Review: Teavana Ginseng Vitality Rooibos

Ginseng Tea, Rooibos Tea, St. John's Wort Tea, Teavana Add comments
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Thumbs up!"This makes me feel healthy and clear-headed—as though I had dusted and cleaned my senses. "
Numi’s Teaview: 7/10
Other Teaviews: Dan gave it 6.0/10, Laura gave it 7.5/10, Joe gave it 8.0/10
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teavanaginsengvitalityWhen I was younger and thinner my mom was always worried about keeping my energy levels up and would recommend I drink ginseng tea to make her feel better. I would take little pieces of dried ginseng, drink the tea, and spend a few moments chewing on the soaked sweetly medicinal bits. I was never sure I was supposed to actually eat the pieces, but they were fun to chew and had an interesting and distinctive taste. My associations with drinking the clear broth were pleasant, though I do remember the weakness of the tea and how it seems like necessary homework before getting to the chewy fun bits. Teavana’s website identifies this mix as consisting of ginseng and St. John’s Wort, but I can see a lot more in the mix than that. There is dried lemongrass and what looks like pieces of dried fruit and seeds. Perhaps all the parts I can’t identify are from the St. John’s Wort plant—I don’t know since I don’t think I’ve seen the real plant up close. The scent is sweet, tart, and freshly green and after steeping the pieces of fruit and leaves puff up so much they look like they belong in a healthy multi-grain cereal. The herbaceous scent, lightness and familiar slight dryness of ginseng are all there, with the slight fruit flavors and lemongrass adding complexity and more drinkability. This makes me feel healthy and clear-headed—as though I had dusted and cleaned my senses. I appreciate Teavana’s more interesting herbal combinations—they seem thoughtfully considered and pleasant. Recently I haven’t gone out of my way to buy herbal teas, but am also well aware of my body’s preference for non-caffeinated drinks in the evening. More intriguing combinations of herbal teas give me hope that it’s possible to actually like this herbal stuff again. This would be great iced and would take the addition of lemons, limes, or other citrus fruits deliciously.

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