Review: Tavalon Tealixir

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Its OK"This blend seems like a good remedy to keep on hand for the cold season. I don't know that it would stand out particularly from other similar concoctions, but it would be a respectable choice in the field. "
Jamie’s Teaview: 6.5/10
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tavalontealixirHave you ever noticed that after running at a high stress level for an extended period, you often get a cold right when you have some time to relax? Sometimes you don't get a full blown cold, but you get a run down sort of low energy feeling that feels awfully like the harbinger of sniffles to come. That's the time that I try to get extra sleep and maybe drink some mellow teas in the evening. A time like this just came along for me, and happily it didn't blossom into a cold at all. Regardless, I had a sample packet of Tavalon's Tealixir in my tin and thought, given my low energy levels, that it was time to give it a sample.

Tealixir is an aromatic herbal blend consisting of mint, eucalyptus, orange peel and ginger. I brewed two tablespoons of leaf in 24 ounces of freshly boiled water. I allowed a generous five minutes of steep time and poured two tall mugs of steaming tawny tisane, one for me and one for Shawn. Tealixir has a soothing herbal scent and is exactly what you'd reach for at the end of a long day or at the start of a cold. The scenting is extra euca-minty, very strong at first but not in a crisply minty way. Perhaps the addition of the eucalyptus is what accounts for a "murky" kind of taste and scent. While the taste isn't clearly minty, it isn't overwhelmingly eucalyptusy either. It's mostly minty and has a good flavor with a hint of citrus bulking out the flavor nicely. The finish is clean and just slightly spicy from the ginger.

The tisane is just what you'd expect from something marketed as a tealixir for when you've got a cold. Herby with an emphasis on mint and eucalyptus. The eucalyptus suited me well as it wasn't the strongest suit in the hand. It murkied up the tea waters nicely and played second fiddle to the mint. This blend seems like a good remedy to keep on hand for the cold season. If you added a little honey and lemon to this brew (and I'd add some fresh grated ginger and red pepper flakes or cayenne, too) this would be an excellent drink to sip while your throat was sore. I don't know that it would stand out particularly from other similar concoctions, but it would be a respectable choice in the field. I thought the flavor was pretty full overall but I enjoyed this drink best brewed strong at double strength. Tavalon recommended a teaspoon per eight ounces and I used twice that. I think the lesser leaf amount might yield too timid an infusion, but the taster's preference should prevail.

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