Sunday, August 30, 2009

Two Mighty Herbal Teas, Two Not So Mighty

The lovely people at Mighty Leaf Tea are kind enough to keep sending me tea samples. I don't have the heart to tell them that I have to give away most of them. I just keep the herbal ones and give the rest to my neighbor.

My neighbor thanks you, by the way.

So do I, actually. Most of what they send me is excellent, although the last batch wasn't up to their usual standards, I'll admit. In any case, here's the scoop on what's been brewing in my tea pot, of late.

Organic Detox Infusion
I was nervous at first, trying this out. A detoxing tea? Medicine traditionally tastes bad, right? I was wrong. This is nothing short of true relaxation in cup. I'm not kidding. This naturally sweet tea has a clean, refreshing flavor. I don't know if it's actually detoxifying, but it's certainly intoxicating.

5 zucchinis

Coco Chai
When I first saw the name of this Rooibos based tea, I thought. Chocolate tea? Okay. I'll give it a try. I should have checked the spelling, first. This isn't chocolate tea. This is coconut tea, but it takes coconut to a new level. The creaminess of the coconut mixes with the fruitiness of the rooibos and the spice of ginger and cinnamon, delivering a fresh, exotic flavor experience.

4 zucchinis

Rooibos Renewal
It seems that I'm in the minority when compared to the reviews of this tea I've seen at Mighty Leaf's site. I wasn't all that impressed. It has a great green rooibos base, but they lost me with the other ingredients. Each one seems like a winner, rose hips, orange peel ... but for me it was just okay. Certainly not something I'll go after when they make so many other more excellent teas.

Is there anyway I can convince the people at Mighty Leaf to offer the green rooibos by itself, like you do the red? Please?

3 zucchinis

Spirulina Stamina
There's a lot going on in this herbal blend, but none of it impressed me. For some reason I could never make a cup with consistent flavor. It wasn't terrible mind you, and I did finish off the sample, but I can't recommend it. It's actually the first of the Mighty Leaf teas that I preferred having honey with. The others are quite nice on their own. Again, I find myself in the minority when it comes to the reviews at Mighty Leaf

2 zucchinis


Flat-Broke Foodies said...

Have you ever tried yerba mate? It's a south american herbal tea that is full of antioxidants and natural stimulants. Also, a hunger supressant and tons of other stuff.

John Newman said...

I have tried yerba mate! It's one of the ingredients in the Spirulina Stamina blend, I think. There's a whole social sharing ritual, for lack of a better term, that surrounds it. I think that's pretty cool.

I've tried it on it's own, but I'm not sure about it for regular use. It's definitely a stimulant. It seems to have a lot of potential for medicinal uses and I'm not sure how some of the chemicals in it may effect the medications I take. For that reason, for me, the jury's still out for regular use.