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Typhoo Lemon Zester Herbal Tea Review

A Very Sour and Different Tasting Tea

Summary : Assuming you get past the first sip and adjust to the sour flavor of this tea, I found this tea grows on you...a bit. I'd be hard pressed to say this is a "lemon tea" per se, but it does have a lemon flavor, different as it may be.

Review : The other night I had a unpleasant tea tasting experience with a peppermint tea from Typhoo. And I'll admit, because of that, I did not approach this tea with anything bordering on irrational exuberance, although I can honestly say I wasn't totally dreading the tea. After all, this is, or at least is supposed to be, a lemon tea. And I love lemon teas. So, I did my best to keep an open mind and my hopes high.

Here is how Typhoo describes this tea : "With the tangy zest of Lemon, this refreshing drink is bursting with flavour. Real fruit infusion."

This tea contains the following ingredients : Apple pulp, Blackberry leaves, Citric Acid, Lemon Peel, Lemon Grass, Malic Acid, Maltodextrin, Roasted Chicory Root, Lime Juice, Rosehips, Flavourings.

As you can see, this tea contains quite the shopping list of ingredients. And one ingredient caught my eye in particular....Maltodextrin. What is that doing in a tea? But whatever.

I'll confess my sins tonight though. After opening up the foil wrapper my spirits found new depths of despair. Why? Simple. ALL good lemon teas I've ever liked before have always had a very powerful fragrance of lemon. After all, lemon is a powerful fragrance. And if a "lemon tea" has any hopes of really tasting like lemon, if the fragrance isn't there, it's highly unlikely the flavor will be either.

And to some degree, I was correct, albeit not entirely.

First off, let's get this out of the way. Do you like sour things? You know...highly sour candy that makes your mouth pucker and your eyes water? Well, then I suspect you'll like this tea to some degree. I nearly choked on the sourness of this tea on my first sip.

However, I seemed to get "adjusted" a bit to the sour level found in this tea. And once that happened, I did indeed notice a "different" lemon flavor. Now admittedly, I could NEVER call this a true lemon tea, as the lemon flavor is simply too different from other lemon teas to be in the same league.

Yet, I can't entirely say I hated the different flavor this tea has. Once you get past the sourness, the "different lemon flavor" does sort of hit you. And, since I do not totally despise sour things, I sort of liked if not necessarily loved the flavor of this tea.

What this all means is that this tea is highly different, and if you are searching for a true lemon tea, then keep searching, as this one isn't for you. However, if you have adventurous taste buds and are just dying to experience what a "sour tea" tastes like, well, this tea from Typhoo "might" be worth your investment. At a minimum, you'll certainly get a new tea tasting experience. It may not be a happy one, but it will certainly be "new and different."

Recommendation : Not really. The tea isn't awful. But it's not a good lemon tea, that's for sure. But if you feel experimental AND enjoy sour things (like sour hard candy), you might find a use for this tea in your cupboard from time to time.

Tea Information and Brewing Instructions

  • Tea Reviewed : Lemon Zester
  • Manufacturer : Typhoo Teas
  • Available from : Amazon.Com
  • Type of Tea : Herbal Tea
  • Leaf Type : Bagged
  • Date of Review : November 18th, 2007
  • Tea Rating :
  • Brewing Instructions : Pour 6-7 ounces of boiling water over tea bag. Let steep for 5-7 minutes.

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