Before I start, I wanted to provide a note explaining this review and the process that happened before receiving the tea.
I really try and keep my blog “safe”, meaning that I try not to post subjects that would greatly offend anyone or be overly political. So, when I was approached by a politically conscious tea company, I really wanted to say no. But, I took a page out of my dad’s book and asked for time to consider the collaboration. In that time, I started to think about the platform I have created. I write before every review that I want this to be a space for everyone, not just myself. Would I be honoring that statement by rejecting a company simply based on one factor? Therefore, on the condition that I do not make political statements on my blog, I agreed to review the tea. I want to really show that Tea&Me is a space for everyone, no matter the beliefs or opinions. I am simply reviewing the blends and not endorsing or opposing the political views of this tea company or any company in general.A Note from Danielle
The Company: Resisteance Tea
As stated before in the note, Resisteance, is a politically conscious tea company from San Diego, California. Formed in December 2018, it is a new company which hopes to platform a tea company and a personal mission for something bigger. The company donates 10% from each purchase after taxes to organizations that align with her beliefs. Her teas are certified fair-trade. The Resisteance hoped to create a tea that will spark conversation as much as it sparks joy in their consumers.
The Tea Blends:
Ginger Turmeric Wellness Tea (Bernie Wan Kenobi): I am always slightly wary of turmeric teas. It can get spicy if there is too much of it, or overwhelm the other flavors in the tea if it is not blended correctly. This tea definitely has a turmeric taste but the flavor elements of the green and black tea definitely also have their moment in this tea. Ah, and there is that ingredient again, “natural flavor”. I still have no idea what that implies. This is no shade to this tea company, but I wish more companies would plainly state what this exactly means. What if someone has allergies? If someone could explain this to me, I would greatly appreciate it.
Ingredients: Black Tea, Green Tea, Bael Nut, Ginger Pieces, Turmeric, Red and Blue Cornflower Petals, Natural Flavor (organic compliant)
Ayurvedic Barrier Tea (Professor W): I really enjoy rooibos teas, there is just a unique flavor that rooibos brings to teas. This tea has a very strong fruity, chamomile smell, I could smell it as soon as I started to open the bag. As I brewed the tea, the same smell continued. With this beautiful smell, I was just praying that the tea would taste just as good. The taste and feel of the tea were very smooth and delightful to my tastebuds. I will continue to drink this tea before bed because it just had a way to calm my body.
Ingredients: Rooibos, Green Rooibos, Honeybush, Chamomile Flowers, Goji Berries, Ginger Pieces, Blue Cornflower Petals, Ginseng, Natural Flavors
Healthy Hair & Nails Tea Blend (AOC from the Block): I was a little scared of this blend, mostly because it looks like grass and chamomile. But I am not one to shy away from some weird blends, so I put on my kettle and prepared myself. I was also a little confused about how much to put in since the grassy part made it hard to measure out the proper amount with all the extra air. I do not know how my hair and nails are affected by this tea, but I tasted a lot of chamomile with a slight subtle hint of sweetness which I know is the pineapple. I could see me drinking this tea before bed since the chamomile taste is so strong.
Ingredients: Chamomile, Bamboo Leaves, Pineapple Pieces, Cornflower Petals, Natural Flavors
Product & Price:
Each tea comes with 1.75 ounces of product. I was a little concerned however, about the quality of the bags the tea was stored in. It felt thin and when I opened the bag up and then resealed the bag, I could still smell the tea. This would mean that the tea would have a shorter shelf life if I did not move it into a different airtight container. That really is not a big issue, I move most of my teas that come into pouches into glass airtight containers anyways. Each tea costs $11.95 each. Since each bag has about 20 servings, that equivalates to about $0.60 per serving. And since each tea can be double or triple steeped, the price and amount of tea you get is a good deal in my eyes.
Well, another review Tried & Tasted! What did you guys think? I think no matter the topic finding something you are passionate about and sticking to it is important. In this tea company, it was combining their love of tea and their personal views. Happy Brewing!