Secret Weapon from DavidsTea

Tea Type: White Tea

(Fruit/Herbal/White Tea Blend)

Where To Buy: DavidsTea

Product Description:

This blend just might give you the edge you need to stay healthy this fall. It’s a white Bai Mu Dan, so it’s naturally high in immunity-enhancing antioxidants. Plus it contains licorice and goji berries, a Chinese wonderfood reputed to have 500 times more vitamin C than oranges. The best part? The almonds and cocoa nibs. They don’t fight colds, but they make this an amazingly tasty weapon of choice.

Tasters Review:

Upon opening the package this smells like nuts!  Lots and Lots of Nuts!  Almost a peanut butter type aroma.  Underneath I can smell a little fruit and even less flower-likeness.

I’m not gonna lie…I stole an almond sliver before infusing…it was tasty!

After infusion this smelled like almond but more mellow. I can also taste the Goji Berries slightly.   The white tea itself has a great clean flavor!   I can’t really taste the licorice much…but that’s ok with me…oh wait!  There it is…it’s “on the assist” and on to the aftertaste…but only a hint!  It seems to squeak it’s way in there!

This is a creative and comforting blend!  It’s fun and unique!  I’m very happy about this tea it seems to be the full package!  Good and good FOR you!

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Ginger Fresh from Herbal Republic

Ginger Diagram from Wikipedia

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Herbal

Where to Buy:  Herbal Republic

Product Description:

A great ginger tea that’s an original ayurveda blend.

Contains lemongrass, ginger, citrus peels, liquorice, peppermint and pepper.

Taster’s Review:

This is a tea that scared me a little at first.  I love all the ingredients individually, and I love many of them in blends, but having tried at least one licorice and peppermint blend that I didn’t like (and, in fairness, I should mention that there is at least one that I can recall that I did enjoy), seeing that these two ingredients were on the list worried me a little.  I mean, I love licorice.  I love peppermint.  But together in one tisane?  I was skeptical.

The flavors here are all so very assertive, and yet the cup itself is not off-putting or overwhelming.  It is a strong yet tasty tisane.  I think that it is the assertiveness of the ingredients that really makes this flavor combination work!  I think that if there was an ingredient here that was a little less than assertive, it would be overwhelmed.  As it is, the flavors here are bright, strong and vibrant.

The ginger is the first flavor I taste, and I don’t know if that is because it’s the first flavor that I expect.  The ginger is nicely accented with the black pepper, and these two warm ingredients really spice things up nicely here.  The lemongrass seems to soften the edge of the ginger, giving the cup a sweet and somewhat creamy taste.  The citrus peels seem to enhance the lemon-y taste of the lemongrass just enough to make this a very pleasing, citrus-y tasting tisane.

Because of the strength of the ginger, citrus and black pepper, the licorice and peppermint don’t really have much of a chance to come off as repellent (and that is a VERY good thing!)  Instead, they act as highlight flavors, offering just enough of their distinctively zesty flavor to the cup when needed without overwhelming the balance of the cup.

This is a tisane I enjoyed much more than I thought I would.  It is smooth but with a lively, zippy flavor that really grabs my attention.  It is delicious and sweet and quite soothing after a spicy meal (I had some rather spicy tacos tonight!)  I am finding that this cup is just what I needed after that!

Black Magic from Byron Bay Tea Company

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Herbal Tisane

Where to Buy:  Byron Bay Tea Company

Product Description:

A wicked tea to entice the licorice lovers. Combining the refreshing properties of peppermint with the tasty treats of licorice and aniseed myrtle, this specialty blend will linger long on the palate. Particularly beneficial after meals to settle the tummy or satisfy your sweet tooth.

Taster’s Review:

I have to be honest – I didn’t really like this blend too much at first.  I found that I needed to add a little bit of honey to it to make it palatable for me, otherwise the flavors were just too harsh for me.  But with a little sweetening, this becomes a very delicious cup!

The licorice flavor is strong, to the point of being quite sharp without the honey.  But with the honey, I find that the licorice is softened just enough to taste a bit like a good old fashioned licorice.

The mint is not quite as strong as the licorice flavor, and in the competition, the licorice wins out at the start of the race.  However, the mint perseveres, and there is a crisp, clean minty aftertaste.

One thing I wanted to mention about this tisane.  I was experiencing some heartburn before I started drinking this tea… notice, I said WAS.  The heartburn is gone now, and I’m only about halfway through my cup!  For this reason, I recommend keeping this tisane on hand.  It tastes way better than those chalky antacids, and based upon this experience, I think it also works better than the antacids do.

A very strong herbal blend that is for those licorice lovers out there!

Cold Comfort Tea from Karma Blends

Tea Type: Herbal Tea

Where To Buy: Karma Blends

Product Description:

Cold Tea – Spicy Ginger Mint Eucalyptus
For a cold

ONE BOX MAKES 12 TEA BAGS

Caffeine Free
Contains Natural and Organic Ingredients
Daily Use Recommended

» When can I drink it/What is it for?

– Anytime or For Cold, Cough, Allergies, On a cold day, Iced on a warm day.

» What does the tea taste like?

– The Cold Comfort tea is very flavorful with mint and ginger as the prominent flavors. The tea tastes mildly sweet as it contains stevia, the naturally sweet herb. How do the ingredients work in my system?

• Eucalyptus opens the lungs and encourages breathing by increasing oxygen in the cells. Eucalyptol, found in many over-the-counter remedies, loosens phlegm in the chest and helps to open clogged nasal passages.

• Lemongrass is a refreshing herb that helps to relieve exhaustion, clear headaches and combats stress.
Ginger is used to dispel pathogens via its ability to induce sweating.

• Licorice is the best known natural expectorant and anti-inflammatory herb. Licorice helps to soothe the mucus membranes. It also acts as the bodys natural corticosteroid and decreases generation of damaging molecules called free radicals. Licorice is commonly used in Ayurvedic Medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine. Not recommended for people suffering from high blood pressure.

• Peppermint opens up the respiratory passages.

» Are Accompaniments Recommended?

– The taste can be enhanced with lemon and honey. Honey increases the efficacy of the other herbs.

» Is it safe for children?

– Yes, only in a mild or diluted form. For children, the tea can be made using one tea bag in 14oz of water. However, not more than half a cup should be fed to the child in a day.

Tasters Review:
I’ve held off on trying and reviewing this herbal tea from Karma Blends because I haven’t been sick…but I can’t hold off any more!  I NEEDED to try it!

I thought it would be good to have right now because of the astringent tasting tea I just consumed…I thought the mint and eucalyptus would freshen my breath!

I will say this is very minty and refreshing aroma-wise!

Of course the primary taste is mint/eucalyptus but I am getting a good deal of licorice which I normally find distracting in most cases but not this one!  It works well as the 3rd noticeable flavor here!

Then the ginger pops in to say “hello” and again with ginger I am ‘hot and cold’.  I want to say I dislike it in teas more than like it BUT, again, it really works well in this herbal blend!

I can taste the Stevia.  It’s adds a nice natural-sugary undertone to this that I think helps tone down the ginger.

As it cools at room temperature the lemongrass is a little bit noticeable but it’s one of those ingredients I  probably wouldn’t have noticed in a blind taste-test.  Same thing with the Mango.  I can’t really taste the Mango at all.  I think it would be interesting if I could taste more of that.  Maybe more of that and a little less licorice would be the ONLY thing I would change about this one.  BUT…I am NOT complaining because I am really enjoying this.

If you are afraid of medicinal-type herbal teas…and enjoy mint…give this one a whirl!  This one really surprised me!  It’s quite good.

I’m having the bagged  version of this right now and it is very flavorful for a bagged tea!  The box suggested to try with honey and lemon to enhance the flavor.  I didn’t do this but I may try that in the future!

I have to say…this is probably on of my FAVORITE Medicinal-Type Herbal Tea/Tisanes I have had to date!

 

Polari-Tea Organic from Starwest Botanicals

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Herbal

Where to Buy:  Starwest Botanicals

Company Description:

Complex herb tea with licorice and fennel to add sweetness and warming, as well as ginger for hint of spice.

Ingredients: Organic fennel, organic flax, organic fenugreek, organic licorice and organic peppermint.

Taster’s Review:

After reading the ingredient list I was fairly confident that I’d like this blend.  After all, I love licorice, fennel and peppermint.

But, I have to be honest.  I’m not really crazy about the blend.  The licorice is strong – as is the fennel.  The peppermint offers an interesting crisp freshness to these sharp flavors, but, it’s just – somehow – not enough.   It’s not bad… it’s just not my favorite cuppa.

So to improve the flavor, I tried drinking it with a thin slice of lemon.  This was really very nice.  It would also be good with a couple of chunks of candied ginger.

And even though it isn’t my favorite tea, I think this would be a good tea to drink if suffering from a sore throat (or a toothache, since licorice root is very good for tooth ailments), because it is very soothing and it offers a good amount of warmth, even when sipping it as an iced beverage.  It would also be quite comforting to drink on a chilly evening because it really warms you from the inside out.

Sweet Orange Maté from ESP Emporium

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Yerba Maté

Where to Buy:  ESP Emporium

Company Description:

The popular fresh taste of fruity, sweet oranges goes well with the moderately strong, spicy, slightly smoky Mate tea. The strikingly decorated, delicious specialty is a high-grade offer for the rising demand for Mate tea. The well-balanced addition of pleasant licorice gives the necessary sweetness to this fresh and slightly tangy blend. Similarly to black tea, mate tea is stimulating with a short brewing time (5 minutes); this effect diminishes with longer brewing times (10 minutes).

Taster’s Review:

This is a perfect tea for Halloween!

But, first, I have a confession to make.  The first time I tried this tea (about a year or so ago), I didn’t like it.  Today I am trying it again for the first time and … I don’t know if it is because my palate is acquiring a taste for Yerba Maté, or if the blend has been changed a little bit since the last time I tasted it, but, as I sit here writing this, I am finding more to enjoy about this tea than I did with my previous sampling.  I guess it just goes to show that one should not judge something based on first impressions alone!  Things change, including our tastes!

Now, I’m not saying that this is my favorite tea.  But I am enjoying it right now.  And as I said, it reminds me of Halloween.  The licorice flavor is stronger here than I remember.  I like the sharp yet sweet flavor of the licorice that reveals itself mid-sip.  The sip begins with a smooth, earthy note from the Maté that is mellowed just slightly by the sweet, juicy orange.  This is followed immediately by the sharp note of licorice, and the finish is orange-y and licorice sweet.

I remember when tasting this tea previously, I found the maté to be quite harsh and too earthy for my palate.  Now, I am finding the maté flavor to be fresher and smoother in taste.

I consumed this tea hot with a drizzle of raw honey.  The honey highlighted some of the sweet orange notes as well as curbed the licorice sharpness just enough.  A very enjoyable cuppa!

Assam Jungle Cabernet from Red Leaf Tea

Leaf Type: Black Tea

Where To Buy: Red Leaf Tea

Product Description:

Wine Infused Tea***

The Assam region of India is well known for its strong, malty black teas and pungent green teas. To the powerful briskness of these teas we have added the sweet and vivid flavor of a bright cabernet wine. Heavily infused prior to drying, the full-bodied cabernet pervades the deep and dark Assam herbs, brightening a black tea that famously stimulates your afternoons!

Ingredients: Assam black tea, licorice root with cinnamon and cabernet flavoring

Tasters Review:

My mother and I used to sell candles in addition to our full-time “day” jobs.  One of our best sellers was CABERNET.  Yes, Cabernet – the wine!  When I saw this wine infused tea from Red Leaf Tea I was very eager to try it!

If you are a Cabernet fan I don’t think there would be any guessing that this is EXACTLY what this tea smells like prior to infusion! The Grape-Cabernet sweetness really comes thru in the bold aroma of this Assam Jungle Cabernet!

Once the infusion is complete I could smell more of the black tea AND the Cabernet smell with undertones of cinnamon…but not a fireball-candy type cinnamon…more like an Indian Spice – the type like in a traditional Indian Meal/Side Dish. I think the licorice tones down the fruitiness of the Cabernet…but not all that much.  It’s dark brown in color and the taste is MUCH different that I expected based on the outstanding aroma. The black tea – Assam – pulls thru and is flavorful BUT bold and the Cabernet taste seems to be too.

I have found I really like wine infused teas.  I have mostly tasted white teas that have been infused with wine.  I think this is my first black tea that has been infused with wine, tho…and I like it very much!

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