Review: HELPS Kids For Rehydration Diets

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Thumbs up!"The combination of floral and fruity tones is well balanced, novel and (not too surprisingly) thirst-quenching."
Sophie’s Teaview: 7.8/10
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Produced by a Spanish company which specializes in herbal remedies, this tisane is aimed at children, designed to help “fix a loose stomach and replace fluids”. A traditional paper bag contains bilberries, organic anise seeds and organic dog rose hips that have been ground to a fine powder. A very delicate herbal scent wafts from the teabag, smelling vaguely like fennel. The website doesn't only list the ingredients but even goes as far as to including which part of the plant was used and their measurement by weight. Brilliant!

After the recommended 5 minute steep in freshly boiled water, the tisane brews to a deep shade of walnut brown. The aroma is still dominated by fennel notes, with a fruity undertone to them. Floral, rose petal-like flavours lead to a full-out, long-lasting anise seed finish. There are also lots of fruit notes present. Never having tasted bilberries I'm not able to pinpoint their contribution. A little research shows that they are closely related to wild blueberries and huckleberries. Personally I'm reminded of the flavour of ground cherries or cantaloupe. Lightly sweet, and licorice-like, this brew's flavour profile strikes me as fairly kid friendly. Has a slightly syrupy body, which should please kids as well.

Just out of curiosity, I tried to brew this again, steeping the teabag for 7 minutes. The results were still palatable, the anise seed still going strong. The flavour profile is less intricate of course, but I wouldn't discard the possibility of re-steeping this tisane if I was feeling lazy.

This is the most pleasant and interesting tisane I've come across from the HELPS line so far. The combination of floral and fruity tones is well balanced, novel and (not too surprisingly) thirst-quenching. It's good enough to drink for it's own sake, rather than for medicinal purposes alone. Besides, who doesn't need a little extra rehydration now and again?

— To purchase HELPS Kids For Rehydration Diets, or for more specific information on ingredients or the story behind this particular tea, click here to go directly to the manufacturer's web site.

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