Wize Monkey’s Minty Marvel

Minty Marvel by Wize Monkey
Herbal Tisane / Flavoured
$11.99 for 50g

Wize Monkey has provided me with Minty Marvel for the purposes of providing an honest review.

First Impressions

If you’ve been reading One More Steep for a while (and I hope you have!), you know I reviewed Wize Monkey’s Minty Marvel back in May of this year. And no, I’m not reviewing the exact same product – Wize Monkey had an updated blend for their Minty Marvel flavour so of course I had to give it a try! They kindly sent me a 50g resealable bag of Minty Marvel in loose leaf format.

When I first opened the bag, the one thing I did notice is the incredibly strong and bright mint aroma. The ingredients in Minty Marvel are: arabica leaves, peppermint leaves, and natural mint flavouring.

Preparation

Wize Monkey recommends steeping Minty Marvel at 95°C (200°F) for 4 minutes. I followed the steeping recommendations for the initial steep of Minty Marvel.

First Taste

Minty Marvel steeps to this beautiful golden orange. The aroma from the dry leaf is primarily that of the coffee leaf base and the pleasant aroma of the peppermint. On first taste, I can definitely pick out the mint. It has a nice cooling quality to it, that is pleasant and refreshing. I find that the mint is quite strong in comparison to the coffee leaf base, which isn’t disconcerting considering that’s what I wanted in the original Minty Marvel recipe. I found it to be a nice cup of tea to drink.

A Second Cup?

I resteeped Minty Marvel for 7 minutes, and found that the flavour was still quite minty. It wasn’t as strong as the initial steep, but I could definitely taste the mint and the tea had a nice cooling quality to it still.

My Overall Impression

I loved Wize Monkey’s Minty Marvel. I’m so glad that Wize Monkey changed up their recipe a bit for Minty Marvel because the added peppermint leaf was such a great idea – it made the coffee leaf tea significantly more minty in the initial steep and in the resteep as well. I also had a cup of this that I drank iced, and found that it made for a refreshing cup of iced tea, so I’d give that a try as well! Having Minty Marvel iced certain amplified the cooling properties of the mint.

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DavidsTea’s Just Peachy

Just Peachy by DavidsTea
Fruit Infusion / Flavoured
$7.98 for 50g

First Impressions

Spoiler, I’ve had Just Peachy before. It’s one of my favourite summer-time iced teas from DavidsTea and I realize a little while ago that I hadn’t written about it yet for One More Steep so I decide to do so. I first had Just Peachy in-store when it was offered as an iced tea sample (I’ve also had it hot before and I’ll discuss both further below). The dry leaf of Just Peachy has a very strong peach, fruity aroma to it – which is unsurprising considering the ingredients in the blend.

Just Peachy consists of apple, sweet blackberry leaves, peach, natural and artificial flavouring. Of all the ingredients, the one that stands out the most is probably the peach aroma with the hint of apple in the background. If you’re a fan of peach-based iced teas, you might like this one.

Preparation

DavidsTea recommends steeping Just Peachy in near-boiling water for 4 to 7 minutes. I steeped Just Peachy in 93°C (200°F) water for 6 minutes. I tend to be okay with steeping herbal or fruit infusions for a lengthier period of time because, unlike teas, they don’t have the tea leaves in there that can become bitter or astringent when oversteeped.

First Taste

Just Peachy steeps to a pleasant warm orange colour with a strong peach aroma. The flavour of Just Peach is peach and sweet. I find that the fruit ingredients in Just Peachy are enough that I don’t have to add any sweetener to it – of course your mileage may vary with your sweet tooth. The apple is also a very present flavour in this fruit infusion as well, but the flavour of the apple doesn’t overwhelm or overpower the peach, which is nice considering it’s Just Peachy and not Just Apple.

I’ve had Just Peachy both hot and iced. I find when it’s hot, it’s sweeter. When iced, Just Peachy is a nice, refreshing iced tea. I like it both ways, but really prefer to have it iced (especially when the weather’s hot!). I generally cold steep a pitcher of Just Peachy to enjoy throughout the week.

A Second Cup?

I try to resteep Just Peachy, but find that the flavour just isn’t there in comparison to the initial steep. I would say that Just Peachy is good for one steep.

My Overall Impression

I loved DavidsTea’s Just Peachy. Not really much of a surprise considering it’s a fruit infusion blend that I’ve (re)purchased. I really enjoy the fruity flavours of the peach and love the fact that I don’t have to add any extra sugar or sweetener for it to be a sweet iced tea. Just Peachy is definitely one that I recommend having iced (although it’s very tasty as a hot tisane as well).

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Wize Monkey’s Mango Party

Mango Party by Wize Monkey
Herbal Infusion / Flavoured
$10.49 for 35g (15 sachets)

Wize Monkey has provided me with Mango Party for the purposes of providing an honest review.

First Impressions

Wize Monkey’s Mango Party came to me in sachet form, as did the rest of their collection. This is actually the last of the coffee leaf teas that Wize Monkey sent me to review – hopefully there will be more flavours being released soon! I was really excited about trying Mango Party because I love tropical fruit and enjoy eating fresh mango – yum.

Mango Party consists of arabica leaves and natural mango flavour. The dry leaf has a very strong mango aroma to it, I can’t smell the arabica coffee leaf base at all although I can certainly see it. I’m not sure where Wize Monkey sourced their natural flavouring from, but it smells amazing I’m really surprised to not find dried mango pieces in Mango Party.

Preparation

Wize Monkey recommends steeping Mango Party in 95°C (203°F) water for as long as you’d like. I did an initial steep of Mango Party for 5 minutes.

First Taste

Mango Party steeps to a deep orange colour. The aroma of Mango Party is still reminding me of mangoes, which is probably a good thing given the name of this coffee leaf tea. The flavour isn’t as mango-full as I would have expected, especially given the aroma. I can taste the coffee leaf base – there’s a nice earthiness to it, some sweetness from the mango, and a touch of mango flavour at the end of each sip. The tisane as a whole has a nice smoothness to it, no bitterness or astringency – something I’ve come to learn that won’t occur with Wize Monkey’s coffee leaf blends.

A Second Cup?

I resteeped Mango Party for seven minutes and found that the resulting cup was primarily that of the coffee leaf base with little mango flavouring throughout. I would say that if you like the coffee leaf base, go ahead with your multiple resteeps.

My Overall Impression

I liked Wize Monkey’s Mango Party. First off, I just want to say that the aroma of the dry leaf is amazing. I just wish that the mango flavour stayed stronger through the steeping process, because a lot of it is present in the aroma but not in the flavour. What I did taste was delicious, and I just wish that there was more of it in the steeped coffee leaf tea. I think either more mango flavouring is needed, or the addition of mango pieces, to really infuse the mango flavouring throughout.

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