Monday, March 14, 2016

The Broken Arrow Tea Company: Blend No 1, A Tea Review

An epic thing happened in the world of Ark today, I tamed a Rex! Ok, I have tamed several Rexes, but they have all been low level, that changed today. See now that I have things in the tribe (poor lonely me, all my friends are away or too busy with other games) really established my goal is to switch to high level dinos to maximize efficiency, because if I am playing a game this grindy I want to be efficient! So smash cut to Carno Island, one of the most dangerous spots on the map, where I am happily standing over an unconscious level 108 Rex, when she woke up she was level 150, meaning she will max level at 209, so much epic! I named her after Queen song Death on Two Legs, because all my Rexes are glam music references. 

Today I am taking a look at a tea I got in the mail just today! From Broken Arrow Tea Company, their Blend No 1, a blend of Chamomile, Rose Petals, Peppermint, Lemongrass, and Orange Peel, and I found myself in the mood for a nice relaxing herbal blend, springtime brings that out in me! The aroma is super potent in the mint, very crisp and with underlying sweetness that only mint can offer. After this initial minty blast I get notes of orange and lemon, and subtle pollen and wildflower notes of chamomile at the finish. 

The aroma of the flowery blend is strong in the lemongrass and chamomile, giving it a pollen and apple note with undertones of rose and subtle mint note. I was surprised (and a little relieved) that the mint calmed down, now don't get me wrong, I do like my strong minty teas, but usually I like to be able to smell the other ingredients as well. The liquid is minty and citrusy sweet, with notes of lemongrass and orange blending sweetly with rose and chamomile. It is not super strong, pleasantly delicate. 

Tasting time! I redid my teadesk and in the process found my glass mug which had been missing for months...yeah I have way too much teaware. First thing I notice is it is pleasantly mild, the mint is cooling and crisp (and very good for my poor allergy suffering respiratory tract) and the chamomile is mellow with a great pollen note. The middle is sweet lemongrass and orange with a finish of very gentle rose. There is nothing about this blend that sticks out as super potent or really unusual (unlike some of the herbal blends I get my hands on) it is pleasant and it perfectly hits the spot for me this evening. I do wish the rose was a bit stronger, but that is pretty much a given with me and all blends that have rose!

This tea was sent for review purposes by the company.

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