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Sunday, January 31, 2010

Review: Teatulia’s New Ginger Herbal Infusion

The Subject: Ginger herbal from Teatulia.

Rating:

Water temperature: 180° F
Steeping time: 3 minutes

Tea type: Not tea, herbal infusion made of ginger root and vasaka leaves (an herb said to have medicinal properties)
Scents, flavorings, etc.: Ginger root
Aroma, dry: Fresh ginger root and some planty fragrance
Aroma in the cup, plain: Less ginger than expected, more planty
Taste, plain: Less ginger than expected, more planty
Aroma in the cup, enhanced: N/A
Taste, enhanced: N/A

2nd Infusion: Didn’t do

Comments:
First, as fervent tea drinkers, we extend our thanks to Teatulia for properly calling this an “herbal infusion.” Call us picky, but using proper tea terms is important to us.

The pieces are very small (almost dust-like), but the infusion would still have been better if the ginger root and vasaka leaves had not been in a sachet. Sigh. We infused it that way to make the test “official,” but that’s definitely not our preference.

The infusion was a bit cloudy with the ginger root fading into the background while the vasaka leaves came through rather loudly. There was a slight bitter edge and general unpleasantness to the taste that we suspect is from the vasaka leaves. I have to give this one a pass, but hubby liked it. He tried some with a little sweetener and thought it made the unpleasantness go away. Plain or sweetened, the infusion leaves a ginger tang in the mouth. You might want to experiment with it.

This is the only tea or herbal infusion we’ve tried that we didn’t even want to finish after the initial tasting.

Putting this herbal into a nylon sachet is a bit of a waste, though. First, you don’t get the best infusion possible if you steep in the sachet. The large pieces swell up even larger and fill it, meaning that they don’t get to fully interact with the water. Second, to get that best possible infusion, I would have to cut open the sachet bag and put the pieces loose into the teapot.

The company makes a big fuss about such “PC” things as being organic and using post consumer materials (recycled stuff) for their full color brochures. Then, they use non-compostable nylon for their tea sachets. As a consumer watching every penny I spend, I’d rather know that a product I am buying is worth the money I worked so hard to earn and am paying the company. I hope companies will get back to that focus.

Disclaimer: The product reviewed here was provided by the company named. However, the rating and any opinions concerning it are strictly objective.

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