|"To sum of the flavor: slightly vegetal, slightly botanical, slightly fruity, and a hint of medicinal."|
The young papaya leaf tea was visually comparable to the cut papaya leaf herb I was given as a comparison product. But that is where the similarity ends. The latter version has a much harsher and astringent flavor profile with a very odd (kind of peppery, kind of licorice-like) aftertaste. It is not nearly as smooth as the young papaya leaf tea. I think that papaya leaf tea, in general, would be an acquired taste, but the second version I tasted would certainly require a little more time and tolerance to develop the taste for it.
I obviously can't get into assessing the purported health benefits of this tea, as I am reviewing it solely on the basis of its flavor. And in that regard, I can say this is quite an unusual tea but is not altogether wholly unlike a sweet green tea. I will again stress the importance of brewing this tea correctly so as to not scald the leaves and produce a bitter and undrinkable tea. I could not find any information about the price of this tea other than a statement saying that the tea's high price was justified by the cost of growing young plants, harvesting by hand, and preparing the leaves in the chosen method. But from this, I can assume this tea is more expensive than, say, Lipton. But if this tea does truly have the health benefits that are described, this is a tasty way to help prevent numerous serious maladies.
— To purchase Julia Ruffin Project Ltd. Papaya Leaf Tea, 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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