The pros: Trader Joe's When Life Gives You Lemons Loose Leaf Green Tea Blend is the perfect cold weather or "I have a cold" tea. With a touch of honey, it may become your go to tea.
The cons: This might not be a great daily tea.
The verdict: It's full blown cold and flu season at work. Yes, I'm a full time teacher and I do not need the news to tell me how cold and flu season is progressing. I can judge cold and flu season by boxes of tissues remaining in my classroom. Or the number of passes to the nurse for kids who are turning green in my class. More often than not, student come back from break well rested and healthy. By the end of the week the cold/flu has already started to recirculate the room and will likely continue to do so until the spring when allergy season hits.
So far, I've been pretty lucky over the past few years in terms of avoiding getting sick. However, this does not mean that I've been immune from the occasional case of the sniffles. It just means that when I get home I gravitate towards to couch with Vicks Vaporub and a box of tissues in hand. Netflix is essential too towards healing. Just sayin'.
If we are really sick. Then it's Theraflu time. But if you've tried Theraflu, you probably know that the worst part of that is drinking it. It tastes so bad, it's the cold medicine of last resort in my household. That box is a barometer of illness. It's like being a kid and knowing how bad that medicine tastes. Except we are adults. Acting like kids. "Honey, do you want me to make you some Theraflu?" "No, I'm not that close to death." Yes, actual conversations in my home.
I picked this tea up recently because my husband is a bit sniffly and I saw the word mint on here. The combination sounded like a typical tea that my mom would make. Obviously she would add a touch of honey, but this would have all the combination of flavors. The smell out of the bag is a mix of mint and a touch of ginger. It brews to a much paler color than some other teas as this is an herbal and green tea.
The taste of the peppermint hits you first. Then the heat of the ginger kicks in. It's quiet warming. The citrus is very subtle. It retains more of the fragrance than the flavor. It gets almost buried because ginger and the peppermint are both assertive in nature. So this is far less a lemon tea and more ginger mint. And yes, this flavor pairs well with honey. Far better than Theraflu any day.
For $3.49 this wasn't one of my favorite flavors as a daily drinker. In my household, this is one flavor that would be best suited to coming out of the cabinet when someone feels unwell for those familiar healing flavors.
Here is the visual run down of what you get if you buy this product:
The bag of Trader Joe's When Life Gives You Lemons Loose Leaf Green Tea Blend:
The ingredients and how to prepare:
After being brewed you get:
Would I buy this again? For me, Trader Joe's When Life Gives You Lemons Loose Leaf Green Tea Blend is only a maybe. For me it would not be a daily drinker. Just something that tastes decent.
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