Review: Tealish Sunshine Reggae

Chamomile Tea, Citrus Tea, Ginger Tea, Green Tea, Lemon Myrtle Tea, Lemongrass Tea, Tealish Add comments
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Thumbs up!"Very sunny cup on a very rainy day."
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Defining Irony: A confessed Reggae non-fan trying a tea called "Sunshine Reggae" during a torrential downpour.

This green tea blend from Tealish is a rather interesting one. A lot of the ingredients mesh well - save one, chamomile. Adding chamomile to a green tea blend is like adding lavender to a black tea, or mixing Red Bull with vodka; an upper and a downer just don't mesh. The rest of the ingredients - lemon myrtle, ginger, citrus peels, and lemongrass - make perfect sense. Citrusy herbs go very well with green tea.

The funny thing was, I could barely make out the green tea base amidst the load o' lemony green botanicals. I found a couple of Chinese sencha/Longjing-looking leaves in there, but not much. They were about as rare as the chamomile blossoms - the latter of which I was relieved to see. (Who drinks green tea for sleepiness, honestly?) The aroma was floral, lemon-mint-ish, slightly "soapy", but comparative to juice.

Brewing instructions called for a water temperature of 80C (176F) with a steep of one-to-three minutes. Since this was more herb than green tea, I obeyed the temp recommendation but steeped on the heavy side of three minutes. Seemed prudent enough without being chancy.

Lemon myrtle definitely dominated the finished infusion. The pale green liquor reeked of the stuff. Lemongrass - almost equal in its robust citrus profile - didn't even come close to the crisp, lemon wedginess of the myrtle. At least as far as aroma goes. The taste was where the citrus peels, hint of ginger, and lemongrass got their say - albeit minor. Lemon grass/myrtle kicked the door in on the front, but let the other spicy-citrus aspects into the party soon after. Green tea? Well, like in the dry profile...what green tea?

This was a very solid blend, and had all the citrus I could enjoy and/or handle. My only gripe was that I wanted some green tea presence with it, but you take what you can get. Overall, this lemony "snicket" met with approval. Very sunny cup on a very rainy day.

— To purchase Tealish Sunshine Reggae, 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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