1751 Tasting Notes
This particular tea has a flavor that is full of depth. It starts out with a subtle vegetal flavor which more closely resembles a green tea before the delicate floral flavor blossoms. It has slight sweetness to it that reminds me somewhat of a well ripened piece of fruit, although I’m having trouble deciding just which variety it most closely resembles. When making iced tea it’s natural sweetness means you won’t need to add additional sweeteners to it, keeping your healthy beverage just that, healthy. Oh, and did I mention that this tea is organic too?
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When I have an upset stomach I tend to shy away from caffeine, which typically only makes things worse. Instead I look for a tea that contains a digestive aid such as peppermint, chamomile, licorice root, ginger, or fennel. Herbal Balance happens to have 4 of the 5 ingredients I generally look for, as well as lemon balm, which works as a mild sedative. Overall the flavor and scent of this tea is mild and soothing, just what you need when you aren’t feeling well or have had a stressful day. The strongest flavors come from the peppermint and licorice root, although I can taste the subtle flavor of chamomile as well. The fennel and lemon balm hide out in the background contributing a little bit of flavor, but are mostly included for their herbal properties. This is a nice tea to relax with at the end of the day, as long as you aren’t turned off by the fact that it contains licorice root. I know many people don’t care for the strong, sweet taste of licorice, but it has always been one of my favorite herbal ingredients. I know I’ll be keeping some of this on hand for a more natural way to soothe myself after a long day trying day (or a 18 hour trip through various airports.) I don’t know a single person who hasn’t come back from the airport completely stressed out, do you? Perhaps I’ll start packing this in my carry-on when I travel.
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This month the green tea offered for the Selection Club was Sleeping Dragon from Adagio. While I’ve said before that I’m not a huge fan of the decision to add Adagio teas to their lineup, I do tend to prefer their unflavored teas to many of their other offerings. This particular tea didn’t wow me, I find it to be a pretty middle of the road green tea. It’s nothing exceptional, but certainly not something I would turn down if it were offered to me. The flavor is vegetal with a hint of smoke and a slight astringency. It left me with somewhat of a dry mouth, which is something I tend to avoid with my summer tea selections. I find that if I cold steep this tea overnight, rather than brewing it using traditional methods, it cuts down on the amount of astringency making for a much more appealing iced tea. If you aren’t a fan of astringency in your green teas, this may not be for you.
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