Where to Purchase:
Thai Chai Tea
Sungma Summer Darjeeling
Senna Leaf and Anise Herbal Pu'er
The month of March got off to a rough start. The East coast got buried in snow, yet it's been in the 50s here in Wisconsin. This crazy weather lead to a delay in the arrival of my tea co-op box from Simple Loose Leaf, but the company did a great job keeping me up to date about the issue. They also let me know they were working towards a solution so this wouldn't happen again. I give them an A+ for keeping me informed, many companies wouldn't have bothered to notify me.
As for the box itself, this month marked a small, but noticeable change. No more random advertisement for underwear! Instead, there was a card with trivia on one side and a tea blending suggestion on the other. Both were welcome additions to the box, as were the packets of organic fair trade sugar. I wouldn't mind seeing more tea related samples in the box, it was a great idea as are the reusable teabags they've been including recently.
I have mixed feelings about the tea offerings this month. I've sampled four of the five teas already. This was pretty disappointing, but I do enjoy Thai Chai, it's an interesting non-traditional chai blend with coconut and lemongrass. All I have to say about this blend is yum (double yum if you make it with coconut milk.) While I consider chai more of a cold weather drink, this makes an amazing iced chai latte.
The blend I was most excited about this month was the Senna Leaf and Anise Herbal Pu'er. I don't see pu'er blends often and I think this is the first herbal/pu'er blend I've come across. The small amount of pu'er added a slight earthy flavor, although the dominant flavors were orange, anise, and ginger. There where were a few flavors I couldn't quite pinpoint (probably the senna leaf or slippery elm which were both new to me.) The only negative I have about this blend is the fact that it gave me one heck of a rash. Apparently I'm allergic to one of the herbal ingredients.
I also wanted to point out that slippery elm, which is one of the herbal ingredients of this blend, can decrease the absorption of medications. In addition to this it's not considered safe for pregnant or breast feeding women. If you're taking any medications, are pregnant, or breast feeding, then you'll want to check with your doctor before consuming any herbal teas. Many are safe, but there are a great deal of which that are not. It's always better to be safe, than sorry.
My Rating: ---/100 (no rating this time since I couldn't finish the sample)
Would I order this again? No, but that is mostly because I was allergic to one of the ingredients. This was one of the more unique offerings I've seen in the box and it was nice to see a pu'er blend.
In an effort to be open with my readers I want to let you know that Simple Loose Leaf has provided me with a free subscription to their service. As always, all opinions are my own.