The first word that came to mind when I looked at this tea was: beautiful. Aesthetically, it was a gorgeous teabag, if it is even possible to describe a humble tea bag in such a manner. Gentle, earthy colours of pale greens, woody browns and mustard yellows are lifted by striking hues of pinks, blood reds and violets, making for an electrifying pop of colour. If I wasn’t going to brew it in my mug, I’d definitely star this tea blend in the middle of my living room in a potpourri bowl.
Lola’s Apothecary’s Clementine Calamity Relaxing Tea comes armed with the promise that it’ll combat stress and “taste happy” with every sip. And what better place to reap the rewards of such a tea, than in busy and hectic London? Our small but strong team of three, with deadlines galore and creative juices flowing, decided to put Lola to the test to see how true her claims really were.
We grabbed three office mugs at promptly 3pm on a Friday, just as we were embracing the #TGIF feeling, whilst also struggling to find the motivation to get through the next few hours before it was officially the weekend. In dire need of an afternoon pick-me-up, we tied the tea bags to the handles and poured boiling water over the them and let it steep for 5 to 7 minutes, as directed on the website. We took the bags out, and let the water cool a little before we took our first sips.
It was sweet, but not saccharinely so; a pleasant combination of vanilla and faint cinnamon washed over my taste buds, and citrusy notes of orange and lemon balm lingered on my tongue. The tea definitely had a robust flavour, but what I particularly liked was the warm and cosy feeling that the tea left me with once it had made its way down my throat and into my belly. Perfect, for the cold weather outside.
I’ll be honest: I couldn’t discern the linden flower, to passion flower, to rich honeybush to oat straw in terms of flavour. But this made little difference to me, as what mattered most was the holistic flavour of the tea at large. The calmingly sweet apple was complete with a delicate aftertaste of ginger and some identifiable spice, and its aroma was gentle and wholesome. As I made my way to the bottom of the mug, I could definitely feel myself becoming calmer; my colleagues were definitely sharing this sentiment as we chitchat and laughed for the duration of our tea break.
Next time, I intend to leave my teabag in for slightly longer as I quite like my tea strong and completely filled with flavour. But the fact remains that I am going in for a next time, as Lola’s Apothecary’s Clementine Calamity Relaxing Tea certainly fulfilled its promise of happiness and relaxation, what with its sweet and delicate flavour and fragrance that was the perfect complement to the end of the work week.
Another cuppa, anyone?
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