This morning I am dragging as the world around me speedily passes by. And then the reality hit – I have not enjoyed my morning cup of tea. Things are not quite right with the world without a warm, soothing, sometimes invigorating cup of tea. Needing a little pick-me-up, I selected a new tea blended with spearmint.
Composition:Green tea (from Zhejiang Province in China), lemon verbena, spearmint leaves, lemongrass and natural flavors.
Dry Visual: Various shades of green. This is not a loose tea.
Dry Aroma: A nice blend of mint and lemon.
Flavor: A mild brew consistent with the characteristics of green tea. Yet, the lemon verbena, spearmint leaves, and lemongrass add a new dimension. Surprisingly, these typically dominant flavors do not overpower -Green Tea- The Vert. I tasted both with and without honey – this tea is very good either way.
Liquor: Green with a yellow hue
Brewing Time: 5 minutes
Manufacturer: Tazo Tea
What is Lemon Verbena and Lemongrass?
Lemon verbena, Aloysia triphylla (L’Her.) Britt., is an aromatic shrub native to Argentina and Chile. Also known as herb Louisa the deciduous plant is commonly cultivated in the tropics and Europe. Lemon verbena plants are characterized by fragrant, lemon-smelling, narrow leaves and small white flowers. The leaves and flowering tops are used in teas and to flavor alcoholic beverages.
Lemongrass, a perennial herb widely cultivated in the tropics and subtropics, designates two different species, East Indian, Cymbopogon flexuosus(DC.) Stapf., and West Indian, Cymbopogon citratus (DC. ex Nees) Stapf. Lemongrass is used in herbal teas and other nonalcoholic beverages in baked goods, and in confections.
The next time you reach for a cup of Green Tea, try out -Green Tea- The Vert. You will be pleasantly surprised. I know I was. Until then… Happy Tea Drinking!
1. Purdue Guide to Medicinal and Aromatic Plants, Retrieved online on April 16, 2008 from http://www.hort.purdue.edu/newcrop/med-aro/factsheets/LEMON_VERBENA.html
2. Purdue Guide to Medicinal and Aromatic Plants, Retrieved online on April 16, 2008 from http://www.hort.purdue.edu/newcrop/med-aro/factsheets/LEMONGRASS.html