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Celestial Seasonings Honey Lemon Ginseng Green Tea

A Tasty and Enjoyable "Lemon" Green Tea

Summary : A happy surprise. Anyone who likes lemon in their tea - and who also likes green tea - will really, really adore this tea.

Review : I have had some disappointing encounters with teas from Celestial Seasonings. But yet, as a "tea reviewer" (some job title, huh?), I always feel it is my duty to try out new teas. And as I like green tea, and because a green tea sampler box from Celestial Seasonings at the local grocery store literally fell all by itself into my grocery cart, I felt a "duty" to give this tea a try.

To be honest, whenever I try a new green tea, regardless of who makes it, I tend to eye the tea as skeptically as I look on politicians. I've just had too many bad experiences with the lowly green teas of the world to "fully trust them" anymore.

Here is what Celestial Seasonings has to say about their Honey Lemon Ginseng Green Tea. "This energizing boost begins with a vital core of fine green tea, fortified with highly prized Siberian Ginseng. The natural flavors of soothing honey and enlivening lemon give this blend its smooth, yet complex taste. Roots of licorice, ginger and roasted chicory add even more body to the brew. What an enjoyable, delicious way to shake the sleepy fog from your body and mind!"

And you know what, there is no false advertising here! But more on that later. Here's the ingredients of this tea. Green tea, Siberian ginseng root, lemon verbena, licorice root, natural lemon and honey flavors with other natural flavors, roasted chicory root, ginger root, orange blossoms, and dried honey.

Now, for the caffeine freaks of the world, this tea - like all other green teas - does have caffeine. But it's less than coffee or soda, so why worry? Decaf green tea is frequently just plain bad - so go for the real stuff.

Now, onto the review. The scent of this tea right out of the bag was indeed encouraging. Not your typical green tea aroma, that's for sure. Instead, you are greeted with a moderately strong scent of lemon.

And the taste, well, magnificent! What a melding of green tea, lemon and honey. The taste is delightful, semi-sweet, possesses a nice but not overpowering taste of lemon and has a light and lingering after-taste. Definitely NOT what I was expecting from a bagged tea from Celestial Seasonings, that's for sure!

Moreover, the tea has a wonderful aroma once brewed too. Not only does the tea nicely combine green tea and lemon, but the aroma of the tea once brewed says "lemon" too.

Overall, this is a superb green tea for anyone who isn't a "green tea purist" and who likes to experiment with various "flavors" of green tea, for lack of a better word. And if you are new to drinking green tea, this is a great tea to start out with too.

Recommendation : Yes. An excellent green tea that precisely combines green tea, lemon and honey into a delightful, light, lemony tasting tea. Perfect for people who hate other green teas or are new to drinking green tea. That all said, if you do not enjoy lemon, or are a "green tea purist", I suspect you and this tea will hate each other from the very first sip.

Tea Information and Brewing Instructions

  • Tea Reviewed : Honey Lemon Ginseng Green Tea
  • Manufacturer : Celestial Seasonings
  • Available from : Celestial Seasonings Tea at Amazon.com
  • Type of Tea : Green Tea
  • Leaf Type : Bagged
  • Date of Review : November 17th, 2006
  • Tea Rating :
  • Brewing Instructions : Pour 1 cup of near boiling (not actually boiling) water over the tea bag. Let brew 3-4 minutes. Do NOT let brew beyond 5 minutes, otherwise a bitter taste awaits your future. I let the tea brew for 3.5 minutes and I had no complaints.

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