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Saturday, January 30, 2010

Review: Teatulia’s New Lemongrass Herbal Infusion

The Subject: Lemongrass herbal from Teatulia.

Rating:

Water temperature: 180° F
Steeping time: 3 minutes

Tea type: Not tea, herbal infusion made from dried lemongrass
Scents, flavorings, etc.: Nothing added
Aroma, dry: Lemon
Aroma in the cup, plain: Lemon, slightly grassy
Taste, plain: Lemon, slightly grassy
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.

We’ve seen other reviews of this herbal but have not based our own review on those. Taste testing is very personal for the most part. In fact, you may try this herbal and have a different take on it. (The photo also shows the Ginger herbal. I was going to post one review for both but rated them so differently, that I had to split them.)

The liquid from the infusion is pale yellow with a smooth texture and strong lemon aroma and taste. This isn’t just hot lemonade. It’s a step above that. The lemon isn’t bitter in the least, and the smoothness caresses the tongue. Small wonder that lemongrass is a favorite ingredient in Thai cooking.

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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