Brand: Twinings of London
Type: Tea bag
Ingredients: Peppermint, aniseed, licorice root, mint flavourings, lemon balm, lemon verbena
Where I bought it: Woolworths
First Impressions: I was drawn to the packaging because it’s slightly botanical. There was a group of Twinings teas that all had a similar style of packaging which helped them to stand out. On closer inspection the choice of flowers was interesting since Dandelion is not an ingredient and I’m not sure what the other flower is (I’ve googled all the ingredients and none of the flowers look like this). Still it’s nice packaging and quite calming to look at.
Why I’m drinking it: I’m not the biggest fan of plain water (I know, it’s weird) and I’m trying to increase my water intake by drinking more herbal tea through out the day. I don’t want to drink the same one over and over again so I just bought a whole bunch of new teas. I picked this one because I do experience a few digestive issues and I’m hoping that this will help calm them down. Peppermint is a calming digestive herb that has an antispasmodic effect on the gastric smooth muscle1. It can be used in the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome, dyspepsia and nausea1. Lemon balm is a nice herb that not only calms down the digestive system (for example if you experience frequent flatulence); it also calms the mind and is supportive in cases of anxiety and insomnia1. Licorice is also going to support your digestion because it has anti-inflammatory, mucoprotective, anti-ulcer and demulcent properties1. It’s a good support for your adrenal glands as well but I don’t think that‘s its purpose in this tea mix.
Aroma: When it first comes out of the packet it smells super pepperminty – this is not surprising since the ingredient list says that it is 46% peppermint. Once boiling water is added you start to get a hint of the other flavours coming through, the lemon and licorice start to become more obvious.
Taste: When I take my initial sip there is a bit of a tingle on my tongue and in my mouth. That doesn’t last as I take further sips. The peppermint flavour is definitely dominant but the further I get into my cup (and the longer the tea bag sits in there) the more licorice I can taste.
Will I drink it again? Yes – overall it is pretty tasty. Plus peppermint and licorice are two of my favourite flavours so I can hardly go wrong with this tea!
Braun, L and Cohen, M 2015, Herbs & Natural Supplements: An Evidence Based Guide Volume 2, 4th Edition, Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, Chatswood, NSW