Tuesday, September 19, 2017


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Fruit Flavored Tea

George CarlinI had to post this great quote from George, because I've stumbled upon a few who have tasted Herb Essentia's teas stating "they don't taste good", and suggesting I add flavorings to them.  Although everyone is entitled to their own opinion, I have to intervene by pointing out that HE's teas are made with 100% natural (and high-quality) herbs and teas, and the fruity flavors that you find in popular teas brands are not necessarily natural.  These alcohol-based flavors are added in highly concentrated amounts, and many are likely artificial.

The dried fruits you may see in some of these blends are mostly for show and do not add much, if any flavor to the teas.  Further, these fruits are often preserved with sulphites – and who wants to drink additives?

The purpose of Herb Essentia's teas are to offer their healing properties to you.  I avoid including highly offensive herbs in these blends, and have personally found each of the blends to have a decent, if not enjoyable taste with a bit or honey or agave added.  The only few complaints I've had so far are on the blends that contain Valerian Root, which on its own has an awful smell, but blended with other herbs and a bit of sweetener added, really isn't so bad.  

Why keep the Valerian Root then?  Because it's such a powerful herb for sleep and relaxation (it is the basis for Valium), there is really no other herb out there that does the job better (unless you are one of the 5% of the population that has an opposite reaction to Valerian...this is why herbs are trial and error, you must discover what works best for you).

And without further ado, here is George on fruit-flavored teas:

"I would like to talk to you about fruit-flavored teas. These would be teas that are flavored like fruit. Fruit-flavored teas. You need to understand that. These are not fruits. They’re teas. But they taste like fruit. All right? They have names like strawberry kiwi, lemon berry, orange mango, wild cherry, blackberry and cranberry. They taste like fruit. And they sound like fruits, too, don’t they? They’re not. They’re teas. Fruit-flavored teas. And frankly, I don’t understand this." 

"Personally, I’ve always been of a mind that if you’re looking for fruit flavor, if you’re genuinely interested in something that tastes like fruit, and you find yourself in the tea section, you’re probably in the wrong aisle. My advice is, if it’s fruit flavor you’re after, play if safe, go ahead and get some fruit. I have found in my experience that fruit almost always turns out to be reliable source of fruit flavor." 

"Another good place you may wish to look for fruit flavor would be in fruit juice. Fruit juice is made by squeezing the juice out of the fruit. Apparently, the juice that runs out of the fruit has fruit flavor. Perhaps that’s why they call if fruit juice. It doesn’t taste like tea. For tea taste, you would need to get some tea." 

"So let’s sum this up: If it’s fruit flavor you want, you can’t go wrong with fruit. Or, as I’ve pointed out, fruit juice. Don’t be ordering tea. Tea has tea flavor. It’s not like fruit. It’s more like tea. If you want tea, I say order tea. That’s a different experience. It’s known as “having tea.”

"Have you noticed, by the way, there are no tea-flavored fruits? Take a clue from nature."