Mango Chili Raw Green Bush Tea from The Republic of Tea

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Green Rooibos

Where to Buy:  The Republic of Tea

Product Description:

This exotic blend combines herbaceous Raw Green Rooibos and fragrant, luscious mango finished with a little kick of chili.
This sweet and spicy tea is low in tannins, will cool the body and wake up the senses – hot or iced.

Taster’s Review:

I really like this tisane, and I’m very happy to see that more tea companies are exploring “raw” or green rooibos.  I personally prefer green rooibos to the oxidized red rooibos.  The green tends to have a crisper, fruitier profile vs. the woody, somewhat nutty flavor of the red.  And that crisp, bubbly flavor of the green rooibos melds deliciously with the flavors of mango and chili in this blend.

The mango flavor is beautifully represented here.  It is sweet, but not too sweet – thanks to the addition of the chili.  I think that a little more chili flavor would be nice here, but as it is, I do like the way the chili cuts through some of that sweet mango taste.  The chili also comes through a little bit at the tail of the sip, giving mere hints of a tingly spice.

Despite the name of this tea, it is NOT a spicy tea.  It is gently spiced, with just enough mild warmth to make it interesting without an overpowering sense of heat.  For those who have a taste for the spicier things in life, you might find this blend a little disappointing.  I happen to be one who has a flair for spicy foods and beverages… and while I would like a little more chili taste here, I still find this to be a very enjoyable cup.   It is PERFECT for a late-night tisane, and also makes for a refreshingly different iced tea!

Cacao Nibs from Supple Skin Boutique

Tea Type: Herbal

Where To Buy: Supple Skin Boutique

Product Description:

Cacao Nibs organic and fair trade (1oz)

Large cut pieces are ideal for herbal tea. Steep 1 tsp in cup of hot water 2-5 minutes.

Add to your favorite tea or herb for a unique flavor. Couples well with teas, peppermint, lemongrass and spearmint. Preferred alternative to sugary children’s drinks. Add to spearmint and stevia for kids.
Cacao beans and nibs contain a number of components that have been proven beneficial in research. Many of these constituents are destroyed or lessened by processing (i.e. milk chocolate is not as healthy as dark chocolate which is not as healthy as unprocessed cacao). For this reason health practitioners recommend that anyone interested in eating cacao for its health benefits use raw, unprocessed cacao beans and nibs rather than processed chocolate.

Warnings: Anyone with a sensitivity to chocolate should avoid eating cacao beans or nibs. The active polyphenols and other substances in cacao can trigger migraines and cause other allergic reactions in sensitive people.

This information is for educational purposes only and has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.

This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Tasters Review:

When I got these Cacao Nibs from Supple Skin Boutique I was a little puzzled.  I have never drank them straight-up or stand alone before.  I have been eye balling them tho because the aroma is heavenly!  They smell like pure dark(er) chocolate!  Marvelous!

I decided to try them stand alone at first just to see what they did taste like by themselves!

I was amazed at how light these infused…it’s a paler-light yellow color with a bit of texture to it.   I went with the 4-5 minute infusion method that it suggested.  After infusing it still smelled like chocolate – not nearly as intense as prior to steeping but still noticeably-so.  There was a cookie-like hint of a smell underneath, too, and I like that!

If one was going to experiment and do their own blends this would be perfect to add in the mix!  It’s so pure!  It’s  Raw!  And in simple, organic form!

As for the taste…it’s more subtle than I thought it would be based on the aroma when I first opened the bag!  It was a little brothy…which was a surprise…but it did taste delicious!  There was a hint of sweetness trying to hide but there is a wonderful darker-cocoa taste that also seems to have a slight woodsiness to it, too, as well as creamy!

I’m eager to try other ingredients with this such as different kinds of tea or herbs – I think it would just be fun to experiment with!

This is a high quality product that is available for a nice price!  I can think of several things to do with this beauties!


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