Leaf Type: Rooibos
Where to Buy: Georgia Tea Co.
Red rooibos and green rooibos blend with orange peels, vanilla and cactus flowers. Delicious!
If you like unusual teas and tisanes, you should certainly read on: here is a very unusual blend – unusual but tasty.
The unusual-ness of this tisane begins with the fragrance of it. I can smell the vanilla and the orange. I can even smell the nutty/woody aroma of the rooibos. And then there is a somewhat herbaceous scent there, not exactly floral, not exactly vegetable… it’s an unusual note, but I think I like it!
The flavor is equally as unusual. I like the pairing of the red and green rooibos because I think that the sparkling fruit tones of the green rooibos help to eliminate some of the funkier flavors that I usually find unpleasant in red rooibos. Together, the two types of rooibos give the cup a strong nutty presence that has a nice fruity background. It tastes crisp and refreshing.
The orange peel give this a very delicate citrus-y taste. It is sweet and also a little zesty. The vanilla gives this tisane a nice creamy background. And then there is a flavor that I find difficult to describe accurately that I can only assume belongs to the cactus flower. It has a sort of sour character to it. It sort of tingles on the back of the throat, and while it is a little weird, it isn’t unpleasant.
I hope that my description there doesn’t scare you from trying this, though, because, I really do like it, and I would be happy to have it again! It is sort of like a weird, twisted creamsicle-ish treat; and while it is definitely different it is also definitely delicious!
Leaf Type: Herbal
Where to Buy: Georgia Tea Co.
Ingredients: camomile blossoms, peppermint leaves, yarrow, valerian roots, marigold blossoms, lemon balm leaves.
I received this tea from a friend a couple of months ago, but I held on to it until I felt like I could use a cup of Digestive Helper. Well, tonight is that night. We just returned home from a nice restaurant and I indulged in some delicious yet very rich food. Digestive Helper to the rescue!
Whenever I encounter these types of “functional” herb blends, I am always just a little bit (or sometimes a lot) leery, because I fear that the blend will not taste very good. Fortunately, this is a functional tea that not only helps with digestive distress but is also tasty.
This tisane has a very smooth, mild flavor, and it doesn’t taste definitively like any one particular herb, but more like a melangé of many herbs… which is what this is. The peppermint is the most prominent flavor, but again, this isn’t a distinctive peppermint taste, but more like a minty background note that has melded with other flavors. There is also a citrus-y note to it.
The overall flavor is quite pleasant and it has a very soothing effect. My stomach feels a bit calmer now after having consumed a cup of it, and I’m very appreciative of that.
This is a good herbal tisane to have on hand – because you never know when you might need it!