Verveine (Lemon Verbena)

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Fruit Herbal Blend
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205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 15 sec 12 oz / 354 ml

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  • “My coworker that recently ordered from Harney & Sons got a few of these silken sachets as a thank you in her order. She passed one on to me. I thought tonight was the perfect night to try it, being...” Read full tasting note
    JacquelineM 1112 tasting notes
  • “My sample is called "French Verveine" on its very elegant black and dark gold jacket, but in double checking my order detail and the web site it appears there is really only one Harney product...” Read full tasting note
    __Morgana__ 951 tasting notes
  • “Well, it's lemon verbena. Not quite lemon, not quite.... er, anyway. I took a sample sachet of this from the British shop in town, and it's just okay. I suppose I could see combining this with, um,...” Read full tasting note
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    lisbet 267 tasting notes
  • “Interesting! It started off harsh -- just what I'd expect from lemon verbena, which I generally find to be an extremely strong and spicy flavor -- but it sweetened and softened as it cooled. ...” Read full tasting note
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    Cait 216 tasting notes

From Harney & Sons

We import the best Verveine. The big green leaves produce an unusually full-bodied herbal yellow liquid with a wonderful aroma. Also known as Lemon Verbena.

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Since 1983 Harney & Sons has been the source for fine teas. We travel the globe to find the best teas and accept only the exceptional. We put our years of experience to work to bring you the best Single-Estate teas, and blends beyond compare.

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My coworker that recently ordered from Harney & Sons got a few of these silken sachets as a thank you in her order. She passed one on to me. I thought tonight was the perfect night to try it, being Home Alone. Alas, I am a Magic: The Gathering widow this evening :)

I made it with a little honey, sachet left in the cup. Nice! Sweet and herbaceous. Not lemony but…lemonminty? Fresh and good tasting. Nothing I would run out and order (I like my healing herbals from Mountain Rose Herbs when I’m looking for this sort of tea) but if it arrived with an order again I’d be pleased!

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
ashmanra

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TeaBrat

I like verbena…

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My sample is called “French Verveine” on its very elegant black and dark gold jacket, but in double checking my order detail and the web site it appears there is really only one Harney product called Verveine, so this must be it!

It’s hard to imagine how I have thus far managed to escape experiencing lemon verbena in the flesh, so to speak. But as far as I know or can remember, I have. I was expecting an alternative to other lemon flavored tisanes, but it soon became apparent that this is something entirely different.

The leaves are humongous, light green, and curl inward along their main vein/vertical axis, and apparently, they are weightless. I put the entire packet on the scale and only came out with enough for half a cup? (Perhaps I am going to regret this?)

Dry, they smell nothing at all like lemon; they smell like a savory spice of some kind. Dried thyme or dried sage, I think. Or maybe even dried basil. Or notes suggestive of all three.

Steeped, it’s a very dark yellow color, and the aroma still has nothing that is smelling to me like the lemon I expected to smell. There is a hint of lemon, but it is more along the lines of the juice from a roasted herbed lemon chicken. Savory and brothy.

And that is pretty much how it tastes as well. This doesn’t taste like a lemon tisane, it tastes like a savory spice tisane with a subtle lemon note to it. It’s tasty, but in the sense of the spicy taste of a very well-spiced poultry stuffing with some lemon squeezed into it.

I am wondering if the scale lied to me and I should not have used the full packet? I’m going to resteep with more water to see what that’s like. I am making this as a full cup (approx. 8 oz) this time instead of half of that.

Indeed, more water lessens the brothiness considerably, or perhaps it’s the second steep effect. It’s still a very savory taste, though.

Hmm. I’m not going to rate this as I’m not sure I prepared it correctly, and because I have nothing to compare it to. In reading about verbena on the web, it seems this is supposed to have a “bright lemon taste” which I’m not getting. Mine is definitely full-bodied, but the lemon is not the main flavor I’m getting, nor is it bright. I’d describe it as sultry.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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267 tasting notes

Well, it’s lemon verbena. Not quite lemon, not quite…. er, anyway. I took a sample sachet of this from the British shop in town, and it’s just okay. I suppose I could see combining this with, um, something I like better. Maybe something with vanilla. But by itself this just isn’t very interesting.

If I’m going to drink a tisane, it either needs to taste delicious, or have some sort of medicinal function. Actually, I guess that goes for anything I’ll drink, deciduous perennial shrub or no.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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Interesting! It started off harsh — just what I’d expect from lemon verbena, which I generally find to be an extremely strong and spicy flavor — but it sweetened and softened as it cooled. There were three of these sachets tucked into the box I just got from Harney & Sons, which is a nice little bonus. I’m not sure I’d want this as an after-dinner drink, but as an early-evening-and-dinner-will-be-late drink, I like it.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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157 tasting notes

Lemony, vibrant and light, this tea will make you feel right.

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517 tasting notes

Lovely color. Not really to my taste though. It is a bit too light.

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344 tasting notes

I bought a box of this a long time ago when I was first exploring tea. I really liked tea with hints of lemon, and still do, so I thought this would be a good buy. This is fairly light tea and not that exciting, but it is doing the trick this morning. Soothing, warm, and lemony. I added a tad bit of honey in hopes to calm the cough. This is not something I would normally drink, but it is a good under the weather tea.

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Sample cube 9/18

Bedtime brew…this smelled lovely and tasted like, well, not much. Nothing more to add…

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223 tasting notes

It’s a strange flavor. Hard to describe. It’s almost like a cross between lemon and mint. Sort of. (._.)

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Caffeine-Free/Decaf Traveling Tea Box

This isn’t bad per say, but it reminds me of what my mom used to give me when I was sick growing up, with a generous portion of honey, so I’m not sure it’s something I’d necessary drink for pleasure. I think as far as lemon flavors are concerned, I prefer lemongrass and generally use that for cold-brew/lemonade-esque drinks. I used 1 sachet in my 12oz mug and added sweetener, because otherwise, to me, it tastes like medicine. Actually, it kind of tastes medicinal with sweetener added (funny since I love rooibos which people tend to associate with that word more than this plant), but nonetheless, the rest of the sachets will be continuing on in the box!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 12 OZ / 354 ML

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