Tuesday, July 1, 2014

365 Days of Tea - Day 11: Climber's High.

Today I spent some time trying to reach out to other companies for review products. If you're interested in sending me some products for review, whether you're tea company or a fan, please contact me on facebook/twitter. Also I was originally gong to do matcha green tea today, but when I opened the packaging it was completely empty. I guess it spilled all over the box. Oh well!

From the looks of this, and a bit of online research this tea promises quite a bit of complexity as expected from The Tea Spot. According to the website the tea was original conceptualized with the idea of getting used to higher altitudes. Which is totally cool, and you know it. 

I decided to upload two images this time. This is my blog, I do what I want. There is a lot going on here. Bark-y bits, cardamon seeds, even a bit of saffron. Actually, for the first time ever I'm going to list the ingredients on the website instead of guessing because this is a lot. 

Contains: Roasted yerba mate (Yerba mate is actually related to holly, and has a bit of caffeine, potassium, magnesium, and manganese. Its super good for you.), black tea, green tea, white tea, pu'erh, ginger root, cinnamon, green cardamom (Which is actually yellow in color.), licorice root, eleuthero root,saffron, black pepper, clove, fennel, safflowers, peppermint, tulsi, and vanilla flavoring.

Its literally a treasure trove of favor. Tiny fact: Ginger does help with dizziness!

Typical golden tea color. NECTAR OF THE GODS COLORED.

Smell - Unexpectedly, the smell isn't very layered. Its a very simple smell, like "spice", but I wouldn't say its a holiday kind of spice. Its more like its coming right out of your spice cabinet. Its not a bad thing though, Its pretty calming, and mellow. Which is good, because you don't want to blow your nose off if you're hanging off the edge of a cliff. Maybe I'll climb a hill, but I'll need a nap after.

Taste - There is a million things going on, but its not confusing in the least bit.Almost every sip I can taste something new, and different. Its the first time I've ever experienced an evolving tea favor. One sip, its a very mild green tea favor, with a hint of ginger, and cinnamon. Another sip, its black tea with saffron, and pepper corns. I feel like I'm having many different teas at the same time. Its good.

Overall - Although I wish the smell was more like the favor, I think its a really good tea. If you like a treasure trove of evolving, complicated favor, then you're really in for a treat. I suspect that with these ingredients, if you're having issues with dizziness, or sick you would benefit from this.

(3 out of 5 tea leaves.)

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