Out of the huge range of herbal teas available today, it is no surprise that chocolate somehow sneaked its way in there. When I spotted this Choco Yogi Tea in Holland & Barrett I thought I’d give it a try, despite the fact that I am a complete non-tea drinker. In part, the name and packaging did influence me, so I can’t fault the presentation for its effectiveness.
The organic tea is an Ayurvedic blend of cocoa shells, liquorice, and cinnamon. Ayurveda is an ancient Indian lifestyle based on conscious healthy living. It was in 1969 that Bhajan, Master of Kundalini Yoga and holistic living started teaching yoga in the West. During his classes, Bhajan served his students aromatic spiced teas, which they nicknamed Yogi Tea, and that is the inspiration behind the company.
Before even opening the box, a smell of vibrant spices leapt up my nose. The aroma of cinnamon, liquorice, and ginger is both warming and invigorating at the same time. After letting the tea brew for the recommended seven minutes, the scent of cocoa also began to show itself.
The flavour of the tea was less inspiring; it is so delicate that it is only mildly different from drink warm water. Despite its subtle flavour, the tea is very comforting. Any stresses, aches, or pains just seem to melt away. After only a few sips I felt completely enriched and satisfied. It had the paradoxical effect of both energising you for the day and sending you off to sleep at night. As a non-tea drinker, I would not personally go for this again, but anyone who loves their cuppa should definitely give Choco Yogi Tea a go. While it does not deliver on flavour, its aromatic and therapeutic properties are exceptional.