Lemon Jasmine Cleanse Tea from WayGood Tea

LemonJasmineTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Herbal

Where to Buy:  WayGood Tea

Tea Description:

A delicate herbal infusion kissed with fragrant rose petals & jasmine flowers.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

Dry, this Lemon Jasmine Cleanse Tea from WayGood Tea smells more like sage and rosemary than it does lemon or jasmine (or any other ingredient in this herbal tisane).  But I don’t mind – I like sage and rosemary!

To brew this, I placed one sachet in my teacup and poured 8 ounces of near boiling (195°F) water over the sachet.  Then I allowed it to steep for 6 minutes.  The brewed tisane is a golden hue and smells pleasantly of sage and rosemary with hints of flower and subtle notes of lemon.  Similar to the dry tea – the fragrance is primarily rosemary and sage but more of the fruit and floral notes are coming through now.

The flavor is interesting.  I can’t say that I’ve ever tasted a tea or tisane quite like this.  That’s not to say I’m not enjoying it.  To be honest, I think I need another minute or two of writing about it before I figure out if I really do like it!

I taste sage and rosemary – not surprisingly based upon my experience with the aroma – but I also taste rose.  I appreciate that even though the sage and rosemary are dominate fragrances in this tea, their flavors do not overwhelm the cup.

I’m kind of surprised that the name of this tea is “Lemon Jasmine Cleanse” but of the ingredients in this blend – jasmine, rose, lemon verbena, alfalfa, sage, rosemary & lemon peel – the lemon and jasmine are not very prominent flavors in the cup.  The only thing I taste less than the lemon and jasmine here is the alfalfa.

I really can’t recall ever having tasted brewed alfalfa – I very well may have in another tea in my years as a tea reviewer, I just can’t recall having tasted it.  So, I wouldn’t know what to look for in the flavor here as an identifying note for the alfalfa.

As I continue to sip, I notice more jasmine and lemon notes, but they never really offer a strong presence in this drink.  Despite this, I’m finding this to be an enjoyable tisane.  It’s certainly different, but in many cases, different is good!  And it certainly has proven that to be the case with this.  I’d be happy to sip on this again!

Lavender Earl Grey Cleanse from WayGood Tea

LavenderEarlGreyCleanseTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  WayGood Tea

Tea Description:

An exquisite black tea flavored with aromatic lavender flowers & bergamot.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

This Lavender Earl Grey Cleanse from WayGood Tea is one of the most unusual Earl Grey teas that I’ve encountered.

Let me start with the “cleanse” part of this tea.  I’m not a doctor or one who specializes in herbs.  I’m not someone who recommends a ‘cleanse’ or a ‘detox’ because neither of these activities are something of which I partake.  I don’t drink tea for health benefits.  I don’t drink tea to cleanse, detox or lose weight.  I drink tea because I like the way it tastes.

Now, if I happen to find a tea that I enjoy drinking, I certainly don’t mind at all if it happens to have the cleansing, detoxifying or weight loss benefits in addition to a great flavor.  But flavor should come first.  I drink tea because I like the flavor of it, if I want to drink something for health benefits, I’ll go drink some wheatgrass juice.

I don’t drink wheatgrass juice.  I drink stuff I like to drink.  That’s why I stick to tea.

So now that I’ve gotten that out of the way, let me turn my attention to this tea.  It’s one of the more unusual “twists” to the classic Earl Grey teas that I’ve yet to taste.  That’s not to say that I don’t like it – to be honest, I haven’t actually decided if I do or I don’t!  It’s quite different.

The rosemary adds it’s distinctive fragrance to the overall cup and when I lift the cup to my lips to take a sip, I smell the rosemary. While the rosemary and bergamot seem to complement each other aromatically, the first few sips were a little strange because I expected to smell bergamot but I smelled the rosemary with the bergamot (as well as notes of lavender and juniper berry) and the medley of aromas is just … well, it’s different.  It is unexpected.

But, even though it IS different and unexpected, it’s quite pleasant!  I’m not hating the flavor here at all.  Quite the opposite.

That said, one big disappointment about this tea is that the black tea isn’t a particularly strong flavor.  It’s more of a background note and that’s even a little more generous than the flavor here actually represents.  The black tea tastes thin (almost like it’s a decaffeinated black tea).  It’s a very weak tasting black tea and I’m of the opinion that black tea should have some vigor to it.

I steeped this for four minutes in 205°F – that should not have produced a weak tasting black tea unless the black tea is not a particularly strong tea to begin with … or it’s a decaffeinated tea.

The bergamot isn’t a particularly strong flavor as it melds with the flavors of lavender, rosemary and juniper berry.  The orange peel enhances the notes of bergamot somewhat, but not really enough for someone who is a bergamot fan like I am.

I don’t taste much from the elderberry either.  Of the seven elements of this tea, I taste the rosemary the strongest while the pine-y notes of the juniper seem to accentuate the rosemary, then I taste the lavender, followed by the bergamot (and orange), the black tea and then the elderberry.  It tastes herb-y, pine-ish and floral with hints of citrus in the background.

Overall, it’s a pleasant cup of tea, but I find myself wanting to taste TEA here, and I’m not tasting a lot of it.  It’s a very weak tea – but as far as a cleansing or detox type of tea, this is quite enjoyable.