24 Tasting Notes
This tea is just okay. I have other teas that are more effective at inducing relaxation and sleep. I do like that this tea is organic and fairtrade, though. The taste is quite bland. Once I finish this bag I will not be buying another. The herbal blend is on-point but the herbs used are past their storage prime and are weak. Steeped 1 tbsp in a stainless steel teaball with boiling water for 10-15 minutes, drank plain.
Carytown Teas description of this tea : Organic Valerian Root -several studies in adults suggest that Valerian improves the quality of sleep and reduces the time to fall asleep (sleep latency). Ongoing nightly use may be more effective than single-dose use, with increasing effects over 4 weeks. Better effects have been found in poor sleepers. Organic Bulgarian Lemon Balm has effective sedative action and has been used for years in folk medicine to relaxation. Organic Green Rooibos has a soothing affect on the central nervous system. Organic Egyptian Chamomile contains a flavanoid called Chrysin which is the chemical attributed to its ability to relieve anxiety and promote sleep. Organic Fennel helps with a variety of sleep disorders, Organic Peppermint proves beneficial to reduce sleep deprivation, job stress, headache and fatigue that one feels on a regular basis, Organic St. John’s Wort promotes restful sleep and, unlike conventional medications, rather than interfere with dreaming, actually enhances it.
I will agree somewhat with a previous user on the taste of this tea – someone described the taste as “spicy bubblegum” – it tastes like bubblegum (and not in a good way) but is not that spicy. Let me explain my reference for what I think is spicy – I grow my own fresh thai, cayenne, habanero, anaheim and jalapeno peppers at home in my garden. I am a big fan of spicy things in general. I had high hopes for this tea, but after trying it I looked more closely at the ingredients ( green tea, green & roasted maté, South African rooibos, rosebuds, blossoms (safflower, marigold, peony, and cornflower), ginseng root, chili peppers, carrot flakes, mango and pineapple cubes (mango, pineapple, sugar), mango and pineapple flakes, dried orange and tangerine pieces, dried strawberry, almond and other flavoring ) and was truly saddened to see that although it had so many wonderful -sounding ingredients none of them really shone through. Was also miffed that it did not specifically state what kind of chiles were in the tea – chiles have varying levels of spice depending on the variety. Steeped with boiling water for 8-10 minutes.
This Organic Weightless Cranberry tea is what I always use right after my period or during times of extreme inflammation (or when I’ve had too much IV fluid after a surgery) to eliminate water weight. For use by women and men.
Do not use if pregnant or breastfeeding, have a kidney disease, are under 12, or are dehydrated (as per instructions on box). The description this tea (created by another user) needs to be updated but I cannot do that until my acct is a month old, so here are the updated ingredients until I can edit it : organic fennel fruit, organic red clover, organic uva ursi leaf, organic parsley leaf, organic cleavers herb, organic hibiscus flower, organic roasted chicory root, organic cranberry fruit, organic stevia leaf. As per box instructions I use just boiled water and steep 10-15 mins, drinking 3 cups a day for 2-3 days. If you are trying to lose weight in general this tea is not for you, it is only meant to be used for relief of temporary water weight bloat.
The flavor of this tea is pleasant. The cranberry and hibiscus are the strongest tastes, giving a pleasantly tart fruit flavor. This taste intermingles with the anise flavor from the fennel, and the sweetness of the stevia to create a delicious cuppa that you will want to drink more often that you should haha. But is best to only drink it when you need to as per box instructions, as these herbs are very potent. The tea is ruby red in color and is very pretty to look at. A mainstay in my cupboard.
Very savory flavor. No bitterness. Steeped for 3 minutes, at boiling. Added some Himalayan pink salt as I usually do to my savory teas -it enhances the seaweed flavor and helps with any bitterness. I would like to re-try this tea when I get another smart tea kettle. Mine broke just before starting this acct so I don’t know what temperature my water is other than boiling the moment. Bit frustrated as I have gone through 2 Cuisinart PerfecTemps -they are not very sturdy. Looking for a recommendation on a better temperature gage tea kettle or smart tea brewer. Thanks.
Flavors: Grass, Nutty, Seaweed, Smoke
I have tasted this tea multiple times and do not detect any vanilla. It is also not as strong in rooibos flavor as their Organic Rooibos. I am a huge fan of real vanilla and was very disappointed. I will not be ordering this tea again.
Flavors: Honey, Rooibos
A decent maple tea. The aroma has a nice amount of maple, and the taste has less but still a nice amount. No bitterness coming from the black tea. A nice malty background. Because I am Canadian and have tasted SO MANY maple teas, I am probably more critical than most of this type of tea, and I am always looking for more maple and so far I have not found that holy grail of maple teas yet. This one is nice enough that I would re-order and drink as a casual tea, but it is not “the one”. I find their Sugar Maple tea to have more more maple in it, and indeed it is the box I empty first. The Canadian Breakfast is nice if you are looking for a black breakfast tea as implied, and the Sugar Maple is sweeter so I consider it a dessert tea. Both could work for different purposes. If you are on the fence about ordering them, I would still recommend it – they are very pleasant for what they are.
Flavors: Malt, Maple
Extremely relaxing! The chamomile and lavender are equally balanced to create a delicate floral treat. The lemon balm is in the background. I am a big lavender fan and was worried this tea would be too weak since it is bagged -but it is incredible! Traditional Medicinals never seems to let me down!! Trouble dragging ratings on tablet – I steep it 10 mins or more, with just boiled water. I’ m kinda miffed that chamomile is not an option to add to the noticed flavors box.
Had this one for awhile. I wouldn’t say it’s my go-to tummy tea, however I do find it to be a nice calming tea for my nervous system if I am stressed. The chamomile is the top note, followed by the sweetness of the licorice, then the mint and ginger. All ingredients are organic and fair trade. Steeped 10 mins with just boiled water.
This brew is quite tasty and effective. The ginger is on point and makes one’s whole mouth and throat feel warm. The mint is quite calming. This is one of my favorite medicinal teas for treating nausea. Supposedly there is orange peel in the blend – I do not detect it -which is a slight let down, but nonetheless the tea works very well and keeps getting refilled for my needs. My tablet is not letting me drag the steep and temp , so I will say that I steep it a good 10 mins with just boiled water to extract the most out of each steeping.
Flavors: Ginger, Mint, Spearmint
Another of my favorites from Umami ! I drink this one as a pick me up when I need an instant inner smile. It has an ethereal brightness and floral air. The citrus from the yuzu is like sunshine. Not sure if I’m supposed to, but I smell some jasmine in this blend – a light wafting. The citrus gives it a tropical feel. I always drink this one plain – it needs no adjustments.
It’s kind of dreary here in RVA, and tonight I’m painting and listening to some of my favorite Canadian ladies (I live in the US now but I’m from Canada) Sarah Harmer, Jann Arden, Sarah Slean, Chantal Kreviazuk , Be Good Tanyas, Alanis Morisette, K.D. Lang, Sarah McLaughlan, Feist :) Getting my old Lilith Fair vibes on – yes, I went to Lilith Fair, and yes, I’ve always been an earth mama.
Flavors: Citrus, Floral, Jasmine, Tropical