Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy: Teas Etc.
With the zesty tart and citrus sweetness of its namesake, Meyer Lemon, this is a fresh look at an old classic. Meyer Lemon, a hybrid that combine the sweetness of orange and tartness of lemon, creates the perfect taste profile for a terrific cup of tea.
Layers of flavor are nicely supported with body and cup character in the base Indian Nilgiri black tea.
Perfectly suited to serve hot or cold evidenced by the 1st Place award received in the 2011 North American Tea Championship, Iced Tea Flavored Black Food Service Category!
One refreshing, delicious sip and you will see why this tea stood out above the competition.
I LOVE Meyer Lemons! Regular lemons, I like them alright, but I don’t go crazy for them the way I do Meyer Lemons. When Meyer Lemons are in season, I buy them by the box, and then proceed to make everything from lemon bars to lemonade. They become my flavoring of choice while they’re in season: I put thin slices of Meyer Lemons on top of broccoli or asparagus before I steam them and I marinate chicken breasts in peppered Meyer Lemon juice before I broil them. I’ve even made Meyer Lemon curd. Yummy!
So, perhaps it goes without saying that when I find a Meyer Lemon flavored tea, I BUY! And that’s exactly what happened while I was browsing Teas Etc.’s website a couple of weeks ago (whilst looking for information about their Key Lime Coconut tea).
And this tea does not disappoint. Teas Etc. has managed to capture the essence of the Meyer Lemon very well. It is a very pleasing balance of tart and sweet, just like a Meyer Lemon. It tastes bright and sunny. Delicious!
The black tea base is a Nilgiri tea, which was a pleasant surprise! I was expecting a Ceylon. I really like how the Nilgiri stands up in this blend, not content to let the Meyer Lemon do all the work. The flavoring is not overdone and does not overwhelm the robust flavor of the Nilgiri.
This tea is wonderful served hot, but, it is a STUNNER as an iced tea. If you enjoy Meyer Lemons, you really have to try this tea! I love it!
Leaf Type: Herbal Tisane
Where to Buy: Stash Tea
An artfully crafted herbal blend of rosehips, lemongrass, orange peel, hibiscus, Meyer lemon oil and safflower. Meyer lemons are a cross between a lemon and mandarin orange. They are a burst of lemon flavor without the lip-puckering tartness. The juicy lemony taste and fragrant aroma of this tea is a delight any time of day, hot or iced.
I don’t usually get all excited when it comes to herbal blends, particularly bagged herbal blends. But when I found this tea on the Stash website last week, I knew I had to try it! I absolutely adore Meyer Lemons!
Just as the product description above suggests, Meyer Lemons are a cross between a lemon and a mandarin orange. They look like lemons, and taste a little bit like them too, but they are a bit sweeter. Not quite as pucker-y sour as a regular lemon.
I was a little disappointed to find that this herbal blend contained hibiscus. As I’ve said on many occasions, I’m not real crazy about hibiscus. But here, it’s added well. It adds only a little color and tartness to an already tart blend of Meyer Lemons, lemongrass, and orange peel.
So, yes, this is a tart cup. Quite tart … even pucker-y tart. But, it’s actually an enjoyable tartness because it’s a lemony tartness. I love the way the lemon tastes in this blend – so beautifully bright, like the sunshine! It tastes a bit like Meyer Lemonade! Yum!
Since this is a bit like lemonade, I recommend serving it iced. It is really good hot too (and it’s quite soothing for a sore throat), but I like it better chilled with just a little sugar (or agave nectar if you have it!) If you like Meyer Lemons or are just looking for a deliciously tart tisane – give this one a try. It’s quite refreshing!