Tuesday, August 18, 2009
New herbal teas from Mighty Leaf
You can't judge a book by its cover, and I've also learned you can't judge a tea by its name! The newest samples I received from Mighty Leaf are named Rooibos Renewal and Spirulina Stamina, and to be honest with you, because of the names I wasn't expecting them to taste very good. I figured they would be tolerable, and they would probably be *very* good for you, but they just wouldn't be very tasty and would probably be heavy on the mint flavor. I am happy to report I was wrong and these teas are perfectly delicious!
First, I tried the Rooibos Renewal. And may I just say what a PRETTY tea this is? I mean, really. Look at those neat little bits of flowers, especially that purple one. Here's what the description says: "Rooibos Renewal blends mineral and antioxidant-rich rooibos leaves with vitamin C-rich orange peels and flowers for a nurturing blend." I have enjoyed most of the rooibos teas I've tried anyway, but this one was extra tasty and citrusy. Nice!
Next I tried the one whose name I was really worried about, Spirulina Stamina. You can check out the definition of Spirulina on Wikipedia, but I don't really advise it. After all, do you *really* want to know your tea comes from a species of cyanobacteria? Instead, amuse yourself by looking at the pretty dried rosehips (they look like dried cranberries). Or just read the company's description of the tea: "Spirulina Stamina features calming lemon balm with blackberry leaves, vitamin C-rich rosehips, black currants and schizandra, along with mineral-rich green yerba mate. Rounding off this blend is spirulina, a superfood that is rich in protein, iron, magnesium and vitamin B-12." I was charmed the minute I opened the sample packet because of the spicy scent that made me think of entering a bakery. And the taste? It reminded me very much of some of the better apple cider type teas I've had in the fall. Yum!