Tea: Golden Chamomile

A Chamomile Blend from Revolution Tea

Picture of Golden Chamomile
Brand:Revolution Tea
Style:Chamomile Blend
Region:Blend
Caffeine:Caffeine Free
Loose?Sachet
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Product page:Golden Chamomile

Review of Golden Chamomile

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6 of 104 of 53 of 566 of 100
GoodGoodReasonable

I found this one hard to rate, and get the sense drinkers will fall into one of three main camps:
* Like it!
* Yuck, pour it out now! or...
* What did I just drink?

My reaction is a mix of the first and last bullets. The tea is a puzzle. It does different things to different senses at different times, which makes evaluating it rather difficult! Despite its strange and rather enigmatic flavor for a herbal tea, Revolution's Golden Chamomile is rather pleasant overall, a relaxing and smooth throat washer that might make a good wintertime "sickness tea". I got two bags of this at IHOP and took one home, and it tasted and smelled remarkably similar on much different water (our softened/filtered well water and the heavily chlorinated city-tap slop).

The ingredients list is a simple trifecta, but one I haven't seen before in a tea: peppermint, chamomile and...marigold flowers! A quick online search for marigold teas yields all sorts of sites promising the moon on health benefits...who knows how much of that is legit, how much is hyperbole and how much is pure snake-oil peddling. But if you buy into even a fraction of the hype, the sachet had enough non-chamomile petals inside to leach out a good dose of whatever marigold does offer. I don't know if this is the same "marigold" as the calendula flowers I've had in one other tea (Murchie's Blueberry Green), but it seems to have diverted the flavor enough off what one would expect from a peppermint/chamomile mix to give this drink a unique taste and feel.

Steeping color started light yellow, becoming golden light brown, then deeper but still translucent tan/brown. The flavor is champagne-like, just a little alcoholic or medicinal (not quite like a cough syrup but faintly reminiscent), though the dry-bag and in-cup aromas come across more purely chamomile and the wet-bag smell is decidedly minty. It left a fairly long-lasting, somewhat tangy aftertaste with minty coolness that gets more bitter over time, but takes a very long time to go away.

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