Review: Tavalon Tealixir

Eucalyptus Tea, Ginger Tea, Mint Tea, Orange Peel Tea, Tavalon Add comments
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Its OK"A nice herbal-remedy blend with good intentions -- I just think it could be improved upon. Tavalon has the ability to make a wellness blend that could top anything else on the market. They just need to keep working on achieving that goal."
Dan’s Teaview: 5.5/10
Other Teaviews: Laura gave it 6.5/10, Jenn gave it 6.5/10, Joe gave it 6/10, Jamie gave it 6.5/10
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tavalontealixirWhen I'm feeling a bit (or a lot) under the weather, I turn to my old standby Wellness Tea Ecchinacea Complete Care by Celestial Seasonings. That kind of sets the bar when reviewing other teas of the same nature. When it comes to alternative medicines and herbal supplements and whatever other non-western-medicine voodoo gets bandied about, I'm generally skeptical. I'm sure that tea doesn't get me better any faster or improve my immune system or whatever other hocus pocus it's supposed to do. But I can't dispute the power of tea as a whole - if anything the fact that it's, well, a liquid, and everybody knows you need to drink plenty of liquids when you are sick. And that caffeine is not such a good idea when you're not 100%. So any various non-caff teas (Rooibos, peppermint, etc) are a pleasure to drink while fevers run high.

Tavalon has crafted a blend of ginger, orange peel, mint and eucalyptus to assist in getting over that nasty cold. Tealixir was apparently specifically created in some sort of conjunction with Dr. Fitness and the Fat Guy. I purposely waited until I was feeling not-so-hot before trying and reviewing this blend. Because, well, that's just wasteful and not entirely accurate if you are zippity-do while drinking this tea which is made to be imbibed while you are under the weather.

As I hinted at in the above paragraphs, I generally slurp down a boatload of tea when I am sick (or, actually, on any given day!). This case was no different, and luckily enough, I had a full day's worth of tea in my sample here to give 'er a rip. As recommended by Tavalon, I brewed most cups for a full 5 minutes (minimum) using freshly-boiled water. I also let a few cups steep for a few extra minutes, to really extract the goodies from the ingredients. When dealing with herbals, it's not like you'll get a bitterness or astringency when "over"steeping.

The blend has a mildly minty aroma, but not overly powerful. In the cup, the aroma is also not entirely strong, as with other herbal remedies. I guess when it comes to these types of teas, I'm so used to the dominant flavors of Echinacea, peppermint, licorice root, chicory, etc., that this blend seems quite tame by comparison. It's nice enough and all, but it doesn't make you feel like it's "doing" enough. It's pleasant tasting, and all of the flavors are somewhat present, in a mild-mannered way, but a bit more "oomph" would be nice, particularly when a cold can knock your sense of taste and smell off the radar.

Tavalon has created a nice blend with good intentions -- I just think it could be improved upon. Tavalon has all the apparent knowledge, resources, and wherewithal to make a wellness blend that could top anything else on the market. They just need to keep working on achieving that goal. In the meantime, I would likely stick with my tried and true wellness teas. Tealixir would be a welcome addition to the cupboard to supplement those other teas, but I would probably not rely on it solely.

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