Chocolate Hustle from Wise Ape. . . . .

My introduction to Wise Ape’s Chocolate Hustle tea was a sister suggesting we brew it cold, in coconut milk… all of which I had no idea was even possible but wow, such a great idea for lazy mornings!!! This has since overturned my ugh totally “basic” hot water regimen. I was tempted this morning to liven up my bland, healthy cereal by putting it in here, but the scientist in me needed to have a control group first before I went too far down the rabbit hole testing the bounds of FLAVOR! (Cue that stoned cook from Blake Lively’s movie, Acceptance.)

Overnight the creamy liquid turned cocoa colored,  though I saw no obvious powders in the sachet, a la the matcha plus tea leaves trend. It also definitely smells like chocolate but tastes more earthy with a hint of true mint. Oh, it’s a maté blend, that explains it. I bet hot brewed in milk would perk up more flavor. The sweet coconut taste seems to overpower some of the other flavors, let’s see what else is in here. Oh chicory goodness! Hmmm ashwagandha… but I didn’t dislike it like other mind boosting teas. Stevia?! That normally tastes “off” with chocolate recipes but I don’t notice that in this concoction.

I can’t say I necessarily felt Planet of the Apes wiser, but it did boost my alertness during my carb-coma 3 hour block of post-lunch Biology slide shows! I’m learning our bodies can be unpredictable, but fortunately advances in science can help us live full, worthwhile lives. Another great note: A portion of their profits is donated to the brain tumor society. I HIGHLY recommend trying this tea, and that’s not the cook from Acceptance talking again.


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type: Yerba Maté
Where to Buy: Wise Ape

Roasted yerba mate tea with hints of chocolate and mint, blended together with natural brain boosting herbs. Designed to heighten your focus, energy, and clarity.

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Happy from Wild Leaf Active Teas

Happy blend from Wild Leaf Active Teas is described as a stress-buster meant to lift your mood and brighten your day. This herbal blend features chamomile, rose petals, and lemon myrtle as the main flavor profiles though there are other ingredients like tulsi basil as well.

This tea is driven by its chamomile base, with lots of gentle lemon-honey herbal flavors, made even sweeter with a bit of stevia in the blend.  The rose petals are gentle, much to my relief, and add just a breeze of floral tones without getting too much like perfume.

I detect a some of the greener and earthier undertones from the tulsi basil, though I might have missed it if I weren’t looking for it. I wish there was a little more tulsi to help add some variety with all the sweet lemon and honey flavor.

This is a delicate blend, gentle and easygoing.

When you want the relaxation that comes from chamomile but want a blend with a little more floral flair, try Happy blend from Wild Leaf.


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Leaf Type: Herbal
Where to Buy: Wild Leaf Active Teas
Description:

Imagine all life’s favorites that make you relaxed and content. A cup of Happy feels a lot like that. A modern blend to cheer you up or chill you out, organic whole leaf Tulsi reduces stress and lift moods while Chamomile, Lemon Myrtle and Rose Petals brighten the spirit. A happy body and happy soul makes for a happy place wherever you go. Just to be clear, Happy will not magically whisk you off on vacation. That’s a different kind of Happy. But one can dream, and we’re glad you do. Sip it in deeply. Because this life is Wild.

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Smart Tea from Wild Leaf Active Teas. . . .

I am a sucker for a tea with a magical claim, friends.

This one is a delightful green, with hints of berry and mint at the forefront. Now, I’ll be honest– I may have brewed this one up a bit too hot, as I hadn’t realized it was a green until after my water went a’boilin’. (Not my– wait for it– *smart*est moment, but I digress.)

But regardless, it was everything I love greens to be– fruity, light, grassy– and nothing I dislike– bitter, or vegetal.

Did it make me any smarter?

I can’t say for sure (and my flub on the boiling temp would surely suggest otherwise), but it was great afternoon sipping, and gave me just enough pep to make it through til the end of the day.

If I’m smart enough to know what’s good for me, I’ll be brewing this one again!


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  Green
Where to Buy: Wild Leaf
Description

Channel your inner Einstein with mental stimulating Ginkgo Biloba, Peppermint and Gotu Kola. Whether you need to tackle a job interview, a test or just figure out what’s for dinner, drink this minty flavored tea to bring out the most brilliant you!

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Daily Support from Lipton . . . .

Dear Lipton, I’m sorry.

Wait, let me back up. I’m sorry that I mostly just kind of ignore you. I’m sorry that I have relegated you to the back of my brain where you barely register as tea (for the most part. DON’T HATE ME, sweet tea lovers!). Listen– it’s true that you’ve been pretty dusty and weak for most of my life. But I’m a woman who can admit when she’s been wrong: your new wellness teas are LEGIT.

I’ve tried a few of these bagged beauties before (I particularly like the green tea with grapefruit one), but the daily support tea was new to me. Supposedly a green tea base with turmeric, Echinacea, and ginger, this little blend has ALL of the things I love so much in a great herbal blend, with just a tiny kick of caffeination from the green tea.

Now, don’t get me wrong. I’m still not seeing ANY full leaves in this bag– it’s also kind of like tea dust. BUT– the flavors here are so on point. It’s got just a hint of earthy spice from the turmeric and ginger, but a lingering hint of something almost-lemony is just a delightful balance to the brew.

I’ve admitted before that I love to keep bagged tea at my desk at work just for ease of brew (I don’t always have the time or ability to pull out all the loose-leaf stops here), and this is yet another tea that perfectly fits into this category. A great mid-day pick-me-up with fantastic flavors, portable and surprisingly complex for a company I’d previously, um, well– ignored.

I’m sorry, Lipton. Let’s start again. Preferably with another cup of this tea.


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Leaf Type:  Green
Where to Buy:  Lipton 
Description

An excellent source of vitamin C, this herbal infusion helps support your body’s natural defenses*. Features turmeric, Echinacea and ginger.

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English Rose Herb Tea from The Republic of Tea. . . . .

When I was a young, fancy single lady (okay, fine– I’ve never been fancy), my roomie and I used to love making a big event of bingeing new-to-us tv shows. We’d grab whatever treats looked good at the health food co-op (like the true early-20-somethings we were), and settle in for a long afternoon (usually into the evening) of hour after hour of tv. We’ve done this with countless shows (once, when we started our Game of Thrones binge, we thought our commentary was so hilarious that we even made a twitter account just for our jokes. AH, young adulthood.), but by far, my favorite memory is that of our inaugural-Downton Abbey-watching.

I’ve been given a few of the Republic of Tea’s Downtown Abbey themed teas to review in the past (and been surprisingly delighted by pretty much all of them), but this one may be my favorite, friends. It’s sweet and fresh (kind of what it was like to be a young, single, twentysomething, no?), and would be perfect to sip while you’re bingeing television with your girlfriends. I don’t really pick up on much rose in the blend (and with a name like English Rose, you think it’d be front and center), but there are these sweet raspberry notes tempered by a tiny hint of floral-herbiness in the background that I just can’t get enough of. I get the sense that this would be the perfect tea to brew up for someone who claims they’re not a tea drinker– it’s bright and flavorful, interestingly-flavored, but recognizable enough, and even just a touch sweet (is that you, stevia? Either way, it’s not offensive, so I’ll let it slide).

This one seems like it’d be as comfortable in Lady Edith’s hands in the garden as it would placed lovingly next to a pile of gluten-free egg rolls and organic milk froyo (what can I saw? We liked junk food.) to be consumed at your next girl’s night. Tasty!


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  Herbal
Where to Buy:  Republic of Tea
Description

This vibrant, ruby-red infusion of rose, raspberry and hibiscus has fruity, floral notes and a touch of sweetness. Inspired by traditional British desserts, this caffeine-free, luscious tea is perfect as an afternoon treat. Enjoy hot or cooled over a tall glass of ice.

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