(Gifted for purposes of review)
Up here in the North East, we have some cracking small batch producers, and if you’ve not come across them before, allow me to introduce you to Infuzology.
Infuzology are a family run start-up, dedicated to using quality, natural herbs and spices to both enhance your drinks, cooking and your health. Their products are developed by Marek, an incredible chef (well, the food pictures on instagram look amazing) with a degree in food science and nutrition, and their range is super versatile, based, as it is, around pure herbs and spices.
I’ve been lucky enough to collab with Infuzology in the past around their turmeric based tea-bags Sunshine-T and Good Fettle-T, and they were kind enough to send me a bag of their latest product, Versatili-T, to try and enjoy!
As I like to be Homework Gal, some background about turmeric. There’s a lot of buzz about this powerful spice at the moment, and not just because it will turn mayonnaise neon yellow, although I’ve always found that very exciting and powerful, personally. Turmeric, or rather, the active ingredient in turmeric, called curcumin, is being investigated for its anti-inflammatory properties, and my qualifications are in social sciences, but I understand that anti-inflammatory = good. What I further understand, because scientists are lovely and share their work online, is that absorption of curcumin by the human body is hard, and is massively improved by combining turmeric with black pepper (according to this study, by 2000%) so that’s what Infuzology do. Because science.
So, enough of that, you came here to talk tisane, not to be edumacated… on with the tasting.
Versatili-T comes in a honking great bag for £6.50, 120g of hand-blended, double strength turmeric, ginger, lemon peel powder, citric acid and black pepper. Given that you need ½ a teaspoon for a mug of tea or golden milk latté, this is incredible value per cup, and the powder can be used for other things too (Infuzology had a recipe for a satay sauce up the other day if that’s your bag).
To make it into a turmeric tea, simply add half a teaspoon to your cup, add just boiled water, and allow to infuse for at least two minutes. The aroma is rich with tumeric, and the taste is zingy with ginger and lemon – this is just what I want to ward off any winter nasties. It’s bright, fresh and fragrant, with the darker flavours of the tumeric and pepper in the base. I tried it as is, but I can imagine stirring in honey for a sweeter, richer drink. The spices do sink to the bottom, but I don’t think there’s any way to make spice, y’know, dissolve, in the same way as with a spiced matcha powder.
The second way I’ve tried this tea, is as a plant-based golden milk style latté – one with oat milk and one with coconut milk. I enjoy both, but I think the coconut milk gives that extra layer of flavour into the mix, the round sweetness with the tangy ginger and lemon and earthy turmeric. (You could definitely also add some cinnamon to make it more of a classic spiced golden milk, but once I start adding all sorts it stops being a tea review and starts becoming a recipe, heh.)
Whether you’re drinking for your health, for the taste, or even because it’s super trendy and you want in, if you’re on the tumeric train, Infuzology take incredible care over their products, practice what they preach, and make wonderful infusions.
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Useful Links and Sources
Sunshine T Review: https://www.instagram.com/p/B3MfOgkgERW/
Good Fettle T Review: https://www.instagram.com/p/B3VDaQhA5bO/