Marshmallow Root from Celebration Herbals. . . .

I think all of us have flavors that just call to us when we see them in teas. Some love vanilla. Others might prefer chocolate. Some lean towards fruit, while others love the malt of a plain black tea. For me, and for many others, marshmallow is one of those flavors. If you are anything like me than you see it and you just gotta have it.

In some cases, especially when tea makers are trying to remain vegetarian/vegan friendly, marshmallow root is what is used. It doesn’t necessarily taste like marshmallow but it tends to give teas that marshmallow fluffiness that is oh so delightful and when combined with other components, it can help sell the marshmallow element.

This tea, steeped for 4.5-5 minutes in 200F degree water, is definitely fluffy. Soft and fluffy. Flavorwise, it is smooth and a touch vegetal but also sweet. In theory, marshmallow root has a few health benefits so it is no surprise that the herbal nature of this tea comes off a bit medicinal tasting as well. Moreover, I get the slightest bit of corn and straw, similar to what you might taste in a white tea.

Overall, it is pretty calming tea but definitely not what you are looking for when you think marshmallow flavoring.


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  Herbal
Where to Buy:  Celebration Herbals
Description

Marshmallow’s genus “Althaea” is derived from the Greek word atho, meaning “to cure.” This herb has been used for centuries. It was advocated by Hippocrates for its virtues, and it has long been used as a food in times of famine.

Native to Europe, Marshmallow grows in wet soils. Its roots are harvested in the autumn.

Marshmallow has many uses and a good reference book is helpful. It is commonly used as a tea, poultice, syrup, ointment, gargle, capsule or wash.

With this bulk package you can create a vast array of home remedies including tinctures, capsules, poultices, salves and, of course, herbal tea.

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Heavenly Hip Hibiscus from Now Real Tea. . . .

Natural Grocers had this hibiscus herbal punch tea on sale so I just had to try it. It was mean to be as I had just been reading about all of the health benefits of hibiscus tea. Although I have had hibiscus tea, I’ve only had either straight hibiscus tea or a green tea/hibiscus combination.

This is hibiscus punch, and it has hibiscus flowers along with rose hips, lemongrass leaves,spearmint leaves,cinnamon bark,wild cherry bark,orange peel, and natural cherry flavor. All of the flavors blend really well. It sounds kind of like a strange mixture but it really works! It’s kind of tart, and a little sweet with a little touch of cinnamon.

I’m having mine as an iced tea. I tend to think of and like my punches cold. But I bet this would make a nice little evening drink to warm up and unwind. Even though it’s definitely winter weather where I live, I’ve still been enjoying this as an iced tea. But I was just thinking as I took a sip how refreshing this will be on a super hot summer day.

I find hibiscus to be really refreshing when you’re overheated. Since I’ve become a tea drinker, it’s been really interesting to learn the health benefits of different teas. Hibiscus is sooooo good for you.

Here is an article explaining some of the benefits.  If you see this tea, try it. It’s really refreshing and the fact that it’s good for you makes it even better!


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type: Herbal
Where to Buy: Now Real Tea
Description

Okay, so you can’t relive your youth, but you can stay young. Heavenly Hip Hibiscus™ gets its mojo from the naturally occurring beneficial compounds found in hibiscus flowers. Whether enjoyed hot or cold, this special blend has a refreshing taste that is sure to leave you feeling groovy.

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Rhubarb Cream Soda from DAVIDs Tea. . . .

I want to start off by saying that one of my favorite things about this blend, without ever having tried it, is that this blend doesn’t have stevia in it. If you want to make it sweeter, that is up to you but this is a stevia-less blend. A rare find at DAVIDsTEA these days.

When I smelled the blend, I was impressed that the scent had an effervescence to it that captured the fizz of soda. Not sure how that’s a thing but the blend had a sparkle to it and I was interested to play with that which meant a teapop was in my future. However, I also wanted to know what this tasted like on its own so I also cold brewed the tea.

I set up the cold brew and then maybe forgot about the tea so this brewed for over 24 hours. What immediately caught my interest was that this does actually taste like cream soda. It’s creamy and vanilla and also fruity. Sometimes I find DAVIDsTEA fruit blends can taste a bit like waxy dried fruits and this is no exception and I think that is a result of the candied pineapple/mango. So at times it tastes tropical and at times it tastes artificial.

The teapop, made with Strawberry Perrier, takes this to a whole new level. The fizz of the perrier mixes with the vanilla creaminess to help really sell cream soda. Also the strawberry flavoring and carbonation flavor that comes with sparkling water helps drown out the artificial wax fruit flavor while still playing off the tropical fruit vibes. So that means the good parts of the tea are highlighted while the bad components are drowned out.

One thing not really mentioned above is the rhubarb. That’s because I don’t really get rhubarb from this at all. On the plus side that means this isn’t loaded up with hibiscus like a lot of fruit teas are. On the down side, no rhubarb means this is not a rhubarb cream soda tea and that could be disappointing for some. As for me, I don’t miss it. This is one of the better DAVIDsTEA blends that have come out recently and it is one I certainly enjoyed.


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type: Fruit Tisane
Where to Buy:  DAVIDs Tea 
Description

Let yourself get carried away with this totally poppin’ tea. With bright rhubarb, sweet apple and a fizzy tartness we can’t get enough of, our creamy and nostalgic blend will take you back to when things were simpler – and just a little sweeter. Add a splash of club soda and a scoop of lemon sorbet for a treat that’ll leave you feeling bubbly all day long.

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Orange Dreamsicle from Wise Ape Tea Co. . .

I have searched and for the most part in vain- for a tea that tasted like an orange dreamsicle.  Growing up, that was my favorite summer treat so to have a tea to remember those summer childhood memories without the calories, well that would be just dandy!

Upon first sniff, this tea smells all sorts of citrus and vanilla.  I couldn’t wait to see if the sweet alluring aromas matched how this tea would taste.

Brewed with fresh prepped water and allowed to brew for about 5 minutes, I eagerly took my first sip and WOW! This tea pops of fresh orange and vanilla creamy like notes with this gorgeous herbaceous undertone.  First you get a true orange flavor, nothing artificial or chemical tasting, with this swirling lush vanilla twist with this chamomile herbal finish.  Sip after beautiful sip, this tea is perfection in a cup!

This tea tastes exactly like it should with a name like Orange Dreamsicle with a chamomile finish that I’m adoring.  If you haven’t experienced teas from Wise Ape Tea, I highly encourage you to.  Their teas are fresh, full of flavor, and are good for you.   Each blend has special herbs and inclusions that help make these teas more like what I consider wellness teas.  A lot of these teas in this category really do not have the best flavor, but these blends just hit the spot. Plus, these teas all benefit different charities with how Wise Ape Tea Co pays it forward.

I’ve always been a big fan of their Chocolate Hustle and now with the new teas added to the line up, I adore them even  more!  I can’t wait to cold brew this delight for those hot summer days right around the corner.


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  Herbal
Where to Buy:  Wise Ape Tea Co.
Description

A dreamy blend of chamomile flowers with subtle hints of orange and cream, combined with adaptogenic super-herbs to support your nightly zen. This relaxing elixir is designed to calm the mind, ease the body, and help you sink into a restorative night’s sleep.

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Sweet Peppermint in the Shape of a Heart from Tea Drops. . .

I got a sample of Sweet Peppermint from Tea Drops in some teamail from a friend.  Most of the tea I drink for fun or for reviews are loose leaf teas, with the occasional bagged tea as well.  I personally haven’t tried many instant teas, so at first I was a bit baffled with the right way to brew this sample from Tea Drops.  Simply put the tea-cake into hot water and stir. How easy is that?

Let me draw attention to the adorable fact that this Sweet Peppermint sample came pressed into the shape of a heart.  The cuteness of this tea-cake is the essential detail here, and is what makes these Tea Drops teas such cute gift ideas. They have other shapes like stars and flowers as well as the heart shape I tried.

Brewed this tea is mildly minty, very sugar and sweet, with some creamy vanilla tones.  The little compressed tea-cakes might be an easy solution to brewing tea on the go. Consider stashing a few of these in your desk at work for when the going gets tough and you only have a mug around for tea-brewing.

As a tea, this blend is okay.  The cuteness of the presentation is its true benefit and enjoyment. Definitely worth a try for the novelty of their super-cute tea-cakes.


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type: Herbal
Where to Buy: Tea Drops
Description:

A fuller bodied Peppermint tea experience that’s refreshing to the senses with a kick of genuine spearmint. Naturally caffeine-free, this is the perfect anytime tea – morning, day, or night.

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