10 Tasting Notes
Remedy had this available to sample when I was last there. I was amazed at just how creamsicle-y this was, as per their description. I knew I had to buy a bag and turn it into iced tea (something they recommend).
Sadly, I found it made very poor iced tea. What I loved about the sample I had was how the orange flavor far outweighed the vanilla (I have vanilla tea issues…they’re weird and typically unpleasant). A pot of this tea, hot, is absolutely perfect. I love it. However, the orange flavor is almost entirely gone (you can still smell it a bit) and what you’re drinking is a glass of iced vanilla water. Blech.
A friend of mine, maozed, got me onto yerba mate last winter when she recommended Celestial Seasoning’s Morning Thunder. I was looking for a mate with other energizing ingredients and decided to give Remedy’s a go.
This tea has everything going for it: yerba mate (love that flavor), ginseng (definitely an eye-opener), and green tea (added benefit of getting your mom to stop hassling you about adding anti-oxidants to your diet).
I didn’t get that near-instantaneous awake feeling that I do with black teas – it took a couple of cups. However, I didn’t experience a caffeine crash as I so often do. Bonus!
The overall flavor is as Remedy describes: light and grassy, not loaded with flavorings. Very enjoyable.
Eh, this tea isn’t bad. Shared a pot with maozed and I really wanted to be wow-ed by it. (Side note: one of the best things I’ve ever canned was a jar of pear-ginger preserves. Amazing.) In the end, as maozed mentioned, the pear was all in the fragrance. What you’re drinking is ginger tea. Don’t get me wrong. I’m the kind of person who will toss a finger of ginger in a pot of water and drink that. I love ginger. However, I was very much wanting a distinct pear-ginger combo.
I was not expecting this tea to have as much effect on me as it did. I’ve taken valerian root in the past but it’s never helped me sleep, nor has plain old chamomile tea, lavender, etc. Also, valerian has the unfortunate tendency to taste truly awful. I was wary of this tea, to say the least. What sold it was the fact that I love the flavors of all the other ingredients and the intrigue of peppercorns put it over the top.
I finally made a pot when I faced the dilemma of feeling wide awake when I had to get up early the next morning. Maybe it was all placebo effect but within 20 minutes of drinking a cup, I could barely function enough to walk from the couch to my bed. And the flavor? Amazing. Even the valerian was good. Overall, the taste is much more delicate and chamomile-ish than the pungent odor would indicate.
I always used to buy rose petal tea from a shop in Victoria, BC. I ran out over a year ago and have been glancing at my empty tin wistfully but was determined not to pay shipping fees. When I saw this on the menu at Remedy, I bought a bag suspecting that I would enjoy it at least as much as my old stuff. This turned out to be very true! The tea is incredibly fragrant and they don’t skimp on the rose petals. I managed to get three good steeps from one spoonful.
This is a nice tea for its price tag ($1.99/20 ct). The list of ingredients is quite long (peppermint, vanilla, orange peel, cinnamon, milk thistle, chicory, carob, blackberry leaves…) but what you’re basically getting is a vanilla tea with just a hint of cool peppermint. I’m a little weird about vanilla in tea as it tends to overwhelm everything else, which is indeed the case here. Still, this makes a perfect stocking stuffer. The box art is adorable (be-sweatered polar bear and narwhal with ornaments hanging from its horn) and it won’t break the bank.
I honestly don’t know if I like this tea or not. I keep drinking it, however. I’m usually wary of cinnamon teas because they tend to coat the back of my throat with a sickly sweet taste. This one does that but I don’t find it so awful. The smell is incredible and it does leave me feeling particularly warm and cozy.