Flavour: Lemongrass & Ginger
Ingredients: Rosehips, lemongrass (30%), hibiscus flowers, ginger root (11%), natural lemon flavouring with other natural flavours, natural ginger flavouring, lemon verbena, rose petals
Caffeine Factor: Caffeine-free
Organic Ingredients: Uncertain
Price Range: £2-3
Bags Per Box: 20
Review: ‘Naturally’, the first (key) ingredient in a lemongrass and ginger infusion HAS to be rosehips. Makes perfect sense, right? No?
Okay, so you’re confused as we are. Maybe you’re equally confused by that lengthy list of ‘natural flavours’ – our particular favourite is ‘natural lemon flavouring with other natural flavours’…before going on to list other ‘natural flavours’. If anyone can explain to us what that means, we’d be much obliged.
Now, for the review. As soon as we smelled this one, we asked, ‘Why is this real?’ Needless to say, it’s not pleasant. It’s very gingery (despite only containing 11% ginger root – perhaps there’s natural ginger flavouring?), but with that awful artificial lemon smell you get from lemongrass and lemon verbena. We know, we know, they’re real plants – but they don’t smell like it.
The taste is all ginger, at first, but with no kick in the throat like you’d expect – maybe because there isn’t a lot of real ginger in this blend. You can’t taste the floral ingredients at all: why are they even on the list? Possibly they soften the Lemsip flavour you usually get from lemongrass? Because it was quite muted, despite the smell.
Overall, this blend is a bit bland, even after ten minutes of brewing. Maybe you’ll like this one if you want something lemony but hate lemongrass. But you’d probably just avoid lemongrass altogether, in the case, wouldn’t you? So, we’re not sure when you’d want to drink this. Maybe when you’re at Kew Gardens (the producers of this brand) and have no choice to buy whatever they force on you at their cafes….
Best time of year to drink this: No idea. Maybe when it’s cold out.
Best time of day to drink this: The ingredients probably work best in the morning or afternoon.
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