A new specialty shop opened up nearby, and when I poked my head inside I discovered they also served coffee and tea. On a blustery, cold day I ordered a cup of Spicy Turmeric Tonic from MEM Tea to warm my body and spirit.
This tea was listed as having flavors of cacao, ginger, and cinnamon, all long-time favorites of mine. Oddly, the turmeric in the name wasn’t listed as a main flavor. I had this blend brewed hot without milk or sweetener.
As a lover of chai teas, this was a delicious new blend filled with familiar spices. The cinnamon and ginger were very forward, warming and gently spicy. The cacao shells gave the blend more body, almost fooling me into thinking it was a black tea instead of an herbal. The cacao brought its usual sweet-and-savory cocoa notes to balance out the sweet-and-hot ginger.
The turmeric was subtle, appearing as just a touch of earthy spice behind the brighter flavors. The turmeric does show up in the color of the brew, with its trademark bright yellow ochre color.
Full disclosure, cacao shells don’t have caffeine, but they are stimulants, so this might not be a true decaf blend. Either way, it was a wonderful new take on an herbal chai and I will definitely plan to brew another a cup of Spicy Turmeric Tonic sometime soon.
Here’s the scoop!
Leaf Type: Herbal
Where to Buy: MEM Tea
This unique and healthful blend of Turmeric, Ginger, Cinnamon and Cacao is rich and smooth, with warm spicy flavors and a zesty finish.
Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!
It’s been a while since my last Lapacho so I’m long overdue for a good one! I’m so happy the one I tried recently was Lapacho Orange and Vanilla Tea from Kent Sussex Tea & Coffee Co.
Lapacho, Orange Peel, Orange Slices, Vanilla Flavoring are the ingredients in this decaff offering and boy-oh-boy was it a flavorful one! It was citrusy, sweet, creamy, and even had a slight woodsy-spice towards the end of the cup as it cooled. It was reminiscent of a creamiscle with a bit of a twist.
Lapacho is one of the herbals that you infuse the longest…usually 15 to 20 minutes! It’s worth the wait!
According to Kent & Sussex…Lapacho Orange and Vanilla is a delicious new herbal tea blend of Lapacho bark orange pieces and natural vanilla flavour. Their Lapacho Tea is from South America and is the inner of the Tecoma-Lapacho tree. Lapacho is a herbal tea that has been used for over a 1,000 years by indigenous tribes to treat an array of ailments and many consider it to be a medicinal gem! This is a caffeine free tea with a mellow aroma and bright taste of orange and vanilla.
This loose leaf option may be something for those who are interested in Detox, Hydration, Refreshing, Relaxing teas and tisanes.
If you have the time to infuse – this tisane just might be the one to amuse! Try Lapacho Orange and Vanilla Tea from Kent & Sussex Tea & Coffee! I found it to be lovely!
Here’s the scoop!
Leaf Type: Lapacho (Herbal)
Where to Buy: Kent & Sussex Tea & Coffee Co
Lapacho Orange and Vanilla is a delicious new herbal tea blend of Lapacho bark orange pieces and natural vanilla flavour. Our Lapacho Tea is from South America and is the inner of the Tecoma-Lapacho tree. Lapacho is a herbal tea that has been used for over a 1 000 years by indigenous tribes to treat an array of ailments a medicinal gem! This is a caffeine free tea with a mellow aroma and bright taste of orange and vanilla.
Brewing Instructions: The classic way to make this tea is to place the Lapacho (10g per ltr) into cold water and bring to the boil simmer for 5 minutes remove from heat and leave to infuse for 20 minutes. Quite a ritual! But worth the effort.
Ingredients: Lapacho orange peel orange slices flavouring.