Product Type: Teapigs Tea
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Teapigs Liquorice and Peppermint Tea
Member Name: charby
Teapigs Liquorice and Peppermint Tea
Advantages: Delicious tea, brilliant for a treat, natural and healthy
Disadvantages: Can be a bit sickly after a couple of cups
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.
Summary: Great tea
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