Tart, Deep, Flavorful Tea with Hibiscus Flowers
Tazo’s Passion Herbal Infusion is a somewhat tart, deep, flavorful (hibiscus-y tasting) tea. It is not berry-like in taste, although it is red in color. It’s difficult to describe what hibiscus tastes like, but I find it a most pleasant taste. My husband says it tastes like pomegranate to him. Although Passion contains licorice root it is not sweet.
The ingredients in Passion are: hibiscus flowers, natural tropical flavors, citric acid, orange peel, licorice root, cinnamon bark, rose hips, lemongrass and red poppy. 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 tantalizing deep red tea made from hibiscus flowers, exotic herbs and natural tropical flavors.” On their web site, Tazo describes the flavor profile of Passion as “berry, juicy, wine-like, merlot, sweet, earthy, dense”. Tazo describes the aroma as “sweet, juicy, red fruits”.
I would rate this tea, and Tazo in general, as very good—better than premium teas like Stash or Celestial Seasonings—but not as good as other teas such as Numi, which is why Tazo Passion gets only four stars.
The day after happening upon the idea of blending brewed and cooled Passion Herbal Infusion with orange juice, I found the lovely Tazo Iced Tea Collection. They have a recipe for Passion Lemonade and a Passion Tea Smoothie. I’m happy to blend orange juice, a packet of stevia and cooled brewed Passion tea. The taste is surprisingly good.
Ingredients: Hibiscus flowers, natural tropical flavors, citric acid, orange peel, licorice root, cinnamon bark, rose hips. Lemongrass and red poppy.
The deep purple/red color and hibiscus fragrance is enough to make anyone passionate about tea. Yet, is this really tea? It looks like tea, but it is really an herbal infusion made by steeping hibiscus flowers, orange peel, licorice, cinnamon, rose hips, lemongrass and red poppy in a swirling of hot water.
The flavor is slightly reminiscent of hot apple cider or hot cranberry juice. This tea leaves a tingle on your tongue and I think it goes very well with a spoonful of honey.
I do think you need two tea bags for each experience, so as to fully intoxicate the senses and experience the magic of the ingredients.
Caffeine Free. Since the scent of orange reduces anxiety and hibiscus blossoms are said to lower blood pressure, this tea is a wonderful calming blend.
NOTE: Many of my health/herb books say hibiscus flowers are not recommended during pregnancy. Please consult with your doctor before drinking herbal teas.
~The Rebecca Review