Leaf Type: Herbal Tisane
Where to Buy: 52Teas
In the process [of creating the Lemolicious Guayusa Blend], we created what I’m going to refer to as Lemon Aid, which is a blend of (yup:) lemon myrtle, lemon balm, lemongrass, lemon verbena, lemon peel and some sun-dried lemon slices along with natural lemon flavors–which I felt was bold and awesome enough that perhaps some folks would like to make a tea out of, or perhaps add in with whatever teas they are steeping for a little extra lemon zing.
I have been holding on to this pouch for quite some time and haven’t tried it until a few days ago… and I haven’t really stopped drinking it since. I brewed up batches of it for iced tea (and it is spectacular as an iced tea), and have been sipping on it just about every night … until now … as I’ve reached the end of the pouch!
So I guess it goes without saying that I LOVE this stuff. It surprises me just how much I like it; I didn’t expect it to be this good. I figured “lemon-aid? … ho-hum.” But it isn’t ho-hum at all. As much as I enjoy a glass of freshly squeezed lemonade in the summer, I think I may like this even better.
When this is served iced it really shines. It has that zesty lemon flavor, but, it doesn’t come off pucker-y tart. The herbal notes in this help mellow out those sharper lemon notes, and make it very smooth and delicious. It doesn’t taste overly herbaceous, but, there are some vegetative notes in the background. Bright lemon notes, more sweet than tart (which is just fine with me), and a tingly lemon note that lingers on the tongue in the aftertaste.
It is also quite nice hot, and this evening as I write this, I find myself with a bit of a sore throat, and I may be coming down with a cold (thankfully my tastebuds are not yet affected). I find this to be very soothing on my aching throat and a little bit of honey makes this even more soothing.
A very pleasing, mild lemonade … err, make that Lemon-Aid … that is definitely not ho-hum. I am really going to miss this now that it is sold out. I only wish I had tried it sooner!
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!