|"I can generally say I liked it, but it's not something I would turn to on a regular nighttime basis."|
Friday Afternoon's Murray Creek Blend is a fusion of rooibos, peppermint, and chamomile. They mention that it's cozy, soothing, and meant for all occasions. The only occasion this'd be good for - given two of its ingredients - is sleepy time. Peppermint and chamomile are notorious relaxants. At least, to my delicate system they are.
I had an inkling to try this out in the middle of the morning, then I saw the chamo-blossoms - of which there are many. While rooibos is the primary ingredient - as it should, since it's the base - peppermint and chamomile weren't slouching. Both in visual presence and aroma, they made themselves known. This blend smelled like knock-out medicine.
Brewing instructions were nowhere to be found on the site, either on the profile or a general tab. Typical approach for hearty herbals and botanical blends - for me - was 1 tsp in 8oz of boiled water, steeped for six minutes. I did just that but doubled the herb/water amount. Eh, it was close to bedtime.
Rooibos usually colors amber-to-red. Peppermint and chamomile tend to turn a color I like to call "medicine yellow". Murray Creek colored somewhere in between those two - gold at the bottom, and it reddened closer to the mouthpiece. The aroma was all peppermint; wish I had more to add. The taste was chamomile on the forefront with its floral lean, cool peppermint in the middle, and rooibos finally made it's nut-sweet presence known in the finish.
I can generally say I liked it, but it's not something I would turn to on a regular nighttime basis. Chamomile by itself is fine. Rooibos by itself is fine. Peppermint...does not play well with others. In my opinion, it's an un-blendable herb - either dominating or clashing with other ingredients. As for the other two, chamomile and green rooibos and/or honeybush work far better. (I know, I've blended 'em.) I admired what they tried to do here, and - for the most part - approved.
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