Having a hard day? The hours at work getting too long? Did you get doused by a car passing through the rain puddle? Just need something to make you relax? It’s hard to go wrong with a tea named Smooth Sensualitea from Cup of Love. That’s a tea blend that you know will treat you right.
So kick off your shoes, hang up your coat, and breathe a sigh of relief: it’s tea-time. This rooibos blend is naturally caffeine-free, good for when you need to keep your cool or if you want to brew a cup at bedtime. This blend is all creamy vanilla bean coupled with sweet herbal marshmallow. The mallow flowers do bring a certain tone of sweetness to this tea, not to mention they look good with the cornflower blue-purple petals, a lovely contrast to the orange-brown dry leaf of the rooibos.
There’s a hint of orange in this blend, but it is mild, just a kiss of sunny citrus to go with all the easy-going creaminess. Overall it’s a winning vanilla blend, smooth, and creamy, and comforting.
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Leaf Type: Rooibos
Where to Buy: Cup of Love
A naturally decaffeinated tea, African Rooibos, has a distinctive and plentiful-tasting red leaf. Blended and infused with the sweet allure of orange crème and a heartwarming vanilla, this tea is highlighted by the magnificent color of Mallow and Cornflower petals, that steeps a smooth and delicious flavor.
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Leaf Type: Green
Where to Buy: NudiTea
Clear your cloudy mind with our steamy FOCUS blend. Rare and ancient Japanese Sencha is blended with a sprinkling of passionfruit flowers and marigolds creating an intoxicating and flavoursome cup. With a delectable blend of natural caffeine extracts, it’s a better alternative to coffee and energy drinks. FOCUS won’t give you wings but it will help you fly through the day.
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The dry leaf of this Focus Green Tea from NudiTea is extraordinarily fragrant! It smells amazing! Like wow, can I get this scent in a bar of soap or perhaps a wax tart that you melt to make the whole room smell like that! It’s strongly floral without smelling like a flower shop, because there are lovely notes of pineapple that balance the flowery notes. Lovely!
The brewed tea has a softer aroma but otherwise smells quite similar – beautiful floral notes with notes of pineapple.
To brew this tea, I used my Breville One-Touch. I measured two bamboo scoops of the loose leaf tea into the basket of the tea maker, and 500ml of freshly filtered water into the kettle. Then I set the parameters: 175°F for 2 minutes.
It’s a really tasty blend! The green tea is sweet and has a nice creamy texture to it. I like that the texture is light but there is a soft creamy feel to it. It doesn’t taste sharp or bitter, it’s sweet, lightly buttery with some grassy notes.
I taste passion fruit. The way the description is worded, it seems that it’s passion fruit flowers … but I’m tasting passion fruit. Sweet, luscious passion fruit! Yum! I also get a hint of pineapple from this. Just a hint.
As far as the floral notes go, I taste the sweetness of the rose and mallow flowers, and I taste the sharp sunflower notes.
The fruit and the floral notes are pretty evenly paired – neither is really stronger than the other. The fruit is sweet and with just a whisper of tangy flavor while the floral notes add a hint of exotic flavor to it and a touch of distinct flower sweetness.
Overall, this is a pleasant cuppa – it’s sweet but not in a cloying way. It’s got a nice layered flavor: layers of flower are the top notes with the middle notes of juicy passion fruit and the undertone of Sencha.
My one criticism – if you want to call it that – would be the addition of the chamomile to this blend. Why chamomile? Chamomile tends to be a relaxing herb, not one that I associate with being focused and alert. I don’t really taste a lot of chamomile in this, maybe once in a while I might pick up on a honey-like flavor that’s quite chamomile-ish but it still is an ‘odd’ ingredient in a tea that is to support a sense of “Focus.”