In at least one of my past reviews, I said something like, ‘I don’t drink alot of flavored teas". Well, I REALLY like Ginger, so I decided to review this Ginger tea that I purchased from Stash. I’ve purchased this from Stash Tea a few times, and the quality is consistent. The teabags come wrapped in plastic. As soon as I opened the plastic wrap I could smell the ginger. Then after opening the foil envelope. the smell was incredible!!
In the past, I’ve kept the water temp around 190 degrees using an eight oz cup, leaving the teabag steep till the tea cools. The cup aroma is strongly full of ginger with a deep yellow color. For me, the extra long steep time adds to the character of the cup. My mouth is awash with the strong, spicey tang of ginger! Yeah!! I think the safflower adds a little smoothing sweetness to the cup.
Yesterday I used my glass Bon Jour french press (Approx 20 oz), with three teabags, leaving them in the press. In this case the ginger was VERY strong, VERY spicey (some say hot, but I just say spicey), with a deep yellow color. I absolutely loved it; although, I would only make my ginger tea this strong occasionally.
Shortly after midnight today, I brewed the tea according to time & temp below with an 8 oz cup. The ginger aroma and flavor was still delicious—quite strong and full of flavor. I still think the safflower smooths out the cup, but perhaps more so at a slightly lower temp and steep time. If you’re new to Ginger tea, perhaps a lower steep time and temp would be right for you.
This would be really great iced. As a matter of fact, I first had Iced Ginger tea at a local Thai restaurant, and loved it! This started my quest for ginger tea.
I really didn’t notice the green tea base in the Yamamotoyama Ginger Tea, but I didn’t care in this case…..the ginger refuses to be ignored! IMHO, everyone should try this tea at least once. It is a really great tea!