Things have been a little quiet around here at Octomandarian. Having recently moved and living with a third person has been taking a bit of a toll on me. I’m normally a very private person and I love my quiet time. Needless to say, when I came out of my room on two different occassions last month to see strangers (aka the roommate’s friends or family) sleeping on my couch, I was a little more than disappointed. To try to quell my irritation, I’ve been spending my freetime trying not to think too hard and when I wasn’t working on freelance design work, I was trying to fill my time with mindless games, knitting or light reading—writing was a bit far from my mind.
Getting some samples from Mighty Leaf this week was a reminder that I need to blog a little. One of the samples that I received was a small packet of Spirulina Stamina. Spirulina Stamina is supposed to be packed full of nutrients and good-for-you stuff. Eh… that’s all good and great but does it taste good?
As a side note, I want to clarify in this post that whenever I write that Mighty Leaf has sent me a sample, I am trading samples for reviews/blog posts. I assure you that any reviews that I give to Mighty Leaf products are my honest opinions and I will not give any more credit than is deserved (or any less) just because these samples are being sent straight from the company.
I opened the packaging and was hit with the smell of cinnamon apple. I was surprised because having only read the name of the “tea” I was expecting something that smelled pretty “green” and gross. My mom had me try a spirulina concoction once and—barf!—how gross. Not something that I would have liked to brew up on a regular basis.
I love the way that mate blends look, especially green mate. The green mate is always bright and the small leaves always look interesting. That’s just the photographer in me speaking, though. This blend has small bits of berries and lemon skin.
It doesn’t taste as sweet as it smelled and the apple smell has taken on a really lemony tartness. Actually, the more I taste it, the more it reminds me of those all-fruit teas that I normally don’t like. The green mate gives the fruit blend a little more depth so it doesn’t taste like sugar-less Kool-Aid, as does the cinnamon.
This would definitely never be a go-to tea for me but it’s pretty good. I like the addition of the cinnamon with the berries and lemon flavors. I think I would like this better during the winter when I’m looking for something warm with a little tartness as I enjoy the flavors better when the tea is hot. When the tea is cool or iced, the berry flavors are a little overwhelming.
I might want to suggest this one to my mom so that she doesn’t keep drinking those funky drinks.