49, so prices will vary a bit from shop to shop. You can also buy a box of fifty temples for £11.49, so you save a bit of money if you want to invest in this tea, or a sample set of two temples for £1.19.
Admittedly, Teapig's Liquorice and Peppermint Tea is fairly expensive compared to other teas, but I would say that it is certainly worth it if you can afford it. It's a thousand times nicer than cheap normal tea and, as far as drinks go, it's not even extortionate. Many people think nothing of spending £2 or so on a cup of coffee from a coffee shop on a near daily basis, while a cup of this tea will set you back only 27p to make in your home. It's also cheaper than even a bar of low quality chocolate and is a similar sweetness, despite having no measurable calories and being a natural and healthy drink. I know that many people will disregard this tea and this company for its high price tag, but I urge you not to, as for a treat it is certainly worth spending a bit extra for this tea. Highly recommended.