Pluck’s Spa Day

Spa Day by Pluck
Herbal Infusion / Flavoured
$8.00 for 30g

Pluck’s Spa Day came to me as part of a subscription box from The Sugared Teacup.

First Impressions

Sometimes it’s nice to have a cuppa and unwind, and sometimes it’s also nice to have a cup of something that isn’t caffeinated before bedtime. I was really excited when I found Spa Day in my subscription box from Deb at The Sugared Teacup, because I’m always looking for new herbal infusions to try out to see if they’ll fit the bill for me. Spa Day comes in a resealable bag that’s see-through on the front so you can see all the ingredients. The aroma of this blend is primarily that of mint, mint, and more mint.

Spa Day consists of peppermint, spearmint, honeybush leaves, chamomile, hibiscus, calendula petals, osmanthus petals, rosebuds – all organic. It’s not surprising that the first (and last) aroma from this bag is minty. I think if I were to have been blindfolded when sniffing it, I would have thought it was a pure peppermint tisane!

Preparation

Pluck recommends steeping Spa Day in 100°C (212°F) water for 4 to 6 minutes. I did an initial steep of Spa Day for 5 minutes.

First Taste

Spa Day steeps to a beautiful almost ruby-red colour – I attribute a lot of the colour to the hibiscus in the blend. The aroma of the tea is primarily that of the mints – peppermint & spearmint, which I don’t find surprisingly considering those were the overwhelming fragrances coming from the dry leaf. On first sip, I found there was a tartness that gave way to sweet very quickly. The mint leaves a refreshing cool finish to each sip. Unfortunately, I found that the floral notes that should have been present were quite lost, but I think the tartness might be from the hibiscus – and possibly the sweet flavours from the flowers.

A Second Cup?

I resteeped Spa Day and found the flavours to be quite muted compared to the initial steep. I would say that Spa Day is good for just one steep.

My Overall Impression

I thought that Pluck’s Spa Day was just okay. I was anticipating something a bit more floral, considering there were five different floral ingredients in this blend. If you’re looking for a minty tea that has a touch of tart & sweet, I think this might be the blend for you! It does have some nice refreshing qualities to it, and the mint is so, so strong if you love mint flavours and enjoy a good mint tisane. I do like the sweetness to this tisane, I just wish the flower ingredients had a stronger presence.

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Wildwood Botanicals’ Good 4 U

Good 4 U by Wildwood Botanicals
Herbal Infusion / Flavoured
$9.00 for 50g

Wildwood Botanicals has provided me with Good 4 U for the purposes of providing an honest review.

First Impressions

With a name like Good 4 U, it makes one think about a herbal tisane blend twice. Like with my first Wildwood Botanicals review (Lunar Cycle), Wildwood Botanicals puts together blends of herbal ingredients with all the reasons for each. Good 4 U came to me in a resealable kraft paper pouch, with the label on front, tied with twine with some foliage. The ingredients in this blend and said to help with nausea, insomnia, seasonal allergies, and improve digestion – amongst other benefits.

The aroma when I opened the page was that of lemongrass, I think that’s the strongest aroma that I can pick out from the blend. I think it’s the most aromatic ingredient there is in Good 4 U. Good 4 U is an herbal tisane that consists of: alfalfa leaf, lemongrass, dandelion leaf, and goldenrod. The product page for Good 4 U lists all of the ingredients as being organic, if such things matters to you.

Preparation

Wildwood Botanicals recommends steeping Good 4 U in 100°C (212°F) water for 7 to 10 minutes. I followed the steeping recommendations and did an initial steep for 8 minutes.

First Taste

Good 4 U steeps to a beautiful sunshiney yellow. The aroma from this tea is primarily that of lemongrass, although I do believe that to be the most aromatic ingredient in this tisane. I wish I knew what alfalfa leaf, dandelion leaf or goldenrod was supposed to smell or taste like. When I sip Good 4 U, I can definitely taste lemongrass, and there’s some grassy notes to it. There’s a sweetness to this blend that I wasn’t expecting, and a light grassy flavour to it that is quite pleasant – I’m just not quite sure which ingredients to attribute those flavours to.

A Second Cup?

I attempted to resteep Good 4 U, but found the flavour to be watery compared to the initial steep. The flavour I get most in the second steep was mostly that of lemongrass.

My Overall Impression

I liked Wildwood Botanicals’ Good 4 U. I love the aroma of the lemongrass, and the flavour is quite delicious. I wish I knew better what the other ingredients smelled or tasted like, but this was an herbal blend unlike any other that I had tried before. I’m not sure if the ingredients actually do what they’re meant to do, but the sweetness mingled with the grassy notes and lemongrass are a nice balance and go down smoothly.

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Teatourist’s Nourish & Flourish Collection

Nourish & Flourish Collection (January 2018) by Teatourist
£11-15 for 1 box, plus shipping (+£3-5 per box)

Teatourist has provided me with the Nourish & Flourish Collection for the purposes of providing an honest review.

First Impressions

Nourish & Flourish is Teatourist’s January 2018 box – with all these wellness teas and tisanes to help you start your year off right. If you ever want to go back and order a previous curated collection, you can do so on the Teatourist website! Any boxes that you were interested in? If they have it in stock, you can order it!

The Nourish & Flourish Collection consists of six teas and tisanes. The first three are: Bamboo Leaf and Nettle by Wise Owl Tea, Chakra Tea Flora by SWILK, Traditional Green Yaupon by Yaupon Brothers. All three are herbals/tisanes as none of them actually contain tea leaves.

From left to right: Bamboo Leaf and Nettle, Chakra Tea Flora, and Traditional Green Yaupon.

Bamboo Leaf and Nettle consists of wild picked bamboo leaf and nettle leaf, which has a very grassy aroma to it. The dry leaf actually reminded me a bit of celery of all things. This was the only blend that came in tea bags instead of loose leaf tea. Chakra Tea Flora is an amazingly floral blend. It has a very strong lavender and rose aroma to the dry leaf and all of the ingredients are easily seen – peppermint, hibiscus, lavender, marigold, chamomile, rose, and cornflower. Traditional Green Yaupon is (surprise!) a straight yaupon holly tisane, which is grown in Florida, USA.

The second half of this curated collection is Organic Time to Drink – Clean by Caley’s Apothecary, Simply Green by The Tea Leaf Company, and Black Tea with Turmeric by O-Teas.

From left to right: Organic Time to Drink – Clean, Simply Green, and Black Tea with Turmeric.

Organic Time to Drink – Clean has a very mild aroma to it – an interesting blend of lemongrass and grass. The ingredients of this blend are lemongrass, green tea, nettle, and bilberries. Simply Green is simply a Ceylon green tea and has sweet vegetal aroma with a mild licorice fragrance to it. Black Tea with Turmeric smells strongly of tumeric, and this tea is just how it sounds – black tea with tumeric.

Preparation

Wise Owl Tea recommends steeping Bamboo Leaf and Nettle in 70-80°C (158-176°F) for 5+ minutes. I steeped this tisane in 80C (176F) for 5 minutes.

SWILK recommends steeping Chakra Tea Flora in 100°C (212°F) for 4 to 5 minutes. I steeped this floral tisane for 5 minutes.

Yaupon Brothers recommends steeping Traditional Green Yaupon in 100°C (212°F) for 5 minutes. I followed the steeping instructions.

Caley’s Apothecary recommends steeping Organic Time to Drink – Clean in 100°C (212°F) for 5 to 7 minutes. I steeped this herbal tisane for 7 minutes.

The Tea Leaf Company recommends steeping Simply Green in 80°C (176°F) for 2 to 5 minutes. I steeped this straight green tea for 3 minutes.

O-Teas recommends steeping Black Tea with Turmeric in 100°C (212°F) for 5 to 6 minutes. I steeped this black tea blend for 5 minutes.

First Taste

From left to right: Bamboo Leaf and Nettle, Chakra Tea Flora, and Traditional Green Yaupon.

Bamboo Leaf and Nettle steeps to a yellow green and actually reminds me a lot of green tea in colour, although it’s a touch more cloudy than I’m used to. There’s some nice grassy aromas, and it tastes like it smells. There’s a slight saltiness to this tisane that adds a great umami flavour to it. I like that it reminds me of a green tea, but it doesn’t have any caffeine so it makes for a nice option.

Chakra Tea Flora steeps to a reddish orange, there is a very strong mint and lavender aroma to it. It’s actually quite perfumey because of all the floral ingredients. I think this would be a nice tisane to relax with considering all the soothing floral ingredients in this blend.

Traditional Green Yaupon steeps to an orange, and it actually has a really strong grassy and hay aroma do it. I found that this leafy tisane had very strong hay flavours to it, but it was missing the honeyed sweetness that was in the description of the tisane.

From left to right: Organic Time to Drink – Clean, Simply Green, and Black Tea with Turmeric.

Organic Time to Drink – Clean has an almost dark honey colouring to it. This herbal blend has very mild aromas to it – with citrus and lemongrass playing strong characters in the flavour profile. It wasn’t a very strong herbal tisane, and I mostly got citrus from it.

Simply Green steeps to quite the bright sunshine yellow. It has a very subtle aroma that is easy to miss. I found that it had some great grassy and vegetal flavours to it. There was just the hint of bitterness to this tea, but a smooth texture overall. I’d recommend steeping this one for less than 3 minutes, 2 minutes would probably be better for an initial steep.

Black Tea with Turmeric steeps to a very dark, warm brown. It’s smells honey sweet. I found this tea to be surprisingly strong – it’s astringent and tangy with a strong mouth-puckering amount of flavouring. There’s the slight warming sensation, and I found it to be too astringent for me to really enjoy, although the aroma is delightful.

A Second Cup

From left to right: Bamboo Leaf and Nettle, Chakra Tea Flora, and Traditional Green Yaupon.

I resteeped the following and found that the flavours were much weaker compared to the first/initial steep: Bamboo Leaf and Nettle, Chakra Tea Flora, Traditional Green Yaupon, Organic Time to Drink – Clean, and Black Tea with Turmeric.

From left to right: Organic Time to Drink – Clean, Simply Green, and Black Tea with Turmeric.

I resteeped Simply Green three times, I found that the flavour got stronger for the first resteep, and gradually waned in flavour for the second and third resteep. The balance of grassy and vegetal flavours remained the same as the initial steep.

My Overall Impression

I loved Teatourist’s Nourish & Flourish Collection. This collection has a great variety – although of the six only three contain tea, so if you’re not interested in tisanes, this may not be the collection for you. That said, I really enjoyed the variety in blends, because I’ve never tried Yaupon before, or a tea with tumeric, and I’m not sure that I would have necessarily gone out of my way to pick it up if I were just out tea shopping.

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