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
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.