Tea Revv Advent Calendar – Day 5
(originally written November 5th)
Meh, an herbal tea. Certainly not something that I get excited about. This one is a mixture of lemongrass, licorice, chamomile, lemon, and gynostemma, which I assume is some magical healthful herb that I have no interest in learning about. I steeped this in a disposable filter bag because of that rascally chamomile.
The steeped tea smells pleasantly lemony, which is a good sign. Wow, this is not at all what I expected… I guess there must have been way more dried lemon than I realized, because it actually tastes somewhat tart. This is actually quite pleasant. The strongest flavor is the lemon and lemongrass combo, and it has a light but somewhat refreshing tartness to it. I can also taste the chamomile, which has its usual musty-floral-oat-honey thing goin’ on. The licorice is fairly well done – I can taste a bit of anise flavor and there’s a slight sweet aftertaste that I attribute to licorice root. I have no idea what gynostemma would taste like, so I can say if that’s contributing any flavor.
Overall, I am very happy to have been surprised by this one. I was expecting a lemongrass and licorice mess and what I got was actually quite well-balanced. I would actually consider keeping some of this around as a sleepytime sort of tea.
Touché, Tea Revv…
Flavors: Anise, Floral, Honey, Lemon, Lemongrass, Licorice, Oats, Sweet, Tart