Climber’s High from Banff Tea Co. . . .

I’ll be right upfront about this tea…it exceeded my expectations! There, I said it. I suppose I should elaborate, eh!? Okay…here ‘goes…

Climber’s High from Banff Tea Co. is pretty darn incredible! It features green tea, yerba maté, peppermint, goji berries, safflower petals, and natural flavoring.

The green tea is a mild and mellow semi-sweet type of green. The yerba mate gives it that raw sweet pea or sugar snap pea type flavor that I always associate with yerba mate. The peppermint is…what do the kids say…ON POINT!? The goji berries contribute a plump yet semi-muted fruity-berry hint. Then there are subtle floral flavors underneath, too!

I’m obsessed with peppermint so – for me – that totally makes this overall STELLAR in my book…but…if you aren’t a HUGE fan for fresh minty-ness…I think you would still enjoy this tea because it’s not over the top or overdone with the mint.

This is delightful hot but also pretty amazing when iced, too!

I would put this into my ‘daily drinker’ category for sure! An excellent green tea and yerba mate blend, folks! Give it a whirl!


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type: Green Tea/Yerba Mate
Where to Buy: Banff Tea Co.
Description

Uplifting and energizing, this blend will make you feel on top of the world and help you reach new heights!

Caffeine Level: High.

Country of Origin: China, South America.

Ingredients:: Green tea, yerba maté, peppermint, goji berries, safflower petals and natural flavouring.

Steeping Suggestions:Use one teaspoon of tea (3g) per 6oz cup of water. 70°C (160°F) for 2-3 minutes. You can steep this tea several times and at a hotter temperature if you like it strong!

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!

Hand Blended Almond Flavored Green Tea Treat from Storehouse Tea. . . .

I have tried a lot of teas that are named some variation of sweet almond. It is always a green tea, but they all do not taste the same. Some are very much like marzipan, others are more so the taste of green tea. This one, by Storehouse Teas, is more the latter than the former. Which is good, sometimes you don’t want that overly sweet marzipan taste!

The smell of this sweet almond tea is most definitely sweet almond with slight marzipan. I added just a tad of agave though because on taste, it was not as sweet as it smells. It actually was a really decent green tea, with a prominent green tea taste. Much less marzipan that I would have expected. So, if you’re not usually a fan of marzipan but you want a sweet almond tea, you would enjoy this one.

This definitely has nutty undertones, and they blend really well with the cool and crisp vegetal flavor of the green tea. Its very light, very smooth, and does really well with an addition of addition of agave. The rose petals also add a floral tone that blends well with the other components. I think this is one of my favorite sweet almond green teas that I’ve tried! I really like how its light. I don’t always like when the flavor is light, though, but with this it really works. I would recommend trying if you like green tea!


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  Green Tea
Where to Buy:  Storehouse Tea
Description

This blend of mellow sencha and energizing green yerba mate is a restorative aromatic blend of sweet almonds and coconut. It captivates not only with its striking look, but also with its fragrant aroma and pallet pleasing taste. Sencha and mate are known for their bountiful antioxidants, mood enhancers, energy and aid in weight loss.

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Power Up! from Because UR Priceless. . . .

I put off trying this tea. Most of the time I don’t NEED to power up. When I wake up in the mornings I am ready to roll, no caffeine required. Sometimes I could use a lift during the day, though. But this has maté! This has hibiscus! Two things that I have occasionally had bad experiences with. Hibiscus is usually Iced and sweet around here.

I decided to give it a go today because it was either take a nap or do something to get the wheels spinning again. I went for it as a hot unsweetened cuppa instead of resorting to iced tea with it because I need to wake up NOW.

The nice surprise is that when the tea is really hot, it is smooth and minty! The green base is good, the maté isn’t a deeply roasted flavor like what I had before, and the hibiscus isn’t very strong…YET. I prefer spearmint to peppermint in most teas and the spearmint dominates the hibiscus until it cools. It is a super refreshing tea.

As the tea cooled, hibiscus came out more and more. That’s okay! I can reheat! And next time I will make it by the cup instead of by the pot so that I can enjoy its minty goodness.


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  Mate
Where to Buy:  Because UR Priceless
Description
POWER UP your day with the energizing duo of yerba matế (pronounced mah-tay) and green tea. Enjoy the supercharged punch of fresh spearmint and tart hibiscus. Get ready to defeat that dreaded afternoon slump with super energizing power.

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Awake from Bird’s Eye Tea. . . . .

I’ve been sleeeeepy lately. It seems with all that’s been going on in my personal life, a full 8 hours of ZZZs is usually the first thing to take a hit and man, is it ever slowing me down. So you can imagine when I saw this cute little packet of tea in my sample stash proclaiming to make me “awake!” I couldn’t open it fast enough with my sleepy little fingers.

It’s a beautiful mate with herbs galore– tulsi (my favorite adaptogenic herb), bacopa, spearmint and current. It brews up a beautiful, vegetal dark gold, and tastes brilliantly herbal with no bitterness (and no need for honey).

I can’t say I immediately perked up after my first cup, but the soothing holy basil and fresh spearmint chilled me out and gave me that nice, focused feeling of being awake without being buzzy.

Just what I needed! Now to find what else I need– a cozy bed and a spare two hours to nap.


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  Mate
Where to Buy:  Bird’s Eye
Description

Bird’s Eye is a monthly subscription plan.  Check out the link below for more information.

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Here’s to the New Year! Let’s Toast From BlendBee. . . . .

 

Happy New Year one and all!  I hope the New Year has treated all of our dear readers well.  What better way to start the New Year than with a tea that is completely out of my comfort zone. I thought this could be the year that I really try and expand my tea horizons with ginger.

Ginger and I have a love hate relationship. Until recently, I absolutely couldn’t handle anything with ginger in it. But I’ve found that  I’ve started to really enjoy ginger and even ate candied ginger. . .and loved it. I’m wondering if my taste buds are starting to change. . .

Let’s Toast is a brilliant blend of yerba mate, ginger, orange extract, orange peel, holy tulsi trinity, and rose hips. This drink has it all and I couldn’t wait to try it.

Brewed up with freshly boiled water and allowed to steep for the recommend time on the package, this tea smelled like an herbal treat in a cup.  There were definite citrus notes coming through.

And those some citrus notes came through in the very first sip.  This tea is  rich and  deeply flavored with notes of citrus with a toasted texture and a hint of a spicy twist (from the ginger).  A wonderful morning brew that gives you that kick you need to get going without the traditional tea flavors.  What really makes this tea special is that herbal flavor you get towards the end of each sip providing you with warmth that stretches to your toes. This tea begs you to brew it up, wrap your hands around the mug, and just drink until those warm and cozy feelings kick in.

I’m sure you’ve already figured this out but I adored this tea. Just adored it and have found myself reaching for it so much that I’m almost out of it. I really love the change of pace this tea offers, plus with the ginger in it, this tea fuels my newly acquired love for all things ginger. Highly recommend this one if you are looking for something new to try for this new year. This one may even become a stable in my tea stash.


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type: Yerba Mate Blend
Where to Buy: BlendBee
Description

This is a delicately toasted Yerba Mate is perfectly balanced with the Holy Tulsi Trinity (Holy Basil: Krishna, Rama & Vana), a powerfully beneficial and exotic mix. This blend has the depth of a black tea, yet it is very light and easy to drink. An intoxicating scent of orange with the subtle spice of freshly dried ginger root. It is a favorite at the Tea Hive!

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!