Urbal Tea: Lemon Spearmint Energy, Kiwi Strawberry Energy, and Good Sport

Tea provided for review

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Every so often, I come across brands that sound like they have unique blends, and Urbal Tea is one of them! I found the brand while scrolling through Tumblr, and Nick, the founder of Urbal Tea, offered to send me some samples to try.  I will be trying 3 tisane blends today, and leaving 3 for another day!

I have a short laundry list I need to get out of the way before I start the review:

  1. Since Nick is a herbalist, his goal is “to promote the healing powers of tea and to educate anyone who is interested in experiencing this ancient form of healing.” While I love trying all types of teas and tisanes, I review teas based on taste, not health or wellness claims from the company.
  2. I like reading the website and the label to do some basic research about teas and blends that I’m about to try. There was a 5-minute difference for max steep times for the blends (ex. 15 mins on the label but 20 on the website). These discrepancies could have happened because I have had these tisanes for a while and the company changed the recommend steep times.
  3. As noted in the example above, the recommended steep times ranged from 5 to 15/20 minutes. The website noted the longer the brewing, the stronger the taste. Therefore, I steeped each tea for 15 minutes.
  4. For Kiwi Strawberry Energy and Good Sport, the label recommended using a tablespoon, so I did.

Now that all that is out of the way, let’s go try the tisanes!

 

Lemon Spearmint Energy

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Description: A full-bodied cup with herbal notes and fresh spearmint sweetness, this one is the perfect pick-me-up at any time of day.”

Review: When I opened the packaging, there was a lovely soothing spearmint aroma which was slightly earthy. However, the wet blend smelt more like lemongrass, which came through in the taste of the liquor. The yellow liquor also had a hint of earthiness. While it had stimulating ingredients, it carried a soothing and relaxing taste, as opposed to the sort of livelier tones that are more typical of stimulating teas (3/5 rating).

  • Type: Mate tea
  • Origin: Unknown
  • Caffeine: Simulant
  • Ingredients: Nettle, yerba mate, green mate, eleuthero, ginkgo, alfalfa leaf, spearmint, lemongrass, calendula, cornflower, sunflower, gynostemma, rosemary, cornflower and sunflower petals
  • Company: Urbal Tea

 

Kiwi Strawberry Energy

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Description: “A burst of strawberry and kiwi combined with the vitality and stimulating properties of mate, gynostemma, eleuthero and more.”

Review: When I smelt the dry blend, there was an unmistakable strawberry/berry aroma. After steeping, the liquor became a bright ruby red (think fruit punch) and smelt like one. At first sip, the liquor was more tart and floral, but the strawberry taste came through the tail end. It was a bit tart for me, but I could see this making a nice iced tea because that may remove some of the tartness (2/5 rating).

  • Type: Mate tea
  • Origin: Unknown
  • Caffeine: Simulant
  • Ingredients: Nettle leaf, yerba mate, green mate, eleuthero, rosemary, ginkgo leaf, alfalfa leaf, gotu kola, gynostemma, oatstraw, apple pieces, dried strawberry and kiwi pieces, hibiscus, rosehip, natural flavors
  • Company: Urbal Tea

 

Good Sport

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Description: A blend to balance, replenish, adapt and improve recovery (specifically, the adrenal glands) after exercise and stress.  

Review: Some of the ingredients in this blend are similar to Kiwi Strawberry Energy. However, the blend smelt more earthy, with a faint sweet fruity aroma. While the liquor was also a ruby red, it wasn’t as vibrant or as tart as Kiwi Strawberry Energy. Rather, it had a mild medicinal taste to it. What I said about Kiwi Strawberry Energy also holds true here – this was a bit tart for me (2/5 rating).

  • Type: Mate tea
  • Origin: Unknown
  • Caffeine: Simulant
  • Ingredients: Strawberry, lemon, licorice root, borage, gotu kola, astragalus root, eleuthero, cat’s claw, hawthorn berry, goji berry, pau d arca, ashwaganda root, green mate, tulsi, wild yam root, apple, rosehip, orange pieces, hibiscus, calendula, and natural flavors
  • Company: Urbal Tea

 

Overall

The dry blends had very enticing aromas, but Kiwi Strawberry Energy and Good Sport were a bit tart for my liking. Maybe I steeped them for too long? That being said, since none these had artificial flavouring, that is a plus for me. I have 3 more to try in the future, so look out for that!

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