Review: Spicely Sweet Turmeric Kick

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Its OK"This unusual blend should please those who appreciate Indian cuisine."
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SpicelyturmerickSpicely is a California-based retailer of organic spices, chocolates and teas. Their philosophy is to encourage fair trade, as well as eco-friendly practices. This all-organic tisane is a powdered blend of turmeric, ginger, vanilla, cinnamon and stevia. It’s predictably a deep ochre hue. The turmeric and the ginger dominate, aroma-wise.

This is my first time brewing a loose, powdered tea, so I was at first not so sure how to proceed. I pulled out my finest strainer but even then, the bottom of the cup became a bit of a gritty mess. Using fillable teabags would probably be best. Spicely recommends using water heated to 180 to 190 degrees Fahrenheit. Brewing time and quantity are left to the user’s discretion. I used a generous teaspoonful in 250ml and steeped for 5 minutes. The results are a murky tan colour. Taking a sip, I’m surprised at how sweet this blend is. The ginger lends a pleasantly warming kick, without being overly spicy. The turmeric is easy to pick out but more muted compared to the ginger and the stevia. If I try, I think I can make out the cinnamon and the vanilla but it may also be the power of suggestion. Personally I would dial back the stevia a little. While I like the sweetener (I even grow it in my yard), too much of it leaves an almost metallic, bitter aftertaste. This is what I find happening here.

I steep the tisane again for 6 minutes. It’s much less sweet this time, tasting mostly only of ginger. It’s not bad, but not fantastic either. Those who like straight ahead ginger infusions would do well to re-steep the blend, otherwise don’t bother.

Despite taking a good look at Spicely’s website, I have no way of knowing if this blend is good value for the money or not. For 17.99$, you get a tin, which is pictured along with other packaging options. No measurements in weight are provided. While this cup is pleasant enough, I would be more inclined to make my own blend with the spices I have in my cupboard, using less stevia. This unusual blend should please those who appreciate Indian cuisine but without more information, I wouldn't go out of my way to purchase it.

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