A Different Type of Chamomile Tea! Happy from Wild Leaf Active Teas

Welcome to Leah’s Tour of Decaf! Today’s pick is Happy by Wild Leaf Active Teas. The irony of drinking an “active tea” on a day I have no plans to hit the gym is not lost upon me. But I’m still not going.

Let’s talk about its contents and vibe! I love whoever wrote the copy for this blend; and I honestly am not sure I can do better. The tagline for it is “Take us to your happy mug. We’ll take you to your happy place.” The blend & ingredients are described thus: “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.”

And I must tell you: YUM. This is like a happy orchard with blooms and lemons and cascading dapples of afternoon hazy sunlight.

This blend has chamomile in it. Chamomile usually makes me sad, but the other flavors are happily taking center stage! They prop it up in deliciousness. Chamomile fans can be comforted that it’s in there; chamomile haters can be overjoyed that it’s a minor player.

I gave some of this to my caffeine-free-tea-loving coworker, and she was thrilled to finally have a chamomile tea that, and I quote, “doesn’t taste like bathwater.” She sometimes has tummy aches, and chamomile helps a lot, but its flavor is dissatisfying. She liked this sample and made off with the rest of it.

That’s 2 out of 2 thumbs up for this tea. Give it a whirl, any time of day!


Here’s the scoop!

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

Stress and anxiety-busting tulsi and calming chamomile create this bright and flavourful blend designed to help you be in your best mood, no matter what is thrown your way today. Sit back, sip this tea and then get back to making your way through life’s journey.

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!

An Elevated Herbal from High Garden Tea

This is another one I picked up on my trip to the motherland (aka High Garden Tea in Nashville) recently. From the few I’ve tried thus far, I’ve been super impressed by High Garden’s blends, particularly their herbals.

This one, a blend of chamomile, rose petals, hibiscus, schisandra berries, orange peel and lemongrass, is a spot-on match between flavors and the name. It evokes that warm, mulled tea goodness that I’d associate with a cozy apple blend in the autumn (with surprisingly no apple to speak of in the mix), but a bit more sophisticated.

There’s something… elevated about this mix. Like apple pie with a top hat. Or strolling through orchards in a fur coat.

It resteeps beautifully, and goes down just as well hot as it does iced. Now let’s go bobbing for apples covered in diamonds and really long, fancy gloves.

Elevated, you guys. I’m telling you.


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:   Herbal
Where to Buy: High Garden Tea
Description

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Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!

Mary chats about Francesca from Sicilian Tea Company. . . .

I’ve been hit by the mini-plague that’s been circling my world for a few weeks, you guys. I say mini-plague because truly– it’s not all that bad compared to the stomach virus/insane flu that many close to me have had lately, but still– this cold I’m rocking? I’m not a fan of it.

And to manage it as best I can, I’ve been hopped up on vitamin C, broth-y soups, and triple the amount of tea I’m usually sipping (which is… a lot). I felt it first coming on at work the other day, so I immediately dug deep into my desk tea drawer and procured this beaut. Chamomile, cinnamon, licorice? GIMME.

This isn’t my first sip from Sicilian Tea Co., and I have to say, I can definitely see a delicious thread woven between all the blends that I’ve tried. Strong herbal presence with hearty flavors and sweet lingering licorice at the end of the sip describes well all the blends I’ve tried this far, and this one is no different.

Even with the abundant chamomile in the dry leaf, I’m getting mostly licorice with a hint of cinnamon. Which isn’t a bad thing, don’t get me wrong! I loved the naturally-sweet-hint-of-spice flavors that came through, the perfect remedy for my sniffles and sore throat. I wish I would’ve been able to detect just a touch more of the lavender and chamomile, but even then, this is definitely a blend I’ll be picking up again.

Especially if this plague sticks around any longer. Drowning sniffles in endless cups of tea is a tried-and-true home remedy, right?


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  Herbal
Where to Buy:  Sicilian Tea Company
Description

Don’t go to bed alone. Take this cup of chamomile with you.

Naturally caffeine free, this chamomile blend won’t keep you up all night like some other sleepy time treats.

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!

Energy Blend from Dave & Solomons Tea

Today I tried Dave&Solomon Energy Blend tea. I had been running around and needed a pick me up. When I first opened the package, it smelled earthy, a little floral-y, and very welcoming.

I believe this will be great as an iced tea. It has an earthy taste, it reminds me a little of chamomile, but different. The best way I can describe it is if chamomile and Rooibos had a little tea baby. The taste is nice and light, no sweetener needed.

The best part about this tea is how I feel. I wouldn’t say I feel energized as much as I feel calm and alert. And tranquil, but not sleepy. I will be making more of this, and trying it over ice for sure. It feels perfect for these last warm days of summer.


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type: Black/Herbal Tea
Where to Buy: Dave & Solomons Tea

Description

Get up and go with an invigorating cup of Energy . Energy, is a great tea to start your day, after meals, or to fight off that sluggish afternoon. Energy, has a robust earthy tone, followed by floral notes from the rose petals & lavender flower combined with a delicate citrus note from the lemongrass.

Ingredients: black tea, rose petals, lemongrass, lavender.

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!

Chamomile Creme from Yellowstone Tea Co.

chamomilecreamTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Herbal

Where to Buy: Yellowstone Tea Co

Tea Description:

Need a little time to unwind after a long day? Chamomile Creme is the perfect blend of vanilla bean, twig tea, lemongrass, licorice, toasted coconut, chicory, stevia leave, and of course, chamomile. A perfect nighttime tea that’s naturally caffeine free.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

Chamomile is one of those ingredients that people either love or hate.  I am in the pool of tea drinkers that love it.  I drink it all hours of the day, not just night time.  Chamomile blends iced are delicious and I love drinking it after a larger lunch, like today. I ate just a bit too much so I reached for this tea, hoping it might help.

I brewed this up with boiling water and steeped it for 5 minutes. Then I allowed this to cool off so I could add ice for an iced tea treat.

How did it taste? This was quite good.  This definitely isn’t an ordinary chamomile tea blend.  I love the additions of the lemongrass and the coconut.  The flavors give this blend a unique flavor.  What I really take away from this tea is the creamy silk like texture that I’m getting.  Very good.  I don’t really pick up the stevia and the chicory gives the tea a hint of a roasted profile.  The licorice adds in a hint of sweeetness.  This is a keeper!