Thank you to carol who for my sample of this tea! And here’s where I get to reveal my weird side as a tea drinker… This is an herbal tea, but it has a lot of chicory root in it, so it gets really dark as it steeps (as in, darker than some black teas). This blend also has lemongrass and ginger. Once it’s steeped, the infusion smells really spicy and earthy, with a light lemon note. It pretty much tastes that way too: all dirt and ginger and grassy lemon.
And I’ll be honest: I like it. For some reason, I seem to enjoy earthiness in herbal teas, at least more than tartness. (I’m looking at you, hibiscus!) Plus, I love ginger, even when it’s showing its bitter, sharp, won’t-play-nice-with-others side… Which is exactly what it’s doing here. I can taste the ginger mid-sip, and the aftertaste is grainy and dry, with a dirt-like flavor. (The roasted chicory root, maybe?) There’s supposed to be hibiscus and cinnamon chips in here too, oddly enough, but I don’t notice them. I should also note that I tried to avoid scooping too much chicory root into this cup… It seems like a finicky ingredient, and I think if there had been more of it, this would have been a lot harder to drink.
So, yeah. I like this one! It remind me a lot of autumn. Roasty and earthy and dry, with a strong ginger bite… But I definitely understand why it’s not to everyone’s taste.