I have not posted about tea in so long, so a new tea for Tea Tuesday! Rishi Tangerine Ginger Herbal Tea combines roots, fruits and herbs to create an uplifting, bold-flavored vitality tonic.
Rishi Tangerine Ginger Tea
Ginger and licorice invigorate, while rosehips and tangerine refresh with their bright succulence. Wild-harvested schizandra berry bestows an exotic layer of aromatic complexity. This rejuvenating, adaptogenic berry is harvested at its peak ripeness to lend tart cranberry and citrus accents to this vibrant juicy blend.
Ingredients: Organic hibiscus flowers, organic ginger root, organic rosehips, organic licorice root, organic orange peel, organic schizandra berries, essential tangerine and orange oils.
As you can see, it is fairly heavy on the ginger pieces. It also has some large-ish pieces of licorice with some smaller ones too and a good mix of the other ingredients. The tea recommends a 5 minute steep, but 3 to 4 minutes was plenty. Too long and it gets a little bitter rather than tart.
I have tried a few of cups of Rishi’s Tangerine Ginger tea since I got it, but the ingredients settle quite a bit in the bag so each cup has been different. I am guessing it is better when made in larger batches for several people rather than one cup servings.
The first cup was the perfect mix of tangerine and ginger, with a medium amount of hibiscus and licorice. Another was very heavy on the hibiscus and tasted awful while the third had a lot of licorice. The ginger adds a little bite to the already fairly tart tea but I would love a little more citrus to balance it out. Some honey or other sweetener balances out the tartness.
Rishi Tangerine Ginger tea is definitely not a tea for people who have not made ginger tea before. If you drink ginger tea for nausea, digestion, menstrual cramps or its other known benefits, you will probably like the addition of the citrus and other flavours to balance the ginger. One of the reviews on Rishi’s site recommends making an iced tea with it and mixing it 2/3 tea to 1/3 lemonade which I imagine would taste great.