Leaf Type: Herbal
Where to Buy: Herbal Republic
A great ginger tea that’s an original ayurveda blend.
Contains lemongrass, ginger, citrus peels, liquorice, peppermint and pepper.
This is a tea that scared me a little at first. I love all the ingredients individually, and I love many of them in blends, but having tried at least one licorice and peppermint blend that I didn’t like (and, in fairness, I should mention that there is at least one that I can recall that I did enjoy), seeing that these two ingredients were on the list worried me a little. I mean, I love licorice. I love peppermint. But together in one tisane? I was skeptical.
The flavors here are all so very assertive, and yet the cup itself is not off-putting or overwhelming. It is a strong yet tasty tisane. I think that it is the assertiveness of the ingredients that really makes this flavor combination work! I think that if there was an ingredient here that was a little less than assertive, it would be overwhelmed. As it is, the flavors here are bright, strong and vibrant.
The ginger is the first flavor I taste, and I don’t know if that is because it’s the first flavor that I expect. The ginger is nicely accented with the black pepper, and these two warm ingredients really spice things up nicely here. The lemongrass seems to soften the edge of the ginger, giving the cup a sweet and somewhat creamy taste. The citrus peels seem to enhance the lemon-y taste of the lemongrass just enough to make this a very pleasing, citrus-y tasting tisane.
Because of the strength of the ginger, citrus and black pepper, the licorice and peppermint don’t really have much of a chance to come off as repellent (and that is a VERY good thing!) Instead, they act as highlight flavors, offering just enough of their distinctively zesty flavor to the cup when needed without overwhelming the balance of the cup.
This is a tisane I enjoyed much more than I thought I would. It is smooth but with a lively, zippy flavor that really grabs my attention. It is delicious and sweet and quite soothing after a spicy meal (I had some rather spicy tacos tonight!) I am finding that this cup is just what I needed after that!
Anne started her journey with tea as a casual drinker and became more serious about her tea drinking when she realized that she couldn't drink coffee. Shortly thereafter, she started becoming obsessed with the beverage and she started creating small-batch, artisan blends of tea that she sold online as LiberTEAS. After a few years, she realized she wasn't cut out to be the sole proprietor of a business so she closed LiberTEAS and started reviewing teas online. She met Jennifer through another blog that they both reviewed for and they decided to start their own review blog. This review blog!
Throughout her journey as a tea reviewer, she discovered 52Teas and became enamored with the idea of creating a new tea every week. When the founder of 52Teas decided he wanted to move on, he offered the business to Anne but knowing that she wasn't cut out to be a sole proprietor, she instead offered the company to her oldest daughter who employs her as the Mad Tea Artist for 52Teas!
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