|"This is a wonderful, calming cup that I would consider to be a great way to wind down in the evening. This will help you to relax and shake off the stresses of the day."|
I have had this sample in possession for awhile now and have been putting off reviewing it for a stretch for one reason or another. I guess the most likely reason I haven't been more excited about tasting it is because it totally smells like toothpaste to me. However, it has been a Long day of Christmas shopping in the crowds and cold. I came home and put on a new pair of pajamas straight away and a nice soothing herbal sounds darn good!
To me, this smells like one of those vanilla-mint toothpastes. That is not a bad thing, but it is the most accurate description that I can conjure up. The list of ingredients is long and I suspect that many of them will be lost on my palate. I steeped this in boiling water for about 7 minutes and added a pinch of rock cane sugar to sweeten. Oh!, this is good! Mint is obviously the dominating flavor here. The predominant flavors in this cuppa are spearmint/peppermint/wintergreen (in that order), chamomile, and vanilla to my taste buds. This reminds me a lot of Tavalon's Serenity, which is a favorite of mine that I ended up buying. Serenity, however, has just peppermint, chamomile, and vanilla rooibos as primary ingredients. This is kinda a twist on that. As the blend cools, I subtly detect some of the other ingredients--including the star anise. The thing is that I Hate star anise, but it is sooo subtle here that it really doesn't detract much from the blend for me.
This is a wonderful, calming cup that I would consider to be a great way to wind down in the evening. This will help you to relax and shake off the stresses of the day. This does have a bit of toothpaste quality to it, but it is well done. I did not feel like I was drinking a cup of liquified toothpaste. It was also refreshing. This is a perfect blend for after consuming a garlic laden dinner and you are thinking you might kiss someone a little later!! Since I do eventually plan to order some things from Summit Tea (Jin Xuan Golden Lily, Cherie Cherry, and La Belle Helene), there is strong possibility that this could be part of my order and get a rotation in my overflowing tea cabinet. This is also competitively priced at $12.50 for a 6 oz bag.
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