Sunset in Seattle Tea from Market Spice

Tea Type: Herba;

Where To Buy: Market Spice

Product Description:

One of our sweetest and most popular herbal teas, Sunset in Seattle is a blend utilizing a myriad of herbs that are soothing and mellow. Ingredients: Rosehips, Vanilla, Chamomile, Spearmint, Raspberry, Lemon Grass, Hyssop and herbs. Contains no sugar and is caffeine free.

Tasters Review:

Sunset in Seattle Tea from Market Spice looked much like the picture above  thru the see-thru bag it came in but there was white powder heavily throughout the blend.  For me not knowing too much about this tisane before trying it I was confused by the powder ingredient but quickly released it was the vanilla within the mix.
The vanilla ‘powder’ is powerful and very nice smelling.  The overall aroma consists of Chamomile, Mint, and Vanilla.  The color post-infusion is a cloudy gray-orange-yellow type color.  The taste is minty but floral…Herbally yet smooth…lemony yet vanilla….this is odd but lovely.  It’s interesting and surprising!  I ended up REALLY liking this one!  The aftertaste is minty yet sweet! Opposites completely attract in this case…and it makes me grin from ear to ear!

I especially liked the vanilla and minty notes!

Organic Chamomile from Byron Bay Tea Company

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Herbal

Where to Buy:  Byron Bay Tea Company

Product Description:

This classic herbal infusion features the subtle, sweet taste and calming properties of Chamomile flowers. Perfect any time of the day.

Taster’s Review:

Honestly, I don’t get real excited over chamomile tea.  In fact, I usually cringe when I receive some.  It isn’t that I dislike chamomile; it’s just that it isn’t my favorite herb to brew.

So needless to say, chamomile is not something that I drink very often.  But sometimes, I really need to relax and unwind, and no other tea or tisane that I’ve tried promotes a sense of calm better than chamomile.

And, the flavor of this chamomile is quite pleasant!  Byron Bay Tea Company does not specify from where they obtain their chamomile, but the blossoms are whole, large, and not at all dusty.  The chamomile smells fresh!  It has a light, clean smell to it that is a little floral and a little fruity.

The flavor is delicate and sweet, with hints of an apple-like taste.  Although it is a flower, chamomile doesn’t really come across as floral in flavor to me, although I do note some pollen-like notes here.  Not a dusty kind of pollen, but more like a sweet, honey-like pollen.

This gentle tisane is just perfect for those times when I need to relax.  It’s an excellent chamomile!

Cozy Chamomile from Bigelow

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Herbal

Where to Buy:  Bigelow

Product Description:

As soothing as a field of daisies, Cozy Chamomile® Herbal Tea is a wonderful way to unwind and relax any time of day.

Ingredients:  chamomile flowers

Taster’s Review:

I’ve never made any secret of my apprehension when it comes to chamomile.  This hesitancy stems from the fact that I’ve encountered several chamomile teas that were nothing but pollen-like dust and, when brewed, the flavor is quite … gross.

Since those horrible encounters with chamomile, I have come to realize that not ALL chamomile tea tastes like that.  There are many chamomile teas are quite tasty, in fact, although I will admit that my preference for chamomile is still when it is blended with other ingredients and I am still rather hesitant when it comes to chamomile-only tisanes.  So, it should come as no surprise that it took months for me to finally muster up the courage to try this Cozy Chamomile from Bigelow.  I was certain… just CERTAIN that what I would be tasting would be a dusty, pollen-esque cup of chamomile.  Boy, was I wrong!

This is really quite delicious.  The chamomile in the tea bag is finely chopped (not whole flowers), BUT the tisane does not brew up to a murky consistency (indicative of the dusty chamomile I mentioned earlier), and, even more importantly, it doesn’t taste like the dusty chamomile that horrified me some years ago.

The flavor is light and apple-sweet.  It has such a tranquil taste to it – gentle and soothing.  It’s kind of like a lullaby!  I find I prefer the tisane with a little drizzle of honey or agave nectar to bring out the apple tones to the chamomile.

I have often spoken out against tea bags, but, Bigelow is a company that never ceases to impress me!  Yes, IMPRESS me!  I find myself expecting very little from them because it is a bagged tea, but, every time I’ve tasted one of their teas, I’ve not only had my expectations surpassed, but I end up becoming quite fond of the tea that I’ve tasted from them.  This tisane is no exception to that.

This is really good.

Herbal Lush Chamomile from TeaScapes

Tea Type: Herbal

Where To Buy: TeaScapes

Product Description:

Herbal Lush tea consists of a bright blend of delicate chamomile and spicy cinnamon with bits of strawberry and rose petals. The brewed tea produces a relaxing combination that has a mild fruity spark. It is a great evening tea to aid with relaxation and end the day with a smile.

Tasters Review:

Over the past week or two I have been REALLY pushing the envelop – I have been purposely forcing myself to taste teas that I usually don’t go for.  Many of them have had Chamomile and/or Hibiscus.

I’m not too fond of Chamomile unless the other ingredients impress me!  With this specific herbal from TeaScapes – the name and the look of the ingredients blended together is what interested me.  It just seemed different.  I had also been very pleased with the other TeaScapes Teas I have tried lately so I thought this one would give me something to write about either way!

The little bit of cinnamon that is coming thru is a nice touch and helps calm down the intense chamomile.  Sure, the chamomile is still present but not as much as I thought it would be.  The strawberry notes are barely there and I would LOVE to taste a little bit more but understand their reasoning for this…it’s not supposed to be about the strawberry!   The rose somewhat works hand-in-hand with the chamomile to bring that floral bouquet type taste.

This is a nice twist on Chamomile and for that I do enjoy this herbal from TeaScapes!

It’s not my preference in flavor combos but a good calming and floral mix that certainly surprised me! This is pretty good, indeed!

Lemon Drop from California Tea House

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Green

Where to Buy:  California Tea House

Company Description:

Chamomile Lemon Drop is a smooth blend of very healthy Sencha green tea with fresh-cut ginger root, lemon myrtle, a few citrus peels, lemon grass, orange preserves and English chamomile.  This is a very refreshing green tea that we like to drink in the early afternoon.

Taster’s Review:

I reviewed this tea previously, but, it’s so good that I feel like writing about it again!

This is a really delicious blend.  The flavors are very well balanced.  Nothing overpowering or competing with anything else.  Just a refreshingly light tea experience that is pleasantly sweet.

The Sencha is light and offers a hint of buttery taste to the cup which is further complimented by the lemongrass.  This tastes lemony, but it isn’t sour.  It is lightly tart, and leaves a citrus-y tingle on the tip of tongue in the finish.

The chamomile is delicate in this blend, as is the ginger.  It is incredibly relaxing to sip, and it is one that I’d recommend for early evening when you’re at that point in your day that you want to wind down but aren’t quite ready to pack it in yet.

Cheers!

Chill Pill from Compass Teas

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Herbal

Where to Buy:  Compass Teas

Company Description:

Need to take a Chill Pill to calm you down?  This infusion is full of Vitamin C, antioxidants, and the wonderful soothing benefits of high quality herbs. You’ll love the orange / chamomile flavor that’s sure to calm you down on your stressful days, and help slip you off into sweet dreams at night.

Taster’s Review:

This is a very pleasant blend from Compass Teas.  If you’re like me, you cringe at the thought of chamomile.  As I’ve confessed before, I used to really dislike chamomile, but, I have developed an appreciation for it.  I still don’t like the chamomile dust that is sometimes found in substandard tea bags from the local grocery store, but, in whole leaf blends like this one from Compass Teas, the whole chamomile blossoms are quite agreeable.

In fact, if I hadn’t read the ingredients and saw the chamomile blossoms in the blend when I measured it into my smart tea maker, I wouldn’t have known that this is a chamomile tisane!  The flavor of the chamomile is quite soft and melds almost seamlessly with the citrus flavors of this blend.

The overall flavor of this tea is quite mild and in keeping with the “Chill Pill” kind of attitude.  I previously reviewed this tea, and I am finding it every bit as enjoyable now as I once did.

This is a nice alternative to those who are looking for a soothing, relaxing tisane before bedtime but think they don’t like chamomile!

Tulsi Harmony from TeaFrog

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Herbal & Rooibos

Where to Buy:  TeaFrog

Company Description:

Tulsi Herb, Rooibos, Ginger Bits, Cinnamon, Lemon Verbena, Chamomile Blossoms, Lavender, Rose Petals

Taster’s Review:

Wow!  This is good!  Surprisingly good!

Why surprising?  Well, here’s the thing – I ordered this because it sounded different.  I liked the name.  Tulsi Harmony. But the truth of the matter is, I have only tried a couple of tulsi teas/tisanes, and while I enjoyed them quite a bit, tulsi still scares me just a little bit.

I don’t know why it scares me, it just does.

Well, hopefully this tisane will put my fears to rest and let me celebrate tulsi!  Because this is so good.

The tulsi is the strongest flavor here – and it lends a somewhat spicy character to the cup that is similar to cloves.  The ginger is very soft here, offering mere hints of its characteristic peppery nature.  The cinnamon is a little stronger, and it is a sweet yet spicy cinnamon.  These spicy notes are not over-the-top or in-your-face spicy, rather, they are quite … harmonious!

The rooibos is one flavor that is lacking in the cup.  I am not getting a lot of rooibos rather distinctive woodsy/nutty flavor.  But, as I’m not a huge fan of the woodsy flavor of rooibos, I am not missing it.

I can, however, distinguish the other flavors here – the chamomile, the lavender, the rose and the lemon verbena.  These aren’t strong contributions to the overall cup, but, I can taste subtle hints of each ingredient.  And I think that is what I like best about this tisane.  It has a complexity that is rather uncommon in tisanes.  It offers an interesting and delicious taste.  I’m very glad I decided to try this today!

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