Wednesday, August 6, 2014

My Cuppa: Tea for stayin’ alive!

Thought I'd start off August with another tea review. I was given some packets of a PC brand tea from a friend who thought it might be good for me to try when I was feeling a little under the weather. It's called "Feeling Revitalized", a green tea with ginseng and astragalus. Huh?

I scanned the list of ingredients on the packet. It contained plenty of items, some of which were well known: Ginger Root, Green Tea Leaves, Rooibos Leaves, Peppermint Leaves, Yerba Maté Leaves, and Rosemary Leaves. As well, a variety of lesser known ingredients:

Siberian Ginseng Root - Fights fatigue, increases overall energy, and also enhances memory.

Gotu Kola Herb - Used in Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine, this is a small herbaceous plant. It is found in beauty products, used as a treatment for varicose veins and heals wounds.

Astragalus Root - Used in traditional Chinese medicine, it helps slowdown the aging process, improves energy, and stimulates the immune system.

Guarana Seed Extract - Contains a high concentration of caffeine and is often used in soda and energy drinks.

The list of ingredients also included some natural flavouring but no indication as to what that was.

The scent through the tea bag was pleasant and earthy. I could detect hints of ginger, rosemary, and peppermint the most.

Nope...not beer!

The leaves produced a golden yellow colour, a little cloudy, almost like beer. The aroma was mostly that of ginger and rosemary. It tasted like ginger, but I found the feel of the liquor a bit thin. It wasn't bad. Drinkable, but not something I would run out and purchase immediately. However, I did feel a little more upbeat and alert after consuming it.

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