Serenity Ayurvedic Tea from TeaVeda

SerenityTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black (Decaffeinated)

Where to Buy:  The Veda Company

Tea Description:

Delicious and intriguing blends of peach, pineapple, organic decaffeinated black tea and passion fruit make our “Serenity” tea a welcoming treat to sip slowly and enjoy.

Learn more about the teas from TeaVeda here.

Taster’s Review:

Nice!  Of the various TeaVeda Ayurvedic teas that I’ve tried thus far, I think that this Serenity Tea is my favorite.  I love the fruit flavors of this blend.  I also appreciate that I taste black tea here, but I don’t taste that “off” taste that I sort of expect (and dread) when it comes to decaffeinated teas.  This tastes like black tea.  It doesn’t taste like decaffeinated black tea even though this IS a decaffeinated black tea.  So, like I said.  NICE!

While the fruit flavors are strong, the decaffeinated black tea base is a solid flavor – it doesn’t taste or feel thin the way some decaf black teas do.  Nor does it have that chemical aftertaste that some decaf teas do.  This tastes like a rich, malty black tea.  And it’s a robust black tea, strong enough to hold its own against the plentiful flavors of peach, pineapple and passion fruit!

These tropical fruit flavors are tasty!  The peach is the strongest of the three fruit flavors and it tastes sweet and juicy.  The pineapple adds a bright flavor to the cup.  And the flavor that ties it all together is the passion fruit.  It adds a sweet, luscious flavor that makes the peach taste a little more “tropical” and the pineapple a little more like a fruit from an orchard in Georgia.  This medley of fruit is summery and refreshing and evokes thoughts of laying out on a hammock on a tropical island, watching the sun as it sets over the horizon.  A very serene scene, indeed!

This is a very aptly named tea – sure to inspire Serenity from the inside out.

Revitalize Ayurvedic Tea from TeaVeda

revitalizeTeaveda1Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Green

Where to Buy:  The Veda Company

Tea Description:

“Revitalize” your mind, body and spirit with refreshing and rejuvenating essences of wild mint, cinnamon and traditional Ayurvedic Indian Gooseberry.  Each blend is mildly caffeinated with green tea, one of nature’s antioxidant wonders.

Learn more about the teas from TeaVeda here.

Taster’s Review:

Indian Gooseberry is not something that I’m well acquainted with, so I googled it to learn more.  Based on the information that I could find, it is high in vitamin C, it is an antioxidant and does all kinds of other good for you things like enhances brain function, heart support and it’s good for your skin and hair among many other benefits.

OK, sounds good to me.

The berry is supposed to offer a very strong sour and bitter taste.  Bitter and sour are not two of my favorite words when it comes to describing tea.

So maybe the Indian Gooseberry is starting to sound less good to me.

But, hey, there are other ingredients in this tea too.  Not just the gooseberry.  Cinnamon and wild mint.  I like them.  And I like green tea.  So, maybe these other ingredients will help make the Indian Gooseberry more palatable.

So, I’ll try it.  Hey!  That’s what I do.  That’s why I’m here.  And that’s why you’re here.  You’re here to read about what I’m drinking.  And I’m about to drink this tea.

revitalizeTeavedaTo brew it, I heated freshly filtered water to 175°F and I got out my favorite teacup.  Unfortunately, it isn’t the gorgeous Revitalize teacup from the TeaVeda collection.  But I like my sunflower teacup anyway!

I let the tea sachet steep for 2 minutes.  The aroma has a strong fruity essence with light background notes of cinnamon and a whisper of mint.

The flavor is strong.  It has a strong, berry like flavor that is indeed both bitter and sour.  The cinnamon and mint do balance this strong flavor out though.  I’m finding the flavor a little surprising because cinnamon and mint tend to be very strong, aggressive flavors and it surprises me that the Indian Gooseberry is a stronger flavor than the other ingredients.  The gooseberry is what I taste – front and center – while the other flavors seem to temper the bitterness and tart character of the gooseberry.

That said, I find the flavor to be enjoyable.  I am not a big fan of bitter and sour flavors, but, because of the presence of the mint and cinnamon, these two flavors are much more acceptable to my palate … not just acceptable, but actually enjoyable.

I don’t taste a lot of green tea here and if I’m to offer a complaint about this tea, that would be it.  I would like to have a stronger green tea presence.  After all, I’m drinking tea.  I want to taste the tea.

I found this tea to be quite interesting, and I could notice myself feeling revitalized after I finished it.  I would certainly drink this again if the opportunity presented itself.

Restorative Ayurvedic Tea from TeaVeda

veda-logo-bgTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Green

Where to Buy:  The Veda Company

Tea Description:

Mildly caffeinated with green tea, one of nature’s antioxidant wonders.  Regroup and recharge with the engaging and flavorful blend of orange and mango in our “Restorative” tea.  

Learn more about the teas from TeaVeda here.

Taster’s Review:

This afternoon, I thought I’d try another tea from the TeaVeda collection from The Veda Company … this time from their “caffeinated” collection.  This “Restorative” blend is a combination of green tea and the fruit flavors of orange and mango.

I steeped the silky pyramid sachet in freshly filtered water that was heated to 175°F for two minutes.  This produced a flavorful cup where I can taste the bright notes of orange and the sweet notes of mango that highlight the lush green tea.

I like that while I can taste the fruit notes, they do not overpower the green tea.  This is a tea first – meaning that the tea is not playing “canvas” and providing a background for these fruit flavors.  I appreciate that.

The green tea is not an overly “grassy” tasting green.  It’s sweet, creamy and has a light vegetal tone and hints of flower.  It has a lightness that seems to meld nicely with the fruity notes.  The mango and orange work very well together.  These fruit notes taste juicy and pleasant with the green tea.

Overall, an enjoyable cup.

Relax Ayurvedic Rooibos Tisane from TeaVeda

RelaxTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Rooibos

Where to Buy:  The Veda Company

Tea Description:

Sweet, romantic and warming flavors of vanilla, cinnamon, rooibos and spices entice and entitle you to “Relax.” 

Learn more about the teas from TeaVeda here.

Taster’s Review:

I know I’ve said it more than once here on this blog, but I’m a sucker for packaging.  I’m also really into presentation.  And I have to say that I really like the presentation – and the packaging! – from this new-to-me company, The Veda Company, and their line of teas called TeaVeda.

The Veda Company sells not just an intriguing line of teas, but also candles, body care and home décor.  And I love the presentation of their TeaVeda line.  The tins are GORGEOUS and isn’t the teapot and teacup (in the photo above) absolutely beautiful?  The teacup is also called “Relax” and each of the teacups in the TeaVeda line has an inspiring message printed on the inside of the cup.  For the Relax cup, the message is:

“A happy family is but an earlier heaven.”  ~George Bernard Shaw

I love it all:  the teapot, the teacup, and the gorgeous tins that the teas are packaged in.  Beautifully ornate with a very tight fitting, double lid system to help keep your tea protected from the elements.

But wait, there’s more!  There’s TEA!

Tonight, I’m in need of a soothing, relaxing cup of tea so I’m sipping on “Relax” from TeaVeda, which is a chai-like blend of spices, vanilla and rooibos.  This chai has the “usual” chai ingredients:  ginger, cinnamon, cardamom and cloves.  Plus it also has some black pepper to spice it up even more and some vanilla to sweeten it.

This blend is a lovely spicy-sweet blend that teases my taste buds!  At first I think that the cloves are the most prominent flavor of the cup, but then the pepper and ginger come through strongly.  Then the cinnamon and cardamom come shining through.

The vanilla is a subtle flavor to this cup, adding a creamy flavor to the drink without softening the spices.  There is a warm, nutty flavor from the rooibos that complements the spices well.  And, even though the spices are vibrant, the beverage has a calming overall effect.

A nice, soothing cup of “Relax”!

When I first encountered The Veda Company, I found that their website is not an e-commerce/shopping cart type of site.  Instead, to place your order, you need to utilize their inquiry page and place the order via this system.  Not quite as convenient as the shopping cart, I realize, and they realize it too, so until they do get the shopping cart up and running, they are offering a 20% discount on retail orders made through the inquiry page!  I love saving money!