Maple Apple Cider Herbal from Stash

MapleAppleTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Herbal/Rooibos

Where to Buy: Stash

Tea Description:

This herbal tea combines the sweetness of maple with the tartness of apple for a lively, delicious cup. Fruity hibiscus and rooibos have been blended with sweet cinnamon, maple, apple and caramel flavors for this tasty tea cider. A touch of sugar brings out the flavor.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

This had a fancier box than other Stash teas I’ve seen so I’m wondering if, based on the flavour, this was a seasonal/Christmas blend? Upon opening up the box, the wrapper itself has a different design too. There’s definitely something different about this blend!

There’s really no smell to the dry teabag; if I concentrate maybe a little apple. It’s very weak though; I hoped the tea itself has more flavour. Steeped up, I could smell the cider part of the tea quite strongly, but no maple. I really hope I pick the maple up in the taste; it’s what intrigued me about this tea in the first place! It made this something a little bit different. And as a Canadian, I can never really resist anything maple anyway.

Sipping on it now though; and there definitely is more flavour than what the dry leaf led me to believe. It really does taste like apple cider; good apple cider too! Just the right balance of sweet, tart, and spice. And speaking of that spice, there’s obviously cinnamon but the nutmeg in here is a really nice touch too. Nutmeg has really grown on me, I never used to be a fan but now when a tea includes it I get so excited! That’s the first wave of flavour but then it eases a little into the maple; it’s a little raw and unrefined tasting with a sappy quality. I like it! It makes the cup sweet and layered, and I like that this one doesn’t feel completely put together, with the ’T’s crossed and ’I’s dotted. Sometimes a little reliable inconsistency makes a tea good. If that makes any sense at all.

There are also a few other interesting notes here; I’m picking woody-cedar like notes too! Maybe it’s a trick of the mind because of the raw, sappy maple or maybe part of it is from the rooibos – but it’s very enjoyable regardless. Actually, now that I think of it the more I’m sure it’s from the rooibos. I love how natural and earthy this tea tastes though; for once the wood like quality is contributing something that enhances the tea flavourings!

There’s surprisingly a lot going on with this tea bag. Colour me quite impressed!

Yamane-en: Sugabou, Gyokuro Karigane Houjicha Green Tea from Yunomi

Yamane-enKariganeHoujichaTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Green

Where to Buy:  Yunomi

Tea Description:

Stems of high grade tea is called karigane 雁音. By roasting these stems in an iron pot, it becomes Karigane Houjicha. This particular product uses gyokuro tea stems from Uji, Kyoto.

This karigane houjicha is roasted in an iron pot over strong heat. Only the surface of the stems are roasted, retaining the flavor of the tea itself, because the inner part of the stem is not roasted. Both the strong aroma and taste of tea can be enjoyed.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

When I first read the name on the package of tea, I was overwhelmed by the name alone. What did any of that mean? The only word I understood was gyokuro and houjicha. I am always into trying a houjicha green tea from Yunomi.

By doing a little deciphering and careful read through the insightful description was I able to discern with little effort what all it meant. Karigane is a form of kukicha, which is stick tea, basically. But the thing about Karigane is that it is a cut above your average run of the mill kukicha because it is made from high grade teas, such as gyokuro. leave it to the Japanese to make the most out of everything they are given! After a good and strong roasting in an iron pot, the core of the tea is still intact, and the delicate nuanced sticks blending together with the roasted flavor I know and love.

The dry leaves (or should I say sticks?) looks quite unlike any other houjicha that I have ever seen. The leaves are a light straw gold. The roasted and slightly smoky aroma reached my nose and I was hooked. Steeping the leaves in my favorite kyusu revealed a comforting toasted cup of roasty goodness. There were some nice coffee notes hidden there somewhere, and it complimented everything in a way that was unsurprisingly lovely.

I have had plenty of houjicha in my time, everything from yama moto yama teabags and flavored kit kats to freshly fired bancha from a cousin on their latest trip and this really is the best I’ve ever had. I sense that this could be that it is from karigane, and I don’t think I’ve had karigane in roasted form in the past. The aftertaste this leaves is amazing. A mix of refreshing roasted sweetness with a slight smoke note at the end. As it cooled, it became sweeter.

I took this tea in a thermos for my most recent hike, and it was the perfect end note to a nice, quiet hike. I was lucky enough to miss the snowstorm during the hike, and sitting in the car and warming up to a big steaming mug of this tea really just hit the spot.

Blood Orange Tea from Mountain Witch Tea Company

bloodorangeTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  Mountain Tea Witch Tea Company

Tea Description:

This unusual tea blend combines the sweet flavor of blood orange with black tea, roses, a dash of sweet vanilla and other delicious fruit flavors. It’s a real taste delight similar to an orange creamsicle. It is made with our best black tea, orange peel, rose hips, rose petals, safflowers, natural & artificial flavors.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

When I was a kid, I loved orange creamsicles.  I asked my mom for them all of the time.  Those and those Fred Flinstone “Push-Ups”.  My whole family loved them.  We made a huge mess with them.  They always seemed to melt before we were able to finish them.  I remember one night my dad almost taking down an entire box himself.  This tea tastes just like one of those!!

I have had several teas in the past that say they taste like an orange creamsicle but those always seemed to fall short.  Usually the black tea base was always stronger than it should be or the orange flavoring tasted fake.  So when I was on Steepster and checking out everybody’s reviews I noticed a new company I had never heard of.  Mountain Tea Witch Company.  I checked them out and they had several different flavored blacks, greens, whites, and herbals.  I was excited about the different ones that they offered.  Blueberry Pancake, Bavarian Vanilla Cream, and Blood Orange Tea just to name a few.  There were so many to choose from.

First sip, I was expecting that artificial orange taste to hit me, but that wasn’t the case at all.  This tasted like a real orange with a creamy vanilla side.  I am even having trouble typing up this review because I keep stopping to drink more. This may very well be the best orange tea I have ever had.  The vanilla is so perfectly done.  It provides that natural sweetness and soft creaminess that blends so very well with the blood orange. All of the flavors taste very fresh and not artificial at all.   There is a black tea base but its hardly noticeable.  I am even drinking this iced and usually you instantly taste the black tea.  Not so here.    Just a very well balanced tea.  I am extremely pleased with this offering and am looking forward to checking out the rest of the teas they have to offer.  Well done!

Sant Superfruit Beverage from Sant

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Keep reading to find out how to win your own package of Sant Superfruit!

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Fruit Tisane

Where to Buy:  Sant

Tea Description:

The fruit, Garcinia indica, is super.  Its been used in Ayuervedic medicine for 1000’s of years to balance the mind & body. It has Garcinol, HCA, xanthones; vitamins B1, B3, B9, B12, C; maganese, magnesium, and potassium and 5x more antioxidants than Kale.

Learn more about Sant here.

Taster’s Review:

I learned about Sant Superfruit Beverage from Kickstarter, because they were running their campaign about the same time that I ran my first campaign.  I was curious about the beverage and I do like to support people on Kickstarter since I’ve been pretty active on Kickstarter over the last three months or so.

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Kokum Fruit or Garcinia Indica before it’s dried and becomes Sant Superfruit!

But as I read about the beverage that results from infusing Sant the Superfruit, I realized that this is probably going to taste a lot like hibiscus.  As some of you are probably well aware, I’m not particularly fond of hibiscus.  However, my curiosity and desire to support a fellow Kickstarter seemed to over-ride my dislike for hibiscus, so I decided, let’s try it!  Why not go ahead and give it a try.

It was another of those, “hey, what have I got to lose” moments.  Of course, I did have a certain risk element that is attached to Kickstarter.  So there is that.  But, as long as the people at Sant weren’t going to abscond with my cash, I felt like I didn’t have anything to lose.  And, I didn’t think they were going to send me poisonous fruit.  I mean, the lady in the picture looks nothing like the evil queen that poisoned Snow White.  So, I asked myself, other than the cash risk element and the risk that Sant could possibly be owned by the evil queen impersonating a real person that can do a headstand (impressive!), what else did I have to lose?  Nothing, really.  I mean, what was the worst that could happen?  I guess I could find out that I’m allergic to Sant.  There is that.  OK, but what else did I have to lose?

At this point, I was starting to think that I didn’t think this out as clearly as I thought I did.  But, I still decided to try it and toss caution to the wind.  So, instead of a what have I got to lose moment, this became a “what the heck, if I don’t end up dead, then I’ll write a review about it” moment.

I decided to try this a couple of different ways.  The first sampling, I hot steeped it.  Bringing the kettle to 195°F, I got out my infuser mug.  This is a 12 ounce mug with a ceramic infuser insert.  I don’t use this mug often because the ceramic infuser has really big holes in it (it’s made of ceramic) and so tea can just sort of cruise in and out of those holes and leave floaters in my tea.  I’m not fond of floaters.

sant3But these pieces of dried pieces of Kokum fruit are fairly large.  There are different sizes, with some being about the size of a slivered almond and others being closer to the size of a dried apricot.  On average, the pieces are about the size of a shelled, halved walnut.

So I dropped four pieces of fruit into the infuser of my infuser mug and poured the hot water over the fruit.  I let it steep for a minute.  The liquid was a very pale pink.  It looked nothing like the rich ruby color that I saw in the picture (above).  So I let it steep for another five minutes.  At this point, even though the desired color had not been achieved, my fear of tarty hibiscus taste dictated to me that I must cease the steeping process.

The fruit is now soft to the touch.  It’s been somewhat re-hydrated, but not completely.  The liquid is more of a blush color.

The flavor is TART!  Adding some honey makes this a much nicer tasting beverage, so I highly recommend doing so.  It has a hibiscus-y like quality to it, but there’s more of a fruity element to it.  While hibiscus has more of a berry-tartness to it. this is more like a plum tartness.

For my second experiment/tasting with Sant, I decided to try cold-brewing some of it.  I used my glass iced tea pitcher and added 1/2 gallon of freshly filtered water to the pitcher.  After I saw how pale my hot brewed infusion became, I decided that I’d try a little more fruit to this infusion, and I added about 2 palmfuls of the tea (This would amount to approximately 20 pieces of fruit of varying sizes).

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This is pretty close to the color of the liquid in my fridge right now.

Then I put the lid on the pitcher and stuck it in the fridge for a few hours.  By a few hours, I mean 6 hours.  After six hours, I fished out the re-hydrated fruit from the now bright maroon-colored liquid.

I took a few sips of the infusion and TART!

Keep in mind that the longer you keep the fruit in there, more potent (and tart) the beverage becomes.  So you can keep it in there for a little less time for a lighter flavor and less tartness or you can keep it in there for longer than I did for a deeper color and more likely a stronger tart flavor.

I made a simple syrup of raw sugar and water and I added it to the cold liquid.  With the sugar (not too much, I would say about 1/8 a cup of sugar for 1/2 gallon of the drink), the Sant Superfruit Beverage is an enjoyable, refreshing drink.  It has a really tasty, fruity flavor to it that reminds me of plums and berries – but interestingly enough, not in a hibiscus-y way.  I’d take a glass of Sant over a glass of chilled hibiscus tea ANY day!

I doubt it will ever take the place of iced tea in my fridge, but I am enjoying this and I’m finding myself curious about some of their recipes.

Now, you’re probably wondering about that giveaway, right?

When I got my reward for backing Sant’s Kickstarter, I actually got TWO packages of Sant instead of one.  I guess two labels addressed to me printed out so by a lucky chance, I got a surprise in the mail from Sant.  Actually, I got two surprises in the mail from them because I was STUNNED at how quickly we got the reward from this project!  I certainly wasn’t expecting to go out to the mailbox and pull out one package from Sant, but I got TWO!

So, I talked to Kim at Sant and she gave her blessing to let my lucky surprise be a lucky surprise for one of our readers!  If you’d like to try Sant, I’ve got a full 50 gram package to send to one of you!

To enter, just comment on this review below!  Tell us why you’d like to try Sant and while you’re at it, don’t forget to include a way to get in touch with you should you be the lucky winner of the random draw on Friday, April 24.

Want a way to earn extra entries?  Of course you do!  Here are a few ways to earn extra entries, you get one bonus entry for each one you complete!

1.  Go to facebook and “Like” Sant’s page.

2.  While you’re there, go ahead and like the SororiTea Sisters too!

3.  And since you’re still on Facebook, go to your page and write about this giveaway on your timeline!  Be sure to add a link to this review so that your friends can come by and read about Sant too!

Wa-La!  Three bonus entries!

Now it’s time for some fine print type of stuff, but instead of making it smaller, I’ll just make it italicized:  This contest is open to US & Canadian residents only.  You can enter to win now through April 24.  On April 25, a winner will be drawn via Random.org and contacted, and once contact is established, the winner’s name will be announced.  If we are unable to reach the winner within 3 days, that winner will forfeit and a new winning name will be drawn until contact is established.  To ensure that we get a hold of you if you are the lucky winner, please be sure to include the best way to contact you in your entry.  

Dark Roast Gunpowder from M&K’s Tea Co.

DARKROASTGUNPOWDERTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Green

Where to Buy: M&K’s Tea Co.

Tea Description:

An M&K’s exclusive! Simply made, we take the famous gunpowder tea of China and roast it in our own quarters, creating a truly unique green tea that is very nutty and reminiscent of a lighter cup of coffee if brewed correctly. This is a great tea if you want something stronger or if you enjoy roasted oolong teas, smokey teas, dark teas (pu-erh tea), or even roasted yerba mate!

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

I had never had anything like this Dark Roast Gunpowder so I thought I’d give it a shot.  I really like the teas that I have had previously from M&K’s Tea Co.  They are one of my favorite companies to order from.  They have even added honey to their site that are flavored.  They sound fantastic.  One or two bottles might find their way into my next order.

On to the tea. . . I am glad I took a chance on this one.  Nutty, rich, smooth, malty with a side note of honey and smoke?  This is a very  unique tasting tea! I’m digging this one.  This reminds me of a dark roasted coffee without that bitter after taste you sometimes get.  I can see this one replacing my daily cup of joe I do enjoy each morning.  The roasted nutty flavor with a hint of sweetness really works.  The more I drink it, the more I am reminded of a sweet and salty snack where  you get the best of both worlds so to speak.  Dark roasted sweet goodness.

Highly recommend this one if you enjoy coffee or roasted teas.

Black Silk Chocolate Milk Qui Hao from 52Teas

Black-Silk-Chocolate-MilkTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  52Teas

Tea Description:

Mount Wuyi, in Fujian China is primarily known for oolongs, but this rare black tea is harvested only a short time each year. It is naturally low in tannins, giving it an exquisitely smooth finish which, combined with its natural chocolate notes, earned it the nickname “Black Silk”. We’ve upped the ante by adding some organic chocolate and marshmallow flavors, cacao nibs and marshmallow root.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

I’m always hoping to find a nice chocolate tea, but haven’t really found one that is the most delicious yet! Sometimes the chocolate is too faint or fake… sometimes the tea base is too bold. When I saw this black silk chocolate milk blend pop up for sale, I knew that I had to give it a try.  It seemed like it would have a great combination of chocolate and a smooth black tea base. Plus, I love the addition of marshmallow root as I think it adds a creamy element to the blend.

After the tea has been steeped, I smell a rather strong black tea with a tiny bit of chocolate in the background. The first part of the sip is of the black tea base. It’s a little more astringent than I expected, but I do pick up on notes of hay and earth. The chocolate, for me, comes toward the end of the sip. It’s not a strong chocolate flavor, but is faint and dark like cocoa. Happily, I can taste a bit of the marshmallow root in the form of a quick creamy finish. The cup is very drinkable, but I really want the silky smooth black tea and that strong chocolate! They’re just not there for me, unfortunately.

I’m happy that I tried this blend, but it hasn’t filled my needs for a chocolate blend.  That being said, it’s not a bad blend and if you’re looking for an average black tea with a hint of chocolate, this is a good choice.

Saskatoon Berry Tisane from Parenteau’s Gourmet Foods

SaskatoonBerryTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Fruit Tisane

Where to Buy: Parenteau’s Gourmet Foods

Tea Description:

Ingredients: Red and black currents, raisins, hibiscus, Saskatoon berries, blueberries, seneka root, natural flavours.

Learn more about this tea on Steepster.

Taster’s Review:

So this tisane is locally made and sold, and it features the Saskatoon Berry which isn’t as well known as it ought to be. I happen to live in Saskatoon Saskatchewan – and the berry is so popular around here that the city is named after the berry, and not the other way around. As such, any tea that features Saskatoons (of which there aren’t enough) very easily get my attention.

I decided to do a cold brew for my first try; sadly there’s a lot of hibiscus in the blend so a cold brew seemed like the best way to hold back some of the expected tartness I’ll likely be experiencing. Thankfully, there’s also a lot of berries in the blend as well but even still, not thirty seconds after I’d poured the water over the leaves the water was already the colour of McDonald’s mascot Grimace. The hibiscus in the blend was working quickly.

By the time the brew was done, it was a deep, dark almost maroon colour – but just slightly more purple. It reminded me of the colour of red wine. The smell is mostly hibiscus. That’s not very promising, but I’m still holding out that this’ll deliver the Saskatoon berry flavour I know and love anyway.

And the moment of truth; taste test!

The initial flavour here is a tart hibiscus flavour as anticipated; however, thankfully this isn’t all hibiscus. Similar to other berry/hibiscus teas I’ve had before like Rum Cream, from another local company (McQuarrie’s Tea & Coffee Merchants), this starts tart and softens into a more mellow berry drink; it’s quite juice-like. I can definitely taste Saskatoon berries myself, but I also really taste the blueberries and black currants in the blend. Thankfully, I don’t get much flavour from the raisins – I’m not a raisin person, so it’s no loss for me.

For people unfamiliar with Saskatoon Berries picture something sort of like a blueberry and cranberry cross. They’re great straight, in pies, in jam or jelly, and as syrup. Really, they’re just great in general. It’s that simple.

I am enjoying this cold brew a lot though I’m craving a richer, more full Saskatoon berry flavour. If they used more Saskatoons and cut down a little on the amount of other berries in the tea, I think this could be amazing without having a more monotone and flat flavour. As is, I’m concerned people not familiar with Saskatoons are mainly going to focus in on the other berries in the blend and the hibiscus and miss out on the great flavour.

And what a loss that’d be.

Houjicha Gold (Roasted Bancha) from Den’s Tea

Houjicha-GoldTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Green

Where to Buy:  Den’s Tea

Tea Description:

Houjicha-Gold delivers a delightful and calming cup. Highly aromatic but gentle to your stomach with a low amount of caffeine.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

It’s been wet and cooler over the last couple of days and something like this Houjicha Gold (also known as Roasted Bancha) from Den’s Tea is perfect for a day like this.  It’s warm and cozy!

It has a delightful toasty, caramel-y flavor that I’m really enjoying.  The sip starts out sweet and stays sweet all the way through to the finish and it’s a sweetness that lingers into the aftertaste.  After that first sweet note, I start to pick up on some slightly savory notes.  Flavors that remind me of freshly roasted corn and and a warm, nutty flavor that immediately brings warm hazelnuts to mind.  My grandmother used to make cookies with hazelnuts in them and that’s what I’m thinking of as I sip this tea.

There are some vegetal notes to this but I find that with a roasted green tea like this, most of those strong vegetative flavors have been ‘toasted’ out – most of the grassy/vegetable flavors taste more nutty and toasted now.  So now, rather than tasting a freshly steamed spinach flavor, for example, I taste more of a freshly toasted hazelnut flavor with notes of roasted corn.

So if you’re someone who is fairly new to green teas and have yet to get your palate to become acquired to the flavor of green tea, I think that a Houjicha like this is a good place to start.  It’s such a warm and inviting flavor that you don’t really realize that you’re drinking green tea!

And if you’re new to Japanese Green teas, may I suggest Den’s Tea’s Green Tea Sampler for Novices?  This sampler offers a nice selection of different teas from Den’s so that you can learn about Japanese teas as well as train your palate to understand the different flavors of Japanese teas.  I purchased one of these collections several years ago and it was a really rewarding experience – and you get a whole lot of tea for $3!

Nurture #4 Black Tea from Verdant Tea

nurture-4Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy: Verdant Tea

Tea Description:

Intelligent Nutrients’ Nurture #4 is warm, cozy and balancing. We are using the Li Family’s lightly smoked Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong black tea from the Wuyi Mountains as the base for a smoldering base to pair with certified organic Nature #4, and draw out the natural sweetness of the tea with elderberry and coriander. Like sitting by a crackling fire, this comforting blend brings warmth and balance.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

From the time that I first opened the package to the last drops dripping from my gaiwan into my cha hair, I was practically seduced by the flavor. I love the smell of this tea! To put it bluntly, it smells like musky hippie perfume that all those Tibetan souvenir shops always sell in one form or another. I know, not the most glowing description ever written, but I freaking love that hippie perfume. It’s slightly sweet and smoky, with perfume notes that evoke ancient biblical spices. Frankincense? Myrrh perhaps? I cannot for the life of me put my finger on it, but I am so intoxicated by the smell.

The large, long and lightly twisted leaves are dotted with coriander, and if you can look hard enough, you can see tiny dried elderberries hiding out, same color as the leaves. I gongfu’ed this tea and was delighted by the changes in flavor profile each infusion brought to the table. The new copper penny colored brew presented different combinations each time I steeped it. The first steeping I smelled a scrumptiously peppery aroma. I tasted the peppered aroma on my tongue, as well as that hippie perfumery.

The woody notes transitioned me into the next infusion, where I got a slight lavender essence, and upon smelling the top notes, I found a warm welcome of bread and malt notes. The smoke was an afterthought, until the third time around. I half wondered if there would be any smoke to it at all. But it came out to shine in the third round. It was as if someone had just blown out a match. Not so sting to turn you off anything smoked for the rest of your life, but just a hint so that I could taste the other fascinating notes. This time I got a vanilla orange spice to compliment the hint of smoke.

Sipping and enjoying this tea sent me on a sensory overload trip. I was transported to a different time and place. I know that most people upon hearing the word ‘perfume’ being used to describe tea will most definitely run for the hills. But there is so much more to this brew than the hippie cologne. Each time I took the kettle and dowsed the tea, it showed me a different card hidden in it’s sleeves. If I had brewed it any longer, it may have tried to pull a rabbit our of my cup. This is truly a strange brew.

DigestTea from Raizana Tea Company

DigestTeaTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Herbal

Where to Buy: Raizana Tea Company

Tea Description:

You shouldn’t have eaten that monster burrito or third slice of pizza, and you’re paying for it now. Get relief from gas, bloating and sensation of fullness with DigestTea, our natural remedy for digestive problems.
DigestTea is gentle enough to soothe stomach problems in children. Raizana uses natural herbs sourced in California to provide all-natural support for gas and other digestive problems.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

I have issues with eating certain kinds of food and then feeling disgusting, heavy, and bloated.  This especially happens when I have any kind of carbs.  So lately I have been doing a lot of research to see if there was some herb or tea that I could drink that would help.  That is how  I stumbled upon this company, Raizana.  They have several different kinds of herbal remedies for what “ails you”.  I don’t necessarily believe that there is a skinny tea out there but I do believe that some herbs can make you feel better.  So I decided to take a chance and pick up their sampler.

Now to be honest, I am a huge fan of herbal teas.  I love chamomile and adore lemongrass in teas.  I’m also a huge mint fan and tend to like most mint teas I come across.  The biggest reason I picked this tea up was because it had cilantro in it.  I had never even heard of a cilantro tea before.  I have a love affair with cilantro and sneak it into as many foods as I can.  The ingredients also list dill weed and passionflower.  I just had to try it!

When I popped open the bag, holy sweetness is all I can say! This definitely has a very sweet bakery smell to it which I think comes from the papaya flavoring and stevia.  I steeped this one up per their parameters and was pleasantly surprised.  This is one of the sweetest herbal teas I have ever had.  And it isn’t that artificial sweet taste.  This has an almost dessert quality to it.  Like a freshly baked treat. I don’t taste the cilantro at all but definitely pick up the minty notes and chamomile.  The lemongrass is also prevalent and letting itself be known but not in an obnoxious way.  I even tried this one iced and still had the same outcome.  A lemony baked treat. Yum!

Now to whether or not it helps with my digestion, that I really can’t say.  I have completely overhauled my diet as of late and am cutting junk food out all together, which was a major cause for a lot of my discomfort.  All I can say that this is great for when I have that sweet tooth craving and am looking forward to having this one again.