I have no idea whether The Little Book of Calm contains as much lavender as rumor would suggest, however, I will say that lavender tea is one of my favorite things. Regardless of any calming properties that lavender might possess, I was nothing short of ecstatic when I discovered the lavender sencha in the tea section at Wegman’s.
Lavender tea is delicious. Lavender combined with sencha’s grassy green tea flavor and a mild caffeine kick is pure heaven. If you haven’t tried this, I highly recommend it!
Alternatively, you can try picking up some sencha and mixing your own lavender tea. I don’t think I’m qualified to prescribe the best ratio of lavender to green tea, but I can say that I’ve seen dried lavender (and other flowers) on sale at Ten Ren’s Tea Time and other tea shops for those of you who want to try making your own floral blends.
I hope you’re all having a great holiday season and getting geared up for new adventures in 2014! I’ve always loved hot drinks in winter, and lately I’ve found myself drinking an awful lot of Rishi Tea’s Cinnamon Plum Caffeine-Free Herbal Blend.
Before I had tried it, I wasn’t sure how I felt about the combination of cinnamon and plum, especially since I don’t usually go for fruit teas, but the flavors blend surprisingly well. The cinnamon provides a strong base flavor, preventing the type of “watered-down” taste that makes me dislike many fruit teas. The cinnamon and plum both provide sweetness, while the fruity plum overtones prevent the cinnamon from being overwhelming.
I love how strong and sweet this tea is. Since I don’t usually like adding sweetener to my teas, it’s nice to have a tea that provides a bold, sweet flavor without overwhelming my taste buds. My one complaint about this tea would be that it’s not great for multiple brews. The first brew is usually significantly darker in color and stronger in flavor than following brews, although if you prefer the mellower flavor of the second brew, or if you like to save your herbal teas for the late evening to avoid having caffeine right before bed, then this might be a perfect choice for you.
In either case, this delicious blend of warm flavors is a perfect remedy for winter cold.
I hope you all have a fantastic New Year!
I chose to do this review after my mom commented on how much cinnamon plum tea I have been drinking, and suggested that I should review it for this blog. I received no compensation for this review, nor have I been in contact with any representative(s) of Rishi Tea.