Review: Red Leaf Tea Chamomint

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Not Great"Instead of the best of both herbal worlds, what my cup yielded was a muddy intermingling of taste (and color even!) which socked me with a too tall mug of the herbal blahs."
Jamie’s Teaview: 4.5/10
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redleafchamomint.jpgOne of the things I like about Red Leaf tea is that they offer a lot of herbal blends. While I used to be impervious, seemingly, to the keeps-you-awake-at-night aspect of caffeine consumption, I seem to have misplaced that gift, and so am always on the lookout for nice herbal blends to satisfy my love of hot drinks in the evening time. And sometimes, an herbal blend is just what you are hoping for, instead of a dubious decaff. I've enjoyed a couple of Red Leaf's other herbal options and was pleased to try their Chamo-Mint blend. Hard to imagine anything going wrong with the blending of two herbal standard bearers like Mint and Chamomile!

Mint is one of my favorite herbal teas. I love it! Aside from warm and happy associations with times drinking it in the past, I love to brew it up with mint straight out of the garden, fresh or dried. I also love mint tea for it's incredibly thriftiness. Try and picture if you will how voluminous a pound of cut and sifted peppermint is. That's a lot of pots of tea, a pint is a pound the world round or not!

I thought the dried leaf was pretty, with lots of mint and pretty chamomile flowers. I brewed it up just as I would any herbal, with nearly boiling water and a longer steep, but somewhere, something went wrong. Perhaps a short steep time is imperative with this tea, but perhaps somehow the two flavors just don't or won't meld, at least in this particular match up. Instead of the best of both herbal worlds, what my cup yielded was a muddy intermingling of taste (and color even!) which socked me with a too tall mug of the herbal blahs.

I'm not really sure what went wrong here. Perhaps these two herbals should remain apart and dignified, each representing a different mood and flavor. Perhaps the honeyed, prim and pretty sweetness of chamomile rebels at being made to stand next to, or even in the same room as, the rugged, charming good taste of my herbal hero, Peppermint. Like another Hollywood marriage turned divorce, this one just left me shaking my head and thinking...they are each so good on their own, why'd they have to spoil things by getting married?

— To purchase Red Leaf Tea Chamomint, 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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