Review: Jar of Tea Lemonade

Calendula Tea, Herbal Tea, Jar of Tea, Lemon Myrtle Tea, Lemon Tea, Lemongrass Tea, Rooibos Tea Add comments
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Thumbs up!"The aroma was almost entirely myrtle. As for taste, I distinctly recognized the green rooibos nut-sweet aspect, citrus retained the middle, and a floral finish from the calendula rounded things out."
Geoff’s Teaview: 7.3/10
Other Teaviews: Vanessa gave it 8.3/10, Sophie gave it 7.8/10, Katie gave it 7.0/10
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jaroftealemonadeJar of Tea has one of the most unusual gimmicks I've yet seen with a tea vendor. As their byline states: "Artisan loose leaf tea...in a jar..." It's curiously fascinating. Case studies could be made for how the lean came to be. That said, I find it awesome in its bizarreness. Naturally, though, as a reviewer I can't experience the full jarred effect, I had to make do with a sample.

Their Herbal Lemonade is a green rooibos botanical blend that includes "organic lemongrass, organic lemon peel, organic lemon myrtle, organic calendula, and organic flavoring." I've heard of natural flavoring and artificial flavoring. One's guess is as good as mine into what makes a flavoring - a chemical extract - organic. A part of me wants to ask them...but then I'd sound geeky...-er.

I was happy to see the green rooibos was long-cut and in abundance. Some blends skimp on the supposed rooibos base, but there it was playing foundation to this lemony concoction. The other aspects were also easy to spot, especially the lemon peel. Curious that they included both lemongrass and lemon myrtle, one would be enough to pack a powerful sour citrus punch. However, it smelled like they knew what they were doing. As a matter of fact, lemongrass was the most dominant of the citral siblings on the aromatic front.

Brewing instructions seemed light for an herbal infusion. Recommendations were to use 1 teaspoon per cup of up-to-200F water, steeped for no more than two minutes. Knowing my way around green rooibos, I did it for six minutes. I wanted this to kick me.

Infused for the full six, the liquor brewed to a medium-bold yellow with a distinctly lemony nose. One should note that most herbs that have lemon notes to them do have their own characteristics. Lemongrass is - well - grassy and lemony. Lemon verbena tends to be lemony with a vegetal, nettle-like palate. Lemon myrtle tends to be the boldest with a sweet after-scent like a lemon drop. The aroma was almost entirely myrtle. As for taste, I distinctly recognized the green rooibos nut-sweet aspect, citrus retained the middle, and a floral finish from the calendula rounded things out. In summary, good.

But how was it iced? Unsweetened, it was pretty much like cold water with a few squirts of lemon juice in it. With a dash of stevia, lemon and citrus aspects were accentuated, but not by much. In short, it doesn't make much of an actual lemonade. The strongest way to have this is hot. The flavor balances and juggles in the mouth quite well. Just not as an overly sour wallop.

— To purchase Jar of Tea Lemonade, 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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