This tea is an odd one for sure. But when I saw it on Nature’s Tea Leaf site I felt compelled to try it. I love mint and it just seemed so unique! And I know a lot of people here are against the pseudo-science health benefits attached to tea but personally I’ve found that at least in terms of digestive issues they’re quite helpful! So why not give a traditional health blend a shot?
The smell of this brings back memories. When I was little I absolutely loved going to Chinatown (not that this has changed at all haha) and my aunt works in the NYC courthouses, which are about 4 blocks away so sometimes she’d take me to work and then to explore the winding streets of Chinatown. Now I know it’s not that big in size, but when I was a kid it was a huge, mystical land full of magic and adventure. Everything was wonderfully foreign and I loved going into the big grocery stores and peering into every jar of spices and herbs. This tea smells like that, medicinal but also quite pleasant and homey.
The taste is… odd. Not bad odd, but it’s really unique and hard to wrap my head around. The mint is very present but not assertive, definitely with the sweetness I associate with peppermint. The 3 roots add some incredibly complex flavors—it’s tart, fruity, with a berry-like sweetness and then a bit bitter (not in a bad way, akin to grapefruit juice) followed by a deep earthiness that reminds me of wet moss. You know the smell of the woods after rain in spring? Like that. Then at the end, suddenly pepper! It’s a whole taste adventure in a single tea.
And, best of all, it definitely did sooth my nausea a fair bit. Hooray! Definitely a winner, if just for the bizarre but pleasant adventure it took me on. Thanks to Nature’s Tea Leaf for the chance to try this!