Tezahn is a woman-owned US wellness company founded by Sirisha. While attending a yoga class, she was thinking that there had to be a better way to hydrate yourself than just water or drinks loaded with sugars, preservatives, and additives. She remembered her grandmother, who kept a copper pot full of water and spices near her bed her whole life to drink from, and the medicinal benefits that it gave as well as the divine taste it had. By creating an unique wellness water, she could maintain hydration and reap the benefits of the different spices that she used. When meeting with Sirisha, I got the impression that she was very proud of the fact that just about all of these ingredients could be found in your spice drawer and were natural. I could also sense the passion that she has behind her product, which just gave me more excitement to taste the drinks behind her vision. She sent me her three cold-infusion blends: Tulsi & Spices, Ginger & Jaggery, and Mint & Turmeric. Here are my thoughts:
Tulsi & Spices: I was not sure what exactly to expect, but I found this to be a cool way to up my liquids while studying (and expect this to be great when I get back on my feet and exercising). This one was really lovely, the tulsi and cardamom were the most distinguished in the taste. I was surprised by how much the tea changed in color and brewed so quickly. It was a subtle yellow color with some rose tones, really pretty to look at. I did find that I needed to take the teabag out after 5 minutes, as it got a bit too strong for me. The cardamom really started to take over the tea the more the bag sat in the water. But I then used the tea bag to steep again. I had a glass of water near my bed so I put the spice bag in. After around 10 minutes, I checked on the drink and it still held some integrity of the spices and was quite refreshing to drink. The tulsi was the spice that held on the most in the second drink. I originally wanted to try these teas in a hot form as well, but as I try them out and integrate them into my life, I find myself going away from that idea. I was very impressed by how well and fast they worked, and I do not find myself wanting to have this as a hot drink, but keep the original intention as is.
Ingredients: Tulsi (Holy Basil ), Cardamom, Edible Camphor, Cloves, Nutmeg & Mace
Ginger & Jaggery: Each of these teas surprises me in its own way. I was the most excited to try this ginger drink blend, due to my love of the ingredient. The aroma of the herbal drink was very spicy and instantly flooded my senses with ginger notes. I was impressed by how potent the aroma was since this was a cold infusion. The drink brewed more of a golden yellow, it continues to amaze me how fast the color and tea change after 5 minutes. I drank this to hydrate myself while working through my never-ending MBA homework, and found it very easy to continue to sip on through the study session. The taste of the liquid itself was very spice forward and I could identify the cardamom, ginger, and cloves apart from the rest of the drink. Like the other cold-infusions, the longer the tea bag sat in the water, the more strong the drink became. It also became a bit more drying if you left the teabag in for too long. I just learned early on that my preference is to remove the teabag at around the 7-minute mark. As I sipped on the drink some more, I noticed a slight natural sweetness starting to appear as well as some herby notes from the tulsi. The intensity of the taste was impressive considering the ingredients are all-natural and there are no additives in the cold-infusion.
Ingredients: Tulsi (Holy Basil), Ginger, Jaggery, Cardamom, Edible Camphor, Nutmeg, Cloves & Mace
Mint & Turmeric: I was very unsure about the combination of mint and turmeric, but the two compliments each other in ways that I did not expect at all. When shaking the tea, the water turned a lovely yellow color, with little bits of turmeric floating around the mason jar. I could not really notice any aromas coming from this tea (this was the first one I made with ice as I normally just like room temperature water, but I do recommend using ice. It seemed to make this drink even more refreshing). The taste was quite turmeric forward, which did create a bit of a drying effect on my mouth for the first second of a sip (unsure how to properly explain that sensation). The mint came in shortly after very subtly, which then refreshed and washed over my mouth. Surprisingly to me, I think this blend might be my favorite of the three blends. This was just the easiest to drink and the hardest to put down, which I just honestly did not expect since I can only drink turmeric when I am in the mood for it. This one I could actually keep the teabag in and it did not go past the point of no return in regards to the taste and strength of the drink.
Ingredients: Mint, Turmeric, Cardamom, Edible Camphor, Nutmeg, Cloves & Mace
Price: Each of these teas are priced at $7.99 for 10 packets. This equivalates to about $0.80 per serving. I do not think this is too bad considering the quality of the cold-infusion and the lack of any additives in the ingredients.
Packaging: The teabags are individually wrapped and put in a cardboard box for storage. The teabags are small enough to fit into a purse to take on the go or to work. All of their packaging is recyclable or biodegradable, using energy-efficient methods to manufacture their products.
Sourcing: All of their ingredients are organic, preservative-free, artificial coloring free, fair trade, vegan, and cruelty free. Since the ingredients are not actually tea, I more care about quality of the ingredients over the sourcing.
How much water do you drink in a day? I will be honest, most of my daily liquids are tea, but I make sure to start and end my day with a glass of water at the very least. This water-enhancer product has made me consider my overall water intake, and I want to make more of an effort to keep myself more hydrated. Happy Brewing!