Review: Zhi Tea Restful Blend

Cardamom Tea, Chamomile Tea, Fair Trade Tea, Fennel Tea, Herbal Tea, Hibiscus Tea, Lavender Tea, Lemongrass Tea, Licorice Root Tea, Orange Peel Tea, Plum Tea, Zhi Tea Add comments
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Its OK"I'm not a big fan of licorice, hibiscus or fennel, and all three play a major role in this tea. For me it wasn't a winner, but if you enjoy those flavors, this could be the tea for you."
Shelly’s Teaview: 5/10
Other Teaviews: Stephen gave it 7.5/10, Cindy gave it 9/10
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zhi-resftul-blend.jpgThe ingredients in this tea are top notch. However, the blend of flavors in this tea just did not suit me at all.

Chamomile is the first one listed, and this tea smelled like chamomile when dry and brewed. But even being so strong in aroma, it was a background player in taste. The second, third, and fourth ingredients are what gave me pause. The second component is licorice root. That came through loud and clear. I like black licorice, I really do. Good'n'plenty are one of my faves. Black licorice wheels are fine by me. But in tea? It just didn't work for me. The third ingredient is the ever-gag-worthy hibiscus. I cannot get on board with the sour and bile-like flavor of hibiscus. Then we have fennel, which smells even more like licorice than licorice itself, and tastes similar except with a strange, cold, and altogether unpleasant aftertaste. The rest of the ingredients sounded great: lemongrass, cardamom, orange peel, lavender, stevia leaf, and plum essence. For me, cut out the hibiscus, cut out the fennel, and the rest I could have stomached. I like a bedtime tea to be very crisp and clean tasting with no weird aftertaste. I'd choose Stash's Sandman PM over this any day.

I don't want to rate this tea too low, though, for several reasons. First, as I stated before, the ingredients are high quality. That was obvious because there were whole cardamom pods and chamomile flower heads amongst other things. Second, the blend itself was aesthetically pleasing swirling in my clear ingenuitea mug. Lastly, I think some people love hibiscus, and some people love fennel. I don't want to deter those interested in sampling these flavors. If you don't care for either licorice or hibiscus, pass this one by. In fact, my mother would have given this tea a 10/10. But not me. Bottom line: for hard core licorice and/or fennel tea lovers only!

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    […] Review: Zhi Tea Restful Blend Then we have fennel, which smells even more like licorice than licorice itself, and tastes similar except with a strange, cold, and altogether unpleasant aftertaste. The rest of the ingredients sounded great: lemongrass, cardamom, … […]

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