Mountain of Mango Madness!!!!

Before starting, I would like to write an apology.   I have not written the past two weeks due to an unfortunate illness within my family.   This Saturday, October 4th, my grandfather, William Roeben, passed away at the age of 87.   Needless to say, this is a hard time filled with a lot of tears, painful planning, but at the same time, also filled with wondrous laughter and joyous memories as we celebrate and remember his fruitful life.   Please join me as you read this in praying that my Opa goes back home to be with his wife who we lost two years ago, as they enjoy bowling up in Heaven with all their friends.   Thank you.

My Cousin Emily, My Opa, and Me Two Christmases Ago

My Cousin Emily, My Opa, and Me Two Christmases Ago

And now, on to tea…


So, yesterday for dinner, I had the Inca Tea Mountain of Mango.   For those that don’t know me, I LOVE mango.   I remember the first time I had a fresh mango was in college.   Sitting in my dorm room, no clue how to eat it, I just went to town, burying my face deep into the green skin and pulling at the sweet yellow flesh underneath, smiling my fiber-filled grin with each bite I took.   I was completely hooked.

By the way, since then, I have learned to eat mango in a more refined manner by simply slicing off some mango and eating that way, but admittedly, the other way is still a lot more fun.

Mountain of Mango is one of the herbal blends that Inca Tea sells.   Upon opening the package, I noticed that there was a slightly acidic smell to it.   Not what I was expecting!   When I hear mango, I hear sweet, sometimes overbearingly so.   However, there was something in this one, probably the hibiscus petals, that made the sweet dull down a little bit, which is a plus for those that want to drink tea and not drink a fruit juice.

The tea looked lovely, to say the least.   A unique blend of mango, purple corn, hibiscus petals, rose hip peel, and apple, as well as some natural flavors.   You could actually see each component, which, if you have been to my Tea Love talks, you know is a big deal to me:

Pretty, Pretty, Pretty

Pretty, Pretty, Pretty

When the tea was brewed, it created a red-ish orange hue, kind of like a sun set.   This tea is definitely worth brewing in a clear mug, if you have any.   The acidic smell went down a bit and the tea became more of a soothing smell, matching the taste.   I would not mind waking up to a relaxing morning and brewing myself a cup of Mountain of Mango.   It was sweet, relaxing, and felt like one of those teas that you would wake up early to see the sun rise with.   It is not meant to wake you – it is meant to calm you.

This would also be a good tea to have as an introductory tea for children, should you wish.   Being that it is an herbal blend, there is no caffeine in the tea.   It is sweet enough where kids would like it, but not so sweet that you are going to think there is loads of added sugar in the drink.   It will also be easier to introduce them to more tea-based drinks after using this as a primer.

So sit back, drink up, and enjoy some Mountain of Mango, courtesy of Inca Tea.

Sadly, I will be doing my last tea for Inca Tea this Sunday!   Join in next week as I review Tawantin Black Tea 🙂

An Introduction to Healthy, Happy, Heavenly Herbal Tea

Before starting this post, understand that a purist can very well argue with me that herbal tea is, in fact, not truly a tea.   Herbal tea, also known as tisane tea, is not made from the Camellia sinensis plant (as introduced in A (Somewhat) Brief History of Tea blog).   Instead, this tea can be made from anything from fruits to seeds to normal herbs.   However, walking through the store, you will see herbal tea on sale in the tea section.   Herbal tea is also brewed by seeping the items in hot water for a period of time, just like tea.   So, for the sake of this blog, it will be considered a tea.

Because of the different types of teas for herbal teas, there is not a general way to produce herbal teas.   One can take mint leaves, pour hot water over them and consider that a mint herbal tea, even!   Due to this, herbal tea might be the easiest kind to produce at home.   You do not need to worry about mixing it with tea leaves and you can still produce an excellent tea by taking items from your kitchen and garden.

A Fresh Cup Of Herbal "Tea"

A Fresh Cup Of Herbal “Tea”

Different herbal teas will produce different effects.   For example, it is general knowledge that chamomile tea helps to sooth frayed nerves (which is a perfect drink for the holidays for all those hosting Thanksgiving dinner tomorrow).   It is also considered to be one of the most popular herbal teas.

Lavender is another herb that is generally known to calm nerves, both through aroma and ingestion.   Combining it with chamomile can produce that much of a greater effect.   The two combined can also help prevent insomnia.   After all, who hasn’t been kept up late into the evenings due to some worry?

Thyme tea might help fight anemia, a condition affecting the blood.   It might also help with some digestive problems that the drinker might be facing.

Chai tea is a spicy tea that tends to have strong undertones of cinnamon and nutmeg.   Perfect for the autumn season, it is believed to help strengthen the immune system and fortify the body.   This is due to all the spices that are normally mixed in with the tea.   The different spices tend to produce different added benefits.

The list of benefits from herbal teas are endless due to the simple fact that herbal teas can be made from almost anything from a leaf in the garden to a fruit found in the store!   This also means that the brew time will vary.

Typically, a brewing time will take five to ten minutes with boiling water.   Caffeine will vary, though you can make an herbal tea as caffeinated or non-caffeinated as you wish.   Be wary of the kind of herbs that you use if you have any sensitivities, as it can be potentially hazardous.   Herbal teas will vary to each drinker.   They can be sweet, spicy or have a strong floral taste, so it depends on the individual preference how the person might react.

Though herbal tea is not technically a “tea,” it definitely deserves a lofty status in the drink world due to its variety of tastes, benefits and amazing qualities.

Photo Credit:

Dutta Enterprise.   2011.   Dutta Enterprise: herbal-tea-832719.jpeg, 23 Nov 2011.   JPEG.

Source Credit:

Paige, Alyson.   “How To Make Herbal Teas.”, 2011.   Web.   23 Nov 2011.

Tea Herbal Tea.   “Herbal Tea: What Is Herbal Tea?”   Tea Herbal Tea, 2009.   Web.   23 Nov 2011.   “Herbal Tea Benefits.”   Web.   23 Nov 2011.