Monday, December 21, 2009

yogi organic tea


Admittedly I have never been a fan of Yogi teas, as I find their flavours in general being too herby for my liking. The reason for me discovering (and now completely loving a couple of them) was pure coincidence when a vegetarian restaurant didn't serve anything else than Yogi teas. I wasn't too pleased about that then, but went giddy happy when I had my first sip of the classic cinnamon spice tea. It's is mindblowingly good and very flavourful, round, comforting and spicy (apart from cinnamon also contains cardamom, ginger, cloves and black pepper), with no tannic acidity.

In the same category of goodness falls the choco aztec spice, very much like warm spicy chocolate without the sugar rush. With ingredients like cocoa shells, cinnamon, liquorice, carob, barley malt, cardamom, ginger, vanilla and black pepper it's a delightful drink with or without milk.

I generally love a cup of well-made chai tea, but I find Yogi sweet chai tea to have too dominant a liquorice flavour. People who love liquorice will however be enthralled by this tea I think, which contains anise, fennel, liquorice, cardamom, black pepper, cinnamon, ginger and cloves.

All three teas should infuse for at least seven minutes and are said to hold ayurvedic spice infusions hence promoting harmony and understanding with nature and the environment. I like that notion (with only having skimmed the surface of the ayurveda practice) and the purpose of their creation with natural ingredients only - to make one feel consciously alive.

I can't say they make me feel all that, but apart from their wonderful full bodied flavour I do find them both calming and quite reviving at the same time. They're very winter seasonaly and warming both for body and mind.

Do you drink Yogi tea, what's your favourite blend?



Lola Nova said...

I don't really drink yogi teas. If I want an herbal tea I usually make up my own. The first two you mentioned sound very worth trying though.

I agree about the sweet chai...too much licorice :(

Lavender and Vanilla Friends of the Gardens said...

It sounds good to me, I buy only organic tea, love a good chai, not from the bottle, but love anis taste.

Pia K said...

making one's own herbal tea sounds wonderful, alex!

i agree on not liking chai in a bottle, titania, but i like mine without liquorice or anis. strong christmassy flavours of cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, clove and i'm happy:)

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