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Organic Cinnamon PlumHappy New Year!!! I believe this is my first tea review for 2009 and I am excited. Sad, but true, the end of December 2008 and beginning of January 2009 was rough. Not only was I plagued with a head/sinus cold, both my hubby and step-son traded viruses. Drinking tea was wonderfully therapeutic, but writing about it was not. Now that everyone is healed, I’m back to my old tricks and ready to review. Today’s choice… Organic Cinnamon Plum Tea.

Composition: Organic cinnamon, organic Fair Trade Certified™ hibiscus, organic currants, organic licorice root, natural plum flavor.

Dry Visual: A medley of colors from golds to browns to reds to purples – absolutely beautiful to behold. 

Dry Aroma: A combination of both spicy and fruity, Organic Cinnamon Plum smells scrumptious!

Flavor: As the dry aroma suggests, Organic Cinnamon Plum has both a spicy and fruity quality. It is full-bodied with the taste of currant and plum dominating the brew as well as adding bitterness. (I’m sure the hibiscus acted as an accomplice, contributing to the bitterness as well.) Cinnamon is present adding a subtle yet sweet character to the tea. Not a lover of black licorice flavors, I was surprised by how well it was blended into Organic Cinnamon Plum. Its presence was known, but not overpowering.

I found it necessary to add a sweetener to Organic Cinnamon Plum – my choice was Sugar-In-The-Raw. After adding, the bitterness was completely eliminated illuminating the fruity nature of the blend. I found the currant and plum flavors enjoyable.

Liquor: A vibrant raspberry color.

Brewing: It is recommended that 1 tablespoon of Organic Cinnamon Plum is steeped for 5 minutes in boiling water. I steeped as recommended.

Manufacturer: Rishi Tea

Caffeine: No

As always, it is a wonderful experience to sample a new tea. If you have had an opportunity to taste Organic Cinnamon Plum, please stop by and share your thoughts.  Until then… Happy Tea Drinking!


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During the holiday season, many people go to the mall in search of the perfect gift for their friends and loved ones. This year, I was pleasantly surprised when I received a Vivabox. I’m sure you are wondering, “what is a Vivabox?” The creators of Vivabox would say, “A vivabox is an exciting new product that combines the freedom of choice with the personal touch of a real gift.  This two layered gift can be the answer to all of your gift giving dilemmas.  The first layer is a gift inside the box that is intended to familiarize the recipient with the product.  The second layer is the gift card that can be redeemed for their gift selection from a menu of choices. ” You can check out their website for more details… I did.

So, translated into a real life experience, I received “The Gift of a Tea Experience” when I opened my “tea time” Vivabox. Contained within my Vivabox were seven different types of Numi Teas.  Numi is the vendor of a variety of  certified organic, Fair Trade, Kosher teas located in Oakland, California. There were five tea bags (two of each) – Aged Earl Grey,


Italian Bergamot Black Tea; Temple of Heaven, Gunpowder Green Tea; Velvet Garden, White Rose – which I must say is a lovely cuppa tea. Very mild as is characteristic of white tea with an unexpectedly robust floral quality.; Ruby Chai, Spiced Rooibos; and Monkey King, Jasmine Green Tea.  Additionally, I was excited to see the inclusion of two blooming teas also known as art teas.

While I prefer loose teas there is something fun about receiving a box full of various flavors of tea. Like a kid in a candy store, I read each type of tea and immediately found myself looking up the websites for both Numi and Vivabox. As with Russian Nesting Dolls, where the opening of one contains yet another beautiful doll, I was excited to realize that the fun wasn’t over after opening the Vivabox. Found within the box was a plastic card, resembling a credit card with 16 digits printed on the front and further instructions on the back detailing how to redeem yet another gift.

After reviewing my gift options… isn’t that exciting?… I selected the Single Origins Tea Set.  Succinctly described as a beautiful tea gift that offers four Organic loose teas (my absolute favorite) from

img_10431India, Japan, China, and South Africa – Darjeeling, Genmaicha, White Rose, and Rooibis respectively. Eagerly, I anticipate my first cup of tea as I feel that each one was hand-picked especially for me.

Included in the set is a black ceramic teapot with matching cups all adorned with a floral design. A metal infuser (not shown in the picture) fits perfectly in the mouth of the pot for perfect straining every time.  It is simply not enough to describe this adorable set – the pictures speak for themselves. 


Simply stated this was one of the best tea gifts I’ve ever received. A mixture of tea bags, blooming teas, loose teas, and teaware – a tea lover’s dream.

So, in nutshell, how does Vivabox work?

1.  You Pick The Theme. Do you have an idea as to what type of gift someone would like?  Select the Vivabox theme  you think they would enjoy the most.  

2.  Upon Receipt, The Recipient Will Try The Samples. They open the box and enjoy the gift inside.  The gift relates to the theme of the box.  

3.  The Recipient Chooses The Gift.  After enjoying the first gift, the recipient visits the Vivabox website to enter their card number found in the initial gift.    

Result:  You have given the perfect gift!  Ensuring that you have given the recipient exactly what he or she will most enjoy. 

My Vivabox provided me with a wonderfully unique tea experience. Other Vivabox gift experiences include: The Gift of Indulgence – gourmet to your door (the choice of a three-course gourmet meal for two… delivered directly to your door); The Gift of Massage – spa (enjoy a full body massage or facial); The Gift of Beauty – spa (enjoy a manicure and pedicure). Check out the Vivabox website to see all of their products.

Vivabox has taken the gift of tea to another level. If you haven’t experienced Vivabox for yourself now’s your opportunity. Then return to tell me about it. Until then… Happy Tea Drinking!

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Last weekend, I learned a great deal about Teatulia Tea Estate, the company that produces Tulsi Infusion Tea. It was exciting to read how much Teatulia, located in Bangladesh, not only partners with, but gives back to the community. Of course, I quite eager to sample one of their teas. Today’s choice… Tulsi Infusion Tea.

Composition: Organic Black Tea and Organic Tulsi from Bangladesh.

Dry Visual: Predominantly dark broken tea leaves with a spattering of light leaves. This tea is contained in a biodegrabable silken sachet, so it is somewhat difficult to discern detailed characteristics. Thanks Teatulia for the picture.

Dry Aroma: Very earthy.

Flavor: Tulsi Infusion Tea has a unique taste. A mild black tea with a hint of spiciness that I would attribute to the Tulsi. Tulsi is full-bodied and smooth without a hint of bitterness or dryness. For a black tea, I was surprised that I was able to enjoy Tulsi Infusion Tea without a sweetener. Perhaps in my next cup I will add honey to see what subtle changes occur.  

Liquor: Dark rust color – brown with hints of red and gold.

Brewing Time: Recommended brewing time is 1- 2 minutes or to taste. I brewed for the recommended 2 minutes.

Manufacturer: Teatulia

Caffeine: Yes.

If you have enjoyed a cup of Tulsi Infusion Tea stop by and share your experience. Until then… Happy Tea Drinking!

What is Tulsi?

Ocimum tenuiflorum (also known as Ocimum sanctum, Tulsi, Tulasī in Sanskrit and Hindi, Maduruthalain Sinhalese), is an aromatic plant in the family Lamiaceae. It is an erect, much branched sub-shrub 30-60cm tall, with simple opposite green or purple leaves that are strongly scented, and hairy stems. Tulsi is native throughout the Old World tropics and widespread as a cultivated plant and an escaped weed. There is also a variety of Ocimum tenuiflorum used in Thai cuisine, and is referred to as Thai holy basil, or kha phrao—not be confused with ordinary “Thai Basil”, which is a variety of Ocimum basilicum.

References: Ocimum tenuiflorum. (2008, October 29). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 20:58, October 29, 2008, from http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Ocimum_tenuiflorum&oldid=248309105

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I love to share every new tea experience with others. Thus last night, in preparation for an evening out with my best friend, I pulled together a little tea care package for her. Included in that package was Organic Detox Infusion, by Mighty Leaf Tea. Unbeknowst to me, my BFF had been experiencing stomach discomfort throughout the day. The precipitous event that inspired her to indulge in one of her newly acquired teas.

As dinner commenced, I was amazed to learn that after drinking several cups of Organic Detox Infusion (1 tea bag, multiple infusions), not only did she feel much better, the stomach discomfort was completely gone. It was then that I remembered reading on the Mighty Leaf Tea website about the many health benefits purpoted to come from the various herbs contained within their Organic Detox Infusion.  As an official convert, I was compelled to share more details about the ingredients of Organic Detox Infusion as well as their health benefits. Many thanks to the Mighty Leaf Tea website for the detailed descriptions.

  • Organic Peppermint
    The gastrointestinal tract is often relieved by peppermint as it relaxes the intestinal wall’s muscles. As it increases saliva, swallowing increases and relieves cramps, improves appetite, and relieves pain from motion sickness, nausea, and irritable bowel syndrome. Peppermint is used orally in tea to relieve respiratory conditions including coughing, colds, acute respiratory difficulties, and viral, fungal, and bacterial infections.
  • Organic Burdock Root
    Burdock root has often been used to purify the blood by removing toxins that can build up in blood. Burdock has been used as a remedy for arthritis, viruses like colds and throat pain. Burdock enhances the performance of many of the organs which purify the body and eliminate toxins or waste (like the kidneys, liver, colon, etc). This enhances overall health and helps correct disorders.
  • Organic Dandelion Root
    Traditionally, the roots and leaves of the plant have been used as medicines for breast maladies, bloating, digestive disorders, aching joints, fevers, and skin disorders. Today, many herbal doctors use dandelion to purify the liver and gallbladder of toxins. Research indicates that dandelions can treat pneumonia, bronchitis, and other respiratory disorders. Dandelion is beneficial to the kidneys, pancreas, spleen, stomach, and other organs.
  • Organic Licorice Root
    Licorice was used historically to treat the skin and coughs. It is also used to treat constipation, bronchitis, inflammation, and arthritis. Research has shown that licorice flavonoids can kill the bacteria that causes stomach inflammation and ulcers, called Helicobacter pylori.
  • Organic Red Clover Flowers
    It contains the minerals needed by bodily glands, thus frequent use can assist in bringing about hormonal balance. Red clover also helps to soothe the nerves. Red clover has been used as a remedy for the symptoms of menopause. Among the symptoms which can be alleviated include hot flashes and mood swings. The red clover herb is also a known effective liver and blood purifier.
  • Basil
    A component of basil’s oils, eugenol, is found to be effective in blocking action of an enzyme causing inflammatory health problems such as rheumatoid arthritis and inflammatory bowel conditions. Basil is a natural source of beta-carotene, an antioxidant which combats free radicals in the body, preventing damage to blood vessels and the build up of cholesterol in the blood stream. Only the oxidized cholesterol adheres to vessel walls restricting blood flow.

As you can tell, this “tea” is truly an herbal tea or tisane as it contains no actual leaves, buds, or stems from the Camellia sinensis plant also known as the tea plant. However, it was a delightful tea nonetheless. One that my BFF has decided to purchase more of.

As always, I appreciate the opportunity to use a natural remedy to cure my ails over medication. Additionally, I love to learn about natural remedies as well. So, stop by and share your experience with the healing properties of tea. Until then… Happy Tea Drinking!

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With the weather unpredictable – 80 degrees one day and 69 degrees the next – I believe my body is totally confused. What makes matters worse is the HVAC system at work or whoever is responsible for maintaining the correct temperature balance within the building. Thus far… it’s not working. I spend all day every day freezing. So to comfort me, I turn to a hot cuppa tea for warmth. Today’s choice? Organic Detox Infusion.

Composition: Organic peppermint, organic burdock root, organic dandelion root, organic spearmint, organic licorice root, organic red clover flowers, basil.

Dry Visual: Very green like fresh cut grass with various flecks of color. As this is loose tea in a silk sachet it is difficult to see more than the green tea leaves. Thanks Mighty Leaf for the picture.

Dry Aroma: Wonderfully minty. I love the smell of mint.

Flavor: This is where Organic Detox Infusion becomes quite interesting. The dominant flavor is mint which happens to be my favorite when drinking herbal teas. However, the finish has more of a vegetal taste. To be clear – not vegetal like green tea, but vegetal nonetheless. I believe it is the basil that provides the vegetal taste along with a hint of clove.

According to Mighty Leaf Tea, licorice is an ingredient in Organic Detox Infusion. Ironically, I do not like licorice flavoring. Thus imagine my surprise when after drinking half the cup, I was unable to detect its presence. Naturally sweet, no sweetener was required.

Organic Detox Infusion brews a good, full-bodied cup of tea. The liquor fills the mouth when drinking. 

Liquor: Not quite amber, but a rich reddish brown.

Brewing Time: Recommended brewing time is 5 minutes. I brewed for the recommended 5 minutes.

Manufacturer: Mighty Leaf Tea

Caffeine: No.

Organic Detox Infusion is a complex herbal tea meshing a variety of flavors into one of their patented biodegradable tea bags. If you have enjoyed a cup of Organic Detox Infusion, stop by and share your experience. If not, feel free to share your favorite herbal tea. Until then… Happy Tea Drinking!

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This week has been a difficult one – too much homework, too much work, too much of everything. Posting tea reviews somehow kept falling to the end of the list. So tonight, I decided not to do anything else on my list until I reviewed the most recent tea I had the pleasure of drinking. I admit – I opted for “ease of use” when I grabbed the Tamayokucha tea bag to brew and taste last night. Now let me tell you all about it…

Composition: Organic green tea – nothing more and nothing less.

Dry Visual: Bright green tea leaves. I wish I could have had a better view, but Tamayokucha is a loose tea in a silk sachet thus any distinct characteristics were difficult to ascertain. 

Dry Aroma: Very mild vegetal smell… very mild.

Flavor: Tamayokucha is a delicious green tea. I was impressed by the flavorful, yet mild vegetal taste. I have steeped and enjoyed several cups of this tea, at times adding sweetener and at times playing around with steeping times. I enjoyed one cup with Sugar-In-The-Raw, but prefer drinking with no sweetener at all. Ironically, sweetener takes away from the vegetal quality that surprisingly I enjoyed tremendously.

Special note, the teabags contain enough loose tea for mug size brewing, so be sure to put away your dainty teacups when enjoying a cup.

Liquor: A unique lime green hue.

Brewing Time: Recommended brewing time 4-6 minutes.  I brewed for each of the recommended times… 4, 5, and 6 minutes. The best cup of Tamayokucha Tea was brewed for 5 minutes.

Manufacturer: Two Leaves and A Bud

Caffeine: Yes.

If you want to enjoy a cuppa green tea on the fly, grab a bag of Tamayokucha by Two Leaves and A Bud. If you have had the opportunity to drink a cup, stop by and let me know. I would love to hear about your experience.  Until then… Happy Tea Drinking!

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