Although I’ve seen Ayurveda teas around, this was my first experience with the therapeutic style from India, meant to balance my doshas and perk me up without caffeine.
It was fairly late but I needed a little energy boost to get me through the rest of my homework. I thought it would be a perfect time to try an herbal. Hello, Bright Eyed. The dry blend gave off a cheerful, earthen scent like a dusty sunrise. I measured half the recommended amount because this had much shorter brew time than I expected. I had a feeling it’d be powerful.
The infusion came out unabashedly marigold, despite the turmeric having tinted my gravity strainer. It’s really made of strong stuff! And it certainly smells healthy. There’s a hint of licorice, perhaps that’s the sarsaparilla? Initially the turmeric tasted tart, though not very astringent, with a subtle tingling aftertaste from the ginger. I added a spoonful of honey, which is how I normally drink my teas, and it definitely let the mellower cinnamon shine through. Overall, this was a light bodied tea with a well rounded spicy taste.
I ended up staying Alert much later than I meant to, but I learned from this…I will definitely never underestimate herbal teas again!
Here’s the scoop!
Leaf Type: Herbal
Where to Buy: Art of Tea
An invigorating blend of turmeric, ginger and other fragrant spices, this tea draws from Ayurvedic principles to energize and awaken your mind and body–all without caffeine! This autumnal tisane brews to a beautiful copper hue and can be enjoyed year round, and at any time of day.
Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!
As an adult, I spent 3 years living in China and Japan where I learned about green, white, oolong, and pu'er teas origins. I was even prescribed traditional medicinal teas while I was there and that's a taste you don't soon forget! But it didn't scare me away from herbals - I really like cold brewing rooibos and tisanes now because I can share them with my toddler.
I am back in school to become a geologist and eventually will work in sustainable agriculture to ensure the teas I love are always in bloom 😉 but those textbooks can be difficult to get through without a strong cuppa. When I'm not studying, I love pairing my teas with salted caramel macaroons or having existential chats with my dad.
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