Review: MyTeaShelf.com Sol y Luna

Basil Tea, Chocolate Tea, Cinnamon Tea, Clove Tea, Dandelion Tea, Herbal Tea, Mint Tea, MyTeaShelf.com, Nettle Tea Add comments
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Its OK"In all, I think there was just too much going on here and the ingredients failed to meld together into one unified flavor profile. Sweet, minty, spicy, and medicinal flavors all play a role here, but unfortunately they don’t seem to play nicely together. "
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teashelfsolylunaSol y Luna is an herbal blend offered by My Tea Shelf.com, yet another tea merchant that probably would have gone unnoticed by me if I was not a part of the Teaviews staff. This is my first sample from this tea merchant, and is also my first tea blend that contains basil. This herbal blend really does seem like a hodgepodge of ingredients: basil, spearmint, nettle leaf, cacao nibs, raisins, cinnamon, cloves, and dandelion leaves. I wasn’t even sure what to expect from this blend. The dried blend smells simultaneously minty, sweet, and spicy, thanks to the noticeable contributions of the spearmint, cacao nibs, and cinnamon. I was a bit disappointed that the basil wasn’t coming through a bit stronger, and I was also surprised that clove, a sometimes overpowering ingredient, was barely detectable in the scent. The tea brewed to a pale yellowish color with an odd medicinal aroma. The flavor of this tea was not what I expected, and if truth be told, I was a little disappointed. The spearmint was the most noticeable ingredient and pretty much served as the primary flavor. Besides that, some of the other ingredients had fleeting moments of detection: “oh, I think I just tasted a hint of cacao,” followed by “that little spice that just zipped by my tongue must have been the cloves”. As with the fragrance, the basil was weaker than I hoped it to be. I also would have loved to have tasted more of a cacao component. In all, I think there was just too much going on here and the ingredients failed to meld together into one unified flavor profile. Sweet, minty, spicy, and medicinal flavors all play a role here, but unfortunately they don’t seem to play nicely together. Rather than blending, each flavor stands on its own in a weakened form. This is certainly an interesting blend in that it combines the most unlikely of ingredients, and while I didn’t have any problem finishing my cup, I don’t think I will be purchasing this tea for myself.

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