Tea Giving: Day 23 (Hawaiian Zen)


“My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.”
– The 14th Dalai Lama

We may be headed into the shortest day and longest night of the year in a few days, but that doesn’t mean we can’t daydream about long summer nights and fruity drinks. Our Hawaiian Zen tisane covers so many bases:

  • It’s the first blend we ever created
  • It’s caffeine-free
  • It’s sweet without any added sugar
  • It’s got notable health benefits, and…
  • It was presented to the 14th Dalai Lama in 2011 in Washington DC at the Kalachakra after meeting with the Ven. Geshe Tenzin Dhargye, who heads the Vienna Buddhist Institute in Austria .

What more is there to say, really… except that you can also eat the chunks of dried fruit right out of the blend.

Hawaiian Zen is a rooibos based tisane and as mentioned has no caffeine. It’s blended with a cacophony of dried fruits like mango, papaya, orange, pomegranate – and also includes ginger, rose petals and cornflowers. It has very strong aroma therapy up front but brews a very balance hot cuppa and seriously amazing iced tea.

It’s also a great tisane to sip for evening meditation. We like it when we listen to Andy’s voice at Headspace.

Today is Day 23 of our 25 Days of Tea Giving. Please enjoy 25% OFF our Hawaiian Zen Tisane by using code TEAGIVING23 at checkout on the website.

Happy Sipping!
-The Chief Leaf


Tea Giving: Day 23 (Hawaiian Zen)

Tea Giving: Day 6 (Jade Cloud)


“All our wisdom is stored in the trees (and plants.)” – Santosh Kalwar

Poor Kermit the Frog, but in this case it really is Easy Being Green. We call Jade Cloud our “least offensive” green tea.  It’s one of those green teas that’s just easy to drink and just about everyone that tries it, likes it.

Its not overly grassy, not overly vegetal, not overly spinach-y or asaragus-y. Its just not “overly”. It’s easy. It’s why it’s one of our most popular everyday green teas. And its Organic.

I often hear from many people that they don’t like green tea. My response is always a reply with these 5 questions:

  1. What green tea is it?
  2. How much tea are you using in your cup?
  3. How are you heating the water?
  4. How long are you brewing it?
  5. Have you tried Jade Cloud?

The answers to questions 2-4 once I’ve recommended Jade Cloud are:

  • 1/2 – 1 rounded tsp per 8-10oz cup (Most American mugs are larger than that)
  • It should be around 175˚ (Not boiling. Boiling burns the leaf creating bitterness)
  • Roughly 2 minutes though some people have reported they like theirs at 3 minutes. (Any longer and the bitterness will come through. And that’s true of most green teas.)

Question #1 is key because it really does come down to the type of green tea a person may or may not like. Some love the distinct notes of Japanese greens that are highly grassy while others prefer greens with lighter floral notes. It’s often a matter of finding the green tea that makes your tastebuds sing rather than just a blanket statement of: “I don’t like green teas.”

Green TeaOur Jade Cloud comes from the Anhui Province of China where clouds drift in and cool the gardens and create some shade. That brings out its deep green color and develops its wonderful flavor. It’s grown at a high elevation of 1200 meters and harvested in early Spring, when the tea leaves are young.

The color of the brewed liquid is light – almost a pale yellow and has aromatic notes of cucumber and magnolia flowers and cucumber. It’s flavor is slightly buttery, smooth, with light notes of citrus and a touch vegetal.

If you are looking to find your way into drinking green tea here’s an opportunity to try Jade Cloud. Use code TEAGIVING6 to get 25% OFF this delightful Green tea.

It just might change your mind about Green Tea.

Happy Sipping!
~The Chief Leaf


Tea Giving: Day 6 (Jade Cloud)