I’m so happy it’s already fall. It’s been my favorite time of year for as long as I can remember. Some people find it depressing but, as far as I’m concerned, there is nothing quite like wearing the first cardigan of the season, fluffy scarfs as mornings get chilly and having cold but rosy cheeks while walking my dog amongst the green, golden and red leaves. It’s time for renewal and reflection. It’s the beginning of school, all things pumpkin and cozy movie nights with a blanket. It’s also time for tea. Honestly, I wanted to post a mini vegan lentil pie recipe, but I don’t have great natural light at home to take decent food photos at the moment and so, I’ll continue to focus on some reviews and suggestions. Let me know if you would like me to share some recipes nevertheless, I will be most happy to see your opinion!
About this post, I’ve never been much of a coffee drinker myself, although I seriously love the scent. I find it a bit too harsh for my stomach and only have it occasionally. Tea is another story. I love to brew a nice pot of tea, green, black, white… all for different purposes and occasions. The ones I’ll be referring to now, are blends with roots, herbs, flowers and sometimes, tea leaves.
There are many good tea brands outhere, but I personally consider these three to be my favorite: Pukka, Buddha Teas and Yogi Tea. There are some things I find important to consider when choosing bagged teas: the quality of the ingredients, the quality/balance of the blend, the bag and, finally, the brand itself. All of the previously mentioned have high quality herbs and spices from verified organic farming with full disclosure on their websites about the origins of their products. Also, they all offer unbleached tea bags. This means that they are Totally Chlorine Free (TCF) and 100% biodegradeable and/or recyclable. Pukka even specifies that their tea bags are made of a special blend of natural abaca (a type of banana) and plant cellulose fibres, which I find most interesting!
About the blends, of course that is always a matter of personal taste but I’ll refer the ones which I personally fell in love with (all of the following are naturally caffeine-free).
- Chakra Teas by Buddha Teas: These are really really special. Quoting: “Buddha Teas presents a line of chakra teas expertly crafted from herbs that resonate with each chakra, offering stimulating and flavorful teas empowered by the essence of crystals”. Now, even if you are not all about the chakras, these are exquisite teas, honestly. I loved all of them, but my favorite at the moment has to be the Root chakra tea with Organic Raspberry Leaf, Ashwagandha, Cloves, Dandelion and Hibiscus. I just love to brew an entire pot of this and find out the little message that they add in the little end paper of each tea bag! Feel free to check the ingredients for each chakra and find out your own favorite. Another plus is the gorgeous packaging. Who can resist those gorgeous boxes?
- I have three favorites from Pukka teas: Three Ginger is absolutely perfect as a pick me up tea with its spicy flavour. It has organic ginger, galangal and turmeric and so, very anti-inflamatory and perfect if you are feeling a bit down or with the flu. Three Tulsi is an all-time favorite as I enjoy having it both in the morning and late night. It has a deep taste with green, purple and lemon tulsi and It’s a beverage you have to appreciate while you’re having it. Elderberry & Echinacea is a fruity brew, very tasty and good for the immune-system. As the ginger tea, it’s a great option for when you have a cold or are feeling sluggish.
- Rooibos by Yogi tea is a classic. Its ingredients include cinnamon, ginger, carob, roasted chicory, cardamom, cloves, black pepper, cinnamon oil, ginger oil, cardamom oil and vanilla extract. Now that is one afternoon tea! The flavour is great, deep, spicy and very aromatic, as you would like to have on a saturday while reading a book by the fireplace.
Now, I drink all teas withough any sweetener as I feel that it unbalances the flavour of the blends but, once more, that is just a matter of personal preference. Now, grab your kettle and brew a cup of tea on this rainy day.
Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. All opinions about these products are my own and not influenced in any way.