Well, I finally have a week with no work and no school. Total free time! Score! I promised myself that I would get back on track with reviews and make sure to end the year strong. So, without further ado, let’s jump into the review. El’s Tea Shop is an Australia based tea company that focuses on health and wellness, and how every cup you drink should relay that message from the organic ingredients to the absence of additives in the tea. To further try and help people, they have provided a code “DANI10” for my readers to get 10% off! Woo woo! Let’s get reviewing!
Analyzation of the Tea:
Whimsical Acai Berry Tea: This tea was quite tasty, with no crazy tanginess (I will explain, don’t worry). I find many berry teas tend to end up tangy and it can be harder to casually drink as an astringent and tightening feeling happens in your facial region. When trying this tea for the first time, I noticed a slightly dried aspect of the tea. But the next time was very, very different! The fruitiness of the berries appeared without the tanginess or astringency that I often experience with fruit infusions. I think the rose actually calmed down a bit of the hibiscus flavor, making the entire tea more balanced and wonderful to drink. There was a slight natural sweetness to it. My mom could distinctly taste the acai in the tea and thought that the entire tea was masterfully blended. She was quite excited to try the other teas from this company as well.
Ingredients: Acai Berry, Hibiscus, Hawthorn Berries, Goji Berries, Rose Petals, Mandarin Peel, Raspberry Leaf
Organic Ginger Snap Tea: This tea is not exactly full-bodied as described on the packaging, but instead a light, and delicate blend that I think all ginger lovers will still adore. And I absolutely loved. In my experience, full-bodied teas are not always fully drinkable as they taste so strong. Lighter-bodied teas, like this one, tend to be consumed quicker. After it sat a bit longer, I took a sip and did feel the slight sting of ginger going down my throat. After singing quite extensively while in traffic today (for an hour and 15 minutes to give some perspective), it was a welcomed feeling. I think the other ingredients may have toned down the spiciness of the ginger, but I really could only taste the ginger with a slight sweetness that might have been the orange peels.
Ingredients: Organic Ginger Pieces, Organic Paw Paw Leaves, Organic Orange Peels, Organic Honeybrush Leaves, Calendula Petals, Organic True Cinnamon
Youthful Complexion Tea: This tea was also a bit delicate in nature, by now I wonder if I used enough leaves. I used about 2 heaping teaspoons and each packet gave the range of 1-1.5 teaspoons. Overall, I felt very calmed with each sip of the tea. In fact, there was a smooth texture to the tea when drinking it. According to my mom (and I quote verbatim), “Oh, that’s my tea.” She loves the combination of mint and lemon. For most of the tea, I could not taste any licorice root. Near the end of the cup and at the end of the sip, I could finally taste a hint of licorice sweetness at the back of my throat. My mom liked this tea (and tried drinking all of my tea), so I made more tea for her. Interestingly enough, as it was brewing, I was able to uniquely identify the aroma of the nettle leaves. But after it was all brewed, the lemon came out once again.
Ingredients: Peppermint, Calendula Petals, Lemon Myrtle, Milk Thistle, Burdock Roots, Alfalfa, Nettle Leaves, Licorice Root
Analyzation of the Pricing:
For 55 grams of tea, the Organic Ginger Snap Tea is about $12.50 USD ($18.00 AUD). The Youthful Complexion Tea is about $13.50 USD ($19.50 AUD) for 30 grams of tea. Also at 30 grams, the Whimsical Acai Berry Tea runs for almost $15.00 ($21.50 AUD). I have to be honest, I forgot the prices were originally in Australian currency and was quite shocked at the prices. But now that I figured out the actual number, it is much better. I do wish that the online shop would distinguish different currencies, as I do not know if I went to pay for the tea if it would automatically change to USD. Assuming that it does, I consider these prices fair! This company also provided me with a special code “DANI10”, as mentioned in the intro paragraph, to help my readers save 10% off.
Analyzation of the Packaging:
The packaging is quite minimal but effective. I was a little worried about the tea pouches, as I have seen tea in the past with similar packaging that had failed my analysis. However, these pouches were much better quality and just barely released any aroma outside of the bag by the zipper. And when I say just barely, I mean just barely. It was so little that I almost did not notice until a slight draft in my house blew a tiny scent to my nose. Either way, I will keep the packaging as is!
I hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday season so far. I am excited to get back in the reviewing grind and hopefully also create some more content for 2020. Do you have any New Year’s goals? Let me know what they are in the comments! Happy Brewing!