Fruit tea haters, listen up. This month’s line-up is a sort of challenge to the blanket refusal to enjoy any tea mixed with fruit. Although we ourselves tend to be more on the purist side of the tea palette, three out of this month’s four teas are what could be called ‘fruity,’ and we ourselves are shocked at how much we love them. First and foremost, we have to admit that before we tried Thay Tea’s Chocolate Blueberry Organic tea, this month’s black tea, we were skeptical. Who wouldn’t be?
Chocolate tea is not easy to pull off without creating something that just tastes like artificial flavour. But the cocoa nibs do just that, and this tea, we believe, will surprise and delight you too. Our herbal this month is Sonnentor’s Organic Cheery Fruit Tea. It is so unique and flavourful! We like it with a bit of honey. Our…umm…other…herbal is The Tea Spot’s Blood Orange Smoothie. This tea tastes like Orange Crush! If you’re lucky enough to live somewhere where it actually feels like spring, try it iced while you’re enjoying the weather.
Our green tea this month is not actually fruity at all – it’s just awesome! Clouds and Mist from The Tea Spot (yes, they have a double feature this month; they’re that good) ‘has a compelling aroma or smoky, citrus and vegetal.’ Seriously, folks, we know this sounds a little weird. Maybe more than a little. But trust us! We are in love with this tea’s beautiful, nutty flavour profile.
Clouds and Mist
Description: Clouds and Mist organic green tea, also known as ‘yunwu’, has a compelling aroma of smoky, citrus and vegetal. Its earthy taste, reminiscent of sweet, roasted artichokes, is well-rounded, with a slight note of toasted pecans.
Ingredients: 100% Organic Green Tea: Yunwu
Health Benefits: By now, the health benefits of green tea have been well-established. Here are just a few of the reasons we love it so much: it’s been shown to fight cancer and heart disease, lower cholesterol, prevent diabetes and stroke and to fight infection. It’s tough to beat that!
Darcy, “Wonderful! Love the citrus earthy taste. I could drink this all day.”
Chocolate Blueberry Organic
Description: This blueberry chocolate tea combines the maltiness of Assam black tea, the sweet aroma of blueberries, and a creamy chocolate finish. Add a touch of honey and it makes a wonderful dessert!
Ingredients: Black tea*, cornflowers*, cacao nibs*, tea flowers*, and natural botanical extracts*. *Organic
Health Benefits: Most people don’t realize black tea comes with many of the similar health benefits as green tea, including reduced risk of stroke and heart disease, among many others. As well, black tea is said to increase energy, aid in digestive health and to promote healthy skin and hair. Black tea’s tannins are also great immunity-boosters.
Michael, “Wow, this is not at all what I expected. A beautiful black tea with a wonderful aftertaste of chocolate covered blueberries.”
Blood Orange Smoothie
Description: This creamy blend of naturally caffeine–free South African red rooibos, orange, and vanilla is herbal bliss!
Ingredients: Rooibos, orange peel, hibiscus, rosehips, apples, safflowers, rose petals, vanilla, and citrus flavors.
Health Benefits: This incredibly flavoured caffeine-free tea is growing quickly in popularity but did you know that it also contains high amounts of antioxidants? Although the antioxidants found in rooibos tea are different from those in green tea, they are still known to fight off free radicals in the body. Rooibos tea is also known to fight off cardiovascular disease, liver disease and lower blood pressure.
Jenny, “Steamy creamsicle perfume with a vibrant tart taste that is bettered with honey. Delicious!”
Organic Cheery Fruit Tea
Description: Honey brings out the ﬂavours of this original blend. Lovely natural sweetness with a hint of orange.
Ingredients: Rose hips, orange peels, rooibos, pears, quince fruit, fennel bitter dark, organic vanilla bourbon ﬂavour.
Health Benefits: The phrase “herbal tea” or “tisanes” usually refers to infusions of fruit or herbs made without the tea plant. Regarding their benefits, apart from being the perfect refreshment on hot summer days, they are also packed with vitamin C. So it’s a great way to get your vitamin C without having to eat all the sugars that come with whole fruits.
Michael, “Spicy orange, liquorish cherry taste. Original energetic blend, love it.”