Turmeric Chai from The Whistling Kettle. . . . .

The experience I had recently with Turmeric Chai from The Whistling Kettle is something I would like to share with you today!

‘ This isn’t your average chai! Why? Because it goes above and beyond with the addition of BOTH turmeric and Tulsi (holy basil). A little bit of each of those ingredients goes a long way! You can see and taste the specks of turmeric and the tulsi is just as wonderful! The dynamic duo surely makes this blend of flavors what it is. And it IS wonderful!

This is a blend of black tea, ginger, and cinnamon, Tulsi (known as Holy Basil), and turmeric.

Tulsi has been used for thousands of years for a variety of purposes – from use in Hindu worship and the healing practices of Ayurveda, to flavoring in Thai cuisine and even as an all-natural insect repellent! Perhaps I should look into some tulsi for my kitchen because the fruit flies are crazy this year!

Turmeric is an integral spice in curry and I adore it! It has been found to contain anti-inflammatory compounds and can increase your body’s antioxidant capacity. Curcumin, the compound that’s responsible for the bright yellow hue, is particularly effective in preventing heart attacks, delaying diabetes, and even fighting cancer.

Black pepper, found in this tea, is often used to boost the amount of curcumin (an active compound in turmeric) that is able to be absorbed into the blood.

Of course we aren’t making any claims here because we aren’t doctors – we are just tea loving beings, folks!

If any or all of this intrigues you THIS is a flavor chai you will WANT to try!


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  Black
Where to Buy:  The Whistling Kettle
Description

What’s better than a piping hot spiced tea? Warm and spicy, this is sure to be a favorite among chai drinkers.

Featuring a blend of black tea, ginger, and cinnamon, this chai incorporates Tulsi (known as Holy Basil) and turmeric for added flavor and health benefits.

Tulsi has been used for thousands of years for a variety of purposes – from use in Hindu worship and the healing practices of Ayurveda, to flavoring in Thai cuisine and even as an all-natural insect repellent!

Turmeric, an integral spice in curry, has been found to contain anti-inflammatory compounds and can increase your body’s antioxidant capacity. Curcumin, the compound that’s responsible for the bright yellow hue, is particularly effective in preventing heart attacks, delaying diabetes, and even fighting cancer.

Black pepper, found in this tea, is often used to boost the amount of curcumin (an active compound in turmeric) that is able to be absorbed into the blood.

Like with all chais – we recommend this with milk and a small amount of sugar to bring out the flavors.

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!

Bilberry Chamomile Bliss from The Whistling Kettle

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Tisane Information:

Leaf Type:  Herbal Tisane

Where to Buy:  The Whistling Kettle

Tisane Description:

Our Dr. Oz inspired bilberry blend helps stem dinner cravings and relax the body. Wild bilberry balances blood sugar, resulting in reduced sweet craving. Organic chamomile and lavender soothes and relaxes. Rose hip gives this tea a vitamin C boost.

Learn more about this tisane here.

Taster’s Review:

Huzzah!  I am so thrilled that there is NO hibiscus in this Bilberry Chamomile Bliss herbal tisane from The Whistling Kettle!   All too often with a tisane such as this one, tea companies feel the need to add hibiscus to it.  As I’ve mentioned before, I’m not fond of hibiscus and it’s tartness or its tendency to create a thick, syrupy liquid when infused.

But that isn’t a worry with this blend, because there is NO hibiscus!

And this is actually quite enjoyable.  It has a sweet, floral taste, and because there is no hibiscus, I can really taste that lovely apple-like note of the chamomile.  I taste a gentle lavender note – and I do wish there was just a tad more lavender to this.  Then again, I love lavender.  But for those of you who are less fond of lavender than I, I think you’ll find that the amount of lavender here is on the light side.

The bilberry adds a delightful berry note that imparts that berry tart tingle in the aftertaste.  The rose adds a really pleasant touch too – not too strong – just enough to add contrast to the floral notes of this cup.  The tisane does not taste overly berry, nor does it taste overly chamomile, lavender or rose.  It has a really nice balance of all the different flavors here.

I don’t taste much from the peppercorns.  When I slurp the cup, allowing the liquid to be experienced throughout the palate, I notice hints of a peppery flavor … especially toward the finish.  In the aftertaste, I notice a whisper of a peppery tingle on the tip of my tongue, but the peppery taste overall is really very subtle, so, if you’re one who tends to shy away from peppercorns in your teas and/or tisanes, you needn’t really worry much about their inclusion in this blend.

This is a really pleasant cup of tea.  One that’s nice close to bedtime … it does help me relax as I sip it … be sure to deeply inhale the fragrance before you sip and enjoy the relaxing qualities of the aromatic lavender and chamomile, this enhances that sense of calm.

Acai Tangerine from The Whistling Kettle

Acai Tangerine from The Whistling Kettle
Acai Tangerine from The Whistling Kettle

Tea Information:

Leaf Type: White and Pu-erh

Where to Buy: The Whistling Kettle

Tea Description:

Inspired by Dr. Oz and Canadian natural health guru Bryce Wylde, our pu-erh/white tea blend is designed to shrink fat, burn deposits, and prevent new fat from depositing. Tastes excellent hot or iced. The rich smoothness of pu-erh is contrasted with delicate notes of white tea, and accentuated with acai, tangerine, and chrysanthemum.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

My initial reaction to Acai Tangerine from The Whistling Kettle was me blurting out loud “Fruit Striped Gum!!” I don’t know if Fruit Striped Gum is available to everyone everywhere but its one of my childhood favorites! This tea from The Whistling Kettle is a spot on reminder for me. What fun when tea can bring back a good memory.

This tea has a slightly tangy note, I presume from the acai, along with a light sweetness of tangerine, that is not cloying, but helps cut the twang of the acai. Gentle chrysanthemum adds a delicate but lovely floral aspect without being perfumery.

To me however the predominating flavor with all elements combined come together in a bright and cheerful, yet full mouthfeel cup of fruity goodness! A little tropical, and a little reminiscent of fruity pebbles cereal or fruit loops perhaps.

I can not say that the white tea flavor comes out much and now and then the earthiness of the pu-erh does slip through but for the most part this is a cup of tea for a fruity flavor lover.

It provides a nice experience and I think this would be lovely to have iced in the summer.

Another thing I really like about The Whistling Kettle is how they have “flash sales” and Tea of the Week sales here.

Wild Raspberry Puerh from The Whistling Kettle

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Pu-erh & White Tea Blend

Where to Buy:  The Whistling Kettle

Tea Description:

This Pu-Erh is flavorful, mild and with an addition of silver needles, makes a great iced tea. Dr. Oz has recommended this tea as a way to help lose weight. Pu-Erh also help reduce cholesterol and great after a meal to help “cut the grease”. Pu-Erh has probiotic properties no other type of tea has.

Ingredients: Puerh, Silver Needle White Tea, Orange blossoms, cornflowers, raspberry bits and flavoring.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

I love pu-erh, puerh, pu’er, however you want to spell it. Adore it. This has to be one of the deepest, darkest, richest looking brews I have ever seen in a puerh!

The aroma of this steeped tea is lovely, earthy, but more so fruity. It smells like a beginners puerh. Sweet, tart, tangy, yet with the undertones of a puerh’s earthiness just to ease a new puerh drinker into that world. I absolutely pick up the citrus in the aroma.

The sip is surprisingly creamy! I like this! The raspberry is present but not too tart which is nice. Its sweet but not cloying whatsoever. There is almost a vanilla flavor peeking through which must be more due to the puerh used rather than flavors or ingredients added as I see nothing to indicate vanilla in the description.

The only downside of purchasing puerh tea in this form is not really knowing what type of puerh base is being used but that is okay because I don’t see this as a puerh meant for puerh connoisseurs although certainly good enough to be enjoyed by one! Granted it is not a straight tea, so some may snub the idea of drinking a puerh blend but I tend to enjoy the best of both worlds as long as a tea is good it need not be unadulterated!

I am truly enjoying this tea and it is distinctively puerh yet lends a lovely fruity and creamy note that those who would normally not learn toward a puerh would enjoy. Again an excellent beginners puerh yet good enough for puerh enthusiasts to love as well.

As the tea cools more of the raspberry notes pop out, the citrus takes the background and the puerh gives a slight drying effect in the throat. There are woodsy notes, oak moss, peat, and a slight note of mushroom. The nice thing about this blend is that it allows the notes of the puerh to come through, is not muted by the other ingredients.

I am not sure how the silver needle white tea lends a hand in here unless it is added for health benefits or a boost to the creamy texture in some way but one would have no idea it was present in the flavor.

I give two thumbs up to The Whistling Kettle for this wonderful blend! It has indeed been done well!

Wild Raspberry Pu-erh from The Whistling Kettle

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Pu-erh & White Tea Blend

Where to Buy:  The Whistling Kettle

Tea Description:

This Pu-Erh is flavorful, mild and with an addition of silver needles, makes a great iced tea. Dr. Oz has recommended this tea as a way to help lose weight. Pu-Erh also help reduce cholesterol and great after a meal to help “cut the grease”. Pu-Erh has probiotic properties no other type of tea has.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

As those of you who read this blog pretty regularly are probably aware, I’ve pretty much come around when it comes to Pu-erh.  There was a time when I DID NOT like Pu-erh … or at least I didn’t think I did.  I was even “afraid” of Pu-erh, so much so that when someone would send me some in a swap package, I’d send it off to someone else without even tasting it!  And that REALLY doesn’t sound like me, does it?  But it’s true.

Now, I’m not afraid of Pu-erh any more, although I do often cringe when I receive Pu-erh … worried that I will have a bad experience with it.  But truth be told, I have far more positive experiences with Pu-erh than negative ones.  The negative experiences are indeed very few and very far between!

This Pu-erh blend … is amazing.  And let me just say that if my first tasting of Pu-erh tasted anything like this … I would not have been so afraid of Pu-erh for so many years!  This is so good!

The raspberry notes are sweet with just a twinge of tartness to them – just enough to make it taste like a true berry taste.  There are hints of flower in the blend as well as a softness.  Soft is generally not a flavor I associate with Pu-erh so this is a characteristic I attribute to the white tea.  The white tea really offers little else to this blend, other than some visual interest to the dry leaf.  As I taste this, there isn’t a moment when I can say definitively “there’s the white tea.”  However, I don’t think that this blend would be quite the same without the white tea in it.  It adds something … a creaminess, perhaps?

However, the Pu-erh offers the majority of the flavor here.  And while it does have that distinctive Pu-erh earthiness, it is slight.  Instead, this simply tastes rich and mellow and smooth.  Almost like coffee, but without the bitterness of coffee.

A very enjoyable tea from the Whistling Kettle … and it’s a good one!