I like a good cup of (iced) coffee, I really do. I know many are fanatical when it comes to their joe, but me? I like my tea (with extra cream, one sugar).
I can remember drinking tea in winters past. Standing at my front door (me no taller than the door knob), looking through the glass at the snow falling just outside it, holding my blue plastic mug* with Disney characters plastered on it. I refused to use any other mug aside from my own. The top of the handle was melted a bit (again, it was plastic), probably from me resting a boiling hot tea pot against it, but it was a veteran mug. It had battle wounds reminding me just how much abuse the old gal had taken in her lifetime.
*That reminds me, where is that mug? I remember during a spring cleaning specifically telling my mom not to throw it out. Mom, can you weigh in on this?
During cold nights I would fill her up with hot chocolate and whipped cream. As I grew up, I introduced my mug to tea–it was an instant love affair.
Tea during a snow storm, tea after building igloos, tea sitting in my grandmother’s kitchen.
I don’t remember coming across any kind of gourmet teas when I was a child. I stuck mostly with Lipton (my mom loves her unsweetened iced tea so we always had a few dozen bags of Lipton in the house) and green tea was also a staple. While I am still quite obsessed with green tea (with all the health benefits, why wouldn’t I be?), I have opened my mind to other, more complex, flavors.
I have recently discovered Desert Sage Natural Tea.
Browsing through the online shop (which you can find here), I was blown away by their selection of teas. Not only does Desert Sage offer standard blends of medicinal and “tasty” teas, but they also create custom blends–harmonizing your need for certain herbal supplements as well great tasting flavor.
The folks over at Desert Sage Natural Tea work really hard to make sure their teas are not only yummy, but effective (if purchasing medicinal teas) and they were kind enough to send me three wonderful flavors. Aside from the amazing flavors, what I admire about this company is their dedication to producing natural, organic teas. You can feel the love that goes into each blend as soon as you open the package.
1. Hello Sweetie Tea.
This is a great blend for the adventurous tea drinker. It’s a chocolate black tea with cacao nibs and chili flakes.
Yup, chocolate and chili–obviously my interest was immediately piqued.
I was a bit nervous to try this one, I have to admit. I had no idea how strong the chili flavor was going to be; I didn’t know if my love of chocolate would transfer to tea.
But I am so glad I tried it.
It’s the most interesting tea I’ve ever had, I will say that. The progression of flavors is extraordinary. Once sipped, the flavor starts off almost sweet and smooth. And once swallowed, the chili kicks in. Hello Sweetie is most definitely spicy!
I imagine this tea to pair perfectly with a fudgey dessert.
2. Slim & Slender Chai.
I absolutely love chai tea, and as mentioned, green tea as well. So it was only natural that I would fall head over heels for this tea. Slim & Slender is a green tea based chai containing dandelion root, hawthorne berries, ginger root, and cardamom.
Any habitual dieter will tell you how amazing green tea is (amplifies metabolism, reduces the risk of heart disease, etc), but the other herbs in this tea are just as amazing.
Dandelion root is known for being a great detoxifying agent. It removes toxins from the liver and reestablishes hydration in the body. Ginger is known to do the same.
This tea is extremely drinkable and perfect for everyday use. It has a mild taste and helped keep me full throughout the day. The ingredients in Slim & Slender Chai will speed up your metabolism and definitely give you energy.
3. Migraine Mitigator.
Ahhh, my favorite of the three.
I can not praise this tea enough. Those close to me know that I have been a long-time sufferer of headaches. I can’t actually remember a time when I wasn’t getting a headache at least once or twice a week.
Recently my headaches have turned into two-week-long migraines. Every few months one of these migraines will come on. It will be there when I wake up, and disappear once I take a couple Excedrin Migraine pills. The next morning it will be there again.
As with any unwelcome houseguest I try my best to push it out the door, but it stays in total for about 14 mornings.
I also stare at a computer screen all day at work, and I know this is part of the problem.
Before this tea, I would develop a headache by noon on any given weekday.
And then it came to me–like a medicinal angel.
I struggle to express how much I love this tea. Not only does it actually WORK for my migraines, but the taste is lovely.
As I think of it now (I polished off my sample a few days ago), I long for the peppermint aftertaste on my breath.
For me, this is the perfect tea.
I’m in love, I’m in love and I don’t care who knows it!*
*Elf quotes are acceptable any time of year.
Desert Sage, being the generous and kind people they are, have given me a full size bag of each of these three loose teas.
And since I have had such a great response to this little project, my baby blog, I have decided to give away these teas to one of you–my fabulous readers.
To win these amazing teas and have a tea tasting of your own, all you have to do is comment on this post and tell me about your favorite tea.
A winner will be chosen at random on Sunday, October 13th, 9pm.
For more information on these teas (and many others), visit Desert Sage Natural.
So tell me, are you a tea fanatic? What’s your favorite tea?