Review: EuroTcup Lemon Whirl

Chamomile Tea, EuroTcup, Fruit Flavored Tea, Lemon Tea, Lemongrass Tea, Rooibos Tea Add comments
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Thumbs up!"As the tea cools in the cup it comes into its truest flavor profile -a candy like lemon flavor that's just on the cusp of tasting "too lemony to be true" with a chamomile/rooibos creaminess that is smooth and tasty and stays a part of the cup throughout."
Jamie’s Teaview: 7/10
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Lemon Whirl is the second tisane I've sampled from Euro T Cup. This one is a blend based around organic green rooibos. The blend is full of lemon grass and chamomile as well as some curious sugary looking pieces that have a vague resemblance to mini marshmallows. The Euro T Cup website mentions lemon and lemon peel being part of the mix of ingredients as well. The scent of the blend is highly lemony, but more in a creamy sense than a zingy, sweet and sour sense. I wonder if this is partly to do with the inclusion of chamomile in the blend, which with lemon and green rooibos seems an interesting pairing that I'm looking forward to trying. The scent is pretty good overall, but there's something just a bit over the top in the lemony-ness and I wonder if the curious sugar bits (they are shaped a bit like tiny capsules) have something to do with this.

I started out steeping a teaspoon of blend per 8 ounces of boiled water for 5 minutes, but found this yielded a cup that tasted too dilute. So I upped the ratio by doubling the amount of tisane and leaving other parameters the same and this seemed to be closer to correct. I then used a tablespoon per 8 ounces, and this was the case where more was better. Increase the amount you use and you get a completely different tasting cup. I enjoyed the strong brewing most of all, while I didn't care for the weak brewing much at all and found the middle brewing was pretty good too.

I had been worried that this might be a really weird tasting beverage due to the candy-like scenting, but brewed, it's more toned down and is fairly light and somewhat natural tasting. The blend is sweet and lemony and balanced - despite there being a pretty good showing of both lemongrass and lemon as well as chamomile in the blend, no one flavor completely takes over, and the rooibos provides a nice body. The tea is light and lemony and not too heavy. It could be a nice nightcap and it could work equally well as an iced drink or something warm on a rainy afternoon. As the tea cools in the cup it comes into its truest flavor profile -a more candy like lemon flavor that's just on the cusp of tasting a little "too lemony to be true" and a chamomile/rooibos creaminess that is smooth and tasty and stays a part of the cup throughout.

My only disappointment with this blend was that the scent and generally the taste was a little too intense - there were times I would be enjoying a sip and then get an aftertaste or some tingle along the way that just tasted a bit fake to me. I enjoyed the inclusion of lemon as well as chamomile in the mix and thought that it made an important contribution to the taste, but for someone seeking a very natural tasting lemon tisane, this one fell just a little short. The tisane was just a little too candy-like for me to want to seek out for the cupboard, but I can't say this was a bad tasting tea when I found a brewing strength that I liked. If strong or intense flavors in tea delight you and don't intrude in your pleasure with the product, then I would recommend this tea as being lemony and sweet and nicely smooth/creamy as well.

— To purchase EuroTcup Lemon Whirl, 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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