TEA REVIEW: GOOD EARTH SWEET & SPICY
Brand: Good Earth
Ingredients: Black tea, artificial flavor (oops I forgot to check the ingredients before I bought it whoops I’m a snob please hold me -dies-), rosehips, chamomile, cinnamon, lemongrass, peppermint, jasmine tea, papaya leaves, anise seed, ginger root, orange peel, orange oil.
The kitchen sink like seriously what are you guys trying to achieve here calm your tits
Dry Aroma: A little overpowering. The main note is made up of the spices, mostly cinnamon, but the anise is definitely there. Peppermint is a high note, chamomile forms a low base. Orange is there, stings the nose. I have no fucking idea what papaya leaves smell like, so it might be in there and I’m just not picking it up? But anyway, sharp aroma, a little heavyhanded, but the complex notes are there if you can get past the cinnamon.
Steep: 4 minutes
Brewed Aroma: Rounds out and mellows a LOT. I can smell the lemongrass now - actually, the whole thing just smells “greener” as opposed to spicy. The cinnamon is still the main note, but it blends a lot better now. Everything’s more blended, really, it’s more of a cohesive smell and I can’t really pick out separate notes as well. I just realized my tea reviews are like, stream-of-consciousness. Whoops.
I am going to die This tea is really, really strong. Like, they’re not kidding about spicy. You better LOVE cinnamon, honey. You and cinnamon better be on really, really good terms. It’s also shockingly sweet. It really does taste sweetened … either with agave sweetener or white sugar (except with less aftertaste). In fact, it tastes so sweetened that I’m giving the “artificial flavors” the sideeye. Unless papaya leaves are some kind of secret sweetener I didn’t know about, I don’t see how they could have gotten it to taste like this.
I would suggest taking really small sips and letting it wash quickly over your tongue to taste it, because if you take normal mouthfuls or hold it in your mouth too long, the cinnamon just numbs your tongue and makes it hard to taste anything.
Sorry guys, I’m trying to pick up more detailed notes, but the cinnamon has already numbed my tongue. I can’t taste for shit. @_@
Overall Rating: 6 out of 10. It would have been higher, because honestly it does taste really good, but the fact that the cinnamon overpowers everything makes it hard to enjoy it as anything more complex than just a normal cinnamon tea.
Closing Notes: You definitely don’t need sweetener for this. Milk would be great, though! It would be like a cousin to chai, especially with the sweetness of it. If you don’t like sweetening your tea, this is NOT for you, because it’s so sweet by default. Goes well with ginger cookies!