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I am stumped, I cannot think of a clever opening to today’s review so I guess I will just fill you all in on how life is for me. I folded all 200 Advent Calender envelopes in more or less one sitting, I couldn’t sleep so I stayed up all night watching Doctor Who and folding, it was very nostalgic. It is getting dramatically colder so there is a cat in my lap, the other cat is extremely happy and playful since she likes the cold. Also my stomach is being a real jerk so I decided to try out another of Raizana Teas herbal blends.
This tea is geared towards soothing the savage belly beast with its easy to remember name, DigestTea. Made from Cilantro, Dill Weed, Passionflower, Spearmint, Chamomile, Lemongrass, Stevia, and Natural Papaya flavors. The aroma is sweet and minty with notes of chamomile herbaceous tones. There is also a bit of papaya sweetness that lingers at the end. The aroma is very clean and it smells refreshing, sinus cleansing! As I pull the bag away completely I notice there is a tiny, tiny hint of dill, which I really liked.
As the tea steeps I start to notice the lemongrass aroma wafting out of my leaves, it is a bit strong and made me sneeze! Oddly I did not find the lemongrass off-putting like a usually do, I guess because it mixes really well with the mint, dill, and chamomile aromas. The liquid, sans steeping basket, has a very savory aroma. To me it smells like a really good soup or pickle spices, lemony and dill with a hint of mint and cilantro. I almost want to make a marinade using some of these together because it smells delicious.
The taste, however, is not savory at all, it is sweet like papaya. The taste also reminds me a little of lemon poppy-seed cake. The savory herbs are not really present in the taste, it is mild and sweet. This tea is really perfect for days when your stomach is being a real jerk and most things make you feel kinda ill. Withing a few minutes of drinking this tea my stomach was soothed and I felt much better. The aftertaste of the tea is sweet with a hint of tingling mint, as it cools the mint also becomes stronger and sweeter.
PureTea by Raizana Teas was one of those instant ‘I have to try this tea’ the moment I saw it, the reason why is because it is formulated to detox the liver and aid in gallbladder health. I do not have a gallbladder, sadly about six years ago it up and died but my liver misses it and just does not know what to do with all its bile (the gall of some organs) so eating can cause it to freak out sometimes. The magical ingredients in this tea are Rooibos, Indian Sarsaparilla Root, Roasted Dandelion Root, Burdock Root, Milk Thistle, Stevia, Mango Flavors, and Chicory, all herbs that are supposed to be good at detox and gallbladder health. The aroma of this tea is sweet and very pleasantly herbal, I am always pleased when a medicinal tea actually smells like something worth consuming. It blends the leafy, earthy, and slightly bitter root aromas with a fruity tropical sweetness for really intriguing and clean smelling dry leaves.
Time to break in my nice new teacup! Once brewed the aroma of the Rooibos is much stronger, very earthy with a touch of sweet citrus. There is, of course, a strong herbaceous aroma that blends really well with the Rooibos earthiness. The liquid has creamy sweet notes which are a bit mouthwatering, also strong herbaceous notes. The aroma is a mix between a medicinal tea and a dessert tea, if only all medicine smelled so good.
Well, I can certainly say this is one of the best tasting medicinal teas I have ever had the pleasure of drinking. The flavor is a mix of tropical fruit (more papaya than mango) sweetness and Rooibos earthiness with a hint of fresh leaves. There is none of that bitter taste that a lot of medicinal teas have, it is a tea I can see myself drinking for pleasure and not just because I need it for health reasons. As the tea cools it takes on a honey sweetness as well. But with medicinal teas taste is not everything, how I feel is also important. The first thing I notice is my insides feel cooled, similar to the cooling effect of mint tea, it also seems to have a mild expectorant quality since my chest seems to be loosening up. I do not feel as ‘heavy’ as I had been feeling lately, my body feels cleaner, it also seems to be a mild diuretic so detoxing seems to be happening. I think I am going to have to add this as a daily tea since I also read that Indian Sarsaparilla is supposed to help with Rheumatoid Arthritis and Psoriasis. If I am really lucky this tea will combat bile dumps after eating too, I guess I need to eat a really fatty meal and drink this tea immediately to find out.