Sad as this may sound, the most memorable thing about my Dublin holiday in 2006 was that it introduced me to Liquorice tea. I’d always hated the taste of Liquorice but, in the name of trying new things, I decided to give the Liquorice and Peppermint tea (Never liked peppermint tea either!) that the Aveda saleslady (Brown Thomas- Dublin’s most famous department store on Grafton Street) offered me. And I was hooked!
Even though it was horribly expensive- £15 (At that time, the exchange rate was 1 to 3 so I was paying almost SGD$50 for a bottle of tea…)- and I was still a student, I decided to splurge 🙂 It comes in 2 forms: loose tea leaf (middle jar above)- cheaper but more inconvenient- or tea bags (£10 for 20 bags). So far, I’ve always erred on the side of thrift and bought the loose leaf version. Although I must add that it’s meant to be organic and 100% caffeine-free… so £15 justified you think? 🙂 (In case, you’re thinking of giving it a go, the official ams is Comforting tea 🙂
So, as I mentioned, I’d never been a fan of liquorice OR peppermint, but when the 2 are blended (along with fennel and 1 or 2 other ingredients), it combines to form a very delicate, light tea- unlike the sharp taste of a pure peppermint tea- which leaves a sweet aftertaste in your mouth. (No sugar added too, I must add).
… and good for your health too?
Liquorice has been used in traditional Western, Indian and Chinese medicine- so pretty much globally recognised I’d say 🙂
However, there can be side effects from overuse so forewarned is forearmed 🙂 Don’t go all crazy with your liquorice consumption 🙂
Random fact: Liquorice supplies were found in King Tut’s tomb!
Anyway, I’d recently spotted other versions of liquorice tea on the market so I thought I’d give them a try to see how they measure up. I tried:
– Twining’s Liquorice tea (£1.49 for 20 bags on Sainsburys- the cheapest by far- and it tastes it! :P)
– Teapigs Peppermint & Liquorice tea (£4.15 on Ocado for 15 bags- almost half the price of Aveda!)
The verdict? Penny wise, pound foolish! Aveda is still the best 🙂
The Twining’s tea is nice & sweet but it has a VERY woody flavour- euurrgh 😛
The woody flavour is not as pronounced with Teapigs, but nonetheless it lacks the purely sweet aftertaste of Aveda.