Turn up the heat…
(Ginger, green tea, licorice root, orange peel, rosehips, pink peppercorns, natural ginger flavouring.)
Whether you hate it or love it, there are so many reasons to appreciate ginger. For one, it’s been used as a digestive aid for thousands of years. And according to Ayurveda, this aromatic root also balances excess kapha or sluggishness. For as long as I can remember, I have avoided any form of ginger tea. But since discovering DAVIDsTea, my mind has opened up a whole lot more to trying things/ingredients out of my comfort zone, ginger included. And because of recent digestive issues, I discovered Sweet Ginger Heat, a green tea that claims to be both sweet and spicy. The dry leaf definitely smells spicy, but more so from the ginger (which is the main ingredient) than anything else. The rosehip shells, pink peppercorns, and orange peel are what stand out the most in the loose leaf appearance, colour wise, but other than that, every single ingredient is present and visible.
After steeping for close to four minutes, Sweet Ginger Heat brews up to a golden green-esque hue, with the ginger scent still intact, but now it is also supported by the licorice and peppercorns. It’s quite “spicy” from the initial sip, enough to feel it in your throat as the tea goes down, but personally, it’s not overtly intense of a flavour, if you ask me. It’s soothing, if anything. The added ginger flavouring definitely helps to kick things up a notch overall. There is a bit of sweetness from the licorice root that lingers slightly at the end of each sip. It’s not as overbearing as it can be, but it’s a shame, because it does seem to completely outshine the citrus aspect of this kosher blend. I can only imagine that an extended brew time would bring out even more sweetness, and certainly more heat. Aside from the orange peel’s absence, Sweet Ginger Heat still delivers on its sweet and spicy promise, all while being both organic and all-natural.