- Comforting chamomile
- Soothing chamomile
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Fine Camomile Tea
Tazo’s Calm Herbal Infusion is a nice chamomile tea. I taste the chamomile and some flavorings, and they are not unpleasant, just hard to pin down as to what they are besides the chamomile. In general I’m not a big fan of tea with flavorings added, preferring the subtleness and authentic taste of the real thing.
The ingredients in Calm are: chamomile flowers, hibiscus flowers, spearmint, lemongrass, rose petals, blackberry leaves, safflowers, peppermint, sarsaparilla, lemon balm, licorice and natural flavors. It is caffeine-free.
Tazo is an interesting company that makes only super premium teas. They are socially responsible, based in Portland, and have the motto, “The Reincarnation of Tea”. Tazo is owned by Starbucks. Their web site is fun and quirky, with a Zen-type focus, definitely worth checking out. It is unclear, though, from their web site, how many of their ingredients are organic or kosher, and they do use some “natural flavors” in their teas–this wording seems a little vague for a super premium tea.
On the paper tea packet, Tazo writes, “a soothing blend of chamomile blossoms and other relaxing herbs.” On their web site, Tazo describes the flavor profile of Calm as “creamy, floral, minty, toasty, sweet, honey-like. As the name gently implies, Tazo Calm has a lovely floral bouquet with an apple-like flavor and distinct toasty notes. Naturally sweet in a nice light way, with a smooth finish”. Tazo describes the aroma as “minty, hay like, rose”. I don’t taste all of these various flavors, but I do taste the chamomile, and it is fine, not overwhelming or as artificial tasting as several of the other Tazo teas I’ve sampled.
I would rate this tea, and Tazo in general, as good—better than premium teas like Stash or Celestial Seasonings—but not as good as other tea companies that feature only natural flavorings like Numi, which is why Tazo Calm gets only four stars.