I first encountered Honey & Tea at the Toronto Tea Festival, and was intrigued by their tea blends. The owner, Natalie was friendly and great to talk to, as was her staff at the Festival. Among the samples that they suggested, the Hydrate tea was one of the first that caught my attention.
The Hydrate tea, according to the ingredients on the package, is a blend of green tea, white tea, lemon myrtle, orange peel, goji berries, papaya, natural flavours, pomegranate, lime, oolong tea, stevia, osmanthus petals, minerals, cornflowers.
The first thing you will notice about this tea is the wonderful smell. Even when dry, the minute I opened the package the aroma filled the room. My first impressions when opening the package was the intensely juicy, fruity aromas. Part of it is due to the natural stevia, but some of the fruity notes were definitely of the fruit in the blend.
Top notes to me were a fresh floral honey sweetness, while underlying it I could detect some candied citrus-tropical sweetness, and some lighter floral notes at the end.
Although their directions said to steep 1.5 oz in 8 oz boiling water, I suspected that cooler water may yield better results so went ahead with a few degrees lower since the base tea is the more delicate green and white teas.
The tea brewed up into a nice golden colour, and was just as strong in the second infusion, only starting to lose some strength in the 3rd infusion.
For a sunny yet chilly weekend, it was the perfect tea to drink, while staying indoors wrapped up in a warm cashmere scarf. If all of their teas smell like this, I’m looking forward to trying the other 3 that I have.
This tea, the Hydrate Tea is part of their Honey & Tea Cleanse program, which offers mini lifestyle changes that you make gradually over 3 weeks, all toward a goal of adopting a healthier lifestyle. I was impressed by the program they have which has been designed by a Fitness Trainer / Kinesiologist, with consultation from a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and a Naturopathic Doctor.
Having a background in food and nutrition myself, I found the program steps to be quite helpful and achievable. This is not the food-less cleanse that most people envision when the word comes up. Instead, this is a program that helps you manage your food and water intake so you’re meeting your body’s energy and hydration needs right when your system needs them. If you work in an office like I do, we often are guilty of skipping breakfast or not leaving our desk for a glass of water, so a program like this designed with baby steps that you can implement (e.g. drinking a glass of lemon water in the morning), is extremely helpful.
Overall, the Hydrate tea was quite delicious and with its ability to withstand multiple infusions, makes a great tea to last the whole work day.