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Yogi Tea make a variety of herb and spice infusion teas which apparently lends themselves to Ayurvedic practices.
Whilst other teas in the range are largely available in Holland and Barrett. I picked this one up in an independent health food store and I believe that it is available from sites such as goodnessdirect.co.uk for around £2 for 15 bags.
The packaging is very colourful and full of information, a change from the somewhat bland packaging of a lot of alternative teas. Along the sides of the box as well as the ingredients list, there is a lengthy description of the product and how to best prepare it, a story of the history of Yogis Tea in Ayurveda practice. On the bottom is an example of a breathing exercise. Inside the box is even more text about their philosophy and how their ingredients are sourced by 'organic commitment.'
According to the ingredients list, the tea includes the following liquorice, cocoa shells, spearmint, fennel, anise, ginger, peppermint, nettle, chilli pepper, cinnamon, cardamom, cloves and black pepper, so yes quite an unusual and eclectic mix.
Due to the strong taste and scent of the tea, the bags come wrapped individually in a nice paper sachet and the bags have their own tab so they are easy to retrieve from the cup . The tea does not need any accompaniment like milk or sugar and so just needs to be brewed. The recommended brewing time is 7 minutes, I know that this seems like a long time, but I will vouch for it. If you only leave it in for a couple of minutes, you do not get anything like the richness and depth of flavour than if you had left it in longer.
When it has finished brewing, the tea is a dark reddy brown colour. The overpowering scent when you smell it is of mint but with a sweeter edge.
Now onto the taste. There are many different layers to the flavour. On first taste it is quite sweet and you can get the hint of cocoa, then you get the mint hit (the dominant of which is the spearmint with its cooling dryness.) It is as it rolls back on your tongue, that is when you get the spicyness of the chillis and other hot spices, and this is the flavour and tingliness that stays with you after the sip.
I think it is fair to say that it is not for everyone, it is quite an offbeat, but still very pleasant flavour. I have found that it can satisfy sweet cravings and is really rich and satisfying in flavour and a really nice addition and/or alternative to traditional herbal teas which can be quite bland in flavour.
In conclusion, this is a well spiced and flavoured unusual tea that I would encourage anybody who is a fan of strong tasting tea infusions to try.
I've been enjoying Yogi Tea for a number of years now and having recently read a review of a different flavour, I thought I'd review my favourite flavoured tea - the Sweet Chili Mexican Spice.
Put simply, in my opinion, Yogi Teas are simply the best herbal teas on the market and the Sweet Chili is no exception. Yogi Tea claims to blend Mexican favourings and spices with an oriental, Ayurvedic philosophy to create recipes which are "designed to maintain and support vitality and well being" (according to their website). If you're not into knitting your own tofu, don't let the new-age babble put you off - the best thing about these teas is their taste. However, if you are into eastern new-age thinking, then Yogi Teas will definitely appeal to you. I should add that the teas are made from organic ingredients and are certified by the Soil Association in the UK.
Sweet Chili Mexican Spice tea can be purchased in most organic or health food shops. Luckily I work close to an organic shop so can buy them easily. I've heard rumours that the teas are also available in Sainsbury's, but I've never seen them - perhaps they are available in superstores. The teas retail at around £2.00 and for that you get 15 teabags in a cardboard box. Each teabag in individually wrapped in paper, which is useful for carrying them around with you. The Yogi Tea packaging continues the company's ethos, detailing a bit about the company and each different flavour has a different yogic exercise printed on the box. The Sweet Chili has, appropriately the Fire Breath exercise! Each tea bag also has a little saying of eastern wisdom printed on the paper tab you use to dunk it with.
The best thing about opening a box of Sweet Chili is the smell. It is a gorgeous, warming smell, with a hint of spiciness which makes my mouth water! It's really easy to prepare the tea - simply pop the bag in a mug and fill with boiling water. The preparation instructions recommend leaving the teabag to stew for 7 minutes. I prefer just to leave the bag in whilst I'm drinking the tea to get the most of the flavour.
And the flavour - well it is great and incredibly warming on a winter's day. I must say that the Sweet Chili tea isn't to everyone's taste. However, if you like spicy food in general, I would recommend you give this a try. The tea doesn't taste 'hot', but it is certainly spicy and aromatic. The hint of chilli works well with chocolate flavours which are also infused in the mix. If you've enjoyed chilli flavoured chocolate, this tea has some similarities. The tea also has a slightly spicy aftertaste which is delicious.
The ingredients include Liquorice, cocoa shells (which provide the chocolate flavour), spearmint, fennel, anise, ginger, peppermint, nettle, chili pepper, cinnamon, cardamom, cloves and black pepper. Where this tea (and indeed all Yogi Teas) scores bonus points is that the ingredients actually combine to create a flavoured tea which tastes like it smells. So often herbal teas smell great, but don't taste of anything. Yogi Tea have succeeded where others have failed, by creating a great tasting tea as well as one which smells nice.
So is there anything I don't like about this tea? Well first of all, it can be difficult to get hold of and you may have to resort to online stockists, although if you live near a well-stocked Sainsbury's or whole food shop you should be able to buy it. Secondly, it is not the cheapest product around. I don't personally don't begrudge the price as I'm usually a coffee drinker and only have one cup of tea a day. However, if you were drinking several cups a day, the cost could mount up. I would also question the eco-credentials of the product, as the ingredients are obviously imported from all around the world (and from what I can gather, manufactured in Germany) and although recyclable, each teabag is individually wrapped in paper and also has the tab attached to the bag with a piece of string and a staple.
All in all though, I'm a big fan of this tea - the flavour is so warming and it's great on a cold day. It's definitely the best herbal tea I've come across!
Brand: Yogi Tea / Beverages / Type: Herbal Tea