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drank Blueberry by Wize Monkey
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Cold Brew!

Loved this one as a cold brew – I could have probably chugged a whole pitcher of it without blinking. Tasted nutty/herbal from the coffee leaf (so hard to describe; it’s such a distinct but unique flavour) but also a little floral, and a little bit like the strawberry “purse candies” that Grandma’s seem to always have – except a blueberry version of those candies…

Mmm!

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83
drank Blueberry by Wize Monkey
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Really, really excited to see a blueberry blend introduced into the Wize Monkey line up! I wanted to order it w/ the initial release but it sold out so quickly that I didn’t have a chance! My manager scored a tin of it though and was kind enough to share some with me so that I could still experience it! I do wish there was some actual blueberry in the blend and that it wasn’t just blueberry flavouring – if only for an improved visual. I know that it ultimately doesn’t matter; a small percentage of blueberries in the dry leaf wouldn’t actually impact the taste at all – but my monkey brain still feels like it would do something even if logic dictates otherwise…

To start – this taste delicious! However, it is a little bit strange in its deliciousness!?

You know those strawberry candied in the foil wrapper that actually looks like a strawberry? The ones that everyone’s grandmother used to have a seemingly endless stock of? It tastes almost exactly what I’d imagine a blueberry version of those candies would be like – sweet, sticky/syrupy blueberry candy! The flip, though, is that it’s also floral!? It’s sort of strange having a mug of something that tastes both like candies and like freshly picked flowers – but I did like the mix.

Looking forward to more experimenting with this tisane, and hopefully acquiring a full tin at some point!

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87

Made myself a chawan of this on Monday morning for “Matcha Monday” – which is sort of cheating, but also kind of not?? Anyway, it’s what I wanted to drink…

This isn’t super finely ground, so there was a lot of thick sediment to either drink through or wait to settle and drink around. However, the flavour is quite delicious – nutty, sweet and a little bit honeyed with something in the background that reminds me a little bit of both graham crackers and also lightly roasted yerba mate. Coffee leaf is so unique, and I love the taste so much. I hope that Wize Monkey continues to refine the processing of this, because if they can get the mouthfeel a little smoother then I think they have a product that will really be a force to be reckoned with.

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87

Still playing around with the coffee leaf powder that I very generously received from Wize Monkey – most recently as an addition to pancakes!! Banana pancakes, specifically. I won’t list my whole pancake recipe because it’s pretty basic – only things I did differently were using coconut milk as my milk, adding a mashed banana, and a perfect spoon (the DT one) of coffee leaf powder – and then, when the pancakes were made, I tossed on chopped bananas and a dark maple syrup.

To be completely honest, you don’t really taste the coffee leaf as an addition too much. Maybe it adds a slight nuttiness to the pancakes, but that’s a generous claim. However, you can definitely visually see a change in the pancakes; they’re a lot more brown outside of the normal golden brown at the edges, and have a slight speckly appearance.

They were REALLY damn good, though.

(Next up – probably a coffee leaf powder latte!?)

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I’ve been doing some experimentation with this coffee leaf powder since first receiving it, and my favourite way I’ve tried it so far was mixed into a cream cheese sort of spread! Simple recipe; took a 1/2 cup of plain cream cheese and mixed that was two tablespoons of shredded smoked gouda, and a handful of very finely chopped up banana pepper (the kind that’s not pickled) and jalapenos. Finally, I mixed in a tsp of coffee leaf powder, and a pinch of black pepper!

It was honestly so good; creamy and thick with a mild heat and smokey quality. Very, very rich overall and actually impressively well balanced. It’s hard to explain how the coffee leaf came through, but trust that it did – I was getting that little bit of greener sweetness and honey-nut quality I often get from the coffee leaf, and it complimented the sweeter gouda. I would totally make this spread again!

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87

Big thanks to the Wize Monkey team for sending me a VERY generous sample of this to experiment with!! I look forward to trying several different things out – I already have a bunch of ideas bouncing around in my head.

To start, though, I wanted to just whisk this up in hot water and see what I was working with. Now, I know this powder doesn’t seem to be in any way advertised for drinking in this method – in fact Wize Monkey’s recommendation was to use it for culinary purposes such as baking. So I’m not at all expecting a really fine grind/texture and I don’t want to be critical of that – this is more an exploration of the flavour; how strong is it!? Do I need a lot of powder for an intense taste!? That kind of that…

So I’m treating this more like I would a straight matcha in terms of ratio – 1/2 tsp for my mug of tea, whisked up with a matcha whisk. The one I use for non-matcha powders, so like the turmeric powders or black tea matchas I have. It doesn’t really froth up too me, and it settles quite quickly because of the larger grind – but again, that was expected since that’s not what the powder is advertised for. In terms of taste? It’s really good. I might have nailed a ratio I’m happy with right off the bat; it basically tastes exactly like making a cup of straight coffee leaf, but maybe a little heavier on the roast/nuttier notes? There’s a pleasant sweetness, a slight grassiness – it’s good. I’ll probably try this same test with a slightly lower and a slightly higher ratio just to see how that changes things, but this was a very nice starting out point!

And actually – if we are going to talk about the texture, obviously you can feel the coffee leaf when you drink it, it’s not perfectly smooth like matcha. However, it’s not gritty or overly rough either; I’ve actually had low, low grade matcha that was shittier in terms of texture!! What it reminds me of the most is the Kale Matcha put out by DT which also had that slightly off texture or the Mermaid Matcha from Bird and Blend with the ground up Butterfly Pea Flower – all of which had the same issues with settling/separation. I actually think you could make this in latte form though and the thickness of the milk combined with the foam/froth of a latte would hide most of the strangeness of the texture.

So, I’m adding lattes to my list of stuff to experiment with. Also on the list is some type of cream cheese (because yum!), and since Wize Monkey recommends this specifically with cookies I want to do a type of cookie recipe as well.

I’m psyched! This is going to be all kinds of fun to experiment with!

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Cold Brew!

I believe this was a little under leafed, because it had the sharpness in the initial top notes of hibiscus but the flavour was weak and watery overall even with 12+ hours of brew time. I got some more roasted/nuttier and distinct coffee leaf notes but not strawberry. Just lacked some overall density/concentration of what was present.

That comes down to the amount of leaf I chose to brew with, but it’s good to make note of for the future/next time.

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Literally all I could think while drinking this tea was this stupid phrase:

Make it strawberry, but crisp!

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The last tea from Wize Monkey’s product offerings that I needed to try in order to be able to say I’ve had ’em all! I want to cold brew this at some point, because that seems like it would be super delicious – but this first tasting was just a hot, plain mug.

It’s good! Brews up a bright red colour and has some solid clarity to the liquor colour and flavours – very clean, bright and juicy strawberry notes accented with just a hint of hibiscus tartness. You don’t loose the subtle smoke and herbaceous note of the coffee leaf though, which is also very impressive for what is a pretty dominant flavour.

Big fan of this one, just based on initial tasting of it.

(Also – apparently my unofficial theme for the teas I drank this week was strawberry!? I had a lot of strawberry teas…)

Max

Glad you liked it! :)

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82
drank Ginger Lemon by Wize Monkey
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I had this one at work yesterday with lunch – I have a couple sachets of Wize Monkey teas stashed at my desk in case I want something quick and dirty, that I can just plop into a mug and go. They’re perfect for that, especially since the quality is actually super good for something in a sachet format. This was such a nice, clean lemon flavour with warming ginger and that yummy coffee leaf that I love. It was perfect for lunch, which was a ginger and coconut rice! they worked great together…

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drank Ginger Lemon by Wize Monkey
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A cup from last week.

I had a day during the week where I just really wasn’t feeling so hot – so after getting home from work I basically just popped a few advil, steeped a cup of this tea with plenty of honey, and curled up in bed for the whole evening. I took baby sips from the mug for a while, but eventually I just passed out and most of the cup went undrank. It was soothing though, prior to falling asleep, and it gave me some brief respite for what was a foggy (mentally) and achy (physically) day…

Thankfully when I woke up I was feeling right as rain – so whatever it was passed quickly.

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82
drank Ginger Lemon by Wize Monkey
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Midafternoon cuppa from yesterday. So zesty, with a nice kick of warmth from the ginger! Really enjoyed this mug a lot; didn’t even mind the ginger getting all up close and personal with that beautiful, bright lemon flavor.

Flavors: Ginger, Lemon Zest, Peppercorn

Max

Thanks for the feedback Roswell, glad you liked it!

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82
drank Ginger Lemon by Wize Monkey
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Another from my recent Wize Monkey order – one of the three on their site that I hadn’t tried yet that I added in. I normally wouldn’t go for this flavour combination, but when I met the guys from Wize Monkey this was the tea that they said, from their line up, they drink the most on a day to day basis so I was especially curious about it.

I’ll admit, I think I’d enjoy this more if it was JUST a lemon profile and didn’t have the ginger – but it’s good! There’s an amazing clarity and natural quality to the lemon in this blend and it feels both very refreshing and hydrating as well as soothing on the throat. This would double amazingly as a hot “sick tea” and a good iced tea. The ginger is there, a little warming – but for me it’s more a detracting from the really amazing lemon notes and tastiness of the coffee leaf.

All that said – I like this A LOT! I like to always have a bagged lemon tea in my stash for when I’m feeling really sick and too awful to fuss around with loose leaf tea and right now that’s Pukka’s Mandarin Lemon or Stash’s Meyer Lemon but this definitely tastes nicer than both of those – so it will probably replace them as my bagged lemon tea staple, once I finish those two off from my cupboard.

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79
drank Jasmine by Wize Monkey
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Very lazy day around the office today – most people are out at the Climate Strike, but I had some things I needed to finish before the weekend (deadlines) so I stayed behind. I will be joining a little later, though! #capitalism…

Drinking this one currently while I plug in some numbers into a spreadsheet. It’s a good tea for tasty, smooth drinking and relatively mindless brainwork. I’ll be honest, I’m getting WAY MORE of the coffee leaf’s notes (subtle smoke, grass, a fatty butter) than the jasmine – I’m not sure if I mind or not? I like the profile of the coffee leaf a lot but I jasmine might be more soothing to me while I crunch numbers?

Oh well, what can you do!?

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drank Jasmine by Wize Monkey
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Placed an order with Wize Monkey recently because, firstly, I love them but also because I really wanted some of the new Chocolate Dreams tea for at home so I don’t have to keep stealing it from my manager’s tin at the office – and of course you can’t just order one thing so I actually added in every other tea from their collection that I hadn’t previously tried – which ended up being a total of three other teas.

I was hesitant about this one because I don’t love jasmine too much; in some forms it’s definitely ok but I am quite particular about it – but this was actually pretty tasty! I thought the jasmine was actually pretty light handed and I can see that maybe disappointing someone who REALLY loves jasmine, but for me it was just enough to add a nice floral touch to the smooth, buttery coffee leaf. I found the cup really easy to drink, and while it wasn’t anything super nuanced or “high concept” it was tasty and made for a very nice, easy drinking/mindless cup that just felt good.

Ultimately that’s what I want out of jasmine – relaxing, simple, and smooth. So I’m actually very surprised with just how awesome I found this one! Happy I gave it a shot!

Frolic

I’m not a Jasmine fan but your Chocolate Dream review really made me want to try Wize Monkey. I’m really hoping the grocery store nearest me that’s listed on their site has it in stock.

Roswell Strange

They’re a super awesome company! Chocolate Dream might not be in retail stores yet because it’s still REALLY new (less than a month old), but their Minty Marvel and Earl Grey are both REALLY tasty! I tried the Ginger Lemon this week too and was impressed with how nice the lemon note is – even if I don’t personally enjoy ginger very much.

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Sipping on this currently!

I continue to be so impressed and delighted with the delicious chocolate notes in the cup; plus this tea really makes me crave cake. It tastes just like the most perfectly moist (I know people hate that word, but it’s apt here) slice of chocolate cake with a drizzle of caramel on top. Mmm!

Inkling

Wow, this sounds amazing!

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Like drinking a slice of chocolate cake – but with beet juice mixed into it to make it a little more healthy. It’s still chocolate cake, and that can never be a bad thing – but it’s got a tinge of something earthy to it that doesn’t quite feel like it should be in chocolate cake.

Still loved it though!

VariaTEA

I have determined I really don’t love beets. I had a beet hummus and while the initial flavor was nice, that earthiness crept in and just ruined everything.

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I was literally dreaming about this tea last weekend (ironic given the name) so I made a nice hot mug of it during the week, with a splash of almond milk, and I drank that while out for a walk outside during a light rain. There’s something super blissful about drinking a mug of hot tea during cool, crisp rain – and this was even better because it tasted like chocolate cake! A whole lot of awesome things, just all smushed together.

Max

Thanks for the love, Roswell! Super happy you enjoy it :) It’s one of our best sellers now and personal faves!

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Everyone at my office really, really loves Wize Monkey so when they announced Chocolate Dream as part of their line up we all got really excited about it – and of course my manager ended up ordering a tin of it, which he happily shared with all of it.

This is pretty damn incredible; I mean, I’ve been a fan of pretty much all of the teas I’ve tried from Wize Monkey – but this might be my favourite? Or, at the very least, tied with the Minty Marvel, which I also really enjoy. It was so good, in fact, that I ended up placing my own Wize Monkey order not long after trying it to get my own tin, as well as try out the rest of their line up that I hadn’t yet experienced…

Basically, though, it was like chocolate cake – in the best way! It’s not super dense/rich, but it’s still incredibly flavourful with a very fudgy tasting chocolate note. What really sold me, personally, though was the hint of caramel note in the undertone. I truly am a sucker for a lovely caramel flavour in a tea – and this caramel note adds a lovely layer of flavour to the chocolate notes.

Can’t wait to get my order!

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Gong Fu!

Had a cool opportunity to meet the Wize Monkey team last week, and so of course the same evening I found myself craving some of their teas – the influence of having them on the mind throughout the whole afternoon.

THis was nice – it’s similar to a green tea, but not identical. There are just more notes present in the coffee leaf that I enjoy than in a typical green tea – it’s a little bit nutty, a little bit roasty and has some nice overall sweetness. It creates an overall welcoming and approachable profile, which is only helped by the fact that it’s next to impossible to steep this poorly – at least in my experience. Good life in the leaves; this was a 10+ infusion session. I’m happy that I felt inspired to brew this one up Gong Fu!

Photo: https://www.instagram.com/p/BvCFpguFsCH/

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cFZkonVPCbk&list=LL1M1wDjmJD4SJr_CwzXAGuQ&index=31&t=0s

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drank Jasmine by Wize Monkey
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If I hadn’t rechecked the label I would have assumed this was the original/unflavoured coffee leaf tea. There was no floral jasmine notes at all. There was a touch of vegetal qualities but mostly in the way of “it tastes like leaves”. It actually reminds me a lot of houjicha with its smokey and dried leaf aroma. No jasmine though, which is disappointing.

Flavors: Autumn Leaf Pile, Earth, Roasted Barley, Smoke, Vegetal

Max

Hi Arby! Our new jasmine blend has been upgraded with jasmine petals and also a better quality jasmine essence. You should notice the difference with the new loose leaf format available on our website :)

Cheers!
Max

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drank Earl Grey by Wize Monkey
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This is a pleasant EG with strong citrus and lots of bergamot. I found the citrus was almost too strong, but the coffee leaf base was slightly roasted so it was a unique take on EG. I do find EGs are much better with milk, so I added some vanilla soy milk and poured it over ice (first brewed hot but then iced and drank cold). It is almost spring here on Canada’s west coast and we have daffodils and crocuses coming up soon in the garden. It is sunny but cold today (~10 deg C) but I thought sun instead of rain/clouds was reason enough to have an iced tea.

One critique of this EG is that without a black tea base, there is no malty undertones. I also like my EGs with vanilla (cream of EG or Vanilla EG) so this plain version was made even less desirable by the lack of malty black tea and the lack of vanilla flavouring.

Flavors: Bergamot, Citrus, Roasted

Max

Hi Arby! Our new Earl Grey has been upgraded with a better bergamot oil from Sicily and also we added a light touch of vanilla to balance the citrus. From reading your review, I think you would really like it! Let us know if you want a sample and we can ship it out :)

Cheers,
Max

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drank Ginger Lemon by Wize Monkey
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I’m indifferent towards this blend. I enjoy Twinnings herbal/caffeine free lemon and ginger more and it doesn’t have the 20mg of caffeine this does. I did find that if you let it steep for over 10 minutes it gets too pungent with the lemon. Either water it down quite a bit after steeping, add sweetener, or use a shorter steep. I had this iced, no sweetener.

Despite the lemon being pleasantly sour, it had this unpleasant acrid taste I did not enjoy. The ginger was spicey, which was nice.

Flavors: Citrus Zest, Lemon, Pleasantly Sour

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 12 OZ / 350 ML
Max

Thanks for the feedback Arby, it has been noted! :)

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60
drank Strawberry Hibiscus by Wize Monkey
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I’m surprised I had to add this one to the database since it comes in Wize Monkey’s sampler pack.

I don’t appreciate the hibiscus (too sour) but the strawberry was lovely and very fresh/juice/natural. The coffee leaf is quite tasty with the fruity strawberry. I had this iced but not sweetened. If I was to drink it again, and as a recommendation to all of you, sweetener is a good idea to curb the sour hibiscus (especially if you let it steep for more than a few minutes). As a strawberry iced tea this is amazing and one of the best strawberry flavours I’ve ever had. The hibi completely ruins it, as is tradition.

Flavors: Fruity, Hibiscus, Sour, Strawberry, Tart

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 17 OZ / 500 ML
Max

Hi Arby!

Our new upgraded blend is a bit lighter on hibiscus and heavier on strawberry, so we hope to address your concerns here as you are not the only one to mention this.

Cheers!
Max

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