Now that I’ve had the mint and white tea editions of tea time, I think it’s about time we focus on some of my other favorite non-traditional teas – herbal infusions. Herbal infusions come in many varieties, some with and some without caffeine. This tea time features Mighty Leaf Organic Detox Infusion, Tea Forte Wild Berry Hibiscus, and Tazo Organic Red Apple.
Might Leaf Organic Detox Infusion – a blend of organic peppermint, organic burdock root, organic dandelion root, organic spearmint, organic licorice root, organic red clover flowers, and basil.
You might think from looking at the ingredient list that this tea would have fit just as well into the mint edition of tea time, and well, you’d be right. As I said in that post, there are many varieties of mint tea and this would be one of them. The tea is said to help detoxify the body. I’m not really sure that it does that. What I know is that I love the combination of flavors. It’s not just a peppermint or spearmint tea. You can almost immediately taste the peppermint, but then, the flavor seems to develop and you begin to taste all of the other elements. This is more of a minty tea than it is flowery. It is very refreshing too. There’s a subtly to the inclusion of licorice and basil. Neither is too over-powering nor completely absent. There seems to be just the right amount, which makes them extremely enjoyable. I happened upon this box when I was cleaning out my pantry and I’m so happy that I did. It’s a nice variation on classic mint tea and definitely something that I enjoy.
Tea Forte Wild Berry Hibiscus – a blend of organic hibiscus, organic apple pieces, organic licorice root, organic blackberry leaves, natural berry flavor, organic orange peel, organic rosehips, organic raspberries
This tea is a caffeine-free fruity and flowery tea blend, that is right up my alley. It’s another variety that I was introduced to while visiting a day spa (monthly visits are part of my self-care routine). This tea smells heavenly. And although it is a flowery tea, the berry components help to cut out the opportunity for it to smell like a vase of fresh flowers. The natural ingredients make the tea a pretty pink color. This tea is a bit tart, which is consistent with the amount of berries, and I’d expect that some might want to add a touch of sugar to bring out some sweetness. I find the tartness to be refreshing, so as with many of the teas I drink, I drink this one black – no cream or sugar. It’s a nice caffeine-free pick me up. I’m loving it warm, but I think this is another tea that would lend itself quite well to being served cold. I’m hoping I can find this in the store, because otherwise, I will have to order a box online. It’s that good, that I want to keep some on hand for when I want a warm beverage without caffeine and when I’m not in the mood for mint.
Tazo Organic Apple Red – a blend of African Rooibos*, cinnamon*, natural flavors, apple*, and chamomile*. (* all organically grown)
I filled my cup with water and I immediately thought that there was an apple pie nearby. This tea smells like apple pie. It seems like another perfect tea for the fall and winter months, especially if you are fond of apple pie. And this tea actually has a flavor very reminiscent of apple pie. You can really taste how the cinnamon plays off the apples. I probably would add a tiny bit of sugar or maybe even extra cinnamon the next time I drink it to bring out those flavors a little bit more. It’s definitely something to consider. This tea fits in perfectly with this time of year – apples cakes, apple pies, hot cider, apple tea. And on a side note, the rooibos makes this tea a naturally beautiful shade of red. I am looking forward to drinking this tea throughout the fall and winter months. It’s like a slice of apple pie, but without any of the calories.
These are just some of the many, many, many varieties of herbal teas on the market. Hope you enjoy these!
Have you had tea time recently? Are there any herbal teas that you would recommend?