Wize Monkey’s Minty Marvel

Minty Marvel by Wize Monkey
Herbal Tisane / Flavoured
$10.49 for 35g (15 sachets)

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

First Impressions

Spring has me feeling the bright colours lately, and check out the bright aqua that Wize Monkey has chosen for their Minty Marvel! I’m a picky herbal lover, and I really have to be ‘in the mood’ for certain flavours – mint being one of them. I was happy to open up the packaging on these sachets to give them a try. Minty Marvel comes in pyramid sachets, much like the other Wize Monkey blends that I’ve tried so far. The mint aroma is strong, I can’t quite pinpoint with my nose which mint that I smell though.

Minty Marvel consists of arabica leaves and natural mint flavour.

Preparation

Wize Monkey recommends steeping Minty Marvel at 95C (203F) for as long as you’d like. The fun thing about coffee leaf is that, unlike tea leaves, it doesn’t get bitter if it gets steeped for a long time. My initial steep of Minty Marvel was for 5 minutes.

First Taste

Minty Marvel steeps to a beautiful golden orange that is really pleasant to look at. The aroma from Minty Marvel is undoubtedly mint. I get the strong minty aroma right off the bat and it’s got a refreshing aroma that makes me think of summer. The flavour of this minty tisane is primarily that of the coffee leaf base, with a coolness that kind of just coats the inside of my mouth as I drink it. It’s not necessarily a bad thing, but it’s conflicting as I’m drinking a cup of hot coffee leaf tea while having this cooling sensation in my mouth. The coffee leaf base has a nice roasted nuts quality about it, and the mint flavour is just kind of hanging out at the end of each sip.

A Second Cup?

I resteeped Minty Marvel once, and found it to be mostly the coffee leaf base on resteep. I would say that Minty Marvel is good for one steep.

My Overall Impression

I thought that Wize Monkey’s Minty Marvel was just okay. I enjoyed the coolness from the mint flavouring, and the coffee leaf base was pleasant to taste. I wish the mint flavouring had been more pronounced, since it was aromatically present in the dry leaf and in the aroma of the steeped tea. I think it could be improved with the addition of mint leaves in the blend, or a heavier hand with the mint flavouring. That said, if you’re a fan of the coffee leaf tea base, I think you’d be quite happy with this one since it retains the flavour of the coffee leaf quite well throughout.

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Wize Monkey’s Jasmine

Jasmine by Wize Monkey
Herbal Tisane / Flavoured
$10.49 for 35g (15 sachets)

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

First Impressions

Jasmine from Wize Monkey came to me in individually wrapped sachet form. I still love the cute monkey logo (can’t get over how cute it is). Each pyramid sachet contained the coffee leaf tea. I found the aroma of the Jasmine sachet to be quite floral. It reminded me a lot of a jasmine green tea (surprised?), with just a hint of the coffee leaf tea in the background.

Jasmine consists of arabica leaves and natural jasmine flavour, so the only ingredient I could see was the dried arabica leaves. I wish that instead of jasmine flavouring, they used jasmine flowers instead – just for the added flavour and the aesthetics.

Preparation

Wize Monkey recommends steeping Jasmine in 95°C (203°F) for as long as you want. My initial steep of Jasmine was for 5 minutes.

First Taste

Jasmine steeps to a beautiful golden orange. The aroma that wafts up from the steeped tisane reminds me a lot jasmine green tea. The floral notes are quite strong and have a presence behind it. On first sip, the first thing that I notice is the floral sweetness from the jasmine flavouring. The coffee leaf base is overwhelmed by the jasmine flavouring, so most of what I get is the floral flavours. There’s almost a honeyed sweetness to it, but not cloyingly so.

A Second Cup?

I resteeped Jasmine twice. I found the first resteep to be remarkably similar to the first, with the same bright floral notes. The second resteep lacked a considerable amount of jasmine flavour to it, so I would say that Jasmine is good for one more steep.

My Overall Impression

I loved Wize Monkey’s Jasmine. I really quite enjoyed the fact that Jasmine reminded me so much of a jasmine green tea, with the added bonus that it didn’t get bitter or astringent from being oversteeped. As I’d mentioned in a previous Wize Monkey review, the company makes it a point to state that their coffee leaf base doesn’t get bitter if it’s steeped for a long time. This is such a nice feature, because despite the fact that I love jasmine green teas, all of them can be sensitive to being oversteeped and the last thing I ever want to drink is a bitter cup of regret. Jasmine would be an excellent alternative to a jasmine green tea if you’re constantly forgetting your steeping cup of tea somewhere.

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Wize Monkey’s Strawberry Hibiscus

Strawberry Hibiscus by Wize Monkey
Herbal Infusion / Flavoured
$10.49USD for 35g (15 sachets)

Wize Monkey has provided me with Strawberry Hibiscus for the purposes of providing an honest review.

First Impressions

Is it time for another Wize Monkey review? I think it might be! So this review is of Wize Monkey’s Strawberry Hibiscus. It came to me in sachet format, I can’t find this exact product on their product page at this time, but the rest of their sachet products are the same price/weight, so I’m extrapolating that to this flavour as well.

Strawberry Hibiscus honestly smells like its namesake. I can smell sweet strawberry and the floral tartness of the hibiscus. If you’ve ever tried a blend with hibiscus before, you know that it can have quite the tart flavour profile to it. As mentioned in a previous Wize Monkey review, despite being called a coffee leaf tea, it’s still technically a tisane because it doesn’t contain any part of the tea plant. That said, I still think it’s really neat that they’re utilizing part of the coffee plant that isn’t used in coffee production. Strawberry Hibiscus is made up of: arabica leaves, Egyptian hibiscus petals, and natural strawberry flavouring.

Preparation

Wize Monkey recommends steeping Strawberry Hibiscus in 95°C (203°F) water for as long as you’d like. My initial steep of Strawberry Hibiscus as for 5 minutes.

First Taste

Strawberry Hibiscus steeps to this amazing ruby red, it has such a deep colour to it. This tisane came to me in sachet format and I noticed that it wicked up the string from the sachet, adding a bit of pink colour to it. Strawberry Hibiscus has a very fruity aroma to it, and it still smells like its name. On first taste, the first thing I notice is the tartness from the hibiscus. It’s so tart that it made my mouth pucker, and I noticed the flavour of the strawberry a little bit later. There’s a touch of sweetness to the strawberry, but it’s overshadowed by the hibiscus in the flavour profile.

A Second Cup?

I resteeped Strawberry Hibiscus and found that the colouring was not as deep, nor was the flavour as tart. It did definitely well as a second steep, which always surprises me when it comes to tisanes. I found it did lack some of that sweetness from the strawberry that I was looking for. I would say it’s good for one more steep.

My Overall Impression

I liked Wize Monkey’s Strawberry Hibiscus. I was really impressed by how much it smelled just like its namesake. I do wish that the hibiscus was better balanced against the strawberry, I think it was just a touch too tart for me. That said, I think a little bit of sweetener and perhaps a handful of ice cubes and it would have made an excellent iced tea (or even the addition of a bit of soda water to make it into an iced tea pop). It’s a very summery flavour combination, and would definitely recommend having this iced.

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