Here I am on another Tea Review Tuesday, reviewing what - in my opinion - is one of the least mediocre teas, produced by Tazo. I shall not go into talking of the others at this moment, the focus is on this one. As this is an herbal blend (and not technically a tea), I am not as off-put by the fact that it is bagged. Indeed, many bagged chamomile blends taste quite as good as their loose counterparts, since there are no full leaves to unfurl.
Upon opening the bag, I oddly smell spearmint - not chamomile - first thing. Hmmm, how strange. The ingredients on the package only list chamomile, rose petals, and "soothing herbs." As their website reveals, one of those herbs is spearmint leaves. Mystery solved (except for why the spearmint smells so strongly!) The taste of "Calm" involves a lot of flavors. As per the website, the herbs are quite a few things, all of which play their part in the taste of this blend. Thankfully, the chamomile presents its flavor above all the others - very good. The spearmint takes a back seat and the lemongrass laces the edges. Floating through the middle, somewhere, are subtle notes of rose and lavender, just barely present.
My main problem with this blend - everything tastes a bit flat, like the ingredients are old or something of that nature.
Tazo could have done far, far worse than this blend, and I quite like that they seem to have spent the effort to craft it well. On my personal enjoyment scale, I would rate it a 76/100.
This tea can be purchased in Starbucks stores or from their website, here.
Photo credit to Starbucks.
This review was unsolicited and uncompensated.