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I still have that cold/virus/bronchitis thing that’s hit the nation, and for the past week I’ve been coughing like crazy. I had ordered TeaLuxe’s Throat Tender the week before, thinking I wouldn’t need it by the time it arrived, but here I am, still hacking away. I brewed a cup of this spicy, flavorful tea tonight in the hope that my tender throat would feel better.
Honestly, I’m not sure what I expected. I was curious about the ingredients- especially the slippery elm, which I thought it would make the tea velvety. I think Dragonwell green tea is more velvety than this. I had to add sweetener because the flavor was strong and a bit too bitter for me. With the sweetener it was palatable and, like chai, comforting in the way it warmed me up.
The tea is very pretty, as you can see in the photo, and the liquid is an attractive reddish-amber. I’m not sure this will help my throat, but taking this “cure” isn’t a chore by any means.
I’ve been trying to find a tea that matches a mis-labeled tea I got a few years ago. In my blending experiments it seemed that vanilla was a component, but there also seemed to be something almost fruity. Based on the description, I tried Monk’s blend. Definitely not this one. It’s not a bad tea, but it seems a bit too sharp — and I’m someone who leaves the bag in when I use teabags. I’m going to try using either a bit less tea, or steeping not quite as long, and see if that helps.
I was hoping for a little bit more of something. I’m not exactly sure what I think is missing, though. I think it’s just because I typically am not a big fan of vanilla tea, but had heard such great things about this one I figured if there’s ever going to be a vanilla tea for me, it must be the Copley version. Too bad for me, though I’m sure some of my vanilla tea drinking friends will like it.
And I found the way to enjoy this!! Now that it’s starting to feel a bit like spring, I figured I’d give this tea another go. And it’s really good!! I think that the fruit qualities stand on their own in this tea, yet the drink still maintains the tea-quality we all love. This is good when sitting in my office, just knowing it’s spring outside, and I imagine it’ll be really nice when sitting on the porch this summer.