Tuesday 10 January 2012

Tea that's not tea

In the quest for "interesting things to drink" that aren't alcoholic and in a half-baked investigation of Not Drinking Tea, I had a bit of a taste of some herbal infusions.

To be honest, I've always found herbal infusions to be pathetic and disappointing.  They always smell great and then taste of naff all.  So I wasn't expecting a whole lot when I bought some TeaPigs - Liquorice and Mint tea.  I'd bought some for my mother for her birthday last year and I'd been recommended that liquorice tea might be good for some little imbalances in my overall well-being (more on this one later) so I picked that rather than a more traditional peppermint or camomile.

And thank god I did.  The first taste test, I brewed a cup for 5 minutes or so and had a sniff.  It smelled pretty darned good, to be honest, but then I've been lured by a good smelling herbal infusion before.  I took a sip and the first second confirmed my prejudice from before; bland, pathetic, wishy wash.... ohgod!  Suddenly sweet!  And minty!  And really rather tasty.  After the first split second of the watery, mildness, I was pretty blown away by the flavour.  But after the first cup, despite being surprised by the power of this infusion, I wasn't fussed about having any more again.

The second cup I had a day or two later was just as good.  Then the next day, in a meeting, I found myself fancying a cup.

The short of it is, it's good.  I like it.  Like it enough to go through the same process again with the Lemon and Ginger flavour.  Less of an initial success so far than the Liquorice and Mint, but I think it might grow on me.  Next on the list is Super Fruit and I have high hopes for that one.  TeaPigs, so far, really quite rock!


  1. i bought the taster boxes for xmas pressies this year as i luv them so much. my fave is the white tea with a shark on the front. superior teas!!!

  2. I've sampled a few flavours of TeaPigs courtesy of a work colleague and I've not been disappointed yet. I must admit though, I love my Chinese jasmine tea - I get through it by the bucketful.

  3. I can highly recommend the teapigs teapot (http://www.teapigs.co.uk/teaware/teapots/teapigs_teapot.htm) which is awesome and fantastic and can come in some rather funky colours, too. Or at least the ones in the tea shop/cafe in Straford-upon-Avon were.