Ashwagandha is one ingredient that I have not overly explored, but I have heard such great things about it. Tipson Tea sent me their Ashwagandha variety pack to try out. This company was founded on the belief that consumers deserve healthy and functional tea. They want to inspire people to make healthier food and beverage choices. By having better quality packaging and ingredients, delectable taste profiles, and unique product flavors and blends, they believe that consumers will benefit and love the tea that they put out on the market. They are based out of Sri Lanka and hope to bring wellness to each cup. Here are my thoughts:
After experimenting with a few of the blends I decided that brewing them side by side (by side by side by side by side) was the best route in making sure to note any differences and get a true feel for these teas. Interestingly enough, I did not really taste any ashwagandha or notes that really screamed out as different. But here is a tea by tea analysis.
Blueberry: This one was also quite chamomile forward with hints of berry sweetness to it. When doing the side-by-side comparison, the berry sweetness was most definitely blueberry. But it was a bit hard to pick up on when drinking it on its own. The taste was quite a mild berry flavor, not extremely robust. I could taste some fruity notes, as well as some chamomile and rosehips. There were a few tart notes that I picked up but it came in near the middle of a sip, almost hibiscus-like. That little random note reminded me of a berry pie in a way. The look of the tea was more golden yellow, and it did make a really lovely chamomile focused tea. I do wish there was a bit more boldness in the blueberry flavor though.
Ingredients: Organic Chamomile, Organic Ashwagandha, Organic Lemongrass, Organic Rosehip Shell, Organic Orange Peel, Organic Hibiscus, Natural Flavor Blueberry
Ginger & Peach: The sachet has an extremely fruity ginger aroma. When doing our side by side comparison, the peach notes really jumped out to my nose as well as a slight lemon mint grassy aroma and some ginger notes. As soon as the tea steeps, the ginger element really goes away is not felt or tasted, which was a bit disappointing on my end. It started for me quite peachy but the tea was a bit drying, and by the end of the cup, my whole mouth did feel a bit dry. Flavor wise, straight peaches with bits of sweetness on the end of the sip, possibly the lemongrass. My mom said that this tea almost became a bit more lemon peachy to her instead of ginger peachy, but she did like the combination, as did I.
Ingredients: Organic Chamomile, Organic Ashwagandha, Organic Lemongrass, Organic Ginger, Organic Lemon Verbena, Natural Peach Flavor
Lemon & Ginger: This was probably my favorite of the bunch and is just classic. From my research ashwagandha is kind of an odd flavor and it is surprising that I cannot really sense anything off about these teas. The aroma of the teabag was quite spicy smelling, so I was quite confused when the aroma of the brewed tea is more lemony than gingery. There was almost a slight earthy note behind the lemon note as well, but quite faint, and I believe it to be the chamomile. I love lemon ginger teas so I dove right in. The first initial thought and notes are ‘lemon with a slight feeling of ginger within the mouth’. It is very refreshing and it almost had a hint of chamomile that I tasted in the middle of each sip, but it was not very prominent. However, this was a great tea to drink to sate an aching throat, and I quickly gulped it down. Other times that I drank this tea, I did notice again a little drying effect on my mouth.
Ingredients: Organic Chamomile, Organic Ashwagandha, Organic Lemongrass, Organic Ginger, Organic Lemon Verbena, Natural Lemon Flavor
Mango: I started drinking this but was immediately concerned when I started tasting something familiar…but what was it?? My mom assisted me in trying these teas side by side, and she read out the ingredients including moringa. Moringa is unfortunately an ingredient that I cannot have after discovering that it blocks my thyroid medication from being absorbed into my body. However, my mom and I did get a few tasting notes together. The aroma had many notes of mango and lemon, and after it cooled a bit more, turmeric. After going through all the teas, we started thinking this tea also had some peachy elements to it as well. The taste was quite reminiscent of mango with hints of lemon and moringa. I was not able to go further in this tea, but will be making sure to share it with a friend since I cannot have it.
Ingredients: Organic Chamomile, Organic Ashwagandha, Organic Lemongrass, Organic Turmeric, Organic Moringa, Natural Mango Flavor
Cherry: I loved this one, especially over ice (but hot was just as good). The aroma immediately reminded me of cherry candies and had a slight reddish/pink tone to the brew. It had an instant feeling to it that just brought me happiness. As I drank it hot, I could taste a cherry flavor with bits of hibiscus and lemongrass. I noticed that the lemongrass note really stuck to the top of my mouth and was evident more towards the end of each sip. The hibiscus really just made the cherry flavor more prominent and I just enjoyed every second of it. I ended up putting this tea over ice, and it was extremely refreshing and I just gulped it down.
Ingredients: Organic Chamomile, Organic Ashwagandha, Organic Hibiscus, Organic Lemongrass, Organic Orange Peel, Natural Cherry Flavor
Pomegranate: This tea was pretty mild, but very flavorful and fruity. Immediately. the aroma screamed rosehips with a little bit of citrus elements to it. All the different ingredients seemed to blend pretty well together, and it made it pretty hard to distinguish the different notes. As I took a sip, I again noted the mild and calming aspects of this tea. The front of this tea has a very prominent chamomile front to it, but with some very bright fruity sweetness to it. As the tea cooled (I always seem to accidentally leave this tea somewhere and lose track of it), I noticed the combination of rosehip and hibiscus a bit more, with little citrus elements. It was a bit hard to figure out this tea due to how mellow it is, but it was a fuller fruitiness compared to that of the blueberry.
Ingredients: Organic Chamomile, Organic Ashwagandha, Organic Hibiscus, Organic Lemongrass, Organic Rosehip Shell, Organic Orange Peel, Natural Flavor Pomegranate
Price: The price of the assorted ashwagandha pack is $14.99 for 60 individually wrapped teabags. Individual tea blends come in packs of 25 tea bags for $7.99.
Packaging: The box that this tea came in was lovely, it has each tea separated by kind. Each tea was individually wrapped. I thought I have read before that they use biodegradable bags, but after searching for a while, I cannot find any claims that support that. The tea is certified USDA Organic.
Sourcing: To my knowledge, this tea is produced in Sri Lanka.
What are your thoughts about ashwagandha? Have you tried it before? Let me know in the comments your thoughts. As always, Happy Brewing!