Review: KTeas Lemon Ginger Snap

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Its OK"There’s no cookie to this tea and not so much lemon but it is a snappy ginger tea. From the pop of its musky aroma, herbaceous body and the energizing crackle in its finish, it is jam packed with ginger. "
Raven’s Teaview: 6.8/10
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kteaslogoThe cookie monster may prefer chocolate chip but ginger snaps have all the crackle & pop that a cookie needs. But as much as I love cookies, I love ginger, so much so that it’s a staple in my fridge. Whole, peeled or powdered, it seems to cover all one’s bases with uses from savoury to sweet while also having stimulating pungency to bolster yang energy and to offer some relief for nausea. Lemons also swing both ways in the culinary world to make them just as lovely. Both are longstanding additions to cookies and tea so combining them in Kteas Lemon Gingersnap tea seemed genius. The neatest part was the natural crumble of this cookie since I thought the tea would be a rooibos blend from the name yet instead it is an organic green tea. While I have found ginger green blends always seem harmonious, I have had less luck with fruit flavoured greens, particularly lemon ones as the tea portion often comes out flat, chalky or too much like Pledge. However, the organic origins and the cookie connection of this blend seemed like it might offer a fresh twist on the lemon green tea combo. So unlike a tea cake, this cookie tea is marvelously gluten free consisting of ginger, lemon grass, lemon myrtle and Chinese guo lu green tea. So without telling the cookie monster, I was ready to keep the whole bag to myself.
But I’m thinking that Cookie Monster may not be a problem for the excitement of nibbling on crispy ginger snaps gets a reality check upon seeing the leaves of the tea which are of course look like tea. It’s a safari inspired mix although all of the ingredients are easily identified. The quarter inch beige green lemon grass pieces are the most abundant followed by the blackish rifle green curls of the green tea and sand coloured ginger with fewer small umber pieces of lemon myrtle leaves. As a lemon tea, I originally thought the tea might also include lemon rind too but it is still brimming with ginger and lemony things to do tribute to the pair.

It’s so brimming that I was taken aback by my first scent of the leaves for the ginger abounds with power. The aroma definitely captures the zing of ginger. It is closer to dry ginger as it has a touch of earthiness and a slight medicinal almost eucalyptus note in its intensity rather than being a very sweet smell or conjuring visions of gingersnaps. While it’s marvelous to have such oomph to the smell of the tea, it’s hard to catch any traces of lemon or the green tea. From the muted lemon presence, I am thinking it might be a snappy ginger tea rather than anything to do with the cookie and I’m also thinking I need to buy some ginger snaps.

However, from the abundance of lemongrass in the leaves, I was eager to bake up some tea to see if everything comes together in the cup. In order to brew the tea, Kteas suggests three minutes at 170-180°F in keeping with the green tea. As the tea steeps, it certainly beckons as the ginger lingers in the air to keep one amused as the tea reveals an equally soothing robustly coloured burnished gold. A haze kisses the tea, making it almost look creamy yet there’s nothing hazy about the medium strong aroma. Rather, the enlivening scent of ginger with lighter traces of lemon myrtle seem clarifying, as if to banish foggy thoughts or stuffy noses. The touch of earthiness to the gingery perfume with the subtler herbal highlights from the lemongrass and lemon myrtle, definitely have a grounding allure.

From ginger’s vigor in the scent of the tea, the smoothness in my first sip was a lovely surprise. The tea is still lavishly full of gingery warmth but now the lemongrass and lemon myrtle chime in to give a very herbaceous stalk like tasting brew characteristic of lemongrass blends. The ginger is still the most prominent, retaining a bit of the muskiness of dry ginger that has more zing than sweetness. Yet it does have the slight sweetness of spice but the ginger’s hum seems more ruggedly comforting than absolute and concordant. The spiciness is still friendly and not overpowering in its affections as the ginger delightfully echos in the aftertaste and slightly tickles the tongue as one continues through the cup. The medium body isn’t bitter or dry while the herbal lemon flavours from the lemongrass pair wonderfully with the ginger as they so often do. Although, the green tea doesn’t seem to add much to the cup, it may enhance the reed like herbal character.

A further steeping still has gingery vigor to nourish from the amber infusion. The lemongrass and lemon myrtle seem more alive in the second cup to add a bit more lemon sunshine to the spiciness. The green tea also surfaces in the slight dryness and bit of dark vegetal flavors resonating with ginger’s linger in the aftertaste. A third brew also has enough ginger in the aroma and cup to enjoy but the body has less vitality.

After steeping, one does find the interesting array of sizes and shapes of the ginger pieces that look almost as if the ginger is grated rather than being uniform cut chunks. The abundance and small pieces is likely why the tea has such spicy sass while the ginger also still has its skin on that might have enhanced the earthier nature of the ginger in the tea. The large size of the tousled pieces of army green leaves of the green tea may also explain why the green tea wasn’t very vegetal or outspoken.

I must say I thought this blend might have a different spin on the lemon and ginger combination with some cookie to boot but as much as I like lemongrass, it doesn’t have the same brightness that citrus lemon does. The tea does bring a whole lot of ginger loving though that makes for a tonic like sip while it is also still peppy chilled. I couldn’t help musing about using it as a base for a ginger syrup to serve as a dandy addition to cocktails or baking….some gingersnaps perhaps.

— To purchase KTeas Lemon Ginger Snap, 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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