Review: Red Leaf Tea African Summer

Eucalyptus Tea, Herbal Tea, Lemon Myrtle Tea, Lemongrass Tea, Marigold Tea, Red Leaf Tea, Rose Hip Tea, Safflower Tea Add comments
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Thumbs up!"Taste-wise, I would almost say that the eucalyptus and lemon myrtle took point. Yes, I do know what a eucalyptus leaf tastes like."
Geoff’s Teaview: 7.5/10
Other Teaviews: Jamie gave it 5.5/10, Christine gave it 6/10, Vanessa gave it 8.3/10
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redleafteaafricansummer.jpgRed Leaf Tea brandishes this as the top seller on their site, which is odd because I've never heard of a honeybush or rooibos topping any company's charts. Honeybush, while good, isn't the end-all/say-all of teas, herbal or otherwise. I tend to like it but would rank it somewhere around lone rose petals; great as a base, but not as a sole. To be fair, though, this is a blend. Honeybush is indeed put in its proper place as one among many attributes. Other ingredients include: lemongrass, lemon myrtle, rose hips, eucalyptus, hibiscus, safflower, and marigolds.

A veritable smorgasblend.

On first sniff of the dry stash, I didn't get the image of Africa but rather a faint impression of Southern California. Particularly San Diego County, an area rife with twisty eucalyptus trees. The tea has a very unique smell - sweet, honey-lemon-esque - almost like a designer soap I could eat. The leaf-mint aspect is the most appealing feature.

What is most striking is how green it is. Even with the incorporation of usually-reddish safflower, hibiscus, rosehips or honeybush. The affluence of greenery here might be due to an overabundance of the lemony bits and eucalyptus. Their citrusy tang definitely dominates, and perhaps account for why I can't get the SoCal scenery out of my head.

I brewed 1 tablespoon for five minutes in 12 oz. of boiling water. It infused to a deep red; almost burgundy, I'd say...maybe carmine. (Can ya tell I had to look at a color spectrum?) The liquor smelled quite similar to the dry batch, lemon and mint. Taste-wise, I would almost say that the eucalyptus and lemon myrtle took point. Yes, I do know what a eucalyptus leaf tastes like. I was one of those children that tested things with his taste buds first, including trees. Honeybush is hardly present, nor is the tart hibiscus. I did detect a bit of rosehip in there and some marigold sweetness. I can see why this is their top seller. While not my absolute favorite blend, it still ranks pretty high.

— To purchase Red Leaf Tea African Summer, 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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