Orange Ginger from Samovar

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Fruit/Herbal Tisane

Where to Buy:  Samovar

Company Description:

Origin: Organic orange peel, ginger root, licorice root, lemon verbena, and lemon myrtle from United States.

Flavor Profile: A beautiful, full bodied balance of earthy orange, slightly lemony citrus sweetness, and subtle ginger heat.

Tea Story: Zing, citrus, spice, sensual, a house-blended favorite. On a hot day this infusion is the next best thing to orange juice. Refreshing beyond description- served hot or cold, the Orange Ginger blend is heaven sent.

Full bodied, strong, and slightly sweet, this herbal is very grounding. We like to sip on this infusion when we need quiet concentration. It is delicious, honeyed, earthy and complex.

Taster’s Review:

This is one of the best tasting tisanes I’ve had in a while.  I purchased the sample size of this herbal tisane – which is just enough for one pot of tea – and now that I’ve had a chance to try it, I wish that I would have purchased a larger size.  Even for a “taster” like me, this is one herbal melange that I wouldn’t mind keeping on my tea shelf on a regular basis.

The flavor is fresh and vibrant.  The citrus is the most prominent taste of the cup, and it is sweet and refreshing.  The lemongrass and lemon myrtle in the blend gives it just a light lemon-y note, bringing a certain tartness to the tongue in the finish.

The ginger is warm and soothing, but it is not an exceedingly strong ginger flavor.  It has a peppery kick that seems to be curbed a little bit by the sweetness of the citrus.  There is also a sharp, sweet note that I attribute to the licorice root in this blend – and it is a very welcome flavor to this licorice lover.

This blend also contains schizandra berries, and I must admit that I’m not real familiar with them.  From what I could find out with a quick google search, the Chinese celebrate the schizandra berry for being the “fruit of five flavors” – meaning that it possesses notes of sweet, sour, salty, bitter, and spicy-pungent.  Based upon the dance my taste buds seem to be doing – I would say that the schizandra berries are doing their job!

The schizandra berry is said to have a cranberry/citrus/floral flavor, and I can detect a slight floral essence in the background of this tea, as well as the cranberry-esque essence, which is a interesting contrast to the sweet orange.  This tisane truly is just about as perfect as a tisane can get!  I am really enjoying it.

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