Review: MyTeaShelf.com Andes Breeze

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Thumbs up!"The spiciness of the cinnamon and cloves is well-balanced by the sweet flavors of the chamomile, apples and raisins. The individual contributions of the spearmint, lemon verbena, and basil were not immediately apparent, but I do think they contributed to producing the overall well-rounded yet fairly complex cup."
Vanessa’s Teaview: 8.8/10
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teashelfandesbreezeAndes Breeze is an herbal blend that contains a unique array of ingredients, including caffeine-containing yerba mate. The ingredients are listed on the website are chamomile, spearmint, lemon verbena, basil leaf, cinnamon, cloves, apple, raisins, fair trade yerba mate, and I should note that every single ingredient is organic (always a plus in my book). Most of the ingredients are in small leaf and particle sizes. I have to admit that while I don’t know much about the Andes, the ingredients listed, particularly raisins and apples, don’t exactly conjure up an image of the Andes. Regardless, I was intrigued by the sheer diversity of ingredients used in this blend. I infused the blend in boiling water for a little over four minutes. I immediately concluded that even though there were some spicy players in this blend, the overall impression is that the tea is refreshing and not overwhelmingly potent. The spiciness of the cinnamon and cloves is well-balanced by the sweet flavors of the chamomile, apples and raisins. The individual contributions of the spearmint, lemon verbena, and basil were not immediately apparent, but I do think they contributed to producing the overall well-rounded yet fairly complex cup. Taken hot, this tea was quite tasty. As an iced tea, it was downright delicious. I decided to give the infused leaves a second go-around in my infuser, this time using boiling water and a ten-minute steep time. The second cup of tea was also tasty, but the sweet and fruity flavors that were found in the first cup were much subdued (this is not surprising, as the fruit flavors often are ‘spent’ in the first infusion). The flavor profile of the second infusion highlighted the cloves and cinnamon. This tea gets two thumbs up from me, and I would recommend this to those looking for a unique and unlikely blend of ingredients. I think that chai lovers looking for a lighter and less intense summer brew would be pleased with what this tea has to offer. I give this tea two thumbs up and hope to purchase some for myself.

— To purchase MyTeaShelf.com Andes Breeze, 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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