Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Tea and Comfort, A Tea Review

I have been having a bad week, like a really bad health week. My mood has been good except the annoyance at the fact that my body is a wreck. Usually no matter how ill I am, tea is a great comfort to me. Sadly not this time!! Due to a nasty 'silent/sensory' Migraine (because of course I cannot have normal migraines) most smells or tastes that I usually enjoy seem warped and just make me queasy. I tried three new teas from my Adagio order and all of them tasted just weird and certainly not the way I would expect them to taste. Then in search for a tea to help me not feel nasty I went around sniffing about 6 different teas till I found one that did not make me have vertigo, and that is the tea I am reviewing today!

Cameron's Green Passion Tea

Discovered last Christmas when searching for awesome teas to add to the three different Tea Advent Calendars I made for my dear friends. The local grocery store HyVee (that I lovingly call Hive) has a very small organic and bulk food section and in that section is an even tinier bulk tea selection. Cameron's is mostly a fancy whole bean coffee company, but they also have a small selection of teas like a decent Gunpowder Green, a decent Chai and the tea I am reviewing today. The other teas are decent...I know not a very inspiring compliment, but they are not at all bad and quite tasty, just not OUTSTANDING!!! 

Green Passion Tea is outstanding, and I was so pleasantly surprised. A mix of Chinese Green (no desire to tell me what kind and I am not that skilled yet at telling the difference) Passion Fruit, Egyptian Calendula, and Siberian Ginseng makes for a delicious and pretty pile of tea. 
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The leaves are really quite beautiful, they are bright green and appear to be pressed giving you large, flat, leaves...mix their bright green color with the delicate, gold flower petals and this tea just looks like spring time. The aroma is one of Passion Fruit and freshly mown grass with a slight herbaceous zing

The liquid is a beautiful green reflecting the spring color of the leaves, very bright and clear! The aroma is still mostly passion fruit, but the mown grass of the tea fades into a clean, leafy smell...like being in a field that is growing rather than having just been cut. The taste is very fruity and at the same time very mild. The tea taste is very clean and it almost feels sparkly in my mouth. Luckily the passion fruit does not overwhelm the tea itself, and the ginseng is a slight note of tanginess that is more of an after thought than an actual taste. 

This tea is wonderfully comforting as a hot tea and refreshing as an iced tea. 

I certainly recommend this tea and want to try more of their teas. But of course you cannot order them online unless you want to buy 2 lbs of the stuff...which, to be fair, I do not, especially of teas I have never tried. I suppose you can always bribe someone who lives near one of the stores that sell the teas but other than that I have no idea how to get it in smaller quantities.  Cameron's Tea

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