Ujaala Tea from The Tao of Tea

Tea Type: Black Tea

Where To Buy: The Tao of Tea

Product Description:

Being in tune with nature (Prakriti) also means being in tune with your own nature. In Ayurveda, working toward a harmonious balance with nature and your body constitutions – Vata, Pitta and Kapha – helps bring Ujaala into one’s life.

Ujaala is a stimulating blend of black tea and spices. It will rejuvenate and renew your stamina and energy.

Flavor Profile: Slightly Peppery with an underlying sweetness.

Ingredients: 100% Organic High Elevation South Indian Black Tea Leaves, 100% Organic Coriander, 100% Organic Cloves, 100% Organic Marigold (Calendula) Flower Petals.

Certified Organic by: Quality Assurance International (QAI)

Tasters Review:

The dry mix aroma reminds me of a pale chai.  Post infusion – it smells like a sugary black tea with hints of spice…maybe more cinnamon than the other spice types.

The taste is wonderfully surprising.  If you are looking for heavy spices – this is on the light side but I’m totally LOVING it!   There is something naturally-sugary, too, that I can’t put my finger on but it’s delicious!  It’s slightly chewy but not the chewy one may expect.  This is VERY different and I really like it VERY MUCH!

Coconut Kukicha Masala Chai from Yogic Chai

Tea Type: Green Tea/Chai

Where To Buy: Yogic Chai

Product Description:

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Herbal Properties:
– Kukicha Tea: Popular among the macrobiotic community. Kukicha is a powerful antioxidant* and is very low in caffeine, in fact the lowest in caffeine of all traditional teas.

– Cardamom: A household spice that is commonly used to support digestion without increasing Heat.* It has expectorant and diaphoretic actions. (sweat inducing)* The mucus forming properties of milk are neutralized when cardamom is added to it.*

– Cinnamon: This warming spice is traditionally used in cold formulas as an expectorant and diaphoretic (sweat inducing).* Due to its warming property, cinnamon is known to promote digestion.*

– Cloves: An energizing herb,* cloves are an effective stimulant and aromatic for the lungs and stomach.* Cloves are used extensively in Ayurvedic herbology.

– Ginger: In Ayurvedic and Chinese herbology, Ginger is known to have heating, cleansing, toning and stimulating properties.* Ginger promotes digestion, relieves abdominal discomfort, dispels chills and it is also useful for relieving respiratory complaints due to phlegm and arthritic conditions due to coldness.*

– Coconut: Coconut, says vaidya Mishra, Director of Maharishi Ayurveda’s Product Research and Development, is considered a divine plant in vedic tradition. Whenever you perform a sacred ceremony like a yagna, havan or puja, a coconut must grace the occasion.

  • This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Tasters Review:

Coconut Kukicha Masala Chai from Yogic Chai REALLY surprised me!

For one…I never would have thought of flavoring kukicha with these chai ingredients but now that it has been done I am glad it was done and I think it’s genius!

The Cardamom and Cinnamon are NOT overly strong at all…they are wonderfully content sitting in the background!  As are the Ginger and Clove. The primary flavors are the Kukicha and Coconut which are bold!

As for the aroma it’s a coconut-twig-toasty-nutty-slightly coffee bean-type scent that I have never sniffed before!

This is very creative..a unique blend of flavors  and a daring and bold move! And a successful one, I might add!! This exceeded my expectations and was a wondrous surprise!

Ginger Fresh from Herbal Republic

Tea Type: Herbal

Where To Buy: Herbal Republic

Product Description:

A great ginger tea that’s an original ayurveda blend.
Contains ginger, citrus peels, liquorice, peppermint and pepper.

Tasters Review:

Ginger.  Where to start!?  Ginger and I have a back and forth sort of relationship!  Some call me Ginger because of my Red Hair…and that’s fine, I suppose.  I LOVE Ginger in most foods.  Ginger in teas and tisanes!?  Well, that’s where it seems to get complicated!

Most of the Ginger Flavored Teas and Tisanes I have had aren’t really on my LOVE or even my LIKE list.  It seems most of the flavoring is overdone and/or cancel out the other flavors in the blend or mixture.  Sometimes it tastes too herbally or chemically or just spicy or peppery and nothing else!  So, yeah…I guess you can call me PICKY when it comes to Ginger-Type Teas and Tisanes!

Having said that…

Every assumption and thought I had holding me back from having a cup I am now completely throwing out the window! This was a complete surprise and in a good way! It proved me wrong in every way and I certainly don’t mind being proved wrong if the end result is a tasty tea/tisane!

I was so worried this was going to be TOO Gingery for me…it wasn’t…

The Lemongrass totally evened that out…both the lemon grass AND the ginger are gentle yet flavorful and pair well together! I wouldn’t change the ratio any…it’s good the way it is!

I can’t really smell the licorice but I can taste it a little bit and with the licorice and the pepper pairing they also work nicely together and are subtle…again, thanks to the lemongrass.

I can smell the peppermint but the taste of the peppermint really isn’t the flavor in the forefront…it’s just enough to be there – in comparison I would say a little less than the licorice. Maybe moreso in the aftertaste.

This is very different yet quite good and I am so pleased it’s NOT ‘run of the mill’ and even more so excited that it’s more than just ginger!

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