Hi there tea friends! Long time no see! 🙂 As my kooky life in London finally settles down a little bit, I can finally resume my happy, soothing ritual of tea sipping! Today I’ll be featuring a set of byte-sized tea reviews on three (mostly) herbal brews from Native American Tea- their Victory Tea, Indian Love Tea, and Warrior’s Brew. I know a fresh review on the blog has been a long time coming, so without any further ado, I’ll jump right in!
Ingredients: Orange pekoe cut Black Tea, Orange Peel, Rose Hips, Coriander, Cinnamon, Ginger, Rosemary & Star Anise.
Brewing Guidelines: 212 F / 100 C | 4 min
According to Native American Tea’s website, this tisane contains many herbs once commonly brewed for their inherent energizing properties to improve the running stamina of inter-tribal messengers. Neat! I’ll have to let you know in the future if this tea does anything to bolster my rather lackluster running ability, but for now, I’ll just focus simply on how the tea tastes. 😉
…do I hear Christmas bells somewhere in the distance? Because this crazy brew tastes JUST like a Christmas cookie! If I focus quite hard on the underlying flavors I can identify the ginger as a faint aftertaste, but the drink tastes mostly like a sweet festive snickerdoodle cookie. YUM! Ironically, many “intentional” Christmas-themed teas I’ve tried have ended up tasting like artificially flavored empty spiced water, so it’s refreshing (if slightly odd) to have found a blend that manages to achieve a great festive flavor with simple herbal ingredients. This must be the tea Santa drinks before he goes on his sleigh riding marathon on Christmas Eve to give him some extra gift-giving stamina! 😛
Ingredients: Wild Cherry Bark, Hibiscus Flower, Rose Hips, Orange Peel, Spearmint Leaf, Lemon Grass, Licorice Root, Natural Cherry & Orange Flavor.
Brewing Guidelines: 212 F / 100 C | 5 min
Some of the herbs in this blend were consumed by various Native American tribes for their nutritional value and energy-boosting properties. The brew itself is named after the “victory” celebrations tribes would enjoy following a successful raid on a competing tribe’s camp. Cool!
After letting the blend steep for five minutes to help extract its full flavor, the scent and characteristic vivid color of the hibiscus flower is readily apparent. The taste was not entirely what I was expecting- though the hibiscus taste is easily the strongest, the spearmint also jumps out and remains as an aftertaste for quite some time. Unfortunately, due likely to the added orange and cherry flavors, this brew comes out tasting a bit like watered-down fruit juice after a few subsequent sips. While it may succeed in its current state as an iced tea, I believe Victory Tea could benefit immensely from having perhaps a green tea base to help give the blend a bit more body without resorting to added flavorings.
Ingredients: Blackberry Leaf, Sarsaparilla Root, White Oak Bark, Rose Flower, Eleuthero (Ginseng Root), Muira Puama, Elecampane, Angelica Root, Marjoram, Licorice Root, Echinacea (Missouri Snake Root), Ginger Root, Damiana, Bergamot oil. (phew!)
Brewing Guidelines: 212 F / 100 C | 5 min
Billed as a “love tea”, Native American Tea touts the naturally stimulating properties of the tisane and says it is excellent for one’s overall health. Admittedly, I’m a bit apprehensive about the sheer number of herbs in this tea, especially considering I have never heard of most of them… but the show must go on. 😛
The flavor profile is one I cannot describe as anything but.. leafy! Makes sense when one looks at the ingredient list. Love Tea gives a lightly peppery and herby impression with very little aftertaste. It’s exceptionally hard to describe, given that most of the herbs included in the tisane are not entirely included for their taste. I cannot faithfully recommend this tea to those with delicate health issues or those taking sensitive medications as many of Love Tea’s ingredients are considered to be sexual health stimulants, and I don’t know what kind of complications (if any) may arise from drinking this brew. Enjoy responsibly!! 😛
Thanks to Native American Tea for providing samples of these teas for review!