Organic Royal Camomile from Hampstead Tea. . . .

Hampstead Tea has been around since the 1980’s. They are committed to biodynamic practices in producing what they sell; i.e. putting in more than is taken out. They offer organic tea with fair trade options.

This particular tea came in an individually wrapped tea bag. And yes, they spell it Camomile. Is that a British thing? Is it just the Americans who spell it Chamomile?

This particular tea came in an individually wrapped tea bag. And yes, they spell it Camomile. Is that a British thing? Is it just the Americans who spell it Chamomile?

If the herbs are fresh, I don’t detect huge differences from one chamomile to another in the ones I have tried, so a deciding factor for me is going to be whether the product is fresh and whether it is organic. Adding on biodynamic and fair trade makes this company even more attractive.


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  Herbal
Where to Buy: Hampstead Tea
Description

A beautiful golden infusion made from prized sweetly scented camomile petals. Camomile relieves inflammation, soothes and relaxes.

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!

Organic Energy Chai from Hampstead Tea. . . .

“Organic Energy Chai” by Hampstead Tea was originally “BIOCHAI” (all caps). The original bag (which I am sampling here) touted the ingredient “biodynamic black tea leaves.”

They’ve since changed their branding to a more delicate branding scheme that involves a white background and no more claims of things being “biodynamic.” Which is sort of a relief, because when I see “BIOCHAI” or “biodynamic,” I ironically don’t think of something being biological at all. I think about things that are biologically enhanced, like a Terminator/Borg situation. Like this tea got taken over by nanobots.

This delicate, sweet tea doesn’t seem like it’s going to “harness your inner energy and bring the diva out in you!” I actually find this to be more soothing than HYPE. It’s just a tasty blend that is helping nudge me into wakefulness on this cloudy Monday.

Speaking of which, I definitely have “a case of the Mondays” today. I went to the gym, but all of my usual companions slept through it, which was lonely. So I watched YouTube videos of people painting while walking slowly on an incline on the treadmill. It was the saddest workout you’ve ever seen.

Which is not to say my workouts are usually zesty, but at least if people I know are there, I half-ass it instead of no-ass it.

This lackadaisical attitude toward fitness means I am the slowest, pant-iest drag on the group’s speed of all time.

This is why I am the group’s Resident Black Tea Drinker. It’s the only thing that will nudge me into the next gear. I’d just rather be drinking tea than hustling.

I’m sure you gals understand.


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  Black
Where to Buy:  Hampstead Tea
Description

Chai comes from India where Darjeeling Black Tea is blended with exotic herbs and spices to make luxurious,aromatic drink. Let it harnessIngredients:Black Tea, Ginger, Lemongrass, Peppercorns, Cardamom seeds and Cloves

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!

Organic Mint Green Tea from Hampstead Tea

mintgreenTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Green

Where to Buy:  Hampstead Tea

Tea Description:

Refreshing and healthy, our mint green tea has a mellow flavour and cooling finish.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

When it comes to mint teas, I often find myself preferring mint tisanes or pure mint leaves (and my preference is peppermint) over mint combined with tea leaves, because as I’ve found a few mint teas where the mint has overwhelmed the flavor of the tea leaves so much that the taste of the tea is almost indiscernible.  But that is not the case of this Organic Mint Green Tea from Hampstead Tea.

In fact, the green tea seems to dominate!  The peppermint is strong enough to be tasted here, but, it isn’t so strong that it overpowers the green tea … instead, the sweet, smooth flavor of the green tea works to soften some of the zesty flavor of the peppermint … making for a much nicer delivery.  This doesn’t taste like mouthwash … it tastes like a sweet, lovely, delicious tea!

Oh, sure, it has that crisp, invigorating flavor of peppermint, and the palate feels clean and refreshed after sipping … but, it doesn’t feel like I poured mouthwash in my teacup and started sipping.  It has a lightly vegetative, slightly buttery taste of green tea … and the palate notices this immediately.  Then, the zesty flavor of peppermint is recognized.

I love that this tea is organic and fair trade … but what I love most is that this tea is more tea than it is mint!  Well done, Hampstead Tea!

Organic Fairtrade Green Tea from Hampstead Tea

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Green

Where to Buy:  Hampstead Tea

Tea Description:

Delicate and fresh tasting, our biodynamic green tea is valued for its detoxifying and antioxidant properties. Its unfermented leaves are only lightly steamed before being dried.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

I am drinking the bagged version of this tea (it is also available loose leaf), and I am pleasantly surprised by the delicious flavor of this bagged tea.  Generally, my automatic response to a tea bag is “ugh” as I would prefer loose tea to bagged tea 9.9 times out of ten.  (Note:  for that rare, .1 moment, I generally want a bagged tea because I’m in a bit of a rush and don’t have time to do all the fuss and mess of loose leaf, nor do I have a lot of time to really savor the flavor of a loose leaf, but I still NEED tea).

But, really, the “ugh” response to Hampstead Tea’s bagged teas is unwarranted, because I’ve really been very impressed with the bagged offerings that I’ve tried from them.  This tea is no exception.

It has a sweet, strongly vegetal flavor.  The vegetative flavor has a grassy undertone and an overtone that is a bit like mildly flavored, steamed vegetables with a touch of melted butter.  There is even a hint of kelp in there somewhere, complete with a savory salty tone in the distance.  Fortunately, the kelp tone is rather subtle and does not overpower the cup, as I am not a big fan of seaweed-y flavors.  With this tea, that kelp-ish note seems to work well, as I am finding this tea to be quite enjoyable.

A very pleasant green tea, and really, I expected nothing less from Hampstead Tea!

Organic Fair Trade Assam from Hampstead Tea

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  Hampstead Tea

Tea Description:

A uniquely strong, full bodied malty tea from the sun drenched region of Assam.

Ingredients: Fairtrade black tea

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

Do you ever wake in the morning, only to wish that you could sleep longer?  Of course!  Don’t we all?  Truth be told, I experience that just about every morning!

On the days when I can’t hit the snooze button, this is the kind of tea that I need in my tea cup.  It is a strong, stout kind of tea, with plenty of gusto to help me wake up and get focused.

This full-bodied cup has a rich, malty character, and takes the addition of milk and honey quite well, if you care to add them.  These additions will help take that Assam “edge” off just a little.  I find this to be quite enjoyable without additions, as well.  Very bold and spirited, yes, but sometimes, that’s just what I want from a tea.  This one delivers.

I do recommend exercising caution when brewing this tea, though.  I found that 2 minutes is the perfect time for this tea … any longer and you may wind up with a cup with a bitter bite to it.  Assam tea is celebrated for its strength and rich flavor, but not for its forgiving nature!

This is the kind of Assam that you want to have on hand for when you need that extra push in the morning!  One of the strongest Assam teas that I’ve yet to encounter!