Review: Kalahari Ginger Zest Sencha

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Not Great"I guess my best description of how this tastes would be if someone drained the water after cooking some peas(?) and added some ginger to it."
Laura’s Teaview: 4.5/10
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kalaharigingerzest"Fragrant, fresh Sencha and Bancha green teas are paired with the tingle of spicy organic ginger to create a refreshing and invigorating cup." --- Kalahari website.

Kalahari is a company that I have become familiar with through Teaviews and have had the opportunity to sample a number of their blends now. I have experienced some peaks and valleys with their blends and, unfortunately, this one is a valley. Kalahari packages their teas in eco-friendly tea sachets (bags). They list the ingredients of this blend as: Organic Sencha Green tea, Organic Bancha Green Tea, Organic Ginger, Organic Eluethro root, Guarana, Natural Ginger Flavor.

I prepared this with water that had bubbles formed on the bottom of the pot and were beginning to rise to the top with some regularity and infused the bag for a full 3 min. I am just not crazy about this. I guess my best description of how this tastes would be if someone drained the water after cooking some peas(?) and added some ginger to it. However, it also has some kind of weird aftertaste that I am guessing comes from the eluethero root or guarana? This also doesn't taste particularly fresh. I would liken the lack of freshness to drinking the juice from canned/frozen veggies rather than the juice from fresh veggies. This is not entirely terrible, but it is not really special or good either. I would have to call this blend fairly mediocre. Then again, we are talking about a bagged and only slightly flavored green tea. I personally only reach for bagged teas when no other options are readily available.

Ultimately, this misses the mark for me. While I have not typically been a big fan of green tea, it has been growing on me in recent months. I have found myself drinking more and more of it and even reaching for the occasional plain green. Unfortunately, I cannot bring myself to recommend this nor would I purchase this. I will reiterate that it is not terrible, but just terribly mediocre. Kalahari has better blends and there are better bagged green tea blends on the market.

— To purchase Kalahari Ginger Zest Sencha, 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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