Jasmine Tea from Canton Tea Co.

Canton Tea Co Jasmine PearlsThis week we had a delivery from Canton Tea Co – some samples of their loose leaf tea, including their Jasmine Tea.

For me, this was the one that I was particularly keen to try – their jasmine pearls tea. I just love the fragrance of jasmine and adding it to a tea seems so natural and the perfect thing to do with this amazing flower.

As soon as I tear open Canton Tea Co’s re-sealable pack, the fragrance of jasmine tea hits my nostrils. This strong floral, almost hay-like aroma escapes from the tightly-packed little balls of tea.

It’s no surprise to learn that the jasmine shrub is a genus of the olive family – which explains the hay-like smell, just like some green olives share a similar smell and taste – a very rustic flavour that’s hard to draw any other comparison to.

Pouring water onto these little jasmine balls sees them begin to unfurl and infuse the water with a light green hue, which gradually becomes a darker and darker green throughout the brewing process.

When the tea is ready to drink, it’s a very deep olive green – again reminiscent of jasmine’s link to the olive family.

Taking a sip, the fragrance hits me again and I expect quite a bitter flavour from the tea – but no bitterness. This is actually quite a creamy taste – smooth and aromatic.

It’s not one of those Green Teas that makes you feel sick if you drink on an empty stomach, as it doesn’t have the same bitterness. It’s a warming, soothing, yet invigorating blend that is rather soothing and comforting.

This is down to Canton only using the tender, young leaves of the tea plant, and not leaving the jasmine flowers in the final product (instead just using them to infuse flavour in the tea leaves) – making it a truly refined brew.

Here’s what Canton Tea Co says about this blend:

These Jasmine Pearls have been hailed as one of the UK’s finest Jasmine teas. The young green tea buds are hand-rolled and suffused with only the freshest jasmine blossoms in the traditional way: the tea and the flowers are layered together over successive nights, allowing the heady, delicate jasmine to impart its beautiful aroma. Most of the Jasmine tea on the market is artificially scented, but ours is all natural, capturing the floral sweetness of jasmine without overwhelming the soft, creamy green tea.

After reading this, and the care they take with their blends, it’s easy to see why this jasmine tea is one of the finest I’ve ever tasted, and I can’t wait to try Canton Tea Co’s other sample shortly.

Roselle (Hibiscus) Tea from The Natural Health Market

The Natural Health Market Roselle TeaToday I received a lovely package of roselle (hibiscus) tea from The Natural Health Market.

Now the great, and slightly spooky, thing about this is I was recently diagnosed with high blood pressure – literally about 3 days ago.

So, when I read the top of this pack of tea and it says roselle/hibiscus tea is great for balancing blood pressure, I just couldn’t wait to give this one a try.

Before I get started on the brewing process, I’d like to make a point about the tea bags that The Natural Health Market uses. They are very small, almost perfectly square bags – so great for slipping into your purse or pocket if you want to take them wherever you go.

But boy, do these little bags pack a punch.

I pour boiling water into my favourite Bodum glass mug (I love using this mug with bolder coloured teas – and I’ll explain why shortly) with one of these little bags inside.

It only takes around 10 seconds for the bold red of the roselle/hibiscus to start slowly seeping out of the bag and gradually taking over the whole cup until, around 2-3 minutes later, the whole cup of water is a bold, vibrant red.

The smell of hibiscus tea is quite tart/sharp, and I expect to pull a face similar to when you suck on a lemon when I take my first sip – but I’m pleasantly surprised. This hibiscus tea, although still quite tart, is beautifully and refreshingly sweet on the aftertaste too.

Throughout the flavour profile I can taste citrus, red berries, blackcurrant, and those vibrant fruity and citrus flavours synonymous with hibiscus. Delicious, refreshing – and it even makes me feel healthier as I’m drinking it.

I was in my own little World for a moment enjoying this refreshing brew until I realised my young daughter had climbed up at the side of me and started to use the front of the tea pack as a colouring pad – which is a shame because I really like the clean, stylish packaging The Natural Health Market uses, but an unexpected bonus, it kept her busy while I could finish the rest of my fruity brew!

All-in-all, a deliciously healthy brew that I would definitely recommend to other health-conscious individuals or just those looking for a pleasant herbal tea to enjoy.

Here’s what The Natural Health Market say about this blend:

Roselle tea, also known as Hibiscus tea, is believed to help lower cholesterol, reduce blood pressure. Studies have also demonstrated that it helps lower blood pressure in people suffering from type 2 diabetes. The tea has a distinctive red-brown colour, fresh, fragrant aroma and a citrusy flavour, which makes it a popular beverage to consume at any time of the day.

As for reducing my blood pressure, I’ll have to see on my next check-up, but I do definitely rate this tea as one of the most refreshing roselle/hibiscus teas I’ve ever tried.

Organic Teatox from Teaguru

Teaguru organic teatox 14 days supplyA lovely parcel dropped through my door this morning from Teaguru – the teatox specialists.

And just in-time, after a weekend of indulgence and gluttony, I can’t think of anything better than a detox to make me feel fit and healthy again!

The first thing that struck me about the tea was the packaging – arriving in a sleek, easy-to-open cardboard sleeve with silk style pyramid tea bags inside. The whole thing looks premium and I can’t wait to give it a try.

As soon as the water hits the bag in the cup, it turns a delightful golden orange and a sweet, minty, almost chai-like fragrance hits my nose.

On tasting, the sweetness remains with undertones of cardamom and cinnamon, alongside the sweetness of licorice and the freshness of organic peppermint, making this a very light, refreshing blend that you know must be doing you good!

Here’s what Teaguru say about their Teatox tea:

How does Tea Guru work?

The ingredients found in TeaGuru have been thoroughly researched and specifically selected to ensure that the remarkable mix of natural health properties contained in each sachet assist in maximising the detoxification process.

The Detox

The aim of the TeaGuru detox and Guru eating plan is to cleanse and detoxify your body while assisting in weight loss.

Detoxification is one of the oldest methods known for cleansing the body. It is a natural process that removes the toxins that get stuck in our system and build up waste from our bodies via the lungs, kidneys, bowels and skin. To make things easy we have sourced the finest ingredients that contain the highest detox properties and created one simple yet highly effective product. TeaGuru.

The results seen through detoxification should (although individuals will vary) support weight loss and help ease bloating, increase energy levels, stamina and immunity, whilst promoting deeper sleep and perk up skin health.

Although it’s too early to say if the tea actually worked for detoxing my body – I can definitely say it made me instantly feel better, so I can’t wait to see the longer-term results.

A delightful, functional, healthy tea!

Alertness and Clarity from Diksha-T

Alertness and clarity diksha TBeing a big tea drinker, I’m also a big fan of Sudoku – the two just go hand-in-hand.

So, herein lies my opportunity to try Diksha-T’s Alertness and Clarity blend – specifically formulated to drink before a mentally-challenging task.

On reading the pack, I’m excited to see something I’ve never tried in a tea before – ashwagandha. This has come to be expected of Diksha-T by me, they are pioneers of holistic, herbal teas – introducing unique ingredients to deliver maximum results.

I love this part – the opening of the pack. This is where you get your ‘first impression’ of the tea you’re about to try. And my, does this one make a good first impression.

Cool, fresh peppermint is immediately noticeable, with a backdrop of rose and jasmine adding a floral dimension to the fragrance.

The peppermint really follows through in the flavour, giving it a cooling clean sensation in the mouth – backed-up by the cleanness of Green Tea and Yerba Maté. The stevia in this blend also help to lift it with a touch of sweetness.

Here’s what Diksha-T say about it:

Alertness and Clarity blend is designed to stimulate your inner warrior and to alert your mind to the elements for a fully energetic experience. This combination of tea leaves and herbs was crafted to boost brain power, increase circulation, and energize the body, while calming nerves and relieving anxiety. For increased performance and focus, drink before or during work, school, or before a mentally challenging task.

This particular tea blend contains very powerful ayurvedic herbs such as tulsi, ashwagandha, and brahmi. All are believed to activate brain power and increase mental capacity. Tulsi know as the Holy Basil contains properties that further enhance mental performance as well as promote healthy immune and digestive systems. The other powerful constituents of this blend are yerba mate, ginkgo and peppermint know in the East for increasing energy, mental clarity, and overall health. Additionally, each tea bag is thoughtfully handcrafted, powered with Reiki energy, and gifted with deeksha.

A delicious, clean, invigorating tea that helps to stimulate the mind. Oh, and the puzzle? Completed in record time 🙂

Spiritual Awakening from Diksha-T

Spiritual Awakening Diksha TAlthough not one for yoga or meditation, to which this blend is suited, I do like to relax – so I have found myself a quiet corner to give Diksha-T’s second blend a try – Spiritual Awakening.

I open the pack, and instantly I get hit with an amazing fragrance – jasmine, lavender, and rose being the dominant notes. Being a big fan of lavender tea, I can’t wait to brew-up and give this a try – my taste buds are already tingling from the smell.

Upon pouring out the blend from the pack, it’s clear to see where Diksha-T are positioned with regards to premium, whole-leaf tea – right at the top! This blend has almost fully-intact chamomile and calendula flowers, and I know I’m in for a real treat just from the sight of it.

When the hot water hits, instantly the herbs in this blend start to come into play – coriander and tulsi become apparent and give the fragrance a beautiful and welcome twist.

Taking my first sip I can honestly say this is one of the most delightfully complex herbal/flower based teas I’ve ever tried. You try to put your finger on which flavours dominate, but none do – all of the cleverly-blended ingredients come together to create a single, unique flavour that I find hard to describe or liken-to in words.

What I can say is that this tea delivers what it says – a relaxing, calming experience – and a delicious floral/herbal aftertaste that lingers on long after you’ve enjoyed your brew.

Here’s what Diksha-T say about this blend:

Spiritual Awakening blend is designed to cleanse your chakras and to facilitate activation of kundalini energy for a heightened meditation experience. The antioxidant, immunogenic and calming properties of this tea are in the perfect balance. While providing protection for your divine essence, the selected herbs trigger and nourish each chakra, awakening the spiritual energy that dwells within you. Drink it before and after meditation, yoga or another spiritual practice.

This particular tea blend contains a very powerful ayurvedic herb Tulsi know as the Holy Basil which is worshipped in India and contains many health benefits. The other constituents are flowery herbs that represent different chakras. Hibiscus, calendula, chamomile encompass the 3 lower chakras, while rose, agrimony, coriander, lavender and jasmine address the 4 upper chakras. This blend is very potent upon ingestion, but its aroma is equally powerful, leaving a divine scent in the air for many hours. Additionally, each tea bag of Spiritual Awakening is thoughtfully handcrafted, powered with Reiki energy, and gifted with deeksha.

Clearly crafted with knowledge, care, and attention, we think this is one of the best floral teas around. Well done Diksha-T!