Teapigs believe in quality tea from sustainable sources. They sell a wide range of herbal and traditional blends in biodegradable mesh tea bags or loose. I ordered a 12 tea ‘pick and mix’ box and a couple of extra packets to get an impression of as much of the range as possible.
Teapigs was started in 2006 by Nick and Louise, two tea
enthusiasts who previously worked for another large tea company. They set up
their brand to introduce the world to the incredible teas that they believed
were often so overlooked. Teapigs’ aim to make tea more accessible with a sense
of fun, sustainable materials and ethical practices.
Often modern teas are finely ground and packed into paper
teabags; the Teapigs approach is to use whole leaves, whole herbs, whole
berries, whole spices and whole flowers. These are placed in their
biodegradable ‘tea temples’ with enough space to properly infuse into the
water. They are now sold in over 40 countries and won a large number of Great
When I began unpacking the selection box, it is evident that
a lot of effort has gone into adequately showcasing their teas. The packaging
is bold and eye-catching with names and tag lines that make big claims about
the flavour and quality of their contents.
You can see from my pictures that you get a lot of packaging for a
selection pack containing only 24 teabags. However, this all adds to the
excitement and builds up the feeling that you are getting something of
The bags themselves, irritatingly referred to as ‘tea
temples’, look incredible, each one is shaped like a pyramid, and you can see
the contents through the fine mesh. They contain large chunks of dried leaves
and herbs and even pieces of fruit. I tried each one over the next month;
overall, I liked the range and felt that it was worthwhile buying a pick and
mix box. It let me establish my favourites before spending money on a larger
amount of one or two flavours.
The variety you can choose from is impressive, and there is
something for everyone. I found that some were tastier than others, and a few
didn’t live up to their enthusiastic names’ Rooibos Crème Caramel’ for example,
felt like a mug full of broken promise. However, on the whole, the ones I
didn’t like were good teas just not to my tastes.
The spacious tea bags and whole ingredients effectively
infuse, making strong tasty brews in just a few minutes. Often herbal teas
don’t live up to the promise of their smell, but I found the whole range to be
In the selection I tried were; ‘Up Beet’ with hibiscus,
‘Calm’ with valerian, ‘Happy’ with lemon balm, ‘Snooze’ with lavender, Chilli
Chai, Chocolate flake tea, Popcorn tea, Apple and Cinnamon, Pure Lemon Grass,
Rooibos Crème Caramel, ‘Cleanse’ detox tea, Guarana’ Trim’ tea, Everyday brew and Cold brew-Lychee
& Rose Tea.
Neither the Chocolate flake tea nor Rooibos Crème Caramel
lived up to the expectation created by their names and were less ‘dessert’ than
I felt led to believe. The chocolate tea had a chocolatey hint, but I was
expecting something sweeter with a ‘hot chocolate’ type flavour. It would be
better named ‘cocoa flake’ to prevent your preconceptions from being too
chocolatey. The Rooibos Crème Caramel is similar in character to Tetley’s
‘Rooibos and Vanilla’ teabags and wasn’t as indulgent as I’d hoped.
Those that stood out were; Snooze with lavender, chamomile
and apple, Chilli Chai, Apple and Cinnamon and the Pure Lemon Grass. I found snooze to be soothing with a lovely
lavender fragrance that wasn’t overpowering. There were some apple chunks in
the bag, but tasted mainly of chamomile. The chilli chai was excellent and had enough
chilli to give your lips and tongue a pleasant tingle. The Apple and Cinnamon
bags also contained apple chunks, and combined with cinnamon made for my
favourite tasty brew. The lemongrass smelled of lemon-scented washing up liquid
but had a refreshing clean taste that I loved.
Of the others, they were all excellent quality teas with some
tasty flavours mixed into more standard ingredients. The everyday tea is a
fantastic version of ‘builder’s tea’ which is enough of a blow to the senses to
keep you alert at any time of day. It was enough to make me consider changing
from my usual everyday brand ‘Yorkshire’.
Ease of use
I love the combination of top-quality tea ingredients and large teabags. It allows you to have the same quality you would expect from good loose tea without having to use teapots, strainers or infusers. These were straightforward to use and made these kinds of ingredients more accessible when you don’t want to spend 20 minutes measuring tea leaves and perfecting the infusion quality.
The pick and mix box with 12 different teas, each with two tea temples costs £17.99, a ten bag selection box is available from Amazon for £9.50 along with packets of 50 of one flavour priced at between £9 and £12. They are significantly more expensive than any tea available in supermarkets, but they contain lots of high quality, whole ingredients.
While I did really like these teas, I don’t think that the finished brew is enough of an improvement on what I’m used to. For me, they’re top-quality tea that I will keep for special occasions or for when I want to impress.
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These are good quality biodegradable teabags with a range of incredible, whole ingredients blended to create a variety of flavours. The combinations are creative, and you're sure to find some you love. The price, while reflected in the quality of the product means that for me, these 'tea temples' will only get used on special occasions.
Ease of use
Value for money
Variety of flavours
They don't always taste as good as the name promises
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