|"It seems that just about everything is being made into tea these days. But as novel sounding as olive leaf tea may be, the concept is actually an ancient one. Prescribed by apothecaries in ancient Greece, the olive leaf was used to treat a whole host of common ailments. Even in the world of modern […]"|
I admit my initial excitement towards trying a hot cup of brewed olive leaf fell by the wayside upon actually receiving the tea. Eventually, however, I mustered enough will to give it a go, and after watching several informational videos on Oli Viva's own website, felt confident about what to expect.
The aroma of the leaves emits an immediate brightness far different than anything one would expect from an olive-based product. Once brewed, the liquor (varying from a pale greenish yellow to a deep golden honey) maintains every bit of this brightness, exhibiting also herbal tones and hints of grapefruit. It should be noted that even without the presence of tannins found in the camellia sinesis, the olive leaves are very much prone to bitterness.
While some may appreciate what is described by Oli Viva's founder as an "adult taste," an unpleasant soapiness dominates even after a mild infusion. Brewed at a temperature of 175°F for just over a minute, the tea hands its unique and lovely flavor profile over to a bitter aftertaste. Unfortunately, this adheres to the tastebuds for quite a while, even throughout a second cup of the steeped leaves.
Nonetheless, a second go results is a much more satisfying and less astringent brew, holding every bit of flavor prevalent in the first infusion. It would be interesting to compare the tea bags to the loose leaf offered by Oli Viva, as the larger leaves could very well be more resilient. With all the product's alleged benefits, Oli Viva presents a plethora of research to back it up. Taste is certainly not sacrificed for health in this instance, as the olive leaf tea is quite the refreshment - provided one can deter the acerbity, of course. Negatives aside, the unique olive leaf offers an enjoyable brew with notable health benefits. Given its affordability, the 3.5 oz. bag of Oli Viva's normal loose leaf (as opposed to the tea sachets or fine-cut loose leaf) is recommended.
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