by Little Yellow Teapot (a tea steeping marvel and occasional contributing author to this e-zine)
My humans aren’t too big on herbals, and it can take some coaxing to get them to try some, but when a vendor that is reliable and knowledgeable on teas recommends their new line of herbals, my humans try to be fair and give in to accepting some samples. The results so far have been okay. Time to see how these two measure up.
1 – Forest Glade – dry aroma had ginger root and licorice root dominant; liquid was a very nice balance of flavors even though the cinnamon was rather obvious. One tip would be for the vendor to grind up the fennel seeds instead of leaving them whole. We doubt that they added much to the mix. Caffeine free for a restful night. Overall quite satisfying as herbals go. Ingredients: Ginger, Licorice Root, Cinnamon, Lemon Peels, Fennel
Up close shot to show the big pieces of stuff plus whole fennel seeds:
2 – Joyful Spiced Herbal – a mix of ingredients with the aroma of cardamom dominating when we opened the pouch; the liquid was almost a shock – in a very good way. The flavor was pleasant and smooth, the mouthfeel was full, and there was a nice tang in the aftertaste. The coriander came through a bit too much but not in a very bothersome way. Nice to sit and sip on a cold Winter’s evening. Caffeine free so you will sleep soundly. One thing to note here: many of the ingredients are also used in curries, so my humans almost expected these to be more food-like than beverage-like. Ingredients: Cloves, Lemon Peels, Green & Black Cardamom, Cardamom Grains, Roman Chamomile Flowers, Rooibos, Turmeric, Ginger, Cinnamon, Pepper, Coriander, Nutmeg, Licorice root, Bay Leaves, Rose petals, Marigold, Holy Basil (Tulsi), Mint, Coconut, Apple
Up close shot, much smaller pieces of stuff (I’m thinking I should grind up stuff like this before infusing – whole cloves and peppercorns plus rose petals, etc., don’t infuse fully):
Disclaimer: all items were furnished by the vendor but all opinions expressed here are totally unbiased.
© 2014 A.C. Cargill photos and text