Root 66 Tea from Monterey Bay Spice Company

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Herbal Tisane/Spice Melangé

Where to Buy:  Monterey Bay Spice Company

Product Description:

Roasted dandelion, chicory root, and sarsaparilla root get you started towards Root 66 Tea. Creating a robust and dark infusion, this herbal tea exudes a mouth-watering natural earthiness. Good for your liver, Root 66 Tea also twists in a bit of the exotic: the lively sweetness of coconut and the slight chocolate taste of carob. With lingering licorice airiness, this herbal makes a fantastic coffee substitute or a dessert tea!

IngredientsSarsparilla root, chicory root, roasted dandelion root, carob pods, cinnamon, fennel, crystal malt and coconut.

Caffeine Free

Taster’s Review:

I’m sure I’ve mentioned this before, but I’m always a little leery of herbal blends such as this.  I’m always afraid that they’ll taste too medicinal for my personal taste, so I find myself always putting off trying them.

And I am really sorry that I put off trying this one as long as I did, because it’s rather tasty!  It has a sweet, root beer-like taste to it which is enhanced by the spices and malt.  It has a slightly roasted taste to it too, and I like how the coconut and sarsaparilla taste together.  It’s really much better than I imagined it would be.

The Sarsaparilla root gives this tisane its root beer taste.  The licorice-y taste of fennel and the cocoa notes of the carob enhance the sweetness of this cup while the cinnamon gives it a nice warmth in the background.  There is a roasted note to this as well from the chicory and roasted dandelion root which adds depth to the cup.

But what really makes this tisane special is the coconut.  I love the combination of flavors – it’s sort of like a chocolate and coconut flavored spiced root beer!

This tisane has a little bit of an herbal/medicinal aftertaste that I would define as almost peppery – it’s the dandelion!  However, this aftertaste doesn’t linger very long.  And because I enjoy the flavor of the tea so much, I can overlook the aftertaste.

I am sipping this now as a hot beverage – it is cold and wet outside and I am enjoying the warm, cozy comfort of a hot tea, but I think that this blend would be even better iced – it would be a great substitute for soda!  Just a little pinch of sugar will enhance the sweeter notes and make it an irresistible treat for the kids.  It’s naturally caffeine free, so there’s nothing to overstimulate them, either!

This is YUMMY!

Pineapple Papaya Green Tea from Monterey Bay Spice Company

Tea Type: Green Tea

Where To Buy: Monterey Bay Spice Company

Product Description:

Exotic tastes and colors create a tea that is delightful to brew and delicious to drink! Pineapple Papaya Green uses Chinese Sencha as its base, a green tea with slender leaves that produces a yellow cup and a naturally sweet flavor. The Sencha is followed by pineapple pieces and blue malva flowers, which deliver soothing and healing vitamins and enzymes. Delight in this sensational tea with health benefits to boot!

Ingredients- Sencha green tea, pineapple pieces, blue malva flowers, and fruit flavor.

Contains Caffeine

Tasters Review:

Dry Loose Leaf Scent is very nice – it’s mostly Papaya & Flowers where as the Wet Loose Leaf Scent smells more like Green Tea, Papaya, and Pineapple.  After infusion is complete – the Liquid Aroma is VERY slight mixture of all of the above.

The Color has a typical medium Green Tea look to it.

This has a Sweeter Green Tea Taste with hints of Pineapple and Papaya…more Pineapple than Papaya.  The floral notes sneak in towards the end of the sip and throughout the aftertaste.  I have really enjoyed the cups I have had of this flavored green tea!

 

Herbal Chocolate Chai Tea from Monterey Bay Spice Company

Tea Type: Rooibos Chai

Product Description:

Starting with the snappy bite of ginger and the citrus twist of cardamom, chocolate chai exudes decadence with every sip. Inherently sweet with spicy warmth, chocolate chai brings the dark richness of chocolate chips to the silky smoothness of rooibos tea. With two sources of antioxidants, this dessert tea promises to tantalize your taste buds and deliver warmth in the evening or a boost in the morning!

Ingredients- Rooibos, ginger, cardamom, chocolate chips, and chocolate flavor.

Caffeine Free

Tasters Review:

I’m not an expert on Chai by any means but I do know what I like and I like this Chai.

If you were to take your stereotypical Chai scent and add a little orange and even a little more chocolate – that’s what you will smell with this yummy creation from Monterey Bay Spice Company!

After infusion – nearly the same scent applies but add a slight ginger scent.

To this day I think Rooibos has a distinct smell but it it’s clouded in this blend and that’s ok with me. This is a medium brown in color – post infusion. The taste is pleasant and sweet but the spices are still there…mostly ginger but the ginger isn’t obnoxious. It’s surprisingly smooth and I can pick up on the chai notes as well as the chocolate and orange. It’s lovely that the other ingredients pulls away from the stereotypical rooibos flavor, too.

I must say this little gem surprised me…and for the most part – I LIKE surprises!

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