Lemongrass & Ginger from Chiang Rai Tea House

Lemongrass+GingerTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Herbal Tisane

Where to Buy:  Chiang Rai Tea House

Tea Description:

Two excellent herbs, not only for their health benefits, but for their intense flavor and aroma, come together as the ideal hot beverage for when you feel under the weather. The spiciness of ginger, combined with the lemony taste of lemongrass, makes this a zesty combination that is guaranteed to make you feel good almost immediately! And, of course, both are organically grown.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

As I’ve mentioned before, I’m not generally excited when it comes to trying a tisane.  Oh, I like most tisanes alright but if given a choice between a tisane or something with Camellia Sinensis in it, I’m going to choose the tea every time.

But there are times when I reach for a tisane, particularly later in the day/evening when I want to reduce the amount of caffeine I’m consuming.  And since it is evening now, I started sorting through my stash of teas and tisanes until I came across this Lemongrass & Ginger from Chiang Rai Tea House.  I decided that this would be my caffeine free choice for this evening.

The aroma wafting from my teacup right now is intriguing.  I smell very faint notes of citrus and notes of ginger, but I also smell a distinct note of pepper.  Black pepper, to be precise.  It smells as though someone had freshly ground some pepper in my teacup.  Not a fragrance I expected from this tisane!

Lemongrass+Ginger1I don’t actually taste black pepper, but I definitely smell it.  I smell it so distinctly that it gave me cause to check the ingredients:

Ingredients:  100% Organic Lemongrass and Organic Ginger.

No pepper.  Now, granted, ginger does have a peppery note to it, but I usually taste more of a peppery note than smell it.

But as I said, I’m not tasting a strong peppery taste.  What I taste is what the label promises:  I taste lemongrass and I taste ginger.  I like the way these two ingredients are balanced.

The ginger is warm and zesty.  The ginger has not been overdone here – I don’t feel too much heat on my palate or in my throat as I drink it.  It’s gently warming, but not hot or spicy.

The lemongrass is soft, sweet and delicately citrus-y.  Not tart but there is a hint of tangy to this.  It reminds me a bit of the lemon-lime taste you might experience if you were to be drinking a lemon-lime soda – but without the sugary sweetness.  There is a smooth, lightly buttery/creamy flavor to it and I really enjoy how the lightly sweet, creamy citrus notes meld with the lively ginger notes.

The combination is a simple one:  ginger and lemongrass.  But it’s really tasty!

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