Review: Canton Tea Co. Canton Karma (Organic)

Canton Tea Co., Cardamom Tea, Fennel Tea, Ginger Tea, Herbal Tea, Licorice Root Tea, Organic Tea, Rose Tea, Vanilla Tea Add comments
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Thumbs up!"Warming, sweet and filling, this is a great blend to take out the evening chill. Somewhat like a tea-less chai, it features prominent ginger, fennel, and cardamom notes. "
Sophie’s Teaview: 8.2/10
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cantonkarmaWinner of the Hot Beverages category at the 2012 Soil Association Organic Food Awards, this blend was inspired by traditional Ayurvedic teas. Containing ginger, fennel seeds, cardamom pods, licorice root, rose buds and vanilla, this tisane promises uplifting, sweet and spicy notes. Taking a look at my sample, the ingredients are all impressively whole and easily distinguishable. Their pale greens, tans and pinks are quite pretty together. The blend's aroma is a little like an exotic spice shop's, with it's enticing mix of ginger, fennel and licorice.

Following the instructions printed on my sample's package, I steeped a heaping teaspoonful in 250 ml of boiling water for 3 minutes. The gold coloured cup's aroma is scented with mild ginger and vanilla notes. Sweet and lightly spicy, the flavour profile is dominated by the ginger root. However I can also detect the fennel, the licorice and the cardamom's contributions. The vanilla's presence becomes more obvious as the tea cools, especially in the lingering aftertaste. The tisane has a fair amount of body for a herbal tea, adding a creamy dimension to the sip.

After a a 5 minute-long brew, my second cup is less successful, being less smooth and sweet. The profile is mostly about the ginger, while the other ingredients have receded further into the background. It's still satisfying, if you like a straightforward ginger infusion.

I manage to pull one last cup from the blend following a 7 minute-long steep. Again, it's mostly flavoured with ginger notes, with a touch of fennel. The cup not bad in any sense, but pales in comparison to the previous two steeps. I'm impressed that this tisane has lasted so long. I probably wouldn't go through the trouble of a third brew next time though.

Warming, sweet and filling, this is a great blend to take out the evening chill. Somewhat like a tea-less chai, it features prominent ginger, fennel, and cardamom notes. The rose buds mainly contribute to the look of the blend, the flavour having little or no floral taste to it. My one brewing note is to make sure to shake up the package before taking a scoop, to get at the smaller-sized ingredients.

— To purchase Canton Tea Co. Canton Karma (Organic), or for more specific information on ingredients or the story behind this particular tea, click here to go directly to the manufacturer's web site.

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