Harmony Ayurvedic Tea from TeaVeda

HarmonyTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Green

Where to Buy:  The Veda Company

Tea Description:

Find your bliss and indulge with the herbal mix of mint, licorice and Indian pennywort (said to enhance longevity) in our “Harmony” tea.  Each blend is mildly caffeinated with green tea, one of nature’s antioxidant wonders.

Learn more about the teas from TeaVeda here.

Taster’s Review:

I can really smell the licorice here.  It has a warm, sweet smell.  The pennywort might add to some of the sweetness in the aroma, although I’m not really sure because pennywort is one of those herbs that I’m just not all that familiar with.  I’m surprised that I’m not picking up more of the minty fragrance since mint can be a very dominant herb.

I wish I could taste the licorice as distinctly as I can smell it.  I am not really familiar with the flavor of pennywort, so I suspect that is what I’m tasting because I taste a sweet, vaguely earthy taste that doesn’t taste like mint or licorice or green tea.  So I’m guessing this flavor I’m experiencing is pennywort, or more accurately, what pennywort tastes like when it’s blended with licorice, mint and green tea.

This is the “Harmony” tea cup, which is also available from the Veda Company. I love how this company embraces the whole experience of tea!

It is kind of an odd taste but not unpleasant.  It just tastes really different from anything I’ve tasted before, so I’m having a difficult time describing what I’m experiencing.  What comes to mind as I sip it is the liquid that might result after having steamed spinach.  The greenish liquor that would be in the water vessel of my steamer – I haven’t ever drank that liquid, but I’ve often guessed that it tastes earthy and vegetal.  Now imagine combining that liquid with the steamer liquid after cooking asparagus and broccoli.  Again, I’ve never consumed either of these liquids, but I have imagined them to taste earthy, vegetal and possibly a bit bittersweet.  That’s kind of what I’m tasting now.

Now that I’m past the mid-cup mark, I’m starting to pick up on an aftertaste that is both minty and licorice-like.  These flavors are starting to develop in the sip too, although the aforementioned steamer liquid taste remains the strongest flavor of the cup.

I can’t say I’m loving this tea, but I don’t hate it either.  It’s just … odd.  Different from what I’ve tasted in the past.  Not a familiar flavor.  But at the same time, it’s not unpleasant.  It’s sort of like trying a new vegetable for the first time.  Veggies aren’t always everyone’s favorite side dish on the plate, but we eat them and while we’re more likely to enjoy something more familiar, the new veggie isn’t so bad once you get used to it.  That’s how I’d describe this tea experience.

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