Thursday, April 28, 2011
Review: Sacred Rose Morning Blossom
Alfalfa Tea, Ginger Tea, Herbal Tea, Mint Tea, Organic Tea, Peppermint tea, Rose Tea, Sacred Rose Add comments
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Thumbs up! "Best guess I could make was the mint-muted ginger."
Geoff’s Teaview: 8.9/10
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A little background. No, not on the blend just yet, but the events leading up to trying the blend. I had just made a run to Jack in the Box and was belching fire. (Damn you, spicy chicken sammich!) The time I got home? Midnight. So, technically, it was morning by the time I tried Morning Blossom.
I found it odd that it was named as such, given its ingredients - peppermint, spearmint, rose, ginger and alfalfa. Neither spearmint or peppermint can be considered wake-up herbs by any stretch, or rose for that matter. Ginger? I suppose that "could" have zing to it, and I can't say I know much about alfalfa other than its status as herbivore bait.
Most of the ingredients of the blend were readily apparent. Peppermint and spearmint took up the leafy leverage, while purple flecks of rose, beige alfalfa, and bits of ginger rounded it out. As for the aroma, no surprise there. Peppermint cleaned out the sinuses with the fluoride-like spearmint picking up the leftovers.
Brewing instructions for all of Sacred Rose's tisanes called for 1 teaspoon per cup and a steep of three-to-five minutes. Like with all the others, I obeyed the recommendations to the letter and infused at the greater length of time.
The liquor brewed to a very bold, foggy prime-yellow. Can't say I've ever run into either a tea or tisane that ever yellowed this much. It almost makes me wish there was snow to pour it on, so as to trick passersby. (End of inappropriate joke. Moving on.) The aroma had a citrusy profile, which is odd since there weren't any lemony herbs in the mix. Best guess I could make was the mint-muted ginger. The mints and ginger carried through almost undeterred to the taste. All three dominated the front and middle, whereas the finish was...something else. Floral maybe? I dunno. In short, it earned a very big "LIKE!".
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Sunday, April 24, 2011
Review: Sacred Rose Mother Earth Zest
Fennel Tea, Ginger Tea, Herbal Tea, Mint Tea, Organic Tea, Sacred Rose, Sage Tea Add comments
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Thumbs up! "A blend of earthy herbal ingredients, offset by a minty potency. Ginger, spearmint, fennel and sage combine to present a definitive spiciness to the nose. An earthy-yet-tangy zing on the nose and in the cup."
Dan’s Teaview: 7/10
Other Teaviews: Geoff gave it 9.5/10
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Sacred Rose appears to be based out of eastern Long Island, and they are all about utilizing organic herbs to heal the mind, body and soul. Their statements about their products, deeply rooted in New Age spirituality, may be a little far-fetched for non-believers, but Sacred Rose does produced some delicious and interesting blends - mystical powers or not.
Mother Earth Zest is a blend of earthy herbal ingredients, offset by a minty potency. Ginger, spearmint, fennel and sage are all blended (after being apparently finely ground, as the only recognizable bits of this blend are shredded green leaves and a greenish-yellow dusty powder). The scent of the dried herbs has a definitive spiciness to the nose - the mint is evident, as is an earthy-yet-tangy zing. Referring back to the purported holistic properties, this tea is said to be "healing to the root chakra," and is also reported to aid in digestion.
A 5-minute infusion with boiling water brings out the best in this tisane. The liquor is a pale and murky green-yellow with a cloudy green-tea-like appearance, and a similar aroma to that of the dried blend, but with a bit more "funky" smell to it -- in an intriguing way, not quite off-putting.
I'm not sure if it's my palette playing tricks on me, or chalk it up to the natural settling of the ingredients, but the first half-dozen cups of this tea (in the late PM) have been minty and refreshing, with a taste emphasis on the spearmint with a touch of fennel. Now, the last two cup (mid-day) have a much more prominent spiciness and earthiness from the sage and ginger. I'm almost certain it's the latter (settled ingredients), as the last swig in the cup contains quite a bit of dusty settlings and has a higher-potency of that earthiness. Those who prefer their mint teas crisp and clean may want to avoid this one, but for those with a sense of adventure and intrigue, the blend here raises a few eyebrows and provides a unique flavor.
Over the last week or two, this tea has been my go-to cup when reaching for a 10 PM tisane. It makes for a relaxing and tasty cuppa while reading a book in bed before drifting off for some shut-eye. I recommend shaking the container to ensure proper distribution of all ingredients.
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