Slimming Tea by Honey & Tea Culture | Day 30 of 100 Days of Tea

. Written by leafinhotwater. Posted in 100 days of tea, green tea, oolong tea, rooibos tea

Honey & Tea Culture’s Slimming Tea is like your favourite striped shirt. Both slimming, flattering, and shows better taste – whether from the jeweled purple tones in the shirt, or the sweetness of the fruity tea blend.

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Its a green tea based blend, with oolong wu yi, organic green tea, organic rooibos, ginger, pomegranate, , guarana, senna, birch, corn, stevia, natural flavours.

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When brewed, the tea is quite fragrant with fruity, and honeyed notes from the pomegranate, rooibos, and stevia. I don’t taste the oolong as much in this, but more of the green and rooibos.

Granted, with this tea being a sample size, I didn’t get to try this in terms of its ‘slimming’ capabilities but with the 3 kinds of tea in this there’s definitely a good amount of health benefits here from the oolong, and green teas themselves. The rooibos and stevia, having that sweet note definitely helped keep my sweet tooth at bay, as it was satisfying enough drinking it rather than trying to find unhealthy, sweet snacks.

Worth a try as an afternoon tea or nighttime to fight the dessert cravings!

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Day 25 of 100 Days of Tea | Energize Tea by Honey & Tea Culture

. Written by leafinhotwater. Posted in 100 days of tea, rooibos tea

Energize is another tea blend from Honey & Tea Culture, an Oshawa based tea shop.

The ingredients are organic rooibos, organic honeybush, cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, juniper, natural flavours, guarana, star anise, fennel, cloves.

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The liquor brews up reddish-brown, with the sweetness of stevia and warm, woody aromas of cinnamon, clove and floral notes.

Since it is naturally sweetened through stevia, I found I didn’t really get any snack cravings and intead was satisfied sipping this on its own. The ingredients last well through multiple infusions too, retaining much of the original flavour through 3-4 steeps.

Due to the strength of the flavours, I think this is one blend where its advisable to use a metal infuser rather than fabric or plastic, which could absorb the aromas and be more difficult to clean. I had a similar experience with a David’s Tea blend and it was annoying to have the aroma of the last tea stick through a few more teas before disappearing finally.

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Overall, the flavour profile of this strikes me as a tea best suited for chilly seasons, and best served hot.

Day 14 of 100 Days of Tea | Spiced Apple Cider by Teavana

. Written by leafinhotwater. Posted in 100 days of tea, rooibos tea

Spiced Apple Cider is a tea I could drink for days on end. Its the kind of tea that makes you feel warm and fuzzy inside, the kind that you would be sipping on a snowy day with multiple infusions.

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First impressions of the dry blend were of the smell and flavour of red caramelized apple slices and cinnamon. This was confirmed once I added hot water. The aroma of the steeped tea reminded me of fall apple cider. The rooibos base for this tea, has a sweetness that complements the natural sugars in the apple chips.

Second infusion impressions were great! The tea is so aromatic, the flavour lasted through almost as strongly in terms of aroma and flavour. The third infusion did get weaker, but still made an enjoyable tea.

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The chunks of cinnamon are visually satisfying, and definitely contribute to the intense flavour that maintains through multiple steepings. However, it gets tricky when making a cup for oneself, to measure 1 teaspoon properly as one piece of cinnamon practically takes up the entire scoop! That aside, just be prepared to use a generous scoop otherwise you may not get the full distribution of ingredients, and hence the full spectrum of flavour.

I did wonder why the flavour struck me as being more cider-y than apple pie, even though in terms of smell, it came across as more apple pie flavoured. However after a few infusions of this, I realised the difference: apple pie pieces come across as more juicy and sweet, while the tea flavour was more similar to a dry, crisp apple – just like the ones used in cider, particularly alcoholic cider.

My curiosity is now piqued to see how this would work out in the summer as a cold brew – it may be a great non-alcoholic substitute and healthier too, without the sugars in a apple cider juice, or the empty alcohol calories!

Full list of ingredients from Teavana: Cinnamon, red rooibos, chicory root, plum pieces (plum, rice flour), apple slices, carob pieces, hibiscus flowers, artificial flavoring, apple pieces, orange peels

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Day 13 of 100 Days of Tea | White Chocolate Peppermint Tea by Teavana

. Written by leafinhotwater. Posted in 100 days of tea, rooibos tea

Christmas is long gone but one whiff of this tea and I can still feel the festive mood. Peppermint candy canes, the smell of the tree, a whiff of steaming hot chocolate…and then my email dings…and I realize it’s January after all.

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The 3rd tea from Teavanas holiday set, this tea is one you’ll either love or hate. It makes a strong peppermint tea, the chocolate flavour mostly on infusion 1 since most melt then. The aroma is quite strong, though the tea itself even at 2x strength is a tad bland with hints of liquorice.

The second time brewing this I made a latte out of it with half water half milk, and the creaminess of the dairy helps bring out the peppermint notes and of course the chocolate notes as well. It would in fact be respectable at this point if not for the undeniably unsubtle liquorice.

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Full ingredient listing from Teavana: Carob Pieces, Cocoa Nibs, Licorice Root, Natural And Artificial Flavouring, Red Rooibos, Vanilla Pieces, White Chocolate

Overall, I wouldn’t recommend this tea for most unless you fall into either one of 2 categories:

You love liquorice

OR

You love your After Eight chocolates or just about anything peppermint flavoured

Other degrees of affection less than love need not bother :)

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Day 9 of 100 Days of Tea | The Glow by David’s Tea

. Written by leafinhotwater. Posted in 100 days of tea, herbal tea, rooibos tea

If teas had a beauty pageant, The Glow might win for  one of the prettiest teas. It contains a visually stunning mix of flower petals, herbs/spices and rooibos. David’s Tea takes special care to  point out the key ingredients like cinnamon, a traditional Ayurvedic complexion booster.

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Ingredient listing via David’s Tea: Cinnamon, rosehips, nettle leaf, rooibos, rose petals, marigold. With natural peach, pomegranate and red fruit flavouring

I love the concept, not so much the taste. I drink it because the flowers and herbal aroma reminds me of being at a spa…its all about creating that atmosphere of decompression and relaxation. Makes me want to whip up a batch of homemade face masks and spend the evening pampering my skin.

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The Glow makes for a great post-yoga tea as well, since its caffeine-free and rejuvenating.

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The flavour combo with cinnamon and florals isn’t quite for me, but considering the supposed beauty benefits, I’d still drink it!
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