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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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.


Here’s the scoop!

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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Farmer’s Wife Raspberry from St Fiacre’s Farm

The last tea review on my Review-A-Thon.  I hope enjoyed the reviews today as much as I enjoyed sharing the good word about these teas!

Herbal teas.  I have such a love hate relationship with them.  Being one that doesn’t really dig spiced or overly gingerized tea. .  . . I have a hard time finding just the right blend for my tastes. Being one that does see the health benefits of certain herbal blends (not weight loss), I’m always looking for blends that may help me with a few pain management situations I deal with on a daily if not sometimes hourly basis.

When I discovered St. Fiacre’s Farm, I was excited.  They offered several different herbal blends that didn’t have that overly spiced ingredient list of my arch enemy-red rooibos.  One blend instantly caught my eye- Farmer’s Wife Raspberry. This blend consists of nettle, red clover, raspberry leaf, green rooibos, and a few other ingredients- all organic.  Whenever I see a blend that has red clover, I’m instantly lured in.

Using the recommended parameters, this herbal brews up beautifully. The tea has a pinkish hue and the flavors are delicate but with such wonderful flavor.  With each and every sip, I take away this sweet honey like berry slightly tart flavor that makes me happy.  I’m a big fan of green rooibos and love the fact this herbal is the base for this tea.

This herbal blend is smooth berry from the start with this silky honey note that flows brilliantly from the beginning to the very end.  I’ve had this tea iced and the tea is just as amazing.  I can’t say that I’ve seen the benefits of drinking this herbal tea just because I need to drink the tea on a more regular basis.  Sometimes its hard to get in all the tea drinking you want to, manage your day correctly and drink all the water you need to.  But for this tea, I really need to get my priorities in order – for being a good for you tea as far as health benefits- this tea is also good for your taste buds!


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  Herbal
Where to Buy:  St Fiacre’s Farm
Description

A tea blend especially for women featuring green rooibos tea with the addition of nettle leaf, red clover blossoms, red raspberry leaf and a dash of the famous elderberry. The Farmer’s Wife Tea Blend is a lovely green tea accented with fruity and floral notes and raspberry hint. This would make a delectable white chocolate raspberry TEA mocha! On the simple side its a wonderful morning tea with a light hint of raspberry to refresh.

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Warming from Balcony Tea. . . .

This herbal tea is one that I wouldn’t normally try, but (spoiler alert), I’m so glad that I did.

This blend includes ginger, lemon balm, lemon verbena, orange blossom, orange peel and cinnamon. It is truly “warming”, just like the name. The word “bright” comes to mind when smelling the dry blend. The thing I appreciate, though is that it isn’t overwhelming. In my opinion, the herbs and spices are very well balanced. Upon stepping it up, a light citrus scent is a bit more prominent.

I find that the spicy ginger and cinnamon notes come first, followed by a touch of citrus. To be honest, most of the ingredients in this blend are usually very touch and go for me. I either love them or find them totally vile. If you don’t find citrus teas to be your favorite, I recommend that you try this. It includes just the right amount of citrus to be pleasant, without becoming bitter or sour. Same thing with the spices. I found them to be just right.

It’s very rare these days that I find a tea that I truly don’t have any criticism for. I guess this tea is a bit of a unicorn. All I know for sure is that it’s comforting and very tasty! I wanted more the moment I finished my cup.

This tea is available from Balcony Tea now and I highly suggest that you pick it up! It’s a versatile blend that is good for any time of day, but with its slight spice kick, can give you a boost.


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  Herbal
Where to Buy:  Balcony Teas
Description

Escape long rainy days on our “Warming Balcony” with sun-kissed citrus flavour and a hint of spice.

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