Review: Tealish Razmintazz

Chamomile Tea, Herbal Tea, Hibiscus Tea, Mint Tea, Raspberry Tea, Tealish Add comments
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Its OK"With fruity pep, the tea packs in the 'Raz' from the bright raspberry and blackberry aroma, the 'mint' funks along with the chamomile, holding an herbal wild mint key as the hibiscus tang busts out the 'tazz' for a whole hearted sip though altogether Razmintazz may groove together a bit better than its members do."
Raven’s Teaview: 6.6/10
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"I'll just go get it…..". You know those days when you mistakenly think you can just jot on over to the grocery store in your track pants without changing. Sure enough, as if a twisted turn of serendipity, you run into your highschool crush and four other people you haven’t seen in years. As you sink in your sneakers, you feel the epitome of not wanting to be seen. On the flipside, there are times when you pine for a spotlight or a a t-shirt that says, "Ask me how I’m doing" or better yet "Ask me what I'm drinking?". Razmintazz is like that. Upon encountering Tealish’s Razmintazz, it had me imagining the scene, as my nosy co-worker, Harry, stakes out the lunch room ever curious about others' plates, lunch bags and potables. This time, I'd be armed and ready for his prodding. While there may be things you’d never want someone needling around, asking "What's in your mug?", such as the Metamucil or some performance enhancing concoction, for no one wants Harry wondering after their regularity or constitution during the morning meeting, there aren't that many beverages that offer the opportunity to reply to the question of "What are you drinking" with such zealous fun. And if that's not enough, as a combination of fruit and friendly companions, Tealish's Razmintazz is a mix of raspberry, chamomile, sunflower petals, peppermint, hibiscus, apple and blackberry for a caffeine free affair.
Populating the leaves, one can easily identify most of the players, not quite as opulent as the picture on the website but nearly as pleasing. A few whole dark brownish burgundy raspberries and deep black blackberries tumble with small pinkish tan apple chunks, chamomile flower centers, papery cream pieces of I'm not sure what and a plethora of fanning sized pieces in olive and straw that make up the bulk of the blend. Mostly an array of greens, the small herb-like pieces are a mix of the mint and chamomile needles that have the occasional golden sunflower petal folded in to brighten the lot. Much like the aesthetic, the scent of the tea is just as jam packed,perkily popping from the package. The peppermint immediately pervades the aroma with an almost heated frenzy, resonating with the chamomile herbal notes against a sticky background berry. Happily, the fruitiness has a sweet brightness that is the nicest part of the bouquet. Ringing most of the raspberry, the peppery blackberry notes follow closely behind to seem a bit like jolly ranchers candy in its berriness. The mint notes aren't quite as bright despite their intensity that seems to accentuate the herbal notes with a bit of Ricola cough drop air. Yet, overall the bouquet also reminds me of horehound candies from the herbal fruitiness.
In order to get all that jazz from the Razmintazz, the Tealish website suggests steeping one teaspoon for four to six minutes with boiling water. I opted for a five minute steep that yielded a rosy brown brew that does sing. The serenade has a charming beginning from the mint and chamomile with their warm, herbal falsetto, eclipsed by the hibiscus berry base. As wonderful as it is that most of the ingredients chime in with a voice of their own, the aroma has an odd kind of cohesion. Again, the peak of the bouquet is the perky berry notes that have a genuine fruity zest and with more punch than just raspberry alone although raspberry is what first comes to mind. Yet the mint and chamomile seem to hold over the tea’s bouquet, lingering longer than the fruitiness. The mint has a spearmint-ish zeal, combining with the herbal, reed-like chamomile aromas which lends an herbal harshness to the mint that seems a bit like mouthwash. At the end of each sniff, on the tails of the fruitiness, there’s a strange kind of sweetness that reminds me most of candy wrappers or melted ice cream from the sticky, sweet smell that accompanies pillaged treats. So altogether, the scent seems a bit out of sync.
The blushing cup does allude to the fruitiness of the tea. While I found the balance of the ingredients expectedly varies some depending on each spoon’s bevy. Regardless, the light to medium body is generously packed with twists from most of the ingredients which gives it a commendable dynamism for an herbal blend. Leading each sip, the hibiscus tang strikes the rhythm as light pigmented berry flavours carry the tempo for the full beat of mint and chamomile to play out the sip. The berry flavour is subtle, building through the cup and not so sweet but fruity with a tangy hibiscus verve though the berriness seems more distinctive in the aroma than the cup. On the other hand, the spearmint like taste has a bit of an almost meat-like edge that along with the herbal reediness of the chamomile seems to subdue the sweetness. Yet, in the main key of the light body, the mint and chamomile merge well, playing in equal proportions. The ruddy hibiscus pipes back in with its pigmented flavour to roll out the short finish, where the mint lightly echos.
Stringing up the leaves for another performance, trumpets up a dark peachy tan brew after a ten minute steeping. The tea quiets with a much softer aroma, mostly composed of lighter mint and chamomile chords. Although the berry notes are less exuberant, the scent still has a candy wrapper sweetness clinging on its heels. Surprisingly, the cup is even more low key, as the reed-like flavours of the chamomile hold on with lighter wild mint flavours that briefly linger in the aftertaste. Based on the mildness of the second cup, a third infusion doesn't quite seem necessary.
While the tea's name may groove a bit better than the flavours, the lively berriness of Tealish's Razmintazz certainly offers an herbal blend with enough pep to hold one's palate. Apart from that, since it is caffeine free, it could be a smooth brew any time of day, particularly when Harry is around. And even if he's not, it's worth rumbling the name out loud over your cup, for tell me you can say Razmintazz without smiling.

— To purchase Tealish Razmintazz, 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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2 Responses to “Review: Tealish Razmintazz”

  1. jamie and shawn Says:

    this was a really enjoyable and fun review to read, raven! cheers!

  2. Raven Says:

    I am so glad you liked it! Thanks for sharing and for reading. Happy sipping,
    Raven

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