Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Art of Tea French Lemon Ginger

Country of Origin: South Africa
Leaf Appearance: mottled green and red, twiggy
Ingredients: Organic Lemongrass, Organic Fair Trade South African Rooibos, Organic South African Honeybush, Organic Ginger, Organic Lemon Verbena
Steep time: 5 minutes
Water Temperature: 205 degrees
Preparation Method: ceramic teacup and mesh infuser
Liquor: amber

This herbal teasan was just the thing for unwinding before bed. Its citrus notes were balanced well by the earthy and woodsy tastes of rooibos and honeybush. The ginger came through as a mild spiciness in the finish. I'm not a very big fan of lemongrass or lemon verbena but they worked well here. The mouth-feel had a soft, almost creamy quality and there was not bitterness or astringency. A sweet aftertaste lingered in my palate long after each sip. Overall this was a very soothing cup. I would not recommend adding sweeteners because they really wouldn't be necessary. My throat had been scratchy thanks to allergies and post nasal drip. It felt significantly better after finishing a cup of this tea. Art of Tea's blends are always well put together and this one was no exception.

You can find out more about this tea here.

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