6 Tasting Notes
This tea is the hub of the performing arts department, namely among vocalists and its easy to see why. It is naturally sweet so there is no need for sweeteners which can irritate sore throats and perpetuate laryngitis. Honey compliments this really well, so if a healthy sweetener is desired, a tsp of honey enhances the flavors and doesn’t overpower it. It’s scent is very herbal and medicine-like but there is a sweet aroma emitted as well. This tea is perfect and is among the most liked in our health conscious, taste connoisseurs, social circle. It’s also a favorite amongst those who generally detest tea. It’s super soothing. Super smooth in taste and with a bit of a slimy texture from the licorice and mallow. To ward off colds and enhance it’s medicinal properties (and add a pleasant spicy taste), I take 1 tsp of freshly fine chopped ginger per 2 cups of water and make a decoction for 20 minutes, simmering the ginger for 15 minutes, then turning off the heat and steeping this tea in the remaining 5 minutes. It warms up the body and induces “feel good” vibes to get one off the bed and ready to sing. This is my favorite packet tea!!
As I mentioned on my review of Twinings Peppermint tea (a very good purchase), I bought these two teas together on a “2fer” sale, not expecting much; I must say I am glad I got this box! I was actually intending to buy earl grey tea, so when I got home and read the label, I immediately thought: “What the heck is Lady Grey”
The ingredients are basically the same as Earl Grey, yet the taste is lighter and smoother. The ingredients list mentions additionalcitrus flavors listed after orange and lemon, but with further online research, I found that cornflower is an ingredient in this blend. I am assuming that cornflower isn’t listed in the ingredients as it’s probably there in negligible amounts. I think it smells like Earl Grey, an aroma that I adore. As I mentioned the taste is very light and smooth, which is not bad at all, I was just looking for something more robust, but I like this tea very much. It’s great with sugar and just earlier I made a very foamy tea latte with it. It was a really good way to enjoy the tea in different ways.
First of all, I bought this tea because it was on a 2 for $6 sale and my tea inventory was rather low and in need of replenishment. I bought this with Twinings Lady Grey as I wanted to have a breakfast tea. I grabbed this as soon as I saw it o the stores shelves because I am a big fan of peppermint tea, desiring a tea to help me with my sore throat, and of course, it helps with digestion. It smells wonderful. This is the best smelling peppermint tea I’ve encountered by far. Its scent is so strong and pleasing, even my little brother, who is not a fan tea, was taken aback by how relaxing the scent is, saying it reminded him of Christmas (probably because of candy canes). As soon as I opened the box, I could smell its wonderful aroma, leaving a great first impression. I wish the flavor lived up to my first impression though. The flavor was not as strong and I like my teas on the stronger side. I suggest brewing it longer than the suggested time. The peppermint flavor is more of an aftertaste than the actual taste of the beverage, so steeping it a little longer is ideal for someone like me. When you first pour boiling water over the bag, a greenish hue is emitted from the tea bag, which I find very odd as most peppermint teas brew into a dark orange-brown color. After a minute goes by, the green tinge turns to that color, but still, a slight green tinge in the first minutes of steeping was not what I expected. I really hoped that the peppermint taste would have been stronger, especially because this is pure peppermint. I have had ginseng peppermint blend teas that had more minty tastes than this. Overall, I’m happy with the purchase.
This has a very rich, red color. This is wonderful iced and with some sugar. There’s a refreshing, crisp, tangy aftertaste. There’s not a single ingredient whose flavor is prominent in the tea. I like to mix the loose leaf tea with some loose leaf rooibos; the earthy, robust flavors of rooibos adds a wonderful complexity to the different flavors of this tea. With rooibos, it’s great at any time of day: a morning energizer, an afternoon pick me up, and, (if served hot) a great night time soother. I think honey would compliment all the flavors.
I definitely think this tea is an acquired taste. There’s a lot of flavors going on, and it can be overpowering at first. As for the claims that it helps with breathing, I neither support nor negate the claim because I never really drink this enough to notice if this helps me breathe better. I really wanted to give this tea another shot, so I tried another cup and I still found the taste too strong. I’m not really a fan of minty undertones followed by a sweet aftertaste, BUT drizzled with honey, this tea tastes better. Maybe if I mix this with other herbal teas, it will taste even better?