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!