Review: TeaGschwendner Pitta

Blue Mallow Tea, Cardamom Tea, Lemongrass Tea, Licorice Root Tea, Mint Tea, Raspberry Tea, Rose Tea, TeaGschwendner Add comments
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Its OK"It steeps up to pretty lemon color and smells mostly like lemons and mint. When the brew was hot, I would say that it mostly just tasted fresh--like a lemon flavored mint."
Laura’s Teaview: 5.5/10
Other Teaviews: Vanessa gave it 8.5/10, Troy gave it 6/10, Lea gave it 8/10, Numi gave it 6.5/10
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teagpitta.jpgTeaGschwendner has a pretty good track record with me so far. I've liked everything that I've tried from them and have even placed an order for some of their teas. However, when I read the description of this one, I was a little nervous as to whether or not I would even want to finish the cup because some of the ingredients in this blend are ones that I really like and some I don't, so it just really depends on what dominates in the cup as to whether I would like this. I am hopeful, though, because this blend did place as a Top 5 Mint Blend under $15 at the World Tea Championship.

Ok, so what are the tea ingredients you might be wondering? They are lemon grass, mint, raspberry leaves, cardamom, licorice, mallow petals and rose petals. There are few ingredients in the middle that I don't care for sometimes--especially licorice! My sample kinda resembles grass clippings with a few wildflowers. It is actually kinda pretty. TeaGschwendner's website is brief in its description of Pitta "A slightly sweet spice and herb blend that is fresh and lemony." When I open the sample bag, the primary thing that I smell is mint.

It steeps up to pretty lemon color and smells mostly like lemons and mint. When the brew was hot, I would say that it mostly just tasted fresh--like a lemon flavored mint. I could taste a note of licorice, but that was not a dominating flavor making this a decent cup for me. However, I found myself wanting the lemongrass to stand out a little more in the blend. It is refreshing, and I would say palate cleansing. It is drinkable without sugar but I decided to sweeten it with some rock cane sugar to see how that changed the flavors. Unfortunately, I think it actually brought out more licorice taste or that flavor just became more pronounced as it cooled.

Pitta was an interesting cup. There is not an overwhelmingly lemony or minty taste and I kinda wanted one of them to dominate the cup a bit more. The licorice taste was subtle at first, but became more pronounced as I drank it. I am not a fan of the licorice flavor, and in many blends, I probably would have not been able to finish the cup. After I drank this I found that my mouth felt like I had just finished brushing my teeth. This is not a favorite of mine but I would recommend it to those that like licorice teas and are also fond of lemongrass and mint.

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