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A few sachets of this received from my Swiss friend and honestly… this is again quite a good one! Considering it is sachet.
Of course, we all know that loose leaf tea is higher quality than bags/sachets. But here I have seen whole, not broken, pieces of tea, with plenty of space in the sachet left so it could expand quite well.
It is plain Chun Mee — with its sweet, grassy flavour. It was round and mouth-coating, however those nice flavours did not last last long.
Ginger is warming, never straight up spicy and it’s most prominent in the steam and in the sip. The licorice root is very good here, not thickly, sickly sweet despite being steeped for 10 minutes. It’s soft and carries the warmth of ginger and sweet cinnamon through the swallow. I notice the elderflower most on my breath. It’s definitely there and a nice addition. As an ingredient, it’s rarely seen in American tisanes. Overall fragrant warming, softly sweet-spicy, floral in that elderflower way.
Martin has given me so many good herbal blends from Europe that I think as a generalization they got the art of tisane on lockdown. It’s more likely, though, that he sends the good stuff my way :P
Flavors: Cinnamon, Elderflower, Floral, Ginger, Licorice Root, Soft, Spicy, Sweet
Seems I have bad day with today tea sessions.
This time, I carefully opened the outer wrapping, tried to put sachet out, but ouch, it doesn’t work. I used more strength, nada. It was sealed together with the side. So, I decided to open the sachet and prepared it grandpa. I wonder… why I haven’t used a strainer or fillable tea bag, but here we go.
At least I was able to check the ingredients:
Chamomile — check.
Fennel — check
Linden flower — somehow, check
Oat Straw — check
Rose Petals — check.
Good, all are in. And seems that most of them are good quality. At least I was able to recognize them without using magnifier. Linden flower was hardest to find and see the difference between oat straw and fennel was a bit harder. But all are in…
From their description:
…it is the perfect relaxing brew to calm an overworked mind and help you unwind at the end of a busy day.
I haven’t had a busy day nor overworked mind… but yes, I had a bit of overthinking day. And a little bit too much daydreaming today. So, maybe it’s a tea that I just need today.
Tastes quite expectly after chamomile, but luckily it is good quality and thus quite tasty, almost with apple taste that chamomile sometimes have.
The rest is somehow common herbal taste, but it didn’t turned bitter or medicinal, so with that in mind I have to say I am happy with it. In the end, rose… tries to make its part too and certainly helps with aroma of whole brew.
Very good blend. I hope it will help me with good rest before going tomorrow to work.
Rating on hold, I will rate once I will try as expected.
Very mild and sweet chai. I am not even sure to call it chai at all.
The rooibos base is fine, and combined with honeybush it is quite woody and sweet. The cacao notes are nice and not overpowering everything else. Spices are mild, but present in taste, mostly cinnamon and cloves in my opinion. Star anise isn’t that strong as in Ahimsa Veda by teakruthi I had yesterday. And this is certainly fresher tea.
Somewhere in distance I notice orange peel. I think I notice it as a base a bit and also in back of my tongue as refreshing flavour.
Overall, a bit interesting combination of ingredients (tell me about another cacao chais), but well executed and good for afternoons/evenings. Thank you Fabiana :)
Flavors: Cacao, Orange, Spices, Sweet, Woody
Another tea bag I have received from my Swiss friend. Thank you!
Today afternoon is quite warm. And for my last day in isolation it is hard. I wanted something refreshing and this seemed like a good choice.
It wasn’t certainly a bad choice, however… I have been expecting more refreshing taste. It was herbal. Herbaceous in taste, mostly after lemongrass — but the pithy, sour lemon is missing naturally. Also, no juniper — no pine taste. Not sure if I was unlucky to do not have any in my sachet, or it was crushed, but sadly there is no contribution to taste. And other ingredients make the herbal notes only…
As a palate cleanser though it works well. And after quite a heavy lunch, it helped with a digestion a little bit I think.
Color of the brew? Similar to the box color. Clear. At least something nice :)
Flavors: Herbaceous, Lemongrass
You know what makes me smile every time? That someone is thinking about me. For instance, this tea I got for my birthday (month ago, 24th June) from my Swiss friend! She works in bakery and they have this brand here. Never heard about them and the tea wrappings are great addition to my collection. And moreover, some were sent more than once, and I can swap them for other wrappings! The only downside is that they are quite pricey (for me at least). I understand that Irish (yes, it seems it is Irish company) workforce isn’t one of the cheapest in the world.
Anyway, it’s evening and I have decided to do one cold brew tea for tomorrow and one hot tea for now. Ginger with elderflower sounds interesting to me. I opened the outer wrapping, expecting ginger zap aroma, and… it is rather flowery! Yes, the elderflower overpowered the ginger in dry aroma!
Steeped for recommended 3-5 minutes and I got sweet cinnamon aroma with hue of light green, partially cloudy. Beneath the cinnamon, I am able to notice the rest, elderflowers as well the ginger.
In taste it is mild and flowery, almost honey-like in some sips. And then warmth from ginger comes, but never dominates. All complemented with nice level of cinnamon.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Elderflower, Ginger